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book image Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain
Masscult and Midcult
Dwight Macdonald
Macdonald
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Essayist and provocateur Dwight Macdonald was not afraid to slay sacred cows, and he did so with glee. In this newly gathered collection, Macdonald takes on Ernest Hemingway, James Agee, Tom Wolfe, Webster’s Dictionary, the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and, most famously, the possibly pernicious ascendancy of popular culture.
Contributors: John Summers , Louis Menand

book image In Tearing Haste: Letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor
In Tearing Haste
Patrick Leigh Fermor, Deborah Devonshire
fermor
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"Spanning half a century, bursting with wit and conviviality, In Tearing Haste collects the letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. The result is surely one of the great 20th-century correspondences." —The Observer (UK)
Contributors: Charlotte Mosley

book image Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Poison Penmanship
Jessica Mitford
Mitford
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Jessica Mitford, celebrated for her exposé The American Way of Death, spent her career chronicling the mischief people get up to in the pursuit of profit. Poison Penmanship—beach reading for journalism junkies and lovers of mordant wit—collects 17 of her finest pieces and fills each out with the story of how she got the scoop and, no less fascinating, how the story developed after publication.
Contributors: Jane Smiley

book image Poets in a Landscape
Poets in a Landscape
Gilbert Highet
Highet
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Scholar Highet introduces us to the lives and work of seven of ancient Rome's greatest poets. But what makes this book special is the rich context the author provides. The result is an entirely sui generis amalgam of travel writing, biography, criticism, and pure poetry. "Here is scholarship in the old sense, humane, unpedantic, open-minded and totally free of academic jargon." —The Irish Times
Contributors: Michael C. J. Putnam

book image The Liberal Imagination
Liberal Imagination
Lionel Trilling
Trilling
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The great critic's masterwork makes a case for the necessity of the imaginative works in a society ever more worshipful of the liberal ideals of rationality and progress. "Trilling...shows how criticism, written with grace, style, and a self-questioning cast of mind, can itself become a form of literature, as well as a valuable contribution to how we think about society.—Morris Dickstein
Contributors: Louis Menand

book image The Voyage That Never Ends: Fictions, Poems, Fragments, Letters
Voyage That Never Ends
Malcolm Lowry
Lowry
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A self-portrait of one of the 20th century's most compelling and tragic writers, The Voyage that Never Ends draws on Lowry's stories, several unfinished novels, poems, and letters to present a picture of the whole range his accomplishment to set alongside his masterpiece, Under the Volcano.
Contributors: Michael Hofmann

book image The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat
Tiger in the House
Carl Van Vechten
Vechten
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The erudite and charming Carl Van Vechten sings the praises of the most enigmatic of human companions in this witty, learned, and unabashedly opinionated book.
Contributors: Stephen Budiansky

book image Dante: Poet of the Secular World
Dante
Erich Auerbach
Auerbach
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An inspiring introduction to one of world's greatest poets and a brilliantly argued essay in the history of ideas.
Contributors: Michael Dirda

book image The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships
Company They Kept
Barbara Epstein, Robert B. Silvers
silvers
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Our most remarkable writers share what has influenced them the most: each other.

book image The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership
Crisis of the Negro Intellectual
Harold W. Cruse
Cruse
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A landmark work of African-American thought written in a period of immense social ferment.
Contributors: Stanley Crouch