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Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

By Tennessee Williams

A severe evaluation of the paintings gains the writings of Charles E. may well, John M. Clum, Christopher Brian Weimer, Alice Griffin, and different students.

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Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

One of the good American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, struggle, books and writers, and his own existence in a sequence of conversations, together with his final released interview.

During his lengthy occupation Kurt Vonnegut received overseas compliment for his novels, performs, and essays. during this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegut—which collects interviews from all through his career—we examine a lot approximately what drove Vonnegut to put in writing and the way he seen his paintings on the end.

<u>From Kurt Vonnegut's final interview</u>

Is there one other publication in you, through chance?

No. glance, I’m eighty four years previous. Writers of fiction have frequently performed their most sensible paintings by the point they’re forty five. Chess masters are via whilst they’re 35, and so are baseball gamers. there are many other folks writing. allow them to do it.

So what’s the outdated man’s video game, then?

My nation is in ruins. So I’m a fish in a poisoned fishbowl. I’m normally simply heartsick approximately this. There must have been desire. this could were an excellent state. yet we're despised around the world now. i used to be hoping to construct a rustic and upload to its literature. That’s why I served in global battle II, and that’s why I wrote books.

When somebody reads certainly one of your books, what do you want them to take from the experience?

Well, I’d just like the guy—or the lady, of course—to positioned the e-book down and imagine, “This is the best guy who ever lived.”

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Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard

By Charles J. Rzepka

Widely referred to as the crime fiction author whose paintings ended in the flicks Get Shorty and Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard had a different knack for developing "cool" characters. In Being Cool, Charles J. Rzepka appears at what makes the dope-dealers, bookies, grifters, monetary advisors, expertise brokers, shady legal professionals, hookers, types, and crooked law enforcement officials of Leonard's global cool. they are nefarious, yet also they are convinced, expert, and composed and cope with no attempt or suggestion. and they're solid at what they do. Taking being cool because the road via Leonard's existence and works, Rzepka unearths lots of byways to discover alongside the way.

Rzepka delineates the phases and styles that signify Leonard’s inventive evolution. Like jazz greats, he cast anyone writing variety instantly recognizable for its voice and rhythm, together with his characters' rat-a-tat recitations, curt backhands, and ragged trains of inspiration. Rzepka attracts on greater than twelve hours of private interviews with Leonard and applies what he realized to his shut research of the writer’s lengthy lifestyles and prodigious output: forty five released novels, 39 released and unpublished brief tales, and various essays written over the process six decades.

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13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling novelist Jane Smiley celebrates the novel–and takes us on an exciting journey via 100 of them–in this seductive and immensely profitable literary tribute.

In her inimitable style–exuberant, candid, opinionated–Smiley explores the ability of the radical, taking a look at its heritage and diversity, its cultural effect, and simply the way it works its magic. She invitations us backstage of novel-writing, sharing her personal conduct and spilling the secrets and techniques of her craft. and he or she deals worthy suggestion to aspiring authors. As she works her manner via 100 novels–from classics resembling the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to fresh fiction through Zadie Smith and Alice Munro–she infects us anew with the eagerness for analyzing that's the governing spirit of this present to e-book fans in all places.

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Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life

By Howard Eiland

Walter Benjamin was once possibly the 20th century's such a lot elusive highbrow. His writings defy categorization, and his improvised life has confirmed impossible to resist to mythologizers. In an immense new biography, Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings current a finished portrait of the fellow and his occasions, in addition to huge statement on his paintings.

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The City Since 9/11: Literature, Film, Television

By Keith Wilhite, Catalina Florina, Florescu, Karolina Golimowska, Steve Macek, Justin St. Clair

