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Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers

A deeply considered and provocative new look at major American writers—including Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and W.H. Auden—Edward Mendelson’s Moral Agents is also a work of critical biography in the great tradition of Plutarch, Samuel Johnson, and Emerson. Any important writer, in Mendelson’s view, writes in response to an idea of the good life that is inseparable from the life the writer lives.

Fusing biography and criticism and based on extensive new research, Moral Agents presents challenging new portraits of eight writers—novelists, critics, and poets—who transformed American literature in the turbulent twentieth century. Eight sharply distinctive individuals—inspired, troubled, hugely ambitious—who reimagined what it means to be a writer.

There’s Saul Bellow, a novelist determined to ...

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Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston

edited and with an introduction by Peter Benson Miller, preface by Robert Storr
Go Figure!, a lavishly illustrated volume of essays about Philip Guston (1913-1980), considers the late work of Guston who was a friend and contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. This volume illustrates the enduring power of his work, particularly the fireworks generated by expressive contradictions embodied in his last paintings.

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Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War

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.

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Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

Now in paperback, Artemis Cooper’s prize-winning biography draws from years of conversations with Patrick Leigh Fermor and his closest friends as well as Leigh Fermor’s own private papers, to which Cooper had unlimited access.

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Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy

Darryl Pinckney’s first book in over ten years covers the participation of blacks in US electoral politics, from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what it may mean for the political influence of black voters in future elections.

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