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Shakespeare's Global Philosophy

by Roger Michael Peters

The three parts of Shakespeare’s Global Philosophy present evidence and argument that Shakespeare's Sonnets of 1609 articulate the philosophy behind all his plays and longer poems and that the Globe Theatre...

A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics

by Karin Kukkonen

This study provides an introduction to the neoclassical debates around how literature is shaped in concert with the thinking and feeling human mind. Three key rules of neoclassicism, namely, poetic justice (the...

Generous Mistakes

by Michael Anesko

By combining the techniques of textual criticism and the insights of close reading, Generous Mistakes offers new perspectives not only on two of Henry James's major novels (The Portrait of a Lady and The Ambassadors)...

The Mind of the Book

by Alastair Fowler

Alastair Fowler presents a fascinating study of title-pages printed in England from the early modern period to the nineteenth century. He examines pictorial title-pages in the context of the History of the Book...

CliffsNotes on Heinlein's Works

by Baird Searles

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.

How We Speak to One Another

by Ander Monson & Craig Reinbold

The best of Essay Daily—each a writer in conversation with and about an essay, whatever its variety, contemporary and classic.

Melinda Camber Porter In Conversation With Octavio Paz in Cuernavaca, Mexico 1983 with Nobel Prize Lecture

by Melinda Camber Porter, Paz Octavio & Joseph R. Flicek

Melinda Camber Porter's conversation with Octavio Paz took place in August 1983 at his home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Camber Porter traveled to Mexico to write an article on the John Huston filming of Under the...

Lady Blackwood's Flames of Love

by Lady Blackwood

My story begins in Medieval Britain, in the year AD 603, with the Holy Sword Excalibur being returned to me as promised by my grandson, the good King Arthur. I am The Lady of the Lake, and I bring you this prophesy:...

The Sub-genres of British Fantasy Literature

by A J Dalton, Robert S Malan & Jay Johnstone

'This is an essential guide to help readers and writers of fantasy know their grimdark from their urban, dark, epic, high and metaphysical fantasy. International fantasy author A J Dalton explains how each of...

On Stories

by C. S. Lewis

A repackaged edition of the revered author’s collection of essays on writing fiction.

C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author...

Literatures of Medieval France

by Michel Zink

This long tradition would certainly not be a reason in itself to keep or restore the subject, had it not something to do with the subject itself. All of the associations between the past and literature, all...

Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

by Nicholas Cronk

Voltaire (1694-1778), best remembered as the author of Candide, is one of the central actors — arguably the defining personality — of the European Enlightenment. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas...

In Defense of Reading

by Sarah E. Worth

Why should we read? We assume that reading is good for us, but often we cannot articulate exactly what it does for us. In this fascinating book, Sarah Worth addresses from a philosophical perspective the many...

Juliet's Answer: One Man's Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak

by Glenn Dixon

Eat, Pray, Love meets The Rosie Project in this fresh, heartwarming memoir by a man who travels to Verona and volunteers to answer letters addressed to Shakespeare’s Juliet, all in an attempt to heal his own...

Shades—Of Painting at the Limit

by John Sallis

"[Sallis’s] ideas are presented in a singular, scholarly, remarkable, captivating, conceptually rigorous, dense, and deep manner.... Highly recommended." —Choice

"This fascinating book by one of the more...

The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt

by Mark Athitakis

In the public imagination, Midwestern literature has not evolved far beyond heartland laborers and hardscrabble immigrants of a century past. But as the region has changed, so, in many ways, has its fiction....

Music into Fiction

by Theodore Ziolkowski

This book deals with three aspects that have been neglected in the burgeoning field of music and literature. The "First Movement" of the book considers writers from German Romanticism to the present who, like...

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's Hamlet

by Carla Lynn Stockton

Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, but your grades will be sweet when you rely on CliffsNotes on Hamlet as you digest Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece. In this play, Hamlet explores the meaning...

Stranger, Baby

by Emily Berry

'The loss of a mother must be something very strange', observed Sigmund Freud, a reflection that haunts this intense and powerful new book.

Emily Berry's Dear Boy was described as a 'blazing debut', winning the...

The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels

by Anka Muhlstein & Adriana Hunter

A scintillating glimpse into the lives of acclaimed writers and artists and their inspiring, often surprising convergences, from the author of Monsieur Proust's Library


With the wit and penetration well known...