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Modern Irish Drama
Modern Irish Drama
Paperback      ISBN: 0393960633

Modern Irish Drama reprints the complete texts of twelve plays by the major Irish playwrights - W.B.Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M.Synge, Bernard Shaw, Sean O'Casey, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett and Brian Friel. The texts are annotated with explanatory notes on Anglo-Irish usage, place names, historical figures and literary allusions.

Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions
Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions
Paperback      ISBN: 0679757937

To this tantalizing nonfiction collection Martin Amis brings the same megawatt wit, wickedly acute perception, and ebullient wordplay that characterize his novels. He encompasses the full range of contemporary politics and culture (high and low) while also traveling to China for soccer with Elton John and to London's darts-crazy pubs in search of the perfect throw. Throughout, he offers razor-sharp takes on such subjects as:

American politics: "If history is a nightmare from which we are trying to awake, then the Reagan era can be seen as an eight-year blackout. Numb, pale, unhealthily dreamless: eight years of Do Not Disturb."

Chess: "Nowhere in sport, perhaps in human activity, is the gap between the tryer and the expert so astronomical.... My chances of a chess brilliancy are the 'chances' of a lab chimp and a type writer producing King Lear."
Victorians and Mystery: Crises of Representation
Victorians and Mystery
Crises of Representation
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801424038

Victorian literature, according to Shaw, gives rise to a wealth of questions and mysteries. Addressing crises of representation in poetry, fiction, and nonfictional prose in light of similar crises in philosophical, theological, and scientific literature, Shaw here examines the nature and sources of Victorian mystery.

The Book of Questions: Volume I [the Book of Questions, the Book of Yukel, Return to the Book]
The Book of Questions
Volume I [the Book of Questions, the Book of Yukel, Return to the Book]
Paperback      ISBN: 0819562475

The Book of Questions, of which volumes IV, V, VI are together published here, is a meditative narrative of Jewish Experience, and, more generally, man's relation to the world. In these volumes the word is personified in the woman Ya l, silence in her still-born child Elya. Even though words imply ambiguity and lies, they are the home of the exile. A book becomes the Book, fragments of the law that are in some way unified, where past and present, the visionary, and the common place, encounter each other. For Jab s every word is a question in the book of being. Man defines himself in the world against all that threatens his existence- death, the infinite, silence, that is, God, his primal opponent. How can one speak what cannot be spoken?

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Paperback      ISBN: 0812000390

Begun soon after 1386 and written during several years that followed, Geoffrey Chaucer's great narrative poem The Canterbury Tales presents a richly detailed, highly entertaining, and sometimes bawdy picture of English society in the fourteenth century. Rich with humorous insights into the many foibles of humanity, this poem is considered by most literary critics and scholars to be the first great example of literary art written in vernacular English. Its narrative opens as a party of 30 men and women from various walks of life gather at the Tabard Inn in London, from where they set out on a holy pilgrimage to Canterbury and its shrine dedicated to Thomas Becket. As they travel, each person has a story to tell.

The most famous and beloved of Chaucer's stories are presented in interlinear form this intensely readable volume. Alternating each of Chaucer's original lines with its translation into modern English, this book encourages readers to savor the genius of Chaucer's original poetry while following each line with an easy-to-understand modern translation of his Southeast Midlands dialect of Middle English. This scholarly yet truly approachable translation of Chaucer's original poem is the work of Vincent F. Hopper, a longtime professor of English literature at New York University. He opens with the famous Prologue--

Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote
When April with his showers sweet
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the rote,
The drought of March has pierced to the root

--and then goes on to present
  • The Miller's Tale
  • The Reeve's Tale
  • The Prioress's Tale
  • The Nun's Priest's Tale
  • The Pardoner's Tale
  • The Wife of Bath's Tale
  • The Franklin's Tale . . . and more.
    This fine volume also includes an enlightening introductory essay on Chaucer's art, with Professor Hopper's commentary on England as it existed in the fourteenth century. He concludes with a short list of recommended reading on Chaucer's time and his art.
  • Sexual Personae: Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
    Sexual Personae
    Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
    Paperback      ISBN: 0679735798

    Here is the fiery, provocative, and unparalleled work of feminist art criticism that launched Camille Paglia's exceptional career as one of our most important public intellectuals. Is Emily Dickinson "the female Sade"? Is Donatello's David a bit of pedophile pornography? What is the secret kinship between Byron and Elvis Presley, between Medusa and Madonna? How do liberals and feminists--as well as conservatives--fatally misread human nature? This audacious and omnivorously learned work of guerrilla scholarship offers nothing less than a unified-field theory of Western culture, high and low, since Egyptians invented beauty--making a persuasive case for all art as a pagan battleground between male and female, form and chaos, civilization and daemonic nature.

    47 photographs.
    Image-Music-Text
    Image-Music-Text
    Paperback      ISBN: 0374521360

    These essays, as selected and translated by Stephen Heath, are among the finest writings Barthes ever published on film and photography, and on the phenomena of sound and image. The classic pieces "Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narrative" and "The Death of the Author" are also included.

    Complete Poems and Plays: 1909-1950
    Complete Poems and Plays
    1909-1950
    Hardcover      ISBN: 015121185x

    This omnibus collection includes all of the author's early poetry as well as the Four Quartets, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, and the plays Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion, and The Cocktail Party.

    Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt
    Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt
    Paperback      ISBN: 0472063383

    Essays by the distinguished American author, Marge Piercy, examine feminist culture, the nature of literature, and the writing of her poetry and novels

    Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
    Voltaire's Bastards
    The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
    Paperback      ISBN: 0679748199