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Public Lending Right, a Matter of Justice

By Richard Findlater (editor)

U. K.: Andre Deutsch / Penguin Books. Near Fine in Good dust jacket. 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. 023396276X . First U. K. Edition, same ISBN as HarperCollins. Introduction by Lord Goodman. HC/DJ - near fine/good. Hardcover is clean, with slight bumping/wear to spine ends and corners. Pages are clean and intact, with no markings, light age tanning to interior. Dustjacket has light edgewear, several tiny edge tears and one longer tear on front. Some of the tears have been neatly taped. Light age tanning and light soiling to rear of jacket, not price clipped. Authors, agents and publishers have long argued for the legal recognition of some kind of 'Public lending right' scheme whereby authors would be entitled to payment each time one of their books is taken out of a public library. This book offers a forum for a distinguished team of contributors to argue the case for PLR. With chapters from John Fowles, Angus Wilson, Victor Bonham-Carter and others. (215os,0315) ; 8vo; 112 pages .

$22.95

RICHARD RORTY
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RICHARD RORTY

By Malachowski, Alan

Princeton University Press. New. 2002. First Edition. Softcover. 0691057087 . New book, sealed in shrink wrap. ; Philosophy Now Series; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 200 pages; Richard Rorty is one of the world's most influential living thinkers. He is notorious for contending that the traditional, foundation-building and truth-seeking ambitions of systematic philosophy should be set aside in favor of a more pragmatic, conversational, hermeneutically guided project. This challenge has not only struck at the heart of philosophy but has ricocheted across other disciplines, both contesting their received self-images and opening up new avenues of inquiry in the process. Alan Malachowski provides an authoritative overview of Rorty's considerable body of work and a general assessment of his impact both within philosophy and in the humanities more broadly.... (278-osl) .

$13.95

WRITING AFTER THE GAZE:  The Rupture of the Historical
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WRITING AFTER THE GAZE: The Rupture of the Historical

By Chilewska, Anna and Sheena Wilson (editors)

Edmonton, AB: M. V. Dimic Research Inst.. Near Fine. 2007. First Edition. Softcover. 0921490153 . Excellent condition - clean and unmarked other than donation stamp on first page and small stamp on upper edge of pages. Cover has a little scuffing and slight wear at corners. "Unique and refreshing view on interconnection and interdependence of periphery/marginality and the centre/centricity ... Blending tradition and contemporaneity ... A rare blend of authors, cultures, periods, countries analyzed from Japan to Poland, Morocco to Canada ...The must read for students of Comparative Literature as well as Asian and Slavic studies." --Valerii Polkovsky, Ph. D. [366-osl ]; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$13.95

DEAR MARIAN, DEAR HUGH  The Maclennan-Engel Correspondence
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DEAR MARIAN, DEAR HUGH The Maclennan-Engel Correspondence

By Verduyn, Christl (editor)

University of Ottawa Press. Very Good. 1995. First Edition. Softcover. 0776604031 . Ex-library book but still in great condition, sturdy laminated cover and usual ex-lib type markings. Pages are clean and tight. Cover has light scuffing and very light edgewear to laminate. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 138 pages; A student at McGill in the mid-1950s, Marian Engel wrote her M. A. Thesis under the direction of Hugh MacLennan. Their work together became the basis of a correspondence, the MacLennan half of which survives and is detailed here. Both personal and professional in nature, MacLennan's letters to Engel provide fascinating insights into his life's pursuit of writing and offer another glimpse of the author of Two Solitudes. [265-osl] .

$9.95

COLONIALISM AND CULTURAL IDENTITY  Crises of Tradition in the Anglophone  Literatures of India, Africa, and the Caribbean
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COLONIALISM AND CULTURAL IDENTITY Crises of Tradition in the Anglophone Literatures of India, Africa, and the Caribbean

By Hogan, Patrick Colm

State University of New York Press. Very Good+. 2000. First Edition. Softcover. 0791444600 . Excellent condition. Pages are clean and tight, cover has very light corner wear and a little scuffing. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 353 pages; This book examines the diverse responses of colonized people to metropolitan ideas and to indigenous traditions. Going beyond the standard isolation of mimeticism and hybridity-and criticizing Homi Bhabha's influential treatment of the former-Hogan offers a lucid, usable theoretical structure for analysis of the postcolonial phenomena, with ramifications extending beyond postcolonial literature. Developing this structure in relation to major texts by Derek Walcott, Jean Rhys, Chinua Achebe, Earl Lovelace, Buchi Emecheta, Rabindranath Tagore, and Attia Hosain, Hogan also provides crucial cultural background for understanding these and other works from the same traditions. [506] .

$19.95

THE SEDUCTION OF THE MEDITERRANEAN  Writing, Art and the Homosexual Fantasy
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THE SEDUCTION OF THE MEDITERRANEAN Writing, Art and the Homosexual Fantasy

By Aldrich, Robert

Routledge. Good. 1993. First Edition. Softcover. 0415093120 . Cover has light edge wear, a little moreso to corners, some corner curling and scuffing. Pages are all intact, however numerous pages have markings in pencil. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 259 pages; "In this original and well-researched study, Aldrich shows that a recurring motif in the literature and art of homosexuals from the 1750s to the 1950s was that of the Mediterranean, which was mythologized as a place where the homoerotic ideal of masculine beauty and virility could be fulfilled. The idea is exemplified in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and in the works of over 40 writers examined here, from the German art historian Windelmann to Lord Byron and E. M. Forster, and many artists and photographers....." [503] .

$17.50

ONLY CONNECT Readings on Children's Literature

By Egoff, Sheila; Stubbs, G. T. ; Ashley, L. F. (editors)

Toronto: Oxford University Press. Very Good+. 1980. Second Printing. 0195403096 . Excellent condition, pages clean & tight. Light edgewear to cover. B/w illustrations. 458 pages. "First published in 1969 and revised in 1980, Only Connect is widely accepted as an essential tool for everyone concerned with children's books. Only Connect, Third Edition, presents a completely new section of more than 40 essays and brief studies on history and criticism, literary standards, changing tastes, science fiction, young adult literature, fantasy, the problem novel, racism, and sexism. Among the essayists are Joan Aiken, Margaret Mahy, P. L. Travers, Perry Nodelman, Brian Attebery, John Rowe Townsend, Myra Cohn Livingston, Peter Hunt, and Jane Yolen...". [502] ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$12.95

CANADA'S UNDECLARED WAR Fighting Words from the Literary Trenches
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CANADA'S UNDECLARED WAR Fighting Words from the Literary Trenches

By McGoogan, Kenneth

Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises. Very Good. 1991. First Edition. Softcover. 1550590324 . Light edge and corner wear, light creasing/scuffing to covers. Soiling to bottom edge of pages. Internal pages clean and unmarked. 277 pages. "Drawing on more than a decade's experience as a literary journalist, McGoogan argues that an undeclared war is raging in Canada on a variety of fronts: French-English, Canadian-American, East-West, native-white, the list goes on. And that Canadian writers are in the thick of every battle. " [490] ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$10.50

FICTION AND THE SHAPE OF BELIEF A Study of Henry Fielding, with Glances At Swift, Johnson and Richardson

By Sacks, Sheldon

University of California. Very Good. 1967. First Edition. Softcover. B0016YC2UK . Very good interior with good cover. Cover has moderate edgewear & scuffing, old price in corner, age tanning, stain to upper rear of cover. Interior pages are clean & unmarked, a little soiling/ink marking outer edge of pages. Stain to rear cover has caused light wrinkling to top edge of last few pages (fairly minor). [300osl] ; 8vo .

