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Par Northrop Frye. 1982
Par Frederick Porter Hitz. 2004
A study of how the literature of espionage compares with its actual practice, written by a former CIA officer. Hitz…concludes that in most instances truth is more surprising and peculiar than fiction. For espionage fans interested in an insider's assessment of the reality behind the entertainment. Some strong language. 2004.
Par P. K Page. 1985
Par Bruce Meyer. 2000
Meyer shows how all the greats - Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare and numerous other classic writers - are still…very relevant. Using his trademark approach to reading and understanding, he takes readers on an exciting voyage of discovery through some of the most important works of Western literature. 2000.
Par Robertson Davies, Judith Skelton Grant. 1979
Par Northrop Frye, Robert D Denham. 2001
Frye's entries contain self-analysis and self-revelation, as well as humour, dark moods and claustrophobia, and some self-congratulating. They also serve…as a chronicle of Frye's life, as we watch him teach classes, plan his career, record his dreams, register his reactions to the people he meets, and reflect on books, music, movies, and religious and political issues. Some strong language. 2001.
Par Michael Hardwick. 1987
Hardwick alternates the life and times of Arthur Conan Doyle with the history of Holmes, summarizing the stories' plots. Includes…a Who's Who of Characters and an index of quotations. 1987.
Par George Orwell, Ian Angus, Sonia Orwell. 1970
Par Margaret Atwood. 2017
Margaret Atwood considers the Canadian literary landscape of the 1960s to be like the Burgess Shale, a geological formation that…contains the fossils of many weird and strange early life forms, different from but not unrelated to contemporary writerly ones. Atwood also gives readers some insight into the fashions and foibles of those times. Her recollections and anecdotes offer a wry and often humorous look at the early days of the institutions taken for granted today - from writers' unions and grant programs to book tours and festivals. 2017.
Par Northrop Frye. 1971
Dr. Frye has collected all his essays on Canadian writing and painting which he believes are of permanent value. Includes…his annual surveys of English Canadian poetry which originally appeared between 1950 and 1960.
Par Edwidge Danticat. 2017
A personal account of the author's mother dying from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning with the ways that other…writers have approached death in their own work. The book moves outward from the shock of her mother's diagnosis and sifts through Danticat's writing life and personal history. 2017
Par Margaret Atwood. 1972
Originally published in 1972, Atwood's book redefined what made this country's literature unique in a landscape dominated by its British…and American counterparts. She describes the struggle of local writers to survive this dominance, eventually asserting that there is a distinct Canadian literature, with its own preoccupations, themes, and ideas specific to its history, geopolitics, and landscape. Some descriptions of sex and violence. 2004, c1972.
Par Al Purdy, Sam Solecki. 1995
A collection of essays, anecdotes, travel pieces, and criticism by Canadian poet Al Purdy. The pieces are divided into essays…on encountering the world through Canadian sensibilities, opinions on other writers like Charles Bukowski, Margaret Atwood, and Bliss Carman, and reviews of poets like bill bissett and Russian Anna Akhmatova. 1995.
Par Michelle Dean. 2018
Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet…Malcolm. Their lives intertwine as they cut through the cultural and intellectual history of America in the twentieth century, arguing as fervently with each other as they did with the sexist attitudes of the men who often undervalued their work as critics and essayists. 2018.
Par Margaret Atwood. 1995
The author writes of the imaginative mystique of the Canadian North. In discussing the work of writers like Robert Service,…Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, and Margaret Laurence, she talks of northern folklore, myth, and imagery. Originally presented as the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University. 1995.
Par Margaret Eby. 2015
A literary travelogue that ventures deep into the heart of classic Southern literature. From Mississippi (William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard…Wright, Barry Hannah) to Alabama (Harper Lee, Truman Capote) to Georgia (Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews) and beyond, Eby--herself a Southerner--travels through the Deep South to the places that famous Southern authors lived in and wrote about, reveals how they took these places and the lives of their inhabitants and transmuted them into lasting literature. 2015.
Par Northrop Frye. 1976
This collection of essays reflects Frye's personal views and the experiences in his life which fostered them. The essays are…divided into three sections: Contexts of literature; Mythological universe; and Four poets, which are studies of John Milton, William Blake, William Butler Yeats and Wallace Stevens.
Par Italo Calvino. 1988
This work contains the 1985-86 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures that Italo Calvino was to have delivered at Harvard. The day…before he was to leave Italy for Cambridge, he died. His widow, Esther, prepared the lectures for publication. Calvino here deals with values of literature most dear to him: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity; consistency was to be the sixth. 1988. Uniform title: Essays.
Par Timothy Severin. 2002
This work is an exploration in to the legend behind Daniel Defoe's classic novel, citing possible places where this famous…character could have been marooned. It examines the claim that Crusoe was based on a real life castaway, Alexander Selkirk. Describing the tropical locals and the practicalities of island life, the text brings the fictional and the factual together, along the way exploding some enduring myths. 2002.