Charles E. Kirk Memorial Fund


Charles Edwin Kirk (1923-1977) was born in Inez, Kentucky. He was Executive Vice President of the Inez Deposit Bank as well as a president of the Group Nine Kentucky Bankers Association. He married Peggy Ward (1922-2009) who attended Centre College and received her B.S. from the University of Kentucky.

Selections from the Kirk Collection

(in alphabetical order by title)



1000 Words: A writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round by Jami Attenberg


A Poetics of Handel's Operas by Nathan Link
Africans in America: America's journey through slavery by Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, and WGBH Series Research Team
The afterlives of rape in medieval English literature by Suzanne M Edwards
Against Everything: Essays by Mark Greif
Ahab's rolling sea by Richard J. King
Alice in space: the sideways Victorian world of Lewis Carroll by Gillian Beer
American Gothic by Charles L Crow
The American novel, 1870-1940 by Priscilla WaldThe Appalachian plays
The Arab Shakespeare trilogy: The al-Hamlet summit; Richard III, an Arab Tragedy; The speaker's progress by Sulayman Al-Bassam
The art of the sonnet by Stephanie Burt and David Mikics
The art of voice: poetic principles and practice by Tony Hoagland and Kay Cosgrove
Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children's Literature by Marah Gubar
The ascent of the detective: police sleuths in Victorian and Edwardian England by Haia Shpayer-Makov
Asking for a friend: three centuries of advice on life, love, money, and other burning questions from a nation obsessed by Jessica Weisberg
Assembling ethnicities in neoliberal times: ethnographic fictions and Sri Lanka's war by Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham
Austin and Mabel: the Amherst affair & love letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd by Polly Longsworth, Austin Dickinson, and Mabel Loomis Todd


Because internet: understanding the new rules of language by Gretchen McCulloch
The best of the grammarians: Aristarchus of Samothrace on the Iliad by Francesca Schironi
Black and British: a forgotten history by David Olusoga
Blood Dazzler: Poems by Patricia Smith
The bloody chamber and other stories by Angela Carter
Boccaccio: a critical guide to the complete works by Victoria Kirkham, Michael Sherberg, and Janet Levarie Smarr
Book of mutter by Kate Zambreno
Bookworm: a memoir of childhood reading by Lucy Mangan
British and Irish Women Writers and the Women's Movement: Six Literary Voices of Their Times by Jill Franks
Byron's letters and journals: a new selection by George Gordon Byron Baron


Calling a wolf a wolf: poems by Kaveh Akbar
The Cambridge companion to American gothic by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
The Cambridge companion to American poets by Mark Richardson
The Cambridge history of postmodern literature by Brian McHale and Len Platt
The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson
Cather and Opera by David McKay Powell
Character: three inquiries in literary studies by Amanda Anderson, Rita Felski, and Toril Moi

Charles Dickens: an introduction by Jenny Hartley
Charlotte Brontë: a fiery heart by Claire Harman
Chaucer: a European life by Marion Turner
Chaucer and the cultures of love and marriage by Cathy Hume
Chaucer and the subversion of form by Thomas A. Prendergast and Jessica Rosenfeld
City Lights pocket poets anthology by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
City Powms and American Urban Crisis: 1945 to the Present by Nate Mickelson
The civil wars of Julia Ward Howe: a biography by Elaine Showalter
The collected essays of Elizabeth Hardwick by Elizabeth Hardwick
The comedy of errors by William Shakespeare and Charles Walters Whitworth
Comic Spenser: faith, folly, and the Faerie queene by Victoria Coldham-Fussell
A companion to American gothic by Charles L. Crow
Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II by Tracy Borman


