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Literary Criticism
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Author: Alan Jacobs
Release Date: September 08, 2020
From the author of HOW TO THINK and THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION, a literary guide to engaging with the voices of the past to stay sane in the presentW. H. Auden once wrote that "art is our chief means of breaking bread with the ...
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Author: Avi Steinberg
Release Date: August 11, 2020
A journalist's journey through the lands of popular romance lit and a soulful and hilarious memoir about writing a novel about searching for loveIs romance dead? Is that why there are so many vampires in today's romance novels? When Avi Steinberg's l...
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Author: Maggie O'Farrell
Release Date: July 21, 2020
A thrilling departure: A short, piercing, deeply moving new novel from the acclaimed author of I Am, I Am, I Am, about the death of Shakespeare's eleven-year-old son Hamnet--a name interchangeable with Hamlet in fifteenth-century Britain--and the yea...
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Author: Porochista Khakpour | Narrator: Porochista Khakpour
Release Date: May 19, 2020
*A Vintage Original*From the much-acclaimed novelist and essayist, a beautifully rendered, poignant collection of personal essays, chronicling immigrant and Iranian-American life in our contemporary moment.Novelist Porochista Khakpour's family moved ...
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Author: Benjamin Taylor | Narrator: Benjamin Taylor
Release Date: May 19, 2020
A deeply felt, beautifully crafted meditation on friendship and loss in the vein of A Year of Magical Thinking, and a touching portrait of Philip Roth from his closest friend.I had a baseball question on the tip of my tongue: What was the name of "th...
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Author: Sam Greenlee | Narrator: Dion Graham
Release Date: May 19, 2020
A classic in the black literary tradition, The Spook Who Sat by the Door is both a comment on the civil rights problems in the United States in the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy.Dan Freeman, the "spook who ...
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Author: Toni Morrison | Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Release Date: May 05, 2020
The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.Toni ...
Author: Emma Smith | Narrator: Emma Smith
Release Date: March 31, 2020
An electrifying new study that investigates the challenges of the Bard’s inconsistencies and flaws, and focuses on revealing—not resolving—the ambiguities of the plays and their changing topicality   A genius and prophet whose ...
Author: Cathy Park Hong | Narrator: Cathy Park Hong
Release Date: February 25, 2020
A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human“Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.” —Claudia Rankine, author of Cit...
Author: Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan and Marc C. Conner | Narrator: Dominic Hoffman and John F. Callahan
Release Date: December 17, 2019
A radiant collection of letters from the renowned author of Invisible Man that trace the life and mind of a giant of American literature, with insights into the riddle of identity, the writer’s craft, and the story of a changing nation over six...
Author: Sara Wheeler | Narrator: Sara Wheeler
Release Date: November 05, 2019
With the writers of the Golden Age as her guides—Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gogol, and Turgenev, among others—Sara Wheeler searches for a Russia not in the news, traveling from rinsed northwestern beet fields and the Far Eastern Arctic tundra to t...
Author: Thomas Travisano | Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Release Date: November 05, 2019
An illuminating new biography of one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop's friend James Merrill once observed that "Elizabeth had more talent for life—and for poetry—than anyone else ...