Baudelaire by Jean-Paul Sartre

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Sartre’s learn of Baudelaire is without doubt one of the extra extraordinary achievements of contemporary feedback. We might usually disagree along with his interpretations of the poet’s character, yet we won't fail to ask yourself on the mastery with which he offers his case. it's the case, particularly patently, of an Existentialist who needs to psychoanalyze a paramount literary determine when it comes to his personal ideals. might be Sartre’s maximum contribution to Existentialism has been his personal character. He made it a dwelling philosophy, giving it his unique mind's eye, his penchant for controversy, and mainly his bold. He grew to become abstractions like lifestyles and Being, Freedom and Nature, right into a idea of psychoanalysis, grounded in man’s creativity and against Freudian determinism. Then he positioned the speculation into perform during this e-book on Baudelaire. Baudelaire: guy of shadows, opium-addict, dandy, frigid disciple of volupté; after which the best lyric poet of the age. Sartre lays naked the “lunar panorama of this distressed soul." We see Baudelaire, with anguished intelligence, picking and arranging his personal evil future, juggling the values of a global on the turning element of contemporary instances.

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Crackpots: A Novel by Sara Pritchard

By Sara Pritchard

Once we first meet Ruby Reese she’s a spunky child in a cowgirl hat, faucet dancing her means via a marginally off-kilter Nineteen Fifties adolescence. With an insomniac mom and a demolitions-expert father, her complete kin is what the citizens of her small city may name "a bunch of crackpots." regardless of the dramas of her upbringing, Ruby matures right into a artistic, introspective, and thoroughly beguiling girl. yet her maturity is marked via advanced relationships and romantic missteps -- 3 improper marriages, dramatic crushes, the advanced love among siblings. As Sara Pritchard deftly courses us via Ruby's tale, from the current to the prior and again back, a portrait of a remarkably resilient girl emerges. Suffused with humor and depression, mind's eye and perception, Crackpots heralds the debut of a talented and delicate storyteller.

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Ghost Town by Robert Coover

By Robert Coover

A anonymous rider plods throughout the wilderness towards a dusty Western city shimmering at the horizon. In his most recent novel, Robert Coover has taken the popular kind of the Western and grew to become it inside of out. The lonesome stranger reaches town - or particularly, it reaches him - and he turns into a part of its gunfights, saloon brawls, bawdy homes, educate robberies, and, in fact, the alternative among the saloon chanteuse or the sweet-faced schoolmistress whom he loves. all through, Robert Coover reanimates the Western epics of Zane gray and Louis L'Amour, infusing them with the Beckettian echoes, precise comedian power, and exuberant prose that experience made him some of the most influential figures in modern American literature. it's, because the Washington put up publication global placed it, "a fast-forward, ribald imaginative and prescient of the yankee West, a free-for-all that slides from surreal to ridiculous like a circus-goer's grin via a funhouse reflect . . . a heady frisson, a salon leisure, one helluva ride."

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Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

By Billie Letts

Discuss unfortunate sevens. An hour in the past, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee state used to be heading for California along with her boyfriend. Now she reveals herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with simply $7.77 in switch. yet Novalee is set to find hidden treasures during this small Southwest town--a team of down-to-earth, deeply worrying humans prepared to assist a homeless, jobless lady residing secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee greater than she loves herself, they're approximately to take her--and you, too--on a relocating, humorous, and unforgettable trip to . . . the place the center Is

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Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Double!) by William by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

Finish your fight with the Bard’s prose and delight in a romantic comedy that’s greater than a cleaning soap opera. Shakespeare at the Double! 12th evening comprises an easy-to-understand sleek English translation along the unique Shakespearian textual content so you might learn merely the interpretation, learn the interpretation with the unique textual content, or take on the unique textual content, referring purely to the interpretation whilst you’re stumped. A finished personality checklist describes the features of every significant personality, a visible map depicts relationships, and overview questions strengthen very important info so that you won’t leave out the motion.

