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The Poet's Work: 29 Poets on the Origins and Practice of Their Art

Reginald Gibbons

"This anthology brings together essays by 20th-century poets on their own art: some concern themselves with its deep sources and ultimate justifications; others deal with technique, controversies among schools, the experience behind particular poems. The... (read more)

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Unfinished Quest of Richard Wright

Michel Fabre

Includes bibliographical references (p. 533-624) and index.... (read more)

Short Stories
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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

David Shields

In Reality Hunger, Shields draws from classic and contemporary sources — artists, writers, philosophers, and more — to present a collage of ideas that is erudite and provocative. It's a book of intentional plagiarism that casts new light on ideas of... (read more)

Comics and Graphic Novels
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The Secret History of Marvel Comics

Blake Bell

Marvel Comics is home to such legendary super-heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, all of whom have spun box office gold in the 21st century. But Marvel Comics has a secret history hidden in the shadows of these well-known... (read more)

Literary and Cultural Studies
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Essays in Biography

Joseph Epstein

"Epstein (former editor of American Scholar and author of Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit) brings an erudite gift for portraiture to the subjects of this volume's 40 essays. Focused primarily on figures from the 19th and 20th centuries (with occasional... (read more)

Literary Reference
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Cynthia Chase

The outlines of contemporary critical theory are now often taught as a standard feature of a degree in literary studies. This text aims to explore the theoretical issues and conflicts embodied in the essays selected and locates areas of disagreement... (read more)

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