$4.50

WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY: AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY: AUTOBIOGRAPHY

By Woodcock, George

Ontario: Ecw Press. Very Good+. 1994. First Edition. Softcover. 1550222090 . Clean, tight condition, only light wear overall. Ex-library with sturdy laminated cover & usual type markings. Internal pages unmarked, slight soiling to outer edges. From the third volume of George Woodcock's autobiography: “Like many people who grew old and have not cast off from the past, I feel the urgency that makes me want to write even of the recent past before it is too late, and also, to see at times my life in panoramic recession. For I realize now, looking back over my eight completed decades, that from the days I left school in 1929 up to 1977, I was involved in institutions, or something very like institutions, and depended on them largely for my living. I began with the eleven years working for the Great Western Railway. When I left that in 1949, I involved myself for almost a decade in the anarchist movement, which, though apparently lightly structured and voluntary in its operations, in fact had the orthodoxies and the moral pressures that made it into an institution of its own kind. Like Orwell, I found that a writer cannot further his political ideals by immersing himself in an organized movement, but only as guerilla fighting in his own terrain. ” (os? ) ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$9.25

THE MODERN SHORT STORY

By Bates, H. E.

The Writer, Inc.. Good+ in Good dust jacket. 1968. Hardcover. Reprint of 1941 original. Ex-library with laminated cover & usual stamps & stickers, jacket attached to book. Light soiling to jacket, sticker residue on front, fading to spine area, light soiling outer edge of pages. Interior pages good - clean other than occasional light spotting. Two pages near front partially loose - otherwise tight. Mr. Bates, himself a short story writer, has here produced a major work of literary criticism and history which will establish the short story amongst the most important prose forms. This study will take its place, with its distinction of mind and style, beside E. M. Forster's classic, Aspects of the Novel. Covers: Gogol, Poe, Tchehov, Maupassant, Tolstoy, Wells, Kipling, Katherine Mansfield, A. E. Coppard, the Irish School, American Renaissance, Lawrence and others. (*shipping will be reduced to some locations) ; 8vo; 231 pages .

$11.00

Essays Literary and Critical

By Matthew Arnold

London: J. M. Dent. Very Good. 1911. Fourth Printing. Hardcover. First issued in 1906, 4th printing 1911. Small orange cloth hardcover, with gold decoration on spine, in very good condition for it's age. Cover has light soiling, light wear to edges/corners and light soiling to outer edge of pages. Pages are all intact and clean other than previous owner's small name stamp on pages near front. Light age tanning to pages and inside covers. Contents: - The function of criticism at the present time; The literary influence of academies; Maurice de Guerin; Eugenie de Guerin; Heinrich Heine; Pagan & Christian religious sentiment and others... (285noto) ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 380 pages .

$9.95

NEW HEAVEN, NEW EARTH The Visionary Experience in Literature
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NEW HEAVEN, NEW EARTH The Visionary Experience in Literature

By Oates, Joyce Carol

New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc.. Near Fine in Good dust jacket. 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. 0814907431 . HC/DJ - near fine/good. HC has very light edgewear, corner bumping, one corner worn more a bit than the others, no internal markings. Book has a pink dot on top edge of pages from a book sale. Jacket has several small edge tears and chips, light scratches on rear, price clipped. This is the second volume of literary criticism by one of America's leading writers. ; 8vo; Miss Oates explores the dichotomy faced by the great "visionary" writers: the contradiction between their need to search the unknown - reaching beyond the limitations of reality and thus divorcing themselves from society - and the need to maintain contact with that very same society; without such contact, Miss Oates feels, a writer's work becomes meaningless...." [800] .