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The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever

By John Cheever

Meet the Wapshots of St Botolphs. there's Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea-dog and would-be suicide; his licentious older son, Moses; and Moses's adoring and errant more youthful brother, Coverly. Tragic and humorous, ribald and wonderfully picaresque, and partially according to Cheever's formative years in New England, The Wapshot Chronicle is a relatives narrative within the best traditions of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James

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George Santayana's Marginalia: A Critical Selection, Volume by George Santayana

By George Santayana

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In his essay "Imagination," George Santayana writes, "There are books during which the footnotes, or the reviews scrawled via a few reader's hand within the margins, could be extra attention-grabbing than the text." Santayana himself used to be an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although well, by no means scrawling) reviews that remove darkness from, contest, or curiously extend the author's idea. those volumes provide a range of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes provide the reader an strange viewpoint on Santayana's existence and paintings. he's through turns severe (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes exhibit his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his situation for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks.

These volumes checklist alphabetically by way of writer all of the books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a range of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or pupil of Santayana's inspiration, his artwork, and his lifestyles. every one access incorporates a headnote with the author's identify, the identify of the paintings, short e-book details, and the library place of the booklet. no longer all marginalia from a given textual content is incorporated; the notes were chosen for content material and style.

Santayana, usually dwelling in solitude, spent loads of his time speaking to, and conversing again to, an excellent miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes rfile these conversations.

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To Every Thing There Is a Season: a Cape Breton Christmas by Alistair Macleod

By Alistair Macleod

The tale is straightforward, visible in the course of the eyes of an 11-year-old boy. As an grownup he recalls the best way issues have been again domestic at the farm at the west coast of Cape Breton. The time was once the Forties, however the hens and the cows and the pigs and the sheep and the pony made it look historical. The family members of six young children excitedly waits for Christmas and two-year-old Kenneth, who beloved Halloween much, asks, "Who are you going to decorate up as at Christmas? i believe I'll be a snowman." They wait particularly for his or her oldest brother, Neil, engaged on "the Lake boats" in Ontario, who sends exciting programs of "clothes" again for Christmas. On Christmas Eve he arrives, to the satisfaction of his younger siblings, and footwear the pony earlier than taking them by means of sleigh in the course of the woods to the within reach church. The adults, together with the narrator for the 1st time, sit up straight overdue to play the gift-wrapping function of Santa Claus.

The tale is easy, brief and candy, yet with a foretaste of sorrow. no longer a note is misplaced. Matching and enhancingthe textual content are black and white illustrations by way of Peter Rankin, making this booklet an ideal little gift.

For readers from 9 to ninety-nine, our vintage Christmas tale via one in every of our best writers.

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The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Louis Stevenson (Edinburgh

This wide-ranging assortment is the 1st to set Robert Louis Stevenson in distinct social, political and literary contexts.The ebook takes account of either Stevenson's outstanding thematic and primary variety and his geographical variety. The chapters discover his relation to overdue nineteenth-century publishing, psychology, trip, the colonial global, and the emergence of modernism in prose and poetry. in the course of the pivotal determine of Stevenson, the gathering explores how literary publishing and cultural lifestyles replaced around the moment half the 19th century. Stevenson emerges as a fancy author, writer either one of highly well known boys' tales and of seminally vital grownup novels, in addition to the literary determine who debated with Henry James the speculation of fiction and the character of realism.The assortment indicates how curiosity within the subconscious and alterations within the perception of early life call for that we reconsider our rules of his writing.

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Bedlam by Greg Hollingshead

By Greg Hollingshead

Conspiracies and paranoia sweep throughout England within the aftermath of the French Revolution, touchdown tea dealer James Tilly Matthews in Bethlem medical institution, a infamous, crumbling domestic for the insane. even if delusional, Matthews additionally seems to be incarcerated for unspecified political purposes, a pawn in a merciless online game of ambition and tool.

Extraordinarily evocative of time and position, Bedlam sweeps the reader right into a international teetering among darkness and light-weight, love and hate. Intellectually bold and profoundly relocating, this is often one other masterwork from a Governor General's Award– profitable writer.

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