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  • Anthracite Countryby Jay Parini

    Dzanc Books 2013; US$ 9.99

    poems on coal mining and the hard coal region of Pennsylvania more...

  • The Apprentice Loverby Jay Parini

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    When Alex Massolini's brother is killed in Vietnam, he drops out of Columbia University and leaves his conservative family behind for Capri to become secretary to Rupert Grant, a famous British novelist and poet who dominates the island like a latter -- day Prospero. Alex soon finds himself ensnared in a web of love affairs, friendships, and rivalries... more...

  • The Art of Subtractionby Jay Parini

    Dzanc Books 2013; US$ 9.99

    An acclaimed American poet, Jay Parini is widely recognized for his ability to confront modern issues in a variety of forms, while adding a highly musical sense of phrasing and a relentless sense of humor. Parini, as seen in his previous works of poetry—Anthracite Country (1982), Town Life (1988), andHouse of Days (1998)—has created a remarkable voice... more...

  • The Art of Teachingby Jay Parini

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 12.99

    Becoming an effective teacher can be quite painful and exhausting, taking years of trial and error. In The Art of Teaching , writer and critic Jay Parini looks back over his own decades of trials, errors, and triumphs, in an intimate memoir that brims with humor, encouragement, and hard-won wisdom about the teacher's craft. more...

  • Empire of Selfby Jay Parini

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 35.00

    An intimate, authorized yet frank biography of Gore Vidal (1925-2012), one of the most accomplished, visible and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century.   The product of thirty years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini?s EMPIRE OF SELF probes behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal's colorful life... more...

  • House of Daysby Jay Parini

    Dzanc Books 2013; US$ 9.99

    In House of Days, his fourth collection of poems, Jay Parini moves beyond his earlier work to address the environmental and spiritual crises that afflict us in the late twentieth century. The book moves from "Nature Revisited," an elegiac sequence of poems about the ontological status of nature itself, to the title sequence, "House of Days," which... more...

  • The Last Stationby Jay Parini

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, & James McAvoy In 1910, Count Leo Tolstoy, the most famous writer in the world, is caught in the struggle between his devoted wife and an equally devoted acolyte over the master's legacy. Sofya Andreyevna fears that she and the children she has borne Tolstoy will lose all to... more...

  • The Last Stationby Jay Parini

    Canongate Books 2007; US$ 12.46

    By 1910, Leo Tolstoy, the world's most famous author, had become an almost religious figure, surrounded on his lavish estate by family and followers alike. Set in the tumultuous last year of the count's life, The Last Station centres on the battle for his soul waged by his wife and his leading disciple. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty... more...

  • New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015by Jay Parini

    Beacon Press 2016; US$ 27.95

    A new collection of poems from celebrated poet, novelist, and biographer Jay Parini A new book, the first in over a decade, from acclaimed poet Jay Parini. This volume revolves around his deep connection to nature and underlines his concerns about the impacts of pollution and climate change. In these beautiful, haunting poems, Parini writes about... more...

  • One Matchless Timeby Jay Parini

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    William Faulkner was a literary genius, and one of America's most important and influential writers. Drawing on previously unavailable sources -- including letters, memoirs, and interviews with Faulkner's daughter and lovers -- Jay Parini has crafted a biography that delves into the mystery of this gifted and troubled writer. His Faulkner is an extremely... more...