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Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form

by Hannah Miodrag

It has become an axiom in comic studies that "comics is a language, not a genre." But what exactly does that mean, and how is discourse on the form both aided and hindered by thinking of it in linguistic terms?...


The Devil's Fingers & Other Personal Essays

by James Hoggard

The more than two dozen personal essays in this new collection by one of Texas’s master storytellers range from travel pieces about Havana and London to stories about small-town exotics that are funny, nervy,...


The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays

by Simon Leys

An NYRB Classics Original

Simon Leys is a Renaissance man for the era of globalization. A distinguished scholar of classical Chinese art and literature and one of the first Westerners to recognize the appalling...


The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

by Caroline Alexander

"Spectacular and constantly surprising."

-Ken Burns

Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays

by Cynthia Greenwood

Here Art Thou, True Shakespeare! This accessible new guide to Shakespeare's major plays focuses on the essence of the spoken word and the benefits of watching the plays in performance - on the stage or screen...


Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School

by Kevin Smokler

What do the great books of your youth have to say about your life now? Remember reading Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school? How about Slaughterhouse-Five and Pride and Prejudice? Would you...


On Native Grounds: An Interpretation Of Modern American Prose Literature

by Alfred Kazin

A classic interpretation of literature from America's golden age-including the work of Howells, Wharton, Lewis, Cather, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. New Preface by the Author; Index.


CliffsNotes on Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

by Tamara Castleman

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 feature glossaries...


CliffsNotes on Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Durthy A. Washington

With help from CliffsNotes on Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, you explore the first book-length narrative by an ex-slave that reveals the unique brutalities inflicted on enslaved African women in the...


CliffsNotes on Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Robert Bruce

In CliffsNotes on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you follow the Mississippi River adventures of Mark Twain's mischief-making protagonist Huck Finn and the runaway slave Jim.


CliffsNotes on Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer

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 feature glossaries...


CliffsNotes on Austen's Emma

by Thomas J Rountree

CliffsNotes on Emma explores a satiric novel that stabs at manners and social classes, all the while delivering entertainment in a mild comic tone and sharing a lesson for the moralist.


CliffsNotes on Stoker's Dracula

by Samuel J Umland

CliffsNotes on Dracula digs into the story of a count who survives by sipping the blood from living (and unsuspecting) donors.


CliffsNotes on Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by James L Roberts

CliffsNotes on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the double life of a man whose persona swings from honorable and distinguished to repugnant and repulsive.


CliffsNotes on Heller's Catch-22

by Charles A Peek

CliffsNotes on Catch-22 takes you into this unforgettable novel that is full of satire, exaggeration, grotesque and comic caricatures, and telling allusions. Heller’s main characters are two Jewish boys from...


CliffsNotes on Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

by James L Roberts

Join Chaucer's band of pilgrims on their journey in CliffsNotes on The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer's narrators represent a wide spectrum of society with various ranks and occupations. From the distinguished and...


CliffsNotes on Rand's Anthem

by Andrew Bernstein

CliffsNotes on Anthem is an excellent introduction to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of human nature. The novella’s theme and central conflict – the individual versus the collective – is an important element...


CliffsNotes on Virgil's Aeneid

by Richard McDougall & Suzanne Pavlos

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...


Steal Away: Selected and New Poems

by C.D. Wright

"Wright proves herself to be one of the most complex and fascinating poets writing today." -Library Journal


Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

by Michael Gorra

A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel. Henry James (1843–1916) has had many biographers, but Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great...