Clarice Stasz


Clarice Stasz has published over forty years, from social commentary to biographies. A retired professor of history, Clarice is a leading scholar of Jack London, with appearances in documentaries for HBO and PBS. She was noted by Book-of-the-Month Club for The Vanderbilt Women, and has received several awards for her Jack London studies. Starting her writing career as an editor, Clarice is committed to crisp and straightforward narratives to introduce average readers to history. A lifelong reader of mysteries, Slanderley is her first venture into the genre.

Growing up in Southern New Jersey, Clarice attended Douglass College when it was still all-women. She received an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her Ph.d. at Rutgers-the State University. Following three years as an educational researcher at Johns Hopkins University, she joined the faculty at Sonoma State University, where she spent her academic career. There she taught courses in history, sociology, and women's studies. She also spent a year in post-doctorate study at Brown University on African-American history.

Living close to Jack London State Historic Park, she discovered the author and his times close to her fascination with the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. This led her to the use of biography as a means to convey American history. Her ongoing research was supported in part by the Rockefeller Archives and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through these writings run the themes of gender, race, and power relations as subtexts. She wrote the first textbooks incorporating discussion of the male as well as female social roles, this at a time when concentration on women alone prevailed.

Her next book is based upon her family history of immigrants from Bohemia and Hungary to Cleveland after 1865. It explores the persistence of ethnicity generations after migration and apparent assimilation.

Stasz is a lifelong musician, active as a singer, percussionist, flautist, and song writer. For relaxation she hikes and is a bird watcher. Her volunteer work emphasizes arts groups and services to women in need.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't know the first, but I remember favorite books. As soon as I had a library card, I went through the Nancy Drew series. I also had a Junior Classics biography book with an image of Joan of Arc, who has always inspired me for her daring to break the mold. I was raised Catholic and we didn't have a bible, but a favorite reread was Bible Stories for Children.
What do you read for pleasure?
All my life I've read biographies and mysteries. I'm fascinated by the arc of people's lives, how history affected them and vice versa. For mysteries, I love burying myself into the story. Unlike some readers, I don't try to solve the case, just be as puzzled as the detective.
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Where to find Clarice Stasz online


Tule Reeds and Cattails: An Adventure, A Guidebook
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,180. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Native American, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Botany
Prepared with teachers, students, and camp counselors in mind, this book explores the long history of California Indians and their relationship to nature and invaders. It includes hands-on projects, such as making ropes, mats, toys, fish traps, and recipes through tule reeds and cattails. A large section details the building of a navigable boat. Well-illustrated.
Slanderley: Love and Death in Cornwall
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,430. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Poor Eddie Quirk! In the early 1900s he was butler at Slanderley, home of the cursed de Loverly family. Two puzzling aristocratic marriages and a demented housekeeper shatter his hope for calm. The haunted ancestral mansion, skulking servants, chinless aristocrats and a clueless bride get a delightful re-vamp in this briskly-paced spoof.

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