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Piano in the Vineyard

by Jean Janzen Good Books (September 25, 2004)

          Once again, Jean Janzen writes mighty poems, finding those heart-stopping human moments for which there is no adequate language. Janzen, a National Endowment for the Arts winner, begins this...


Literary Libations

by Amira K. Makansi Skyhorse (September 04, 2018)

The definitive guide to pairing two of the world's most beloved pastimes: reading and drinking.

A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. Trappist beer with Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Old vine...


Literary Miscellany

by Alex Palmer Skyhorse (October 27, 2010)

Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall as the great writers took pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)? While reading this work, you’ll be just that. Here are behind-the-book stories and facts about...


Beckett Remembering/Remembering Beckett

by Samuel Beckett, James Knowlson & Elizabeth Knowlson Arcade (January 02, 2014)

In life, Beckett was notoriously reticent, preferring to let his work speak for itself. In the first half of this collection, he reveals many of his inner thoughts and honest opinions about his life, writing,...


The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon

by Liu Zhenyun, Sylvia Li-chun Lin & Howard Goldblatt Arcade (August 04, 2015)

The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon, by prize-winning Chinese novelist Liu Zhenyun is a novel of Beijing that paints a microcosm of contemporary China, dealing with classes at the two extremes: the...


I Did Not Kill My Husband

by Liu Zhenyun, Sylvia Li-chun Lin & Howard Goldblatt Arcade (October 14, 2014)

Li Xuelian, married to Qin Yuhe, is pregnant with their second child. Happy news? Not in China, with its one-child policy. It is a crime. What is she to do? Her only option is divorcing before the second child...


The Monkey Grammarian

by Octavio Paz, Helen R. Lane & Ilan Stavans Arcade (July 04, 2017)

Nobel Prize–winner Octavio Paz offers a dazzling mind journey to the sources of poetry. Poet, diplomat, writer, philosopher, hailed as an “intellectual literary one-man band” by the New York Times Book...


The Complete Fables of La Fontaine

by Jean de La Fontaine, Edward Sorel & Craig Hill Arcade (September 15, 2011)

In this wonderful, vigorously contemporary translation, Craig Hill has captured the liveliness, satiric wit, and poetic beauty that made Jean de la Fontaine famous during his lifetime and his Fables celebrated...


Clues to Acting Shakespeare (Third Edition)

by Wesley Van Tassel Allworth (October 23, 2018)

“A workhorse of a book! Beautifully conceived and executed. Clues to Acting Shakespeare is a no-brainer purchase for acting collections in all libraries.” —Library Journal

Clues to Acting Shakespeare has...


Sarah Palin's Expert Guide to Good Grammar

by Jenny Baranick Skyhorse (March 07, 2017)

A hilarious, informative guide to language and grammar inspired by America’s favorite maverick.

It would seem to go without saying that a strong understanding of how to use language properly and effectively...


African Migration Narratives

by Cajetan Iheka & Jack Taylor University of Rochester Press (November 26, 2018)

This essay collection examines the representations of migration in African literature, film, and other visual media. Inspired by the proliferation of texts focused on this theme and the ongoing migration crises,...


Narratives of Environmental Challenges in Brazil and India

by Murali Sivaramakrishnan, Zelia M. Bora, V. Arivudai Nambi & Carmen Escobedo de Tapia et al. Lexington Books (November 15, 2018)

Narratives of Environmental Challenges in Brazil and India: Losing Nature, edited by Zelia Bora and Murali Sivaramakrishnan, contextualizes the two subcontinents of India and Brazil and closely examines environmental...


Paris and the Marginalized Author

by Pamela A. Pears, Valérie K. Orlando, Karl Ashoka Britto & Norrell Edwards et al. Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

This volume of essays explores what it is that has brought marginalized and often exiled writers, seen as treacherous, alienated, and/or queer by their societies and nations together by way of Paris. Spanning...


James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction

by Nathan Ashman Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

James Ellroy is an acclaimed yet controversial popular novelist. Since the publication of his first novel Brown’s Requiem in 1981, Ellroy’s eccentric “Demon Dog” persona and his highly stylized, often...


Homemaking

by Anindya Raychaudhuri Rowman & Littlefield International (October 19, 2018)

Is it possible to think of a counter-hegemonic, progressive nostalgia that celebrates and helps sustain the marginalised? What might such a nostalgia look like, and what political importance might it have?

Homemaking:...


Shakespeare and Realism

by Josy Miller, Peter Lichtenfels, Sam Kolodezh & Bryan Reynolds et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (October 15, 2018)

This collection of essays examines the works of the most famous writer of plays in the English language within the most culturally pervasive genre in which they are performed. Though Realist productions of Shakespeare...


Moxie and a Good Sense of Balance

by Lynne Byall Benson Hamilton Books (October 15, 2018)

The literary character of Nancy Drew, created by the Stratemeyer publishing syndicate in the 1930s, has endured for more than eighty years. Successfully solving complicated mysteries, Nancy Drew offered girls...


