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  • George Eliotby Tim Dolin

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 8.99

    Novels such as Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss refect Eliot's complex and sometimes contradictory ideas about society, the artist, the role of women, and the interplay of science and religion. Tim Dolin examines Eliot's life and work and the social and intellectual contexts in which they developed. He also explores the ways in which 'George... more...

  • The Genius of Languageby Wendy Lesser

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.95

    Fifteen outstanding writers answered editor Wendy Lesser?s call for original essays on the subject of language?the one they grew up with, and the English in which they write.Despite American assumptions about polite Chinese discourse, Amy Tan believes that there was nothing discreet about the Chinese language with which she grew up. Leonard Michaels... more...

  • Wilkie Collinsby Lyn Pykett

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 8.99

    Wilkie Collins is mainly remembered for his best-selling sensation novel The Woman in White and his detective mystery The Moonstone, both published in the 1860s. However, in a literary career spanning almost forty years he wrote many other works, and Lyn Pykett looks at Collins's long and varied career in relation to the changing circumstances... more...

  • The Dialect of the Tribeby Margery Sabin

    Oxford University Press, USA 1987; US$ 74.99

    The bold careers of Henry James, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett--writers with profoundly unsettled cultural identities--spark Margery Sabin's investigation of values carried through inherited forms of speech. The Dialect of the Tribe offers fresh readings of such great novels as The Golden Bowl, Women in Love, Ulysses, and the Beckett... more...

  • The Unsung Artistry of George Orwellby Loraine Saunders

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2008; US$ 39.95

    In a timely and radically new reappraisal of George Orwell's fiction, Loraine Saunders reads Orwell's novels as tales of successful emancipation rather than as fables of failure. Contending that Orwell's artistic achievements have been unjustly overlooked, Saunders brings needed attention to neglected novels such as A Clergyman's Daughter... more...

  • A Defence of Poetryby Percy Bysshe Shelley

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    A brilliant piece of philosophical discussion that displays Shelley's intellect and imagination. The book asserts the “ideal nature and essential value” of poetry and is Shelley’s most important prose work. His arguments are vividly and convincingly presented. more...

  • Literature, Language, and the Rise of the Intellectual Disciplines in Britain, 1680?1820by Robin Valenza

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 40.00

    A 2009 literary account of how the modern divide between the sciences and the humanities emerged in the eighteenth century. more...

  • Modernism, Media, and Propagandaby Mark Wollaeger

    Princeton University Press 2008; US$ 29.95

    Though often defined as having opposite aims, means, and effects, modernism and modern propaganda developed at the same time and influenced each other in surprising ways. The professional propagandist emerged as one kind of information specialist, the modernist writer as another. Britain was particularly important to this double history. By secretly... more...

  • For Was I Not Born Here?by Anne R. A. Holden

    Editions Rodopi 2010; US$ 52.00

    This study centres on the fiction of the New Zealand writer Yvonne du Fresne, the descendant of Danish and Danish-Huguenot families who emigrated to New Zealand in the late-nineteenth century and settled in the Manawatu area. It explores how memories of the past haunt generations of immigrants, and how issues of language, politics, and social norms... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticismby Andrew Maunder

    Infobase Publishing 2010; US$ 90.00

    The Romantics valued nature, spontaneity, visionary experience, powerful feeling, and the artist's individual response to the experience of life. Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism provides a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to the Romantic movement, including such great writers as William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Mary Shelley. Entries in this new... more...