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The Crack-Up
The Crack-Up
Paperback      ISBN: 0811212475
Le Morte d'Arthur
Le Morte d'Arthur
Paperback      ISBN: 0375753222

The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature--from Cervantes's Don Quixote to Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory's stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book while in Newgate Prison during the last three years of his life; it was published some fourteen years later, in 1485, by William Caxton. The tales, steeped in the magic of Merlin, the powerful cords of the chivalric code, and the age-old dramas of love and death, resound across the centuries.

The stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Queen Guenever, and Tristram and Isolde seem astonishingly moving and modern. Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur endures and inspires because it embodies mankind's deepest yearnings for brotherhood and community, a love worth dying for, and valor, honor, and chivalry.
Radio on
Radio on
Paperback      ISBN: 0312183011

There are approximately 502 million radios in America. For this savvy, far-reaching diary, celebrated journalist and author Sarah Vowell turned hers on and listened--closely, critically, creatively--for an entire year.

As a series of impressions and reflections regarding contemporary American culture, and as an extended meditation on both our media and our society, this keenly focused book is as insightful as it is refreshing.

Throughout Radio On, "Vowell's touch is about as delicate as Teddy Kennedy's after a pitcher of martinis" (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times).

One Life at a Time, Please
One Life at a Time, Please
Paperback      ISBN: 0805006036

From stories about cattlemen, fellow critics, his beloved desert, cities, and technocrats to thoughts on sin and redemption, this is one of our most treasured writers at the height of his powers.

Going to the Territory
Going to the Territory
Paperback      ISBN: 0679760016

The work of one of the most formidable figures in American intellectual life."

-- Washington Post Book World

The seventeen essays collected in this volume prove that Ralph Ellison was not only one of America's most dazzlingly innovative novelists but perhaps also our most perceptive and iconoclastic commentator on matters of literature, culture, and race. In Going to the Territory, Ellison provides us with dramatically fresh readings of William Faulkner and Richard Wright, along with new perspectives on the music of Duke Ellington and the art of Romare Bearden. He analyzes the subversive quality of black laughter, the mythic underpinnings of his masterpiece Invisible Man, and the extent to which America's national identity rests on the contributions of African Americans. Erudite, humane, and resounding with humor and common sense, the result is essential Ellison.
The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
The Undertaking
Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Paperback      ISBN: 0140276238

A National Book Award finalist, this collection of unique essays brims with humanity, irreverence, and invigorating candor (The Nation).

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside
Paperback      ISBN: 0060390778

"One of the most important writers of the past hundred years." --The Times (London)

In this perceptive collection of essays, Doris Lessing addresses directly the prime questions before us all: how to think for ourselves, how to understand what we know, how to pick a path in a world deluged with opinions and information, and how to look at our society and ourselves with fresh eyes.

On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters
On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters
Paperback      ISBN: 019815786x

Schiller's 1795 essay on the educative function of art is one of the most important contributions to the history of ideas in modern times. This English-German parallel text edition includes a long analytical introduction and extensive notes.

Letters of the Century: America, 1900-1999
Letters of the Century
America, 1900-1999
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385315902

Letters chronicle a century of life in the United States, from Mark Twain's humorous letter to the head of Western Union to Einstein's warning to Roosevelt about atomic warfare and a young Bill Gates begging hobbyists not to share software.

Thomas Jefferson: Writings (Loa #17): Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters
Thomas Jefferson: Writings (Loa #17)
Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters
Hardcover      ISBN: 094045016x
The most comprehensive collection of the Founding Father's famous writings, including drafts of the Declaration of Independence

At the moment of our nation's birth, Thomas Jefferson defined the issues that still direct our political life. Displaying his extraordinary variety of interests and powerful and precise style, Jefferson's writings are an invaluable and incisive record of the landscape, inhabitants, life, and daily customs of America in the Revolutionary and early national eras.

This book is the most comprehensive one-volume selection of Jefferson ever published. It contains such famous works as "Autobiography" and "Notes on the State of Virginia." A series of addresses, 287 letters, and public and private writings--including the original and revised drafts of the Declaration of Independence--round out the collection, painting not only a portrait of the early days of America but of one of the most influential and controversial figures in our nation's history.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.