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The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present

Two forthcoming collections is this series focusing on the postwar era (1945–2000) and essays of the 21st century will ensure this is the most comprehensive set of American essay writing to date. For readers fascinated by the sheer scope, variety, and art of the essay.

Lot Six: A Memoir

Highly recommended; this revealing memoir takes us beyond the facts of Adjmi’s life to probe his quest for identity and his rise as a prominent playwright and author.

Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone

For anyone who appreciates great literature (especially the wonderful fiction of Stone), this is required reading.

Serious Noticing: Selected Essays 1997–2019

Recommended for nonscholarly but informed readers who appreciate the discovery of authors worth knowing. For all public library collections.


James Baldwin: Living in Fire

A clear, incisive writer, Mullen succeeds with providing a fresh perspective on an author he so obviously admires. Recommended for readers seeking a broader understanding of the opinions of one of the great writers of the 20th century.

Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells in the Twentieth Century

Extensive references and footnotes make this a good choice for readers comfortable with analysis steeped in research. Recommended for larger academic holdings.

If: The Untold Story of Kipling's American Years

More sympathetic than critical, this biography will urge those unfamiliar with Kipling's works (e.g., If, Kim, The Jungle Book) to read the classics that solidified his reputation here and abroad, earning him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901. Highly recommended for anyone interested in late 19th-century literature. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Essential for Morrison readers who wish to supplement their appreciation of her achievements with her thoughts on American life and literature. Highly recommended.

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time

Highly recommended for anyone who has enjoyed Powell's novels; even those only vaguely familiar with his fiction will be tempted to read all of the "Music of Time" series. [See Prepub Alert, 2/26/18.]

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