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Anne Sexton
A Biography
Written by Diane Middlebrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74182-4 (0-679-74182-8)

Nominated for the National Book Award, this exemplary biography of the talented but harrowed Sexton provoked controversy for its revelations of infidelity and incest and its use of tape from Sexton's psychiatric session. It reconciles the many Anne Sextons: the 1950s housewife; the abused child who became an abusive mother; the... Read more >

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Savage Beauty
The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Written by Nancy Milford


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76081-5 (0-375-76081-4)

Thomas Hardy once said that America had two great attractions: the skyscraper and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The most famous poet of the Jazz Age, Millay captivated the nation: She smoked in public, took many lovers (men and women, single and married), flouted convention sensationally, and became the... Read more >
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The Passion of Michel Foucault

Written by James Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1994
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47240-1 (0-385-47240-4)

A startling look at one of this century’s most influential philosophers, the book chronicles every stage of Foucault’s personal and professional odyssey, from his early interest in dreams to his final preoccupation with sexuality and the nature of personal identity.

“Probably the best general introductin to Foucault’s later thinking.” —Washington Post Book... Read more >

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The Bronte Myth

Written by Lucasta Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7835-6 (1-4000-7835-0)

In a brilliant combination of biography, literary criticism, and history, The Brontë Myth shows how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë became cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations reflected the obsessions of various eras.

When literary London learned that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights had been written by young rural spinsters, the Brontës instantly... Read more >
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Decca
The Letters of Jessica Mitford
Written by Jessica Mitford
Edited by Peter Y. Sussman


Format: Hardcover, 768 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41032-1 (0-375-41032-5)

“Decca” Mitford lived a larger-than-life life: born into the British aristocracy—one of the famous (and sometimes infamous) Mitford sisters—she ran away to Spain during the Spanish Civil War with her cousin Esmond Romilly, Winston Churchill’s nephew, then came to America, became a tireless political activist and a member of the Communist... Read more >
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The Late Lord Byron

Written by Doris Langley Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-48-6 (1-935554-48-4)

“The best biography of Lord Byron ever written,” according to Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin, is now back in print after decades.

Of the hundreds of books on Byron and his work, not one has been devoted to the immediate aftermath of his life; and yet it is these first twenty posthumous... Read more >

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The Bourgeois
Between History and Literature
Written by Franco Moretti


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-304-0 (1-78168-304-2)

“The bourgeois ... Not so long ago, this notion seemed indispensable to social analysis; these days, one might go years without hearing it mentioned. Capitalism is more powerful than ever, but its human embodiment seems to have vanished. ‘I am a member of the bourgeois class, feel myself to be such... Read more >
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The Dancing Mind
Speech upon Acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished C ontribution to American Letters
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Hardcover, 24 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 24, 1996
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40032-2 (0-375-40032-X)

On the occasion of her acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters on the sixth of November, 1996, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison speaks with brevity and passion to the pleasures, the difficulties, the necessities, of the readingwriting life in our time. Read more >
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Balzac's Omelette
A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore'de Balzac
Written by Anka Muhlstein


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-473-3 (1-59051-473-4)

“Tell me where you eat, what you eat, and at what time you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” This is the motto of Anka Muhlstein’s erudite and witty book about the ways food and the art of the table feature in Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy... Read more >
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Literary Occasions
Essays
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3130-6 (1-4000-3130-3)

From a master of the English language—winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature—a collection of essays about reading, writing, and identity.

In these eleven pieces—brought together for the first time—Naipaul charts more than half a century of personal inquiry into the mysteries of written expression and of fiction in particular. Here... Read more >
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The Writer and the World
Essays
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70730-8 (0-375-70730-1)

Spanning four decades and four continents, this magisterial volume brings together the essential shorter works of reflection and reportage by our most sensitive, literate, and undeceivable observer of the post-colonial world. In its pages V. S. Naipaul trains his relentless moral intelligence on societies from India to the United States and... Read more >
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A Writer's People
Ways of Looking and Feeling
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70729-2 (0-375-70729-8)

V. S. Naipaul has always faced the challenges of "fitting one civilization to another." In A Writer's People, he takes us into this process of creative and intellectual assimilation, which has shaped both his writing and his life.

Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he was exposed early on—Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert... Read more >
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Life of Richard Wagner, Volume 1: 1813-1848

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 14, 2013
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5046-0 (0-8041-5046-X)

From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the first of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. This first volume takes us through the early years of Richard’s life: his birth in Leipzig; his childhood in Dresden and the sparks of his interest in music... Read more >

Life of R Wagner Vol 2

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 647 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 25, 2014
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5236-5 (0-8041-5236-5)

From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the second of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Volume II carries the story from 1848 to 1860. It describes the important, formative years in Wagner's life and reconstructs his role in the Dresden rising of 1849... Read more >

Life of R Wagner Vol 3

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 606 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 25, 2014
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5237-2 (0-8041-5237-3)

From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the third of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Volume III covers the years 1859-66 including the Tannhäuser debacle in Paris, the crisis with Minna, the first production of Tristan und Isolde and the flight from Munich.

Originally published between 1933 and 1947, Newman’s... Read more >

Life of R Wagner Vol 4

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 768 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 25, 2014
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5238-9 (0-8041-5238-1)

From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the final of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Volume IV completes the story from 1866 to Wagner's death in 1883. It covers the composition of Die Meistersinger and Parsifal, the completion of the Ring, Wagner's marriage to Cosima Liszt von Bülow... Read more >

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Poetic Justice
The Literary Imagination and Public Life
Written by Martha Nussbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 30, 1997
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4109-3 (0-8070-4109-2)

In Poetic Justice, one of our most prominent philosophers explores how the literary imagination is an essential ingredient of just public discourse and a democratic society.

“Timely and urgent. . . . Ms. Nussbaum’s appeal to the outlook of fiction as a model for judicial and social policy is bracingly utopian and... Read more >

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The Lonely Voice
A Study of the Short Story
Written by Frank O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-42-4 (1-935554-42-5)

The legendary book about writing by the legendary writer is back!
Frank O’Connor was one of the twentieth century’s greatest short story writers, and one of Ireland’s greatest authors ever. Now, O’Connor’s influential and sought-after book on the short story is back.
THE LONELY VOICE offers a master class with the master. With... Read more >
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Lost Classics
Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission
Edited by Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding and Linda Spalding


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72086-1 (0-385-72086-6)

Seventy-four distinguished writers tell personal tales of books loved and lost–great books overlooked, under-read, out of print, stolen, scorned, extinct, or otherwise out of commission.

Compiled by the editors of Brick: A Literary Magazine, Lost Classics is a reader’s delight: an intriguing and entertaining collection of eulogies for lost books. As the... Read more >
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The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup
My Encounters with Extraordinary People
Written by Susan Orlean


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75863-8 (0-375-75863-1)

Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean and author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subjects—from the well known (Bill Blass) to the unknown (a typical... Read more >
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Essays

Written by George Orwell


Format: Hardcover, 1416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41503-6 (0-375-41503-3)

The most generous and varied single volume selection available of the literary and political writings of one of our greatest essayists of the twentieth century. In these 240 plus essays, Orwell elevated political writing to the level of art, and his motivating ideas–his desire for social justice, his belief in universal... Read more >

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The Book That Changed My Life
Interviews with National Book Award Winners and Finalists
Edited by Diane Osen
Introduction by Neil Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78351-0 (0-679-78351-2)

Every reader can name at least one book that changed his or her life—and many more beloved titles will surely come to mind as well. In The Book That Changed My Life, fifteen of America’s most influential authors discuss their own special literary choices. These unique interviews with National Book Award... Read more >
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Fame & Folly
Essays
Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76754-1 (0-679-76754-1)

From one of America's great literary figures, a new collection of essays on eminent writers and their work, and on the war between art and life. The perilous intersection of writers' lives with public and private dooms is the fertile subject of many of these remarkable essays from such literary giants... Read more >
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Metaphor & Memory

Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 3, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73425-3 (0-679-73425-2)

In these intellectually dazzling essays, Ozick writes about Saul Bellow and Henry James, William Gaddis and Primo Levi. She observes the tug-of-war between written and spoken language and the complex relation between art's contrivances and its moral truths. She has given us an exceptional book that demonstrates the possibilities of literature... Read more >

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Quarrel & Quandary
Essays
Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72445-9 (0-375-72445-1)

Quarrel & Quandary showcases the manifold talents of one of our leading and award-winning critics and essayists.

In nineteen opulent essays, Cynthia Ozick probes Dostoevsky for insights into the Unabomber, questions the role of the public intellectual, and dares to wonder what poetry is. She roams effortlessly from Kafka to James, Styron... Read more >
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