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book image Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition
Walt 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
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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
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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
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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
Sybille 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

book image The Door
Magda Szabó
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In a prizewinning translation by Len Rix, Magda Szabó’s unsettling and beautiful novel about friendship and tragedy marks Szabó as a major modern European author and formidable writer of female characters. “Clever, moving, frightening, [The Door] deserves to be a bestseller.” —The Telegraph
Contributors: Ali Smith , Len Rix

book image Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
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Ocampo studied with de Chirico and collaborated with Borges and Bioy Casares. Her poems were celebrated in Argentina but, until now, have been nearly unavailable in English. This selection spans her full career—from early nature sonnets to a late metaphysical turn—and shows her to be adept at “captur[ing] the magic inside everyday rituals” (Italo Calvino).
Contributors: Jason Weiss

book image The Three Leaps of Wang Lun: A Chinese Novel
Three Leaps of Wang Lun
Alfred Döblin
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Alfred Döblin’s debut work of fiction, the first in western literature to depict Chinese history in great detail and considered by many the first modern German novel, is a dazzling expressionist epic about imperial court life, outcasts, martial arts, religion, and revolution. “I consider Döblin’s 1915 novel, The Three Leaps of Wang Lun, the best contemporary novel by far. It exhibits an entirely superior, most rare, talent. It is true art.” —Max Horkheimer
Contributors: C.D. Godwin

book image Chinese Rhyme-Prose
Chinese Rhyme-Prose
Lucas Klein
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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

book image The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons
Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons
Liu Hsieh
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The first comprehensive work of literary criticism in Chinese, The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons was written some 1,500 years ago by critic Liu Hsieh whose encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese literature is organized here according to the I Ching. A dazzling, elegant compendium of literary concepts both alien and familiar, Hsieh’s book is indispensable for anyone interested in Chinese literature or in the art of writing itself.
Contributors: Vincent Yu-chung Shih