20th Century American Literature
Letters to Véra
Paperback ISBN: 0307476588
No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer is quite as beguiling as that of Vladimir Nabokov’s to Véra Slonim. She shared his delight at the enchantment of life’s trifles and literature’s treasures, and he rated her as having the best and quickest sense of humor of any woman he had met. From their first encounter in 1923, Vladimir’s letters to Véra chronicle a half-century-long love story, one that is playful, romantic, and memorable. At the same time, the letters reveal much about their author. We see the infectious fascination with which Vladimir observed everything—animals, people, speech, landscapes and cityscapes—and glimpse his ceaseless work on his poems, plays, stories, novels, memoirs, screenplays, and translations. This delightful volume is enhanced by twenty-one photographs, as well as facsimiles of the letters and the puzzles and drawings Vladimir often sent to Véra. With 8 pages of photographs and 47 illustrations in text
The David Foster Wallace Reader
Paperback ISBN: 0316182400
"Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here--with a carefully considered selection of his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of great writers, critics, and those who worked with him most closely.This volume presents his most dazzling, funniest, and most heartbreaking work--essays like his famous cruise-ship piece, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," excerpts from his novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King, andlegendary stories like "The Depressed Person." Wallace's explorations of morality, self-consciousness, addiction, sports, love, and the many other subjects that occupied him are represented here in both fiction and nonfiction. Collected for the first time are Wallace's first published story, "The View from Planet Trillaphon as Seen In Relation to the Bad Thing" and a selection of his work as a writing instructor, including reading lists, grammar guides, and general guidelines for his students. A dozen writers and critics, including Hari Kunzru, Anne Fadiman, and Nam Le, add afterwords to favorite pieces, expanding our appreciation of the unique pleasures of Wallace's writing. The result is an astonishing volume that shows the breadth and range of "oneof America's most daring and talented writers" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) whose work was full of humor, insight, and beauty"--
Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda
The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Paperback ISBN: 1982117125
“Pure and lovely…to read Zelda’s letters is to fall in love with her.” —The Washington Post Edited by renowned Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks, with an introduction by Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's granddaughter, Eleanor Lanahan, this compilation of over three hundred letters tells the couple's epic love story in their own words. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's devotion to each other endured for more than twenty-two years, through the highs and lows of his literary success and alcoholism, and her mental illness. In Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda, over 300 of their collected love letters show why theirs has long been heralded as one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. Edited by renowned Fitzgerald scholars Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks, with an introduction by Scott and Zelda's granddaughter, Eleanor Lanahan, this is a welcome addition to the Fitzgerald literary canon.
You Better Not Cry
Paperback ISBN: 031243006x
A volume of holiday tales by the best-selling author of Running with Scissors celebrates his best and worst Christmas seasons, marked by such memories as a six-foot stuffed Santa, a gingerbread tenement and awakening with a hangover beside Kris Kringle. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Let Me Tell You
New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
Paperback ISBN: 0812987322
A new volume of unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, lectures, letters and writings by the renowned author of "The Lottery" and The Haunting of Hill House includes pieces reflecting on the literary process and family life.
Paperback ISBN: 0393340678
The author of House of Sand and Fog describes his childhood in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime and his weekly visits with his father, an eminent author who taught on a college campus. BOMC & QPB. Reprint. A New York Times best-seller.
Four Men Shaking
Searching for Sanity With Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher
Paperback ISBN: 1611807298
"Due to what he calls his "inexplicably good karma," writer Lawrence Shainberg's life has been filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In this engaging memoir, Shainberg weaves together the narratives of three of these relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his long teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa. In Shainberg's lifelong pursuit of both writerly success and Zen equanimity, each of these men come to represent an important aspect of his experience. The brash, combative Mailer becomes a symbol in Shainberg's mind for the Buddhist concept of "form," while the elusive and self-deprecating Beckett seems to him to embody "emptiness." Through it all is Nakagawa, the earthy, direct Zen teacher continuously encouraging Shainberg to let go of his endless rumination and accept the present as it is"--
Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 030759243x
A National Magazine Award-winning contributing editor at Rolling Stone shares a profile of the late David Foster Wallace based on interviews during the 1996 Infinite Jest book tour that covers such topics as his literary process, struggles with fame and battle with mental illness. Original.