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  • Dashiell Hammettby Sally Cline; Otto Penzler

    Arcade Publishing 2016; US$ 22.99

    Dashiell Hammett changed the face of crime fiction. In five novels published over five years as well as a string of stories, he transformed the mystery genre into literature and left us with the figure of the hard-boiled detective, from the Continental Op to Sam Spade immortalized on film by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon and the more glamorous... more...

  • Poisonous Museby Sara L. Crosby

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 65.00

    The nineteenth century was, we have been told, the ?century of the poisoner,? when Britain and the United States trembled under an onslaught of unruly women who poisoned husbands with gleeful abandon. That story, however, is only half true. While British authorities did indeed round up and execute a number of impoverished women with minimal evidence... more...

  • Playful Song Called Beautifulby John Blair

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    Playful Song Called Beautiful ranges far into the intersections of faith and scientific thought, places where ?there is no stranger who is / stranger than you, no / familiar who?s more / familiar.? In poems that are either formally rhymed and metered or written in syllabically structured three-line stanzas, Blair wanders among universal orders and... more...

  • System of Ghostsby Lindsay Tigue

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    In System of Ghosts, Lindsay Tigue details the way landscape speaks to isolation and personhood, how virtual and lived networks alter experience. She questions how built environments structure lives, how we seek out information within these spaces, and, most fundamentally, how we love. Rooted in the personal, the speaker of this collection moves... more...

  • That Kind of Happyby Maggie Dietz

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 18.00

    October Aubade If I slept too long, forgive me. A north wind quickened the window frames so the room pitched like a moving train and the pillow?s whiff of hickory and shaving soap conjured your body beside me. So I slept in the berth as the train chuffed on, unburdened by waking?s cold water, ignorant of pain, estrangement, hunger and      ... more...

  • Forbidden Cityby Gail Mazur

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 18.00

    from ?Mount Fuji? A draughtsman?s draughtsman, Hokusai at 70 thought he?d begun to grasp the structures   of birds and beasts, insects and fish, of the way plants grow, hoped that by 90 he?d have penetrated to their essential nature .   And more, by 100, I will have reached the stage where every dot, every mark I make will be alive.... more...

  • Continuing Bonds with the Deadby Harold K. Bush

    University of Alabama Press 2016; US$ 49.95

    Harold K. Bush's Continuing Bonds with the Dead examines the profound transfiguration that the death of a child wrought on the literary work of nineteenth-century American writers. Taking as his subjects Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, William Dean Howells, Mark Twain, and W. E. B. Du Bois, Bush demonstrates how the death of a child became... more...

  • Understanding William Gibsonby Gerald Alva Jr. Miller; Linda Wagner-Martin

    University of South Carolina Press 2016; US$ 21.99

    A study of the science fiction author who popularized the concept of cyberspace more...

  • Dickinson in Her Own Timeby Jane Donahue Eberwein; Stephanie Farrar; Cristanne Miller

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 55.00

    Even before the first books of her poems were published in the 1890s, friends, neighbors, and even apparently strangers knew Emily Dickinson was a writer of remarkable verses. Featuring both well-known documents and material printed or collected here for the first time, this book offers a broad range of writings that convey impressions of Dickinson... more...

  • CliffsNotes on American Poets of the 20th Centuryby Mary Ellen Snodgrass

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015; US$ 12.95

    This literary companion carries you into the lives and poetic lines of 41 of America's most admired poets from the last century. From popular favorites such as Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg to the more esoteric T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, this handbook also introduces you to living poets, such as Rita Dove, who are still inscribing their places in... more...