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Great Sonnets (Dover Thrift Editions)
$4.99
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One of the most powerfully moving and evocative forms of poetry, the sonnet has been popular for more than 450 years. Unlike many other poetic genres, the sonnet has never gone out of fashion and its popularity today remains unabated.
This collection contains a rich selection of over 170 English and American sonnets by more than 70 poets, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Included are great sonnets by the greatest poets. All have been carefully chosen for distinction in style or substance or both.
Included are such masterpieces of the form as: "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" by Shakespeare; "Death Be Not Proud" by Donne; "On His Blindness" by Milton; "The World Is Too Much with Us" by Wordsworth; "Ozymandias" by Shelley; "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer" by Keats; "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways" by E. Browning; "Acquainted with the Night" by Frost; "Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare" by Millay; and poems by Spenser, Sidney, Burns, Blake, Byron, Longfellow, Tennyson, Poe, Swinburne, Wilde, E. A. Robinson, Dunbar, MacLeish, and many more.
In this inexpensive treasury, lovers of poetry can study and savor the ways in which a host of great poets used the versatile sonnet form to express everything from the "light conceits of love" to the most profound meditations.
Includes two selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "The New Colossus" and "Ozymandias."

ISBN
9780486280523
Publisher
Dover Publications
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Used, Good
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Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
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600089
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Nature and Politics: Liberalism in the Philosophies of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau
$23.04
ISBN
9780801496066
By
Rapaczynski, Andrzej
Publisher
Cornell University Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Item SKU
627535
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C
Breathing Spaces: Early Poems
$4.99
ISBN
9781852242121
By
Kennelly, Brendan
Publisher
Dufour Editions
Item Condition
Used, Good
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Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
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564143
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The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry, Shorter Edition (with Poetry 21 CD-ROM)
$6.08
Description
Unlike most other poetry anthologies, arranged only chronologically or limited to the exploration of one type of poem, Jay Parini's WADSWORTH ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY collects 24 smaller, more accessible anthologies in one volume. With the guidance of an editorial board of pre-eminent literary scholars and world-renown poets, Parini has managed to offer a meaningful structure to an ambitious collection, spanning from Beowulf to Jorie Graham. Perhaps more a teaching and learning text than a definitive body of work, Parini's arrangement of poetry by form, content, and context offers a new way of learning poetry.
ISBN
9781413004748
By
Parini, Jay
Publisher
Cengage Learning
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
741578
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The Poiesis of History: Experimenting With Genre in Postwar Italy
$7.56
ISBN
9780801426452
By
Jewell, Keala Jane
Publisher
NCROL
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Used, Like New
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741353
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The Poems Revised (The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats)
$6.32
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The complete, standard edition of the verse of Ireland's greatest lyric poet, including poems from Yeats's plays and essays -- edited by internationally acclaimed Yeats scholar Richard J. Finneran.

With this definitive edition of the poems of the beloved Irish poet William Butler Yeats, Scribner assumes the publication of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats series: 14 volumes, overseen by eminent Yeats scholars Richard J. Finneran and George Mills Harper, representing virtually all of the Nobel Laureate's published work, and including authoritative and explanatory notes. The first five volumes in the Collected Works series were originally published by Macmillan; the remaining nine volumes, including the heart of Yeats's body of work, will be brought out by Scribner on lists to come.

Providing accurate texts of all of the poems by Yeats published in his lifetime or scheduled for publication at the time of his death, including those omitted from earlier collections, The Poems is the top-selling of the Collected Works volumes, and it has been in demand steadily since its original appearance in 1989.

ISBN
9780026327015
By
Yeats, William Butler
Publisher
Charles Scribner's Sons
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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742339
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Our Europe: Banquet of Nations
$15.00
Description

A history of Europe like you've never read before.

"For some time now, Europe seems to have forgotten it is the daughter of epics and utopia. It has been drained by its inability to remind its citizens of this. Too distant, disembodied, the concept often arouses nothing more than disillusioned boredom. And yet, the history of Europe is one of constant upheaval. So much fire and death; inventions and art, too. Literature, perhaps, can remind us of this: that the European history is one of muscle, vigour, passion, anger and joy. Words of literature, perhaps, can restore conviction and momentum, which make everything possible, to the heart of the story."

