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  • Baudelaire In Chainsby Frank Hilton

    Peter Owen Publishers 2014; US$ 13.11

    It is commonly known that Baudelaire used opium. Many writers have described him as being addicted to the drug, but few biographers have fully understood the effect of opiate addiction on personality, and, in the case of Baudelaire, the extent to which it damaged his life and work. In this fascinating and original contribution to Baudelaire studies... more...

  • Persian Lettersby Montesquieu; Raymond N. MacKenzie

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2014; US$ 13.50

    A classic work of the European Enlightenment--and one of the most popular, if scandalous, in its day--the Persian Letters captures, in an engaging epistolary format, the transformational spirit of the era. Amid an ongoing tale rife with sex, violence, and wit, the work addresses a diverse range of topics from human nature and the origins of society,... more...

  • The Flowers of Evilby Charles Baudelaire; Cyril Scott

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    One of the most influential volumes of poetry of the nineteenth century, Charles Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil caused a sensation when it was originally published, even earning Baudelaire a fine when he was charged with "insulting public decency." With strong themes of debauchery, decadence, hedonism and sensuality, these intoxicating... more...

  • Bonaventure des Périers's Novel Pastimes and Merry Talesby Bonaventure des Périers; Raymond C. La Charité; Virginia A. La Charité

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The Nouvelles Récréations et Joyeaux Devis of Bonaventure des Périers are here translated for the first time into modern English. The translators have been successful in retaining the vitality of this important French Renaissance satirist, turning his colloquial sixteenth-century French into equally colloquial and lively American. The translation... more...

  • Story, Myth, and Celebration in Old French Narrative Poetry, 1050-1200by Karl D. Uitti

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 37.95

    Twelfth-century France has been described as the key to many of the most important developments of medieval civilization. Nowhere is this description more accurate than in the domain of poetic invention. The years 1050 to 1200 witnessed the development of a brilliant body of vernacular narrative that not only expressed the complexity of its own time... more...

  • Balzac's Comedy of Wordsby Martin Kanes

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 42.95

    Although Balzac's work has been much studied, practically nothing has been written on his use of linguistic concepts. Applying a new approach, this perceptive book demonstrates that the theme and theory of language were central to Balzac's fiction. In considering how the novelist was influenced by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century speculation on... more...

  • Montaigneby Stefan Zweig; Will Stone

    Pushkin Press 2015; US$ 10.19

    Zweig's highly personal last work, written during the Second World War-a biography of his hero, Michel de Montaigne, and a passionate argument for humanity in times of barbarity 'He who thinks freely for himself, honours all freedom on earth.' Stefan Zweig was already an émigré - driven from a Europe torn apart by brutality and totalitarianism... more...

  • Merlin and the Grailby Robert de Boron; Nigel Bryant

    Boydell & Brewer 2001; US$ 29.95

    A trilogy of romances, establishing a provenance for the Holy Grail and, through the figure of Merlin, linking Joseph of Arimathea with mythical British history and with the knightly adventures of Perceval's Grail quest. more...

  • The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sadeby Timo Airaksinen

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 49.95

    The Marquis de Sade is famous for his forbidden novels like Justine, Juliette , and the 120 Days of Sodom . Yet, despite Sade's immense influence on philosophy and literature, his work remains relatively unknown. His novels are too long, repetitive, and violent. At last in The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade , a distinguished philosopher provides... more...

  • Alain Chartierby Joan E. McRae

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 47.95

    Belle dame sans merci (Beautiful lady with no mercy) (1424) is not readily available in moden English translation elsewhere, making this an essential addition to any library with a medieval literature or French literature collection. more...