Dæmon voices: essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman
Dangerous Giving in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Alexandra Urakova
Dante: a brief history by Peter S. Hawkins
Dante: the story of his life by Marco Santagata
Darwinism as religion: what literature tells us about evolution by Michael Ruse
Describing Prescriptivism: Usage Guides and Usage Problems in British and American English by Ingrid Tieken-Boon Van Ostade
Desire, violence & divinity in modern southern fiction: Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Walker Percy by Gary M. Ciuba
The Dhammapadan by John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana
Dheepan by The Criterion Collection
Dickensland: the Curious History of Dickens's London by Lee Jackson
A dictionary of selected synonyms in the principal Indo-European languages: a contribution to the history of ideas by Carl Darling Buck
The dictionary wars: the American fight over the English language by Peter Martin
Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn and William Shakespeare
Dying In the Scarecrow's Arms: Poems by Mitchell L.H. Douglas


Early modern women's complaint: gender, form, and politics by Sarah C.E. Ross (e) and Rosalind Smith (e)
The early Spenser, 1554-80: 'Minde on honour fixed' by J.R. Brink
Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies by Zackary Vernon
The ecopoetry anthology by Ann W. Fisher-Wirth (e) and Laura-Gray Street (e)
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
The elephants of reckoning by Indran Amirthanayagam
Emily Dickinson by J. Brooks Bouson
English Lit: Poems by Bernard Clay
Ernest Hemingway: a new life by James M. Hutchisson
Essential Hesiod: Theogony 1-232, 453-733; Works and days 1-307 by Hesiod and C.J. Rowe
Essential Zen by Kazuaki Tanahashi and David Schneider
Eudora Welty's fiction and photography: the body of the other woman by Harriet Pollack


FACULTY AS GLOBAL LEARNERS: off-campus study at liberal arts colleges by Joan Gillespie, Lisa Jasinski and Dana Lynn Gross
Faulkner: Novels 1930 - 1935 by William Faulkner
Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love by Keith S. Wilson
Fixing English: prescriptivism and language history by Anne Curzan
Folk Music: A Dylan Biography in Seven Songs by Greil Marcus
F. Scott Fitzgerald's fiction: "an almost theatrical innocence" by John T. Irwin
Further Reading by Matthew Rubery and Leah Price
Futures of Enlightenment Poetry by Dustin D. Stewart


The Generation of postmemory: writing and visual culture after the Holocaust by Marianne Hirsch
The glorious art of peace: from the Iliad to Iraq by John Gittings
Gorilla by Anthony Browne
Gothic by Fred Botting
Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas and Australasia by Frederick Luis Aldama
Greek art by Nigel Jonathan Spivey
Greek lyric: a selection by Felix Budelmann


Hamnet: a novel of the plague by Maggie O'Farrell
Harlem by Gavatri Chakravorty Spivak
Hedda Gabler and Sirens: Elektra in Bosnia by Judith Thompson, Aeschvius, and Henrik Ibsen
Henry David Thoreau: a life by Laura Dassow Walls
Hesiod's Theogony by Stephen Scully
A history of American Civil War literature by Coleman Hutchison
The home place: memoirs of a colored man's love affair with nature by J Drew Lanham (Joseph Drew)
Homeless dogs & melancholy apes: humans and other animals in the modern literary imagination by Laura Brown
Hooked: art and attachment by Rita Felski
Horsepower: Poems by Joy Priest
How Robert Frost made realism matter by Jonathan N Barron
How to think like Shakespeare: lessons from a renaissance education by Scott L Newstok


In the dream house: a memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
Incendiary art: poems by Patricia Smith
Ink: A Novel by Angela Woodward
I, Tonya by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment


Kids these days: human capital and the making of millennials by Malcolm Harris
King Arthur: the making of the legend by N.J. Higham
King Lear by Gamini Salgado


Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess
Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, Gardens in the Dunes by David L Moore
Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony: a casebook by Allan Richard Chavkin
The letters of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The letters of Robert Frost by Robert Frost, Donald Gerard Sheehy, Mark Richardson, Robert Faggen, Robert Bernard Hass, and Henry Atmore
The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth by Zoe Schlanger
Literary cultures of the civil war by Timothy Sweet
Literature as cultural ecology: sustainable texts by Hubert Zapf
The long public life of a short private poem: reading and remembering Thomas Wyatt by Peter T. Murphy
Lost in translation by Universal Studios
Loving literature: a cultural history by Deidre Lynch


