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Modernism: A Cultural History

By: Armstrong, Tim

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Polity Press: 2005

Seller ID: 2271044

ISBN: 0745629830

Condition: Good


Pencil underlining and marginalia. 2005 Trade Paperback. The last 20 years has seen an explosion of work on literary modernism and its cultural and historical contexts. In this innovative study aimed at a general audience, Tim Armstrong seeks to define modernism not only by its aesthetics and literary genres but also by its links with broader cultural areas in which the'modern' is implicated and debated, and which inform its representational modes. View more info

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Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy

By: Arnold, Edwin T.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: University of Mississippi: 1999

Seller ID: 2197021

ISBN: 1578061059

Condition: Very Good


Ink name on front endpaper. 1999 Trade Paperback. Originally published in 1993, this was the first volume of essays devoted to the works of Cormac McCarthy. Immediately it was recognized as a major contribution to studies of this acclaimed American author. American Literary Scholarship hailed it as a model of its kind. It has since established itself as an essential source for any McCarthy scholar, student, or serious reader.In 1993, McCarthy had recently published All the Pretty Horses (1992), the award-winning first volume of the Border Trilogy. The second volume, The Crossing, appeared i... View more info

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Lillabulero: A Journal of Contemporary Writing - Number Seven, Summer/Fall 1969 (Continuing a Second Series)

By: Banks, Russell; Matthews, William; Berry, Wendell; Snyder, Gary

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Lillabulero Press, Inc.: 1969

Seller ID: 2263769

Condition: Very Good


Corners lightly creased. 1969 Trade Paperback. [ii], 102 pp. A collection of verse and reviews by and about various authors, including: A.R. Ammons; Russell Banks; Dave Kelly; Peter Wild; Robert Peters; Henry H. Roth; Andrei Codrescu; H.R. Hays; Vern Rutsula; J.D. Whitney; Robert Morgan; William Witherup; Gary Gildner; Robert Vander Molen; Howard McCord; Eric Torgerson; William Matthews; Charles Simic; Craig Sterry; Ray Kass; Greg Kuzma; Wichasha Anthony; Jeff Davis; Stuart Peterfreund; Wendell Berry; Gary Snyder; Diane Wakoski; Geof Hewitt; Jonathan Williams. View more info

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Selected Writings on Art and Literature (Penguin Classics)

By: Baudelaire, Charles; Charvet, P. E.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Penguin Books: 1992

Edition: 2nd Printing

Seller ID: 2291530

ISBN: 0140446060

Condition: Very Good


Second printing. Minor tear along edge of front wrapper, pages very faintly toned. 1992 Trade Paperback. 460 pp. Before publishing the sensuous and scandalous poems of Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) had already earned respect as a forthright and witty critic of art and literature. This stimulating selection of criticism reveals him as a worshipper at the altar of beauty, illuminating his belief that the pursuit of this ideal must be paramount in artistic expression. Reviews of exhibitions discuss works by great painters such as Delacroix and Ingres in fascinating detail, and O... View more info

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Deceiving to Convey Truth

By: Beattie, Ann

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Harbourfront Reading Series: 1997

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200923

Condition: Near Fine


Signed by author without inscription. #48 of 150 signed, numbered copies, from a total edition of 550. Faint smudge to rear wrapper. 1997 Stapled Binding. We have more books available by this author!. 25 pp. Ann Beattie discusses what it is to be a writer, analyzing her own writings and the writings of others.Keywords: ANN BEATTIE DECEIVING TO CONVEY TRUTH AMERICAN LITERATURE ESSAYS LITERARY CRITICSIM BIOGRAPHY View more info

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Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

By: Beer, Gillian

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Cambridge: 2000

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 2198182

Condition: Very Good


Reprint. Pencil marginalia. 2000 Trade Paperback. Gillian Beer's landmark book demonstrates how Darwin overturned fundamental cultural assumptions in his narratives, how George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and other writers pursued and resisted their contradictory implications, and how the stories he produced about natural selection and the struggle for life now underpin our culture. This second edition incorporates a new preface by the author and a foreword by the distinguished American scholar George Levine. View more info

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Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True

By: Berg, Elizabeth

Price: $20.00

Publisher: HarperCollins: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2271029

