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On Writing

by Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty was one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary figures. For as long as students have been studying her fiction as literature, writers have been looking to her to answer the profound questions...


Hunting Mister Heartbreak: A Discovery of America

by Jonathan Raban

A New York Times Notable Book

"In an era of jet tourism, [Jonathan Raban] remains a

traveler-adventurer in the tradition of  .  .  .  Robert Louis Stevenson."

--The New York Times Book Review

In 1782...


The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination

by Wallace Stevens

The Necessary Angel

by

Wallace Stevens

"In this book, the first collection of his prose works, he accounts in scintillating language for the peculiarly modern and sometimes deliquescent fervor that has prompted...


A Pocket Mirror for Heroes

by Baltasar Gracian & Christopher Maurer

A Pocket Mirror for Heroes is a mirror because it reflects "the person you are or the one you ought to be." It is a pocket mirror because its author took the time to be brief.  And it is a mirror for heroes...


The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets

by Michael Schmidt

A dazzling literary exploration by acclaimed poet and critic Michael Schmidt, The First Poets brings to life for the general reader the great Greek poets who gave our poetic tradition its first bearings and...


Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism

by Elisa Beshero-Bondar

Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism argues that early nineteenth-century women poets contributed some of the most daring work in modernizing the epic genre. The book examines several long poems...


The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books

by Jeff Martin & C. Magee

The way we absorb information has changed dramatically. Edison’s phonograph has been reincarnated as the iPod. Celluloid went digital. But books, for the most part, have remained the same—until now. And while...


The Poetry of William Carlos Williams of Rutherford

by Wendell Berry

Acclaimed essayist and poet Wendell Berry was born and has always lived in a “provincial” part of the country without an established literary culture. In an effort to adapt his poetry to his place of Henry...


A Future for Criticism

by Catherine Belsey

A Future for Criticism considers why fiction gives so much pleasure, and the neglect of this issue in contemporary criticism.

  • Offers a brief, lively, and accessible account of a new direction for critical practice,...


Campbell's Scoop

by Patty Campbell

At the request of her many fans, Patty Campbell has selected some of her best essays, articles, columns, and speeches on the subject of YA literature. Editor of the Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature...


Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb

by Robert Jacobs

Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future presents an international collaboration of scholars and artists who examine multiple reactions of popular culture and the arts to the advent of nuclear weapons. Featuring...


The Right to Write: The Literary Politics of Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley

by Kathrynn Seidler Engberg

This book examines how the early American poets Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley gained agency within a traditionally patriarchal field of literary production during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries....


Historical Dictionary of Film Noir

by Andrew Spicer

The Historical Dictionary of Film Noir is a comprehensive guide that ranges from 1940 to present day neo-noir. It consists of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography, and over 400...


Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100

by HOME/WHITE

In Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100, editors Jackie C. Horne and Donna R. White have assembled a collection of essays that look at the book in terms of class, gender and...


Poetry for Dummies

by The Poetry Center & John Timpane

Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as “the best words in the best order.” St. Augustine called it “the Devil’s wine.” For Shelley,...


Comparatizing Taiwan

by Shu-mei Shih & Ping-hui Liao

As the site of crossings of colonizers, settlers, merchants, and goods, island nations such as Taiwan have seen a rich confluence of cultures, where peoples and languages were either forced to mix or did so...


K.

by Roberto Calasso & Geoffrey Brock

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony comes one of the most significant books in recent years on a writer of perennial interest–a virtuoso interpretation of the work...


The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

by Christopher Booker

This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient...


Lucy Scott's Grand Stand: Age Is an Attitude, Not a Condition

by Alan Sorem

Lucy Scott has faced many challenges in her life, but the one that surfaces on her eighty-fifth birthday may be the greatest of all. As she looks to her future as an independent, energetic woman, her son and...


Song of the Fool: On the Road with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

by Hunter Sharpless & Stephen Kellogg

When nineteen-year-old Hunter Sharpless e-mails roots rock band Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, he doesn't expect a response. He wants to write a book about them. When his inbox chimes two hours later, telling...