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United States 20th Century


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The Imprint of Alan Swallow: Quality Publishing in the West
The Imprint of Alan Swallow: Quality Publishing in the West
by Dale W Nelson
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This biography follows the career of Swallow (1915-1966) from his early days as a poet, to his pioneering work as a publisher in Colorado. Nelson, a reporter with the Associated Press for forty years and the author of numerous books, argues that... (read more)

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From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories
From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories
by Fred Erisman
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Imperium Europa is a book that confronts, and puts forward a radical response, to the all important questions of the survival of the Europid race - that race of biological aristocrats that gave the world everything. The book delves into genetics, geo... (read more)

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Reckoning Day: Race, Place, and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America
Reckoning Day: Race, Place, and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America
by Jacqueline Foertsch
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Writing Was Everything (William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization)
Writing Was Everything (William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization)
by Alfred Kazin
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In this brief, colloquial, lucid volume, which is at once autobiography, criticism, and history, Kazin, dean of American literary critics, reaffirms his faith in the ability of literature to recapture the ever-receding present...Kazin's three chapters... (read more)

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Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet
Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet
by Eugene Walter
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US“Amazing...We owe Katherine Clark an incalculable debt. ...Not since John Kennedy Tooles A Confederacy of Dunces has a book come from so completely out of the blue to give me so much pleasure.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post &#... (read more)

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Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New York
Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New York
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One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
by Bliss Broyard
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Bliss Broyard is the author of the collection of stories, My Father, Dancing, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Her fiction and essays have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and The Art of... (read more)

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Between the Sheets the Literary Liaisons of Nine 20TH Century Women Writers
Between the Sheets the Literary Liaisons of Nine 20TH Century Women Writers
by Lesley Mcdowell
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From Simone De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to Anais Nin and Henry James, the ruinous love affairs of the twentieth century's greatest female writers. Why did a gifted writer like Sylvia Plath stumble into a marriage that drove her to suicide? Why did... (read more)

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Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer
Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer
by Norman Podhoretz
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An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine
An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine
by Lewis Lapham
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This commemorative volume of one of this country's most respected, left-leaning monthlies begins with a foreword by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., followed by an introduction/history by editor, Lewis H. Lapham (also appearing in the June 2000 issue), and... (read more)

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A Blue Hand: The Beats in India
A Blue Hand: The Beats in India
by Deborah Baker
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In this engrossing new piece of Beat history, Pulitzer Prize finalist Deborah Baker takes us back to the moment when America's edgiest writers looked to India for answers as India looked to the West. It was 1961 when Allen Ginsberg left New York by boat... (read more)

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Words in Your Face (07 Edition)
Words in Your Face (07 Edition)
by Cristin O'keefe Aptowicz
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Literature at the Barricades: The American Writer in the 1930s
Literature at the Barricades: The American Writer in the 1930s
by Ralph F Bogardus
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 This collection captures the sense—at times the ordeal—of the 1930s literary experience in America. Fourteen essayists deal with the experience of being a writer in a time of overwhelming economic depression and political ferment,... (read more)

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A Lifetime Burning Every Moment: From the Journals of Alfred Kazin
A Lifetime Burning Every Moment: From the Journals of Alfred Kazin
by Alfred Kazin
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Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thompson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism
Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thompson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism
by Steven Watson
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Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker: The Invisible Art of Editing (Continents of Exile)
Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker: The Invisible Art of Editing (Continents of Exile)
by Ved Mehta
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A memoir of writer Mehta's years 33 years of work with The New Yorker magazine's editor William Shawn. Mehta discusses the centrality of Shawn to what was arguably the high-water mark of journalistic and literary writing in 20th-century America and... (read more)

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Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen: A Memoir
Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen: A Memoir
by Sidney Offit
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Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen IRandom Encounters from JHU to NYC: 1940s and 1950s1H. L. Mencken: Lessons in Smoking and First-Edition Best BetsCirca 1946I learned about smoking and collecting from H. L. Mencken by way of Ellen Glasgow. When I... (read more)

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Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development
Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development
by Guy Reynolds
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"A respected voice in Modernist studies, Reynolds explores a fascinating moment in American foreign relations—a United States receding from the colonialist models at work from the nation's founding through the Spanish-American War, and not yet... (read more)

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One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life -- A Story of Race and Family Secrets
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life -- A Story of Race and Family Secrets
by Bliss Broyard
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Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic
Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic
by Houston A. Baker, Jr.
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When Houston A. Baker Jr. one of America’s foremost literary critics, first published Afro-American Poetics in 1988, it was hailed as a major revisionist history of both African American culture and criticism. Now available in paperback, this... (read more)

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