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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.,...


The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

by Takasue no Musume Sugawara no, Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Ito

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life,...


A Doctor's Line: Poetry and prescriptions in health and healing

by Kenneth Calman

Through the centuries doctors have developed not only knowledge and experience, but also an understanding of feelings, emotions and ethical issues: the Science and the Art.  Because of these parallel understandings...


Literary Seductions

by Frances Wilson

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....


CliffsNotes on Martel¿s Life of Pi

by Abigail Wheetley

This Lit Note from the experts at CliffsNotes on Yann Martel’s acclaimed Life of Pi includes plot summaries and commentaries, and character analyses on this best-selling book.


Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry

by Stephen Dunn

"Stephen Dunn's essays are grounded and funny and accessible without ceding intelligence or audacity." --amazon.com


CliffsNotes on Northup¿s 12 Years a Slave

by Mike Nappa

CliffsNotes on Solomon Northup's memoir Twelve Years a Slave, now adapted to film and winner of an Academy Award for Best Picture, includes summaries and analyses of this riveting memoir and a comparison of...


Sketches of Irish Character: by Mrs S C Hall

by Marion Durnin

Born in Dublin into the Anglo-Irish gentry, Anna Maria Hall moved to London when she was fifteen where she became famous for her books, plays and travel writing. It was her book, Sketches of Irish Character...


Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading

by Kimberely Chabot Davis

How white engagement with African American cultural texts can lead to empathy between races


Travels in Hyperreality

by Umberto Eco

Eco displays in these essays the same wit, learning, and lively intelligence that delighted readers of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum. His range is wide, and his insights are acute, frequently...


Heroines

Conversations with Jay Parini

by Michael Lackey

Jay Parini (b. 1948) is best known for his novel about Leo Tolstoy's last year, The Last Station, which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and made into a Hollywood film. But he has also...


Magma 59: Breaks

by Roberta James & Alex Pryce

Magma poetry magazine's summer 2014 issue, Magma 59, is on the theme of breaks. Editors Roberta James and Alex Price have selected over 65 new poems that reach in to bring a new look on a familiar scene, take...


Rebel Women: Staging Ancient Greek Drama Today

by Stephen Wilmer & John Dillon

Presents essays by leading writers and academics examining the staging

of Greek drama. This book presents a collection of twelve essays by

leading academics, writers and theatre practitioners examining the

representation...


A Brief Guide To Agatha Christie

by Nigel Cawthorne

Agatha Christie's 80 novels and short-story collections have sold over 2 billion copies in more than 45 languages, more than any other author. When Christie finally killed off her Belgian detective, Hercule...


T. S. Eliot and Christian Tradition

by Benjamin G. Lockerd, Hazel Atkins & Anderson D. Araujo

Many studies of Eliot's writings have mentioned his religious beliefs, but most have failed to give the topic due weight, and many have misunderstood or misrepresented his faith. T. S. Eliot and Christian Tradition...


The Western Canon

by Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom explores our Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty-six authors central to the Canon. He argues against ideology in literary criticism; he laments the loss of intellectual...


Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

by Heather Houser

The 1970s brought a new understanding of the biological and intellectual impact of environmental crises on human beings, and as efforts to prevent ecological and human degradation aligned, a new literature of...


A Thousand Laurie Lees: The Centenary Celebration of a Man and a Valley

by Adam Horovitz

This is not a book about Laurie Lee, still less a biography. It is about the spirit of the man and the spirit of a place. A Thousand Laurie Lees is a poetic reassessment of the Slad Valley, a memoir from a different...


A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean

by Jeremy McInerney

A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean presents a comprehensive collection of essays contributed by Classical Studies scholars that explore questions relating to ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean...