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  • The Ballad of Reading Gaolby Oscar Wilde

    The Floating Press 2013; US$ 2.99

    In 1895, Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor as punishment for having engaged in homosexual acts. While serving out his sentence at Reading Gaol in Berkshire, Wilde witnessed the execution by hanging of a young soldier who had murdered his wife by slashing her throat. Profoundly shaken by the execution and the crime that preceded it,... 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...

  • Plays of Near & Farby Lord Dunsany

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    "Lord Dunsany" was the pen name of Irish writer Edward Plunkett. A prolific dramatist and short story writer, many credit Dunsany with sparking interest in the then-nascent fantasy genre. This collection brings together several of the most popular works Dunsany produced for the stage. more...

  • The Feast of St. Friendby Arnold Bennett

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    If the hustle and bustle and toxic consumerism of the holiday season has tarnished your enthusiasm, British author Arnold Bennett's essay collection The Feast of St. Friend is just the restorative balm you need. In a series of thoughtful meditations, Bennett reflects on the true meaning of Christmas and its deep spiritual significance. more...

  • Some Sort of Geniusby Paul O'Keeffe

    Counterpoint 2015; US$ 35.00

    “A man of undoubted genius,? T.S. Eliot said of Wyndham Lewis, “…but genius for what precisely it would be remarkably difficult to say.? Painter and draughtsman, novelist, satirist, pamphleteer and critic, Wyndham Lewis?s multifarious activities defy easy categorization. He launched the only twentieth century English avant-garde art movement, Vorticism,... more...

  • Dear Neil Robertsby Airini Beautrais

    Victoria University Press 2015; US$ 9.99

    It is November 18, 1982, and Neil Ian Roberts is 22 years old. He walks up to the Police Computer Centre in Whanganui, at 12:35am. Shortly after, there was an explosion. Neil committed suicide attempting to destroy that computer center, but who was Neil Roberts? This book is the search for the story of a quiet young man, an anarchist, a figure who... more...

  • Careful What You Wish Forby Peter Sansom

    Carcanet 2015; US$ 14.57

    In Careful What You Wish For, one of the country?s best-loved poets writes with a new formal range and candour. Moving between past and present, tenderness and the surreal, Matlock and London, his poems live in the in-betweens, marked by the author?s wit and energy, a generous saudade. His subjects range from rare teapots and games of tennis with... more...

  • Some Reminiscencesby Joseph Conrad

    The Floating Press 2015; US$ 3.99

    One of the unifying themes that runs through Joseph Conrad's work is the problem of perception: two people can witness the same event and come away with completely diverging impressions of what occurred. Given his preoccupation with perception, it comes as no surprise that Some Reminiscences, the closest thing to a memoir that Conrad ever published,... more...

  • Ifby Lord Dunsany

    The Floating Press 2015; US$ 3.99

    An early master of the genre of fantasy, the Irish aristocrat and writer Edward Plunkett (who wrote under the pseudonym "Lord Dunsany") achieved major literary acclaim during his lifetime. If is a full-length play that follows John Beal, an unremarkable Everyman figure, whose run-in with a mysterious Persian gives Beal the ability to travel... more...

  • Semibreveby John F. Deane

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2015; US$ 13.99

    The poems in this new collection from John F. Deane combine a lyrical grace with a fiercely questing intelligence, pushing against the mysteries of faith in a fractured world, paying tribute to the value of human life and love. Woven throughout the book is a thread of elegy for the poet?s brother, who died of cancer in 2010. The collection concludes... more...