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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Herbert K. Russell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in Shelbyville, Illinois


-- Herbert K. Russell on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=herbert+k.+russell


Illinois Connection

Russell lives in Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Herbert K. Russell is the retired director for college relations at John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois. He is acknowledged as the foremost authority on Masters and has publishd numerous articles about Masters in scholarly journals and reference works. Russell is the first scholar to be allowed to read and quote from all of Masters's diaries, his correspondence, and the unpublished chapters of his 1936 autobiography ''Across Spoon River''. He is the editor of ''The Enduring River: Edgar Lee Masters' Uncollected Spoon River Poems'' and is the author of various publications concerning Illinois subjects including ''Edgar Lee Masters: A Biography''. Russell's works have received various recognitions; research awards have come from tehe Newberry Library and National Endowment for the Humanities.


Published Works

  • A Southern Illinois Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1936 -1943, Southern Illinois University Press, 1990
  • Edgar Lee Masters: A Biography, University of Illinois Prress, 2005
  • The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History, Southern Illinois University Press, 2012


Selected Titles At Your Library

A southern Illinois album :
ISBN: 0809315890. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©1990.

"Featured in this book are more than one hundred photographs from the collection of a quarter of a million taken by FSA photographers between 1935 and 1943. These pictures capture life during the Great Depression as viewed in the coal-mining towns of Herrin, West Frankfort, and Zeigler; the river communities of Shawneetown, Cairo, and Grayville; the farming regions near McLeansboro, Newton, and Harrisburg-- more than two dozen southern Illinois county seats, hamlets, and landings. Together they comprise a photographic portrait of the determination, hard work, and capacity to find ways to celebrate life exemplified by the people of southern Illinois during one of the most difficult periods of American history. FSA photographers helped to invent and popularize the "documentary style," a type of photography in which pictures and their arrangement carry much of the information in a story. Intended to document the success of a government project, these pictures survived to preserve for later generations the story of the people of southern Illinois and how they endured the difficult times of the Great Depression"--Publisher's website.

Edgar Lee Masters :
ISBN: 0252073142. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. c 2001.

The state of southern Illinois :
ISBN: 0809330563. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2012.

In The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History, Herbert K. Russell offers fresh interpretations of a number of important aspects of Southern Illinois history. Focusing on the area known as "Egypt," the region south of U.S. Route 50 from Salem south to Cairo, he begins his book with the earliest geologic formations and follows Southern Illinois's history into the twenty-first century. The volume is richly illustrated with maps and photographs, mostly in color, that highlight the informative and straightforward text. Perhaps most notable is the author's use.


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