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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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; 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...

  • Literary Occasionsby V. S. Naipaul

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 9.76

    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$ 9.76

    '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 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...

  • The Fun Stuffby James Wood

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 17.99

    Following The Broken Estate , The Irresponsible Self , and How Fiction Works ?books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation? The Fun Stuff c onfirms Wood?s preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches?that range over... more...

  • Literary Occasionsby V. S. Naipaul

    Pan Macmillan UK 2004; US$ 15.45

    In these 11 pieces - brought together for the first time - Naipaul charts more than half a century of personal inquiry into the mysteries of written expression and of fiction in particular. Here are his boyhood experiences of reading books and his first youthful efforts at writing them; the early glimmers and evolution of ideas about the proper relation... more...