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The Education of a British-Protected Child
Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47367-7 (0-307-47367-8)

From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart comes a new collection of autobiographical essays—his first new book in more than twenty years.

Chinua Achebe’s characteristically eloquent and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. From a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria to considerations on... Read more >
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Home and Exile

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72133-2 (0-385-72133-1)

More personally revealing than anything Achebe has written, Home and Exile–the great Nigerian novelist’s first book in more than ten years–is a major statement on the importance of stories as real sources of power, especially for those whose stories have traditionally been told by outsiders.

In three elegant essays, Achebe seeks to... Read more >

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Hopes and Impediments
Selected Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-41479-1 (0-385-41479-X)

One of most provocative and original voices in contemporary literature, Chinua Achebe here considers the place of literature and art in our society in a collection of essays spanning his best writing and lectures from the last twenty-three years. For Achebe, overcoming Eurocentrism in our appreciation of works of the imagination... Read more >
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Chaucer
Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 18, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50797-4 (0-385-50797-6)

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, historian and novelist Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet’s works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and... Read more >
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Poe
A Life Cut Short
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50800-1 (0-385-50800-X)

Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, and dazzling, the life of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s greatest and most versatile writers, is the ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Poe wrote lyrical poetry and macabre psychological melodramas; invented the first fictional detective; and produced pioneering works of science fiction and fantasy. His... Read more >
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Shakespeare
The Biography
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7598-0 (1-4000-7598-X)

Drawing on an exceptional combination of skills as literary biographer, novelist, and chronicler of London history, Peter Ackroyd surely re-creates the world that shaped Shakespeare--and brings the playwright himself into unusually vivid focus. With characteristic narrative panache, Ackroyd immerses us in sixteenth-century Stratford and the rural landscape–the industry, the animals, even... Read more >
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Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints
Essays
Written by Joan Acocella


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27576-9 (0-307-27576-0)

Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene).

Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist... Read more >

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Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Written by Joan Acocella


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71295-1 (0-375-71295-X)

Joan Acocella’s acute and often very funny critique of the critics untangles Cather’s reputation from decades of politically motivated misreadings, and proposes her own view of Cather’s genius. Serving also as a concise and graceful summary of Cather’s life and work, Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism is a refreshing... Read more >

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Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time
A Reader's Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past
Written by Patrick Alexander


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 22, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47232-8 (0-307-47232-9)

An accessible, irreverent guide to one of the most admired—and entertaining—novels of the past century. There is no other guide like this; a user-friendly and enticing entry into the marvelously enjoyable world of Proust.

At seven volumes, three thousand pages, and more than four hundred characters, as well as a towering reputation... Read more >
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Visiting Mrs. Nabokov
And Other Excursions
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 2, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75793-1 (0-679-75793-7)

To this tantalizing nonfiction collection Martin Amis brings the same megawatt wit, wickedly acute perception, and ebullient wordplay that characterize his novels. He encompasses the full range of contemporary politics and culture (high and low) while also traveling to China for soccer with Elton John and to London's darts-crazy pubs in... Read more >
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The War Against Cliche
Essays and Reviews 1971-2000
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 16, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72716-0 (0-375-72716-7)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

In this virtuosic, career-spanning collection he takes on James Joyce and Elvis Presley, Nabokov and English football, Jane Austen and Penthouse Forum, William Burroughs and Hillary Clinton. But above all, Amis is concerned with literature, and with the deadly cliches–not only of... Read more >
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Against World Literature
On the Politics of Untranslatability
Written by Emily Apter


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-970-6 (1-84467-970-5)

Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when large-scale paradigms of literary studies ignore the politics of the “untranslatable”–the realm of those words that are continually retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or especially resistant to... Read more >
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Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Hannah Arendt


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-311-3 (1-61219-311-0)

