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A Guide to the Cantos of Ezra Pound.

By Cookson, William.

New York: Persea Books, 1985. First Edition, First Printing Paperback Near Fine in Wraps 8vo (5-1/2 x 8-1/2), 177 pp including Chronology and selected bibliography. Paperbound book is NEAR FINE -- all pages clean and tight, may be unread as there is no crease on spine, in NEAR FINE glossy pictorial wraps. Only flaws are soft diagonal crease bottom of front cover, and a 2" wide soft blue color covering bottom block of pages. (h) Cookson was editor of Pound's "Selected Prose." He provides brief overview of each canto and an explanation / glossary of terms, names, and quotes from Greek or Chinese, on each canto. Invaluable for anyone wanting to be able to fully enjoy this monumental work.


Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism.
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Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism.

By Zimbardo, Rose A.; Isaacs, Neil D.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. First Edition, First Printing 1/4 cloth AS NEW in AS NEW DJ 8vo (5-1/2 x 8-1/2), 294pp including Chapter Notes and Index. Hardbound book and dj are both NEW -- Unmarked and Unread, without shelf wear or any other detriments. This is the definitive selection of essays pointing to, interpreting, and explaining the underlying themes and symbols in the Tolkien Trilogy. The 15 essays written by Neil Isaacs, C.S. Lewis, Edmund Fuller, W.H. Auden, Patricia Meyer Spacks, Rose Zimbardo, Marion Zimmer Bradley, R.J.Reilly, J.S. Ryan, Verlyn Flieger, Paul Kocher, Patrick Grant, Lionel Basney, Jane Chance, look at the books from a variety of perspectives, with Tom Shippey discussing the Peter Jackson movie trilogy. This is a book that ultimately giving the reader many moments of thinking "Ah, so that was what THAT was." Fascinating for anyone who loves the trilogy. Collectible


Keepers of the Flame: Literary Estates and the Rise of Biography.

By Hamilton, Ian.

London: Hutchinson , 1992. True First Edition -- UK Cloth AS NEW in AS NEW DJ 8vo (6-1/4 x 9-1/2), 344 pp including Notes and Index. Book is AS NEW in AS NEW glossy pictorial DJ. Mr. Hamilton describes the emergence of literary biographies through the medium of literary estate management and mismanagement. The effect estate management and copyright law have had on the relative truths and untruths of biographies. Mr Hamilton gives the great historical biographies and biographers no more respect than they are due -- often none at all, always with wit and insight.


TWO VOICES: Crime Writers in Conversation with their Characters.

New York: Ballantine Books , N.A.. First Edition Glossy Pictorial Wraps As New in Wraps 8vo (5-1/4 x 8), 102 pp. Paperbound book in glossy pictorial wraps. NEW, AS NEW. Obviously intended as a promotional item, still a fascinating insight into the writer's involvement with the character he or she created, and how that character may have taken on a life of its own.