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  • Nothing...Except My Geniusby Oscar Wilde; Alastair Rolfe

    Penguin Books Ltd 1997; Not Available

    'I have nothing to declare', Wilde once told an American customs official, 'except my genius'. A socialite, a wit, a man who flaunted convention and was unafraid to shock, Oscar Wilde was a great writer and a great man. This new collection of wit and wisdom demonstrates the brilliance of his vision, the audacity of his style. Such is the scope of the... more...

  • Selected Essaysby Samuel Johnson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    This volume contains a generous selection from the essays Johnson published twice weekly as 'The Rambler' in the early 1750s. It was here that he first created the literary character and forged the distinctive prose style that established him as a public figure. Also included here is the best of Johnson's later journalism, including essays from the... more...

  • Frank Sinatra Has a Coldby Gay Talese

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    Gay Talese is the father of American New Journalism, who transformed traditional reportage with his vivid scene-setting, sharp observation and rich storytelling. His 1966 piece for Esquire , one of the most celebrated magazine articles ever published, describes a morose Frank Sinatra silently nursing a glass of bourbon, struck down with a cold and... more...

  • On Grief And Reasonby Joseph Brodsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    In this richly diverse collection of essays, Joseph Brodsky casts a reflective eye on his experiences of early life in Russia and exile in America. With dazzling erudition, he explores subjects as varied as the dynamic of poetry, the nature of history and the plight of the émigré writer. There is also the humorous tale of a disastrous trip to Brazil,... more...

  • Less Than Oneby Joseph Brodsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    Essayist and poet Joseph Brodsky was one of the most penetrating voices of the twentieth century. This prize-winning collection of his diverse essays includes uniquely powerful appreciations of great writers: on Dostoevsky and the development of Russian prose, on Auden and Akhmatova, Cavafy, Montale and Mandelstam. These are contrasted with his reflections... more...

  • Reliable Essays: The Best of Clive Jamesby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2009; US$ 9.06

    Introduced by Julian Barnes, Reliable Essays is the definitive choice of Clive James?s essays, selected from thirty years of spellbinding prose. more...

  • The Revolt of the Pendulumby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 9.06

    The further thoughts of Clive James. more...

  • 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$ 18.67

    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...