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A Madman's Diary, and Other Stories

by Lu Xun & Richard Powers Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2019)

This is A Madman's Diary, and Other Stories by Lu Xun, a renowned writer of modern Chinese literature. Lu Xun was a novelist, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, and poet who wrote both in Vernacular...

Dead Girls

by Alice Bolin & Em Eldridge HarperAudio (June 26, 2018)

"Dead Girls is everything I want in an essay collection: provocative lines of inquiry, macabre humor, blistering intelligence... I love this book. I want to take it into the middle of a crowded room and hold...


by Alec Nevala-Lee & Sean Runnette HarperAudio (October 23, 2018)

An Economist Best Book of the Year

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of 2018

"Enthralling...A clarion call to enlarge American literary history." -- Washington Post

"Engrossing, well-researched... This...

What to Read and Why

by Francine Prose & Allyson Johnson HarperAudio (July 03, 2018)

In this brilliant collection, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, the distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage...

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America

by Thomas C. Foster & Sean Pratt HarperAudio (May 24, 2011)

Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor, returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced...

Bad Feminist

by Roxane Gay & Bahni Turpin HarperAudio (August 05, 2014)

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism,...

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

by Thomas C. Foster & David de Vries HarperAudio (December 11, 2012)

The go-to bestselling guide to help young people navigate from a middle school book report to English Comp 101

In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor...


by Milan Kundera & Graeme Malcolm HarperAudio (September 25, 2012)

Encounter is the latest addition to the acclaimed body of literary criticism from beloved author Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting). Novelist Russell Banks...

The Curtain

by Milan Kundera & Graeme Malcolm HarperAudio (September 25, 2012)

"A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose."...

The Art of the Novel

by Milan Kundera & Graeme Malcolm HarperAudio (September 25, 2012)

Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on Hermann Broch, and his exploration...

The Alice Behind Wonderland

by Simon Winchester HarperAudio (May 24, 2011)

On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas...

Sex with Shakespeare

by Jillian Keenan HarperAudio (April 26, 2016)

A provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spanking

When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her--until a production...

Ted Hughes

by Jonathan Bate & Mike Grady HarperAudio (October 13, 2015)

Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He was one of Britain's most important poets, his work infused with myth; a love of nature, conservation, and ecology; of...

The Art of Memoir

by Mary Karr HarperAudio (September 15, 2015)

Bestselling author and renowned professor Mary Karr offers a master class in the essential elements of great memoir--delivered with her signature wit, insight, and candor.

Credited with sparking the current memoir...

In A Dark Wood

by Joseph Luzzi & Rick Adamson Harper Wave (June 02, 2015)

In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, a scholar and writer uses Dante's Divine Comedy to shepherd him through the dark wood of grief and mourning--a rich and emotionally resonant memoir of suffering,...

Soul at the White Heat

by Joyce Carol Oates & Susan Ericksen HarperAudio (September 20, 2016)

A new collection of critical and personal essays on the writing life, from National Book Award--winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates.

"Why do we write?"

With this question, Joyce Carol...

The Maximum Security Book Club

by Mikita Brottman & Beverley A. Crick HarperAudio (June 07, 2016)

A riveting account of the two years literary scholar Mikita Brottman spent reading literature with criminals in a maximum-security men's prison outside Baltimore, and what she learned from them--Orange Is the...


by Bill Bryson HarperAudio (October 23, 2007)

Shakespeare: The Illustrated Edition is an exquisitely illustrated, updated edition of Bill Bryson's bestselling biography of William Shakespeare that takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan...

Reading Like a Writer

by Francine Prose & Nanette Savard HarperAudio (April 10, 2007)

In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their...

Essential Anais Nin

by Anais Nin HarperAudio (February 27, 2007)

From her famous diaries, that she began in 1914 at the age of eleven, Anais Nin reads passages which reflect the recurring themes of her work. In a slow, clear, heavily accented, hypnotic voice, Nin draws the...

Walt Whitman Speaks

The Dab of Dickens, The Touch of Twain, and The Shade of Shakespeare

by Elliot Engel, Joe Barrett, David Birney & Scott Brick et al. Skyboat Media (December 21, 2011)

They are icons of the literary world whose soaring works have been discussed and analyzed in countless classrooms, homes, and pubs. Yet for most readers, the living, breathing human beings behind the classics...

How to Build an Android

by David F. Dufty & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (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 December 2005, a young robotocist on his way to Google headquarters...

The Heroine's Bookshelf

by Erin Blakemore & Tavia Gilbert Blackstone Publishing (October 19, 2010)

The literary canon is filled with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines, and legendary female authors. Like today’s women, they too placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood,...

The Wisdom of the Shire

by Noble Smith, Simon Vance & Peter S. Beagle Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2013)

In The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds 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.

Drawing on The...

Unbuttoning America

by Ardis Cameron & Bernadette Dunne Blackstone Publishing (May 15, 2015)

Published in 1956, Peyton Place became a bestseller and a literary phenomenon. A luridand gripping story of murder, incest, female desire, and social injustice, itwas consumed as avidly by readers as it was...

Man in Profile

by Thomas Kunkel & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (July 06, 2015)

This fascinating biography reveals the untold story of the legendary New Yorker profile writer--author of Joe Gould's Secret and Up in the Old Hotel--and unravels the mystery behind one of literary history's...

