A Voyage Through American Literature and Culture Via Turkey is a Festschrift prepared by Belma Ötüş Baskett and Oya Başak and edited by Nur Gökalp Akkerman to celebrate Prof. Dr. Sam S. Baskett’s 90th Birthday with the contributions of his friends, colleagues and former students from around the world.
Sam S. Baskett, Professor of English (Emeritus), Ph. D. Berkeley , University of California, taught at Michigan State University for forty years, as well as other universities in various countries like The Universita Autonomo of Mexico, Hacettepe and Bilkent Universities in Turkey, Kobe College in Japan, and University of Surrey at Roehampton in the United Kingdom on Fulbright and State Department grants and direct appointments. One of his first works was American Identity used as a Freshman English textbook in many universities for many years. He has contributed chapters to many books and anthologies have been reprinting his seminal essays on a number of writers, including Jack London, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and most recently, Yasar Kemal and the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. He is the recipient of Distinguished Faculty Award of Central Methodist College. He now lives in Istanbul and contributes book reviews to journals in the United Kingdom.