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From the PublisherCasper's excellent Consturcting American Lives defines a new way of conceiving and writing literary history .
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Casper's ambition and accomplishment are clearly worthy of both our admiration and our applause.
American Historical Review
Anyone interested in nineteenth-century American cultural production will need to read [Casper's] book.
Journal of American History
Casper has made a sweeping and encyclopedic survey of the cultural work of an important genre.
Reviews in American History
An excellent study linking the biographical genre within the context of the 19th-century culture.