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David Bromwich
September 1989
For the last two centuries, literature has tested the authority of the individual and the community. During this time, in David Bromwich’s words, “A motive for great writing…has been a tension, which is felt to be unresolvable, between the claims of social obligation and of personal autonomy. That...
Margaret Homans
June 1989
As the title suggests, ‘Bearing the Word’ looks with particular intensity at the intersections of women’s reproductive and literary roles. Through close readings of works by Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Homans...
Cynthia Zarin
December 1988
Deals with thought, nature, meditation, the past, language, friendship, renewal, love, failure, travel, and the imagination
Verlyn Klinkenborg
October 1987
Describes farmers in Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana as they cut and bale hay for their cattle ranches
Bob Woodward
October 1987
Based on hundreds of inside sources and secret documents, the author reveals the inner operations of the C.I.A., the world’s largest and most sophisticated espionage apparatus, its players, and its clandestine relationships throughout the world
Michael Denning
July 1987
First published in 1987, this title tracks the spy thriller from John Buchanan to Eric Ambler, Ian Fleming and John Le Carré, and shows how these tales of spies, moles, and the secret service tell a history of modern society, translating the political and cultural transformations of the twentieth...
John Crowley
April 1987
This is the dazzling first novel in a series that will certainly take its place amongst the great books of our time. Reengaging the ideas of alternate lives, worlds, and worldviews that pulsed through his remarkable Little, Big, John Crowley’s Agypt series is a landmark in contemporary fiction. The...
Richard Brodhead
November 1986
The American Novel series provides students of American literature with introductory critical guides to the great works of American fiction by giving details of the novel’s composition, publication history and contemporary reception. The group of essays, each specially commissioned from a...
Joseph Roach
August 1985
This reinterpretation of acting theories in light of the history of science examines acting styles from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century and measures them against prevailing conceptions of the human body and its inner workings.
Caryl Phillips
February 1985
From the British-West Indian novelist who is rapidly emerging as the bard of the African diaspora comes a haunting work about “the final passage”—the exodus of black West Indians from their impoverished islands to the uncertain opportunities of England. In her village of St. Patrick’s, Leila...
Louise Glück
January 1985
Bob Woodward
June 1984
Bob Woodword’s classic book about John Belushi—one of the most interesting performers and personalities in show business history—“is told with the same narrative style that Woodward employed so effectively in All the President’s Men and The Final Days” (Chicago Tribune). John Belushi was found dead...
Michael Cunningham
March 1984
David Stark, an adolescent and mainstay of a family of women nearing physical or emotional collapse, hitchhikes from Southern California to San Francisco to locate a wandering sister and encounters adulthood
Alastair Minnis
March 1984
It has often been held that scholasticism destroyed the literary theory that was emerging during the twelfth-century Renaissance, and hence discussion of late medieval literary works has tended to derive its critical vocabulary from modern, not medieval, theory. In Medieval Theory of Authorship,...
John Crowley
December 1983
Rush that speaks. Born into the community of Truthful Speakers one thousand years after the Storm, he was raised on stories of the old days - a world filled with saints, a world in which all things were possible, a world which finally destroyed itself. In love with a beautiful woman, Rush journeys...
Harold Bloom
September 1983
Critical essays examine the works of a wide range of authors, including Walt Whitman, Sigmund Freud, Hart Crane, and Ralph Waldo Emerson
David Quint
September 1983
A wide-ranging, comparative study of the problematic status of originality in Renaissance literature.
David Kastan
October 1982
Louise Glück
October 1981
Images of life and spiritual growth center around the themes of the garden, the mirror, and lamentations in this collection of twenty-six poems
Traugott Lawler
February 1981
John Crowley
January 1981
John Crowley’s masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood;not found on any map;to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family,...
Susan Hartman
January 1981
Ruth Yeazell
January 1981
Alice James (1848-1892) was the sister of Henry and William James, as literary as her more famous brothers, but–as was typical for a Victorian woman–never formally educated and thus deprived of any opportunity for a normal “career.” In her introductory biographical essay, Professor Ruth...
Lawrence Manley
July 1980
Harold Bloom
May 1980
This dazzling book is at once an indispensable guide to Stevens’s poetic canon and a significant addition to the literature on the American Romantic movement. It gives authoritative readings of the major long poems and sequences of Stevens and deals at length with the important shorter works...
Bob Woodward
December 1979
The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action. Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief and Associate Justices—maneuvering, arguing, politicking, compromising, and making decisions that...
Susan Hartman
January 1979
Steven Brill
October 1978
A GRIPPING CHRONICLE OF THE ARMY THAT KEEPS AMERICA MOVING - OR CAN STOP IT OVERNIGHT! They control the lion’s share of American wealth. They are on of the largest private sources of real estate investment capital in the world. Their very name stirs whispers of corruption, racketeering,...
John Crowley
January 1978
This is Crowley’s second novel, describing a world in which genetically engineered animals are given a variety of human characteristics. Painter is a leo, a combination of man and lion; Reynard, a character derived from medieval European fable, is part fox.
Leslie Brisman
January 1978
Louise Glück
June 1976
Bob Woodward
May 1976
“An extraordinary work of reportage on the epic political story of our time” (Newsweek)—from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthors of All the President’s Men. The Final Days is the #1 New York Times bestselling, classic, behind-the-scenes account of Richard Nixon’s...
John Crowley
June 1975
Harold Bloom
January 1975
In print for twenty-seven years, A Map of Misreading serves as a companion volume to Bloom’s other seminal work, The Anxiety of Influence. In this finely crafted text, Bloom offers instruction in how to read a poem, using his theory that patterns of imagery in poems represent both a response...
Bob Woodward
June 1974
“The work that brought down a presidency…perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history” (Time)—from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Final Days.  The most devastating political detective story of the century: two Washington Post ...
Claude Rawson
June 1973
Rawson is primarily concerned with “unofficial” energies that work below the surface of Swift’s conscious themes. He investigates the connections between these energies and certain extremist writers of later periods, including Breton, Mailer, and Yeats, as well as the underlying similarities...
Claude Rawson
January 1972
Rawson focuses on the various disruptive forces in the literary culture of the Augustan period. Among other topics, he treats the crises in stylistic “urbanity” and in the “mock-heroic” styles of this fascinating period.
Louise Glück
January 1968
This is the first collection of poems by Louise Glück, who was born in 1943 in New York. In 1967 she received a Rockefeller Foundation grant for her poetry. Her poems deal in wastelands, the lost lives of cripples, the hopeless and loveless; yet her landscapes have a stern beauty, a mythic size...
Marie Borroff
January 1967
King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table are in the middle of a Christmas feast when a green-skinned knight offers them a simple but deadly challenge. A challenge the brave Sir Gawain quickly, and fatefully, accepts.