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Press Release: John Wheatcroft has signed with Inverted-A for the publication of his new book

Updated on March 2, 2011

John Wheatcroft

John Wheatcroft in his study Photo used with permission of Bucknell University
John Wheatcroft in his study Photo used with permission of Bucknell University | Source

Texas County, Missouri. March 2, 2011. Inverted-A Press announced today that John Wheatcroft has signed a contract with them for the publication of his new book Portrait of a Lover. John Wheatcroft is the author of over twenty books in print, including Prodigal Son (1967), Ofoti (1970), Ordering Demons (1981), Catherine, Her Book (1983), Slow Exposures (1986),The Beholder's Eye (1987), Our Other Voices: Nine Poets Speaking (1991), Killer Swan (1992), Mother of All Loves (1994), Trio with Four Players (1995) The Education of Malcolm Palmer (1997), Random Necessities (1999), Answering Fire (2006),and The Fugitive Self (2009).

A professor emeritus from Bucknell University since 1996, John Wheatcroft has remained active and has kept publishing since his retirement. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1925, John Wheatcroft served in the United States Navy in World War II, attended Temple, Rutgers and Bucknell Universities, and became a professor in the English Department at Bucknell University in 1952. He served as a juror for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and was instrumental in founding the Bucknell Seminar for Younger poets in 1985.

Catherine her Book by John Wheatcroft

Catherine Her Book is based on Wuthering Heights
Catherine Her Book is based on Wuthering Heights | Source

Inverted-A Press was founded in 1984 by Amnon Katz and is currently run by his daughter. The press is known for its high literary standards and its smaller press runs. With the advent of print on demand publishing, Inverted-A is now starting to put out new high quality books that will be marketed directly on

The demise of the old way of doing business has opened a whole new door for quality publishing, and now it is up to the readers to select the books they wish to read. The old publishing houses and the archaic publication industry have been demoted, and newer, as well as more established authors, such as John Wheatcroft, are embracing the new technology and the fresh opportunities that it affords.

Wheatcroft is known for his novels, poetry and plays. Especially well received were Catherine Her Book which builds on Wuthering Heights and explains Catherine's motivation in a whole new light.

John Wheatcroft Up Close

John Wheatcroft up close. Photo used by Permission of Bucknell University
John Wheatcroft up close. Photo used by Permission of Bucknell University | Source

The Boy Who Loved Trolls, based on a play by John Wheatcroft

The Boy Who Loved Trolls
The Boy Who Loved Trolls | Source

The Who Loved Trolls

Wheatcroft's Ofoti spawned "The Boy Who Loved Trolls"

Wheatcroft's play Ofoti, which was produced for NET Playhouse (now PBS) in 1966 starring Rene Auberjonois was later made into a film, The Boy Who Loved Trolls, in 1984.

The story deals with a coming to terms with reality by a young boy who enjoys the romance of imaginary beings.

John Wheatcroft

John Wheatcroft Photo published by permission of Bucknell University
John Wheatcroft Photo published by permission of Bucknell University | Source

Portrait of a Lover

The new novel by Wheatcroft, Portrait of a Lover, is a beautifully evocative story of a love that is never consummated, but dominates a lifetime of solitary existence. Inverted-A is committed to bringing this project to fruition within the coming year.

Many of John Wheatcroft's books are currently available through He will be signing books at Bucknell University at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on campus during alumni weekend in June. While Portrait of a Lover will likely not be out by then, he will be able to share more up-to-date news about the impending publication at that time.

© 2011 Aya Katz


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