PERSONAL:  A few words . . .

I'm never not reading...usually three or four books at a time.  My chief interests
are in culture studies, progressive politics, Holocaust literature and history,
and Native American works.

Right now, I'm reading several books about the Civil War, and two books on the
contemporary religious scene as part of my preparation for my class on
The Literature of Unbelief.  I am also working on a new book that will deal
with the reflections of Robert E. Lee in American culture.

Two favorite literary quotations:

"'I rebel, therefore we exist,' said the slave.  Metaphysical rebellion then
added, 'We are alone,' by which we still live today."
                                                                                                    -- Albert Camus, The Rebel

" . . . I have realized that we all have the plague . . . one must do what one can to
cease being plague-stricken . . . .  I resolved to have no truck
with anything . . . which brings death to anyone . . . "
                                                                                -- Tarrou, in The Plague, by Albert Camus

Below are links to my books, old and new.
Michael R. Steele is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
English Department
at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.