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Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson Henry Holt and Co. (November 18, 2014)

"Adam Nicolson writes popular books as popular books used to be, a breeze rather than a scholarly sweat, but humanely erudite, elegantly written, passionately felt…and his excitement is contagious."—James...

Ideas of Order

by Neil L. Rudenstine Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

Shakespeare's sonnets are the greatest single work of lyric poetry in English, as passionate and daring as any love poems we may ever encounter, and yet, they are often misunderstood. Ideas of Order: A Close...

Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays

by Tony Hoagland Graywolf Press (November 04, 2014)

A fearless, wide-ranging book on the state of poetry and American literary culture by Tony Hoagland, the author of What Narcissism Means to Me

Live American poetry is absent from our public schools. The teaching...

Invented Voices

by Donald Newlove Henry Holt and Co. (September 30, 2014)

In First Paragraphs, Donald Newlove presented his personal selection of the winningest openings in world literature. In Painted Paragraphs, he did the same for the best descriptive passages ever written. Now,...

Major Characters In American Fiction

by Jack Salzman & Pamela Wilkinson Henry Holt and Co. (September 23, 2014)

Major Characters in American Fiction is the perfect companion for everyone who loves literature--students, book-group members, and serious readers at every level.

Developed at Columbia University's Center for...

A Susan Sontag Reader

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 09, 2014)

Susan Sontag occupies a special place in Modern American letters. She has become our most important critic, while her brilliant novels and short fiction are, at long last, getting the recognition they deserve....

The Sounds of Poetry

by Robert Pinsky Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 19, 2014)

The Poet Laureate's clear and entertaining account of how poetry works.

"Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art," Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. "The medium of poetry is the human body:...

Literary Seductions

by Frances Wilson St. Martin's Press (July 15, 2014)

We have all surrendered ourselves to the world that writing creates. Eudora Welty once observed that her mother read the works of Charles Dickens in the same spirit with which she would have eloped with him....

Wheel of Time Reread: Books 13-14

by Leigh Butler Tom Doherty Associates (June 17, 2014)

The Wheel of Time Reread on is an extensive analysis of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, covering the material chapter by chapter. Join Leigh Butler as she summarizes the chapters and comments on...

The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading

by Phyllis Rose Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 13, 2014)

Phyllis Rose embarks on a grand literary experiment—to read her way through a random shelf of library books, LEQ–LES

Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds...

La vie littéraire

by BusinessNews Publishing Business Book Summaries (February 15, 2013)

This work offers a summary of the book “FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE: A Manager’s Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean” by Karen Berman and Joe Knight.“We have worked with thousands of employees,...

The Science of Shakespeare

by Dan Falk St. Martin's Press (April 22, 2014)

William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time—a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas were transforming Western thought, the medieval was giving way to the modern,...

American Smoke

by Iain Sinclair Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014)

The visionary writer Iain Sinclair turns his sights to the Beat Generation in America in his most epic journey yet

"How best to describe Iain Sinclair?" asks Robert Macfarlane in The Guardian. "A literary mud-larker...

Author Unknown

by Don Foster Henry Holt and Co. (February 04, 2014)

From the professor who invented literary forensics--and fingered Joe Klein as the author of Primary Colors--comes the inside story of how he solves his most challenging cases

Don Foster is the world's first literary...

The Redress of Poetry

by Seamus Heaney Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 13, 2014)

Heaney's ten lectures as Professor of Poetry at Oxford, collected here in The Redress of Poetry, explore the poetry of a wide range of writers, from Christopher Marlowe to John Clare to Oscar Wilde. Whether...

Crediting Poetry

by Seamus Heaney Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 13, 2014)

Seamus Heaney's Nobel Lecture, captured here in Crediting Poetry, is a powerful defense of poetry as "the ship and the anchor" of our spirit within an ocean of violent, divisive politics and "world-sorrow."...

The Trip to Echo Spring

by Olivia Laing Picador (December 31, 2013)


In The...

A Way of Happening

by Fred Chappell Picador (December 17, 2013)

One of our most acclaimed and versatile authors, Fred Chappell is comfortably at home in fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. A Way of Happening gathers his essays and reviews of contemporary poetry. Chappell...

Pulp Friction

by Michael Bronski St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

Long before the rise of the modern gay movement, an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring, mostly between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post-World War II era. Cultural critic...

How to Read a Novel

by John Sutherland St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

"Do we still know how to read a novel?" John Sutherland, Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His disheartened answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Sutherland has not given up hope. With acerbic...

The Big Book of Irony

by Jon Winokur St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

Jon Winokur defines and classifies irony and contrasts it with coincidence and cynicism, and other oft-confused concepts that many think are ironic.

He looks at the different forms irony can take, from an irony...

The White Goddess

by Robert Graves & Grevel Lindop Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 08, 2013)

The White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves's works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry. In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves explores the stories behind...

The Kraus Project

by Jonathan Franzen & Karl Kraus Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic—a personal and intellectual awakening

A hundred years ago, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and farsighted...

The Art of Subtext

by Charles Baxter Graywolf Press (July 16, 2013)

Charles Baxter inaugurates The Art of, a new series on the craft of writing, with the wit and intelligence he brought to his celebrated book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction.

Fiction writer and essayist...

Reading Myself and Others

by Philip Roth Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

The interviews, essays, and articles collected here span a quarter century of Philip Roth's distinguished career and "reveal [a] preoccupation with the relationship between the written and the unwritten world."...

Horace and Me

by Harry Eyres Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 04, 2013)

A wise and witty revival of the Roman poet who taught us how to carpe diem

What is the value of the durable at a time when the new is paramount? How do we fill the void created by the excesses of a superficial...

Wheel of Time Reread: Books 7-9

by Leigh Butler Tom Doherty Associates (March 15, 2013)

The Wheel of Time Reread on is an extensive analysis of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, covering the material chapter by chapter. Join Leigh Butler as she summarizes the chapters and comments on...

Wheel of Time Reread: Books 5-6

by Leigh Butler Tom Doherty Associates (March 15, 2013)

The Wheel of Time Reread on is an extensive analysis of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, covering the material chapter by chapter. Join Leigh Butler as she summarizes the chapters and comments on...

Wheel of Time Reread: Books 10-12

by Leigh Butler Tom Doherty Associates (March 15, 2013)

The Wheel of Time Reread on is an extensive analysis of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, covering the material chapter by chapter. Join Leigh Butler as she summarizes the chapters and comments on...

Wheel of Time Reread: Books 1-4

by Leigh Butler Tom Doherty Associates (March 15, 2013)

The Wheel of Time Reread on is an extensive analysis of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, covering the material chapter by chapter. Join Leigh Butler as she summarizes the chapters and comments on...

Looking Forward to It

by Stephen Elliott Picador (October 16, 2004)

Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of American voters, this year's desperate and heated run for presidency, or the legitimacy of the political system. He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try...

Miss Thistlebottom's Hobgoblins

by Theodore M. Bernstein Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 01, 1971)

Once you recall that Miss Thistlebottom was your elementary-school teacher who laid down all manner of taboos concerning the use of language, you will have an idea of what this book is about. In no sense permissive...

The Missing Ink

by Philip Hensher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 27, 2012)

When Philip Hensher realized that he didn't know what a close friend's handwriting looked like ("bold or crabbed, sloping or upright, italic or rounded, elegant or slapdash"), he felt that something essential...

The Wisdom of the Shire

by Noble Smith & Peter S. Beagle St. Martin's Press (October 30, 2012)

In The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds a light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside the classic works of J. R. R. Tolkien and his most beloved creation—the stouthearted Hobbits.

How can simple...

The Situation and the Story

by Vivian Gornick Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 11, 2002)

A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of Love

All narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform...

Legends and Lies

by Dale L. Walker & John Jakes Tom Doherty Associates (November 15, 1998)

"All of history is mystery," Dale L. Walker says, and he proves his point in this lively, humorous--and rational--approach to the West's greatest puzzles. Did Davy Crockett, for example, go down swinging Ol'...

The Calamity Papers

by Dale L. Walker Tom Doherty Associates (March 21, 2006)

Spur Award-winning author, Dale L. Walker continues what he started in Legends and Lies, by uncovering the truth around some of the American West's most famous and infamous figures. Leaving no figure sacred...

The Grey Album

by Kevin Young Graywolf Press (March 13, 2012)

*Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism*

*A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Literary Criticism and Essays Pick for Spring 2012*

The Grey Album, the first work of prose by the brilliant...

How to Build an Android

by David F. Dufty Henry Holt and Co. (June 05, 2012)

The stranger-than-fiction story of the ingenious creation and loss of an artificially intelligent android of science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick

In late January 2006, a young robotocist on the way to Google...

The Jack Ryan Agenda

by William Terdoslavich Tom Doherty Associates (May 02, 2006)

Who is Jack Ryan?

Lowly analyst, James Bondian secret agent, President of the United States?

All of the above?

Or is he just Tom Clancy's mouthpiece for what is right and wrong with politics and policy today?



by Mario Vargas Llosa & John King Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 18, 2011)

One of Latin America's most garlanded novelists—and the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature—Mario Vargas Llosa is also an acute and wide-ranging cultural critic and an acerbic political commentator....

Where the Stress Falls

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 09, 2002)

Susan Sontag has said that her earliest idea of what a writer should be was "someone who is interested in everything." Thirty-five years after her first collection of essays, the now classic Against Interpretation...

The End of the Poem

by Paul Muldoon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 21, 2007)

In The End of the Poem, Paul Muldoon, "the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War" (The Times Literary Supplement), presents engaging, rigorous, and insightful explorations of...

Ex Libris

by Anne Fadiman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself...

Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara

by Joe LeSueur Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 21, 2004)

An unprecedented eyewitness account of the New York School, as seen between the lines of O'Hara's poetry

Joe LeSueur lived with Frank O'Hara from 1955 until 1965, the years when O'Hara wrote his greatest poems,...

Who Owns History?

by Eric Foner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 16, 2003)

A thought-provoking new book from one of America's finest historians

"History," wrote James Baldwin, "does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes...

Dante in Love

by A. N. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 25, 2011)

For William Butler Yeats, Dante Alighieri was "the chief imagination of Christendom." For T. S. Eliot, he was of supreme importance, both as poet and philosopher. Coleridge championed his introduction to an...

The Gutenberg Elegies

by Sven Birkerts Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 14, 2006)

"[A] THOUGHTFUL AND HEARTFELT BOOK...A literary cri de coeur--a lament for literature and everything implicit in it."

--The Washington Post

In our zeal to embrace the wonders of the electronic age, are we sacrificing...

At the Same Time

by Susan Sontag, Anne Jump, Paolo Dilonardo & David Rieff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 06, 2007)

"A writer is someone who pays attention to the world," Susan Sontag said in her 2003 acceptance speech for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, and no one exemplified this definition more than she. Sontag's...

In Praise of Reading and Fiction

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 12, 2011)

On December 7, 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel lLecture is a resounding tribute to fiction's power to inspire readers to greater ambition, to dissent, and to political...