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Historical Dictionary of Film Noir

by Andrew Spicer

The Historical Dictionary of Film Noir is a comprehensive guide that ranges from 1940 to present day neo-noir. It consists of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography, and over 400...


Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100

by HOME/WHITE

In Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100, editors Jackie C. Horne and Donna R. White have assembled a collection of essays that look at the book in terms of class, gender and...


Alligator in an Anorak

by Daron Parton

Every letter in this offbeat alphabet book will make you smile, no matter how well you know your ABCs.Have you ever seen an Alligator in an Anorak?What about a Bear in a Bathtub?Or a Crab in a Caravan?Watch...


Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age

by Colin Jager

Reading works by Austen, Coleridge, Byron, and Shelley among others, Unquiet Things investigates the social and political disorders that arise within modern secular cultures. Jager demonstrates the distinctive...


Historic Structures: The Prague School Project, 1928-1946

by F.W. Galan

In this first book-length study of Czech structuralism and semiotics in English, F. W. Galan explores one of the most important intellectual currents of the twentieth century, filling the gap between what has...


D. H. Lawrence: The Croydon Years

by Helen Corke & Warren Roberts

Croydon, England, was the setting of the famous three-way friendship of D. H. Lawrence, Jessie Chambers, and Helen Corke, all of whom made literary records of their association, and all of whom appeared as characters...


Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico: The Illusion of Eden

by Thomas F. Walsh

In 1920, an unknown journalist named Katherine Anne Porter first sojourned in Mexico. When she left her "familiar country" for the last time in 1931, she was the celebrated author of Flowering Judas and Other...


Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire

by John Slater & Maríaluz López-Terrada

As the Spanish empire grew, cultural ideas and practices related to sickness and health, sex, monstrosity and death came into contact and conflict. Old ideas took root in new soil, others were stamped out, and...


Shakespeare's Cats: The Complete Sonnets for the Literary Cat-Lover

by William Shakespeare & Maria Llorens

Join a band of curious cats for an adorable reading of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets.


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...