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Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
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Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

By Boyd, Valierie

BY: Scribner, 2002. Book. Very Good. Cloth & Boards. 1st Edition. Former library book, with card envelope and library stampings, but very little wear. Text clean. More than 35 b&w photos. More than 60 pp. of reference notes and bibliographic material. A detailed look at the life and career of African-American author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, including her role in the Harlem Renaissance movement. the author is an arts writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A final chapter examines the "resurrection of Hurston.".

$4.75

Women Of Words
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Women Of Words

By Bukovinsky, Janet, Ed.

Philadelphia: Running Press, 1994. Book. Illus. by Powell, Jenny. Near Fine. Cloth. 2nd Printing.. 176 pp. glossy stock. Nearly new, no markings. An anthology introducing readers to 35 major women authors and poets, with a pastel sketech, brief bio and sample of work for each one. The selections range from Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Jane Austen to such moderns as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Doris Lessing and Toni Morrison. Idea gift for the young woman (or man) developing a serious interest in literature. Size: 8vo -- 9.5 In.

$4.75

The New York Public Library (R) Guide to Reading Groups
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The New York Public Library (R) Guide to Reading Groups

By Saal, Rollene

NY: Crown Business (Crown Publishers), 1995. Book. Near Fine. Boards. First Edition.. 180 pp. Close to new, no markings. A former Saturday Review editor provides guidance for organizing and operating a book club. Plus more than 30 suggested reading lists on various topics (Southern writers, science fiction, gay, ghosts, literary lives, Russian writers, African American, etc.) Size: 8mo -- 8 in Tall.

$5.70

Booknotes: America's Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas
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Booknotes: America's Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas

By Brian Lamb

NY: Random House, 1997. Book. Very Good +. Cloth Tape & Boards. 3rd Printing.. 424 pp. Nearly new. Faint red line on top edge near spine. Previous owner's name on endpaper. A few checkmarks and a few words written on 3-4 pp. Otherwise clean. Binding firm. Scores of authors, reporters and political VIPs give colorful anecdotes about how they wrote one of their books or came up with the idea for the book. Material originally was presented in interview form on C-SPAN's "Booknotes" program. As a whole, the anthology shows there's no right or wrong way to write a book, only that it's usually a time-consuming feat. Size: 8vo -- 9.5 In.

$3.80

The Lifetime Reading Plan

By Fadiman, Clifton

Cleveland: World Publishing, 1960. Book. Good +. Cloth. BOMC.. 250 pp., plus 68-pp. bibliography & reading list. Jacket chipped and torn, rear flap laid in. Light fading of spine titling. Remains of book plate on front endpaper. Text clean. NOT a set of reading orders, but, rather a collection of 100 brief appreciations explaining why the authors and their major works are worth reading. Fadiman also provides context for the authors and shows why their work is still considered important long after their deaths. His overview, written in short, pithy sentences, spans from Homer to moderns such as Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost. Valuable for helping a reader to select a few "important" books to supplement the mind candy of detective yarns, romances, political exposes and self-improvement manuals. Size: 8vo -- -- 8.25 in..

$8.55

Modern Continental Literary Criticism

By Hardison Jr., O.B, Ed.

NY: Appleton-Century Crofts, 1962. Book. Very Good. Trade Papeback. First Edition.. 352 pp. Some rubbing to spine edges, thumbed, dog-ear creases to a few pages. Text clean. Binding firm. A broad sampling of European literary thought in the 19th and 20th centuries. Authors represented include Kant, Von Schelling, Von Schiller, Goethe, Saint-Beuve, Brunetiere, Zola, Marx & Engels; Tolstoy, Gautier, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarme, Bergson, Croce, Nietzsche, Freud, Jung, Maurras, Breton, Sartre and Maritain. Size: 8vo -- 8.25 in.

$6.65

Kerouac: A Biography

By Ann Charters

San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, 1973. Book. Very Good. Cloth. First Thus.. 417 pp, 16 pp. b&w photos. White cloth, some soil to spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing on spine edges, closed tear on rear panel, chip on corner. Text clean, no markings. Binding firm. A detailed portrait of Kerouac and his band of brothers -- Ginsburg, Neal Cassady and others of the Beat group of poets. With detailed reference notes, containing numerous anecdotes. The bibliographic portion was first published by Phoenix Bookstore; Straight Arrow published the book as a whole. Size: 8vo --9.5 In Tall.

$9.50

Writing Down the Bones;Wild Mind

By Goldberg, Natalie

NY: Quality Paperback Book Club, 1991. Book. Very Good. Trade Papeback. Reprint.. 171 pp. plus 238 pp. A combo giving Goldberg's pointers for writing, and her own experiences and challenges as a writer. Writing down the Bones close to new. Wild Mind has pencil notations on about 10 pages. Else close to new. Spine creasing but binding firm. Her books are both personal and practical, and include exercises for freeing the imagination. Much better than the usual creative-writing workbook. Size: 8vo -- 8.25 in Tall.

$7.60

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

By King, Stephen

Old Tappan NJ: Scribner, 2000. Book. Fine. Cloth Strip and Boards. First Edition.. 288 pp. Crisp, like new, no markings. Informal, readable pointers from horror writer Stephen King on writing fiction. Includes a suggested booklist of his recent favorites. Size: 8vo -.

$16.15

Dubliners

By Joyce, James

NY: Princeton/Viking, 1974. Book. Good. Trade Paperback. 6th Printing of 1969 Edition.. Subtitled: Text, Criticism and Notes. A scholarsly edition edited by Robert Scholes and A. Walton Litz. Some dampness staining on first 10 pages, rest of text is clean. No markings or notes. Part of the Viking Critical Library Series. Includes 30 pages of background, 28 pp. of 11 critiques. Background sections include material on a chronology, facsimile, composition, revision of the stories, epiphanies and Epiclet; evidence of the letters..

