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Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
by Michael Dirda
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Michael Dirda has been hailed as "the best-read person in America" () and "the best book critic in America" (). In addition to the Pulitzer Prize he was awarded for his reviews in , he picked up an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for his most... (read more)

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Latest Readings
Latest Readings
by Clive James
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In 2010, Clive James was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Deciding that “if you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do,” James moved his library to his house in Cambridge, where he... (read more)

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The Book Lover's Calendar for 2016: A Year's Worth of Great Authors, Great Books, and Great Reading
The Book Lover's Calendar for 2016: A Year's Worth of Great Authors, Great Books, and Great Reading
by Workman Publishing (cor)
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A bibliophile’s dream come true—every day brings a spot-on recommendation. Readers who love Dan Brown are instructed to check out The English Girl by Daniel Silva. Cormac McCarthy devotees are nudged toward William Gay’s debut novel... (read more)

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Metamedia: American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture After Digitization (Impressions)
Metamedia: American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture After Digitization (Impressions)
by Alexander Starre
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Does literature need the book? With electronic texts and reading devices growing increasingly popular, the codex is no longer the default format of fiction. Yet as Alexander Starre shows in Metamedia, American literature has rediscovered the book as an... (read more)

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Critical Approaches to Joseph Conrad
Critical Approaches to Joseph Conrad
by Agata Szczeszak-brewer
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Critical Approaches to Joseph Conrad is a collection of essays directed to both new and experienced readers of Conrad. The book takes into account recent developments in literary theory, including the prominence of ecocriticism, ecopostcolonial... (read more)

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Secret Sharer and Other Stories (15 Edition)
Secret Sharer and Other Stories (15 Edition)
by Joseph Conrad
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The stories in this Norton Critical Edition maintain the connection and sequencing that Joseph Conrad saw among them. In his "Author's Note" to , Conrad writes of his two "Calm-pieces" ("The Secret Sharer" and ) and his two "Storm-pieces" ( and "Typhoon")... (read more)

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The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong
The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong
by David Orr
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A cultural “biography” of Robert Frosts beloved poem, arguably the most popular piece of literature written by an American “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” One hundred years after its first publication in August 1915... (read more)

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The Ecology of "Finnegans Wake" (Florida James Joyce)
The Ecology of "Finnegans Wake" (Florida James Joyce)
by Alison Lacivita
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“A remarkable work in three areas: the field of ecocriticism, to which it contributes a huge amount of historical and bibliographic information; the practice of genetic criticism in Joyce studies; and the exploration of ecological interests, themes,... (read more)

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Fame and Infamy: Essays on Characterization in Greek and Roman Biography and Historiography
Fame and Infamy: Essays on Characterization in Greek and Roman Biography and Historiography
by Rhiannon (edt) Ash
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Over recent decades, the debate about how individuals are portrayed in prose-texts of Greek and Roman historiography and biography has evolved in increasingly nuanced ways. The sorts of questions which now tend to be raised concerning such prose-texts... (read more)

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Mirrors of Entrapment and Emancipation: Forugh Farrokhzad and Sylvia Plath (Leiden University Press - Iranian Studies)
Mirrors of Entrapment and Emancipation: Forugh Farrokhzad and Sylvia Plath (Leiden University Press - Iranian Studies)
by Leila Rahimi Bahmany
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Images of mirrors and reflection have long played a substantial role in literature by women, used to convey ineffable psychological states, the countless images that define and complicate women’s lives, and much more. In Mirrors of Entrapment and... (read more)

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Adapting Nineteenth-Century France: Literature in Film, Theatre, Television, Radio and Print (University of Wales Press - French and Francophone Studies)
Adapting Nineteenth-Century France: Literature in Film, Theatre, Television, Radio and Print (University of Wales Press - French and Francophone Studies)
by Kate Griffiths
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Arguing that we need to reconceptualize the study of adaptations, Andrew Watts and Kate Griffiths examine six canonical French novelists and the recreations of their works in a variety of media. Rather than viewing the works of Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert... (read more)

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William Hazlitt: Political Essayist
William Hazlitt: Political Essayist
by Kevin Gilmartin
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Over the course of a literary career that extended from the lingering Malthusian controversies of the late eighteenth century to the brink of the Reform Act of 1832, William Hazlitt produced a remarkable body of committed radical journalism. Against the... (read more)

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Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice
Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice
by Douglas Kerr
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From the early stories, to the great popular triumphs of the Sherlock Holmes tales and the Professor Challenger adventures, the ambitious historical fiction, the campaigns against injustice, and the Spiritualist writings of his later years, Conan Doyle... (read more)

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Walden's Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science
Walden's Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science
by Robert M Thorson
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Walden's Shore explores Thoreau's understanding of the "living rock" on which life's complexity depends--not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert Thorson's subject is Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field... (read more)

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The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
by Gregory Claeys
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Since the publication of Thomas More's genre-defining work Utopia in 1516, the field of utopian literature has evolved into an ever-expanding domain. This Companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of utopianism, from the... (read more)

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Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition
Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition
by Armando Maggi
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Fairy tales are supposed to be magical, surprising, and exhilarating, an enchanting counterpoint to everyday life that nonetheless helps us understand and deal with the anxieties of that life. Today, however, fairy tales are far from marvelousandmdash;in... (read more)

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Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide
Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide
by Andrzej (edt) Gasiorek
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This critical guide introduces the reader to the work of Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), a major modernist and thought-provoking satirist who was at the centre of the avant-garde in early 20th-century London and a key figure in the development of Vorticism... (read more)

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The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing
The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing
by Paul Stephens
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Information overload is a subject of vital, ubiquitous concern in our time. The Poetics of Information Overload reveals a fascinating genealogy of information saturation through the literary lens of American modernism. Although technology has typically... (read more)

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Women and C.S. Lewis
Women and C.S. Lewis
by Carolyn (edt) Curtis
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A collection of interviews and essays from a group of distinguished scholars and bloggers writing on the theme of Lewis and women, in his life and writings Critics say C.S. Lewis was sexist in his views on women. But was he? Opinion pieces by... (read more)

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Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Richard Bradford
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Crime fiction has been one of the most popular genres since the 19th century, but has roots in works as varied as Sophocles, Herodotus, and Shakespeare. In this Very Short Introduction Richard Bradford explores the history of the genre, by considering... (read more)

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