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  • 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...

  • Twenty-five Books That Shaped Americaby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2011; Not Available

    Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor , returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced the American identity. In a delightfully informative, often wry manner, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America looks closely at important... more...

  • Six Memos for the Next Millenniumby Italo Calvino; Geoffrey Brock

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016; US$ 13.95

    A collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was preparing to deliver at the time of his death, setting forth the qualities in writing he most valued, and which he believed would define literature in the century to come. Together, these "memos" form a stirring defense of literature and an indispensable guide to Calvino's own work. more...

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revisedby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide?a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts?that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are... 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work explores how the world of imaginative literature?poems, novels, plays?infused and shaped Marx?s writings, from his unpublished correspondence, to his pamphlets and major works. In exploring Marx?s use... 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... more...

  • On Difficultyby George Steiner

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 14.99

    A distinguished collection of essays on language, literature, and philosophy from acclaimed scholar and critic George Steiner On Difficulty is as provocative and relevant today as when its essays were first published. Ranging from critical topics such as the understanding of language to the meaning of meaning, inward speech to the relationship... more...

  • What to Read (and Not)by Tom LeClair

    Dzanc Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    These essays and reviews are mostly about literary fiction published in the last ten years and are written from the perspective of a fan of the McElroy/Coover/DeLillo axis or, more recently, the Powers/Vollmann/Wallace axis. The review-essays include pieces on all of the National Book Award fiction finalists of the last five years. Reviews selected... more...

  • Invisible Formsby Kevin Jackson

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Dedications, Titles, Epigraphs, Footnotes, Prefaces, Afterwords, Indexes... These and other "invisible" literary necessities form the skeletons of many a book, yet these unacknowledged and unexamined forms abound in wisdom, curiosities, or eccentricities. With both erudition and wit, and drawing on examples from every part of literature's history,... more...

  • Pop Poeticsby Andy Fitch

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 34.95

    Pop artists often get praised or criticized for their use of commercial imagery, and yet their contributions?particularly to literature?are generally ignored in preference to a focus on precisely this sort of ?lowbrow? iconography. more...