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Reading Robert Burns: Texts, Contexts, Transformations

by Carol McGuirk

Robert Burns is Scotland's greatest cultural icon. Yet, despite his continued popularity, critical work has been compromised by the myths that have built up around him. McGuirk focuses on Burns's poems and songs,...


James Orr, Poet and Irish Radical

by Carol Baraniuk

James Orr was the foremost of the Ulster Weaver poets and has been favourably compared to his near contemporary Robert Burns. Baraniuk looks at Orr's life and work, examining the changing social, political and...


The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

by Gustav Heldt

Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered Japan’s first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of Japan’s islands,...


Invented Voices

by Donald Newlove

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,...


The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb

by Stanley Plumly

A window onto the lives of the Romantic poets through the re-creation of one legendary night in 1817. The author of the highly acclaimed Posthumous Keats, praised as “full of . . . those fleeting moments we...


Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life

by Katherine Duncan-Jones

A paperback reissue of a critically acclaimed biography which shows Shakespeare as a man among men and a writer among writers. Duncan Jones takes us through the complexities of life in late Elizabethan and early...


City Life

by Witold Rybczynski

In City Life, Witold Rybczynski looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements...


Major Characters In American Fiction

by Jack Salzman

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...


Shakespeare and Language: Reason, Eloquence and Artifice in the Renaissance

by Jonathan Hope

Why would Elizabethan audiences find Shakespeare's character of the Fool so funny? And what exactly is meant by the name the 'Weird' Sisters in Macbeth? Jonathan Hope, in a comprehensive and fascinating study,...


Shakespeare and Religion

by Alison Shell

Shakespeare's writing has been seen both as profoundly religious, giving everyday human life a sacramental quality, and as profoundly secular, foreshadowing the kind of humanism that sees no necessity for God....


Shakespeare and Law

by Andrew Zurcher

Andrew Zurcher takes a fresh, historically sensitive look at Shakespeare's meticulous resort to legal language, texts, concepts, and arguments in a range of plays and poems.


Shakespeare and the Medieval World

by Helen Cooper

Shakespeare and the Medieval World provides a panoramic overview of the influence of medieval culture on Shakespeare's plays and poems that opens up new vistas within his work uncovering the richness of his...


A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Sweet Bird of Youth

by Stephen Bottoms, Philip Kolin & Michael Hooper

A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams provides the essential guide to Williams' most studied and revived dramas. Authored by a team of leading scholars, it offers students a clear analysis and...


A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Sweet Bird of Youth

by Stephen Bottoms, Philip Kolin & Michael Hooper

A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams provides the essential guide to Williams' most studied and revived dramas. Authored by a team of leading scholars, it offers students a clear analysis and...


Collection of Sand

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

The last of Italo Calvino's works to appear during the author's lifetime, Collection of Sand is a group of essays never before published in English, discussing subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps...


The Consolations of Writing: Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi

by Rivkah Zim

Boethius wrote The Consolation of Philosophy as a prisoner condemned to death for treason, circumstances that are reflected in the themes and concerns of its evocative poetry and dialogue between the prisoner...


Seven Contemporary Authors: Essays on Cozzens, Miller, West, Golding, Heller, Albee, and Powers

by Thomas B. Whitbread

These seven critical essays, each on a twentieth-century novelist, are disparate in content, but all are concerned with the problem of evil and inhumanity and with the paradoxes of human existence. Each essay...


William Faulkner, Letters & Fictions

by James G. Watson

Besides the groundbreaking novels and stories that brought him fame, William Faulkner throughout his life wrote letters-to his publisher, his lovers, his family, and his friends. In this first major study of...


Ellen Glasgow: Beyond Convention

by Linda W. Wagner

For many years Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Glasgow has been regarded as a classic American regional novelist. But Glasgow is far more than a Southern writer, as Linda Wagner demonstrates in this fascinating...


DOS Passos: Artist as American

by Linda W. Wagner

In most of his half century of writing, John Dos Passos consistently tried to capture and define the American character. The complete range of his work builds to Dos Passos' concept of "contemporary chronicle,"...