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The Portable Enlightenment Reader

by Various

The Age of Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an exultant intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical...


Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962-1966

by Thich Hanh

Best known for his Buddhist teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh has lived in exile from his native Vietnam since 1966. These remarkable early journals reveal not only an exquisite portrait of the Zen master as a young...


The Portable Nietzsche

by Friedrich Nietzsche

The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a hundred years ago. As Walter Kaufmann, one of the world’s leading authorities...


The Portable Machiavelli

by Niccolo Machiavelli

In the four and a half centuries since Machiavelli’s death, no single and unanimously accepted interpretation of his ideas has succeeded in imposing itself upon the lively debate over the meaning of his works....


Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches

by Mark Twain

These short fiction and prose pieces display the variety of Twain's imaginative invention, his diverse talents, and his extraordinary emotional range. Twain was a master of virtually every prose genre; in fables...


Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American

by Maria Mazziotti Gillan

In stories and poems that explore how our society shapes us, Identity Lessons features a wide array of ethnic perspectives on growing up in America. Leading the reader into the living-rooms, boardrooms, classrooms,...


Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

by John Keats

The epic romance of one of the most celebrated poets in the English language

Coming to theatres in September 2009 is the tragic love story of nineteenth- century poet John Keats and the love of his life, Fanny...


The Collected Writings

by Zelda Fitzgerald, Mary Gordon & Matthew J. Bruccoli

This comprehensive collection of Zelda Fitzgerald’s work—including her only published novel, Save Me the Waltz—puts the jazz-age heroine in an illuminating literary perspective.

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald has...


The Portable Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

It takes a very inclusive anthology to encompass the protean personality and range of interests of Benjamin Franklin, but The Portable Benjamin Franklin succeeds as no collection has. In addition to the complete...


Suitable Accommodations

by J. F. Powers & Katherine A. Powers

A wry, moving collection of letters from the late J. F. Powers, “a comic writer of genius” (Mary Gordon)

Best known for his 1963 National Book Award–winning novel, Morte D’Urban, and as a master of the...


My 1980s and Other Essays

by Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays

Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as “an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between...


Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape

by James Canton

Beyond the brash modern stereotypes of Essex there exists a landscape that has inspired some of England's finest writing. This book tracks the paths of those literary figures who have ventured into the wilder...


Granta 124: Travel

by John Freeman

Hari Kunzru travels to Chernobyl, Detroit and Japan to investigate the phenomenon of disaster tourism. Policeman-turned-detective-turned-writer A Yi describes life as a provincial gumshoe in China. Physician...


The Best Australian Bush Stories

by Jim Haynes

Stories that take us from the Mallee to the back of Bourke and beyond ... an indispensable collection about the enduring appeal of the Australian bush.


The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

by Henry Miller

"Henry Miller is the nearest thing to Céline America has produced.... He aims not at the ears, brains, or consciences, but at the viscera and solar plexus."-The New Leader.In 1939, after ten years as an expatriate,...


The Best Australian Essays 2012

by Ramona Koval

'When looking for wisdom, it's a good idea to range widely'-RAMONA KOVAL

The Best Australian Essays 2012 presents the country's most eloquent voices at the peak of their powers. Helen Garner, Anna Krien and...


Vintage Nell: The McCafferty Reader

by Elgy Gillespie

Contraception, abortion, divorce, gay rights, the war with Britain. The fire has burned out, the smoke is drifting away, and we begin to see clearly now. When the next millennium comes the landscape for the...


Zoology: On (Post)Modern Animals

by Bart Verschaffel & Mark Vermink

The contributions to this book are about the zoo and modernity, the fable beasts from Aesop to cartoons, antique imagination about animals, ‘natural histories, the horse’s grandeur, bestiaries, designer chicken...


Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays

by June Jordan

A posthumous collection of the essays of June Jordan, noted for its "love of language" and "expression of social identity" (Reamy Jansen, San Francisco Chronicle)


Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times

by R E Pritchard

This is an intriguing and fascinating collection of excerpts from some of the best, wittiest and most unusual sixteenth and seventteenth century writing.