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  • Science Fictionby L. David Allen

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on Science Fiction: an Introduction, you'll gain insight... more...

  • Six Memos for the Next Millenniumby Italo Calvino

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.95

    Six Memos for the Millennium is a collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was about to deliver at the time of his death. Here is his legacy to us: the universal values he pinpoints become the watchwords for our appreciation of Calvino himself. What should be cherished in literature? Calvino devotes one lecture, or memo to the reader, to each of... more...

  • The Modern Library Writer's Workshopby Stephen Koch

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    Kurt Vonnegut ??The cat sat on the mat? is not the beginning of a story, but ?the cat sat on the dog?s mat? is.? ? John Le Carré Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can?t get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel García Márquez together at the Algonquin,... more...

  • The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fictionby Bran Nicol

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 23.00

    A lucid exploration of the key features of postmodernism and the most important authors from Beckett to DeLillo. more...

  • The A to Z of Fantasy Literatureby Brian Stableford

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 33.99

    Stableford provides an invaluable guide to this sequence of events and to the current state of the field. The dictionary includes cross-referenced entries on more than 700 authors, ranging across the entire historical spectrum, while more than 200 other entries describe the fantasy subgenres, key images in fantasy literature, technical terms used in... more...

  • Science Fiction and Philosophyby Susan Schneider

    Wiley 2010; US$ 24.95

    A timely volume that uses science fiction as a springboard tomeaningful philosophical discussions, especially at points ofcontact between science fiction and new scientific developments. Raises questions and examines timely themes concerning thenature of the mind, time travel, artificial intelligence, neuralenhancement, free will, the nature of persons,... more...

  • On Writingby Eudora Welty

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    Eudora Welty was one of the twentieth century?s greatest literary figures. For as long as students have been studying her fiction as literature, writers have been looking to her to answer the profound questions of what makes a story good, a novel successful, a writer an artist. On Writing presents the answers in seven concise chapters discussing... more...

  • The Twig People of Mossdown Woodsby Joe Thomson-Swift

    Grosvenor House Publishing 2011; US$ 6.20

    Another adventure from Joe & Lucy's story box. This time they go to Mossdown Woods where they want to 'I Spy' with all the creatures that live there. But they are in for a big surprise when they meet Laura the magical nature queen and the twig people who look after the trees and flowers there. The twig people are made from every letter of the alphabet... more...

  • The Stranger - Albert Camusby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2011; US$ 45.00

    Camus's landmark novel traces the aftermath of a shocking crime and the man whose fate is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger presents readers with a new kind of protagonist, a man unable to transcend the tedium and inherent absurdity of everyday existence in a world indifferent to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens.... more...

  • Global Crusoeby Ann Marie Fallon

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 99.95

    Global Crusoe travels across the twentieth-century globe to explore the huge variety of contemporary incarnations of Daniel Defoe's intrepid character. Reading texts by authors such as Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Derek Walcott and J.M. Coetzee, Fallon argues that the twentieth-century Crusoe is not a lone, struggling survivor, but a cosmopolitan... more...