Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
eBooks
Newletters and Alerts
232 books in Literary Criticism & Collections - Essays

Subscribe to our RSS/XML feed with web-based news readers.
Click your choice:

RSS
RSS PDF
Atom Feed
Add to Google

Browse Category

Find more Literary Criticism books by browsing the categories below.

Sort: Author   Bestselling  Format   Date   Price   Title  
New York Stories
New York Stories
Written by Editors of New York Magazine, Foreword by Tom Wolfe
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307755582
Our Price: $13.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
New York Stories
Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine
Written by Editors of New York Magazine
Foreword by Tom Wolfe


Format: eBook, 624 pages
On Sale: June 23, 2010
Price: $13.99

The magazine that is the city that is the world

Just in time for its fortieth anniversary, New York magazine presents a stunning collection of some of its best and most influential articles, stories that captured the spectacle, the turbulence, and the cultural realignments of the past four decades.

Covering subjects from “Radical... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
The Grim Reader
The Grim Reader
Edited by Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307874368
Our Price: $15.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
The Grim Reader

Edited by Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman


Format: eBook, 448 pages
On Sale: June 16, 2010
Price: $15.99

   The fear of death, the pain of bereavement, the art of consolation, and the custom of mourning—these are experiences with which all mortals must reckon.  In The Grim Reader, editors Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman have gathered the best classic and contemporary writing on mortality—from Montaigne to Monty Python—to produce an...

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
For the Time Being
For the Time Being
Written by Annie Dillard
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307477668
Our Price: $11.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
For the Time Being

Written by Annie Dillard


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: May 19, 2010
Price: $11.99

National Bestseller

"Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy as it is sublime, For the Time Being is, in the truest sense, an eye- opener."--Daily News

From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
The Writer and the World
The Writer and the World
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307561299
Our Price: $11.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
The Writer and the World
Essays
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 544 pages
On Sale: May 5, 2010
Price: $11.99

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 a trade paperback.
Trading Twelves
Trading Twelves
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, Preface by Albert Murray, Edited by John Callahan, Introduction by John Callahan
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307560742
Our Price: $11.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: April 28, 2010
Price: $11.99

This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion.

The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
2013
2013
Written by Richard Grossinger, Foreword by Daniel Pinchbeck
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781556438783
Our Price: $16.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

2013
Raising the Earth to the Next Vibration
Written by Richard Grossinger
Foreword by Daniel Pinchbeck


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $16.95

For the Earth to move to the next vibration, says Richard Grossinger, consciousness must change in profound ways, and these involve core elements of humanity: evil, grief, bliss, and compassion. 2013 locates these elements in often unlikely places and seeks their nature and capacity for change. With playfulness and precision, 2013... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
The Emergence of Memory
The Emergence of Memory
Written by W.G. Sebald, Edited by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583229156
Our Price: $15.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

The Emergence of Memory
Conversations with W. G. Sebald
Written by W.G. Sebald
Edited by Lynne Sharon Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.95

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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
The Notebook
The Notebook
Written by Jose Saramago, Preface by Umberto Eco, Translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Daniel Hahn
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781844676149
Our Price: $23.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

The Notebook

Written by Jose Saramago
Preface by Umberto Eco
Translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Daniel Hahn


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $23.95

Thought-provoking and lyrical, The Notebook records the last year in the life of José Saramago. In these pages, beginning on the eve of the 2008 US presidential election, he evokes life in his beloved city of Lisbon, revisits conversations with friends, and meditates on his favorite authors. Precise observations and moments... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
Thoreau and the Art of Life
Thoreau and the Art of Life
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Edited by Roderick MacIver, Illustrated by Roderick MacIver
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781556438837
Our Price: $16.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

Thoreau and the Art of Life
Reflections on Nature and the Mystery of Existence
Written by Henry David Thoreau
Edited by Roderick MacIver
Illustrated by Roderick MacIver


