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The Duchess of Malfi
Seven Masterpieces of Jacobean Drama
Edited by Frank Kermode


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64243-5 (0-679-64243-9)

The lyrical, bloodthirsty tragedies and witty urban comedies in this original collection were first performed during the reign of King James I (1603—25). Though nearly four centuries old, they display surprisingly modern sensibilities regarding sex, violence, morality, and honor. Brilliantly introduced and annotated by Frank Kermode, britain’s most distinguished scholar of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gilgi

Written by Irmgard Keun
Translated by Geoff Wilkes


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-277-2 (1-61219-277-7)

Irmgard Keun’s first novel Gilgi was an overnight sensation upon its initial publication in Germany, selling thousands of copies, inspiring numerous imitators, and making Keun a household name–a reputation that was only heightened when, a few years later, the nervy Keun sued the Gestapo for blocking her royalties.

The story of a... Read more >
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Autobiography of a Corpse

Written by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Translated by Joanne Turnbull
Introduction by Adam Thirlwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-670-2 (1-59017-670-7)

The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new collection of eleven mind-bending tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky’s most dazzling conceits: a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of... Read more >
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Leading Women
Plays for Actresses 2
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72666-8 (0-375-72666-7)

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this magnificently diverse collection of plays—full-lengths, one-acts, and monologues—with mainly female casts, which represent the answer to any actress's prayer.

The editors of the... Read more >

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Shorter, Faster, Funnier
Comic Plays and Monologues
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47664-7 (0-307-47664-2)

This cornucopia of comedy showcases works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes and diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. You’ll discover such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and... Read more >
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Inherit the Wind

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee


Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-46627-3 (0-345-46627-6)

The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Kinder Than Solitude
A Novel
Written by Yiyun Li


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6814-2 (1-4000-6814-2)

A profound mystery is at the heart of this magnificent new novel by Yiyun Li, “one of America’s best young novelists” (Newsweek) and the celebrated author of The Vagrants, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Moving back and forth in time, between America today and China in the 1990s, Kinder Than... Read more >
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Little Wolves

Written by Thomas Maltman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-343-0 (1-61695-343-8)

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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School for Love

Written by Olivia Manning
Introduction by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-303-9 (1-59017-303-1)

Jerusalem in 1945 is a city in flux: refugees from the war in Europe fill its streets and cafés, the British colonial mandate is coming to an end, and tensions are on the rise between the Arab and Jewish populations. Felix Latimer, a recently orphaned teenager, arrives in Jerusalem from Baghdad... Read more >
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The End of the Jews
A Novel
Written by Adam Mansbach


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52042-3 (0-385-52042-5)

Now in paperback
Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach’s novel faces the impossible choice between the people they love and the art that sustains them. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the asphalt of the depression-era Bronx, goes on to become one of the swaggering Jewish geniuses who remakes American culture... Read more >
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Theatre

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72463-3 (0-375-72463-X)

In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham–the author of the classic novels Of Human Bondage and Up at the Villa–introduces us to Julia Lambert, a woman of breathtaking poise and talent whose looks have stood by her forty-six years. She is one of the greatest actresses England–so good, in fact, that perhaps she... Read more >
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The Counselor (Movie Tie-in Edition)
A Screenplay
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80359-7 (0-345-80359-0)

On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade—and gambles that the consequences won’t catch up to him.

Along the gritty terrain of the Texas–Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Auditioning
An Actor-Friendly Guide
Written by Joanna Merlin
Foreword by Harold Prince


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72537-1 (0-375-72537-7)

Joanna Merlin has spent her career on both sides of the auditioning process, both as an award-winning casting director who has worked with Harold Prince, Bernard Bertolucci, and James Ivory, and as an accomplished actor herself.

In this highly informative and accessible book, Merlin provides everything the actor needs to achieve self-confidence... Read more >
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The Tragedy of Mister Morn

Written by Vladimir Nabokov
Translated by Anastasia Tolstoy and Thomas Karshan
Introduction by Thomas Karshan


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95066-6 (0-307-95066-2)

Vladimir Nabokov’s earliest major work, written when he was twenty-four, is a full-length play in verse of Shakespearean beauty and richness.

The story of an incognito king whose love for the wife of a banished revolutionary brings on the chaos the king has fought to prevent, this five-act play was never published in... Read more >
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Clara

Written by Kurt Palka


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-7132-4 (0-7710-7132-9)

Clara Herzog is a privileged, intelligent, and thoughtful young woman whose world is changed forever when 1930s Vienna is swept up by the dark prelude of the Second World War. The cavalry officer she married in spite of her family’s objections is soon called away to the thick of the conflict... Read more >
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Playwrights at Work

Written by Paris Review
Edited by George Plimpton
Introduction by John Lahr


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64021-9 (0-679-64021-5)

This third volume in Modern Library’s Paris Review: Writers at Work series gives the student a chance to study the words and opinions of some of the most important and compelling playwrights of our time. The interviews collected here range in date from 1956 to 1997 and in personality from Tennessee... Read more >

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To Hold the Crown
The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
Written by Jean Plaidy


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34619-3 (0-307-34619-6)

From exile and war to love and loss—every dynasty has a beginning.

Henry Tudor was not born to the throne of England. Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to... Read more >
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Four Plays by Dawn Powell

Written by Dawn Powell, Tim Page and Michael Sexton


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: November 1, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-883642-61-7 (1-883642-61-2)

FROM HER COLLEGE days onward, Dawn Powell dreamed of becoming a successful playwright. Indeed, over the course of four decades, she finished at least ten plays and was working on fashioning her novel The Golden Spur into a musical comedy during her final illness. Only two of her plays were mounted... Read more >

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Ghost Light
A Memoir
Written by Frank Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75824-9 (0-375-75824-0)

There is a superstition that if an emptied theater is ever left completely dark, a ghost will take up residence. To prevent this, a single "ghost light" is left burning at center stage after the audience and all of the actors and musicians have gone home. Frank Rich's eloquent and moving... Read more >
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The Spinning Heart
A Novel
Written by Donal Ryan


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-224-0 (1-58642-224-3)

 
Winner - The Guardian First Book Award

Winner of two Irish Book Awards - Newcomer of The Year and Book of The Year


In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus... Read more >
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The Stray Dog Cabaret
A Book of Russian Poems
Afterword by Honor Moore
Translated by Paul Schmidt
Introduction by Catherine Ciepiela


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-191-2 (1-59017-191-8)

A New York Review Books Original

A master anthology of Russia’s most important poetry, newly collected and never before published in English

In the years before the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Stray Dog cabaret in St. Petersburg was the haunt of poets, artists, and musicians, a place to meet, drink, read, brawl, celebrate... Read more >

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Half the Kingdom
A Novel
Written by Lore Segal


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-302-1 (1-61219-302-1)

The renowned New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lore Segal delivers a hilarious, poignant and profoundly moving tale of living, loving and aging in America today.

At Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, doctors have noticed a marked uptick in Alzheimer’s patients. People who seemed perfectly lucid just a day earlier suddenly show... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Well-tempered Heart

Written by Jan-Philipp Sendker


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-640-9 (1-59051-640-0)

The sequel to the international bestselling novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
 
Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend has recently left her and she is, despite... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6911-5 (0-8129-6911-1)

King Lear is Shakespeare’s bleakest and profoundest tragedy, a searing dramatization of humankind at the edge of apocalypse that explores the family and the nature of being with passion, poetry, and dark humor.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Macbeth

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6916-0 (0-8129-6916-2)

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, filled with fierce, violent action, Macbeth is a human drama of ambition, desire, and guilt in a world of blood and darkness, with whispers of the supernatural.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
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