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  • The Essential Paradise Lostby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2017; US$ 23.32

    After its publication in 1667, John Milton's Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit. Now it is little read. To bring readers back to Milton's masterpiece, John Carey has shortened it to a third of its original length. In this fascinating reinterpretation, Carey reveals new insights about Milton's... more...

  • Teikaby Paul S. Atkins

    University of Hawaii Press 2017; US$ 68.00

    Fujiwara no Teika (1162?1241) was born into an illustrious lineage of poets just as Japan?s ancien régime was ceding authority to a new political order dominated by military power. Overcoming personal and political setbacks, Teika and his allies championed a new style of poetry that managed to innovate conceptually and linguistically within the... more...

  • Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetryby Michael Gamer

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 80.00

    Michael Gamer explodes the myth of the unworldly Romantic poet, showing writers' interest in public presence, and profit and loss. more...

  • Tennyson and Mid-Victorian Publishingby Jim Cheshire

    Palgrave Macmillan UK 2017; US$ 84.91

    This book examines how Tennyson?s career was mediated, organised and directed by the publishing industry. Founded on neglected archival material, it examines the scale and distribution of Tennyson?s book sales in Britain and America, the commercial logic of publishing poetry, and how illustrated gift books and visual culture both promoted and interrogated... more...

  • The Bughouseby Daniel Swift

    Random House 2017; US$ 36.65

    In 1945, the American poet Ezra Pound was due to stand trial for treason for his broadcasts in Fascist Italy during the Second World War. Before the trial could take place, however, he was pronounced insane. Escaping a possible death sentence, he was sent to St Elizabeths Hospital near Washington, DC, where he was held for over a decade. At the... more...

  • Deaths of the Poetsby Michael Symmons Roberts; Paul Farley

    Random House 2017; US$ 21.14

    From Chatterton?s Pre-Raphaelite demise to Keats? death warrant in a smudge of arterial blood; from Dylan Thomas?s eighteen straight whiskies to Sylvia Plath?s desperate suicide in the gas oven of her Primrose Hill kitchen or John Berryman?s leap from a bridge onto the frozen Mississippi, the deaths of poets have often cast a backward shadow on their... more...

  • The Trachinian Maidensby Sophocles

    Dancing Unicorn Books 2017; US$ 0.99

    ?The Trachinian Maidens' (also ?Women of Trachis' or ?The Trachiniae') is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles, in which Deianeira, the wife of Heracles, is distraught over her husband's neglect of her family. Unable to cope with the thought of losing him, she decides to use a love charm on him, a magic potion that will win him back. more...

  • Electraby Sophocles

    Dancing Unicorn Books 2017; US$ 0.99

    Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, 'Electra' recounts the tale of Electra and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon. more...

  • A Herring Famineby Adam O'Riordan

    Random House 2017; US$ 14.09

    The poems of this dazzling second collection are of contradictory impulses: of abundance and famine, of absence and presence, of endings and new beginnings. Here again are the intelligent, elegant and emotionally potent poems that are O?Riordan?s trademark, yet pushes into bolder territories, from a herring famine of 1907 to the Strangeways Prison... more...

  • Stranger, Babyby Emily Berry

    Faber & Faber 2017; US$ 15.49

    'The loss of a mother must be something very strange', observed Sigmund Freud, a reflection that haunts this intense and powerful new book. Emily Berry's Dear Boy was described as a 'blazing debut', winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2013. Stranger, Baby , its follow-up, is marked by the same sense of fantasy and play, estrangement... more...