2010 University Press Books

 

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800-899 Literature and Rhetoric


800-819 American Literature

820-829 British Literature

       

830-899 Literature of Other Languages

       
   

800-819 American Literature


808.027

Modern Language Association

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition)

292 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $22.00 paper, CIP included

March 2009

Modern Language Association

Widely adopted by universities, colleges, and secondary schools, the MLA Handbook gives step-by-step advice on every aspect of writing research papers, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. For over half a century, the MLA Handbook is the guide millions of writers have relied on. The seventh edition is a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to research and writing in the online environment. It provides an authoritative update of MLA documentation style for use in student writing, including simplified guidelines for citing works published on the Web and new recommendations for citing several kinds of works, such as digital files and graphic narratives.

LC 2008047484, ISBN 9781603290241 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


808.819

Dungy, Camille T.

Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry

424 pp., 6” x 9”, contributor biographies, index of authors, and index of titles, $69.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

December 2009

University of Georgia Press

An unprecedented anthology of 180 poems from 93 poets. Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and the late twentieth and early twenty-first-century. “A satisfying compilation...Expanding the realm of traditional nature poetry and African American writings, this work will appeal to readers of both genres.”—Library Journal

LC 2009018528, ISBN 9780820332772 (c.), ISBN 9780820334318 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


810

MacLennan, Hugh

Return of the Sphinx

304 pp., 5 3/4” x 8 3/4”, $19.95 paper

May 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Originally published in 1967, Return of the Sphinx is something of a sequel to the more optimistic Two Solitudes and reflects MacLennan’s disenchantment with the world in general and the apparently intractable French-English debate in Canada.

LC 2009504231, ISBN 9780773524903 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: RS


810.803

Adler, Frances Payne, Debra Busman, and Diana García (Editors)

Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing

460 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $32.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

The University of Arizona Press

Fire and Ink is a powerful and impassioned anthology of stories, poems, interviews, and essays that confront some of the most pressing social issues of our day. This collection embodies the concepts of “breaking silence,” “bearing witness,” resistance, and resilience. This indispensable collection includes pieces by Martín Espada, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Sharon Olds, and Jimmy Santiago Baca, among others. “Fire & Ink is a monumental anthology that will inspire students and activists for generations to come. It’s all here: art, passion, outrage, beauty, and the thirst for justice. It’s the book we’ve been waiting for.”—Matthew Rothschild, editor and publisher of The Progressive Magazine

LC 2009017241, ISBN 9780816527939 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: S


810.9

Marcus, Greil and Werner Sollors (Editors)

A New Literary History of America

1128 pp., 6 1/2” x 10”, 27 halftones, index included, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

America is a nation making itself up as it goes along—a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images, letters and poetry, unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination. In more than two hundred original essays, this collection brings together the nation’s many voices. From the first conception of a New World in the sixteenth century to the latest re-envisioning of that world in cartoons, television, science fiction, and hip hop, the book gives us a new, kaleidoscopic view of what “Made in America” means.

LC 2009014255, ISBN 9780674035942 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


810.936

Robisch, S. K.

Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature

464 pp., 6” x 9”, $49.95 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

May 2009

University of Nevada Press

Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature examines the wolf’s importance as a figure in literature from the perspectives of both the animal’s physical reality and the ways in which writers portray it. Author S. K. Robisch examines more than two hundred texts written in North America about wolves or including them as central figures. By combining the fundamentals of scientific study with close readings of wide-ranging literary texts, Robisch analyzes the correlation between actual, living wolves and their representation on the page and in the human mind.

LC 2008050299, ISBN 9780874177725 (c.), ISBN 9780874177732 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


811

Smith, James (Editor)

Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review

380 pp., 6” x 9”, $54.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

January 2009

The University of Arkansas Press

This substantial anthology (183 poems) charts the development of this influential journal decade by decade, making clear that although it has close ties to a particular region, it has consistently maintained a national scope, publishing poets from all over the United States.

LC 2008036499, ISBN 9781557288929 (c.), ISBN 9781557288936 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


811.008

Holmes, Nancy (Editor)

Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems

543 pp., 6” x 9”, $38.95 paper, CIP included

April 2009

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

The first anthology of Canadian nature poetry in English, Open Wide a Wilderness surveys Canada’s regions, poetries, histories, and peoples as these relate to the natural world. The poems range from the sublime to detailed naturalist observation, from the perspectives of those who work the land and sea to the dismayed witnesses of ecological destruction, from a sense of terror in confronting the natural world to amazement and delight at the beauty and strangeness of nature. They start with excerpts from late-eighteenth-century colonial pioneer epics to contemporary poets. Brilliant introduction by Don McKay. Unique and useful subject index.

C20089065158, ISBN 9781554580330 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: RS

811.3

Irmscher, Christoph

Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200

232 pp., 6” x 9”, 67 color illustrations, $24.95 paper, CIP included

June 2009

University of Massachusetts Press

“This lively, provocative study encourages new Americanist reconfigurations of American literary studies to include global considerations....Essential.”—Choice

LC 2009010277, ISBN 9781558495845 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


811.54

Armantrout, Rae

Versed

136 pp., 6” x 9”, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2009

Wesleyan University Press

Rae Armantrout organizes her collections of poetry as works in themselves. The poems in the first section, Versed, play with vice and versa, the perversity of human consciousness. They flirt with error and delusion, skating on a thin ice that inevitably cracks. Dark Matter, the second section, alludes to more than the unseen substance thought to make up the majority of mass in the universe. The invisible and unknowable are confronted directly as Armantrout’s experience with cancer marks these poems with a new austerity, shot through with her signature wit and stark unsentimental thinking. 2009 National Book Award Finalist.

LC 2008043809, ISBN 9780819568793 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


811.54

Brand, Dionne and Leslie C. Sanders

Fierce Departures: The Poetry of Dionne Brand

56 pp., 6” x 9”, $16.95 paper, CIP included

February 2009

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

These poems, selected from Brand’s work since 1997, delineate how history dislocates peoples of the African diaspora, how nations fail to create safe haven, and how human desire persists nevertheless. Known for her linguistic intensity and lyric brilliance, Brand consoles through the beauty of her work and disturbs with its uncompromising demand for ethical witness. In Sander’s introduction, she traces the evolution of Brand’s work and her complex use of landscape and language. As afterword, Brand has selected passages from her evocative collection A Map to the Door of No Return

C20089073282, ISBN 9781554580385 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


811.54

Hinsey, Ellen

Update on the Descent

104 pp., 6” x 9”, $20.00 paper, CIP included

September 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“In this meditation on the vita activa, Hinsey journeys poetically and philosophically through the ruins of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. Human nature is this lyric art’s first-person, and its utterance is protean. Throughout we hear the cris de coeur of our time, from a scaffold of collective memory artfully constructed by one of our most compelling poets. Hinsey’s sense of line, cadence, and tonality is remarkable, and she deserves a serious and attentive readership in this country.”—Carolyn Forché. Update on the Descent was a 2007 National Poetry Series Finalist.

LC 2009026923, ISBN 9780268031084 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


811.54

McNeill, Louise

Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore, Revised Edition

128 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $16.95 paper, CIP included

April 2009

Vandalia Press, an imprint of West Virginia University Press

With a new introduction by A.E. Stringer, this reprint of Louise McNeill’s classic work remains as vivid as when it was first published. Containing poems from several decades of her career, Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore is a must-have collection of a beloved poet’s heartfelt exploration of her physical and cultural surroundings. Louise McNeill was born in 1911 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. She was West Virginia Poet Laureate from 1979 until her death in 1993. A. E. Stringer is Professor of Creative Writing at Marshall University.

LC 2009922292, ISBN 9781933202372 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: RS


811.6

Ali, Kazim

Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities

108 pp., 6” x 9”, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

Wesleyan University Press

This groundbreaking, trans-genre work—part detective story, part literary memoir, part imagined past—is intensely autobiographical and confessional. Proceeding sentence by sentence, city by city, and backwards in time, poet and essayist Kazim Ali details the struggle of coming of age between cultures, overcoming personal and family strictures to talk about private affairs and secrets long held. The text is comprised of sentences that alternate in time, ranging from discursive essay to memoir to prose poetry. Art, history, politics, geography, love, sexuality, writing, and religion, and the role silence plays in each, are its interwoven themes.

LC 2009013375, ISBN 9780819569165 (c.)

PLA: G


811.6

Nutter, Jude

I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman

128 pp., 6” x 9”, $20.00 paper, CIP included

February 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“Driven, almost tormented, by her sense of historical events, by what war accomplishes and destroys, Jude Nutter does the poet’s work of resurrection—she mourns and makes real with language some of the enormous losses suffered, and with her exceptional gifts brings some of the lost back to life to be thought of, considered, and remembered by her readers. It matters when such an accomplished poet insists we pay attention and then shows us what to attend to in this extraordinary new collection of poems.”—Deborah Keenan, author of Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems

LC 2008051314, ISBN 9780268036638 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


813

Finley, Robert

The Accidental Indies

128 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $39.95 cloth, $17.95 paper

April 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

At once moving and lyrical, The Accidental Indies is a tale in which we join Christopher Columbus on a fantastical voyage through western seas and Western imagination. Robert Finley imagines, sings, charts, and paints the story of Columbus’s problematic 1492 expedition to the Caribbean, creating a world that is as vivid and compelling as the explorer’s own voyage to the misnamed “Indies”.

ISBN 9780773520066 (c.), ISBN 9780773535510 (p.)

PLA: S


813.010

Kaldas, Pauline and Khaled Mattawa (Editors)

Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction, Second Edition

380 pp., 6” x 9”, $24.95 paper

November 2009

The University of Arkansas Press

“A moving and important anthology....An invaluable resource and a solid compendium....Highly recommended.”—Library Journal. “A timely and moving collection...[that] underlines the similarities between recent immigrants and their American neighbors, thus emphasizing all that we have in common beneath the veneer of culture.”—Booklist. The first edition of Dinarzad’s Children was a groundbreaking and popular anthology that brought to light the growing body of short fiction being written by Arab Americans. This expanded edition includes sixteen new stories, new voices, and is now organized into sections that invite readers to enter the stories from a variety of directions.

LC 2004019344, ISBN 9781557289124 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


813.4

Tourgée, Albion W.

Bricks Without Straw: A Novel

464 pp., 6” x 9”, 8 illustrations, $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper, CIP included

April 2009

Duke University Press

A classic of American political fiction first published in 1880, a mere three years after Reconstruction officially ended, Bricks Without Straw offers an inside view of the struggle to create a just society in the post-slavery South. It is unique among the white-authored literary works of its time in presenting Reconstruction through the eyes of emancipated slaves. Bricks Without Straw is Tourgée’s fictionalized account of how Reconstruction was sabotaged. It is a chilling picture of violence against African Americans condoned, civil rights abrogated, constitutional amendments subverted, and electoral fraud institutionalized.

LC 2009001663, ISBN 9780822343950 (c.), ISBN 9780822344131 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


813.52

Welty, Eudora

Occasions: Selected Writings

304 pp., 6” x 9”, introduction, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

University Press of Mississippi

Occasions is a celebration of the short works of one of America’s most beloved writers. The gathering includes one of Welty’s earliest stories, Acrobats in the Park; a self-analysis of her art printed in the Twenty Photographs portfolio; a recipe for Aunt Beck’s Chicken Pie served up in the novel Losing Battles; and a parody of Edmund Wilson’s scurrilous New Yorker review of one of William Faulkner’s late novels. Written between the 1930s and the 1990s, these fictions, essays, commemorations, reviews, and salutes reveal the sparkling imagination of a celebrated writer who continues her hold on a wide audience through these newfound pleasures.

LC 2008049815, ISBN 9781604732641 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


813.52

Burns, Jennifer

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right

369 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, images, index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

Oxford University Press

Drawing on unprecedented access to Rand’s private papers and the original, unedited versions of Rand’s journals, Jennifer Burns offers a groundbreaking reassessment of this key cultural figure, examining her life, her ideas, and her impact on conservative political thought. Goddess of the Market follows Rand from her childhood in Russia through her meteoric rise from struggling Hollywood screenwriter to bestselling novelist, including the writing of her wildly successful The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. This extraordinary book captures the life of the woman whose ideas are still devoured by eager students, debated on blogs, cited by political candidates, and promoted by corporate tycoons.

LC 2009010763, ISBN 9780195324877 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


813.54

Albert, Susan Wittig

Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place

195 pp., 6” x 9”, 2 maps, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

University of Texas Press

In this memoir, the author of the popular China Bayles mystery series meditates on what it means to be married—to a person and a place—while also needing to be alone and experience silence and solitude.

LC 2009010632, ISBN 9780292719705 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


813.540

Swirski, Peter

I Sing the Body Politic: History as Prophecy in Contemporary American Literature

216 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper

September 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

The Iraq War is the most obvious catalyst for the volume, but over the course of discussions of Joseph Heller, Philip Roth, Michael Moore, Spike Lee, and war memoirs written by soldiers who served in the Gulf, contributors reflect on contemporary American history, society, and politics. Offering a detailed and devastating critique of the political order dominated by the military-industrial-congressional complex and the conservative wing of the Republican Party, I Sing the Body Politic comments on an array of social inequalities and compromised political ideals, as well as artistic resistance and large-scale movements for sociopolitical change.

LC 2010291034, ISBN 9780773536036 (c.), ISBN 9780773536333 (p.)

PLA: S


813.6

Johnston, Tim

Irish Girl

152 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $12.95 paper, CIP included

November 2009

University of North Texas Press

Inside Tim Johnston’s Irish Girl, readers will find spellbinding stories of loss, absence, and the devastating effects of chance—of what happens when the unthinkable bad luck of other people, of other towns, becomes our bad luck, our town. Taut, lucid, and engrossing, provocative and dark—and often darkly funny—these stories have much to offer the lover of literary fiction as well as the reader who just loves a great story. “It’s dark in here, but brilliant. Tim Johnston is as wise as he is original, and his stories are impossible to forget.”—David Sedaris

LC 2009025771, ISBN 9781574412710 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


813.6

Nesaule, Agate

In Love with Jerzy Kosinski

218 pp., 6” x 9”, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

The University of Wisconsin Press

Agate Nesaule explores in fiction the themes that gripped readers of her award-winning memoir, A Woman in Amber. After fleeing Latvia as a child, Anna Duja escapes Russian confinement in displaced persons camps. Years later, she finds herself in a different kind of captivity on isolated Cloudy Lake, Wisconsin, living with her manipulative husband, Stanley. Inspired by the transformation of Polish-Jewish émigré Jerzy Kosinski from persecuted wartime escapee to celebrity author in America, Anna finds her own way. “Haunted and vulnerable yet astute and resilient, Nesaule’s tragically flawed heroine navigates an unnerving yet ultimately uplifting journey of self-discovery.”—Booklist

LC 2008039539, ISBN 9780299231309 (c.)

PLA: G


813.6

Allen, Dwight

The Typewriter Satyr

256 pp., 6” x 9”, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

The University of Wisconsin Press

Meet Oliver Poole, lanky and gray-haired father of four sons, husband of a prominent divorce lawyer, left fielder for an over-the-hill softball team, and proprietor of a typewriter repair shop in Midvale, Wisconsin. Midvale is home, too, to Annelise Scharfenberg, a thirty-something, sugar-craving, aspiring Buddhist who works as a late-night music-and-gab-show host at a fringe radio station. When Annelise, a collector of old-fashioned things, walks into Oliver’s shop bearing a typewriter scavenged from an alley, a romance ensues, with consequences both comic and tragic. “This bittersweet, compassionate love story will capture you from the first paragraph.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

LC 2008039536, ISBN 9780299229900 (c.)

PLA: G


813.6

Martínez Pompa, Paul

My Kill Adore Him

88 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $18.00 paper, CIP included

September 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“There is so much more going on in this book...My Kill Adore Him is an exciting and tough collection of very well-composed and accessible poems. It’s been a while since I tore through a book of poetry and really enjoyed the read.”—Harriet: A blog from the Poetry Foundation. “Like the poet’s native Chicago, even when violent or troubling, Paul Martínez Pompa’s poems risk beauty....Playful and political and passionate, the poems in My Kill Adore Him mark an important debut, one you’ll surely adore.”—Kevin Young, author of Dear Darkness and For the Confederate Dead

LC 2009022899, ISBN 9780268035181 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: S


814

Gabbin, Joanne Veal (Editor)

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

240 pp., 6” x 9”, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

University Press of Mississippi

Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers. In their pieces these women negotiate educational institutions and societal restrictions and find their voices despite racism, sexism, and religious chauvinism. They offer strong testimony to the power of words to heal, transform, and renew.

LC 2008055184, ISBN 9781604732740 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: S


814.6

McClane, Kenneth A.

Color: Essays on Race, Family, and History

120 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $19.00 paper, CIP included

March 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“Acclaimed poet and literary scholar McClane follows Walls (1991), observations on life as an African American, with a new collection of interconnected essays covering disparate subjects with the focus on race. Exploring the importance of memory and identity with gentle recollections of stories told by his parents and earlier memories of racial discrimination and humiliation, McClane offers a vivid personal perspective on race.”—Booklist. “...the honesty at the heart of Kenneth McClane’s essays is humble and fine, rich in insights....McClane’s point is that the realities of race have not yet been fully confronted in America, and this phenomenon results in the festering of denial and pain.” —ForeWord

LC 2008051320, ISBN 9780268035150 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


818.409

Twain, Mark

Mark Twain’s Book of Animals

335 pp., 7” x 10”, 30 Barry Moser line drawings, $27.50 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

University of California Press

“A truly exhilarating work. Twain’s animal-friendly views would not be out of place today, and indeed, in certain respects, Twain is still ahead of us....Fishkin has done a splendid job: I cannot remember reading something so consistently excellent.”—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and The Face on Your Plate. “Twain’s Book of Animals serves its readers up America’s greatest humorist in all his moods—serious, knee-slapping, crusading, sentimental, etc. The key common note is that wonderful, inimitable voice we all know as if by instinct....this volume is one of the best. Readers are urged not to miss it.”—Open Letters

LC 2009004264, ISBN 9780520248557 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


818.540

Anzaldúa, Gloria

The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader

376 pp., 6” x 9”, 10 illustrations, $84.85 cloth, $23.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

Duke University Press

Born in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas, independent scholar and creative writer Gloria Anzaldúa was an internationally acclaimed cultural theorist. As the author of Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Anzaldúa played a major role in shaping contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer theories and identities. As an editor of three anthologies, including the groundbreaking This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, she played an equally vital role in developing an inclusionary, multicultural feminist movement.

LC 2009029299, ISBN 9780822345558 (c.), ISBN 9780822345640 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


818.540

Peterson, Nancy J. (Editor)

Conversations with Sherman Alexie

224 pp., 6” x 9”, introduction, chronology, index, $50.00 cloth, $22.00 paper, CIP included

November 2009

University Press of Mississippi

In Conversations with Sherman Alexie, the writer displays the same passion, dynamic sense of humor, and sharp observational skills that characterize his work. The interviews ranging from 1993 to 2007 feature Alexie speaking candidly about the ideas and themes behind poetry collections (I Would Steal Horses, First Indian on the Moon), short story collections (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Ten Little Indians), novels (Indian Killer, Reservation Blues), and screenplays (Smoke Signals). Alexie’s wit, polemical engagement, and willingness to confront received notions have made him one of the most popular American Indian writers today.

ISBN 9781604732795 (c.), ISBN 9781604732801 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: S

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820-829 British Literature


820.935

Totaro, Rebecca (Editor)

The Plague in Print: Essential Elizabethan Sources, 1558-1603

275 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, $58.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2009

Duquesne University Press

This collection of early modern writing related to the bubonic plague includes remedies, literature, orders, prayers, and a bill—each modernized and annotated with two accompanying glossaries, one general and one for medical and herbal terms; the author’s commentary highlights the cultural significance of plague references in various early modern literature.

LC 2009037182, ISBN 9780820704265 (c.)

AASL: NR


820.935

Gregory, Marshall

Shaped by Stories: The Ethical Power of Narratives

240 pp., 6” x 9”, $25.00 paper, CIP included

October 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“From a lifetime of reflecting on the ethics of fiction, Marshall Gregory has given us an elegant analysis of the power of stories to instruct and delight. No one interested in storytelling will want to be without this incisive guide to both the myriad ways that stories shape our lives and the strategies writers use to affect our responses to their fictions. Both the theoretical and practical halves of Shaped by Stories have a clarity and eloquence that yield their own instruction and delight.”—Robert D. Denham, Fishwick Professor of English, Roanoke College

LC 2009027705, ISBN 9780268029746 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


821.008

Collins, Billy (Editor)

Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds

288 pp., 5 1/2” x 7 1/4”, 58 color illustrations, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

Columbia University Press

In this beautiful collection of poems and paintings, Billy Collins, former U.S. poet laureate, joins with David Allen Sibley, America’s foremost bird illustrator, to celebrate the winged creatures that have inspired so many poets to sing for centuries. From Catullus and Chaucer to Robert Browning and James Wright, poets have long treated birds as powerful metaphors for beauty, escape, transcendence, and divine expression. Part poetry collection, part field guide, part art book, Bright Wings presents verbal and visual interpretations of the natural world and reminds us of our intimate connection to the “bright wings” around us.

LC 2009019318, ISBN 9780231150842 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: S, G


821.4

Dobranski, Stephen B.

A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton, Volume 3 [Samson Agonistes]

500 pp., 10” x 7”, $85.00 cloth, CIP included

February 2009

Duquesne University Press

Over a span of three centuries, scholarly work dedicated to Milton’s Samson Agonistes has gradually evolved, reflecting changing critical interpretations within historical contexts. This variorum edition of the poem, the first since 1809, gathers together all significant contributions to understanding Milton’s dramatic poem that were published between 1671 and 1970. This Variorum Commentary is an indispensable reference tool and opens up fresh lines of inquiry. Simply the most comprehensive, detailed, and expansive exploration of Samson Agonistes’ critical history, this book is an essential tool for anyone interested in Milton and one of his greatest poetic works.

LC 70129962, ISBN 9780820704159 (c.)


821.4

Stoll, Abraham

Milton and Monotheism

377 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, index, $60.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2009

Duquesne University Press

As Stoll points out, poetry and theology are too often understood separately, which is especially damaging for the study of Milton, whose poems are retellings of biblical stories. Milton and Monotheism demonstrates the profound differences between doctrinal discourse and narrative poetry and how neither is, individually, able to fully represent Milton’s monotheism—or, as Stoll says,”a God of flickering subjectivity.”

LC 2008048678, ISBN 9780820704104 (c.)

AASL: NR

PLA: G


821.4

Johnson, James William

A Profane Wit: The Life of John Wilmot Earl of Rochester

480 pp., 6” x 9”, 25 b&w illustrations, $34.95 paper

November 2009

The University of Rochester Press

“Johnson wrote this generous biography with enthusiasm and engaged fascination with Rochester...Johnson’s forte, in addition to the extensiveness of his information, is his strong narrative sweep: this is an exciting biography.”—Choice. Of the glittering, licentious court around King Charles II, John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, was the most notorious. Simultaneously admired and vilified, he personified the rake-hell. This account of Rochester provides the facts behind his legendary reputation as a rake and his deathbed repentance. It also demonstrates that he was a loving if unfaithful husband, a devoted father, a loyal friend, a serious scholar, a social critic, and an aspiring patriot.

LC 2004019052, ISBN 9781580463362 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


821.914

Hart, Kevin

Young Rain

80 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $18.00 paper, CIP included

March 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“...Hart’s latest volume...reveal[s]...a poet capable of articulating genuine feeling and emotional insight in musical poems of marked gravitas and considerable philosophical depth.”—Times Literary Supplement. “Kevin Hart is one of the finest poets writing in English today. I admire his erudition and his imagination, the way history, art, myth, literature and many things come together in his poetry. This book will be a feast for those who want poetry to be both metaphysics and song. An absolutely original and indispensable poet.”—Charles Simic

LC 2008051326, ISBN 9780268030889 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


822.3

Benson, Sean

Shakespearean Resurrection: The Art of Almost Raising the Dead

192 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, index, $56.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

Duqesne University Press

Benson’s close study of the plays, as well as the classical and biblical sources that Shakespeare fuses into his recognition scenes, clearly elucidates the ways in which the playwright explored his abiding interest in the human desire to transcend death and to live reunited and reconciled with others. In his manipulation of resurrection imagery, Shakespeare conflates the material with the immaterial, the religious with the secular, and the sacred with the profane.

LC 2008053649, ISBN 9780820704166 (c.)

AASL: NR

PLA: G

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830-899 Literature of Other Languages


840.900

Darnton, Robert

The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon

552 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 47 illustrations, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Robert Darnton explores the scandalous literature of libel and the colorful lives of libelers in eighteenth-century France. By doing so he shows how an ideological current eroded authority under the Old Regime and became absorbed in a new, more radical, political culture under Robespierre.

LC 2009028209, ISBN 9780812241839 (c.)

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


841.54

Brossard, Nicole and Louise H. Forsyth

Mobility of Light: The Poetry of Nicole Brossard

144 pp., 6” x 9”, $18.95 paper, CIP included

April 2009

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

These poems from the last four decades were chosen by Forsyth to convey the intense energy—physical, creative, spiritual, erotic, imaginative, playful, ethical, and political—that has carried Brossard to a uniquely significant vision of the human spirit. Poems are presented in French and English on facing pages, underscoring the density of meaning and highlighting the unusual rhythms. Some of the translations have been previously published, while others are new. In her afterword, Brossard talks about travelling back in time to discover how our most vivid sensations, emotions, and thoughts are nourished and transformed by our enigmatic relation to language.

C20099007037, ISBN 9781554580477 (p.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: O


843.5

Lafitte, Anne Gédéon and Marquis de Pelleport (Translated by Vivian Folkenflik)

The Bohemians

272 pp., 6” x 9”, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Rediscovered by Robert Darnton and brought gloriously back to life in Vivian Folkenflik’s translation, The Bohemians at last takes its place as a major work of eighteenth century libertinism.

LC 2009028604, ISBN 9780812241945 (c.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: S


862.3

de Cervantes, Miguel (Edited and Translated by Barbara Fuchs and Aaron J. Ilika)

“The Bagnios of Algiers” and “The Great Sultana”: Two Plays of Captivity

208 pp., 6” x 9”, 1 map, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

The first English translation of two captivity plays by Cervantes, set in Algiers and Constantinople. Featuring a lively cast of corsairs, captives, and renegades, they offer important insights into early modern Spain’s conception of the world of Islam.

LC 2009024357, ISBN 9780812242096 (c.)

AASL: RS

PLA: S


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