From the industrial revolution through two world wars and to the birth of the European Union, Our Europe sets in free verse the story of 150 years of growth, confrontation, hope, defeat and passion. Our Europe is a heartfelt appeal to bring into being a Europe that celebrates difference, solidarity, and freedom.

ISBN
9781609455798
By
Gaude, Laurent
Publisher
Europa Compass
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New
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9781609455798
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Poetry
Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata
$20.00
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A dazzling and eloquent reworking of the Mahabharata, one of South Asia's best-loved epics, through nineteen peripheral voices. With daring poetic forms, Karthika Naïr breathes new life into this ancient epic.

Karthika Naïr refracts the epic Mahabharata through the voices of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens as well as abducted princesses, tribal queens, and a gender-shifting god. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of lives and stories buried beneath the dramas of god and nation, heroics and victory - of the lives obscured by myth and history, all too often interchangeable. Until the Lions is a kaleidoscopic, poetic tour de force. It reveals the most intimate threads of desire, greed, and sacrifice in this foundational epic.

ISBN
9781939810366
By
Nair, Karthika
Publisher
Archipelago
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New
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9781939810366
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Poetry
Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris
$20.00
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From the author of Queen of Fashion--a glittering look at fin-de-siècle Paris through the three women who inspired Proust's supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes.

The three superstars of turn-of-the-century Parisian high society were Geneviève Halévy Bizet Straus; Laure de Sade, Comtesse Adhéaume de Chevigné; and Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, Comtesse Greffulhe. All unhappily married, these women sought fulfillment by reinventing themselves as icons, and their fabled salons inspired generations of artists, composers, and writers. Caroline Weber takes us into these women's glamorous lives, showing us not only the balls, hunts, dinners, court visits, and nights at the opera but also the loneliness, rigid social rules, and arranged marriages that constricted them. Marcel Proust, as a young law student in 1892, first worshipped the three from afar and later met them and immortalized them in his celebrated composite character in In Search of Lost Time.

ISBN
9780345803122
By
Weber, Caroline
Publisher
Vintage
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New
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9780345803122
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History
The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn (African Poetry Book)
$17.95
Description
Tanella Boni is a major African poet, and this book, The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn, is her first full collection to be translated into English. These poems wrestle with the ethnic violence and civil war that dominated life in West Africa's Ivory Coast in the first decade of the new millennium. Boni maps these events onto a mythic topography where people live among their ancestors and are subject to the whims of the powerful, who are at once magical and all too petty. The elements--the sun, the wind, the water--are animated as independent forces, beyond simile or metaphor. Words, too, are elemental, and the poet is present in the landscape--"during these times / I searched for the letters / for the perfect word." Boni affirms her desire for hope in the face of ethno-cultural and state violence although she acknowledges that desiring to hope and hoping are not the same.
ISBN
9781496211859
By
Boni, Tanella
Publisher
University of Nebraska Press
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New
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9781496211859
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Poetry
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume F: The Twentieth Century and After
$5.54
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Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible The Norton Anthology of English Literature has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor, the editors have reconsidered all aspects of the anthology to make it an even better teaching tool."
ISBN
9780393927221
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
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Used, Good
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Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
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743393
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Treasure of the Castilian or Spanish Language (New Directions Poetry Pamphlets)
$11.95
Description
"MOSTACHO (Moustache): The beard of the upper lip." --Sebastián de Covarrubias
ISBN
9780811228602
By
de Covarrubias Horozco, Sebastian
Publisher
New Directions
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New
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9780811228602
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Poetry
The Shutters
$16.95
Description
The Shutters collects the two most important poetry collections--"The Shutters" and "Photograms"--by the legendary Moroccan writer Ahmed Bouanani. By intertwining myth and tradition with the familiar objects and smells of his lived present, Bouanani reconstructs vivid images of Morocco's past. He weaves together references to the Second World War, the Spanish and French protectorates, the Rif War, dead soldiers, prisoners, and poets screaming in their tombs with mouths full of dirt. His poetry, written in an imposed language with a "strange alphabet," bravely confronts the violence of his country's history--particularly during the period of les années de plomb, the years of lead--all of which bears the brutal imprint of colonization. As Bouanani writes, "These memories retrace the seasons of a country that was quickly forgetful of its past, indifferent to its present, constantly turning its back on the future."
ISBN
9780811227841
By
Bouanani, Ahmed
Publisher
New Directions
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New
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9780811227841
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Poetry
The River in the Sky: A Poem
$26.95
Description

