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  • Beneath the American Renaissanceby David S. Reynolds

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 17.99

    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...

  • A Love of Reading, The Second Collectionby Robert Adams

    McClelland & Stewart 2013; US$ 9.99

    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...

  • Six Memos for the Next Millenniumby Italo Calvino; Patrick Creagh

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015; 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...

  • 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work explores how the world of imaginative literature?poems, novels, plays?infused and shaped Marx?s writings, from his unpublished correspondence, to his pamphlets and major works.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...

  • The Sea-God's Herbby John Domini

    Dzanc Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    A witty and sophisticated examination of nontraditional storytelling in contemporary art and literature. The Sea-God's Herb contains reviews and essays on some of the most interesting authors and artists of the last forty years. From William Gass and Thomas Pynchon to Brian Evenson and Steve Erickson, John Domini takes readers beyond that which... more...

  • Table Talkby Wendy Lesser; Jennifer Zahrt; Mimi Chubb

    Counterpoint 2015; US$ 28.00

    Table Talk is a portable dinner party and a book to read alone while laughing out loud. Table Talk is a salon attended by your smartest friends and by all of the wittiest people they know. Table Talk is a collection of brief but critically acclaimed, half serious/half tongue-in-cheek pieces that borrow the format of The New Yorker?s “Talk of the... more...

  • Read This Nextby Howard Mittelmark; Sandra Newman

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    Are you tired of bland, overly earnest reading guides that discuss the same old books? Read This Next by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittlemark is the answer. A smart, irreverent, honest, and truly hilarious guide to your 500 new favorite books, Read This Next is aimed at those readers and book groups that are looking for great reading suggestions... more...