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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,...


Goldoni in Paris

by Jessica Goodman

The thirty years Carlo Goldoni spent in Paris hold an ambiguous place in his career. The preface to his autobiography explicitly draws attention to France as the site of his authorial glory, but elsewhere he...


On Not Defending Poetry

by Catherine Bates

Sidney's Defence of Poesy—the foundational text of English poetics—is generally taken to present a model of poetry as ideal: the poet depicts ideals of human conduct and readers are inspired to imitate them....


About Poems

by Anne Stevenson

In this innovative series of public lectures at Newcastle University, leading contemporary poets speak about the craft and practice of poetry to audiences drawn from both the city and the university. The lectures...


The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah | Conversation Starters

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah | Conversation Starters

The Nightingale is set in France during the World War II. It is about family relationships, loss, grief, friendship, 

and life during the war. 

Two sisters,...


The Novel of the Century

by David Bellos

The definitive biography of the world’s most popular novel

Les Misérables is among the most popular and enduring novels ever written. Like Inspector Javert’s dogged pursuit of Jean Valjean, its appeal has...


Early Auden, Later Auden

by Edward Mendelson

Presented in one volume for the very first time, and updated with new archival discoveries, Early Auden, Later Auden reintroduces Edward Mendelson’s acclaimed, two-part biography of W. H. Auden (1907–73),...


The Actually Complete Works of William Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare

The REAL Complete Works of William Shakespeare Comedy All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It The Comedy of Errors Cymbeline Love's Labours Lost Measure for Measure The Merry Wives of Windsor The Merchant of...


The Irish Classical Self

by Laurie O'Higgins

The Irish Classical Self considers the role of classical languages and learning in the construction of Irish cultural identities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing in particular on the "lower...


The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe

by Warren Boutcher

This major two-volume study offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Montaigne's Essais and their fortunes in early modern Europe and the modern western university. Volume one focuses on contexts from within...


The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe

by Warren Boutcher

This major two-volume study offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Montaigne's Essais and their fortunes in early modern Europe and the modern western university. Volume one focuses on contexts from within...


In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7] (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #13]

by Marcel Proust

"‘In Search of Lost Time’ is widely recognized as the major novel of the twentieth century." —Harold Bloom

"At once the last great classic of French epic prose tradition and the towering precursor of the...


Between Wales and England

by Dr Bethan M. Jenkins

Between Wales and England is an exploration of eighteenth-century anglophone Welsh writing by authors for whom English-language literature was mostly a secondary concern. In its process, the work interrogates...


The Arthurian Place Names of Wales

by Mr. Scott Lloyd

This new book examines all of the available source materials, dating from the ninth century to the present, that have associated Arthur with sites in Wales. The material ranges from Medieval Latin chronicles,...


Imagination and Idealism in John Updike's Fiction

by Michial Farmer

This book looks past the frequently discussed autobiographical nature of John Updike's fiction to consider the role in Updike's work of the most powerful and peculiar human faculty: the imagination. Michial...


Liffey and Lethe

by Patrick R. O'Malley

Focusing on literary and cultural texts from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth, Patrick R. O'Malley argues that in order to understand both the literature and the varieties of nationalist politics...


Murder in Plain English: From Manifestos to Memes--Looking at Murder through the Words of Killers

by Michael Arntfield & Marcel Danesi

This is the first book to examine murder through the written word--not only the writings of the killers themselves, but also the story of murder as told in literary fiction and the crime dramas that are now...


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...


Verne, Jules: The Extraordinary Voyages Collection (Book Center) (The Greatest Writers of All Time)

by Jules Verne

This ebook comprises the 54 volumes of the Extraordinary Voyages cycle by Jules Verne. (Important note: due to copyright restrictions, novels marked with a (*) are offered in their original French) For a better...


Nabokov and his Books

by Duncan White

At the outbreak of the Second World War Vladimir Nabokov stood on the brink of losing everything all over again. The reputation he had built as the pre-eminent Russian novelist in exile was imperilled. In Nabokov...