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The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

by James Shapiro

Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year—King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and...


Pocket Companion to Narnia

by Paul F. Ford

The pocket guide is an adventurer's passport to the land of Narnia. From Aslan, the great lion, to Zardeenah, the mysterious lady of the night, this comprehensive and accessible companion contains hundreds of...


American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman

by F. O. Matthiessen

An ambitious literary critique of the works produced during the American Renaissance of the mid-19th century. Matthiessen analyzes and links together the works of five preeminent American writers: Emerson, Thoreau,...


J.D. Salinger's the Catcher in the Rye: A Routledge Study Guide

by Sarah Graham

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye (1951) is a twentieth-century classic. Despite being one of the most frequently banned books in America, generations of readers have identified with the narrator, Holden...


The Post Office Lady with the Dragon Tattoo: An Essay

by Laurie Notaro

I had been dreading this day for more than a year.

 

Everyone’s favorite Idiot Girl, Laurie Notaro, is very close to wearing out her welcome in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Just a year ago, she was eighty-sixed...


This Is a Book

by Demetri Martin

From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book.

Demetri's...


Wicked: A Musical Biography

by Paul R. Laird

This book explores the creation of the popular Broadway musical Wicked through an examination of draft scripts, interviews with major figures, and the study of primary musical sources such as sketches, drafts,...


Noises Off

by Michael Frayn

Noises Off, the classic farce by the Tony Award—winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage “drama” that develops during...


The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

by Samuel R. Delany & Matthew Cheney

An indispensable work of science fiction criticism revised and expanded


Jewish Rhetorics: History, Theory, Practice

by Michael Bernard-Donals & Janice W. Fernheimer

Addresses the plurality of Jewish approaches to rhetoric and traditions from ancient times to the present day


The Use and Abuse of Literature

by Marjorie Garber

As defining as Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism, Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind, and Dinesh D’Souza’s Illiberal Education were to the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, respectively,...


When I Am Playing with My Cat, How Do I Know That She Is Not Playing with Me?: Montaigne and Being in Touch with Life

by Saul Frampton

“When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep. And when I

am walking alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts

are sometimes preoccupied elsewhere, the rest of the time I

bring them back to the walk, to the...


France at War: On the Frontier of Civilization

by Rudyard Kipling

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at...


The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973

by Mark Greif

In a midcentury American cultural episode forgotten today, intellectuals of all schools shared a belief that human nature was under threat. The immediate result was a glut of dense, abstract books on the "nature...


Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses

by Ann Jefferson

This engaging book spans three centuries to provide the first full account of the long and diverse history of genius in France. Exploring a wide range of examples from literature, philosophy, and history, as...


The Politics and Reception of Rabindranath Tagore's Drama: The Bard on the Stage

by Arnab Bhattacharya & Mala Renganathan

This is the first volume to focus specifically on Rabindranath Tagore's dramatic literature, visiting translations and adaptations of Tagore's drama, and cross-cultural encounters in his works. As Asia's first...


On Writing

by Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty was one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary figures. For as long as students have been studying her fiction as literature, writers have been looking to her to answer the profound questions...


The Fantastic and European Gothic: History, Literature and the French Revolution

by Matthew Gibson

This iconoclastic book challenges and changes accepted opinions about the Gothic novel, and will introduce the British and American Reader to works hitherto unknown to them, but rivals in quality to the works...


Rediscovering Margiad Evans: Marginality, Gender and Illness

by Kirsti Bohata & Katie Gramich

This collection of essays rediscovers and reassesses the extraordinary literary legacy of the border writer, Margiad Evans (1909-48) - novelist, poet, short story writer and autobiographer.


J.O. Francis, realist drama and ethics: culture, place and nation

by Alyce von Rothkirch

Developing an ethical literary theory of place, this book rediscovers and re-evaluates the work of the Welsh dramatist J. O. Francis, placing his work within the context of the vibrant amateur dramatic scene...