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The American Idea of England, 1776-1840: Transatlantic Writing

by Jennifer Clark

Arguing that American colonists who declared their independence in 1776 remained tied to England by both habit and inclination, Clark traces the new Americans' struggle to come to terms with their loss of identity...


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

by Kiese Laymon

Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American social and cultural commentary. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of...


Visiting Hours at the Color Line: Poems

by Ed Pavlic & Dan Beachy-Quick

Often the most recognized, even brutal, events in American history are assigned a bifurcated public narrative. We divide historical and cultural life into two camps, often segregated by a politicized, racially...


Behind the Curtain: Selected Fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien, 1853-1860

by Wayne R. Kime

Behind the Curtain re-introduces the fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien to modern readers by presenting fourteen of his works, five here reprinted for the first time, that together suggest the development and range...


A Year in Thoreau's Journal: 1851

by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's journal of 1851 reveals profound ideas and observations in the making, including wonderful writing on the natural history of Concord.


The Essential Martin Luther King, Jr.: "I Have a Dream" and Other Great Writings

by Martin Luther Jr King & Clayborne Carson

A collection of the most well-known and treasured writings and speeches of Dr. King, available for the first time as an ebook

The Essential Martin Luther King, Jr. is the ultimate collection of Dr. King's most...


Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s

by John Hughes

Invisible Now describes Bob Dylan's transformative inspiration as artist and cultural figure in the 1960s. John Hughes combines close discussions of Dylan's mercurial art with related discussions of his humour,...


Conversations with Andre Dubus

by Olivia Carr Edenfield

Over three decades, celebrated fiction writer Andre Dubus (1936-1999) published seven collections of short stories, two collections of essays, two collections of previously published stories, two novels, and...


American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings

by Zitkala-Sa

Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and...


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...


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...


Driving Home: An American Journey

by Jonathan Raban

For more than thirty years, Jonathan Raban has written with infectious fascination about people and places in transition or on the margins, about journeys undertaken and destinations never quite reached, and,...


The Portable Charles W. Chesnutt

by Charles W. Chesnutt

Collections from two of our most influential African American writers?under the general editorship of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

An icon of nineteenth-century American fiction, Charles W. Chesnutt?an incisive storyteller...


The Guy Davenport Reader

by Guy Davenport & Eric Reece

“The difference between the Parthenon and the World Trade Center, between a French wine glass and a German beer mug, between Bach and John Philip Sousa, between Sophocles and Shakespeare, between a bicycle...


Alight

by Fady Joudah

Joudah, an ER physician who worked with Doctors Without Borders, is a master storyteller who refuses to dramatize or withhold


Little Stranger

by Lisa Olstein

At once familiar and utterly strange, Little Stranger renders the world in delicate and essential balance.


The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers

by Brian Dolinar

An extraordinary document of African American life during the Depression


Who Is Mark Twain?

by Mark Twain

Who Is Mark Twain? is a collection of twenty six wickedly funny, thought-provoking essays by Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of which have ever been published before, and all of which are completely...


First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors

by Paul Mandelbaum

Most kid write stories. A few of them grow up to be successful authors. Before Stephen King created Carrie, he created Jhonathan, at age nine. And before there was Rabbit Angstrom, there was Manuel Citarro,...


Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee

by James Tate

Pulitzer Prize winner James Tate's only collection of short fiction available for the first time in paperback.