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Can China Think?

by Sean Moores

Since the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, much scholarly work has been done on “thinking China”. A result has been the most contradictory representations which attempt to reconcile “philosophical China”...


My Emily Dickinson

by Susan Howe & Eliot Weinberger

"Starts off as a manifesto but becomes richer and more suggestive as it develops."—The New York Sun With exacting rigor and wit, Howe pulls Dickinson free of all the sterile and stuffy belle-of-Amherst cotton...


The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part III: 1897-1903

by Pierre Coustillas

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing both chronologically and in close detail. This final volume in Coustillas's prodigious biography examines the turbulent last...


The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part II: 1888-1897

by Pierre Coustillas

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing both chronologically and in close detail. Part II assesses the period of Gissing's greatest authorial triumphs. His most critically...


The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part I: 1857-1888

by Pierre Coustillas

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing chronologically and in close detail. Part I covers Gissing's early life up until his establishment as a writer of moderate...


The Kraus Project

by Jonathan Franzen & Karl Kraus

A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic--a personal and intellectual awakening

A hundred years ago, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and farsighted...


CliffsNotes on Shakespeare¿s Othello

by Gary K Carey & Helen McCulloch

Betrayal and manipulation lie at the heart of Othello. Keep up with all the crosses and double-crosses of this tragic play with the CliffsNotes version of the play, which will help you form your own opinions...


CliffsNotes on Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Mary Robinson

Piqued by a dare, Angelou wrote this first book as an exercise in autobiography as art — and succeeded. Her novel is a story of the difficulties of black women and the eventual victory of spirit that comes...


The Romance of the Forest: A Gothic Novel (Reader's Edition)

by Ann Ward Radcliffe & Sandra K. Williams

After being abandoned by the man she believes to be her father, Adeline St. Pierre finds precarious refuge with Pierre de la Motte and his family. Although La Motte is himself fleeing Paris to escape imprisonment,...


Secrets of The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel

by Daniel Burstein & Arne de Keijzer

Unlock the secrets of The Lost Symbol

There is only one Dan Brown—and there is only one Secrets team that has achieved worldwide bestselling success by providing curious readers with compelling and authoritative...


CliffsNotes on Hosseini's The Kite Runner

by Richard P. Wasowski

The CliffsNotes study guide on Hosseini's The Kite Runner


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson Prize 2006

by James Shapiro

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England

Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army...


Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads: 100 Must-Reads

by David Morrell & Hank Wagner

The most riveting reads in history meet today's biggest thriller writers in Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads.Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads examines 100 seminal works of suspense...


HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done

by Oliver Burkeman

How do you solve the problem of human happiness? It's a subject that has occupied some of the greatest philosophers of all time, from Aristotle to Paul McKenna - but how do we sort the good ideas from the terrible...


CliffsNotes on Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

by Kate Maurer

CliffsNotes on The Great Gatsby explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of triumph, tragedy, and a classic love triangle in the 1920s.


CliffsNotes on Orwell's Animal Farm

by Daniel Moran

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries...


Complete Fairy Tales

by Jacob Grimm & Wilhelm Grimm

The tale of 'Cinderella' is told wherever stories are still read aloud and everyone is familiar with 'Rapunzel' and 'The Golden Goose', but who has heard all the wonderful stories collected by the Brothers Grimm?...


Invertebrata Enigmatica: Giant Spiders, Dangerous Insects, and Other Strange Invertebrates in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Chad Arment

Intelligent ants with their own civilizations, killer moths, apocalyptic bees, mind-bending butterflies, supernatural spiders, giant arachnids, and many more... Several of the tales are of interest to connoiseurs...


About Time: The Forerunners of Time Travel and Temporal Anomalies in Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Chad Arment

Time travel stories date back to the 1700s. This anthology collects some of the earliest short stories that explore the fascinating subject of time through fantasy and science fiction. The 15 time travel stories...


The Dan Brown Companion

by Simon Cox

With its in-depth look at some of the themes and real-life stories behind the fiction, The Dan Brown Companion gives a unique insight into the world of one of the most successful bestselling novelists of our...