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The Quest For Graham Greene

by W. J. West

W.J. West has unearthed and pieced together all-new material regarding Graham Greene, which sheds light into the darker regions of Greene's personal, religious, financial, and international affairs. Based on...

Quixote: The Novel and the World

by Ilan Stavans

A groundbreaking cultural history of the most influential, most frequently translated, and most imitated novel in the world.

The year 2015 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the complete...

South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

by Margaret Eby

A literary travelogue into the heart of classic Southern literature.

What is it about the South that has inspired so much of America's greatest literature? And why, when we think of Flannery O'Connor or William...

Thug Notes: A Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature

by Sparky Phd Sweets

Sparky Sweets, PhD. and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series, Thug Notes. Inside, you'll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful...

The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong

by David Orr

A cultural “biography” of Robert Frost’s beloved poem, arguably the most popular piece of literature written by an American

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” One hundred years after its first...

The Hidden God: Pragmatism and Posthumanism in American Thought

by Ryan White

The Hidden God revisits the origins of American pragmatism and finds a nascent “posthumanist” critique shaping early modern thought. By reaching as far back as the Calvinist arguments of the American Puritans...

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by Clive James

In 2010, Clive James was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Deciding that "if you don't know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do," James moved his library to his...

Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language

by Seth Lerer

Seth Lerer tells a masterful history of the English language from the age of Beowulf to the rap of Eminem. Many have written about the evolution of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, but only Lerer situates...

Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times

by Martin Munro

In Tropical Apocalypse, Martin Munro argues that since the earliest days of European colonization, Caribbean-and especially Haitian-history has been shaped by apocalyptic events so that the region has, in effect,...

The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World

by Daniel Worden

The first book-length study of the acclaimed artist who brought journalistic reportage to comics

CliffsNotes on Moliere's Tartuffe, The Misanthrope & The Bourgeois Gentleman

by Denis M. Calandra & James L. Roberts

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

CliffsNotes on Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Carl Senna

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance

by Caridad Svich

An informative new collection of essays packed with insight into the minds of today's theater makers.

The Novel: A Survival Skill

by Tim Parks

The Literary Agenda is a series of short polemical monographs about the importance of literature and of reading in the wider world and about the state of literary education inside schools and universities. The...

Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare

A tragedy of jealousy and betrayal as well as a satire of the consequences of greed and lust, this drama unfolds amid the violent desperation of the Trojan War. After seven years of bloodshed, few illusions...

Arbitrary Power: Romanticism, Language, Politics: Romanticism, Language, Politics

by William Keach

This book explores previously unexamined links between the arbitrary as articulated in linguistic theories on the one hand, and in political discourse about power on the other. In particular, Willam Keach shows...

CliffsNotes on Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by James L. Roberts

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

Derek Attridge in Conversation

by Derek Attridge

This volume of conversation not only provides a succinct philosophical biography that highlights the wide range of Attridge’s interests, but also foregrounds his energetic engagements with literary theory,...

A Companion to Ancient Education

by W. Martin Bloomer

A Companion to Ancient Education presents a series of essays from leading specialists in the field that represent the most up-to-date scholarship relating to the rise and spread of educational practices and...

Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library

by Scott Sherman

A riveting investigation of a beloved library caught in the crosshairs of real estate, power, and the people’s interests—by the reporter who broke the story


In a series of cover stories for The Nation...