Olin Professor of English and American Studies Richard Slotkin has established a
reputation as one of the preeminent cultural critics of our times. His award-winning
trilogy on the myth of the frontier in America, which includes Regeneration Through
Violence, The Fatal Environment, and Gunfighter Nation offers an original and highly
provocative interpretation of our national experience. He has also published three
historical novels: The Crater: A Novel of the Civil War; The Return of Henry Starr; and
Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln. In his more than 25 years at Wesleyan, he has helped
to establish both the American Studies and the Film Studies Programs. He offers
interdisciplinary courses in American literature, history and film. In 1995 he received
the Mary C Turpie Award of the American Studies Association for his contributions to
teaching and program-building. 




Abe (2000)