The Man Who Would Be Sherlock

by Christopher Sandford St. Martin's Press (December 04, 2018)

A world-famous biographer reveals the strange relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real life and that of Sherlock Holmes in the engrossing The Man Who Would Be Sherlock.

Though best known for the fictional...


Through the Magic Door

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Through the Magic Door (1907) is an essay by Arthur Conan Doyle: his subject is the charisma and charm of books. Doyle invites readers to enjoy the greatest minds of all times through what they have left behind...


Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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This engaging summary presents an analysis of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, a dystopian novel...


Othello by William Shakespeare (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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This engaging summary presents an analysis of Othello by William Shakespeare, which recounts the tragic downfall...


The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, a coming-of-age...


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 23, 2018)

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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

by James Mustich Workman Publishing Company (October 02, 2018)

“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —The Washington Post

“If there’s a heaven just for readers, this is it.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

        

Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill...


The Prose Works of Gha’ib Tu’ma Farman

by Hilla Peled-Shapira Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Peled-Shapira explores the connections between politics, society and literary expression in the works of the Iraqi writer Gha'ib Tu'ma Farman (1927-1990). As the first Iraqi to have composed a modern novel,...


Mythos and Voice

by Charles Underwood Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

This book focuses on mythos and voice in the Odyssey, to illuminate its characters’ journeys from social displacement through discovery and recovery. Mythos and Voice approaches the Odyssey as a narrative...


European Writers in Exile

by Jeff Birkenstein, Robert C. Hauhart, Kelly C. MacPhail & Johannes Evelein et al. Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

European Writers in Exile collects a series of original essays that address the writers’ universal existential dilemma, when viewed through the lens of exile: who am I, where am I from, and what do I write,...


The Private Life of the Diary

by Sally Bayley Unbound (April 21, 2016)

Diaries keep secrets, harbouring our fantasies and fictional histories. They are substitute boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses and friends. But in this age of social media, the role of the diary as a private confidante...


The Disorder of Things: A Foucauldian Approach to the Works of Nuruddin Farah

by John Masterson Wits University Press (April 01, 2013)

Offering a reading of the Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah through the prism of the French philosopher Michel Foucault, this book argues that the preoccupations that have remained central throughout Farah's 40...


Losing the Plot

by Leon De Kock Wits University Press (September 01, 2016)

In Losing the Plot, well-known scholar and writer Leon de Kock offers a lively and wide-ranging analysis of postapartheid South African writing which, he contends, has morphed into a far more flexible and multifaceted...


Bushman Letters: Interpreting /Xam Narrative

by Michael Wessels Wits University Press (April 01, 2010)

The Bleek and Lloyd Collection consists of the notebooks in which William Bleek and Lucy Lloyd transcribed and translated the narratives, cultural information and personal histories told to them in the 1870's...


The Genres of Thomson’s The Seasons

by Kwinten Van De Walle, Sandro Jung, Alfred Sjödin & John D. Morillo et al. Lehigh University Press (September 01, 2018)

Critics since the eighteenth century have puzzled over the form of James Thomson’s composite long poem, The Seasons (1730, 1744, 1746), its generically hybrid make-up, and its relationship to established genres...


The Soul of Statesmanship

by L. Joseph Hebert Jr., Khalil M. Habib, Carson Holloway & J David Alvis et al. Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Shakespeare’s plays explore a staggering range of political topics, from the nature of tyranny, to the practical effects of Christianity on politics and the family, to the meaning and practice of statesmanship....


The Novel of a Novel

by Ervin Sinkó & George Deák Lexington Books (March 20, 2018)

One of the first critiques of Stalinism from within the communist movement, The Novel of a Novel is a memoir in the form of a journal. It was first published in Yugoslavia in 1955 based on the journal, letters,...


Dante Among the Moderns

by Stuart Y. McDougal The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

In this collection, eight distinguished critics of literature assess the nature and range of Dante's influence on the major British and American modernist writers. The indebtedness includes citation and allusion,...


Swan and Shadow

by Thomas Whitaker The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

History was central in a variety of ways to Yeats's poetic development and to the meaning of his work. In this study, Whitaker suggests that history was for the poet a mysterious interlocutor, which Yeats saw...


Virgil's Aeneid

by Michael C. J. Putnam The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In this collection of twelve of his essays, distinguished Virgil scholar Michael Putnam examines the Aeneid from several different interpretive angles. He identifies the themes that permeate the epic, provides...


Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern

by Robert Mills D S Brewer (April 20, 2018)

The artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994) had a lifelong appreciation of medieval culture. But with the possible exception of Edward II, Jarman's films have not been identified to dateas making a major...


Perceval: The Story of the Grail

by Chrétien de Troyes & Nigel Bryant D S Brewer (November 25, 1982)

The Holy Grail has intrigued and inspired countless readers over the centuries since it first appeared in Chrétien's Perceval. Essentially the story of the making of a knight, both in worldlyand spiritual terms,...