What do we learn from the past?

It seems like every time I have a chance to go on facebook and see what some of my friends and family are up to someone has posted something from the past. Like, “Do you remember this?”

What do we learn from the past? When we keep making the same mistakes we have learned nothing. History and literature from previous ages, however, can be fascinating. By the study of genealogy I have gleaned a great deal about my ancestors and what their worldviews were and the times, both good and bad,

When we study bygone days we are not to repeat the same mistakes that gave our forebears great angst. We are to learn to make the world a better place.

At St. Clair Publications we preserve the great literature which defined the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Such a book is our latest release, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.

It tells the all-to-common tale of the inward conflict of a Union private torn over the issues of the divided American nation and ridden with guilt from his decision to flee his unit. He is ashamed of his cowardice and seeks peace, wishing for a wound, a ‘red badge of courage,’ which would show that he had at least faced his duty as a soldier.

Stephen Crane is now seen as one of the most prolific authors of his generation. Own your copy of this immortal classic today by ordering our version with a forward by me from Amazon for only $9.95.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Own it now!

The new Oz flick, Oz the Great and Terrible, is making waves at the box office. The original 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, was among the most successful children’s films of all time. But now take a step back even further in time with me. At the close of the nineteenth century, two very creative young men collaborated to publish a book of Nursery Rhymes. Those two men were writer L. Frank Baum and illustrator William Wallace Wenslow. The next year, in 1900, they would introduce the world to Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman (as he was first called), the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked WItch of the West, the ‘humbug’ Wizard and a host of other brilliantly imagined characters which would change the face of children’s litterature forever. There would be 13 sequals. I have two of these first edition books in my library.

Now, own the book that started it all! St. Clair Publications has just released an affordable version of that very first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Get your copy today at www.amazon.com.

But not only are we publishing the classics, but we are making our own Emma Lynn Children’s Books. Maybe some day folks will look back and say, “I have an original of that classic in my library!.”

New releases

Every month we are releasing about three new titles. Sometimes more, perhaps some months, less. It is so exciting to participate in the birthing process.

One of our ongoing projects is classic literature. More than one book is being formatted and prepared at a time, and progress depends upon being able to work them in with new titles. Before the first of September we will be releasing both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the timeless classic by Mark Twain based upon his life growing up on the banks of the Mississippi, and A Man for the Ages, Irving Bacheller’s enduring best-seller about the life of our beloved 17th American President, Abraham Lincoln.

Add to this a beautiful 8.5 X 11 full color children’s book, Prince Henry St. Clair, Earl of Orkney, by noted British faerie artist, Hazel Brown, based on the brave voyage made to the New World almost 100 years before Columbus, and you have a trio headed for success.

When new authors come to St. Clair Publications they receive one-on-one personal attention,  true value unbeatable in today’s publishing market, and worldwide distribution. Our motto is Small enough to listen to the author, large enough to reach the world.

The more things change the more they stay the same

One of the tasks with which I am involved on a daily basis is the preparation of books for publication, either in printed form or as e-books. When working with classic litterature–those endearing yarns of the nineteenth or early twentieth centuries–I certainly realize the evolving of our language and the difference in common terms which have been lost in the marching onward of the years. That’s why it is intriquing to me to work with cliches, proverbs and idioms in determning their origins and how their meanings have altered with the turning of the pages of time.

But a saying that is certainly an axium is ‘The more things change the more they stay the same.’ The first time this proverbial phrase was brought to my attention was as the title of an article by a dear friend of mine several years back. I am currently formatting the charming Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain for release by our new eVolve e-book division. Though some of the phrases and expressions have gone the way of the dodo bird, the quaint charm and insights into human nature are timeless.