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Aesthetes and Decadents of the 1890's
Aubrey Beardsley
0897330447
Aug 2003
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Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro
1400078776
March 2006
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Review
"A page turner and a heartbreaker, a tour de force of knotted tension and buried anguish.”—Time

“A Gothic tour de force. . . . A tight, deftly controlled story . . . . Just as accomplished [as The Remains of the Day] and, in a very different way, just as melancholy and alarming.”—The New York Times

"Elegaic, deceptively lovely. . . . As always, Ishiguro pulls you under." —Newsweek

“Superbly unsettling, impeccably controlled . . . . The book’s irresistible power comes from Ishiguro’s matchless ability to expose its dark heart in careful increments.” —Entertainment Weekly

Book Description
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day...


The Poems, Short Fiction, and Criticism of Samuel Beckett : Volume IV of The Grove Centenary Editions
Samuel Beckett, et al
0802118208
March 28, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Edited by Paul Auster, this four–volume hardcover set of Beckett's canon has been designed by award-winner Laura Lindgren. Available individually, as well as in a boxed set, these books are specially bound with covers featuring images central to Beckett's works. Typographical errors that remained uncorrected in the various prior editions have now been corrected in consultation with Beckett scholars C. J. Ackerley and S. E. Gontarski.

"[Beckett] settled on philosophical comedy as the medium for his uniquely anguished, arrogant, self-doubting, scrupulous temperament. In the popular mind his name is associated with the mysterious Godot who may or may not come but for whom we wait anyhow. In this he seemed to define the mood of an age. But his range is wider than that, and his achievement far greater. Beckett...


Complete Poems and Plays,: 1909-1950
T. S. Eliot
015121185X
November 20, 1952
Hardcover
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Amazon.com
Eliot's poetry ranges from the massively magisterial ( The Waste Land), to the playfully pleasant ( Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). This volume of Eliot's poetry and plays offers the complete text of these and most all of Eliot's poetry, including the full text of Four Quartets. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Eliot exerted a profound influence on his contemporaries in the arts generally and this collection makes his genius clear.

Book Description
This omnibus collection includes all of the author’s early poetry as well as the Four Quartets, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and the plays Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion, and The Cocktail Party.


Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry
Keith Tuma
019512894X
Mar 2001
Paperback
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David Kennedy, _PN Review_ 141 (2001)
Tuma has almost achieved the impossible. . . full of surprising discoveries and judicious selections. . .genuinely pluralist. . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Stephen Burt, _Boston Review_ (January, 2002)
[A]mbitious, capacious, sometimes capricious ... [A]nthologies like Tuma's ... try to make readers reexamine their tastes. . . .

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Chinese Love Poetry
Jane Portal (Editor)
0760748330
December 2003
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British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Simon Bainbridge
0198187580
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book argues that poetry played a major role in the mediation of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars to the British public, and that the wars had a significant impact on poetic practices and theories in the Romantic period. It examines a wide range of writers, both canonical (Wordsworth,
Coleridge, and Byron) and non-canonical (Smith, Southey, Scott, and Hemans), and locates their work within the huge amount of war poetry published in newspapers and magazines.


Paradise Lost
John Milton, Philip Pullman
019280619X
September 15, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Paradise Lost is the great epic poem of the English language, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and
earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.
This marvelous new edition boasts an introduction by one of Milton's most famous modern admirers, the best-selling novelist Philip Pullman. Indeed, Pullman not only provides a general introduction, but also introduces each of the twelve books of the poem. In these commentaries, Pullman
illuminates the power of the...


Lord Randal and Other British Ballads
Francis James Child (Compiler)
0486289877
March 1996
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Oracles of Empire
David S. Shields
0226752984
Sept 1990
Hardcover
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Book Description
This innovative look at previously neglected poetry in British America represents a major contribution to our understanding of early American culture. Spanning the period from the Glorious Revolution (1690) to the end of King George's War (1750), this study critically reconstitutes the literature of empire in the thirteen colonies, Canada, and the West Indies by investigating over 300 texts in mixed print and manuscript sources, including poems in pamphlets and newspapers.

British America's poetry of empire was dominated by three issues: mercantilism's promise that civilization and wealth would be transmitted from London to the provinces; the debate over the extent of metropolitan prerogatives in law and commerce when they obtruded upon provincial rights and interests; and the argument that Britain's...


Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
1400032717
May 2004
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Book Review
Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.

Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by...



Opened Ground : Selected Poems, 1966-1996
Seamus Heaney
0374526788
October 25, 1999
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Book Review
For Seamus Heaney, "opened ground" is a necessity--a way of getting to the root of things. The book bearing that name spans three decades, beginning with "Digging," his exhilarating portrait of the artist as a young revolutionary. "Between my finger and my thumb / The squat pen rests; snug as a gun," Heaney boasts (although by the end of the poem, his weapon has metamorphosed into something closer to the spade his grandfather and father once relied upon). The last entry, the sonnet "Postscript," appears some 400 pages later, which makes Opened Ground a capacious selection of his work. But at this point Heaney requires the largest of hold-alls. There are beautiful, pastoral lyrics here, sequences such as "Glanmore Sonnets" and "Clearances," and a multitude of love poems, not solely to his wife but to his parents and...


Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets : Boxed Set (Oxford English Texts)
Roger Lonsdale
0199278970
April 27, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Johnson himself wrote in 1782: "I know not that I have written any thing more generally commended than the Lives of the Poets." Always recognized as a major biographical and critical achievement, Samuel Johnson's last literary project is also one of his most readable and entertaining, written
with characteristic eloquence and conviction, and at times with combative trenchancy.

Johnson's fifty-two biographies constitute a detailed survey of English poetry from the early seventeenth century down to his own time, with extended discussions of Cowley, Milton, Waller, Dryden, Addison, Prior, Swift, Pope, and Gray. The Lives also include Johnson's memorable biography of the
enigmatic Richard Savage (1744), the friend of his own early years in London.

Roger Lonsdale's Introduction describes the origins,...


The Columbia History of British Poetry
Carl R. Woodring
0231078382
Feb 1993
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
The editors of this volume, both Columbia University scholars of English literature, construct a sweeping overview of British poetry. The 26 essays succeed in placing the rich poetry of the British Isles in a historical perspective that takes into account the theological, economical, cultural, and aesthetic influences of each major period. The editors' aim is to reveal the "accomplishments of British poets over the course of 12 centuries." The opening essay, "Old English Poetry," is a manifestation of the deftness engineered throughout the book. Other highlights are the essays "Byron, Shelley, Keats," and "Printing and Distribution of Poetry," which examines the transition of poetry from an oral to a written art form. Women poets are discussed alongside men within the context of each historical period, thus giving...


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
J. K. Rowling
030728364X
July 2005
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Book Review
The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived, and the question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story....


The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry
Carl Woodring
0231101805
Jan 1995
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
YA?A one-volume anthology that contains major British poetry from Beowulf to the present day. Poets receive a short biographical introduction along with their poetry. Schools will find this a fine, comprehensive source. It includes more female poets than most comparable anthologies, and is conducive to browsing. Major poems such as Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Britain's best-loved poems, and newly rediscovered poems are part of this collection.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
"Among the countless anthologies of poetry, one always looks for a book in which both scholarship and taste contribute at the highest levels. For anyone who writes or reads poetry, or has the sensibility to be drawn to it, this is the book." -- James Dickey ...


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
J. K. Rowling
0439784549
July 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived, and the question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story. But take one...


Poetic Rhythm : An Introduction
Derek Attridge
0521423694
September 28, 1995
Paperback
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Review
'At long, long last here is the text that may well revolutionise our perception and analysis of poetry and shift attention from image-play and patterning to the rightful primacy of speech rhythms and metricality ... Derek Attridge propounds invaluable theoretical concepts as well as applied techniques ... Bliss!' Richard Taylor, Modern Language Review
' ... an exceptional introduction to the rhythmic aspects of poetry which manages to be a the same time insightful and perfectly readable.' Buchbesprechungen

Book Description
This is the first introduction to rhythm and meter that begins where students are: as speakers of English familiar with the rhythms of the spoken word, nursery rhymes, song and rap. Poetic Rhythm builds on this knowledge and experience, moving from basic questions...


Contemporary British Poetry and Postmodernism
Ian Gregson
0312159935
Dec 1996
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Book Description
This book confronts the conflict between 'mainstream' poetry and forms of modernist poetry which have had to survive outside the establishment. The first section uses the concept of the 'dialogic' to show how the mainstream has evolved a vivid poetry that multiplies voices and perspectives, drawing on resources from the novel alongside those of poetry.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
J. K. Rowling
0307283658
July 2005
Compact Disc
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Book Review
The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived, and the question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story....


The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
Alex Preminger (Editor), et al
0691021236
April 19, 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
From abecedarius to zeugma, by way of cywydd, estribillo, Nibelungenstrophe, Tachtigers, and other poetic terms that sound like poetry, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is a gold mine for readers and writers of poetry alike. First published in 1965, this tome has evolved to reflect developments in critical thinking and an expanding knowledge of non-Western poetry (without, heaven forfend, being trendy: "a reference work," the editors explain, "must always distance itself from its time while it works to embrace that time"). For this third edition, the editors write, nearly every entry has been changed significantly, and 162 entries have been added. The preface claims coverage of every poetic tradition in the world, and one doesn't doubt it. There's enough material here...


