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So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

by Maureen Corrigan

The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't."

Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing...


Literary Rivals: Feuds and Antagonisms in the World of Books

by Richard Bradford

Novelists, poets and playwrights live double lives, sharing the real world with everyone else while spending a good deal of time in a universe of their own making. When they fall out with each other, they are...


Adventures in Grammarland

by Paul Georgiou & Christopher Prendergast

Adventures in Grammarland is set in a fantasy world, where words are people and where, because of bitter conflict and disunity in the past, the land is now oppressed by the tyrant Ignorance. A young lad, Josh,...


Shakespeare's Comedies: All That Matters

by Mike Scott

In Shakespeare's Comedies: All That Matters, Mike Scott explores and explains the secrets that have made Shakespeare's comedies so enduring that they continue to be performed, watched and studied by millions...


Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration

by Hannah Ellis

Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration is a unique collection of specially commissioned essays celebrating the poet�s life and work one hundred years after his birth in 1914. Edited by his granddaughter, Hannah...


Haunted by Waters: Fly Fishing in North American Literature

The Columbia Sourcebook of Literary Taiwan

by Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, Michelle Yeh & Ming-ju Fan

This sourcebook contains more than 160 documents and writings that reflect the development of Taiwanese literature from the early modern period to the twenty-first century. Selections include seminal essays...


Virgil: Aeneid II

by Virgil & R.H. Jordan

In Book II of the "Aeneid", Aeneas relates to Dido his own account of Troy's destruction and his escape, including the episode of the Wooden Horse. It is some of the best Latin poetry ever written, and thus...


The Sounds of Poetry

by Robert Pinsky

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:...


What We See When We Read

by Peter Mendelsund

A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate...


The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities

by Eric Hayot

Eric Hayot teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar. From granular concerns, such as sentence structure and grammar, to big-picture...


On Poets and Others

by Octavio Paz & Michael Schmidt

The Nobel Prize–winning poet and man of letters Octavio Paz was also a brilliant reader of other writers, and this book selects his best critical essays from over three decades. In the sixteen pieces collected...


The Art of Daring

by Carl Phillips

The award-winning poet Carl Phillips’s invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing

In seven insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the...


Henry Miller on Writing

by Henry Miller

“A brilliant selection . . . it is in short a voyage of discovery, an adventure and this the log of that voyage in the life of a probing and powerful writer.” —Robert R. Kirsch, Los Angeles Times. Some...


Great Shakespeareans Set IV

by Adrian Poole & Peter Holland

Great Shakespeareans presents a systematic account of those figures who have had the greatest influence on the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both nationally and internationally....


Great Shakespeareans Set III

by Adrian Poole & Peter Holland

Great Shakespeareans presents a systematic account of those figures who have had the greatest influence on the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both nationally and internationally....


My Left Foot

by Christy Brown

Christy Brown was born a victim of cerebral palsy. But the hapless, lolling baby concealed the brilliantly imaginative and sensitive mind of a writer who would take his place among the giants of Irish literature....


End to Torment: A Memoir of Ezra Pound

by Hilda Doolittle

End to Torment: A Memoir of Ezra Pound is the deeply personal journal kept by the poet H. D. (Hilda Doolittle. 1886-1961) in 1958, the year Ezra Pound was released from St. Elizabeth's in Washington, D.C.,...


Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me that Hollywood Couldn't

by Mel Ryane

After the waning of her successful acting career, Mel Ryane found herself creatively adrift and proposed creating an after-school Shakespeare program at a local inner-city public school. Loaded with an armory...


English for Common Entrance 13+ Practice Book

by Kornel Kossuth

This book of practice questions and mock exam papers gives students the practice they need as they prepare for the new ISEB Common Entrance in English 13+ exam. - Reinforces the skills and knowledge students...