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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...