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book image Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books
Where I'm Reading From
Tim Parks
Parks
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This collection of thirty-seven interlocking essays ranges across more than four decades of reading to re-examine fundamental assumptions about literature today, from the status of the writer to the ability of fiction to change the world

book image The Death of Napoleon
Death of Napoleon
Simon Leys
Leys
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What if it was not Napoleon who had died on St. Helena in 1821—but a cunningly disguised double? “I am so glad to report that Simon Leys’s The Death of Napoleon has one hell of an idea—the absurdity of trying to retrieve time or glory—and is written with the grace of a poem.” —Edna O’Brien, The Sunday Times
Contributors: Simon Leys, Patricia Clancy

book image Ending Up
Ending Up
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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“I finished Kingsley Amis’s Ending Up with…a conviction, confirmed in work after work, that he is one of the few living novelists totally incapable of boring me. Ending Up is a sardonic little masterpiece which, with incredible economy and stylistic restraint, shows what old age is really like, and also—far, far better than any other writer I know—what contemporary England is like.” —Anthony Burgess
Contributors: Craig Brown

book image Take a Girl Like You
Take a Girl Like You
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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Kingsley Amis’s most ambitious reckoning with his central theme—the degradation of modern life—introduces one of the rare unqualified good guys in Amis’s rogue-ridden world: Jenny Bunn, a girl from the North English country has come south to teach school in a small smug town where she hopes to find love and fortune.
Contributors: Christian Lorentzen

book image Alive: New and Selected Poems
Alive
Elizabeth Willis
Willis
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This collection of new and selected poetry from Elizabeth Willis is a perfect primer on the work of one of America's most important and talented contemporary poets. “Willis has the finest ear for the lyric amongst her generation.... The intense beauty of the work is an unblinking testament to the poet’s sense that the stakes for language are becoming impossibly high.” —Richard Deming, Boston Review

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 Prometheus Bound
Prometheus Bound
Aeschylus
Aeschylus
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Perhaps the starkest and strangest of the Greek tragedies, Prometheus Bound is also one of the great poetic achievements of the ancient world. Joel Agee’s powerful new translation reveals the fierce and glorious music of the original verse.
Contributors: Joel Agee

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 Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
Moral Agents
Edward Mendelson
Mendelson
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One of contemporary America’s leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth-century American writers: Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, W.H. Auden, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Norman Mailer, and Frank O’Hara.

book image A Legacy
Legacy
Sybille Bedford
Bedford
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An unforgettable tale, set in Germany before the First World War, of two very different families—one Jewish, from Berlin's upper bourgeoisie, the other landed Catholic aristocracy—whose fortunes will be strangely, and sometimes fatally, entwined. “One of the very best novels I have ever read.” —Nancy Mitford
Contributors: Brenda Wineapple