Here is a list of original books and essays by Jack Matthews listed in reverse chronological order. This is a work-in-progress, and as of June 2013 is a small portion of the bibliography.   Reviews and critical essays about Jack Matthews will appear on a separate page. Note: This page goes out of date fairly quickly. But the author’s bibliography on Wikipedia always is up-to-date.  Also, the copyright information page on the author’s website contains information about publication dates and ebook editions.

Works on the Web (in reverse chronological order)

Coming Soon

  •  Abruptions….
  • Schopenhauer’s Will. Published in Czech translation as SCHOPENHAUEROVA VULE, (H&H Publishers in Prague). English publication by Nine Point Publishing in Fall 2013.
  • The Evil Sparrow Play Book (a hybrid play/novel loosely based on Schopenhauer). Unpublished.


  • Gambler’s Nephew (novel).  Etrusan Press, July 2011 (read the review page for this book  on this site).
  • Storyhood as We Know It and Other Tales. Baltimore and London, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.
  • Interview  with a Sphinx, (Play) Dramatic Publishing Company, 1992
  • Moonless Place, a Novella by Jack Matthews. from Human Anatomy: Three Fictions (An anthology of novellas by 3 authors).  Bottom Dog Press,  1993
  • Dirty Tricks (stories). Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990.
  • Ghostly Populations. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987.
  • Crazy Women. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.
  • Sassafras (novel). Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1983.
  • Dubious Persuasions (stories). Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981.
  • Tales of the Ohio Land (stories). Columbus, Ohio Historical Society, 1978.
  • Pictures of the Journey Back (novel). New York, Harcourt Brace, 1973.
  • The Charisma Campaigns (novel). New York, Harcourt Brace, 1972.
  • The Tale of Asa Bean (novel). New York, Harcourt Brace, 1971.
  • Beyond the Bridge (novel). New York, Harcourt Brace, 1970.
  • In a Theater of Buildings (poetry). Marshall, Minnesota, Ox Head Press, 1970.
  • Hanger Stout, Awake! (novel) New York, Harcourt Brace, 1967. (to be republished as an ebook in November 2011).
  • Bitter Knowledge(stories). New York, Scribner, 1964.
  • An Almanac for Twilight (poetry). Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1966.

Book of Essays

  • A Worker’s Writebook, (how-to book on writing). Published as an ebook in August 2011.
  • Reading Matter: Rhetorical Muses of a Rabid Bibliophile. New Castle, Delaware, Oak Knoll Press, 2000.
  • Booking Pleasures. Athens, Ohio University Press, 1996.
  • Editor, Rare Book Lore: Selections from the Letters of Ernest J. Wessen. Athens, Ohio University Press, 1992.
  • Memoirs of a Bookman. Athens, Ohio University Press, 1990.
  • Booking in the Heartland. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986.
  • Collecting Rare Books for Pleasure and Profit. New York, Putnam, 1977.
  • Editor, Archetypal Themes in the Modern Story (anthology). New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1973
  • Editor, with Elaine Gottlieb Hemley, The Writer’s Signature: Idea in Story and Essay. Chicago, Scott Foresman, 1972.

Book Reviews/Critical Introductions

  • Jack Matthews, 100 Days of Counting (Book Review of Joyce Carol Oates’ Raven’s Wings). New York Times Book Review. October 5, 1986. Accessed: Aug 30 2010.
  • Jack Matthews, Forward to book Dave Smith: A literary archive by Robert J. DeMott. Reprinted on Wired for Books. Accessed August 30 2010.

Anthology Contributions/Uncollected Essays, Etc

  • Jack Matthews, “On Norman Douglas’ South Wind”. Found in Rediscoveries: Informal Essays in which well-known novelists rediscover neglected works of fiction by one of their favorite authors. Edited and with an introduction by David Madden. Crown Publishers Inc, New York 1971. pp 190-197. (South Wind is a public domain novel available as a free download at Project Gutenberg).
  • Jack Matthews, “Pilgrimages in Time,” Found in My Poor Elephant: 27 Male Writers at Work, Edited by Eve Shelnutt. Longstreet Press, Atlanta. pp. 185-193.

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