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A Preface to Conrad: Second Edition

by Cedric, M.A. Ph.D. (Professor) Watts

Widely recommended, this guide to Conrad offers a vivid and incisive account of his life and literary career, and gives detailed attention to the contexts, themes, problems and paradoxes of his works.  


The Ethos of Romance at the Turn of the Century

by William J. Scheick

The romance genre was a popular literary form among writers and readers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but since then it has often been dismissed as juvenile, unmodern, improper, or subversive....


See John Run

by Kevin Josli

For the last four years, 8 million listeners to BBC Radio 2's Wake Up To Wogan have been beguiled and bewitched by the naughty but nice adventures of John and his wife Janet. In the style of children's stories...


Cambridge IGCSE English as a second language + CD

by John Reynolds

Endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations An easy and cost-effective way to teach both the speaking and listening components with one set of books covering two years and free digital material. This title...


An Appetite for Poetry

by Frank Kermode

Frank Kermode is one of the pre-eminent practitioners of the art of criticism in the English speaking world. It has been his distinction to make a virtue – as all the best critics have done – of the necessarily...


Poetry for Dummies

by The Poetry Center & John Timpane

Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as “the best words in the best order.” St. Augustine called it “the Devil’s wine.” For Shelley,...


Comparatizing Taiwan

by Shu-mei Shih & Ping-hui Liao

As the site of crossings of colonizers, settlers, merchants, and goods, island nations such as Taiwan have seen a rich confluence of cultures, where peoples and languages were either forced to mix or did so...


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by Roberto Calasso & Geoffrey Brock

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony comes one of the most significant books in recent years on a writer of perennial interest–a virtuoso interpretation of the work...


Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas

by Adam Kirsch

A collection of essays from a “great poet-critic-intellectual” (Daily Beast). Adam Kirsch has been described as "elegant and astute…[a] critic of the very first order" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times...


The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

by Christopher Booker

This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient...


Lucy Scott's Grand Stand: Age Is an Attitude, Not a Condition

by Alan Sorem

Lucy Scott has faced many challenges in her life, but the one that surfaces on her eighty-fifth birthday may be the greatest of all. As she looks to her future as an independent, energetic woman, her son and...


Song of the Fool: On the Road with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

by Hunter Sharpless & Stephen Kellogg

When nineteen-year-old Hunter Sharpless e-mails roots rock band Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, he doesn't expect a response. He wants to write a book about them. When his inbox chimes two hours later, telling...


Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays

by Tony Hoagland

A fearless, wide-ranging book on the state of poetry and American literary culture by Tony Hoagland, the author of What Narcissism Means to Me

Live American poetry is absent from our public schools. The teaching...


Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

by José|| Alaniz

The first full-length examination of the evolving superhero through the lens of disability studies


Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction

by Isiah Lavender III

Literary explorations into the radical, hopeful racial futures imagined by science fiction


The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

by Azar Nafisi

A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy...


The Christmas Mice

by John W. White & Dorothy L. Hall

The Christmas Mice, a tale for children, is a heartwarming story of love and acceptance. It tells of two mice, Roger and Emily, who are outcasts from their community because they are different. One is green,...


Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion: Rab and His Friends & a Doctor of the Old School: With a History of the Edinburgh School of Medicine

by John Raffensperger, Ian Maclaren & John Brown

Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion is a collection of two beloved short stories, "Rab and his Friends" and "A Doctor of the Old School," and a brand new history of the Edinburgh School of Medicine, all...


Celtic Myth and Arthurian Romance

by Roger Sherman Loomis

King Arthur was not an Englishman, but a Celtic warrior, according to Loomis, whose research into the background of the Arthurian legend reveals findings which are both illuminating and highly controversial....


Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children's Literature

by Blanka Grzegorczyk

This book considers how contemporary British children's books engage with some of the major cultural debates of recent years, and how they resonate with the current preoccupations and tastes of the white mainstream...