Jim W. Corder on Living and Dying in West Texas


A Postmodern Scrapbook
Edited by James S. Baumlin, Eric Knickerbocker, and Eric Pervukhin
978-0-913785-06-5 (paper)
January 2009


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“Corder’s final memoir makes a significant contribution to the ‘literature of aging.’ Students of creative nonfiction, of regional history (West Texas especially), of popular culture, of the ‘problem’ of self-identity in postmodernism, and of the ‘arts’ of living (and preparation for dying) will want to read this book.”
—Craig A. Meyer, Ohio University

Jim W. Corder will be remembered by students and colleagues at Texas Christian University for his writing, teaching, and original thinking. He was one of the most influential composition specialists of his generation—his Handbook of Rhetoric went through numerous editions, becoming a classroom staple nationwide—yet he gave his final years to the “fourth genre” of creative nonfiction. His numerous publications include Lost in West Texas (1988), Chronicle of a Small Town (1989), and Yonder: Life on the Far Side of Change (1992).

James S. Baumlin is professor of English at Missouri State University and has published widely in fields of criticism, rhetoric, and English renaissance poetry.

Eric Knickerbocker is an MA candidate in English at Missouri State University.

Eric Pervukhin is professor in the Department of Art and Design at Missouri State University. His book designs and varied artwork have won national awards and international recognition.

Distributed for Moon City Press.