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This web-blog, begun in late September 2009,  is devoted chiefly to literature, and takes the form of a kind of commonplace book, with commentary, often lengthy. (Along the right “side-bar” you’ll see an honest-to-god commonplace book.)

Mark Richardson, author of “The Era of Casual Fridays,” lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. He grew up in South Carolina & Georgia, was educated at the University of South Carolina and at Rutgers University, taught for ten years at Western Michigan University (1993-2003), before moving, in 2003, to Kyoto, where he now teaches  at Doshisha University.

Much of what you’ll see in these web-pages derives from what he does in the classroom.

His books include The Ordeal of Robert Frost (Illinois, 1997), and, as editor or contributing editor, Robert Frost: Poetry, Prose and Plays (with Richard Poirier) (Library of America, 1995); The Collected Prose of Robert Frost (Harvard 2007); The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume I: 1886-1920 (Harvard, February 2014), co-edited with Donald Sheehy; Robert Frost in Context (Cambridge, April 2014); The Cambridge Companion to American Poets (Cambridge, October 2015); and, now in production, The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume II: 1920-1928, co-edited with Donald Sheehy, Robert Bernard Hass, and Henry Atmore (due out in Fall 2016).



  1. December 11, 2009 11:16 PM

    Mike, my friend. Good to hear from you. I’ll drop you an e-mail. I’ve stopped by your folks’ house to chat a couple of times when I was back in Augusta. Steve was there one time, as was also, I believe, one of your kids.

  2. April 29, 2010 11:50 PM

    Thank you for checking in. My interest in the Civil War, abolitionism, the Radical Reconstruction, and its destruction by white terrorism may stem from my having grown up in the South. But above all it stems from my having read DuBois, Douglass, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. They taught me more about my country than any other writers.

    I’m delighted to hear that you are retrieving the history of the Fort Pillow Massacre. Americans need to understand that almost all our terrorism as been homegrown.

    By trade, I teach American literature at a university in Kyoto. I maintain this web-log as a kind of avocation.

  3. May 20, 2010 12:57 AM

    Dear Sara,

    I found the photo at Google Images. And I see now that it is reproduced in many blogs, etc., on the ‘net. But at present its origin I do not know. The Federal Gov’t hired photographers to document segregation during FDR’s Admin. In the 1930s. These are in the public domain. See:

    I will try to track down the image you asked about, but I would wager that its origins are the same. Have you tried the Library of Congress on-line archives? For example, The African American Odyssey. They hold thousands of images and documents pertaining to segregation and provide copyright information as well. Godspeed with your project.


  4. March 18, 2011 1:35 AM

    Dear Dave,

    Thank you! I’d not in all these months troubled myself to track it down.


  5. August 10, 2011 1:43 PM

    Dear Ms. Arbow,

    I found the image through Google Images here:

    My assumption (though it is only that) is that the image is in the public domain.

    I also find that the Delaware Art Museum has a collection of images from “Puck” from this era:

    Perhaps someone there can answer the query better than I can.

    Best of luck. Please let me know, if you have the time, how things go.


  6. April 22, 2012 2:58 AM

    Thank you. Glad you find the site of use.

    Take care,

  7. September 20, 2012 10:14 PM

    Hi Matt,

    Good to hear from you, and thanks. I’m doing well over here in Kyoto.

    Reading “The Ordeal” to your son? I expect most young folk would find that quite an ordeal. But of course I’m delighted.

    Best regards to you & your son,


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