Thomas Ruys Smith

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.