One Man's Meat

by E. B. White, Malcolm Hillgartner & Roger Angell Blackstone Publishing (July 05, 2016)

In print for over fifty years, One Man's Meat continues to delight readers with E. B. White's witty, succinct observations on daily life at a Maine saltwater farm.

Too personal for an almanac, too sophisticated...


by Michael Dirda & John Lescault Blackstone Publishing (August 15, 2015)

From Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda comes a collection of his most personal and engaging essays on the literary life—the perfect companion for any lover of books.

Michael Dirda has been hailed...

A Whiff of Wilde, a Pinch of Poe, and a Frisson of Frost

by Elliot Engel, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe & Robert Frost et al. Skyboat Media (May 12, 2015)

They are icons of the literary world whose soaring works have been discussed and analyzed in countless classrooms, homes, and pubs. Yet for most readers, the living, breathing human beings behind the classics...

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

by Will Durant & John Little Blackstone Publishing (March 21, 2013)

A wise and witty compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books of all time--listed in accessible and succinct form--by one of the world's greatest scholars.

From the "Hundred Best...

The Eating of the Gods

by Jan Kott, Stefan Rudnicki, Edward J. Czerwinski & Bolesław Taborski et al. Skyboat Media (March 03, 2015)

In The Eating of theGods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy fromthe modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare, OurContemporary, Kottprovides startling insights...

A Bit of Brontës, a Dollop of Dickinson, an Offering
 of Austen

The Renaissance

by Walter Pater & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (August 02, 2012)

Published to great acclaim in 1873, Walter Pater's compendium of idiosyncratic, impressionistic essays on the Renaissance gained him a reputation as a daring modern philosopher. Oscar Wilde called it the "holy...

Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 27, 2005)

Building on his enormously successful series of Philosophers in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern now applies his witty and incisive prose to brief biographical studies of the world's great writers. He brings their...

Monster, She Wrote

by Lisa Kröger, Melanie R. Anderson & Erin Bennett Blackstone Publishing (December 17, 2019)

Satisfy your craving for extraordinary authors and exceptional fiction: Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature's strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House...

W. B. Yeats

by William Butler Yeats & William Sutherland Blackstone Publishing (April 14, 2011)

William Butler Yeats, the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is not only one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century but one of the most widely read. The landscape, myths, legends,...

Shakespeare, Our Contemporary

by Jan Kott, Stefan Rudnicki, Cassandra de Cuir & Claire Bloom Skyboat Media (December 16, 2014)

Shakespeare, Our Contemporary is aprovocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, itis one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatricalproductions.

Peter Brook...

Dead White Guys

by Matt Burriesci & Lloyd James Blackstone Publishing (May 12, 2015)

After his daughter was born prematurely in 2010, Matt Burriesci set out to write a book about thirty-two great books, from Plato to Karl Marx, and how their lessons have applied to his life. As someone who has...

The Untold Story of the Talking Book

by Matthew Rubery & Jim Denison Blackstone Publishing (November 14, 2016)

Histories of the book often move straight from the codex to the digital screen. Left out of that familiar account is nearly 150 years of audio recordings. Recounting the fascinating history of audio-recorded...

Notes of a Native Son

by James Baldwin & Ron Butler Blackstone Publishing (February 03, 2015)

At last, a new audio edition of the book many havecalled James Baldwin's most influential work!

Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, whenBaldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of...

Talking about Detective Fiction

by P. D. James & Diana Bishop Blackstone Publishing (April 01, 2010)

To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of...

Archaeology in Fiction

by Scott C. Viguié, Austin Downey, Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg Brazen Wench Productions (August 25, 2015)

Popular fiction is filled with images of archaeologists as daring adventurers who constantly risk life and limb in the pursuit of fabulous antiquities of immense historical and monetary value. There are evil...

Cast of Characters

by Thomas Vinciguerra & Tony Pasqualini Blackstone Publishing (November 09, 2015)

The professional and personal lives of the pioneers of an enduring magazine, the New Yorker

From its birth in 1925 to the early days of the Cold War, the New Yorker slowly but surely took hold as the country's...

E. E. Cummings

by Susan Cheever & Stefan Rudnicki Blackstone Publishing (February 11, 2014)

From the acclaimed author of My Name Is Bill and Home before Dark comes a major reassessment of the life and work of one of America'spreeminent twentieth-century poets.

E. E. Cummings' radical experimentation...

The Enchanted Places

The Ten-Cent Plague

by David Hajdu & Stefan Rudnicki Blackstone Publishing (December 02, 2008)

In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores...


by Adam Begley & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (November 04, 2014)

A masterful, much-anticipated biography of oneof the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor John Updike--a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life andwork...

Adam Resurrected

by Yoram Kaniuk, Stefan Rudnicki, Seymour Simckes & Gabrielle de Cuir Blackstone Publishing (November 22, 2007)

The crowning achievement of one of Israel's literary masters, Adam Resurrected remains one of the most powerful works of Holocaust fiction ever written.

A former circus clown who was spared the gas chamber so...

Dylan Thomas

by Andrew Lycett & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 26, 2005)

In this authoritative, fresh, and compelling account of the extraordinary life and enduring work of Dylan Thomas—author of Under Milkwood, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Adventures in the Skin Trade, Portrait...