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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

by Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most...


Literary Occasions: Essays

by V.S. Naipaul

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity—which...


The Manipulation of Literature (Routledge Revivals): Studies in Literary Translation

by Theo Hermans

First published in 1985, the essays in this edited collection offer a representative sample of the descriptive and systematic approach to the study of literary translation. The book is a reflection of the theoretical...


Frank Lentricchia

by Thomas Depietro

Frank Lentricchia was born to working-class parents in Utica, New York, on May 23rd in 1940. He earned his M.A. from Duke University in 1963, and his Ph.D. in 1966. His first two books were about modern poetry,...


The Idea of Europe in British Travel Narratives, 1789-1914

by Katarina Gephardt

Showing how specific rhetorical strategies used in nineteenth-century British travel writing produced fictional representations of continental Europe in works by Ann Radcliffe, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, and...


Thoughts on the New South Africa

by Neville Alexander

Thoughts on the New South Africa is a collection of essays which Alexander brought together just before his death. It reflects on the main issues that preoccupied him throughout his life and sheds light on South...


A Temple of Texts

by William H. Gass

From one of the most admired essayists and novelists at work today: a new collection of essays—his first since Tests of Time, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

These twenty-five...


Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton

by Richard Horan

From the wooded road made of golden hemlock running past L. Frank Baum's childhood home to the lonely stump of Scout's oak in Harper Lee's Alabama, author Richard Horan gathers tree seeds—and stories—from...


The Observing Self (Routledge Revivals): Rediscovering the Essay

by Graham Good

First published in 1988, this title is a study of the essay as a literary genre, not just in terms of its general intellectual and literary history, but as an exploration of the creative possibilities of the...


Essays - First Series

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

American essayist, philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) lead Transcendentalism in the early nineteenth century and greatly influenced the later New Thought movement. Summing up his work, Emerson...


Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008

by Nadine Gordimer

An extraordinary achievement, Telling Times reflects the true spirit of the writer as a literary beacon, moral activist, and political visionary. Never before has Gordimer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature...


Swimming to the Moon

by Robert Drewe

From a floury encounter on a baker’s work table to the art of sitting backwards on chairs, from budgie training to spontaneous human combustion, this collection showcases the nonfiction writing of one of Australia’s...


Letters to Kurt

by Eric Erlandson

A poetic elegy for Kurt Cobain from the man who created the band Hole with Cobain's wife Courtney Love.


The Sexual Life of Catherine M.

by Catherine Millet

A window into a life of insatiable desire and uninhibited sex - this is Parisian art critic Catherine M.'s account of her sexual awakening and her unrestrained pursuit of pleasure.

From the glamorous singles...


The Art of Daring

by Carl Phillips

The award-winning poet Carl Phillips's invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing

In seven insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the...


More Curious

by Sean Wilsey

In More Curious, Sean Wilsey travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post–9/11 New York City. Wherever...


Signs of Change

by William Morris

William Morris was an English writer, architect, and artist and was integral to the birth of socialism in Great Britain. He founded the Socialist League in 1884, but later broke away from it over differences...


New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction: 'Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared'

by Christopher D. Johnson

'New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction' is a collection of thirteen essays honoring Professor Jerry C. Beasley, who retired from the University of Delaware in 2005. The essays, written by friends,...


Creative Unity

by Rabindranath Tagore

Creative Unity is a collection of essays from Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore, who in 1913 became Asia's first recipient of the Nobel Prize. Tagore was an accomplished poet, artist, playwright, novelist,...


Faulkner and Mystery

by Annette Trefzer & Ann J. Abadie

Faulkner and Mystery presents a wide spectrum of compelling arguments about the role and function of mystery in William Faulkner's fiction. Twelve new essays approach the question of what can be known and what...