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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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
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
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
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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Break, Blow, Burn
Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72539-5 (0-375-72539-3)

Break, Blow, Burn is destined to become a landmark. In it, America’s premier intellectual provocateur explores and celebrates a series of great poems of the Western tradition, including some surprising discoveries of her own. She brings new energy and insight to our understanding of poems we already know, such as masterpieces... Read more >
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Sexual Personae
Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 20, 1991
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73579-3 (0-679-73579-8)

Paglia seeks to demonstrate the unity and continuity of western culture. Accepting the canonical western tradition and rejecting the modernist idea that culture has collapsed into meaningless fragments, she argues that Judeo-Christianity did not defeat paganism, which, along with androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, continues to flourish in art... Read more >

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The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist

Written by Orhan Pamuk


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74524-8 (0-307-74524-4)

From the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, an inspired, thoughtful, and deeply personal book about reading and writing novels.

In this fascinating set of essays, based on the talks he delivered at Harvard University as part of the distinguished Norton Lecture series, Pamuk presents a comprehensive and provocative theory of the novel and... Read more >
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Other Colors
Essays and a Story
Written by Orhan Pamuk


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38623-6 (0-307-38623-6)

In the three decades that Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk has devoted himself to writing fiction, he has also produced scores of witty, moving, and provocative essays and articles. He engages the work of Nabokov, Kundera, Rushdie, and Vargas Llosa, among others, and he discusses his own books and writing process... Read more >
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Shakespeare Alive!

Edited by Joseph Papp and Elizabeth Kirkland


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27081-5 (0-553-27081-8)

From Joseph Papp, America's foremost theater producer, and writer Elizabeth Kirkland, Shakespeare Alive! recreates Shakespeare's London as everyday people might have experienced it. Through Papp and Kirkland's richly detailed book, students will find out how young Elizabethans fell in love, how the city's workers and artists made ends meet, what people... Read more >

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Promised Land
Thirteen Books That Changed America
Written by Jay Parini


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38618-2 (0-307-38618-X)

“These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and... Read more >
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Beat Writers at Work

Written by Paris Review
Edited by George Plimpton
Introduction by Richard Moody


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 16, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75215-5 (0-375-75215-3)

Edited by George Plimpton, and with an introduction by Rick Moody, this collection of interviews with the Beat Writers grants writers of prose, poetry, and literary critics an in-depth look into one of the most famous literary tribes of the century. The Beats, with their mix of talent, bravado, and insight... 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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Women Writers at Work
The Paris Review Interviews
Written by Paris Review


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 21, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77129-6 (0-679-77129-8)

With an introduction by Margaret Atwood, and edited by George Plimpton, this volume brings together sixteen of the world's great women writers speaking about their work, their colleagues, and their lives. The writers include:

Marianne Moore
Katherine Anne Porter
Rebecca West
Dorothy Parker
P.L. Travers
Simone de Beauvoir
Eudora Welty
Elizabeth Bishop
Mary McCarthy
Nadine Gordimer
Maya Angelou
Anne Sexton
Toni Morrison
Susan Sontag
Joan Didion
and... Read more >
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