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This Is Shakespeare

Smith wears her learning lightly and writes in an accessible, conversational style, making this an excellent work for those eager to brush up their Shakespeare, forsooth.

The Life of William Faulkner: Vol. 1: The Past Is Never Dead 1897–1934

Rollyson’s astute analysis makes not only for a good story but also a welcome addition to Faulkner studies.

Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Chock-full of approachable and engaging critical analyses, this work will pique the curiosity of both Shakespeareans and anyone interested in American culture.


The Wisdom of the Renaissance

Montaigne wrote that reading is “the best provision I have found for this human journey.” Kellogg’s book is well worth taking along.


Shakespeare's Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature

Still, an enjoyable excursion into Shakespearean (and non-Shakespearean) booklore.

Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism

A must-read for all who enjoy literature.

The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Enriched with well-chosen color plates and black-and-white illustrations, this is an excellent introduction to Johnson and his world for the novice and a pleasant retelling for the initiated.

Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren

Unfortunately, extraneous material overshadows literary analysis in this otherwise well-crafted account, which nicely demonstrates the links between Algren's writings and his adventurous life. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind

This book is like a curate's egg, with some good places. For larger collections and Shakespeare completists.

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