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  • Cyrano de Bergeracby Edmond Rostand; Nicholas Cronk; Christopher Fry

    Oxford University Press, UK 1998; US$ 8.99

    Rostand's hero has become a figure of theatrical legend: Cyrano, with the nose of a clown and the soul of a poet, is by turns comic and sad, as reckless in love as in war, and never at a loss for words. Audiences immediately took him to their hearts, and since the triumphant opening night in December 1897 - at the height of the Dreyfus Affair -... more...

  • Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliahby Jean Racine; John Cairncross

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    Strongly influenced by Classical drama, Jean Racine (1639-99) broke away from the grandiose theatricality of baroque drama to create works of intense psychological realism, with characters manipulated by cruel and vengeful gods. Iphigenia depicts a princess's absolute submission to her father's will, despite his determination to sacrifice her to gain... more...

  • Maldoror and Poemsby Comte Lautreamont

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    Insolent and defiant, the Chants de Maldoror, by the self-styled Comte de Lautréamont (1846-70), depicts a sinister and sadistic world of unrestrained savagery and brutality. One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing, it follows the experiences of Maldoror, a master of disguises pursued by the police as the incarnation... more...

  • Shadowby Marcia Brown; Marcia Brown; The French of Blaise Cendrars; Marcia Brown

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2011; US$ 7.99

    Shadow lives in the forest... It goes forth at night to prowl around the fires. It even likes to mingle with the dancers... Shadow... It waves with the grasses, curls up at the foot of trees... But in the African experience Shadow is much more. The village storytellers and shamans of an Africa that is passing into memory called forth for... more...

  • Brief Lives: Marquis de Sadeby David Carter

    Hesperus Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    As explicit in his prose as he was in his private life, the Marquis de Sade remains one of the most controversial writers of all time. This new biography, by the acclaimed translator and author David Carter, promises to shock as much as it informs. Arrested many times for sexual misdemeanors, the Marquis de Sade was imprisoned in the Bastille, where... more...

  • On Readingby Marcel Proust; John Ruskin; Eric Karpeles; Damion Searls

    Hesperus Press 2011; US$ 9.99

    "To understand a profound thought is to have, at the moment one understands it, a profound thought oneself; and this demands some effort, a genuine descent to the heart of oneself . . . Only desire and love give us the strength to make this effort. The only books that we truly absorb are those we read with real appetite, after having worked hard... more...

  • Marcel Proust and the Strategy of Readingby Walter Kasell

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1980; US$ 158.00

    This study examines Marcel Proust?s works and his readers, starting of with the reading encounter one needs in order not to miss out on things, and ending by exploring the nature of Proust?s vision. An interesting study for everyone who wants to know more about Proust and his ideas. more...

  • Michel Tournier's Metaphysical Fictionsby Susan Petit

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1991; US$ 158.00

    This study of the fictional themes and techniques of Michel Tournier reveals his profound radicalism as a social critic and novelist despite the seeming conventionality of his works. Guided by Tournier's essays and interviews, Petit examines his fiction in light of plot sources, philosophical and anthropological training, and his belief that fiction... more...

  • The Symbolist Home and the Tragic Home: Mallarmé and Oedipusby Richard E. Goodkin

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1984; US$ 102.00

    Tragedy as Symbolism It is the symbolic nature of Oedipus' quest which most centrally links the notions of Tragedy and Symbolism in the Oedipus Tyrannus, and that under the aegis of the concepts of home and homing. more...

  • ?Appelle-moi Pierrot?by Jo Ann Marie Recker

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1986; US$ 90.00

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