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- HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.49
What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface?a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character?and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary... more...
- Touchstone 2011; US$ 16.99
With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material. Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00
The middlebrow is a dominant cultural force in the twenty-first century. This book defines the new literary middlebrow through eight key features: middle class, feminized, reverential, commercial, emotional, recreational, earnest and mediated. Case studies include Oprah's Book Club, the Man Booker Prize and the Harry Potter phenomenon. more...
- St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99
We have all surrendered ourselves to the world that writing creates. Eudora Welty once observed that her mother read the works of Charles Dickens in the same spirit with which she would have eloped with him. Some of us remember our first novel with more pleasurable vividness than our first kiss. Many of us go to on-line chat rooms, looking for love... more...
- The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99
As the creator of one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had a fair amount of credibility when it came to literary matters. In this volume, Conan Doyle presents his views of literature and the pleasures of reading, and even offers some suggestions and recommendations from among his own favorites. more...
- Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00
From Frankenstein and Dracula to Psycho and The Chainsaw Massacre , horror fiction has provided our culture with some of its most enduring themes and narratives. Considering horror fiction both as a genre and as a social phenomenon, Joseph Grixti provides a theoretical and historical framework for reconsidering horror and the cultural apparatus... more...
- Little, Brown and Company 2014; US$ 11.69
The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00
Presenting different ways to imagine criticism without critique, this collection provides a survey of both the difficult times facing ideological critique and the ways in which literary criticism and aesthetics have been affected by changing attitudes toward critique. more...