$3.80

Writing Down the Bones; Wild Mind

By Goldberg, Natalie

NY: Quality Paperback Book Club, 1991. Book. Very Good +. Trade Paperback. Reprint.. 400 pp. total, approx. Spine creasing, but still nearly new, clean text, no markings. A 2-in-1 printing that combines "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within" and "Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life." Writing coach Natalie Goldberg offers a very readable guide to getting into a writer's frame of mind. Her books are not just about writing techniques, nor exhortations to write, write, write -- but also meditation guides for focused awareness. Useful not just for novices but also professionals trying their hand at more introspective writing or blogging. Includes suggestions for writing exercises. Size: 8vo --8.5 In Tall..

$8.55

Lytton Strachey: The New Biography

By Holroyd, Michael

NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1995. Book. Very Good. Trade Paper. 1st Thus. 8vo -- 9.25 in Tall. 779 pp. Crease in spine, some thumbing, light wear overall. No markings. A mammoth biography and critical appreciation of literary critic Lytton Strachey. This work encompasses Holroyd's earlier research on Strachey, dating back to 1967-68, and adds new material and an epilogue. Several pages of glossy color and b&w photos. Basis for the film "Carrington," starring Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce. Holroyd's work delves deeply into Strachey's homosexuality and his long companionship with Dora Carrington..

$11.40

Linguistic Behaviour

By Bennett, Jonathan

London: Cambridge University Press, 1979. Book. Very Good +. Trade Paperback. First Paperback Edition. 8vo -- 8.5 In. 292 pp, index, bibliography. Previous owner's stamping on half title page and bottom edge. Binding sturdy, text clean. Bennett expounds on language as "systematic communicative behaviour" and ways to determine its syntax and semantics. Cover blurb from The Times (London) states: "a text that no language scholar can afford to ignore.".

$8.55

Two Lives: Gertrude & Alice
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Two Lives: Gertrude & Alice

By Malcolm, Janet

New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press, 2007. Book. Good +. Trade Paperback. First Paperback Edition.. 227 pp. Lightly read, underlinings and margin notes on about a dozen pages, a few page corners creased. Binding firm, spine uncreased. A "Notable Book" of the New York Times Book Review. The New Yorker writer provides a readable, colorful portrait of America's most famous literary lesbians, and their decision to stay in France during World War 2. Size: 12vo -- 7.75 in Tall.

$3.80

A Common Life: Four Generations of American Literary Friendship and Influence
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A Common Life: Four Generations of American Literary Friendship and Influence

By Laskin, David

NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994. Book. Good. Cloth & Boards. First Edition.. 460 pp., reference notes, index, historical b&w photos. Textblock rippled, tight, small half-inch tear on dj top edge. No markings. OK as reading copy. A vivid account of four famous literary friendships: Hawthorne & Melville; Edith Wharton & Henry James; Eudora Welty and Katherine Ann Porter; and Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. Size: 8vo --9.5 In Tall.

$4.75

English Humorists

By Thackeray, William Makepeace

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1902. Book. Fair. Leatherette. Reprint. 16mo - 6 in Tall.. 320 pp. Worn, binding split at front, half-inch rubbed stripe along more of front cover's fore edge, head and foot of spine chipped, but spine titling complete. Gilt lyre and oak leaf cluster on front cover still bright. Dark red leatherette, which is starting to detach from front board. Text clean. Some pages in mid section have corner creases. Frontispiece of Thackeray and title page present but detached. Chapter titles: Swift; Congreve and Addison; Steele; Prior, Gay and Pope; Hogarth, Smollett and Fielding; Steine and Goldsmith. Introduction by George Ansel Watson..

$7.60

History and Ideology in Proust
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History and Ideology in Proust

By Sprinker, Michael

New York: Verso Books, 1998. Book. Fine. Trade Paperback. Reprint. 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall. 232 pp., with index, reference notes. As new; binding tight, no markings. Sprinker, a professor of comparative literature at Stony Brook, applies a Marxist critique to "A la recherche du temps perdu," showing how the book portrays the struggle between the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie in the Third Republic. First published by Cambridge Univ. Press..

$8.55

Gertrude Stein

By Knapp, Bettina L.

NY: Continuum Intl Pub Group, 1990. Book. Good +. Cloth. 1st Edition. 8vo -- 8.75 in Tall. 201 pp. Former library book with stampings, library card. Mylar protector. Binding firm. A Hunter College professor summarizes Stein's life, her experimental literature and her impact on many artists and writers in Paris..

$6.18

The Yale Gertrude Stein
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The Yale Gertrude Stein

By Stein, Gertrude

New Haven Conn.: Yale Univ Pr, 1980. Book. Very Good. Trade Paperback. 52nd Printing. 8vo -- 9.25 in Tall. 464 pp. Corners curled, light crease to spine. Text bright and clean, binding firm. Edited by Richard Kostelanetz. An anthology of 27 poems, stories and essays, some taken from a larger multi-volume set of Yale's previously unpublished Stein work..

$9.98

Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays
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Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays

By Paglia, Camille

New York: Vintage Books (Random House), 1992. Book. Near Fine. Trade Paperback. First Edition. 8vo - 8 in Tall. 334 pp., index, no markings, spine uncreased. Close to new. Paglia applies her acerbic wit to subjects ranging from Madonna and Robert Mapplethorpe to American university culture..

$4.28

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