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  • Writers and Politicsby Conor Cruise O'Brien; Oliver Kamm

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 18.94

    Arguably Conor Cruise O'Brien's most influential and admired book was this brilliant collection of essays - on history, literature and public affairs - first published in 1965. 'I can still remember the excitement with which I discovered a copy of Writers and Politics , in a provincial library in Devonshire thirty years ago. Nobody who tries... more...

  • The Common Reader: Volume 2by Virginia Woolf

    Random House 2015; US$ 15.98

    'He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge to correct the opinions of others. Above all, he is guided by an instinct to create for himself, out of whatever odds and ends he can come by, some kind of whole - a portrait of a man, a sketch of an age, a theory of the art of writing.' So Virginia Woolf described the 'common... more...

  • The Common Reader: Volume 1by Virginia Woolf

    Random House 2015; US$ 14.38

    This is Virginia Woolf's first collection of essays, published in 1925. In them, she attempts to see literature from the point of view of the 'common reader' - someone whom she, with Dr Johnson, distinguished from the critic and the scholar. She read, and wrote, as an outsider: a woman set to school in her father's library, denied the educational... more...

  • The Suspecting Glanceby Conor Cruise O'Brien

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 16.03

    The Suspecting Glance (first published in 1972) collects Conor Cruise O'Brien's four T. S. Eliot Memorial Lectures as delivered at the University of Kent, Canterbury, in November 1969. The lectures were inspired by O'Brien's experience of holding the Albert Schweitzer Chair in Humanities at New York University from 1965-9, and there teaching... more...

  • Plainwaterby Anne Carson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 16.00

    "Breathtaking. . . . A work of gorgeous innovation and a staunch hypnotic intelligence."-- The Village Voice "Carson has . . . created an individual form and style for narrative verse. . . . Seldom has Pound's injunction 'Make It New' been so spectacularly obeyed." -- The New York Review of Books "Anne Carson is a philosopher of heartbreak."  ... more...

  • Shore to Shoreby Kevin MacNeil

    Birlinn 2015; US$ 8.74

    ‘History isn?t a thing of the past – we?re making it now? – Jim Sutherland, Artistic Director, Struileag The descendants of the Gaels are scattered far and wide across the world – a diaspora that is at once cherished and overlooked. This unique, heartfelt book brings vividly to life through raps, secular psalms, love poems and aphorisms the Gaelic... more...

  • Anarchism and Other Essaysby Emma Goldman

    The Floating Press 1910; US$ 6.99

    Anarchism & Other Essays , published in 1911, is the work of feminist anarchist Emma Goldman. Anarchism is a political philosophy which believes that government, or a governing body is unnecessary. Goldman discusses this philosophy and also its relationship to the fight for the emancipation of women and the state of marriage. more...

  • The Inn of Tranquilityby John Galsworthy

    The Floating Press 1912; US$ 2.99

    One-time winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, John Galsworthy is best known as a prolific novelist and playwright who created the sweeping historical epic series known as the Forsyte Saga. The Inn of Tranquility collects a representative cross-section of his work, including short stories, essays, and autobiographical recollections. more...

  • Another Sheafby John Galsworthy

    The Floating Press 1919; US$ 3.99

    Well-known as a playwright and novelist, John Galsworthy was also a passionate patriot and supporter of Britain during World War I. Although he himself was too old to engage in active combat, he volunteered the use of his family estate to be used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, and he helped the war effort by penning an array of stories... more...

  • Nonsenseorshipby Various

    The Floating Press 1922; US$ 3.99

    This engaging and good-humored collection of essays brings together an array of early twentieth-century literary luminaries to comment on the concepts of censorship and prohibition in general, and more specifically, on the ban of alcohol sales in the United States during the period. Chock-full of penetrating insights from some of the period's foremost... more...