MacBeth: An Undoing by Zinnie Harris and William Shakespeare
Make way for her: and other stories by Katie Cortese
March sisters: on life, death, and Little women by Kate Bolick, Carmen Maria Machado, Jenny Zhang, and Jane Smiley
The Martian chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Martyr!: A Novel by Kaveh Akbar
The matter of virtue: women's ethical action from Chaucer to Shakespeare by Holly A. Crocker
The making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser
Maus Now: Selected Writing by Hillary L. Chute
Maya Angelou: adventurous spirit: from I know why the caged bird sings (1970) to Rainbow in the cloud, the wisdom and spirit of Maya Angelou (2014) by Linda Wagner-Martin
Meatless days by Sara Suleri Goodyear
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: the story of Little Women and why it still matters by Anne Boyd Rioux
The merchant of Venice by John Lyon
A Midsummer night's dream by Jay L Halio
Modern and global Ayurveda: pluralism and paradigms by Dagmar Wujastyk and Frederick M. Smith
Modern Language Association Handbook by Modern Language Association of America
The modern superhero in film and television: popular genre and American culture by Jeffrey A. Brown
Much Ado About Nothing by Harold Bloom
Mural by Mahmud Darwish
My Southern journey: true stories from the heart of the South by Rick Bragg
My year of rest and relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Mystery and manners: occasional prose by Flannery O'Conner, Sally Fitzgerald, and Robert Fitzgerald


A new companion to the gothic by David Punter
The new Emily Dickinson studies by Michelle Kohler
The Norton anthology of modern and contemporary poetry by Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O'Clair


The Odyssey by Homer
Offerings of Desire by Kelly Norman Ellis
Of Jibaros and Hillbillies by Ricardo Nazario y Colon
On African-American Rhetoric by Keith Gilyard and Adam J. Banks
On Slavery and Abolitionism by Sarah Grimke and Angelina Emily Grimke
Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People's Business by Roxane Gay
Orbital: A Novel by Samantha Harvey
Ornamental aesthetics: the poetry of attending in Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman by Theo Davis
Othello by Image Entertainment
Our Emily Dickinsons: American women poets and the intimacies of difference by Vivian R. Pollak
Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
The Oxford handbook of British poetry, 1660-1800 by Jack Lynch (John T.)
The Oxford handbook of Chaucer by Suzanne Conklin Akbari and James Simpson
The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Johnson by Jack Lynch
The Oxford handbook of Shakespeare and embodiment: gender, sexuality, and race by Valerie Traub


The Palgrave handbook of the Southern Gothic by Susan P. Castillo and Charles L. Crow
Prefaces to Shakespeare by Harley Granville-Barker
The passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of American by Laura Dassow Walls
The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy
Plato's Symposium by R. L. Hunter (Richard L.)
Plato's Symposium: a critical guide by Pierre Destree and Zina Giannopoulou
The Poet and the Publisher: the Case of Alexander Pope Esq., of Twickenham versus Edmund Curll Bookseller in Grub Street by Pat Rogers
Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo
The post-apocalyptic novel in the twenty-first century: modernity beyond salvage by Heather J. Hicks
The power: a novel by Naomi Alderman
Powwow highway: a novel by David Seals
Professing Criticism: Essays on the Organization of Literary Study by John Guillory


Queer philologies: sex, language, and affect in Shakespeare's time by Jeffrey Masten
Quichotte: a novel by Salman Rushdie


Reading Alice Munro, 1973-2013 by Robert Thacker
Reading and the making of time in the eighteenth century by Christina Lupton
Reading Dante by Giuseppe Mazzotta
Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity by Prue Shaw
Reading It Wrong: An Alternative History of Early Eighteenth-Century Literature by Abigail Williams
The Real South: southern narrative in the age of cultural reproduction by Scott Romine
The Reconstruction of Mark Twain: how a Confederate bushwhacker became the Lincoln of our literature by Joe B. Fulton
Red clocks: a novel by Leni Zumas
Romance Rewritten: the Evolution of Middle English Romance: A Tribute to Helen Cooper by Elizabeth Archibald, Megan G. Leitch, Corinne J. Saunders and Helen Cooper


