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Five Works by Octavio Paz: Conjunctions and Disjunctions / Marcel Duchamp: Appearance Stripped Bare / The Monkey Grammarian / On Poets and Others (Arcade Classics)
Five Works by Octavio Paz: Conjunctions and Disjunctions / Marcel Duchamp: Appearance Stripped Bare / The Monkey Grammarian / On Poets and Others (Arcade Classics)
by Octavio Paz
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One of the great thinkers of the twentieth century has some of his finest art, culture and literary criticism collected here for the first time. A Nobel laureate, Octavio Pazs lucid poetry has been translated by such luminaries as Mark Strand, Elizabeth... (read more)

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The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems (Harvest Original)
The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems (Harvest Original)
by Frances Mayes
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Long before she fell in love with Tuscany, Frances Mayes fell in love with poetry. The author of five poetry collections, she was also a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University. In this accessible field guide, Mayes invites... (read more)

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Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights
Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights
by Robert Schnakenberg
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Strange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends.   With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from William Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of Great Authors tackles all the tough... (read more)

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Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry
Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry
by David Orr
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Contemporary poetry may seem like a foreign country you've barely visited and wouldn't dream of living in. Beautiful & Pointless, however, reveals how to accept the foreignness of poetry in the same way we accept the strange delights of a place we're... (read more)

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The Letters of Sylvia Beach
The Letters of Sylvia Beach
by Sylvia Beach
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Founder of the Left Bank bookstore Shakespeare and Company and the first publisher of James Joyce's Ulysses, Sylvia Beach had a legendary facility for nurturing literary talent. In this first collection of her letters, we witness Beach's day-to-day... (read more)

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Derrida, Literature and War: Absence and the Chance of Meeting (Philosophy, Aesthetics and Cultural Theory)
Derrida, Literature and War: Absence and the Chance of Meeting (Philosophy, Aesthetics and Cultural Theory)
by Sean Gaston
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Derrida, Literature and War argues for the importance of the relation between absence and chance in Derrida's work in thinking today about war and literature. Sean Gaston starts by marking Derrida's attempts to resist the philosophical tradition of... (read more)

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Morning, Noon, and Night: Finding the Meaning of Life's Stages Through Books
Morning, Noon, and Night: Finding the Meaning of Life's Stages Through Books
by Arnold Weinstein
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From Homer and Shakespeare to Toni Morrison and Jonathan Safran Foer, major works of literature have a great deal to teach us about two of life’s most significant stages—growing up and growing old. Distinguised scholar Arnold Weinstein&rsquo... (read more)

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How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book)
How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book)
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"Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture-the... (read more)

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Tyranny of the Normal
Tyranny of the Normal
by Leslie Fiedler
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Bound Together By the common thread of bioethics, these essays encompass such issues as abortion, the removal of life support, the role that doctors play in our society, and how we confront old age and Eros. Controversial, at times infuriating, Fiedler's... (read more)

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Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit
Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit
by Joseph Epstein
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Is it possible to have too many friends? Is your spouse supposed to be your best friend? How far should you go to help a friend in need? And how do you end a friendship that has run its course? In a wickedly entertaining anatomy of friendship in its... (read more)

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. by Elif Batuman
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. by Elif Batuman
by Elif Batuman
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THE TRUE BUT UNLIKELY STORIES OF LIVES DEVOTED—ABSURDLY MELANCHOLICALLY BEAUTIFULLY —TO THE RUSSIAN CLASSICS No one who read Elif Batuman’s first article (in the journal n+1) will ever forget it. “Babel in California” told... (read more)

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Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World
Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World
by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche
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Translation. It's everywhere we look, but seldom seen — until now. Found in Translation reveals the surprising and complex ways that translation shapes the world. Covering everything from holy books to hurricane warnings and poetry to peace... (read more)

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If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents
If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents
by Gregory Rabassa
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A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year for 2005. Gregory Rabassa's influence as a translator is tremendous. His translations of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch have helped make... (read more)

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The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief
The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief
by James Wood
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Published when he was thirty-three, The Broken Estate is the first book of essays by the man who would become one of America's most esteemed literary critics. Ranging in subject from Jane Austen to John Updike, this collection introduced American... (read more)

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Loaded Words
Loaded Words
by Marjorie Garber
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Throughout the world, governments are restructuring social and welfare provision to give a stronger role to opportunity, aspiration and individual responsibility, and to competition, markets, and consumer choice. This approach centers on a logic of... (read more)

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I Sing the Body Politic: History as Prophecy in Contemporary American Literature
I Sing the Body Politic: History as Prophecy in Contemporary American Literature
by Peter Swirski
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A critical investigation of the dead ends, dead metaphors, dead bodies, and other historical constants of American politics.... (read more)

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Syncopations: Beats, New Yorkers, and Writers in the Dark
Syncopations: Beats, New Yorkers, and Writers in the Dark
by James Campbell
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"At a time when much literary criticism remains deliberately abstruse and unduly professionalized, this book, at once anecdotal and quietly argumentative, feels like nothing so much as a fine collection of short stories about the most fascinating people... (read more)

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The Novelist's Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work
The Novelist's Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work
by Villa Gillet
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At the renowned, international literary conference hosted by Villa Gillet and Le Monde, organizers asked more than seventy prominent authors to choose a word that opens a door to their work. Their musings, collected here for the first time, offer an... (read more)

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Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture
Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture
by Peter Swirski
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As partisan attacks have become increasingly bitter in American politics, contemporary culture has found ways to channel this outrage into the outrageous, responding with comedy and satire from both sides of the political spectrum. Ars Americana, Ars... (read more)

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Blake's 'Jerusalem' as Visionary Theatre: Entering the Divine Body
Blake's 'Jerusalem' as Visionary Theatre: Entering the Divine Body
by Suzanne M Sklar
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Before etching Jerusalem William Blake wrote about creating 'the grandest poem that this world contains.' Blake's avowed intention in constructing the work was to move readers from a solely rational way of being (called Ulro) to one that is highly... (read more)

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