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  • English Poetry of the Sixteenth Centuryby Gary F. Waller

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 75.95

    Explores the poetry of the Renaissance, from Dunbar in the late 15th century to the Songs and Sonnets of John Donne in the early 17th. The book offers more than the wealth of literature discussed: it is a pioneering work in its own right, bringing the insights of contemporary literary and cultural theory to an overview of the period. more...

  • The Reasonable Manby Coral Lansbury

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 30.00

    In a new interpretation of the fiction of Anthony Trollope, Coral Lansbury argues that Trollope's work in the Post Office, starting in 1834, had more influence on his fiction than did any literary figure or tradition. Drawing on her original research in Post Office Records, she reveals the ways in which legal forms and legal reasoning shape both the... more...

  • A Life with Mary Shelleyby Barbara Johnson; Judith Butler; Shoshana Felman

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 22.95

    In 1980, deconstructive and psychoanalytic literary theorist Barbara Johnson wrote an essay on Mary Shelley for a colloquium on the writings of Jacques Derrida. The essay marked the beginning of Johnson's lifelong interest in Shelley as well as her first foray into the field of "women's studies," one of whose commitments was the rediscovery and analysis... more...

  • The Life of Lord Byronby John Galt

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Even by today's standards, nineteenth-century British poet Lord Byron led a wild life. In between his passionate and public love affairs with both men and women, his alleged dalliance with his half-sister, his courageous battlefield exploits in the Greek War of Independence, and his untimely death from a fatal illness at the age of 36, he managed... more...

  • Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bellby Charlotte Bronte; Emily Bronte; Anne Bronte

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Fans of the Bronte sisters should add this remarkable volume of poetry to their must-read list. Initially released in 1846, this volume was the first work published by any of the sisters. In order to protect their identities and avoid the condescension often directed at female writers during the period, the Bronte sisters used gender-neutral pen names.... more...

  • George Eliotby Mathilde Blind

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Mary Ann Evans, the British writer who worked under the male pen name George Eliot, was a fascinating literary figure and one of the most influential novelists of the Victorian period. This biography from Mathilde Blind delves into Eliot's life and work, presenting a compelling, well-rounded account. more...

  • From a College Windowby Arthur Christopher Benson

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Throughout his life, poet and essayist Arthur Christopher Benson also worked as an educator and school administrator. This collection of essays presents Benson's views on topics ranging from art to the aging process, filtered through the lens of someone who is actively engaged in the difficult but rewarding work of educating a nation's youth. more...

  • Essaysby Arthur Christopher Benson

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    British writer and educator Arthur Christopher Benson possessed a wide-ranging intellect and published prodigiously throughout his entire life. This eclectic selection of his most popular essays runs the gamut from literature to philosophy, with some discussion of pedagogy and educational theory along the way. 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...

  • Margaret Ogilvyby J. M. Barrie

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    In Margaret Ogilvy, author J. M. Barrie (today best remembered for his enduring children's classic Peter Pan) presents a loving, detailed portrait of his mother. As a child, Margaret had been forced to become the "woman of the house" when she was only eight years old, filling in as the household manager after her own mother's death.... more...