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Reading Chekhov
A Critical Journey
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76106-5 (0-375-76106-3)

To illuminate the mysterious greatness of Anton Chekhov’s writings, Janet Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer, and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven with episodes from Chekhov’s life and framed by an account of Malcolm’s journey to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yalta. She writes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Silent Woman
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75140-3 (0-679-75140-8)

In an astonishing feat of literary detection, Malcolm examines the biographies of Sylvia Plath to create a book not about Plath's life but about her afterlife: how her estranged husband, the poet Ted Hughes, as executor of her estate, tried to serve two masters--Plath's art and his own need for privacy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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From Fatwa to Jihad
The Rushdie Affair and Its Aftermath
Written by Kenan Malik


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-405-9 (1-61219-405-2)

Twenty years after the Rushdie fatwa, From Fatwa to Jihad tells, for the first time, the full story of this defining episode and explores its repercussions and resonance through to contemporary debates about Islam, terror, free speech and Western values.

When a thousand Muslim protesters paraded through a British town with a copy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yours Ever
People and Their Letters
Written by Thomas Mallon


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47741-5 (0-307-47741-X)

A delightful investigation of the art of letter writing, Yours Ever explores masterpieces dispatched through the ages by messenger, postal service, and BlackBerry.
 
Here are Madame de Sévigné’s devastatingly sharp reports from the French court, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tormented advice to his young daughter, the casually brilliant musings of Flannery O’Connor... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Three Uses of the Knife
On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70423-9 (0-375-70423-X)

What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? With bracing directness and aphoristic grace, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross delivers a thrillingly original treatise on his art.

To David Mamet, human beings are drama-creating animals who impose narrative... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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True and False
Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77264-4 (0-679-77264-2)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, and teacher gives us a blunt, irreverent, unsparingly honest guide to acting that overturns conventional truths and tells aspiring actors what they really need to know.

David Mamet leaves no acting tenet untouched: How to judge the role, approach the part, work with the playwright. How to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dreadful
The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns
Written by David Margolick


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-713-0 (1-59051-713-X)

American author John Horne Burns (1916–1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Andover and Harvard, and went on to teach English at the Loomis School, a boarding school for boys in Windsor... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Dreadful
The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns
Written by David Margolick


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-571-6 (1-59051-571-4)

American author John Horne Burns (1916—1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Andover and Harvard, and went on to teach English at the Loomis School, a boarding school for boys in Windsor... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Strange Glory
A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Written by Charles Marsh


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26981-2 (0-307-26981-7)

In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time. Now, drawing on extensive new research, Strange Glory offers a definitive account, by turns majestic and intimate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Gabriel García Márquez
A Life
Written by Gerald Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47286-1 (0-307-47286-8)

In this exhaustive and enlightening biography—nearly two decades in the making—Gerald Martin dexterously traces the life and times of one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary titans, Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez.

Martin chronicles the particulars of an extraordinary life, from his upbringing in backwater Columbia and early journalism career, to the... Read more >
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Gabriel García Márquez
Una Vida
Written by Gerald Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: September 22, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47228-1 (0-307-47228-0)

A MAJOR LITERARY EVENT: The first comprehensive biography of the most popular international novelist of our time—author of One Hundred Years Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera —now available in Spanish.

Designated by Gabriel García Márquez to be his official biographer, Gerald Martin has interviewed the Nobel laureate at regular... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Cole Porter

Written by William McBrien


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72792-7 (0-679-72792-2)

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was "the top"—the pinnacle of wit, sophistication, and success. His songs—"I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," and hundreds more—were instant pop hits, and their musical and emotional depths have made them lasting standards.

William McBrien has captured the creator of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Life in Middlemarch

Written by Rebecca Mead


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98476-0 (0-307-98476-1)

Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Pragmatism
A Reader
Written by Louis Menand


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77544-7 (0-679-77544-7)

Pragmatism has been called America's only major contribution to philosophy. Since its birth was announced a century ago in 1898 by William James, pragmatism has played a vital role in almost every area of American intellectual and cultural life, inspiring judges, educators, politicians, poets, and social prophets.

Now the major texts of... Read more >

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Mencken Chrestomathy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1982
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75209-9 (0-394-75209-0)

Edited and annotated by H.L.M., this is a selection from his out-of-print writings. They come mostly from books—the six of the Prejudices series, A Book of Burlesques, In Defense of Women, Notes on Democracy, Making A President, A Book of Calumny, Treatise on Right and Wrong—but there are also magazine and... Read more >
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Waiting for the Barbarians
Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Written by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-713-6 (1-59017-713-4)

Finalist for the National Book Award Critics Circle Award and the Pen Art of the Essay Award

Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews for The New York Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as “one of the greatest critics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Waiting for the Barbarians
Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Written by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Hardcover, 440 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-607-8 (1-59017-607-3)

Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award (For Criticism)

Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as “one of the greatest critics of our time” (Poets&... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Things That Matter
What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life
Written by Edward Mendelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27522-6 (0-307-27522-1)

She felt rather inclined just for a moment to stand still after all that chatter, and pick out one particular thing; the thing that mattered . . .
Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse

An illuminating exploration of how seven of the greatest English novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Jane... Read more >
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What We See When We Read

Written by Peter Mendelsund


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7163-2 (0-8041-7163-7)

A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. 

What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what... Read more >
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Collected Prose

Written by James Merrill


Format: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41136-6 (0-375-41136-4)

Following James Merrill’s widely celebrated Collected Poems and Collected Novels and Plays, this volume gives us, most intimately, the man himself and his charmingly straightforward exploration of how he became himself. As much as any poet of our time, Merrill conceived of his work and his life as warp and woof... Read more >

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Echoing Silence
Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing
Written by Thomas Merton
Edited by Robert Inchausti


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: New Seeds
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-348-1 (1-59030-348-2)

When Thomas Merton entered a Trappist monastery in December 1941, he turned his back on secular life—including a very promising literary career. He sent his journals, a novel-in-progess, and copies of all his poems to his mentor, Columbia professor Mark Van Doren, for safe keeping, fully expecting to write little, if... Read more >

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Somerset Maugham
A Life
Written by Jeffrey Meyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3052-1 (1-4000-3052-8)

An instinctive and magnificent storyteller, Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful writers of his time. He published seventy-eight books—including the undisputed classics Of Human Bondage and The Razor’s Edge—which sold over 40 million copies in his lifetime.

Born in Paris to sophisticated parents, Willie Maugham was orphaned... Read more >
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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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