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Frank Kermode

Frank Kermode is among our greatest contemporary critics. He has written and edited many works, among them The Sense of Ending and Shakespeare’s Language.

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The Waste Land and Other Poems
Written by T. S. Eliot, Edited by Frank Kermode
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$11.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243731-5 (0-14-243731-X)

While recovering from a mental collapse in a Swiss sanitarium in 1921, T. S. Eliot finished what became the definitive poem of the modern condition, one that still casts a large and ominous shadow over twentieth-century poetry. Built upon the imagery of the Grail legend, the Fisher King, and ancient fertility...

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The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, The Blue Flower
Written by Penelope Fitzgerald, Introduction by Frank Kermode
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2003
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4126-8 (1-4000-4126-0)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Penelope Fitzgerald, who died in 2000, emerged late in life as one of the most remarkable English writers of the last century. She began her writing career in 1975 at the age of fifty-nine, and over the next two decades she published three biographies, nine novels, and a... Read more






The Figure in the Carpet and Other Stories
Written by Henry James, Introduction by Frank Kermode, Noted by Frank Kermode
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1986
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043255-8 (0-14-043255-8)

The stories in this collection were written mostly between 1888 and 1897, a time when Henry James’s writing was concerned with the art of fiction and the position of the artist in society. The motif and title story, ‘The Figure in the Carpet’, is an inspired joke, a masterpiece of double-entendre... Read more






The Age of Shakespeare
Written by Frank Kermode
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$17.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7433-1 (0-8129-7433-6)

In The Age of Shakespeare, Frank Kermode uses the history and culture of the Elizabethan era to enlighten us about William Shakespeare and his poetry and plays. Opening with the big picture of the religious and dynastic events that defined England in the age of the Tudors, Kermode takes the reader... Read more






The Duchess of Malfi
Edited by Frank Kermode
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$19.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-64243-5 (0-679-64243-9)

Edited and with an Introduction by Frank Kermode

A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood
Volpone by Ben Jonson
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur
The Maid’s Tragedy by John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver's Seat, The Only Problem
Written by Muriel Spark, Introduction by Frank Kermode
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | April 2004
$24.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4206-7 (1-4000-4206-2)

 

The brevity of Muriel Spark’s novels is equaled only by their brilliance. These four novels, each a miniature masterpiece, illustrate her development over four decades. Despite the seriousness of their themes, all four are fantastic comedies of manners, bristling with wit.

 

Spark’s most celebrated novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, tells...

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He Knew He Was Right
Written by Anthony Trollope, Introduction by Frank Kermode
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 1996
$15.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043391-3 (0-14-043391-0)

The central theme of the novel is the sexual jealousy of Louis Trevelyan who unjustly accuses his wife Emily of a liaison with a friend of her father's. As his suspicion deepens into madness, Trollope gives us a profound psychological study in which Louis' obsessive delirium is comparable to the tormented... Read more






The Way We Live Now
Written by Anthony Trollope, Introduction by Frank Kermode
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2002
$14.00/18.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-243713-1 (0-14-243713-1)

"A certain class of dishonesty, dishonesty magnificent in its proportions, and climbing into high places ... "

This was the new metropolitan disease Trollope set out brilliantly to expose in The Way We Live Now. His milieux are the City's financial institutions, London's exclusive West End squares and drones' clubs populated by...

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The Way We Live Now
Written by Anthony Trollope, Introduction by Frank Kermode
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043392-0 (0-14-043392-9)

"Trollope did not write for posterity," observed Henry James. "He wrote for the day, the moment; but these are just the writers whom posterity is apt to put into its pocket."

Considered by contemporary critics to be Trollope's greatest novel, The Way We Live Now is a satire of the literary... Read more





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