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  • Check These Outby Gina Sheridan

    F+W Media 2015; US$ 14.99

    Discover a librarian's secret stash of great reads! We've all been there: in the library, head tilted sideways, doing our best to navigate a blur of spines and titles to find one worth reading. Luckily, the hunt is over. Librarian, author, and book devourer Gina Sheridan has sorted through the stacks to compile a list of read-worthy titles you may... more...

  • Re-Covering Modernismby Dr David M Earle

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 49.95

    In the first half of the twentieth century, modernist works appeared not only in obscure little magazines and books published by tiny exclusive presses but also in literary reprint magazines of the 1920s, tawdry pulp magazines of the 1930s, and lurid paperbacks of the 1940s. In his nuanced exploration of the publishing and marketing of modernist works,... more...

  • Patience and Fortitudeby Scott Sherman

    Melville House 2015; US$ 24.95

    A riveting investigation of a beloved library caught in the crosshairs of real estate, power, and the people?s interests?by the reporter who broke the story   In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City?s most beloved and iconic... more...

  • Essays on Fiction 1971-82 (Routledge Revivals)by Sir Frank Kermode

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 130.00

    In this book, which was first published in 1983, Frank Kermode looks in particular at the revived Russian Formalism, a highly original body of literary theory that flourished in the years immediately following the Revolution, and at the work of Roman Jakobson, one of its most distinguished exponents. He discusses its modern ?structuralist? descendants,... more...

  • Dead White Guysby Matt Burriesci

    Cleis Press Start 2015; US$ 16.95

    Dead White Guys is a timely defense of the great books, arriving in the middle of a national debate about the fate of these books in high schools and universities around the country. Burriesci shows how the great books can enrich our lives as individuals, as citizens, and in our careers. Extending the argument first made by Anna Quinndlen's on... more...

  • The Great Detectiveby Zach Dundas

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015; US$ 26.00

    For longtime Conan Doyle fans as well as readers just discovering Sherlock Holmes, a wickedly smart and rollicking journey through the birth, life, and afterlives of popular culture?s most beloved sleuth. more...

  • Exhilarating Proseby Barry Healey; Cordelia Strube

    Baraka Books 2015; US$ 15.99

    This smartly illustrated literary miscellanea is intended to stimulate readers and writers of English prose. From ?dead language ? the speaks? (i.e., ad-speak, media-speak, corporate-speak) through ?re-writing ? Again?? to rules (to obey or not to obey), authors Barry Healey and Cordelia Strube examine what makes good and bad writing. With tongue... more...

  • Indian Writing in English and Issues of Visual Representationby Lisa Lau; E. Dawson Varughese

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 45.00

    This book examines the use of book covers as marketing devices, asking what exactly they communicate to their readers and buyers, and what images they associate with a genre and create about a culture. Focusing on Indian women's writing in English, it combines the study of text with the study of materiality of the book. more...

  • The Pleasure of Readingby Antonia Fraser; Antonia Fraser; Victoria Gray

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 12.99

    In this delightful collection forty acclaimed writers explain what first made them interested in literature, what inspired them to read and what makes them continue to do so. First published in 1992 in hardback only, original contributors include Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, Melvyn Bragg, A. S. Byatt, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Gray, Germaine Greer,... more...

  • Virtual Victoriansby Veronica Alfano; Andrew Stauffer

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 90.00

    Exploring how scholars use digital resources to reconstruct the 19th century, this volume probes key issues in the intersection of digital humanities and history. Part I examines the potential of online research tools for literary scholarship while Part II outlines a prehistory of digital virtuality by exploring specific Victorian cultural forms. more...