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  • The Fame Lunchesby Daphne Merkin

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 13.50

    A wide-ranging collection of essays by one of America's most perceptive critics of popular and literary culture From one of America's most insightful and independent-minded critics comes a remarkable new collection of essays, her first in more than fifteen years. Daphne Merkin brings her signature combination of wit, candor, and penetrating... more...

  • Mystery and Mannersby Flannery O'Connor

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 16.03

    At her death in 1964, O'Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her too-short lifetime. The keen writings comprising Mystery and Manners , selected and edited by O'Connor's lifelong friends Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, are characterized... more...

  • A Literary Education and Other Essaysby Joseph Epstein

    Axios Press 2014; US$ 11.99

    Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Unquestionably Joseph Epstein. Epstein is penetrating. He is witty. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality called style. Above all, he is impossible to put down. How easy it is today to forget the simple delight of reading for no intended purpose.... more...

  • Areopagitica and Other Writingsby John Milton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 18.32

    John Milton was celebrated and denounced in his own time both as a poet and as a polemicist. Today he is remembered first and foremost for his poetry, but his great epic Paradise Lost was published very late in his life, in 1667, and in his own time most readers more readily recognised Milton as a writer of prose. This superbly annotated new book... more...

  • Bomb: The Author Interviewsby BOMB Magazine

    Soho Press 2014; US$ 7.25

    Drawing on 30 years of BOMB Magazine, this anthology of interviews brings together some of the greatest figures of world literature for a brilliant and unforgettable collection of sharp, insightful and intimate author conversations.   Here we have a conversation with Jonathan Franzen, still an unknown author, on the eve of the publication of... more...

  • Reflectionsby Graham Greene

    Random House 2014; US$ 16.91

    UPDATED AND EDITED WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY JUDITH ADAMSON Whether reporting from the London cinema, Cotswolds villages, second-hand bookshops, war zones or political trouble spots, Graham Greene's novelistic gifts for detail, drama and compassionate curiosity provide unique and resonant insights into his life and times. To know war on any continent,... more...

  • Street Haunting and Other Essaysby Virginia Woolf

    Random House 2014; US$ 6.99

    Virginia Woolf began writing reviews for the Guardian 'to make a few pence' from her father's death in 1904, and continued until the last decade of her life. The result is a phenomenal collection of articles, of which this selection offers a fascinating glimpse, which display the gifts of a dazzling social and literary critic as well as the development... more...

  • Playing the Oddsby Hal Rothman; Lincoln Bramwell; William deBuys

    University of New Mexico Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    "Hal Rothman is both the greatest Western historian of his generation and an H. L. Mencken in cowboy boots."--Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and Buda's Wagon more...

  • This and Thatby Bel Kaufman

    Open Road Media 2012; US$ 9.99

    A collection of witty and incisive articles by one of the twentieth century?s most remarkable literary voices Here and there, now and then, an article by Bel Kaufman, bestselling author of Up the Down Staircase , would appear in a newspaper or magazine. In these magazine articles, Kaufman wrote about subjects of the day and shared interesting... more...

  • Good Boys and Dead Girlsby Mary Gordon

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 9.99

    A collection of dazzling and thought-provoking essays from lauded author Mary Gordon Much acclaimed for her novels, Mary Gordon is also a brilliant and wide-ranging essayist. Gathering together twenty-eight of her forays into nonfiction, Good Boys and Dead Girls provides a richly autobiographical context for the themes that mark her fiction,... more...