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Susanna Clarke
1582346038
August 2005
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Book Review
It's 1808 and that Corsican upstart Napoleon is battering the English army and navy. Enter Mr. Norrell, a fusty but ambitious scholar from the Yorkshire countryside and the first practical magician in hundreds of years. What better way to demonstrate his revival of British magic than to change the course of the Napoleonic wars? Susanna Clarke's ingenious first novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, has the cleverness and lightness of touch of the Harry Potter series, but is less a fairy tale of good versus evil than a fantastic comedy of manners, complete with elaborate false footnotes, occasional period spellings, and a dense, lively mythology teeming beneath the narrative. Mr. Norrell moves to London to establish his influence in government circles, devising such powerful illusions as an 11-day blockade of French ports by...


Early Romantics - Perspectives in British Poetry
Thomas Woodman
0312215967
Oct 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
The period in British poetry between the death of Pope and Lyrical Ballads (1798) is a rich one. Yet it has always proved difficult to come to terms with this "Age of Transition." This collection raises the whole question of this distinctively eighteenth-century romanticism and demonstrates that the poetry is bold and challenging in its own right. Topics discussed include the political dimension in this work, the need (sometimes literally) to forge a past and the recently rediscovered women poets of the period.


War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (Dover Books on Literature & Drama)
Siegfried Sassoon
0486437159
September 10, 2004
Paperback
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Review
"In later years, when Siegfried Sassoon had written much else in prose and verse, he was annoyed at always being referred to simply as a war poet, but it was the Great War that turned him into a poet of international fame, and I feel sure that his ghost will forgive me for thus bringing together these magnificently scarifying poems."--Rupert Hart-Davis, from his Introduction
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
At the dawn of World War I, a young English poet exchanged his pastoral pursuits of cricket, fox-hunting, and romantic verse for army life amid the muddy trenches of France. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) began the war with a sense of noble enterprise and concluded it with disillusionment. This collection of his epigrammatic and satirical...


Romanticism and Postmodernism
Edward Larrissy (Editor)
0521642728
August 28, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
The persistence of Romantic thought and literary practice into the late twentieth century is evident in many contexts. Though the precise meaning of the Romantic legacy is contested, it remains stubbornly difficult to move beyond. This collection of essays by prominent critics and literary theorists explores the continuing impact of romanticism on a variety of authors and genres, including John Barth, William Gibson, and John Ashbery, while writers from the Romantic and Victorian period include Wordsworth, Byron and Emily Brontë. This book considers the mutual impact of postmodernism and Romanticism.


The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold
0316168815
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer--the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.

Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams," where "there were no teachers.... We never had to go inside except for art class.......



Yeats as Precursor
Steven Matthews
0312229305
Apr 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
As both a late Romantic and a modern, W.B. Yeats has proved to be perhaps the most influential poet of the early twentieth-century. In this original study, Steven Matthews traces, through close readings of significant poems, the flow of Yeatsian influence across time and cultural space. By engaging with formalist criticism, he also considers Yeats's significance as founding presence within the major poetry criticism of the century.


Representations of Women
Kathleen Hickok
0313238375
June 1984
Hardcover
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Choice
"The main value of this book will be as a reference work, for the author has certainly covered the field of 19th-century women poets and charted their opinions on such subjects as daughters, wives, mothers, the fallen woman, spinsters, women at work, and the new woman. . . . A fine biographical appendix of 19th-century women poets, an excellent selected bibliography, and an author who is thoroughly versed in modern critical theory in women's studies and literature. . . . One feels that much groundwork has been done that will allow others to build on the book for more in-depth studies. Appropriate for lower-division undergraduates."

Review
“The main value of this book will be as a reference work, for the author has certainly covered the field of 19th-century women poets and charted...


Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell
0375507256
August 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
At once audacious, dazzling, pretentious and infuriating, Mitchell's third novel weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Like Mitchell's previous works, Ghostwritten and number9dream (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), this latest foray relies on a kaleidoscopic plot structure that showcases the author's stylistic virtuosity. Each of the narratives is set in a different time and place, each is written in a different prose style, each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book. Among the volume's most engaging story lines is a witty 1930s-era chronicle, via letters, of a young musician's effort to become an amanuensis for a renowned, blind composer and a hilarious account of a modern-day vanity...


The Complete Works of W.H. Auden
W. H. Auden, et al
0691067406
November 1, 1988
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This first volume of the complete Auden gathers eight plays (four written in collaboration with Isherwood) along with several pieces for film, cabaret, and radio. Nearly all the material has long been out of print; some has never been published before. These early dramatic works remain energetic and lively, demonstrating Auden's versatility and his bent for experimentation. Mendelson provides a useful introduction and extensive textual notes, with information on revisions, stage and publication histories, and sources. A comprehensive, definitive text of the work of a major 20th-century writer, this volume is an essential addition to academic and public libraries.- Michael Hennessy, Southwest Texas State Univ., San MarcosCopyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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