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book image The Adventures of Sindbad
Adventures of Sindbad
Gyula Krúdy
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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
Guy de 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Rosemary 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
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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

book image The Anatomy of Melancholy
Anatomy of Melancholy
Robert Burton
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One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton's astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century.
Contributors: William H. Gass

book image Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
Angus Wilson
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"After Evelyn Waugh, what? The answer is Angus Wilson, a master of mimicry, diction, intention and wit." —Edmund Wilson
Contributors: Jane Smiley