ISBN: 0060191791

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Pages very faintly toned. 1999 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xv, 223 pp. Bestselling, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Berg knows a thing or two about writing, having graced the world with wonderful works of fiction including Talk Before Sleep, The Year of Pleasures, and the acclaimed Oprah Book Club Selection, Open House. With Escaping Into the Open, she offers an inspiring, eminently entertaining, and delightfully practical handbook on the joys, challenges, and creative possibilities inherent in the writing life... View more info

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The Astonishment Tapes: Talks on Poetry and Autobiography with Robin Blaser and Friends

By: Blaser, Robin

Price: $40.00

Publisher: University of Alabama Press: 2015

Seller ID: 2278609

ISBN: 0817358099

Condition: Very Good


Ink name on endpaper. 2015 Trade Paperback. Robin Blaser moved from his native Idaho to attend the University of California, Berkeley, in 1944. While there, he developed as a poet, explored his homosexuality, engaged in a lively arts community, and met fellow travelers and poets Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer. The three men became the founding members of the Berkeley core of what is now known as the San Francisco Renaissance in New American Poetry. View more info

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Spelling the Word: George Herbert and the Bible

By: Bloch, Chana

Price: $150.00

Publisher: University of California: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2208250

Condition: Good


First edition. Front hinge just starting, jacket in near fine condition. 1985 Hard Cover. A scholarly examination of Biblical imagery in the poetry of George Herbert. View more info

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Marquis de Sade: His Life and Works

By: Bloch, Iwan

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Brittany Press: 1933

Seller ID: 2290623

Condition: Very Good


Edge wear to jacket. 1933 Hard Cover. A detailed, analytical study of the life and times of this brilliant but bizarre personality (and the sexually erotic times he lived in), containing the essence of all his writings, based on research by Bloch in private archives of the French Government, and Bloch's discovery of de Sade's unpublished manuscript of 120 Days of Sodom in Marseilles. View more info

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Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

By: Bloom, Harold

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Riverhead Books: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2263560

ISBN: 1573221201

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Jacket spine slightly faded. 1998 Hard Cover. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is the culmination of Harold Bloom's life's work in reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. It is his passionate and convincing analysis of the way in which Shakespeare not merely represented human nature as we know it today, but actually created it: before Shakespeare, there was characterization; after Shakespeare, there was character, men and women with highly individual personalities--Hamlet, Falstaff, Iago, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Lear, among them. In making his argument... View more info

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How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books

By: Bodger, Joan

Price: $18.00

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2286771

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. An excellent copy. 1999 Hard Cover. xiv, 249 pp. Over forty years ago, Joan Bodger, her husband, and two children went to Britain on a very special family quest. They were seeking the world that they knew and loved through children’s books. In Winnie-the-Pooh Country, Mrs. Milne showed them the way to “that enchanted place on the top of the Forest [where] a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” In Edinburgh they stood outside Robert Louis Stevenson’s childhood home, tilting their heads to talk to a lamplighter who was doing his job. In the Lake District they v... View more info

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From Symbolism To Structuralism: Levi-Strauss in a Literary Tradition

By: Boon, James A.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Harper: 1973

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2291663

ISBN: 0061317365

Condition: Very Good


1st printing. Ink name on endpaper. 1973 Trade Paperback. Examines the 19th century Symbolists through the lens of the Structuralism of Levi-Strauss. View more info

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Wild Women in the Whirlwind: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance

By: Braxton, Joanne M.; Mclaughlin, Andree Nicola

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Rutgers University Press: 1990

Edition: 2nd Printing

Seller ID: 1891527

Condition: Very Good


2nd printing. Faint stain on page ridge. 1990 Trade Paperback. 470 pp. Pays an impressive tribute to the new renaissance in African-American literature. --New York Times Book Review The cultural and literary achievements of black American women are examined and celebrated in some 20 enjoyable, erudite essays by prominent scholars, critics, and activists. --Publishers Weekly This book is the first comprehensive collection of critical and theoretical essays to explore the literary and multi-cultural traditions of Black American women in many genres over a broad span of time. The essays explore c... View more info

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Gide

By: Bree, Germaine

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Rutgers University Press: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2276940

Condition: Good


First edition. Lacks jacket, small tear to inner front board, minimal pencil underlining. 1963 Hard Cover. An engaging literary criticism of the controversial French novelist and thinker. View more info

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The Demetrius Legend and Its Literary Treatment in the Age of the Baroque

By: Brody, Ervin C.

