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Essays

  • God's Zooby Marius Kociejowski

    Carcanet 2014;

    This book is the record of a journey through the world cultures of contemporary London. More specifically, it records a series of encounters with individuals who, although otherwise very different from each other, have three things in common. They are all displaced from their homeland or their origins. They have all become, in some sense, Londoners.... more...

  • 1914-Goodbye to All Thatby Lavinia Greenlaw; Ali Smith; Ales Steger; Jeanette Winterson; Elif Shafak; NoViolet Bulawayo; Colm Toibin; Xiaolu Guo; Erwin Mortier; Kamila Shamsie; Daniel Kehlmann

    Pushkin Press 2014; US$ 10.19

    A wide-ranging collection of reflective essays, to mark the centenary of the conflict that changed the world. In this collection of essays, ten leading writers from different countries consider the conflicts that have informed their own literary lives. 1914-Goodbye to All That borrows its title from Robert Graves's "bitter leave-taking of England"... more...

  • The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essaysby Steven D. Carter

    Columbia University Press 2014;

    A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely Japanese literary genre encompassing features of the nonfiction or personal essay and miscellaneous musings. For sheer range of subject matter... more...

  • An Uneasy Solitudeby Lawrence Rosenwald; Maurice Gonnaud

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 63.00

    This subtle intellectual biography juxtaposes Ralph Waldo Emerson's revolutionary spiritual thinking with his elitist ideas of race and property--a contrast so sharp as to make his personality seem almost incoherent." Writing in (he great modern tradition of French anglicisles, Maurice Gonnaud compares Emerson's taste for solitude and the lyric ardor... more...

  • The Man from Porlockby Theodore Russell Weiss; René Weiss

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 40.00

    These essays by the poet and critic Theodore Weiss explore a problem already powerful in Lucretius, conspicuous with Shakespeare, and more than ever a concern for modern writers--the place; and price of poetry in a prose-minded world. Originally published in 1982. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again... more...

  • Emerson's Romantic Styleby Julie K. Ellison

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.95

    Professor Ellison demonstrates that the characteristic difficulties of Emerson's prose--its repetitiveness, discontinuity, and tonal peculiarities--are motivated by his use of interpretation to free himself from recurringly intimidating aspects of tradition. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand... more...

  • Prolegomena to Homer, 1795by Friedrich August Wolf; Anthony Grafton

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    The subjects Wolf addressed have dominated Homeric scholarship for almost two centuries. Especially important were his analyses of the history of writing and of the nature of Alexandrian scholarship and his consideration of the composition of the Homeric poems--which set the terms for the analyst/unitarian controversy. His exploration of the history... more...

  • More Curiousby Sean Wilsey

    McSweeney's 2014; US$ 10.99

    In More Curious , Sean Wilsey travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post–9/11 New York City. Wherever he is, Wilsey captures his surroundings with the precision of a photographer and the raw grace of a skateboarder (he's an amateur practitioner... more...

  • Exileby Bradford Morrow

    Conjunctions 2014; US$ 9.99

    From the moment homes and homelands came into being, exile ensued. While narratives of exile share themes of banishment, loss and longing, they are as diverse as the human experience itself. Writers as different as Homer and Heinlein, Aeschylus and Camus addressed this subject. In  The Satanic Verses , Salman Rushdie conceives of exile as ?a dream... more...

  • And the Heart Says Whateverby Emily Gould

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; US$ 6.57

    In a series of acutely observed, perceptive and acclaimed essays, Emily Gould tells the truth about what it's like to become an adult in New York City in the twenty-first century. more...