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The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
The Art of the Personal Essay
An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
Paperback      ISBN: 038542339x
Bringing together many great reflections on the human condition and the peculiarities of daily life, a unique collection of more than seventy-five essays ranges from classical predecessors of the genre up to today's finest writers. Reprint.
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.
Piano Lessons: Music, Love, & True Adventures
Piano Lessons
Music, Love, & True Adventures
Paperback      ISBN: 0385318219
The author describes his midlife decision to learn to play the piano, a lifelong dream that made him reevaluate his life achievements and that was bolstered by his admiration for accomplished pianists
Letters from Africa 1914-1931
Letters from Africa 1914-1931
Paperback      ISBN: 0226153118
Written to her family, these letters recount the failure of Dinesen's marriage, the financial collapse of her husband's coffee plantation, and her experiences in Kenya
Giving Good Weight
Giving Good Weight
Paperback      ISBN: 0374516006
"You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are—people of the city—and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists. "You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are—people of the city—and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists.
Letters to a Young Poet
Letters to a Young Poet
Paperback      ISBN: 0393310396
From 1903 to 1908, German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of responses to a young would-be poet, on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. An accompanying chronicle of Rilke's life comments on his own experiences at the time.
Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery
Art Objects
Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery
Paperback      ISBN: 0679768203
In ten interconnected essays, the author of Art & Lies explores the active role of art in the modern world, offering writings on painting, modernism, autobiography, style, the future of fiction, Virginia Woolf, and her own relationship to her work. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Letters from London
Letters from London
Paperback      ISBN: 0679761616
In a sardonic collection of pieces originally published in The New Yorker, the author of Flaubert's Parrot dissects the obsessions of contemporary London, from royal escapades to the demise of Lloyd's. Original. 10,000 first printing.
Letters of T.S. Eliot: 1898-1922
Letters of T.S. Eliot
1898-1922
Paperback      ISBN: 0156508508
Assembled by Eliot's widow, letters from his childhood days in Missouri through the early years of his marriage and move to England include those penned by Eliot, as well as letters written to him by family, friends, and contemporaries
Essays: First and Second Series
Essays
First and Second Series
Paperback      ISBN: 0679726128
A collection of 20 essays by Emerson including Self-Reliance, The Over-Soul, Experience, and Nature