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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...

  • The Groaning Shelfby Pradeep Sebastian

    Hachette India 2012; US$ 18.43

    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$ 8.94

    From a master of the English language comes this astonishing collection of essays about reading, writing, and identity. 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...

  • Another Turn of the Crankby Wendell Berry

    Counterpoint 2011; US$ 13.95

    Wendell Berry proposes, and earnestly hopes, that people will learn once more to care for their local communities, and so begin a restoration that might spread over our entire nation and beyond. The renewed development of local economies would help preserve rural diversity despite the burgeoning global economy that threatens to homogenize and compromise... more...

  • New Ways to Kill Your Motherby Colm Toibin

    Pan Macmillan Australia 2012; US$ 19.99

    In his essay on the "Notebooks" of Tennessee Williams, Colm Toibin reveals an artist "alone and deeply fearful and unusually selfish" and one profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father or Thomas Mann and his children or J.M. Synge and his mother, Toibin examines a world of family... more...

  • The Revolt of the Pendulumby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan UK 2010; US$ 16.35

    The further thoughts of Clive James ? illuminating, insightful, informed, inspired, intelligent. These are words that could ? and do ? apply equally to book or author; in fact, The Revolt of the Pendulum, Clive James latest essay collection, shows James at his most dazzling and versatile best yet. From the rules of grammar to the fundamentals of religion,... more...

  • Twelve Menby Theodore Dreiser

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Best remembered for being one of the leading figures in the school of fiction writing known as naturalism, American author Theodore Dreiser got his professional start as a journalist, and he brings his love of research and detail to this collection of biographical essays celebrating the lives and contributions of 12 people who influenced him. more...

  • The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellowby Jerome K. Jerome

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    The follow-up to Jerome K. Jerome's bestselling volume of humorous essays, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, this collection offers the author's witty observations on all manner of topics, ranging from love to children to cats and dogs. Readers who appreciate a good turn of phrase and are in dire need of a good laugh shouldn't hesitate to... more...