"Few people read Poetry any more, but I still wish to write its seedlings down, if only for the lull of gathering: no less a harvest season for being the last time," writes Clive James in his epic poem, The River in the Sky. What emerges from this lamentation is a soaring epic of exceptional depth and overwhelming feeling, all the more extraordinary given its appearance in an age when the heroic poem seems to have disappeared from contemporary literature.

Among James's many talents is his uncanny ability to juxtapose references to early twentieth-century poets with "offbeat humor and flyaway cultural observations" (Dwight Garner, New York Times), or allusions to the adagio of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony contrasted with references to "YouTube's vast cosmopolis." Whether recalling his Australian childhood or his father's "clean white headstone" in a Hong Kong cemetery, James's autobiographical epic ultimately helps us define the meaning of life.

ISBN
9781631494734
By
James, Clive
Publisher
Liveright
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New
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9781631494734
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Poetry
The Ribbon at Olympia's Throat (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)
$24.95
Description

Short fragments and essays that explore how a seemingly irrelevant aesthetic detail may cause the eruption of sublimity within the mundane.

That the nude painted by Manet (in a painting so conceptually new that it created a scandal in its day) achieves so much truth through such a minor detail, that ribbon that modernizes Olympia and, even more than a beauty mark or a patch of freckles would, renders her more precise and more immediately visible, making her a woman with ties to a particular milieu and era: that is what lends itself to reflection, if not divagation!
--from The Ribbon at Olympia's Throat

In The Ribbon at Olympia's Throat, Michel Leiris investigates what Lydia Davis has called the "expressive power of fetishism" how a seemingly irrelevant aesthetic detail may cause the eruption of sublimity within the mundane.

Written in 1981, toward the end of Leiris's life, The Ribbon at Olympia's Throat serves as a coda to his autobiographical masterwork, The Rules of the Game, taking the form of both shorter fragments (poems, memory scraps, notes) that are as formally disarming as the fetishistic experiences they describe, and longer essays, more exhaustive critical meditations on writing, apprehension, and the nature of the modern. Rooted in remembrance, devoted to the kaleidoscopic intricacies of wordplay, Leiris draws from his own aesthetic experiences as writer and spectator to explore the fetish that "exposes and disarms the sinister passage of time," conferring "an undeniable realness upon the whole by essentially causing it to crystallize in a reality it would never have possessed if that sturdy fragment hadn't acted as bait."

