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General Information

Name:  Samuel J. Rogal  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

-- Samuel J. Rogal on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rogal lived in Normal, Illinois from 1982 - 1986. He currently resides in LaSalle, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr. Samuel Rogal graduated with a BS from Clarion State College (now known as Clarion University of Pennsylvania) and from the University of Pittsburgh with a MA. Rogal was an Instructor in English at Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania from 1960-1962 and at Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames from 1962-1966. He was an assistant professor of English at State University of New York at Oswego from 1966-1968. At Mary Holmes College in West Point, Mississippi, he served as the Chair of the Department of English from 1968-1981. From 1981-1984, he was an Assistant Professor of English at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois and in 1984 Rogal moved on to be the Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. He has since retired and is Chair Emeritus. Contributor to books and articles on rhetoric, hymnology, bibliography, and eighteenth-century British literature to professional journals, Rogal is also the author of many of his own books and articles.

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Titles At Your Library

A Chronological Outline of British Literature
ISBN: 0313214778

Greenwood. 1980

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The Children's Jubilee: A Bibliographical Survey of Hymnals for Infants, Youth, and Sunday Schools Published in Britain and America, 1655-1900
ISBN: 0313238804

Greenwood. 1983

Product information not available.

A Chronological Outline of American Literature: (Bibliographies and Indexes in American Literature)
ISBN: 0313254710

Greenwood. 1987

This is the first book to examine the literary history of the United States in terms of the chronological occurrence of significant events and activities. This comprehensive volume lists the dates of birth and death of literary figures, important historical facts, and the authors and titles of works published for each year, from Colonial times to the present. The compiler's introduction offers an interesting and informative discussion of how, from little more than a list of author's titles, and events, we may observe a year in the history of a nation, through the political, scientific, and social developments that fired the imaginations of America's writers, and fed the appetites of a growing reading public.

A Calendar of Literary Facts: A Daily and Yearly Guide to Noteworthy Events in World Literature from 1450 to the Present (CALENDER OF LITERARY FACTS)
ISBN: 0810329433

Gale / Cengage Learning. 1991

Includes entries for important literary events

A General Introduction to Hymnody and Congregational Song
ISBN: 0810824167

Scarecrow Press. 1991

Emphasizes the English hymn as a literary entity within denominational and historical contexts, from the early Church through the twentieth century. With a listing of works for further reading and an index to all hymns discussed.

A Companion to the Characters in the Fiction and Drama of W. Somerset Maugham:
ISBN: 031329917X

Greenwood. 1996

The characters in the fiction and drama of W. Somerset Maugham accurately reflect English society from the end of the Victorian age through the early years of World War II. Maugham based his characters on real people whom he observed and analyzed, and his characters transcend the themes and settings of his fictional worlds. This volume lists and descibes each and every character mentioned in Maugham's fiction and drama, including living, dead, human, animal, imaginary, historical, named, and unnamed inhabitants of his works.

Through his voluminous writings, W. Somerset Maugham recreated the age in which he lived. The characters in his fiction and drama accurately reflect English society from the end of the Victorian era through the early years of World War II. There exists little doubt that the strength of Maugham's works stems from his rich characterizations. When he peopled his imaginary worlds, he based his characters on real persons whom he observed and analyzed, both from a respectable distance and a not always respectable intimacy then he recast them upon the page and the stage.

This reference sets down in alphabetical order each character included in Maugham's stories, novels, and plays. Included are imaginary, historical, human, animal, named, unnamed, living, and dead characters from all of his works. Each entry indicates the work in which the character appears and provides a description of the character in relation to the work as a whole. As far as possible, the descriptions capture the substance and tone of Maugham's own words. An introductory essay discusses the importance of Maugham's characters to his literary art, while a bibliography lists editions consulted and secondary sources of additional information.

Sing Glory and Hallelujah!: Historical and Biographical Guide to Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 Complete (Music Reference Collection)
ISBN: 0313296901

Greenwood. 1996

The only sourcebook that provides information necessary to make Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 Complete a useful research tool and an aid to the study of popular culture in the United States during the last half of the 19th century. For the first time, students and scholars will have access, in a single source, to biographical, historical, and bibliographical data concerning the writers of the hymn texts, the composers of the hymn tunes, and the various routes by which the hymns found their way onto the pages of that large collection of gospel and traditional hymnody. ^Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 Complete contains 739 songs gathered from a series of six earlier published works.

The data in this volume will add to the breadth and depth of Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 Complete and thus, for the first time, identify the significance of its contributions to the history of American culture. A strong introduction establishes the historical significance of the collection of gospel hymns and songs. The entries for both the authors of the words and the composers of the music are arranged alphabetically, followed by the dates of birth and death (if known), a biographical sketch, and references to the number of the hymn, its title, first line, and accompanying tune. Dates of composition and initial publication are included where possible.

For Whom the Dinner Bell Tolls
ISBN: 1573091065

International Scholars Publications. 1997

Ernest Hemingway is famous for his description of food and drink in his short stories and novels. Very little has been written extensively and exclusively about this topic, but now Professor Samuel J. Rogal deals with this great theme in its totality. Food and drink and their description contributed to Hemingway's attraction to myth and ritual and Rogal gives an insight into his great contribution to literature. The work contains appendices and graphs listing items of food and drink and where they appear in his fiction and non-fiction.

