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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ron Ebest  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction


-- Ron Ebest on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ron Ebest is a former reporter for the Springfield, Illinois paper The State Journal-Register.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mr. Ebest is an assistant professor of literature and writing at St. Louis Community College in Florissant Valley, Missouri. He is a former reporter for the Springfield, Illinois paper; The State Journal-Register.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Private Histories: The Writing of Irish Americans, 1900-1935
ISBN: 0268027714

University of Notre Dame Press. 2005

"Ron Ebest's book dramatically advances the discussion of the character of Irish-American culture in the earlier twentieth century. These pages constitute a brilliantly orchestrated conversation among texts and events—the result of hard thinking on major concerns that both define the Irish and help us understand American ethnicity in general. Private Histories is literary history at its very best." —Charles Fanning, Professor of English and History, Director of Irish and Irish Immigration Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and author of The Irish Voice in America
"Thanks to Ron Ebest's assiduous scholarship, Frank McCourt and others of his ilk can now know the names of the forebears to whom they should be sending thank you notes. This treasure trove of established and newly unearthed voices will go a long way to filling in the glaring gap in the record of the contributions by Irish-American writers to the enduring literature of the United States." —Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle The Heart Is an Instrument: Portraits in Journalism and Uphill Walkers: A Memoir of a Family
"Private Histories is a fresh and penetrating analysis of Irish-American literature in its most important phase. It makes a strong contribution to the field with its original insights and wise judgments." —Robert Butler, Canisius College
Private Histories is a complete literary history of the American Irish during the first part of the twentieth century. Ebest analyzes themes of particular importance to early-twentieth-century Irish Americans—such as religion, marriage, family, economic hardship, social status, and education—in the writings of well-known authors, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Eugene O’Neill. He also explores these issues in the works of lesser known authors, such as the Vanity Fair satirist Anne O’Hagan, labor activist and novelist Jim Tully, muckraking journalist Clara Laughlin, and the mystery writer John T. McIntyre.

Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism?: Personal Reflections on Tradition and Change
ISBN: 0268040141

Univ of Notre Dame Pr. 2003

In this collection of essays, 22 writers, historians, theologians and feminists thoughtfully reflect on their own personal experiences with the Catholic Church. The essayists describe how they have, or in some cases have not, come to terms with a church that does not permit them full participation. In so doing, they offer practical suggestions for ways in which the Church can become more open to the concerns of its progressive members. Radford Ruether, who provides a brief history of 20th-century reform movements internationally-known journalist Mary Kenny, who writes on the abortion debate in Ireland Pulitzer Prize winner Madeleine Blais, who discusses her youth in parochial schools short-story writer and New Yorker contributor Jean McGarry, who describes the clash of Catholic and secular cultures and Grail co-founder Janet Kalven, who depicts the history of this widely recognized religious reform movement. Ebest provide context for these personal and poignant essays. In a format that is easily accessible to general readers, Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism? explores issues of concern to progressive and feminist Catholics, including abortion, birth control, clerical celibacy and the ordination of women.

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