Books on Books, General
A Guide to the Books of William Blake for Innocent & Experienced Readers
With Notes on Interpretive Criticism 1910-1984
Paperback ISBN: 0861404084
The writings of William Blake were not really understood by his contemporaries or the Victorians, and it was only in 1910, with the publication of Joseph Wicksteed'sBlake's Vision of the Book of Job, that the long process of comprehending Blake's works seriously began. Part I of this work consists of twelve chapters that are primarily intended to instruct the reader who has little or no acquaintance with Blake's more difficult works.
Hardcover ISBN: 0151008124
A collection of essays and addresses includes the author's musings on Ptolemy, his reflections on the experimental writings of Borges and Joyce, and confessions about his own ambitions and anxieties. By the author of The Name of the Rose. 35,000 first printing.
Walking a Literary Labyrinth
Paperback ISBN: 1594480028
Examines the role that reading plays in defining the self, likening the experience of reading to a labyrinth that shapes a person's life, and drawing on spiritual and secular sources to identify influential works of literature from a range of genres. Reprint.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Paperback ISBN: 006000942x
A lively and entertaining introduction to the art of reading literature demonstrates how to make everyday reading more rewarding by helping readers understand the symbols, themes, narrative devices and forms, and contexts of literary works. Original.
A History of Reading
Paperback ISBN: 0140166548
Presents the stories of book thieves, book burners, censors, anarchists, women of eleventh century Japan who had to invent their own reading material, and African American slaves who were forbidden to read under penalty of death
Classic Book Jackets
The Design Legacy Of George Salter
Paperback ISBN: 156898491x
It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover. George Salter, a legendary figure in the field of book design, never subscribed to this belief. For more than forty years, his beautifully drawn and lettered jackets served as elegant windows into the works of such renowned authors as Albert Camus, John Dos Passos, Jack London, and Thomas Mann. Salter had the rare ability to reduce the illustrated jacket to its essential elements. Using typography, calligraphy, and pictorial imagery, he evoked the contents of a wide variety of books. Salter's life and work bridged two continents and cultures and spanned the political turmoil of the mid-twentieth century. He survived both world wars, the rise of National Socialism in Germany, and permanent exile in a new land, but nothing halted his tireless and brilliant design work. Classic Book Jackets tells Salter's story and describes the innovative thinking he brought to his clients and students (including his designation of seven jacket types that are still valid today). It includes more than two hundred reproductions of his finest works as well as a complete catalog of his jackets, designs, and lettering jobs for the book trade.
Manuscripts by the Masters of French Literature
Hardcover ISBN: 0810906171
This volume collects about 100 autograph manuscripts personally written by some of the major figures in French literary history from the 13th to the 20th centuries such as Baudelaire, Flaubert, Sartre, de Maupassant, as well as others equally brilliant but lesser known. Roselyne de Ayala and Jean-Pierre GuTno provide manuscripts drawn from classic works, personal journals, letters and memoirs, each accompanied by a translation of the work shown, a portrait (when available) of the author, and a brief literary and biographical sketch. The book contains 275 illustrations, including 140 color plates. Oversize: 10x12.5. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)