$14.50

THE DRAMATIC IMAGINATION OF W. B. YEATS
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THE DRAMATIC IMAGINATION OF W. B. YEATS

By Parkin, Andrew

Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. Good in Good dust jacket. 1978. First Edition. Hardcover. 0064953963 . Retired library book with mylar cover and usual stamps/stickers. Light wear to edges, some creasing/slight loosening of mylar, light soiling to cover and outer edge of pages. Interior pages tight. Several pages have pencil underlining and a few have pen. Good reading copy. 208 pages. "This is the full length study of Yeats's imagination, both as he conceived it, and as he expressed it in prose, poetry and drama. The author explores the nature of Yeats's imagination and finds it to be neither epic nor even wholly lyric but essentially dramatic in its quality. Dr. Parkin first investigates Yeats's own ideas about imagination and then develops a critical discussion of Yeats's work.........Yeats is often regarded as the greatest poet since Wordswoth; Dr. Parkin shows that he is also probably the greatest commentator on imagination since Coleridge. " (*Shipping will be reduced to some locations) ; 8vo .

$15.50

THE JOHN METCALF PAPERS An Inventory of the Archive at the University of  Calgary Library
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THE JOHN METCALF PAPERS An Inventory of the Archive at the University of Calgary Library

By Apollonia Steele (editor)

University of Calgary Press. New. 1996. First Edition. Softcover. B003WGJW58 . Softcover is new and unread, no markings. B/w illus. 246 pages. Includes: Biocritical essay, Series in Correspondence, anthology, fiction, prose, photograph, sound recordings, video, misc. , works on John Metcalf & Works by other authors series. (471) ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall .

$22.50

T. S. ELIOT'S PERSONAL WASTE LAND:  Exorcism of the Demons
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T. S. ELIOT'S PERSONAL WASTE LAND: Exorcism of the Demons

By Miller, James E., Jr.

Pennsylvania State University Press. Good in Good dust jacket. 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. 0271012374 . Ex-library book with moderately heavy wear, good minus condition. Reading/study copy only. Moderate wear to book edges & corners, moreso to corners, scuffing & soiling of cover, outer edge of pages, and occasionally within book. Interior pages are tight. Several pages have underlining as well as several pages with some wrinkling and a few creases.. ; 8vo .

$14.00

STEFAN HEYM The Perpetual Dissident
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STEFAN HEYM The Perpetual Dissident

By Hutchinson, Peter

Cambridge University Press. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1992. First Edition. Hardcover. 052140438X . Hardover has very little wear, one small wrinkle near top, slight bumping to spine ends. Light coloured ink dots top & bottom outer edge of pages & small pen mark bottom edge. DJ has a little wrinkling to the top edge, a couple of tiny tears and light scuffing. 270 pages. Description: Stefan Heym was Hitler's youngest literary exile. This book, the first full-length study of Heym to appear in English, outlines his exciting career, which culminated in his becoming the major dissident of the German Democratic Republic. It focuses primarily on his journalism and his novels, some of which have been translated into over twenty languages, but also discusses his earliest, almost unknown, poetry and drama..... ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall .

$40.50

THE CONSTANCE BERESFORD-HOWE PAPERS
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THE CONSTANCE BERESFORD-HOWE PAPERS

By Steele, Apollonia (editor)

Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press. New. 1996. First Edition. Softcover. 1895176700 . Book is new and unread, no markings. Compiled by Marlys Chevrefils. Editor - Apollonia Steele.Covers the period 1941-1991. Biocritical essay, notes, correspondence series, manuscript series, scrapbook series, works on Beresford-Howe, etc. (*Shipping will be reduced, depending on your location); 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall .

$17.50

THE DICKENS ENCYCLOPEDIA
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THE DICKENS ENCYCLOPEDIA

By Hayward, Arthur L.

England: The Promotional Reprint Co.. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1995. Hardcover. Near fine condition. First published 1924 by George Routledge. Hardcover & jacket excellent, only very light wear overall, price sticker residue on front. Clean & tight, no markings. Numerous b/w photo plates and illustrations. SUMMARY: An alphabetical dictionary of references to every character and place mentioned in the works of fiction of Charles Dickens .. With explanatory notes on obscure allusions and phrases.. This is the modern reprint of that well-known and valuable book. ; 8vo .

$13.50