English Essays
In His Own Write and a Spaniard in the Works
In His Own Write and a Spaniard in the Works
Hardcover      ISBN: 1451611013
An omnibus edition of two works of John Lennon's "fascinating...whimsy" (The Sunday Times, London) poetry, prose, and drawings that will "jolt you] into gusts of laughter" (The Guardian).

A humorous compilation of poetry, prose, and artwork from two of John Lennon's classic works, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. Known as the Beatles's Renaissance man, Lennon is widely regarded as one of the most impactful musicians in history. Originally published in 1964, this "quirky, funny collection of stories, poems, and drawings" (The New York Times) is a must-have for John Lennon and Beatles fans everywhere.
In Praise of Idleness: The Classic Essay with a New Introduction by Bradley Trevor Greive
In Praise of Idleness
The Classic Essay with a New Introduction by Bradley Trevor Greive
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250098718

Bertrand Russell is considered "the Voltaire of his time," and Bradley Trevor Greive is considered one of the funniest people of his. Russell was a Nobel Laureate, and Greive is a New York Times bestselling author. Together, with Russell bringing the philosophy and Greive bringing the hilarious commentary, this book is a classic.

In his celebrated essay, In Praise of Idleness, Russell champions the seemingly incongruous notion that realizing our full potential--and thus enjoying the greatest possible success and happiness--is not accomplished by working harder or smarter, but through harnessing the extraordinary power of idleness.

Russell's penetrating insights and exquisite turns of phrase feel as fresh and relevant today as when they were first written. Arguing that we can achieve far more by doing far less and that traditional wealth accumulation is a form of cultural and moral poverty, Russell demands greater depth from our age of abundant creativity and heralds the next wave of enlightened entrepreneurs.
The Lady from Arezzo
The Lady from Arezzo
Hardcover      ISBN: 057135372x
The title of this collection of essays refers to a tailor's mannequin that Alfred Brendel spotted in a shop window in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town. Who is this strange lady? And why is she carrying an egg on her head? What is she looking at?

The mannequin was purchased and now graces a room in the attic of Brendel's house in Hampstead. Her features convey great artistic seriousness in combination with absurd comedy: the epitome of his own musical and literary preferences. And so, in his delightful new collection, great masters of nonsense meet great masters of music.
Naval And Military Anecdotes V1: Collected To Illustrate Ancient And Modern Warfare, And Particularly The British Character
Naval And Military Anecdotes V1
Collected To Illustrate Ancient And Modern Warfare, And Particularly The British Character
Paperback      ISBN: 1428656898

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Naval And Military Anecdotes V1: Collected To Illustrate Ancient And Modern Warfare, And Particularly The British Character
Naval And Military Anecdotes V1
Collected To Illustrate Ancient And Modern Warfare, And Particularly The British Character
Hardcover      ISBN: 0548144230

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Naval And Military Anecdotes V2: Collected To Illustrate Ancient And Modern Warfare, And Particularly The British Character
Naval And Military Anecdotes V2
Collected To Illustrate Ancient And Modern Warfare, And Particularly The British Character
Paperback      ISBN: 1428656901

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Obedience, Struggle and Revolt
Obedience, Struggle and Revolt
Paperback      ISBN: 0374538131

"Please reject absolutely the crazy . . . suggestion that playwrights don't have intentions . . . They do."

In this intimate collection of writings by the author of Stuff Happens and Plenty, David Hare reveals a perspective as meticulously constructed as one of his dramas. In selections ranging from his beginnings as a politically charged upstart in the seventies through to his current position as one of the world's most respected playwrights, Hare skillfully expands upon the prevailing themes of his astounding body of work. With a serious eye on social issues--tempered by a distinct irreverence--Hare dissects the role of entertainment in contemporary society, mapping, in the process, a dynamic new trajectory for post-millennium theater.

On Murder
On Murder
Paperback      ISBN: 0199539049

The titular essay in this volume of work by Thomas De Quincey centers on the notorious career of the murderer John Williams, who in 1811 brutally killed seven people in London's East End. De Quincey's response to Williams's attacks turns morality on its head, celebrating and coolly dissecting the art of murder and its perfections. This volume also contains De Quincey's best-known piece of literary criticism, "On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth," and his finest tale of terror, "The Avenger," a disturbing exploration of violence, vigilantism, and religious persecution. Ranging from gruesomely vivid reportage and brilliantly funny satiric high jinks to penetrating literary and aesthetic criticism, these essays had a remarkable impact on crime, terror, and detective fiction. They are also a key contribution to the satiric tradition, as well as on the rise of nineteenth-century decadence. The bibliography is the most extensive available on critical responses to De Quincey's essays on murder and violence, and the essays included here have never been annotated so thoroughly before. They reveal--often for the first time--De Quincey's debts, remarkable erudition, and encyclopedic knowledge of contemporary crime.
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On Reading Ruskin
On Reading Ruskin
Paperback      ISBN: 0300045034

Early in his career, Marcel Proust, who greatly admired John Ruskin, published translations of two works by the English critic - La Bible d'Amiens (1900) and S same et les Lys (1906). He wrote a substantial preface to each book and provided discursive notes that were themselves often small essays. Rare now, even in their French versions, the preface to La Bible d'Amiens and the notes to both books have never before been available in English. In bringing them together with the preface to S same et les Lys, this new book completes the translation into English of the important critical writings of Proust.
Expertly edited and translated and . . . introduced by a brilliant forty-page essay and a fascinating bibliographical note by Richard Macksey. It is an event for celebration. . . . Proust emerges from these essays and notes as one of the truly great critics.--Gabriel Josipovici, Times Literary Supplement
A welcome addition to English-language Proust texts and, I think, one long overdue.--Germain Br e, Kenan Professor Emerita, Wake Forest University

Poetics and Praxis, Understanding and Imagination: The Collected Essays of O. B. Hardison Jr.
Poetics and Praxis, Understanding and Imagination
The Collected Essays of O. B. Hardison Jr.
Hardcover      ISBN: 0820318191

Whether O. B. Hardison Jr. (1928-1990) wrote about government's responsibility to the arts and humanities, film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, Dadaist poetry, or modern and postmodern design and architecture, his chosen form was the essay. Showcasing Hardison's mastery of the essay's power to instruct, persuade, and provoke, the twenty-five selections in this volume range from his earliest works to those completed but still unpublished at the time of his death.

The selections reflect the many facets of Hardison's remarkably crowded and productive life and career. Once lionized on the cover of Time magazine, which praised him as one of America's "great teachers" and a "Renaissance man," Hardison was widely known and published as a poet, critic, scholar, administrator, and social and cultural observer. He served as president of the Shakespeare Association of America and Renaissance Society of America, and, perhaps most impressive of his many honors and accomplishments, as the third director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Hardison transformed the Folger from a scholarly retreat into an active research center and established fellowships, residencies, and The Folger Institute. In addition, the Folger grew into a prominent national cultural center that featured musical and dramatic performing groups, a poetry reading series, and an art gallery.

Poetics and Praxis, Understanding and Imagination is both a tribute to the essay and to one of its most distinguished modern practitioners, as well as an important survey of humanistic concerns in literature and the arts over the past three decades.