ISBN
9781635900842
By
Leiris, Michel
Publisher
Semiotext(e)
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New
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9781635900842
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Essays
The Next Loves
$16.95
Description
In Stéphane Bouquet's The Next Loves, French poetic tradition meets the New York School poets in a unique take on homosexuality, desire, loneliness, and love in an era of global inequality and fundamental precarity. Bouquet's work delicately carves out space for passages from I to you to the collective we.
ISBN
9781643620053
By
Bouquet, Stephane
Publisher
Nightboat Books
Item Condition
New
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Item SKU
9781643620053
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Poetry
Alisoun Sings
$16.95
Description
Alisoun Sings finds its starting-point with Chaucer's iconic, proto-feminist Wife of Bath. Her forceful voice leads the way across narratives of genders, and addresses the brutality of social conventions with caustic humor. This labyrinthine text navigates love and protest in landscapes impacted by global warming, systemic violence and solar eclipses. Bergvall continues her previous work creating texts that rest on transhistoric forms of English, beyond its dominance as a global lingua franca, and places her quest in the intersections and migrations of stories and languages.
ISBN
9781643620015
By
Bergvall, Caroline
Publisher
Nightboat Books
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New
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9781643620015
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Poetry
Decals: Complete Early Poems
$16.95
Description
An important influence on Jorge Luis Borges and many others, Oliverio Girondo was at the center of Argentine poetry in the twentieth century. A very cosmopolitan writer, his early poems--many of which are collected here for the first time in English--demonstrate his wanderlust, crisscrossing Europe and the Americas on streetcars, express trains, and ocean liners. Many of the poems in here were written in diverse world ports, and are perched at the seaside, among sailors, seagulls, and tango cafés. They take the reader on a tour of Spain that cleverly deflates the romantic glamour of the country found in Hemingway and Dos Passos, but reinvigorates it with a sexiness found in Girondo's intensive wordplay, Surrealistic influences, and idiosyncratic flare for metaphor.
ISBN
9781940953878
By
Girondo, Oliverio
Publisher
Open Letter
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New
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9781940953878
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Poetry
A Primer for Cadavers
$20.00
Description
One of the most widely celebrated artists of his generation, Ed Atkins makes videos, draws, and writes, developing a com-plex and deeply figured discourse around definition, wherein the impossibilities for sufficient representations of the physical, specifically corporeal, world--from computer generated imagery to bathetic poetry--are hysterically rehearsed. A Primer for Cadavers, a startlingly original first collection, brings together a selection of his texts from 2010 to 2016. 'Part prose-poetry, part theatrical direction, part script-work, part dream-work, ' writes Joe Luna in his afterword, 'Atkins' texts present something as fantastic and commonplace as the record of a creation, the diary of a writer glued to the screen of their own production, an elegiac, erotic Frankenstein for the twenty-first century.'
ISBN
9781910695210
By
Atkins, Ed
Publisher
Fitzcarraldo Editions
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New
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9781910695210
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Fiction
Greetings From Angelus: Poems
$16.00
Description
A bilingual collection of poetry from pioneering scholar in Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism, Gershom Scholem.

With this volume, Scholem's work reaches beyond the confines of the academy and enters a literary dialogue with writers and philosophers like Walter Benjamin and Hans Jonas.

Gershom Scholem's Greetings From Angelus contains dark, lucid political poems about Zionism and assimilation, parodies of German and Jewish philosophers, and poems to writers and friends such as Walter Benjamin, Hans Jonas, Ingeborg Bachmann, S. Y. Agnon, among others. The earliest poems in this volume begin in 1915 and extend to 1967, revealing how poetry played a formative role in Scholem's early life and career. This collection is translated by Richard Sieburth, who comments, "Scholem's acts of poetry still speak to us (and against us) to this very day, simultaneously grounded as they are in the impossibly eternal and profoundly occasional." The volume is edited and introduced by Steven M. Wasserstrom, who carefully situates the poems in Scholem's historical, biographical, and theological landscape.

One of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem virtually created the subject of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Literature played a crucial role in his life, especially in his formative years. This bilingual volume contains his dark, shockingly prescient poems about Zionism, his parodies of German and Jewish philosophers, and poems to other writers, notably a series of powerful lyrics addressed over the course of years to his closest and oldest friend, Walter Benjamin.

Translator Richard Sieburth comments, "Scholem's acts of poetry still speak to us (and against us) to this very day, grounded as they are in the impossibly eternal and profoundly occasional."

ISBN
9780914671978
By
Scholem, Gershom
Publisher
Archipelago
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New
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9780914671978
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Poetry
The Long Take: A noir narrative
$27.00
Description
**Finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize**
**Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize for Innovative Fiction, and the Roehampton Poetry Prize**

From the award-winning British author--a poet's noir narrative that tells the story of a D-Day veteran in postwar America: a good man, brutalized by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it, yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself.

Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he finds his way from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but--as those dark, classic movies made clear--the country needed outsiders to study and to dramatize its new anxieties. Both an outsider and, gradually, an insider, Walker finds work as a journalist, and tries to piece his life together as America is beginning to come apart: riven by social and racial divisions, spiraling corruption, and the collapse of the inner cities. Robin Robertson's fluid verse pans with filmic immediacy across the postwar urban scene--and into the heart of an unforgettable character--in this highly original work of art.

