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SUBVERSIVE GENEALOGY

Written by Michael Paul Rogin


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $23.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83094-4 (0-307-83094-2)

In this major reconsideration of Herman Melville’s life and work, Michael Paul Rogin shows that Melville’s novels are connected both to the important issues of his time and to the exploits of his patrician and politically prominent family—which, three generations after its Revolutionary War heroes, produced an alcoholic, a bankrupt, and... Read more >

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Parallel Lives
Five Victorian Marriages
Written by Phyllis Rose


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1984
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72580-2 (0-394-72580-8)

"A lively study...Rose's anecdotes and insights provide a fresh view of the circumstances that bedeviled relations between the sexes a century ago...The couples could not have been better chosen. Each contains one famous writer: John Ruskin, Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, Charles Dickens and George Eliot, nee Marian Evans. Three of... Read more >
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Portrait of Hemingway

Written by Lillian Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 6, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75438-8 (0-375-75438-5)

On May 13, 1950, Lillian Ross's first portrait of Ernest Hemingway was published in The New Yorker. It was an account of two days Hemingway spent in New York in 1949 on his way from Havana to Europe. This candid and affectionate profile was tremendously controversial at the time, to the... Read more >

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Reading Myself and Others

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74907-3 (0-679-74907-1)

The interviews, essays, and articles collected here span a quarter century of Philip Roth's distinguished career and "reveal [a] preoccupation with the relationship between the written and the unwritten world." Here is Roth on himself and his work, including Portnoy's Complaint, Our Gang, and My Life as a Man; on the... Read more >

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Shop Talk
A Writer and His Colleagues and Their Work
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71413-9 (0-375-71413-8)

In Philip Roth’s intimate intellectual encounters with an international and diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics and history in their work and trace the imaginative path by which a writer’s highly individualized art is informed by the wider conditions of life.

With Primo Levi, Roth discusses the... Read more >

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The Baroness
The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild and Jazz's Secret Muse
Written by Hannah Rothschild


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-101-87233-8 (1-101-87233-0)

Beautiful and spirited, Pannonica Rothschild, known as Nica, was born in 1913 to eccentric privilege and a storied family history. After marrying well, she settled into a French chateau to bear children and support her husband’s war career. But when Nica heard “Round Midnight” by jazz composer Thelonious Monk, everything changed... Read more >
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The Baroness
The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild
Written by Hannah Rothschild


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96198-3 (0-307-96198-2)

Beautiful, romantic and spirited, Pannonica, known as Nica, named after her father’s favorite moth, was born in 1913 to extraordinary, eccentric privilege and a storied history. The Rothschild family had, in only five generations, risen from the ghetto in Frankfurt to stately homes in England. As a child, Nica took her... Read more >
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Who We Are
On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer
Edited by Derek Rubin


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4239-3 (0-8052-4239-2)

This unprecedented collection brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how they've made their work respond.

E. L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces... Read more >
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On Late Style
Music and Literature Against the Grain
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72633-0 (0-375-72633-0)

On Late Style is a book that came out of a very popular graduate seminar called "Last Works/Late Style" that Said taught only once at Columbia in the fall of 1995. It was a subject that had increasing resonance for him, particularly after his diagnosis of leukemia in September 1991. Michael... Read more >
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Words

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1981
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74709-5 (0-394-74709-7)

Written when he was fifty-nine, this book is a masterpiece of self-analysis. Sartre the philosopher, novelist and playwright brings to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight he applied so brilliantly to other authors. Born into a gentle, book-loving family and raised by a widowed mother and doting... Read more >

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-559-3 (1-60980-559-3)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The First Poets
Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72525-8 (0-375-72525-3)

When Michael Schmidt’s last book, Lives of the Poets, was published, Mark Strand called it “a tour de force, an astonishing view of the whole of poetry in English, a superb read.” Now Schmidt brings the same erudition, insight, and élan to The First Poets—the story of the ancient Greeks whose... Read more >
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Lives of the Poets

Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 992 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70604-2 (0-375-70604-6)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

In this stunning volume of epic breadth, Michael Schmidt connects the lives and works of more than 300 poets over the last 700 years—spanning distant shores from Scotland to Australia to the Caribbean, all sharing the English language.

Schmidt reveals how each poet has transformed “a... Read more >
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Emma Lazarus

Written by Esther Schor


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4216-4 (0-8052-4216-3)

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time that we are still scrambling to catch up with her–a feminist, a Zionist, and an internationally famous Jewish... Read more >
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The Emergence of Memory
Conversations with W. G. Sebald
Written by W.G. Sebald
Edited by Lynne Sharon Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-915-6 (1-58322-915-9)

When German author W. G. Sebald died in a car accident at the age of fifty-seven, the literary world mourned the loss of a writer whose oeuvre it was just beginning to appreciate. Through published interviews with and essays on Sebald, award-winning translator and author Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers a profound... Read more >
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Elsa Schiaparelli
A Biography
Written by Meryle Secrest


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-70159-6 (0-307-70159-X)

Her name was Elsa Schiaparelli. She was known as the Queen of Fashion; a headline attraction in the international glitter-glamour show of the late twenties and thirties, feted in Rome (where she was born), Paris, New York, London, Moscow, Hollywood . . .

Her style was a social revolution through clothing—luxurious, eccentric... Read more >
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Painted Shadow
The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot
Written by Carole Seymour-Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49993-4 (0-385-49993-0)

By the time Vivienne Eliot was committed to an asylum for what would be the final nine years of her life, she had been abandoned by her husband T.S. Eliot and shunned by literary London. Yet Vivienne was neither insane nor insignificant. She generously collaborated in her husband’s literary efforts, taking... Read more >
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Oberammergau
The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play
Written by James Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70852-7 (0-375-70852-9)

The Bavarian village of Oberammergau has staged the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ nearly every decade since 1634. Each production of the Passion Play attracts hundreds of thousands, many drawn by the spiritual benefits it promises. Yet Hitler called it a convincing portrayal of the menace of Jewry, and in... Read more >
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Chicago's Nelson Algren

Written by Art Shay
Foreword by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-764-0 (1-58322-764-4)

Nelson Algren and Art Shay met in 1949 when Shay was a reporter for Life. Shay followed Algren around with a camera, gathering pictures for a photo-essay piece he was pitching to the magazine. Life didn’t pick up the article, but Shay and Algren became fast friends. Algren gave Shay’s camera... Read more >
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I Think You're Totally Wrong
A Quarrel
Written by David Shields and Caleb Powell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35194-2 (0-385-35194-1)

An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate about life and art—beers included.

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art...

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Reality Hunger
A Manifesto
Written by David Shields


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38797-4 (0-307-38797-6)

With this landmark book, David Shields fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time. Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has the velocity of digital culture rendered traditional modes obsolete? Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past... Read more >
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Reality Hunger
A Manifesto
Written by David Shields


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27353-6 (0-307-27353-9)

An open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the twenty-first century.

Reality TV dominates broadband. YouTube and Facebook dominate the web. In Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, his landmark new book, David Shields (author of the New York Times best seller The Thing About Life Is... Read more >
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A Jury of Her Peers
Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Written by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3442-0 (1-4000-3442-6)

A Jury of Her Peers is an unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000.

In a narrative of immense scope and fascination—brimming with Elaine Showalter’s characteristic wit and incisive opinions—we are introduced to more than 250 female writers. These include not only famous and... Read more >

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Graven With Diamonds
The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII
Written by Nicola Shulman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-207-3 (1-58642-207-3)

Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII’s reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII’s most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt.

Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his sinister minister... Read more >
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