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book image We Have Only This Life to Live: The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939–1975
We Have Only This Life to Live
Jean-Paul Sartre
Sartre
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This new selection, the first in English to draw on Sartre's entire Collected Essays as well as unpublished work, includes appreciations of Faulkner, Bataille, and Giacometti; sketches of the US from his visit in the 1940s; reflections on politics; portraits of Camus and Merleau-Ponty; and a candid reckoning with his own career.
Contributors: Ronald Aronson, Adrian van den Hoven

book image Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Waiting for
Daniel Mendelsohn
Mendelsohn
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Daniel Mendelsohn—hailed by The Economist as one of the finest critics writing in the English language today—brings together a selection of his recent critical essays.

book image Unknown Masterpieces: Writers Rediscover Literature's Hidden Classics
Unknown
Edwin Frank
Frank
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In this original collection, several of today's finest writers introduce little-known treasures of literature that they count among their favorite books.

book image Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War
Theater of Cruelty
Ian Buruma
Buruma
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Many of the filmmakers and artists Ian Buruma covers in his new collection, which focuses on the themes of war, film, and the visual arts, come from Germany and Japan and deal with World War II. What unifies the book is less the question of war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.

book image Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection
Shakespeare's Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne
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There is no better to way to encounter Montaigne's searching, eloquent essays than as William Shakespeare did, in lyrical translation by his contemporary John Florio. Here noted Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt accompanies the texts with a learned and engaging essay, tracking Montaignian themes in such works as King Lear and The Tempest and setting his work in elegant context.
Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt , Peter Platt , John Florio

book image Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall
Religio Medici and Urne-Burial
Sir Thomas Browne
Browne
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This new edition of Browne’s two most enduring and beloved works, in which he ponders life, death, religion, and healing, has been assembled by the bestselling author of Will in the World, Stephen Greenblatt, and Renaissance scholar Ramie Targoff. It includes an extensive introduction and helpful annotations.
Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt, Ramie Targoff

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 On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry
On Being Blue
William H. Gass
Gass
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On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things. It brings us the world in a word as only William H. Gass, among contemporary American writers, can do.
Contributors: Michael Gorra

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

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