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  • Less Than Oneby Joseph Brodsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 23.98

    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...

  • The Revolt of the Pendulumby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 9.00

    The Revolt of the Pendulum , Clive James?s latest essay collection, shows James at his most dazzling and versatile best yet. From the rules of grammar to the fundamentals of religion, from the culture of fandom to the cult of the critic, it?s all there: his customary wit, learning and understanding; his precise way with words and pointed comments;... more...

  • The Last Expeditionby R. F. Scott; Ranulph Fiennes

    Random House 2012; US$ 6.99

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SIR RANULPH FIENNES The Last Expedition is Captain Scott's gripping account of his expedition to the South Pole in 1910-12. It was meant to be a voyage of scientific discovery and a heroic exploration of the last unconquered wilderness. Scott's expedition, carried in the Terra Nova , pitted him and his team not only against... 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his publisher for a book of prose, The Freedom of the Poet , for which he had made a selection from his published and unpublished writings.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...

  • 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...

  • Another Turn of the Crankby Wendell Berry

    Counterpoint 2011; US$ 13.99

    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...

  • A Little Orderby Evelyn Waugh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 20.78

    Whether celebrating Hogarth or savaging Hollywood, mocking modern manners or defending traditional English architecture, inviting readers to 'come inside' the Catholic Church or expressing his contempt for modish Marxism and American-style religion, Evelyn Waugh's journalism is sparkling, sometimes vitriolic and always full of good sense. In this wonderful... more...

  • 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Compilationby Writer's Digest Editors

    F+W Media 2012; US$ 12.50

    Writer?s Digest Short Short Story Competition This exclusive collection contains the top twenty-five winning entries of the 12th Annual Writer?s Digest Short Short Story competition, including the First-Place winner, ?The Callers? by Nicole Lesperance. more...

  • Working the Roomby Geoff Dyer

    Canongate Books 2010; US$ 14.13

    Alive with insight, wit and Dyer's characteristic irreverence, this collection of essays offers a guide around the cultural maze, mapping a route through the worlds of literature, art, photography and music.Besides exploring what it is that makes great art great, Working the Room ventures into more personal territory with extensive autobiographical... more...

  • London's Overthrowby China Mieville

    Saqi 2012; US$ 8.74

    London's Overthrow is a potent polemic describing the capital in a time of austerity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Award-winning author and essayist China Miéville cuts through the hyperbole of our politicians to present a view from ordinary London - of the inequality, oppression and indignity and the hidden, subversive sentiment pervading... more...