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book image In the Freud Archives
In the Freud Archives
Janet Malcolm
Malcolm
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"In this brilliant and enjoyable book, a major crisis within one of the most important systems of ideas of our century is presented in the style of a movie vehicle for Jack Nicholson."?Anthony Quinton, The Times Literary Supplement

book image A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays
Bolt from the Blue
Mary McCarthy
McCarthy
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"Fierce, provocative, and lovely, a collection of small masterpieces, by one of the twentieth century's most dazzling minds." —Katie Roiphe
Contributors: A.O. Scott

book image Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West
Sacagawea's Nickname
Larry McMurtry
McMurtry
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Once again Larry McMurtry casts a keen and elegaic eye not only on the often harsh truths of the West, but also on the power of western illusions.

book image Reading and Writing: A Personal Account
Reading and Writing
V.S. Naipaul
Naipaul
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In this essay of literary autobiography, V. S. Naipaul sifts through memories of his childhood in Trinidad, his university days in England, and his earliest attempts at writing, seeking the experiences of life and reading that shaped his imagination and his growth as a writer.

book image The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
Iona and Peter Opie
Opie
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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren is a pathbreaking work of scholarship that is also a splendid and enduring work of literature.
Contributors: Marina Warner

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

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 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 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 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