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Questioning Nature

by Melissa Bailes

In the mid-eighteenth century, many British authors and literary critics anxiously claimed that poetry was in crisis. These writers complained that modern poets plagiarized classical authors as well as one another,...

Ladies' Greek

by Yopie Prins

In Ladies' Greek, Yopie Prins illuminates a culture of female classical literacy that emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century, during the formation of women's colleges on both sides of the Atlantic....

Kiosk Literature of Silver Age Spain

by Jeffrey Zamostny

The so-called “Silver Age” of Spain ran from 1898 to the rise of Franco in 1939 and was characterized by intense urbanization, widespread class struggle and mobility, and a boom in mass culture. This...

Tragedy's Endurance

by Erika Fischer-Lichte

This volume sets out a novel approach to theatre historiography, presenting the history of performances of Greek tragedies in Germany since 1800 as the history of the evolving cultural identity of the educated...

Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

by Stanley Wells

Tragedy, including grief, pain and suffering, is a common theme in Shakespeare's plays, often leading to the death of at least one character, if not several. Yet such themes can also be found in Shakespearian...

Teenage Writings

by Jane Austen, Kathryn Sutherland & Freya Johnston

'Jane Austen practising' Virginia Woolf Three notebooks of Jane Austen's teenage writings survive. The earliest pieces probably date from 1786 or 1787, around the time that Jane, aged 11 or 12, and her older...

The Rift in The Lute

by Maximilian de Gaynesford

What is it for poetry to be serious and to be taken seriously? What is it to be open to poetry, exposed to its force, attuned to what it says and alive to what it does? These are important questions that call...

American Originality

by Louise Gluck

A luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poets

Five decades after her debut poetry collection, Firstborn, Louise Glück is a towering figure in American letters. Written with...

The C. S. Lewis Collection: Academic Works

by C. S. Lewis

With his trademark warmth and wit, Lewis offers invaluable insight and intellectual delight for readers.


• An Experiment in Criticism

• The Allegory of Love

• The Discarded Image

• Studies in Words...

Gothic Spring

by Caroline Miller

When Vicar Flemming arrives with his wife, Eva, to take up his post in the Victorian village of Braxton in northern England, his handsome figure sets the ladies's hearts aflutter, including that of Victorine...

The Algerian New Novel

by Valérie K. Orlando

Disputing the claim that Algerian writing during the struggle against French colonial rule dealt almost exclusively with revolutionary themes, The Algerian New Novel shows how Algerian authors writing in French...

Le Bone Florence of Rome

by Dr Jonathan Stavsky

Le Bone Florence of Rome is a Middle English tail-rhyme romance whose unique copy dates to the late fifteenth century. An analogue of Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale, it follows the adventures of a heroine who...

Enlightenment Travel and British Identities

by Mary-Ann Constantine & Nigel Leask

Enlightenment Travel and British Identities is the first-ever collection of essays devoted to the influential eighteenth-century travel writer, antiquarian and naturalist, Thomas Pennant. Offering a truly multidisciplinary...

Stories Set Forth With Fair Words

by Professor Marianne E. Kalinke

This book is an investigation of the foundation and evolution of romance in Iceland. The narrative type arose from the introduction of French narratives into the alien literary environment of Iceland and the...

That Wondrous Pattern

by Kathleen Raine, Wendell Berry & Brian Keeble

Kathleen Raine was one of the greatest British poets of the last century. Raised in a deeply literary and spiritual household, she went on to study at Cambridge where she met Jacob Bronowski, William Empson,...

The Tar Baby

by Bryan Wagner

Perhaps the best-known version of the tar baby story was published in 1880 by Joel Chandler Harris in Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings, and popularized in Song of the South, the 1946 Disney movie. Other...

Gutenberg's Fingerprint

by Merilyn Simonds

An intimate narrative exploring the past, present, and future of books

Four seismic shifts have rocked human communication: the invention of writing, the alphabet, mechanical type and the printing press, and...

A Modern Utopia

by H. G. Wells

A Modern Utopia is a 1905 novel by H. G. Wells. Because of the complexity and sophistication of its narrative structure A Modern Utopia has been called "not so much a modern as a postmodern utopia." The novel...

Samurai Wisdom Stories: Tales from the Golden Age of Bushido

by Pascal Fauliot & Sherab Chödzin Kohn

A collection of samurai stories, drawn from traditional sources, of battles, strategy, conflict, and intrigue--featuring some of the greatest warriors and military leaders of the samurai era.


Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

by Colum Mccann

From the bestselling author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer—and so much more than that.

Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to...