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  • The Written Worldby Martin Puchner

    Random House Publishing Group 2017; US$ 17.48

    The story of how literature shaped world history, in sixteen acts—from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today.... more...

  • The Wife of Bath in Afterlifeby Betsy Bowden

    Lehigh University Press 2017; US$ 114.00

    This study investigates interpretation of a late-fourteenth-century fictional character in both verbal and visual art of the period 1660–1810. Audiovisual analysis and diachronic afterlife studies intertwine concerning the Wife of Bath in songs, scholarship, commentary, poetic paraphrases, musical theater in London and on the Continent, paintings,... more...

  • What the Victorians Made of Romanticismby Tom Mole

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 45.00 US$ 40.95

    This insightful and elegantly written book examines how the popular media of the Victorian era sustained and transformed the reputations of Romantic writers. Tom Mole provides a new reception history of Lord Byron, Felicia Hemans, Sir Walter Scott, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and William Wordsworth—one that moves beyond the punctual historicism of much... more...

  • Global Dilemmasby Malcolm Hardman

    Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2017; US$ 114.00

    Global Dilemmas documents the cultural debates of a key community of the British Empire from the 1840s to 1925. It completes the account of its printed legacy as pioneer of Reformation, Parliamentary Reform, and Industrial Revolution begun in A Kingdom in Two Parishes and continued in Classic Soil . more...

  • 2017by Björn Biester; Carsten Wurm

    De Gruyter 2017; US$ 172.99

    Das Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens veröffentlicht wissenschaftliche Beiträge und Quelleneditionen und pflegt alle mit dem Buch und seiner Geschichte zusammenhängenden Themen. Das Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens enthält neben einem Aufsatzteil umfangreiche Rezensionen zu den wichtigsten buchwissenschaftlichen Veröffentlichungen.... more...

  • Jacob's Room is Full of Booksby Susan Hill

    Profile Books 2017; US$ 13.31

    When we spend so much of our time immersed in books, who's to say where reading ends and living begins? The two are impossibly and gloriously wedded, as Hill shows in Jacob's Room Is Full of Books . Considering everything from Edith Wharton's novels through to Alan Bennett's diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred... more...

  • The Book of Forgotten Authorsby Christopher Fowler

    Quercus 2017; US$ 18.99

    'Joyous . . . fascinating' Cathy Rentzenbrink 'I love it! A real gem' Joanne Harris 'The perfect gift for a book-obsessed friend or if you simply want to uncover a hidden gem' Stylist , 50 unmissable books for autumn 2017 Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. So begins Christopher Fowler's foray... more...

  • Victorian Jesusby Ian Hesketh

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2017; Not Available

    Victorian Jesus explores the relationship between historian J. R. Seeley and his publisher Alexander Macmillan as they sought to keep Seeley’s authorship a secret while also trying to exploit the public interest. more...

  • A Life in Wordsby Paul Auster; I. B. Siegumfeldt

    Seven Stories Press 2017; US$ 19.99

    An inside look into Paul Auster's art and craft, the inspirations and obsessions, mesmerizing and dramatic in turn. A remarkably candid, and often surprisingly dramatic, investigation into one writer's art, craft, and life, A Life in Words is rooted in three years of dialogue between Auster and Professor I. B. Siegumfeldt, starting in 2011, while... more...

  • Magical Manuscripts in Early Modern Europeby Daniel Bellingradt; Bernd-Christian Otto

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 50.78

    This book presents the story of a unique collection of 140 manuscripts of ‘learned magic’ that was sold for a fantastic sum within the clandestine channels of the German book trade in the early eighteenth century. The book will interpret this collection from two angles – as an artefact of the early modern book market as well as the longue-durée tradition... more...