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The Guest Cat

by Takashi Hiraide & Eric Selland

A wonderful sui generis novel about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple’s life in Tokyo

A bestseller in France and winner of Japan’s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed...


A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams & Arthur Miller

The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play-reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), and Williams' essay "The World I Live In."It is a very short...


New Seeds of Contemplation

by Thomas Merton & Sue Monk Kidd

One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd.New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read...


Trilogy

by Hilda Doolittle & Aliki Barnstone

The classic Trilogy by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), including a large section of referential notes for readers and students, compiled by Professor Aliki Barnstone.As civilian war poetry (written under...


The Captain's Verses: Love Poems

by Pablo Neruda

The Nobel Prize winner 's classic collection of love poems. Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri—the paradisal...


The Bridegroom Was a Dog

by Yoko Tawada & Margaret Mitsutani

Internationally acclaimed author Yoko Tawada's most famous — and bizarre — tale in a stand-alone, New Directions Pearl edition.

The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada’s...


The Red Notebook: True Stories

by Paul Auster

The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Paul Auster's short, true-life stories—a remarkable collection of tales that documents the curious, miraculous, and sometimes catastrophic turns of everyday...


The Wisdom of the Desert

by Thomas Merton

The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books-surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.

The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence...


The Life Around Us: Selected Poems on Nature

by Denise Levertov

As Denise Levertov comments in her brief foreword to The Life Around Us, she has "shared with most poets in every time and place an ardent love of what my eyes and other senses revealed to me in the world...


Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China

by David Hinton

The earliest and most extensive literary engagement with wilderness in human history, Mountain Home is vital poetry that feels utterly contemporary. China's tradition of "rivers-and-mountains" poetry stretches...


Core Samples from the World

by Forrest Gander, Raymond Meeks & Graciela Iturbide

A gorgeous, wide-ranging volume of poetry and essays by Forrest Gander, studded with the work of three great photographers. Forrest Gander’s Core Samples from the World is a magnificent compendium of poetry,...


The Hundred Days

by Joseph Roth & Richard Panchyk

Napoleon's return to the throne in Paris, as imagined by the incomparable Joseph Roth. Set during the infamous period between Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his second defeat and recapture at Waterloo, The...


Into the Heart of Life: Henry Miller at One Hundred

by Henry Miller

In celebration of the centennial of his birth, Into the Heart of Life: Henry Miller at One Hundred gathers a captivating selection of writings from ten of his books. The delights of his prose are many,...


The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder

by Henry Miller

Henry Miller called The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder his “most singular story.”  First published in 1959, this touching fable tells of Auguste, a famous clown who could make people laugh but who...


All the Stories of Muriel Spark

by Muriel Spark

Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of Open to the Public. This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip...


Residence on Earth

by Pablo Neruda & Donald D. Walsh

New Directions celebrates the Pablo Neruda Centennial. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Pablo Neruda's birth, New Directions is pleased to announce the reissue of a classic work in a timeless translation...


The King

by Kader Abdolah & Nancy Forest-Flier

A hypnotic page-turner about the grinding gears of historical change and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c. 1848. The King, young Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history:...


A Little Lumpen Novelita

by Roberto Bolano & Natasha Wimmer

A Little Lumpen Novelita percolates with a young writer's fierce ambitions and intensely tender love of women. “Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime”: so Bianca begins...


The Gift: Novel

by Hilda Doolittle

The connections and interconnections of past and present––the realization that life is a whole continuously echoing back to the past and unfolding toward the future––were sources of the strength, renewal,...


Midwinter Day

by Bernadette Mayer

Perhaps Bernadette Mayer's greatest work, Midwinter Day was written on December 22, 1978, at 100 Main Street, Lenox, Massachusetts. "Midwinter Day," as Alice Notley noted, "is an epic poem about a daily routine."...