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  • Beneath the American Renaissanceby David S. Reynolds

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 18.99

    The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind... more...

  • How to Read a Novelistby John Freeman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 15.99

    The novel is alive and well, thank you very much For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta , he has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed... more...

  • A Love of Reading, The Second Collectionby Robert Adams

    McClelland & Stewart 2013; US$ 30.99

    Fourteen brilliant new reviews from the author of A Love of Reading . Passionate, thought provoking, and witty. A Love of Reading, the Second Collection contains 14 new reviews of modern classics from a discriminating, highly entertaining, and prodigiously well-read guide. In a stimulating selection, ranging from Margaret Atwood?s Alias Grace... more...

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professorby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    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...

  • How to Write a Sentenceby Stanley Fish

    HarperCollins 2011; Not Available

    ?Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.?  ?Roy Blount Jr.   ?Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.? ? Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration... more...

  • Why I Readby Wendy Lesser

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 25.99

    ?Wendy Lesser?s extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America?s most significant cultural critics,? writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read , Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review , to describe... more...

  • The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Readingby Phyllis Rose

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 26.99

    Phyllis Rose embarks on a grand literary experiment?to read her way through a random shelf of library books, LEQ?LES Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort to do just that. Hoping to explore the ?real ground of literature,? she reads her way through... more...

  • Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Readby Henry Hitchings

    John Murray 2012; Not Available

    Ever wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore? Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings educate you in the invaluable skill of literary bluffing in this survivor's guide to talking about books you haven't read. With tips on how to bluff with... more...

  • Karl Marx and World Literatureby S.S. Prawer

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 29.95

    “Very few men,” said Bakunin, “have read as much, and, it may be added, have read as intelligently, as M. Marx.” S. S. Prawer’s highly influential work explores how the world of imaginative literature?poems, novels, plays?infused and shaped Marx’s writings, from his unpublished correspondence, to his pamphlets and... more...

  • Race, Ethnicity and Publishing in Americaby Cecile Cottenet

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 85.00

    Race, Ethnicity and Publishing in America considers American minority literatures from the perspective of print culture. Putting in dialogue European and American scholars and spanning the slavery era through the early 21st century, they draw on approaches from library history, literary history and textual studies. more...