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  • Freedom of the Poetby John Berryman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1976; US$ 8.99

    Less than a year before his death in 1972, John Berryman signed a contract with his publisher for a book of prose, The Freedom of the Poet , for which he had made a selection from his published and unpublished writings.  In his draft of a prefatory note, he acknowledged the influence of Eliot, Blackmur, Pound, and Empson on his critical thought,... more...

  • When I Was A Child I Read Booksby Marilynne Robinson

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 21.60

    Of Marilynne Robinson, Michael Arditti said that there is 'no contemporary novelist whose work I would rather read'. However she is not only a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In this luminous new collection she returns to the themes which have preoccupied her bestselling novels: the place literature... more...

  • When I Was A Child I Read Booksby Marilynne Robinson

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; Not Available

    Of Marilynne Robinson, Michael Arditti said that there is 'no contemporary novelist whose work I would rather read'. However she is not only a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In this luminous new collection she returns to the themes which have preoccupied her bestselling novels: the place literature... more...

  • The Groaning Shelfby Pradeep Sebastian

    Hachette India 2012; Not Available

    Notes from a bibliophile on the lure of rare and first editions, the beauty of dust jackets, the thrill of browsing in antiquarian bookshops, the bibliomania of book thieves, movies about books, and the inner life of a reader. The Groaning Shelf is not so much a book about books as a book about books about books. These little essays capture the drama... more...

  • Last Wordsby Stephen Crane

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Remarkably prolific writer Stephen Crane died of tuberculosis at the tender age of 28. But in the years before his premature demise, Crane exerted a profound influence on American literature that would resonate for decades after his death. The posthumous collection Last Words brings together a series of stories, essays, sketches, and other short pieces... more...

  • Literary Occasionsby V. S. Naipaul

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 9.75

    Charting half a lifetime spent exploring the written word, these eleven articles include Naipaul?s boyhood experiences of reading books and his first youthful efforts at writing them; the evolution of his ideas about the extent to which individual cultures shape identities and influence literary forms; Naipaul?s observations on Conrad, his literary... more...

  • Songs of the Doomedby Hunter S. Thompson

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 9.75

    'I was thinking; my mind was running at top speed, scanning and sorting my options. They ranged all the way from Dumb and Dangerous to Crazy, Evil, and utterly wrong from the start . . . stand back. We are on the brink. Yes. I have an idea.' When Hunter S. Thompson has an idea, you just have to listen ? and he shares many of his unique ideas in this... more...

  • The Groaning Shelfby Pradeep Sebastian

    Hachette India 2012; US$ 22.54

    Notes from a bibliophile on the lure of rare and first editions, the beauty of dust jackets, the thrill of browsing in antiquarian bookshops, the bibliomania of book thieves, movies about books, and the inner life of a reader. The Groaning Shelf is not so much a book about books as a book about books about books. These little essays capture the drama... more...

  • The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleansby Andrei Codrescu

    Garrett County Press 2012; US$ 5.99

    Codrescu's New Orleans is a layered world of masks that he removes without shrinking from either their horror or their demonic joy. This scented, vibrant, corrupt, dreamy city that "habla suneos" (speaks dreams) is Codrescu's fertile ground. New Orleans, background and foreground, dressed and undressed, is the story-source of Codrescu's novels, "Messi@,"... more...

  • New Selected Journals, 1939-1995by Stephen Spender; Lara Feigel; John Sutherland

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 29.17

    Private faces in public places Are wiser and nicer Than public faces in private places. W.H. Auden, dedication to Stephen Spender, 1932 Stephen Spender wrote almost a million words of journal entries between his September Journal in 1939 and his death in 1995. In choosing from these voluminous journals for the new edition, the editors have tried... more...