The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the by Harold Bloom

By Harold Bloom

The King James Bible stands at "the chic summit of literature in English," sharing the consideration simply with Shakespeare, Harold Bloom contends within the commencing pages of this illuminating literary travel. Distilling the insights obtained from a good portion of his profession as an excellent critic and instructor, he bargains readers finally the e-book he has been writing "all my lengthy life," a magisterial and in detail perceptive studying of the King James Bible as a literary masterpiece.

Bloom calls it an "inexplicable wonder" quite undistinguished crew of writers may perhaps bring about this kind of great paintings of literature, and he credit William Tyndale as their fountainhead. examining the King James Bible along Tyndale's Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the unique Hebrew and Greek texts, Bloom highlights how the translators and editors stronger upon—or, every so often, diminished—the previous types. He invitations readers to listen to the baroque inventiveness in such chic books because the music of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and activity, and indicators us to the echoes of the King James Bible in works from the Romantic interval to the current day. all through, Bloom makes an impassioned and convincing case for studying the King James Bible as literature, loose from dogma and with an appreciation of its enduring aesthetic worth.

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I Love You More Than You Know by Jonathan Ames

By Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames has drawn comparisons around the literary spectrum, from David Sedaris to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Woody Allen to P.G. Wodehouse, and his books, in addition to his skills as a performer, have made him a favourite at the past due convey with David Letterman. even if he's chasing deranged cockroaches round his condo, kissing a stunning actress at the set of an avant-garde movie, discovering himself caught perilously on best of a fence in Memphis in the midst of the evening, or frightening fights with large German males, Jonathan Ames has an uncanny knack for buying himself into outlandish occasions. In his most modern assortment, i like You greater than you recognize, Ames proves once more his massive expertise for turning his personal adventures, neuroses, joys, heartaches, and insights into profound and hilarious stories. Alive with love and tenderness for his son, his mom and dad, his great-aunt — or even strangers in bars past due at evening — in i like You greater than you recognize Ames appears to be like underneath the skin of our international to discover the wonder within the perverse, the beauty in loneliness, and the humor in pain.

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Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop by Daniel Mendelsohn

By Daniel Mendelsohn

Over the last decade and a part, Daniel Mendelsohn’s experiences for The big apple overview of BooksThe New Yorker, and The ny instances publication Review have earned him a name as “one of the best critics of our time” (Poets& Writers). In Waiting for the Barbarians, he brings jointly twenty-four of his fresh essays—each one glinting with “verve and sparkle,” “acumen and passion”—on a variety of matters, from Avatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the Titanic to Susan Sontag’s Journals. educated as a classicist, writer of 2 across the world best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn strikes simply from penetrating issues of the ways that the classics proceed to make themselves felt in modern existence and letters (Greek fable in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles—none extra explosively debatable than his dissection of Mad Men.

Also accrued listed here are essays dedicated to the artwork of fiction, from Jonathan Littell’s Holocaust blockbuster The Kindly Ones to forgotten gem stones just like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a last part, “Private Lives,” prefaced by way of Mendelsohn’sNew Yorker essay on faux memoirs, he considers the lives and paintings of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Noël Coward, and Jonathan Franzen. Waiting for the Barbarians once back demonstrates that Mendelsohn’s “sweep as a cultural critic is as notable as his depth.”

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Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist by Lukas Erne

By Lukas Erne

Now in a brand new version, Lukas Erne's groundbreaking research argues that Shakespeare, except being a playwright who wrote theatrical texts for the level, used to be additionally a literary dramatist who produced analyzing texts for the web page. analyzing the facts from early released playbooks, Erne argues that Shakespeare wrote lots of his performs with a readership in brain and that those "literary" texts could were abridged for the level simply because they have been too lengthy for functionality. The variation early texts of Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Hamlet are proven to bare vital insights into the several media for which Shakespeare designed his performs. This revised and up-to-date version encompasses a new and gigantic preface that studies and intervenes within the controversy the research has brought on and lists reports, articles, and books which reply to or construct at the first version.

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Lighter Shades of Grey: A (very) Critical Reader's Guide to by Cassandra Parkin

By Cassandra Parkin

“You put money into production. Why, specifically?”

“I prefer to construct things.”

