Literary Criticism

What We See When We Read

What We See When We Read

A San Francisco Chronicle and Kirkus Best Book of the YearA gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how...

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A Slip of the Keyboard

A Slip of the Keyboard

Terry Pratchett has won the hearts and minds of readers around the globe with his bestselling Discworld series of novels. But what his many fans may not realize is that he has been writing nonfiction throughout...

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Up in the Old Hotel

Up in the Old Hotel

Saloon-keepers and street preachers, gypsies and steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady and a 93-year-old “seafoodetarian” who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two...

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How to Be a Heroine

How to Be a Heroine

While debating literature’s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation—her whole life, she's been trying to be...

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The Most of Nora Ephron

The Most of Nora Ephron

A whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America’s funniest—and most acute—writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we’ve been living it these...

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The Gift

The Gift

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money...

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The Art of the Personal Essay

The Art of the Personal Essay

For more than four hundred years, the personal  essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant  of all literary forms. Distinguished from the  detached...

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Ulysses (Gabler Edition)

Ulysses (Gabler Edition)

Considered the greatest 20th century novel written in English, in this edition Walter Gabler uncovers previously unseen text. It is a disillusioned study of estrangement,...

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Ten Windows

Ten Windows

A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist “Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language...

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Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation...

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The World of Raymond Chandler

The World of Raymond Chandler

 Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in—and around—his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate Chandler’s...

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The Complete Works

The Complete Works

 Humanist, skeptic, acute observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533—92) was the first to use the term “essay” to refer to the form...

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Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble

Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble

Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive...

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Russian Fairy Tales

Russian Fairy Tales

Translated by Norbert GutermanIllustrated by Alexander AlexeieffIn this most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English we meet...

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Women of Will

Women of Will

From one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts, actor, director, and master teacher Tina Packer offers an exploration—fierce, funny, fearless—of the women of Shakespeare’s plays. A profound,...

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Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many...

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London

London

Here are two thousand years of London’s history and folklore, its chroniclers and criminals and plain citizens, its food and drink and countless pleasures....

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I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

From one of the most ferociously brilliant and distinctive young voices in literary nonfiction: a debut shot through with violence, comedy, and feverish intensity that takes us on an odyssey...

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E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings

From the author of American Bloomsbury, Louisa May Alcott, and Home Before Dark, a major reassessment of the life and work of the novelist, painter, and playwright considered to be one of America’s preeminent twentieth-century...

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The Annotated Emma

The Annotated Emma

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Emma that makes her beloved tale of an endearingly inept matchmaker an even more satisfying...

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Essays

Essays

 A generous and varied selection–the only hardcover edition available–of the literary and political writings of one of the greatest essayists of the twentieth century. Although...

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Somebody Told Me

Somebody Told Me

With his bestselling All Over but the Shoutin', Rick Bragg gave us memorable stories of his own childhood. In Somebody Told Me, he offers the best of his work...

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Reality Hunger

Reality Hunger

With this landmark book, David Shields fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time. Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between...

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The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

This collection of nearly three hundred letters gives us the life of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such an important and formidable stage director (A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman),...

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