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Minority Report

by H.L. Mencken

In the fall of 1948 H. L. Mencken, then at the top of his unmatchable form (he had spoken at a meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia only a little while before), suffered a stroke. He...


Happy Days

by H.L. Mencken

Though best known for his caustic newspaper columns, H. L. Mencken's most enduring contribution to American literature may be his autobiographical writings, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker. In...


Pragmatism and Other Writings

by William James & Giles Gunn

The writings of William James represent one of America's most original contributions to the history of ideas. Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics, James composed the most engaging...


World Within The Word

by William H. Gass

In this sequel to Fiction & the Figures of Life, one of America's most brilliant and eclectic minds examines literature, culture, writers (their lives and works), and the nature and uses of language and the...


Tom Weir: An Anthology

by Tom Weir & Hamish Brown

From his early years Tom Weir MBE was set on making his way as an explorer, writer and photographer, a progress interrupted by World War Two but then leading to expeditions ranging from the Himalayas to Greenland....


Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present

by David C. Ward & Frank H. Goodyear Iii

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets...


Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World

by Elsa Marston

What is it like to be a young person in the Arab world today? This lively collection of eight short stories about Arab teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and a Palestinian...


Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

by Jack Kerouac

"[An] essential Beat masterpiece." --The Village Voice.

Perhaps one of the last great dual correspondences of the twentieth century, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters reveals not only the process...


Lit, Migration & the 'War on Terror'

by Fiona Tolan, Stephen Morton & Anastasia Valassopoulos

This is a major new collection of essays on literary and cultural representations of migration and terrorism, the cultural impact of 9/11, and the subsequent 'war on terror'. The collection commences with analyses...


The Oriental Tale in England in the Eighteenth Century

Turkish Delight & Treasure Hunts: Delightful Treats and Games from Classic Children's Books

by Jane Brocket

"We must do something," said Alice....

"Yes, but what shall we do?" said Dicky....

"Let's read all the books again. We shall get lots of ideas out of them."

-The Story of the Treasure Seekers E. Nesbit...


Selected Writings of Max Reger

by Christopher Anderson

Max Reger (1873-1916) was a celebrated German composer, performer on piano and organ, and conductor. Well known for his compositions for keyboards and orchestra, Reger worked during the crucial decades when...


Boss Ladies, Watch Out!: Essays on Women, Sex and Writing

by Terry Castle

A new collection of essays on literature and sexuality by one of the wittiest and most iconoclastic critics writing today.


Under the Sign of Saturn

by Susan Sontag

This third essay collection by America's leading essayist brings together her most important critical writing from 1972 to 1980, in which she explores some of the most influential artists and thinkers of our...


Styles of Radical Will

by Susan Sontag

Styles of Radical Will, Susan Sontag's second collection of essays, extends the investigations she undertook in Against Interpretation with essays on film, literature, politics, and a groundbreaking study of...


How to Read a Novelist

by John Freeman

The novel is alive and well, thank you very much

For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the...


Against Interpretation

by Susan Sontag

First published in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first collection of essays--quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary...


House of Pain: New and Selected Essays

by Laurence Gonzales

Hair-raising, heart-wrenching writing from a renowned journalist


Letters Between Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murray

by Cherry Hankin

The New Zealand-born writer Mansfield (1888-1923) and her husband, Murry, the English editor and literary critic, exchanged hundreds of passionate, probing letters during their tempestuous 11-year relationship....


Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings

by Alexandra Urakova

Deciphering Poe expands the contextual framework of Poe’s work and explores the subversive nature of his art: its use of codes, secret writing, and ratiocination. The essays offer fresh perspectives Poe’s...