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  • The Sea Close Byby Albert Camus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 2.80

    Part of the Penguin Classics campaign celebrating 100 years of Albert Camus, 'A Sea Close By' reveals the writer as a sensual witness of landscapes, the sea and sailing. It is a light, summery day-dream. Accompanying 'The Sea Close By' is the essay 'Summer in Algiers', a lovesong to his Mediterranean childhood. more...

  • Epoch and Artistby David Jones

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 21.49

    Written between the late 1930s and the late 1950s, Epoch and Artist represents those essays that David Jones wished to see preserved in his lifetime.Beginning with his most personal reflections upon Welsh culture, the selection turns next to Jones's thoughts on the position of art and the artist in the twentieth-century, concluding with writings... more...

  • Bambooby William Boyd

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 14.99

    Throughout his career as a novelist, William Boyd has never stopped writing non-fiction, providing a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels. Bamboo gathers together Boyd's writing on literature, art, the movie business, television, people he has met, places he has visited and autobiographical reflections on his African childhood and... more...

  • Writing Past Darkby Bonnie Friedman

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 9.74

    Writing Past Dark charts the emotional side of the writer's life. It is a writing companion to reach for when you feel lost and want to regain access to the memories, images, and the ideas inside you that are the fuel of strong writing. Combining personal narrative and other writers' experiences, Friedman explores a whole array of emotions and dilemmas... more...

  • White Girlsby Hilton Als

    McSweeney's 2013; US$ 15.99

    The read of the year.? Junot Díaz White Girls , Hilton Als?s first book since The Women sixteen years ago, finds one of the New Yorker 's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait... more...

  • 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$ 6.99

    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...

  • Finders Keepersby Seamus Heaney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 12.60

    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$ 6.79

    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...