Thomas Ruys Smith is
Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture and the
University of East Anglia. He is the author of Southern Queen:
New Orleans in the Nineteenth Century (Continuum, 2011),
River of Dreams: Imagining the Mississippi Before Mark
Twain (Louisiana State University Press, 2007), editor of
Blacklegs, Card Sharps and Confidence Men: Nineteenth-Century
Mississippi River Gambling Stories (LSUP, 2010), and
co-editor, with Sarah Churchwell, of Must Read: Rediscovering
American Bestsellers, from Charlotte Temple to The Da Vinci
Code (Continuum, 2012).
More information is available here. He blogs about nineteenth century America at American Scrapbook. You can follow him on Twitter @ThomasRuysSmith.