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  • The Importance of Being Earnestby Oscar Wilde

    McClelland & Stewart 2014; US$ 1.99

    A clever farce poking fun at the complex set of social conventions that defined upper-class England at the time, the play tells the story of Jack and Algernon and the antics that ensue as they seek romance while also trying to avoid the cumbersome demands of their class. To this end, they both adopt the alias Ernest, causing no end of confusion. Despite... more...

  • Loose Cannonsby Christopher Middleton; August Kleinzahler

    University of New Mexico Press 2014; US$ 21.95

    Like his poetry, Middleton?s prose pieces are alive with incongruity, collage, and surprising juxtapositions. more...

  • Damsel Distressedby Kelsey Macke

    Spencer Hill Contemporary 2014; US$ 6.99

    Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longingImogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after-in fact, she doesn't think they are possible. Ever since her mother's death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy.When... more...

  • Precious Little Talent & Hot Mess (NHB Modern Plays)by Ella Hickson

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    Two plays by award-winning playwright Ella Hickson. Precious Little Talent is about a father desperate not to forget his daughter and two young people determined not to be forgotten by the world. Hot Mess is a dark and lyrical tale about friendship, loss and loneliness. Twins Polo and Twitch were born with only one heart between them: where... more...

  • English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1789by David Fairer

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 73.95

    In recent years the canon of eighteenth-century poetry has greatly expanded to include women poets, labouring-class and provincial poets, and many previously unheard voices. Fairer?s book takes up the challenge this ought to pose to our traditional understanding of the subject. This book seeks to question some of the structures, categories, and... more...

  • Language and Relationship in Wordsworth's Writingby Michael Baron

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 70.95

    William Wordsworth (1770-1850) needs little introduction as the central figure in Romantic poetry and a crucial influence in the development of poetry generally. This broad-ranging survey redefines the variety of his writing by showing how it incorporates contemporary concepts of language difference and the ways in which popular and serious literature... more...

  • The Infernal Desires of Angela Carterby Joseph Bristow; Lynn Broughton

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 58.95

    Drawing on many aspects of contemporary feminist theory, this lively collection of essays assesses Angela Carter's polemical fictions of desire. Carter, renowned for her irreverent wit, was one of the most gifted, subversive, and stylish British writers to emerge in the 1960s. more...

  • Never So Good (NHB Modern Plays)by Howard Brenton

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    A fascinating portrait of Harold Macmillan in an epic play about the decline of British fortunes in the middle of the twentieth century. Set against a back-drop of fading Empire, war, the Suez crisis, vintage champagne, adultery and vicious Tory politics at the Ritz, Never So Good paints the portrait of a brilliant, witty but complex man, at... more...

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (NHB Modern Plays)by Robert Tressell; Howard Brenton

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    Passionate, highly entertaining and gloriously funny - Robert Tressell?s classic pre-First World War account of the working lives of a group of housepainters and decorators is vividly adapted by Howard Brenton. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists recounts the little daily successes and the disasters of a group of working-class men, living under... more...

  • Idris Elbaby Nadia Cohen

    John Blake 2014; US$ 14.99

    The first biography of the riveting actor who came to fame in The Wire He's the ruthlessly ingenious drug lord "Stringer" Bell in The Wire , the obsessive Detective Chief Inspector in Luther , and the star of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom . Idris Elba inhabits each role as if he were born to play it, and approaches each performance as if... more...