Format: Trade Paperback, 116 pages
On Sale: March 16, 2010
Price: $16.95

Featuring nearly 100 luminous watercolor illustrations, Thoreau and the Art of Life collects eloquent passages from the writings of the seminal author and philosopher. Drawn mainly from his journals, the short excerpts provide fascinating insight into his thought processes by presenting his raw, unedited feelings about the things that meant the... Read more >
I Know You're Out There
I Know You're Out There
Written by Michael Beaumier
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307496058
Our Price: $9.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
I Know You're Out There
Private Longings, Public Humiliations, and Other Tales from the Personals
Written by Michael Beaumier


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $9.99

Love lost, found, and kicked around

“It might be my imagination, but it seems like most people in the building tend to steer clear of me. I’m the one who gets the weird phone calls, the strange visitors, and disturbing mail.”

“My last great love affair didn’t work out—many don’t, but maybe the... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
Literary Occasions
Literary Occasions
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307557469
Our Price: $9.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
Literary Occasions
Essays
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 240 pages
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $9.99

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity—which have been brought together for the first time.
Here the subject is Naipaul’s literary evolution: the books that delighted him as... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
The Education of a British-Protected Child
The Education of a British-Protected Child
Written by Chinua Achebe
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307272904
Our Price: $11.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
The Education of a British-Protected Child
Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 208 pages
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $11.99

From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart comes a new collection of autobiographical essays—his first new book in more than twenty years.

Chinua Achebe’s characteristically eloquent and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. From a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria to considerations on...

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
Travels in a Thin Country
Travels in a Thin Country
Written by Sara Wheeler
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307560766
Our Price: $2.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
Travels in a Thin Country
A Journey Through Chile
Written by Sara Wheeler


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: September 23, 2009
Price: $2.99

Squeezed between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide--not a country that lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler discovered when she traveled alone from the top to the bottom, from the driest desert in the... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
The Face in the Mirror
The Face in the Mirror
Edited by Victoria Zackheim
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781591027522
Our Price: $25.00
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

The Face in the Mirror
Writers Reflect on Their Dreams of Youth and the Reality of Age
Edited by Victoria Zackheim


Format: Hardcover, 278 pages
On Sale: September 22, 2009
Price: $25.00

When you were young and idealistic, who was the person you saw in the mirror? What were your expectations and those of your family and community? And now that you’re older and have attained prominence, how do you feel about the person you have become and the direction your life has... Read more >
Beg, Borrow, Steal
Beg, Borrow, Steal
Written by Michael Greenberg
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781590513415
Our Price: $19.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

Beg, Borrow, Steal
A Writer's Life
Written by Michael Greenberg


Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $19.95

In Beg, Borrow, Steal Michael Greenberg regales us with his wry and vivid take on the life of a writer of little means trying to practice his craft or simply stay alive. He finds himself doctoring doomed movie scripts; selling cosmetics from an ironing board in front of a women's department... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
Beg, Borrow, Steal
A Writer's Life
Written by Michael Greenberg


Format: eBook, 200 pages
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $13.99

In Beg, Borrow, Steal Michael Greenberg regales us with his wry and vivid take on the life of a writer of little means trying to practice his craft or simply stay alive. He finds himself doctoring doomed movie scripts; selling cosmetics from an ironing board in front of a women's department... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.
Havanas in Camelot
Havanas in Camelot
Written by William Styron
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780812978759
Our Price: $15.00
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

Havanas in Camelot
Personal Essays
Written by William Styron


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00

After the great success in 1990 of Darkness Visible, his memoir of depression and recovery, William Styron wrote more frequently in an introspective, autobiographical mode. Havanas in Camelot brings together fourteen of his personal essays, including a reminiscence of his brief friendship with John F. Kennedy; memoirs of Truman Capote, James... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom
The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom
Written by Tariq Ali
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781844673674
Our Price: $24.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom
and Other Essays
Written by Tariq Ali


