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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

book image There You Are: Writings on Irish and American Literature and History
There You Are
Thomas Flanagan
Flanagan
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In these essays and reviews, Flanagan reflects on past and present Irish history, on writers such as Yeats, O'Neill, Brian Moore, and O'Hara, as well as on Fitzgerald, Joyce, Mary McCarthy, Eugene O'Neill, Darcy O'Brien, Hemingway, and the films of John Ford.
Contributors: Christopher Cahill

book image Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties
Part of Our Time
Murray Kempton
Kempton
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Through brilliant portraits of real persons who created the myths and realities of the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Murray Kempton brings that turbulent decade to life.
Contributors: David Remnick

book image Paris and Elsewhere
Paris and Elsewhere
Richard Cobb
Cobb
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Collecting memoirs, portraits of favorite haunts, appreciations of Simenon and Queneau, René Clair and Brassaï, and including the famous polemic "The Assassination of Paris," Paris and Elsewhere shows us a France unglimpsed by tourists.

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