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The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: 1909-1939 (Vol. 1)

by William Carlos Williams, Christopher MacGowan & A. Walton Litz

Considered by many to be the most characteristically American of our twentieth-century poets, William Carlos Williams "wanted to write a poem / that you would understand / ,,,But you got to try hard—." So...


The Trace

by Forrest Gander

A Mexican road novel of love, hate, drugs, and the Mexican Revolution. The Trace is a masterful, poetic novel about a journey through Mexico taken by a couple recovering from a world shattered.  Driving...


The End of Days

by Jenny Erpenbeck & Susan Bernofsky

Winner of the Presigious Hans Fallada Prize and a bestseller in Europe, The End of Days offers a unique view on twentieth-century German history.

The End of Days, by acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck,...


The Life Around Us: Selected Poems on Nature

by Denise Levertov

As Denise Levertov comments in her brief foreword to The Life Around Us, she has "shared with most poets in every time and place an ardent love of what my eyes and other senses revealed to me in the world...


Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China

by David Hinton

The earliest and most extensive literary engagement with wilderness in human history, Mountain Home is vital poetry that feels utterly contemporary. China's tradition of "rivers-and-mountains" poetry stretches...


Core Samples from the World

by Forrest Gander, Raymond Meeks & Graciela Iturbide

A gorgeous, wide-ranging volume of poetry and essays by Forrest Gander, studded with the work of three great photographers. Forrest Gander’s Core Samples from the World is a magnificent compendium of poetry,...


The Hundred Days

by Joseph Roth & Richard Panchyk

Napoleon's return to the throne in Paris, as imagined by the incomparable Joseph Roth. Set during the infamous period between Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his second defeat and recapture at Waterloo, The...


A Little Lumpen Novelita

by Roberto Bolano & Natasha Wimmer

A Little Lumpen Novelita percolates with a young writer's fierce ambitions and intensely tender love of women. “Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime”: so Bianca begins...


Into the Heart of Life: Henry Miller at One Hundred

by Henry Miller

In celebration of the centennial of his birth, Into the Heart of Life: Henry Miller at One Hundred gathers a captivating selection of writings from ten of his books. The delights of his prose are many,...


The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder

by Henry Miller

Henry Miller called The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder his “most singular story.”  First published in 1959, this touching fable tells of Auguste, a famous clown who could make people laugh but who...


All the Stories of Muriel Spark

by Muriel Spark

Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of Open to the Public. This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip...


The King

by Kader Abdolah & Nancy Forest-Flier

A hypnotic page-turner about the grinding gears of historical change and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c. 1848. The King, young Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history:...


Residence on Earth

by Pablo Neruda & Donald D. Walsh

New Directions celebrates the Pablo Neruda Centennial. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Pablo Neruda's birth, New Directions is pleased to announce the reissue of a classic work in a timeless translation...


The Gift: Novel

by Hilda Doolittle

The connections and interconnections of past and present––the realization that life is a whole continuously echoing back to the past and unfolding toward the future––were sources of the strength, renewal,...


Midwinter Day

by Bernadette Mayer

Perhaps Bernadette Mayer's greatest work, Midwinter Day was written on December 22, 1978, at 100 Main Street, Lenox, Massachusetts. "Midwinter Day," as Alice Notley noted, "is an epic poem about a daily routine."...


Diptych Rome-London (New Directions Bibelot)

by Ezra Pound

Diptych Rome-London presents the two undisputed masterpieces of Pound's pre-Cantos work––the long poems "Homage to Sextus Propertius" and "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley." Created in the aftermath of World War...


The Setting Sun

by Osamu DAZAI

This powerful novel of a nation in social and moral crisis was first published by New Directions in 1956. Set in the early postwar years, it probes the destructive effects of war and the transition from a feudal...


Henry Miller on Writing

by Henry Miller

“A brilliant selection . . . it is in short a voyage of discovery, an adventure and this the log of that voyage in the life of a probing and powerful writer.” —Robert R. Kirsch, Los Angeles Times. Some...


The Bridge Over the Neroch: And Other Works

by Leonid Tsypkin & Jamey Gambrell

From the acclaimed author of Summer in Baden-Baden, a collection of short work finally in English.

Leonid Tsypkin’s novel Summer in Baden-Baden was hailed as an undiscovered classic of 20th-century Russian...


End to Torment: A Memoir of Ezra Pound

by Hilda Doolittle

End to Torment: A Memoir of Ezra Pound is the deeply personal journal kept by the poet H. D. (Hilda Doolittle. 1886-1961) in 1958, the year Ezra Pound was released from St. Elizabeth's in Washington, D.C.,...