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: 1972

Seller ID: 1839353

Condition: Very Good


Includes original jacket, lightly foxed.Good. 1972 Hard Cover. 323 pp. A thorough and fascinating work on the son of Ivan the Terrible, who escaped assassination when he was just a boy, and his portrayals in literature since. Dr. Brody analyzes the use in two baroque dramas of the Demetrius legend. Central to it and to much of the literary interest in it are the origin, personality, and motivation of Demetrius himself, and his figure as treated in these drama is the focal point. View more info

Image for Mort Artu: An Old French Prose Romance of the XIIIth [13th] Century, Being the Last Division of 'Lancelot du Lac,' Now First Edited from Ms. 342 (Fonds Francais) of the Bibliotheque Nationale, with Collations from Some Other Mss.

Mort Artu: An Old French Prose Romance of the XIIIth [13th] Century, Being the Last Division of 'Lancelot du Lac,' Now First Edited from Ms. 342 (Fonds Francais) of the Bibliotheque Nationale, with Collations from Some Other Mss.

By: Bruce, J. Douglas

Price: $35.00

Publisher: AMS Press Inc.: 1974

Edition: Reissue

Seller ID: 2266474

ISBN: 0404566499

Condition: Near Fine


Top corner faintly bumped. 1974 Hard Cover. xxxvii, [1], 315, [5] pp. 8vo. 1974 reissue of 1910 edition. View more info

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Plath's Incarnations: Woman and The Creative Process

By: Bundtzen, Lynda K.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press: 1988

Seller ID: 1529620

Condition: Very Good


Lightly rubbed & toned. 1988 Trade Paperback. 284 pp. Traces Plath's development as a woman artist, linking her life with her work. CONTENTS: 1. Lady Lazarus and Divine Activity; 2. Perfection is Terrible; 3. The Bell Jar: The Past as Allegory; 4. Plath's Imaginative World: Caught in the Net of Obscure Design; 5. The Female Body of Imagination; Notes; Works Cited; Index. View more info

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Passions of the Mind: Selected Writings

By: Byatt, A.S.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270822

ISBN: 0701138475

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket spine head and spine base lightly bumped. Pages moderately toned due to the type of paper used by the publisher. 1991 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. x, 346 pp. Whether she is writing about George Eliot or Sylvia Plath; Victorian spiritual malaise or Toni Morrison; mythic strands in the novels of Iris Murdoch and Saul Bellow; politics behind the popularity of Barbara Pym or the ambitions that underlie her own fiction, Byatt manages to be challenging, entertaining, and unflinchingly committed to the alliance o... View more info

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Portraits in Fiction

By: Byatt, A.S.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2271605

ISBN: 0701173106

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Pages very faintly toned. 2001 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. ix, 101 pp. A remarkable, sumptuously illustrated exploration of the links between fiction, writers of fiction and portraits -- by the acclaimed Booker Prize winner. Portraits seem the opposite of fiction, fixed in time and space, not running with the curve of a story or a life. Yet since the birth of the novel, writers have been fascinated by portraits as icons, as motifs, as images of character and evocations of past time. A.S. Byatt delves into the co... View more info

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Ford Madox Ford: A Study of His Novels

By: Cassell, Richard A.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins Press: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2198965

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Pages toned.Jacket edges rubbed, jacket toned, front jacket flap price-clipped. 1961 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xi, 307 pp. This study is the first complete examination of all the works of Ford Madox Ford... With a thorough familiarity with and knowledge of all of Ford's works, the author traces the subject matter and the social-critical ideas of Ford's novels and examines the technical methods by which Ford realized these ideas and themes in his fiction. By setting his novels in the context of his literary background and fictional theory, this stu... View more info

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Marcel Proust (Overlook Illustrated Lives)

By: Caws, Mary Ann

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Overlook Duckworth: 2003

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2268381

ISBN: 1585676489

Condition: Near Fine


1st printing. An exceptional copy. 2003 Trade Paperback. 119 pp. The Overlook Illustrated Lives series offers visual literary biographies, informatively written by leading experts, accompanied by over a hundred photographs and illustrations, some unpublished and rarely seen, that bring to life the author's world. In this volume, Mary Ann Caws captures the details of Marcel Proust's life, from his daily routines to the elite social circle that fascinated his youth, and has hand chosen photos and illustrations to enable readers to share the celebrated author's sight - and how others saw him. The... View more info

