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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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 >
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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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