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A Stay Against Confusion

by Ron Hansen

In the tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Andre Dubus, A Stay Against Confusion explores the role that religious belief and literature play in one writer's life. All creative writing is, in the words of Robert...


The Bhagavad Gita (Norton Critical Editions)

by Charles Martin & Gavin Flood

“A true translation whose literary qualities make it stand out from the rest.”

–Daniel Gold, Cornell University

“Here’s a chance to rediscover The Bhagavad Gita in a translation that blends true scholarship...


The Underdogs (Norton Critical Editions)

by Mariano Azuela, Anna More & Ilan Stavans

Mariano Azuela’s classic novel of the Mexican Revolution is now available as a Norton Critical Edition. Los de abajo (The Underdogs) is Mariano Azuela’s unforgettable novel of the Mexican Revolution (1910–17)....


The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chekhov & Tom Stoppard

Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theater, and this was as true of Ivanov, his first full-length play, as of The Cherry Orchard, his last. Building on the success of his acclaimed adaptation...


Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson

"Adam Nicolson writes popular books as popular books used to be, a breeze rather than a scholarly sweat, but humanely erudite, elegantly written, passionately felt…and his excitement is contagious."—James...


Ideas of Order

by Neil L. Rudenstine

Shakespeare’s sonnets are the greatest single work of lyric poetry in English, as passionate and daring as any love poems we may ever encounter, and yet, they are often misunderstood. Ideas of Order: A Close...


Replay: Classic Modern Drama Reimagined

by Toby Zinman

Replay: Classic Modern Drama Reimagined spans over a century of great theatre to explore how iconic plays have been adapted and versioned by later writers to reflect or dissect the contemporary zeitgeist.

Starting...


Brecht on Performance: Messingkauf and Modelbooks

by Bertolt Brecht, Tom Kuhn & Marc Silberman

Brecht on Performance: Dialogues, Models, Practice Pieces�presents�a selection of Brecht's principle writings for actors and directors and is suitable for acting schools, directors, actors, students and...


Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas

by Nicole N. Aljoe & Ian Finseth

Focusing on slave narratives from the Atlantic world of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this interdisciplinary collection of essays suggests the importance-even the necessity-of looking beyond...


The Literary Criticism of Frank Norris

by Donald Pizer

All of American author Frank Norris's significant critical writings have been compiled in this book, including his articles for the San Francisco Wave during 1896-1897 and selections from his "Weekly Letter"...


The Modernist Movement in Brazil: A Literary Study

by John Nist

"Ask an authority on Brazilian culture what he considers to be the most significant artistic event in Brazil during this century," observes John Nist, "and he will quickly reply, 'The Modern Art Week Exhibition,...


Shakespeare's Grammatical Style: A Computer-assisted Analysis of Richard II and Anthony and Cleopatra

by Dolores M. Burton

Shakespeare's Grammatical Style is the first full-scale, systematic study using an examination of Shakespeare's syntax as a key to the interpretation of his work. Dolores M. Burton presents information on the...


The Sign in Music and Literature

by Wendy Steiner

The notion of semiotics as a universal language that can encompass any object of perception makes it the focus of a revolutionary field of inquiry, the semiotics of art. This volume represents a unique gathering...


Today the Struggle: Literature and Politics in England during the Spanish Civil War

by Katharine Bail Hoskins

Many writers, from Aristophanes to Joseph Heller, have written about politics. But at certain periods in history, often at times of conflict and turmoil, writers have consciously used their literary talents...


Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home

by Roberto González Echevarría

Alejo Carpentier was one of the greatest Latin American novelists of the twentieth century, as well as a musicologist, journalist, cultural promoter, and diplomat. His fictional world issues from an encyclopedic...


Hellenistic Tragedy: Texts, Translations and a Critical Survey

by Agnieszka Kotlinska-Toma

Ancient Greek tragedy is ubiquitously studied and researched, but is generally considered to have ended, as it began, in the fifth century BC. However, plays continued to be written and staged in the Greek world...


The Hobbit and History: Companion to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Nancy R. Reagin & Janice Liedl

What do Gandalf and Merlin have in common, besides robes and magical staffs? Where do hobbits get their recipes, riddles, and love of rambling? What other Rings of Power were circulating in medieval Europe?...


Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...


Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays

by Tony Hoagland

A fearless, wide-ranging book on the state of poetry and American literary culture by Tony Hoagland, the author of What Narcissism Means to Me

Live American poetry is absent from our public schools. The teaching...


Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon: The Modern Library Series, 1917-1955

by Lise Jaillant

In the 1920s and 1930s the Modern Library series began to bring out cheap editions of modernist works. Jaillant provides a thorough analysis of the series' mix of highbrow and popular literature and argues that...