 Hannah Arendt was one of the most important thinkers of her time, famous for her idea of “the banality of evil” which continues to provoke debate. This collection provides new and startling insight into Arendt’s thoughts about Watergate and the nature of American politics, about totalitarianism and history, and her own... Read more >
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Brigham Young
American Moses
Written by Leonard J. Arrington


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80321-4 (0-345-80321-3)

Brigham Young comes to life in this superlative biography that presents him as a Mormon leader, a business genius, a family man, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on a vast range of sources, including documents, personal diaries, and private correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings Young to... Read more >
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Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair

Written by Anthony Arthur


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6151-8 (1-4000-6151-2)

Few American writers have revealed their private as well as their public selves so fully as Upton Sinclair, and virtually none over such a long lifetime (1878—1968). Sinclair’s writing, even at its most poignant or electrifying, blurred the line between politics and art–and, indeed, his life followed a similar arc. In... Read more >
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Bellow
A Biography
Written by James Atlas


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75958-1 (0-375-75958-1)

With this masterly and original work, Bellow: A Biography, National Book Award nominee James Atlas gives the first definitive account of the Nobel Prize–winning author’s turbulent personal and professional life, as it unfolded against the background of twentieth-century events—the Depression, World War II, the upheavals of the sixties—and amid all the... Read more >
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Negotiating with the Dead
A Writer on Writing
Written by Margaret Atwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3260-0 (1-4000-3260-1)

What do we mean when we say that someone is a writer? Is he or she an entertainer? A high priest of the god Art? An improver of readers’ minds and morals? And who, for that matter, are these mysterious readers? In this wise and irresistibly quotable book, one of the... Read more >

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Forewords and Afterwords

Written by W. H. Auden


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72485-8 (0-679-72485-0)

The essays in this collection were written as reviews, mainly for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, on books by or about Alexander Pope, Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and A. E. Housman, or as introductions to editions of the classical Greek writers... Read more >

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Dante
Poet of the Secular World
Written by Erich Auerbach
Translated by Ralph Manheim
Introduction by Michael Dirda


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-219-3 (1-59017-219-1)

A precursor and companion to Erich Auerbach’s majestic Mimesis, DANTE: POET OF THE SECULAR WORLD is both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest poets and a brilliantly provocative and stimulating essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, acclaimed by writers and scholars as various as... Read more >

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The Annotated Emma

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 928 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39077-6 (0-307-39077-2)

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 read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2,200 annotations on facing pages, including:

-Explanations of... Read more >
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The Annotated Northanger Abbey

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39080-6 (0-307-39080-2)

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey that makes her lighthearted satire of the gothic novel an even more satisfying read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 1,200 annotations on facing pages, including:

—Explanations of... Read more >
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Great Books for High School Kids
A Teachers' Guide to Books That Can Change Teens' Lives
Edited by Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford


Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3255-8 (0-8070-3255-7)

Teachers Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford always wanted to find a guide to the vast world of great books for teenagers-one that didn’t talk down or moralize. When they couldn’t find one, they set out to create it.

An early prototype offered at Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California, was an instant... Read more >

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The Poetics of Space

Written by Gaston Bachelard


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6473-3 (0-8070-6473-4)

“A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of... Read more >

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Cheever
A Life
Written by Blake Bailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7968-1 (1-4000-7968-3)

John Cheever spent much of his career impersonating a perfect suburban gentleman, the better to become one of the foremost chroniclers of postwar America. Written with unprecedented access to essential sources—including Cheever’s massive journal, only a fraction of which has ever been published—Bailey’s Cheever is a stunning example of the biographer’s... Read more >
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Farther and Wilder
The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson
Written by Blake Bailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47552-7 (0-307-47552-2)

Charles Jackson’s novel The Lost Weekend—the story of five disastrous days in the life of an alcoholic—was published in 1944 to triumphant success. Although he tried to escape its legacy, Jackson is often remembered only as the author of this thinly veiled autobiography. In Farther & Wilder, the award-winning biographer of... Read more >
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