A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia (Music Reference Collection; 60)
ISBN: 0313299161

Greenwood. 1997

William Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful British writers of his time. From October 1897, when he completed his medical education at St. Thomas's Hospital in London, until his death in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, filled nine volumes with his short stories, wrote thirty-one plays, and published seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings reflect the tensions of the Boer War, World War I, and World War II the lavishness of the highest levels of British and American society during the first six decades of the 20th century the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, New York, San Francisco, and London and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India. His popularity brought him prosperity. At a 1962 auction, 35 of his paintings sold for nearly $1.5 million bequests in his will totaled $280,000 his royalties during the last ten years of his life averaged $50,000 per year and his Riviera estate, purchased in 1927 for $48,000, sold for $730,000 in 1967.

This reference book is a guide to Maugham's fascinating life and career. The volume begins with a brief discussion of the importance of Maugham's life and work, followed by a detailed chronology of important biographical and literary events. Through several hundred alphabetically arranged entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction his family the persons whom he knew and with whom he associated the places where he lived and to which he journeyed, particularly the cities and villages that he inserted into his works and the historical, cultural, social, and political issues that governed his life and career. Each entry closes with a brief bibliography, and the volume includes a selected bibliography of critical studies.

Susanna Annesley Wesley (1669-1742): A Biography of Strength and Love (The Mother of John and Charles Wesley)
ISBN: 1556053282

Wyndham Hall Pr. 2001

Rogal, Samuel J.

An Analysis of Various Versions of A.M. Toplady's "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me" (1774-2001) (Texts and Studies in Religion, V. 96)
ISBN: 0773468854

Edwin Mellen Pr. 2003

Written in 1774, A.M. Toplady's "Rock of Ages, cleft for me" is one of the most popular American hymns of all time. This study examines hundreds of different versions of the hymn published between its writing and 2001. The author focuses on the hymn as a text, showing how the editors of hymnals and collections altered it to fit their own tastes or those of the singers for whom they prepared their books. Rogal was emeritus Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Illinois Valley Community College. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

A Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism (Biographical Dictionaries of 18th Century Methodism)
ISBN: 077348678X

Edwin Mellen Pr. 1997

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A Daily Calendar of John Wesley's Evangelical Travels in Georgia, the British Isles, Holland, and Germany: Book 1 (Studies in the History of Missions, V. 23)
ISBN: 0773468013

Edwin Mellen Pr. 2003

In 52 years, John Wesley, father of the Methodist church, traveled 225,000 miles and preached over 45,000 sermons. Of interest to scholars of Wesleyan Methodism and of 18th-century English and American history, this work compiles dates and locations of sermons during Wesley's travels. Rogal was formerly the chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Illinois Valley Community College. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The Call of the Road: Visions of the Land in the Geographical Journey of Vachel Lindsay
ISBN: 1933146176

Academica Press. 2006

Vachel Lindsay introduced a genuinely new rhythm into American poetry and was America's first real folk poet superior to Sandburg and articulating a sense of awe, loss and resentment at the passing of the older freedoms and dignities of pre-industrial America. His topics (Negro revivals, Salvation Army meetings, Chautauqua gatherings) would seem to be utterly dated---yet Lindsay was a modernist in spite of himself and influenced greatly later poets and writers as dis separate as Hart Crane, Edgar Lee Masters, Robert Frost ,James T Farrell and William Faulkner as well as Jack Kerouac. Professor Rogal argues it was Lindsay's vision of the American Midwest heartland and its people than informed and empowered Lindsay's greatest poetry. And his performance skills enhanced his poetry during his short vagabond lifetime.

Academica Press is an independent scholarly press specializing in publishing monographs and reference material in the humanities and social sciences. We are particularly interested in producing works of scholarly interest English language studies, literary history and criticism ,drama, sociology, education and Irish studies. (Our dedicated imprint, Maunsel & Co., specializes in scholarly research in Irish studies.) We have recently developed projects in African and Afro-American research areas as well as Theology and Legal Studies.

Some select areas where we publish include:

-American 19th- and 20th-Century Language and Literature
-British 19th- and 20th-Century Language and Literature
-Irish Studies
-African Studies and African-American Studies
-Law, including Sports Law
-Higher Education
-English Church History

Congregational Hymns from the Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier: A Comparative Study of the Sources and Final Works, with a Bibliographic Catalog of the Hymns
ISBN: 0786444789

McFarland. 2009

Poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) proved a significant contributor to American Protestant hymnody--since 1843, more than 2,100 hymnals published in the United States have included adaptations of his works--despite the fact that Whittier never considered himself a hymnist.

This book compares and contrasts Whittier's original published texts with versions adapted as hymns, exhibiting the hymnodic elements of his poetry and displaying the textual changes to Whittier's lines by hymnal editors from a variety of denominations. The work offers in-depth comparative studies of many of his poems and their resultant hymns, a catalogue of hymns-from-poems, a chronology of Whittier's life and works, notes, bibliography and index.

The American Pre-College Military School: A History and Comprehensive Catalog of Institutions
ISBN: 0786439580

McFarland. 2009

Both a history of the pre-college military school in the United States and a reference guide to the institutions past and present, this comprehensive work begins by discussing several notable military school founders, including Southern Industrial Institute founder Rev. Lyman Ward, New York Military Academy founder Charles Jefferson Wright, and St. John's Military Academy founder Sidney Thomas Smythe, among others. It discusses the role of religious organizations in founding and maintaining military institutions, as well as a range of other topics: faculties and administrators curricular changes and innovations since the 19th century escalating tuition costs and the role of money in determining a school's success or failure and the future of the pre-college military school. A second part lists some 355 individual schools and summarizes the history of each, providing details on enrollments and tuitions.

America the Beautiful: A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition (Hystory of Christian Hymnody)
ISBN: 0773426051

Edwin Mellen Pr. 2012

Comments on the hymn lyrics and composer.

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