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  • The Living Novelby V.S. Pritchett

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety and profound good sense. His survey of writers ranges from Fielding and Smollett to Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Nathanael West and William Golding... from Balzac to Dostoevsky and Gorky, with wonderful detours for minor figures. Pritchett's commentaries are short... more...

  • Lasting Impressionsby V.S. Pritchett

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    The essays in Lasting Impressions have never before appeared in book form and together they make up, in the author's own words, a journey through different countries and different generations. The subjects range from Bruce Chatwin and Salmon Rushdie to Simon de Beauvoir and Bernard Shaw, from Lorca and Flaubert to John Updike and Walker Percy, from... more...

  • The Facts of Fictionby Norman Collins

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    This is a collection of essays on Essays on Smollett, Lawrence, Austen, Dickens & others, by a man who went on to write a number of hugely popular novels. The classic book on the craft of writing, this is Norman Collins' first published work. more...

  • A Man of Lettersby V.S. Pritchett

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    V. S. Pritchett is widely - and justly - regarded not only as one of the finest short story writers of this century, but as a critic and essayist of astonishing range, perception and originality. Combining an unpretentious common sense with a rare genius for the illuminating insight into the familiar and the neglected alike, his criticism is all the... more...

  • Finders Keepersby Seamus Heaney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 18.99

    Whether autobiographical, topical, or specifically literary, these writings circle the central preoccupying questions of Seamus Heaney's career: "How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship to be to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage and the contemporary world?" Along with a selection from the poet's three... more...

  • Preoccupationsby Seamus Heaney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 19.99

    Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's first collection of prose, Preoccupations , begins with a vivid account of his early years on his father's farm in Northern Ireland and his coming of age as a student and teacher in Belfast. Subsequent essays include critical work on Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, William Butler... more...

  • Essays of E. B. Whiteby E. B. White

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 11.24

    The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time. more...

  • The Death of Adamby Marilynne Robinson

    Picador 2014; US$ 16.99

    In this award-winning collection, the bestselling author of Gilead offers us other ways of thinking about history, religion, and society. Whether rescuing "Calvinism" and its creator Jean Cauvin from the repressive "puritan" stereotype, or considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists, or the divide between the Bible... more...

  • The Fame Lunchesby Daphne Merkin

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 18.99

    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...

  • The Devil Problemby David Remnick

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 15.00

    Readers know from his now classic Lenin's Tomb that Remnick is a superb portraitist who can bring his subjects to life and reveal them in such surprising ways as to justify comparison to Dickens, Balzac, or Proust. In this collection, Remnick's gift for character is sharper than ever, whether he writes about Gary Hart stumbling through life after Donna... more...