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  • Second Readingby Jonathan Yardley

    Europa 2011; US$ 9.99

    More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA more...

  • 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 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...

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

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Books that Changed the Worldby Andrew Taylor

    Quercus Publishing 2014; US$ 12.99

    A tribute to the enduring power of the printed word. more...