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Agatha Christie: Official Centenary Edition, 1890-1990

By: Christie, Agatha

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Harper: 1990

Seller ID: 2196515

Condition: Near Fine


An exceptional copy. 1990 Soft Cover. We have more books available by this author!. A look at the personal life and prolific writing career of Dame Agatha. View more info

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Medievalia et Humanistica

By: Clogan, Paul Maurice (Editor)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: North Texas State University: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2289557

ISBN: 0913904015

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Lacks jacket. 1974 Hard Cover. x, [4], 266 pp. 8vo. CONTENTS: Periodization and Self-Understanding in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times; Clio and The Lawyers; History and Prophecy in Medieval Thought; Beowulf As Heroic History; The Trouble with Muscovy; A Carolingian Borrowing from Second Nicaea; The Art of the Pseudo-Origen Homily De Maria Magdalena; The Ars Dictaminis and Rhetorical Textbooks at the Bolognese University in the Fourteenth Century; Cain and Abel in the Chester Creation; The Textual Reliability of Chaucer's Lyrics; Lord Berner's Translation of Artus de la Pe... View more info

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The Substance That is Poetry

By: Coffin, Robert P. Tristram

Price: $30.00

Publisher: The Macmillan Company, New York: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2155324

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Lacks jacket. Presentation copy inscribed & signed by author with nature scene sketch on front endpaper ('To Katherine Scholl Smith with best wishes, Robert P. Tristram Coffin'). 1942 Hard Cover. xiii, 167 pp. 8vo. An analytical work about poetry by the writer and poet who served as professor at Wells College and Bowdoin College, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1936. View more info

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Notes on Life & Letters

By: Conrad, Joseph

Price: $25.00

Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. / The Temple Press: 1921

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2197198

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Boards lightly rubbed & faded, gilt of spine titles a bit faded, ink name on front endpaper. 1921 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xii, 354 pp. 8vo. Selections from short works originally published in periodicals, published here in book form for the first time, by the author of The Heart of Darkness and numerous nautical stories. Includes: LETTERS: Books; Henry James; Alphonse Daudet; Guy de Maupassant; Anatole France; Turgenev; Stephen Crane: A Note without Dates; Tales of the Sea; An Observer in Malaya; A Happy Wanderer; The Life Beyond; The Ascending ... View more info

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A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

By: Conroy, Pat

Price: $7.00

Publisher: The Dial Press: 2017

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2287998

ISBN: 0385343531

Condition: Very Good


First printing. A few pages in the middle lightly water damaged. 2017 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xiv, 300 pp. Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many friends. This new volume of Pat Conroy’s nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, “Hey, out the... View more info

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Franz Kafka: The Necessity of Form

By: Corngold, Stanley

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Cornell: 1990

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2285452

ISBN: 080149768X

Condition: Very Good


1st printing. Foxing to page ridge. 1990 Trade Paperback. In Stanley Corngold’s view, the themes and strategies of Kafka’s fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka’s work in light of the necessity of form, which is also a merely formal necessity, Corngold uncovers the fundamental paradox of Kafka’s art and life. The first section of the book shows how Kafka’s rhetoric may be understood as the daring project of a man compelled to live his life as literature. In the central part of the book, Cor... View more info

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Impressions of Dante and of the New World, with a Few Words on Bimetallism

By: Cross, J.W.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons: 1893

Seller ID: 2202242

Condition: Very Good


Boards rubbed. 1893 Hard Cover. 314 pp. 7 7/8 x 5 1/2. 8vo. Author was married (briefly) to famous writer George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans). Includes essays on Dante, the New World, bimetallism, and the future of food. View more info

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How Proust Can Change Your Life

By: de Botton, Alain

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Vintage International: 1998

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 2268610

ISBN: 0679779159

Condition: Near Fine


Clipping taped to rear wrapper recto. 1998 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. vii, 197 pp. Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres--literary biography and self-help manual--in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life. Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life? Proust understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts. As relevant today as they were at the turn of the centur... View more info