Format: Hardcover, 294 pages
On Sale: July 21, 2009
Price: $24.95

These provocative essays explore the links between literature, history and politics, through an examination of the work of Cervantes, Tolstoy, Proust, Musil, Roth, Platonov, Soltzhenitsyn, Grossman, Munif, Rushdie and others. Tariq Ali draws out common themes as well as polarities, and in each case locates the writer and his or her... Read more >
Selected Essays of Gore Vidal
Selected Essays of Gore Vidal
Written by Gore Vidal
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780307388681
Our Price: $17.00
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

Selected Essays of Gore Vidal

Written by Gore Vidal


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $17.00

Gore Vidal—novelist, playwright, critic, screenwriter, memoirist, indefatigable political commentator, and controversialist—is America's premier man of letters. No other living writer brings more sparkling wit, vast learning, indelible personality, and provocative mirth to the job of writing an essay.This long-needed volume comprises some twenty-four of his best-loved pieces of criticism, political commentary... Read more >
Entrapment and Other Writings
Entrapment and Other Writings
Written by Nelson Algren, Edited by Brooke Horvath and Dan Simon
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583228685
Our Price: $19.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

Entrapment and Other Writings

Written by Nelson Algren
Edited by Brooke Horvath and Dan Simon


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $19.95

Nelson Algren sought humanity in the urban wilderness of postwar America, where his powerful voice rose from behind the billboards and down tin-can alleys, from among the marginalized and ignored, the outcasts and scapegoats, the punks and junkies, the whores and down-on-their luck gamblers, the punch-drunk boxers and skid-row drunkies and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
I Told You So
I Told You So
Written by Kate Clinton
Format: Abridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9780807044513
Our Price: $19.95
 Quantity: 1 
Buy From a Local Store

I Told You So

Written by Kate Clinton


Format: Abridged Compact Disc
On Sale: May 1, 2009
Price: $19.95

I Told You So is a hilarious, bittersweet, and politically acute survival guide. In collected columns and routines, Kate Clinton gleefully details personal coping techniques tested over a lifetime. They're perfectly suited for political and cultural upheaval: wildcatting for democracy, curbing your cynicism, and changing the climate. Read them and you'll... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
More Matter
More Matter
Written by John Updike
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307488398
Our Price: $19.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
More Matter
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 928 pages
On Sale: February 19, 2009
Price: $19.99

In this collection of nonfiction pieces, John Updike gathers his responses to nearly two hundred invitations into print, each “an opportunity to make something beautiful, to find within oneself a treasure that would otherwise remain buried.” Introductions, reviews, and humorous essays, paragraphs on New York, religion, and lust—here is “more matter&rdquo... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium
Six Memos for the Next Millennium
Written by Italo Calvino
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307546111
Our Price: $9.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Written by Italo Calvino


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: February 4, 2009
Price: $9.99

Six Memos for the Millennium is a collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was about to deliver at the time of his death. Here is his legacy to us: the universal values he pinpoints become the watchwords for our appreciation of Calvino himself.

What should be cherished in literature? Calvino devotes one... Read more >
A New World Order
A New World Order
Written by Caryl Phillips
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307488725
Our Price: $9.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
A New World Order
Essays
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: January 21, 2009
Price: $9.99

The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips’ profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.
At once deeply reflective and... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
Something to Declare
Something to Declare
Written by Julian Barnes
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307547101
Our Price: $11.99
amazon.com
barnesandnoble.com
borders.com
Google eBookStore
kobobooks.com
more>>
Something to Declare
Essays on France and French Culture
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2009
Price: $11.99

Anyone who loves France (or just feels strongly about it), or has succumbed to the spell of Julian Barnes’s previous books, will be enraptured by this collection of essays on the country and its culture.

Barnes’s appreciation extends from France’s vanishing peasantry to its hyper-literate pop singers, from the gleeful iconoclasm... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.
View pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
Page 7 of 10
View past category highlights: