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How to Read Poetry Like a Professor: A Quippy and Sonorous Guide to Verse
Foster, Thomas C.
(Paperback)

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From the bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes this essential primer to reading poetry like a professor that unlocks the keys to enjoying works from Lord Byron to the Beatles.No literary form is as admired and feared as poetry. Admired for its lengthy pedigree—a line...


The Art of Biblical Narrative (Revised and Updated)
Alter, Robert
(Paperback)

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Renowned critic and translator Robert Alter's The Art of Biblical Narrative has radically expanded our view of the Bible by recasting it as a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. In this seminal work, Alter describes how the Hebrew Bible's many authors used innovative literary styles...


Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth
Scott, A. O.
(Paperback)

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Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating ins...


Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth
Scott, A. O.
(Paperback)

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Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating ins...


The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994-2017 (Vintage International)
Amis, Martin
(Paperback)

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As a journalist, critic, and novelist, Martin Amis has always turned his keen intellect and unrivaled prose loose on an astonishing range of topics—politics, sports, celebrity, America, and, of course, literature. Collected here is some of his best nonfiction work from over two decades. Amis writ...


Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist
Shakespeare, William
(Hardcover)

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An enlightening and entertaining collection of the most esteemed love poems in the English canon, retold in contemporary language everyone can understand.James Anthony has long enjoyed poetry with a strict adherence to beat, rhythm, and rhyming patterns, which he likens to the very best pop songs...


Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, and the Poems that Challenged Tudor Tyranny
Asquith, Clare
(Hardcover)

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Shakespeare's largely misunderstood narrative poems contain within them an explosive commentary on the political storms convulsing his country.The 1590s were bleak years for England. The queen was old, the succession unclear, and the treasury empty after decades of war. Amid the rising tension, W...


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