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Why Bowie Matters

by Will Brooker

A unique, moving and dazzlingly researched exploration of the places, people, musicians, writers and filmmakers that inspired David Jones to become David Bowie, what we can learn from his life’s work and...


The Nothing That Is

by Johanna Skubsrud

Rather than making "something" out of "nothing," what follows is an endeavour to express the potential of language and thought to encounter what is infinitely beyond both yet to be imagined.

In The Nothing That...


The Reading Life

by C. S. Lewis

The revered teacher and bestselling author of such classic Christian works as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters reflects on the power, importance, and joy of a life dedicated to reading books in this...


Real and Imaginary Travels 16th-18th centuries

by Rémi Vuillemin & Anne Bandry-Scubbi

Whether real or imaginary, travel stands as a paradigm for the circulation and the production of beliefs and ideas, and can have as much to do with education or spirituality as with utopian politics or the development...


Goethe's Farbenlehre : Theory of Colors

by John Tyndall

"The feelings and aims with which Newton and Goethe respectively approached Nature were radically different, but they had an equal warrant in the constitution of man. As regards our tastes and tendencies, our...


Father Brown Complete Murder Mysteries: The Innocence of Father Brown, The Wisdom of Father Brown, The Donnington Affair…

by G. K. Chesterton

Shabby and lumbering, with a face like a Norfolk dumpling, Father Brown makes for an improbable super-sleuth. But his innocence is the secret of his success: refusing the scientific method of detection, he adopts...


The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray is about the story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of Oscar Wilde most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling...


Shakespeare and Text

by John Jowett

Shakespeare and Text is built on the research and experience of a leading expert on Shakespeare editing and textual studies. The first edition has proved its value as an indispensable and unique guide to its...


Fernando Pessoa

by José Paulo Cavalcanti Filho

Writing a biography about Pessoa is a seemingly impossible task. The great Portuguese poet did not have just one life, but his existence virtually exploded in over a hundred different personalities. Only by...


Retold Resold Transformed

by Christiana Gregoriou, David Platten & Gigliola Sulis

In recent decades crime fiction has enjoyed a creative boom. Although, as Alison Young argues in her book Imagining Crime (1996), crime stories remain strongly identified with specific locations, the genre has...


The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism

by Keith Newlin

The scholarship devoted to American literary realism has long wrestled with problems of definition: is realism a genre, with a particular form, content, and technique? Is it a style, with a distinctive artistic...


The Summing Up

by W. Somerset Maugham

Not an autobiography nor a book of recollections, but the brilliant and provocative summing-up of the great author W. Somerset Maugham's views on life and art.


The Oulipo and Modern Thought

by Dennis Duncan

The impact of the Oulipo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), one of the most important groups of experimental writers of the late twentieth century, is still being felt in contemporary literature, criticism,...


Individuality and Beyond

by Benedetta Zavatta

Though few might think to connect the two figures, Ralph Waldo Emerson was an important influence on Friedrich Nietzsche. Specifically, Emerson played a fundamental role in shaping Nietzsche's philosophical...


Divided Highways

by Heather Macfarlane

The road trip genre, well established in the literatures of Canada, is a natural outcome of the nation’s obsession with geography. Divided Highways examines road narratives by Anglo-Canadian, Québécois and...


Boccaccian Renaissance

by Martin Eisner & David Lummus

A Boccaccian Renaissance brings together essays written by internationally recognized scholars in diverse national traditions to respond to the largely unaddressed question of Boccaccio’s impact on early modern...


Working Verse in Victorian Scotland

by Kirstie Blair

This volume reassesses working-class poetry and poetics in Victorian Britain, using Scotland as a focus and with particular attention to the role of the popular press in fostering and disseminating working-class...


Travel and Home in Homer's Odyssey and Contemporary Literature

by Carol Dougherty

Travel and Home in Homer's Odyssey and Contemporary Literature brings Homer's Odyssey together with contemporary literary texts ranging from Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier to Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping...


Civilising Grass

by Jonathan Cane

What does the lawn want? To be watered, fertilised, mowed, admired, fretted over, ignored? This unusual question serves as a starting point for Civilising Grass: The Art of the Lawn on the South African Highveld,...


Fernando Pessoa: The Bilingual Portuguese Poet

by Anne Terlinden

The purpose of this book is to shed light on the rather unexplored «English facet» of Fernando Pessoa, considered one of the major Portuguese poets of the twentieth century. The originality of this study also...