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  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eaterby Thomas De Quincey

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    I have often been asked how I first came to be a regular opium-eater, and have suffered, very unjustly, in the opinion of my acquaintance from being reputed to have brought upon myself all the sufferings which I shall have to record, by a long course of indulgence in this practice purely for the sake of creating an artificial state of pleasurable excitement.... more...

  • Dangerous Goodsby Sean Hill

    Milkweed Editions 2014; US$ 16.00

    From the poet whose stunning debut was praised as "transcendent" (Kevin Young) and "steadily confident" (Carl Phillips), Dangerous Goods  tracks its speaker throughout North America and abroad, illuminating the ways in which home and place may inhabit one another comfortably or uncomfortably—or both simultaneously. From the Bahamas, London, and Cairo,... more...

  • Daniel Defoeby William Minto; John Morley

    The Floating Press 1901; US$ 4.99

    Learn more about the life and works of the brilliant eighteenth-century spy, novelist, and rabble-rouser Daniel Defoe in this penetrating biography penned by William Minto. Minto, a Scottish professor of logic, offers a keenly insightful take on the influences and events that shaped Defoe's contributions to journalism and literature, which included... more...

  • The Dawn and the Dayby Henry T. Niles

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Religious poetry is a genre that has been around for thousands of years, but in the multi-part epic The Dawn and the Day, lawyer and writer Henry T. Niles adopted a novel approach, attempting to forge a theological and philosophical bridge between two seemingly incompatible belief systems, Christianity and Buddhism. Stirring and thought-provoking,... more...

  • Der Tagby J. M. Barrie

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    This World War I-era play demonstrates that J. M. Barrie's talents as a playwright were much broader than the light fare for which he is best remembered, including Peter Pan. Set amidst a percolating global conflict, a world leader who is faced with a fateful decision weighs his options. more...

  • Dorothy Wordsworthby Edmund Lee

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    William Wordsworth is regarded as one of the most significant figures in the Western literary canon -- but his sister, Dorothy, was a skilled poet and diarist in her own right, as well, though she never sought the public acclaim that enveloped her brother's career. This fascinating biography probes the life and work of Dorothy Wordsworth, as well... more...

  • The Duchess of Malfiby John Webster

    The Floating Press 1900; US$ 5.99

    "The Duchess of Malfi" was published in 1623, but the date of writing may have been as early as 1611. It is based on a story in Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," translated from the Italian novelist, Bandello; and it is entirely possible that it has a foundation in fact. In any case, it portrays with a terrible vividness one side... more...

  • The Erotic World of Faeryby Maureen Duffy

    Arcadia Books Limited 2014; US$ 2.90

    n her first full-length non-fiction work, Maureen Duffy examines the erotic meanings, hidden or obvious, behind the fantastic element in English literature. Those who have read her fiction will realise that she has long been interested in questions of myths. Now from the Dark Ages and the decline of the pagan gods and the fertility cults to the science... more...

  • Escape and Other Essaysby Arthur Christopher Benson

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Though he struggled with crippling mental illness for much of his adult life, English poet and essayist Arthur Christopher Benson still managed to produce a vast body of work spanning a number of genres. This collection of critical articles, observations and vignettes touches on a variety of topics, many of which address the question of the role of... more...

  • An Essay on Criticismby Alexander Pope

    The Floating Press 2010; US$ 4.99

    Despite its somewhat dry title, this text is not a musty prose dissection of literary criticism. Instead, the piece takes the shape of a long poem in which Pope, at the very peak of his powers, takes merciless aim at many of the best-known writers of his day. The epitome of the subtle but lethal wit Alexander Pope has come to be celebrated for, "An... more...