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book image Stoner
Stoner
John Williams
Williams
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John Williams’s Stoner is something rarer than a great novel — it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away. — Morris Dickstein, The New York Times Book Review
Contributors: John McGahern

book image Augustus
Augustus
John Williams
Williams
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Williams's biographical treatment of the founder of the Roman Empire won him the National Book Award and reveals him to be as transformative a writer of historical novels as he is of westerns (in Butcher's Crossing) and the campus drama (in Stoner).
Contributors: Daniel Mendelsohn

book image Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition
Drum-Taps
Walt Whitman
Whitman
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Whitman wrote the poems that make up Drum-Taps in reaction to the suffering "soldier boys" he witnessed in Civil War field hospitals. It was immediately published as a single volume after the end of the war. Later, the poems that make it up were reordered and incorporated into Leaves of Grass. This volume is the first in 150 years to present this work in the form originally intended by its author, revealing the full force of these powerful and profoundly moving poems.
Contributors: Lawrence Kramer

book image Onward and Upward in the Garden
Onward and Upward in the Garden
Katharine White
White
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This collection of White's gardening columns, originally written for The New Yorker, has blossomed into a classic in its own right. Here is White's acerbic and irreverent take on everything from the unsung authors of seed packet copy to flower arranging, herbalists, and the pleasures of dreaming of future gardens. “Can be savored by the reader whose closest acquaintance with nature is the corner florist. It is a heady compost of observation, taste, wit, and scholarship.”—Time
Contributors: E.B. White

book image The New York Stories of Edith Wharton
New York Stories of Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton
Wharton
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The first collection to focus on what was perhaps Edith Wharton's greatest and most enduring subject, her native city.
Contributors: Roxana Robinson

book image The Fountain Overflows
Fountain Overflows
Rebecca West
West
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Seen through the merciless, loving eyes of young Rose, one of four musically gifted siblings, West's 1957 novel is a vital, witty, and devastating family portrait.
Contributors: Andrea Barrett

book image The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story
Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story
Glenway Wescott
wescott
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A work of classical elegance and concision, The Pilgrim Hawk stands with Faulkner’s The Bear as one of the finest American short novels: a beautifully crafted story that is also a poignant evocation of the implacable power of love.
Contributors: Michael Cunningham

book image On the Edge
On the Edge
Markus Werner
Werner
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A gripping psychological thriller, the story of two men, one woman, and many questions: about truth, about reality, about identity.
Contributors: Robert E. Goodwin

book image On the Abolition of All Political Parties
Abolition of All Political Parties
Simone Weil
Weil
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In this famous essay, now widely available for the first time in English translation, Weil challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order and proposes that politics can only begin where the party spirit comes to an end. The volume also includes a portrait of Weil by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil’s friendship with Albert Camus by Simon Leys.
Contributors: Simon Leys , Czeslaw Milosz

book image Chinese Rhyme-Prose
Chinese Rhyme-Prose
Lucas Klein
Watson
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Burton Watson’s monumental compilation of fu—or, rhyme-prose poetry—is considered one of the most important anthologies of Chinese literature available in English and, until now, has been out of print for decades. The poems, full of abandoned cities, mountainscapes, owls and goddesses, are rendered here in Watson’s masterful English translation for a new generation of readers to enjoy.
Contributors: Burton Watson