I taught some Tourgee a decade ago (!) and recall, first, that there is a
introduction and perhaps a select bibliography in one of the recent
editions of A Fool's Errand. (There are not many editions.) Also, I think
Arlin Turner's biography of George W. Cable may mention Tourgee.(He is
on Cable's travels with Twain.) There are also a few articles available.
was in North Carolina after the War (aftah de waw) and made a few enemies
the politicians and important people there. MLA may index some of these
articles, but others may be in small journals on North Carolina history or
literature that are not indexed. Check the indexes for the Southern Literary
Journal (out of Chapel Hill--I'm sure Fred Hobson and his predecessors there
have published material on Tourgee--and you might try the UNC "Documenting
South" website for information. They have a wonderful collection of material
online and in the library. I wish I could remember specifics--I do recall
one of my grad. students did an annotated bibliography on Tourgee back in 94
I'll check but I doubt that I have it still.
Best of luck. Tourgee deserves more attention.