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book image The 13 Clocks
13 Clocks
James Thurber
Thurber
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Satirist Thurber takes on the fairy tale and the results are captivating. "There are spys, monsters, betrayals, hair's-breadth escapes, spells to be broken and all the usual accouterments, but Thurber gives the proceedings his own particular deadpan spin." —Los Angeles Times
Contributors: Neil Gaiman , Marc Simont

book image The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll
Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll
Álvaro Mutis
Mutis
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Maqroll the Gaviero (the Lookout) is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in the fiction of the last twenty-five years.
Contributors: Francisco Goldman , Edith Grossman

book image The Adventures of Sindbad
Adventures of Sindbad
Gyula Krúdy
Krudy
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Rogue, romantic, and seducer, Sindbad, Krúdy's most famous creation, returns in dreams to lovers he has left, lovers who have died. The women in turn tell their stories, creating a beautifully melancholy vision of the twilight of the Habsburg Empire. “[Krúdy’s] literary power and greatness are almost past comprehension...” —Sándor Márai
Contributors: George Szirtes

book image Afloat
Afloat
Guy de Maupassant
Maupassant
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Maupassant merges fact and fiction, dream and documentation in this seemingly simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast. "[Afloat] has spontaneity, gaiety and freshness."—Daily Telegraph (UK)
Contributors: Douglas Parmée

book image An African in Greenland
African in Greenland
Tete-Michel Kpomassie
Kpomassie
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"Kpomassie is indisputably a man of extraordinary charm; he is also sharp and perceptive and honest?unencumbered by a sense of obligation to his hosts that might have prevented him from telling us what they are really like."— Katherine Bouton, The Nation
Contributors: Al Alvarez , James Kirkup

book image The Age of Conversation
Age of Conversation
Benedetta Craveri
Craveri
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An award-winning look at French salons and the women who presided over them.
Contributors: Teresa Waugh

book image Alfred and Guinevere
Alfred and Guinevere
James Schuyler
Schuyler
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Schuyler has a pitch-perfect ear for the children's voices, and the story, told entirely through snatches of dialogue and passages from Guinevere's diary, is a tour de force of comic and poetic invention.
Contributors: John Ashbery

book image All About H. Hatterr
All About H. Hatterr
G.V. Desani
Desani
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Heralded by T. S. Eliot and an inspiration to Salman Rushdie, All About H. Hatterr is one of the great eccentric books of all time. Newsweek called this comedic search for a man's enlightenment "a mischievous mulligatawny that reads like a collaboration between Mrs. Malaprop and Groucho Marx".
Contributors: Anthony Burgess

book image Alone! Alone!: Lives of Some Outsider Women
Alone
Rosemary Dinnage
Dinnage
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In the course of over thirty years of writing about psychology, child development, biography, and fiction, Rosemary Dinnage has encountered a variety of outstanding women, all of whom, in one way or another, felt powerfully alone.

book image American Humor: A Study of the National Character
American Humor
Constance Rourke
Rourke
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Constance Rourke's pioneering "study of the national character" examines such legendary figures as the Yankee, the backwoodsman, and the minstrel singer to show how the popular comic imagination contributed to America's changing self-awareness.
Contributors: Greil Marcus

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