Satire and the threat of speech: Horace's satires, book 1 by Catherine Schlegel
Satires. Book 1 by Horace and Emily Gowers
Say anything by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers by Council of Science Editors
Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative by Peter Brooks
The self-help compulsion: searching for advice in modern literature by Joan Shelley Rubin
Shakespeare and domestic life: a dictionary by Sandra Clark
Shapeshifters: The Wonderous World of Jellyfish by Lisa-Ann Gershwin
Smell in Eighteenth-Century England: a Social Sense by William Tullett
Soil by Jamie Kornegay
Snakedoctor by Maurice Manning
The South that wasn't there: postsouthern memory and history by Michael Kreyling
South toward home: travels in Southern literature by Margaret Eby
Southern gothic literature Jay Ellis
Spenser in the moment by Paul J. Hecht and J.B. Lethbridge
Spineless: the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone by Juli Berwald
Stolen women in medieval England: rape, abduction and adultery, 1100-1500 by Caroline Dunn
Studies in the age of Chaucer by New Chaucer Society
Suicide in the Middle Ages by Alexander Murray
Suicide in the Middle Ages. Vol. 2, The curse on self-murder by Alexander Murray
The Sunset Limited by HBO Home Entertainment
Symposium by Plato


The taming of the shrew by Graham Holderness and William Shakespeare
Teahouse of the Almighty: Poems by Patricia Smith
The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing by Tara Mokhtari
The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner
The Logic of Love in the Canterbury Tales by Manish Sharma
The Oxford Handbook of African American Language by Sonja L. Lanehart
The Oxford Handbook of Emily Dickinson by Cristanne Miller and Karen Sanchez-Eppler
The People's Tongue: Americans and the English Language by Ilan Stavans
The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan
The Routledge Reader of African American Rhetoric by Vershawn Ashanti Young and Michelle Bachelor Robinson
The theater of war: what ancient Greek tragedies can teach us today by Bryan Doerries
To fight aloud is very brave: American poetry and the Civil War by Faith Barrett
Too much and not the mood by Durga Chew-Bose
Tragedy on the comic stage by Matthew C. Farmer
The transferred life of George Eliot: the biography of a novelist by Philip Davis (Philip Maurice)
The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England by Elizabeth A. H. Cleland Adam Eaker, Marjorie E. Wieseman and Sarah Bochicchio
Two Brown Dots: Poems by Danni Quintos
The two gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare and John Dover Wilson


Uncivil war: poems by Indran Amirthanzyagam
Undead souths: the gothic and beyond in southern literature and culture by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner
Understanding Louise Erdrich by Seema Kurup
Under the Aegis Of A Winged Mind by Makalani Bandele
Undiscovered country: imagining the world to come by Peter S. Hawkins
The Undivine Comedy: detheologizing Dante by Teodolinda Barolini
Unlearning the Language of Conquest: Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America by Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs)


The Value of Milton by John Leonard
Vanni: a Family's Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict by Benjamin Dix
The Victorian novel dreams of the real: conventions and ideology by Audrey Jaffe


Walker Percy's the Moviegoer at fifty: new takes on an iconic American novel by Jennifer Levasseur and Mary A. McCay
Wall-to-wall America: a cultural history of post-office murals in the Great Depression by Karal Ann Marling
Wayfinding: the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world by M.R. O'Conner
Weatherland: writers & artists under English skies by Alexandra Harris
What species mean: a user's guide to the units of biodiversity by Julia Sigwart
Wild fruits: Thoreau's rediscovered last manuscript by Henry David Thoreau
Who writes for black children?: African American children's literature before 1900 by Katherine Capshaw and Anna Mae Duane
Women & power: a manifesto by Mary Beard
World As Sacred Burning Heart: Poems by Jeremy Paden
Wrong Norma by Anne Carson