ISBN
9780525655213
By
Robertson, Robin
Publisher
Knopf
Item Condition
New
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9780525655213
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Poetry
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp (New York Review Books Classics)
$15.95
Description
The first translation of painter and writer Józef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II.

During the Second World War, as a prisoner of war in a Soviet camp, and with nothing but memory to go on, the Polish artist and soldier Józef Czapski brought Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time to life for an audience of prison inmates. In a series of lectures, Czapski described the arc and import of Proust's masterpiece, sketched major and minor characters in striking detail, and movingly evoked the work's originality, depth, and beauty. Eric Karpeles has translated this brilliant and -altogether unparalleled feat of the critical imagination into English for the first time, and in a thoughtful introduction he brings out how, in reckoning with Proust's great meditation on memory, Czapski helped his fellow officers to remember that there was a world apart from the world of the camp. Proust had staked the art of the novelist against the losses of a lifetime and the imminence of death. Recalling that triumphant wager, unfolding, like Sheherazade, the intricacies of Proust's world night after night, Czapski showed to men at the end of their tether that the past remained present and there was a future in which to hope.

ISBN
9781681372587
By
Czapski, Jozef
Publisher
NYRB Classics
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New
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9781681372587
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Essays
97,196 Words: Essays
$28.00
Description

A selection of the best short work by France's greatest living nonfiction writer

No one writes nonfiction like Emmanuel Carrère. Although he takes cues from such literary heroes as Truman Capote and Janet Malcolm, Carrère has, over the course of his career, reinvented the form in a search for truth in all its guises. Dispensing with the rules of genre, he takes what he needs from every available form or discipline--be it theology, historiography, fiction, reportage, or memoir--and fuses it under the pressure of an inimitable combination of passion, curiosity, intellect, and wit. With an oeuvre unique in world literature for its blend of empathy and playfulness, Carrère stands as one of our most distinctive and important literary voices.

97,196 Words introduces Carrère's shorter works to an English-language audience. Featuring more than thirty extraordinary essays written over an illustrious twenty-five-year period of Carrère's creative life, this collection shows an exceptional mind at work. Spanning continents, histories, and personal relationships, and treating everything from American heroin addicts to the writing of In Cold Blood, from the philosophy of Philip K. Dick to a single haunting sentence in a minor story by H. P. Lovecraft, from Carrère's own botched interview with Catherine Deneuve to the week he spent following the future French president Emmanuel Macron, 97,196 Words considers the divides between truth, reality, and our shared humanity as it explores remarkable events and eccentric lives, including Carrère's own.

ISBN
9780374178208
By
Carrere, Emmanuel
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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New
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9780374178208
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Essays
English Sixteenth Century Verse: An Anthology
$5.54
Description
This comprehensive anthology contains selections from the work of twenty-five poets of the sixteenth century.
ISBN
9780393302066
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Item Condition
Used, Good
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Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
704319
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C
Homerica
$13.63
Description
Poetry. Women's Studies. Greek Studies. Translated from the Greek by Brian Sneeden. For the first time in English--a volume of poems by one of Greece's foremost poetic voices. Phoebe Giannisi's HOMERICA offers a contemporary Odyssey of loss, longing, motherhood, and metamorphosis, re- weaving classical mythology with modern experience. Yet the mythic characters and scenes never feel otherworldly--rather, they appear alongside the tugboat, the bicycle, the television, and the helicopter. Brian Sneeden's masterful translation captures the Delphic rhythms of Giannisi's oracular poems, which rarely travel in a straight line but rather glide across multiple threads of time, like a look interweaving strands of the mythological past.

"Giannisi's poetry is a wonderful combination of the classical and the underground avant-garde. Trained both in architecture and Ancient Greek, her poems tackle the problem of how to inhabit the spaces we live in--from the abandoned lot and the swimming pool to the page of the book. What a pleasure to have the full Homerica series in Brian Sneeden's lyrical translation."--Karen Van Dyck

"Sneeden is a meticulous translator and a poet in his own right. He brings Phoebe Giannisi's work to life with immediacy and conviction."--Edmund Keeley
ISBN
9780999261309
By
Giannisi, Phoebe
Publisher
World Poetry Books
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
704042
Location
C