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CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

by Kate Maurer

In CliffsNotes on The Taming of the Shrew, you explore one of Shakespeare's most beloved, and imitated, works. In this play within a play, Petruchio, the man from Verona, marries Kate (the shrew of the story),...


CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's The Tempest

by Sheri Metzger

In CliffsNotes on The Tempest, you follow the famous story of Prospero and his daughter Miranda. Through magic, Prospero conjures up a storm that brings a ship full of his enemies to the island on which he and...


CliffsNotes on Krakauer's Into the Wild

by Adam Sexton

Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Krakauer's...


Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature and Film

by Elisabeth Bronfen & David Brenner

In the beginning was the night. All light, shapes, language, and subjective consciousness, as well as the world and art depicting them, emerged from this formless chaos. In fantasy, we seek to return to this...


The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten, 1913-1946

by Edward Burns

Both in her lifetime and since, Gertrude Stein's persona received far more attention than her writings. The result was a distorted view of both her person and her work. This monumental two-volume set of her...


Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours

by Supriya M. Nair

Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity of anglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of the region to Edenic or infernal stereotypes. But rather than...


Composing Cultures: Modernism, American Literary Studies, and the Problem of Culture

by Eric Aronoff & Robert D. Newman

The term "culture" has become ubiquitous in both academic and popular conversations, but its usefulness is a point of dispute. Taking the current shift from cultural studies to aesthetics as the latest form...


Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

by Jean-Paul Gabilliet & Bart Beaty

Originally published in France and long sought in English translation, Jean-Paul Gabilliet's Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books documents the rise and development of the American comic...


Conversations with Andre Dubus

by Olivia Carr Edenfield

Over three decades, celebrated fiction writer Andre Dubus (1936-1999) published seven collections of short stories, two collections of essays, two collections of previously published stories, two novels, and...


Wiley's Real Latin: Learning Latin from the Source

by Robert Maltby & Kenneth Belcher

This innovative guide to the Latin language, written for a new generation of students, deploys examples and translation exercises taken exclusively from the Classical Latin canon.

  • Translation exercises use real...


God and the American Writer

by Alfred Kazin

God and the American Writer does more to illuminate the fundamental purposes and motivations of our greatest writers from Hawthorne to Faulkner than any study I have read in the past fifty-five years--that is,...


Comedy: An Essay on Comedy

by Henri Bergson

Henri Bergson — Laughter

George Meredith — An Essay on Comedy

Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher

     Laughter is a mystery—a mystery which defines man. Brought together...


The Anchor Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

by Richard D. Sylvester

This comprehensive anthology contains selections from the work of twenty-five poets of the sixteenth century. Employing the original, rather than normalized, texts, the volume includes complete, non-excerpted...


Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama

by David Mamet

The purpose of theater, like magic like religion…ids to inspire cleansing awe. With bracing directness and aphoristic authority, one of our greatest living playwrights addresses the questions: What makes good...


Spanish & Portuguese Romances

by Thomas

First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Romanticism and Gender

by Anne K. Mellor

Taking twenty women writers of the Romantic period, Romanticism and Gender explores a neglected period of the female literary tradition, and for the first time gives a broad overview of Romantic literature from...


Shakespeare and Platonic Beauty

by John Vyvyan

Looking at some of the Shakespearean comedies, author John Vyvyan suggests they express a consistent, profoundly Christian philosophy of life based on the Platonic ideas of beauty and love. In A Midsummer Night’s...


Roman Letters: An Anthology

by Noelle Zeiner-Carmichael

Roman Letters offers a rich selection of original translations of ancient Roman letters spanning from the 1st century BCE to the 2nd century CE. Chronologically arranged and grouped according to author or collection,...


Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture

by Marilyn B. Skinner

This agenda-setting text has been fully revised in its second edition, with coverage extended into the Christian era. It remains the most comprehensive and engaging introduction to the sexual cultures of ancient...


Writing Fiction For Dummies

by Randy Ingermanson, Molly Sutphen & Victoria Leonard

A complete guide to writing and selling your novel

So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel...