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Oedipus Tyrannus; Or, Swellfoot the Tyrant - A Tragedy in Two Acts

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

This early work by Sydney Smith was originally published in 1892 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography.


The Stonehenge Letters

by Harry Karlinsky

The archives of a secret competition, sponsored by Alfred Nobel, to "solve" Stonehenge - as compelling as the monument itself.


The Roman Search for Wisdom

by Michael K. Kellogg

The Roman "philosophy of life" as mirrored in the literature of ten outstanding representative authors

Though Rome conquered much of the world and established an empire that lasted more than a millennium, its...


Phoning Home: Essays

by Jacob M. Appel

A collection of short personal essays on complex issues that range from humorous to poignant


The Keillor Reader

by Garrison Keillor

Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon

When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer,...


The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times

by Paul Loeb

In a difficult time, our most eloquent writers offer words of inspiration and hope


The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

by Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy & Katherine Bucknell

The love story between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy—in their own words

The English novelist and screenwriter Christopher Isherwood was already famous as the author of Goodbye to Berlin when he met...


The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

by Colson Whitehead

The Noble Hustle is Pulitzer finalist Colson Whitehead’s hilarious memoir of his search for meaning at high stakes poker tables, which the author describes as “Eat, Pray, Love for depressed shut-ins.”

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The Informed Air: Essays

by Muriel Spark

Together for the first time in one sparkling, delicious volume, here are the greatest essays of Muriel Spark A fantastic essayist, the inimitable Muriel Spark addresses here the writing life; love; cats; favorite...


In Praise of Nothing

by Eric LeMay

Why do we keep playing the lottery when we know we’ll lose? How does what we laugh at—those bad jokes, wry allusions, and nasty pratfalls—tell us who we are? And what happens when, through some unforeseen...


The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

by Elia Kazan

This collection of nearly three hundred letters gives us the life of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such an important and formidable stage director (A Streetcar...


When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood

by Brian Gresko

From some of today's most critically acclaimed writers-including Dennis Lehane, Justin Cronin, Andre Dubus III, and Benjamin Percy-comes a rich collection of essays on what it means to be a dad.

Becoming a...


Making Callaloo

by Charles Henry Rowell

This important book collects a wide range of fiction and poetry that first appeared in the pages of Callaloo, the premier literary journal devoted to African-diaspora literature and to Black literary and cultural...


Jaufre: An Occitan Arthurian Romance: An Occitan Arthurian Romance

by NoContributor

This translation, first published in 1992, presents one of the most memorable medieval ballads, largely because it contains a number of surprises and falsified expectations.

Jaufre, the hero, arrives at the...


Griffith REVIEW 44: Cultural Solutions

by Julianne Schultz

Homelessness, family violence, drug abuse, and alienation: have our leaders and policy makers been going about it all wrong? What if karaoke could create cultural cohesion in fractured communities; or if hospitality...


Radiant Truths: Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief

by Jeff Sharlet

Beginning with Walt Whitman singing hymns at a wounded soldier’s bedside during the Civil War, this surprising and vivid anthology ranges straight through to the twenty-first century to end with Francine Prose...


Like a Yeti Catching Marmots: A Little Treasury of Tibetan Proverbs

by Pema Tsewang & Josh Bartok

The Yeti, or Dremo in Tibetan, is a dim-witted mythical beast said to feed only on marmots. It sees a marmot, grabs the hapless creature, and then sits on it - saving the delicious morsel for later. And then...


The Opposite of Loneliness Enhanced Edition: Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan & Anne Fadiman

An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation....


The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya

by Nanamoli & Bodhi

This book offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, or Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism....


The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza

by John Daido Loori & Taigen Dan Leighton

Shikantaza--or "just sitting"--is one of the simplest, most subtle forms of meditation, and one of the most easily misunderstood. This peerless volume brings together a wealth of writings, from the Buddha himself...