As of the time of writing, greater than ten million copies of E L James’ Fifty colors of Grey were bought around the world. even if you discover this thought inspiring or terrifying, there’s no escaping the truth that, as literary occasions move, Fifty colours of Grey is at least... major. And books that are... significant... should be subjected to thorough serious and textual research. by way of taking it aside into teeny tiny small items and positioned these items less than a spiteful and mean-spirited microscope, we may perhaps all simply research anything concerning the elusive nature of the bestseller,

Lighter colors of Grey is a chapter-by-chapter dissection of Fifty colours of Grey, cataloguing strange leaps of common sense, extraordinary deductions, fascinating exchanges of discussion, recurrent motifs and stand-out moments, that would let you greater appreciate/enjoyably spoil for others the Fifty Shades event. It additionally offers definitive solutions to questions resembling “How frequently does Ana say ‘oh my’?”, “How frequently do people’s mouths fall open in surprise?” and “Is Christian gray a diagnosable psychopath?”

Building at the viral hit blog-entry, “Fifty issues That Annoy Me approximately Fifty colours Of Grey”, “Lighter colors of Grey” is the appropriate snarky spouse to this year’s such a lot inexplicable blockbuster.

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Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World by Sarah Vowell

By Sarah Vowell

Take the Cannoli is a relocating and wickedly humorous number of own tales stretching around the massive panorama of the yankee scene. Hailed by way of Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with expertise to burn," Vowell has an impossible to resist voice -- caustic and sympathetic, insightful and double-edged -- that has attracted a faithful following for her journal writing and radio monologues in this American Life.

While tackling matters akin to id, politics, faith, paintings, and historical past, those autobiographical stories are written with a biting humor, putting Vowell solidly within the culture of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker. Vowell searches the streets of Hoboken for lines of the town's favourite son, Frank Sinatra. She is going below disguise of heavy make-up in an research of goth tradition, blasts cannonballs right into a hillside on a father-daughter day out, and maps her family's haunted background on a highway journey down the path of Tears.

Take the Cannoli is an eclectic journey of the hot global, a set of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking essays and autobiographical yarns.

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Prétextes by André Gide

By André Gide

Publié pour l. a. première fois en 1903, ce quantity contient :
DEUX CONFÉRENCES : De l’influence en littérature ; Les Limites de l’Art — AUTOUR DE M. BARRÈS : À propos des Déracinés ; los angeles querelle du peuplier (Réponse à M. Maurras) ; los angeles Normandie et le Bas-Languedoc — LETTRES À ANGÈLE : I. Mirbeau, Curel, Hauptmann ; II. Signoret, Jammes ; III. Les naturistes ; IV. Barrès, Maeterlinck ; V. Verhaeren, Pierre Louys ; VI. Stevenson et du nationalisme en littérature ; VII. De quelques récentes idolâtries ; VIII. Sada Yacco ; IX. De quelques jeunes gens du Midi ; X. Les Mille Nuits et une Nuit du Dr Mardrus ; XI. Max Stirner et l’individualisme ; XII. Nietzsche — QUELQUES LIVRES : Villiers de l’Isle-Adam ; Maurice Léon ; Camille Mauclair ; Henri de Régnier ; Dr J.-C. Mardrus (Les Mille Nuits et une Nuit) ; Saint-Georges de Bouhélier ; Lettre à M. Saint-Georges de Bouhélier — SUPPLÉMENT : Francis Jammes ; Saint-Georges de Bouhélier ; Henri de Régnier ; Octave Mirbeau — IN MEMORIAM : Stéphane Mallarmé ; Emmanuel Signoret ; Oscar Wilde.

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French Literature: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) by Carol Clark

By Carol Clark

Boasting one in all Western culture’s oldest and richest literary traditions, French literature has lengthy been a pioneer of fashion and innovation. From the farcical comedies of Molière to the torment of Baudelaire’s verse, it has encouraged writers and artists in all places through the a while. This accomplished Beginner’s consultant tells French Literature’s compelling tale from the start correct as much as at the present time. Highlighting its precise features, Carol Clark explores how the literary types of diversified sessions took form and exhibits what we will be able to achieve from studying vintage and smooth French works. With translations and reasons of noteworthy extracts from celebrated writers, this can be the ideal source for an individual who desires to realize the delights French literature deals. Carol Clark is Emeritus Fellow of Balliol collage and previous collage Lecturer in French on the collage of Oxford. She has translated works by way of Baudelaire, Proust, and Rostand for Penguin Classics.

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Aeschylus: The Oresteia by Simon Goldhill

By Simon Goldhill

Simon Goldhill specializes in the play's themes--justice, sexual politics, violence, and the position of guy in historic Greek culture--in this normal creation to Aeschylus' Oresteia, some of the most vital and influential of all Greek dramas. After exploring how Aeschylus constructs a fable for the town within which he lived, a last bankruptcy considers the impact of the Oresteia on extra modern theater. The volume's geared up constitution and advisor to additional examining will make it a useful reference for college students and teachers.

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