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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 Anatomy of Melancholy
Anatomy of Melancholy
Robert Burton
Burton
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One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton's astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century.
Contributors: William H. Gass

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 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 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 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 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 Looking Back
Looking Back
Baker
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.

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

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