Literary Criticism
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Aspects of the Novel
Aspects of the Novel
Paperback      ISBN: 0156091801
A series of 9 lectures covering the story, plot, characterization, and pattern and rhythm in the novel
The Doorbell Rang: A Nero Wolfe Mystery
The Doorbell Rang
A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Paperback      ISBN: 0553237217
Hired to help society widow Rachel Bruner foil bothersome Feds, Nero Wolfe and his able assistant Archie get in over their heads with highly trained G-men who are adept at bugs, tails, and threats. Reissue.
Sor Juana Or, the Traps of Faith
Sor Juana Or, the Traps of Faith
Paperback      ISBN: 0674821068
A life of the seventeenth-century poet, intellectual, and feminist who became a nun and eventually gave up secular learning, places her in her times and in Spanish intellectual tradition, and examines the contradictions in her personality.
Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters
Journal of a Novel
The East of Eden Letters
Paperback      ISBN: 0140144188
Each working day from January 29 to November 1, 1951, John Steinbeck warmed up to the work of writing East of Eden with a letter to the late Pascal Covici, his friend and editor at The Viking Press. It was his way, he said, of "getting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game." Steinbeck's letters were written on the left-hand pages of a notebook in which the facing pages would be filled with the test of East of Eden. They touched on many subjects—story arguments, trial flights of worknamship, concern for his sons. Part autobiography, part writer's workshop, these letters offer an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck's creative process, and a fascinating glimpse of Steinbeck, the private man.
The Book of Questions: The Book of Questions/the Book of Yukel/Return to the Book/3 Books in 1
The Book of Questions
The Book of Questions/the Book of Yukel/Return to the Book/3 Books in 1
Paperback      ISBN: 0819562475
A meditative narrative of Jewish Experience and man's relation to the world.
Drinking, Smoking, and Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times
Drinking, Smoking, and Screwing
Great Writers on Good Times
Paperback      ISBN: 0811807843
Gathers selections from fiction by Charles Bukowski, J.P. Donleavy, Spalding Gray, Erica Jong, Mary McCarthy, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Vladimir Nabokov, Tom Robbins, and Terry Southern
Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds
Writing for Your Life
A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds
Paperback      ISBN: 0062506129
In the tradition of Annie Dillard and Natalie Goldberg, this resource for writers and non-writers alike shows the act of writing to be a dynamic means of knowing, healing, and creating the body, mind, and spirit.
The Virginia Woolf Reader
The Virginia Woolf Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0156935902
Presents five short stories, essays, correspondence, and selections from four novels by the prominent British author
The Pleasure of the Text
The Pleasure of the Text
Paperback      ISBN: 0374521603
What is it that we do when we enjoy a text? What is the pleasure of reading? The French critic and theorist Roland Barthes’s answers to these questions constitute "perhaps for the first time in the history of criticism . . . not only a poetics of reading . . . but a much more difficult achievement, an erotics of reading . . . . Like filings which gather to form a figure in a magnetic field, the parts and pieces here do come together, determined to affirm the pleasure we must take in our reading as against the indifference of (mere) knowledge." --Richard Howard What is it that we do when we enjoy a text? What is the pleasure of reading? The French critic and theorist Roland Barthes’s answers to these questions constitute "perhaps for the first time in the history of criticism . . . not only a poetics of reading . . . but a much more difficult achievement, an erotics of reading . . . . Like filings which gather to form a figure in a magnetic field, the parts and pieces here do come together, determined to affirm the pleasure we must take in our reading as against the indifference of (mere) knowledge." --Richard Howard
The Smithsonian Book of Books
The Smithsonian Book of Books
Hardcover      ISBN: 089599030x
Presents the history, the art, and the influence of books through all ages and cultures, revisiting the great works of religion, science, and literature and touching on the histories of book making, book selling, and book illustration.