Charting the intersection of aesthetic illustration and the fabric stipulations of city house, The urban due to the fact 9/11 posits that the modern city offers an important context for reassessing theoretical matters regarding narrative, id, domestic, and private precarity. within the years because the September eleven assaults, writers and filmmakers have explored city areas as contested sites—shaped through the present discourses of neoliberalism, fatherland safeguard, and the struggle on terror, but additionally haunted by way of a scarcity within the panorama that registers loss and prefigures destiny threat. In works of literature, movie, and tv, the town emerges as a paradoxical area of permanence and vulnerability and a convergence aspect for anxieties approximately globalization, structural inequality, and apocalyptic violence.
Building on earlier scholarship addressing trauma and the spectacle of terror, the participants additionally draw upon works of philosophy, city stories, and postmodern geography to theorize how literary and visible representations disclose the chronic conflicts that come up as towns rebuild within the shadow of prior ruins. Their essays boost new traces of argument that make clear art’s position in modern debates approximately spatial practices, gentrification, cosmopolitanism, reminiscence and background, nostalgia, the uncanny and the abject, postmodern virtuality, the politics of realism, and the industrial and social lifetime of towns.
The e-book deals clean readings of well-known post-9/11 novels, similar to Jonathan Safran Foer’s
Extremely Loud & really Close, however it additionally considers works through Teju Cole, Joseph O’Neill, Silver Krieger, Colum McCann, Ronald Sukenick, Jonathan Lethem, Thomas Pynchon, Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, William Gibson, Amitav Ghosh, and Katherine Boo. additionally, The urban for the reason that 9/11 contains essays at the motion pictures Children of Men, Hugo, and the variation of Extremely Loud & exceptionally Close, chapters at the tv sequence The Bridge, The Killing, and The Wire, and an research of Michael Arad’s Reflecting Absence and the September 11 Memorial.

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Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Art and Design

By Yuri Leving

What should still Lolita appear like? The query has dogged book-cover designers in view that 1955, whilst Lolita was once first released in a undeniable eco-friendly wrapper. The heroine of Vladimir Nabokov's vintage novel has usually been proven as a teenage seductress in heart-shaped glasses--a misleading photo that misreads the publication yet has seeped deep into our cultural lifestyles, from model to film.

Lolita - the tale of a canopy lady: Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in artwork and Design reconsiders the canopy of Lolita. 80 well known photo designers and illustrators (including Paula Scher, Jessica Hische, Jessica Helfand, and Peter Mendelsund) supply their very own takes at the book's jacket, whereas graphic-design critics and Nabokov students survey greater than part a century of Lolita covers. you are going to additionally locate considerate essays from such layout luminaries as Mary Gaitskill, Debbie Millman, Michael Bierut, Peter Mendelsund, Jessica Helfand, Alice Twemlow, Johanna Drucker, Leland de l. a. Durantaye, Ellen Pifer, and Stephen Blackwell.

Through the lenses of layout and literature, Lolita - the tale of a canopy Girl tells the unusual layout historical past of 1 of crucial novels of the twentieth century--and bargains a brand new method for considering visually approximately tough books. you will by no means examine Lolita an analogous means again.

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Dostoyevsky after Bakhtin: Readings in Dostoyevsky's Fantastic Realism

By Malcolm V. Jones

Fresh advancements in serious conception shape the root for this new research of Dostoyevsky which evaluates the novel contributions to Dostoyevsky feedback made by way of the critic and literary theorist M.M. Bakhtin. Malcolm Jones first redefines Dostoyevsky's much-debated "fantastic realism"; accepting Bakhtin's studying of Dostoyevsky in its necessities, he seeks out its weaknesses and develops it in new instructions. Taking famous texts through Dostoyevsky in flip, Jones illustrates elements in their multivoicedness: the emotional and highbrow turmoil suffered through person characters within the novels; the common surprises that undermine the arrogance of readers (and different characters) who think they've got totally understood a personality; and eventually a few of the ways that Dostoyevsky's texts utilize either real documentation and Romantic traditions of unreality.

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The Child Poet

Homero Aridjis has regularly acknowledged that he was once born two times. the 1st time used to be to his mom in April 1940 and the second one time used to be as a poet, in January 1951. His existence was once rather cleaved in by means of an twist of fate. sooner than that fateful Saturday he was once carefree and assured, the youngest of 5 brothers transforming into up within the small Mexican village of Contepec, Michoacán. After the twist of fate - within which he approximately died at the working desk after capturing himself with a shotgun his brothers had left propped opposed to the bed room wall - he grew to become a shy, introspective baby who spent afternoons interpreting Homer and writing poems and tales on the eating room desk rather than enjoying football together with his classmates. After the twist of fate his early early life turned like a locked backyard. yet in 1971, whilst his spouse turned pregnant with their first daughter, the thoughts came upon a manner out. Visions from this elusive interval all started coming again to him in astonishingly vibrant desires, giving form to what could develop into The baby Poet.

Aridjis is joyously inventive. The baby Poet has urgency yet nonetheless takes its time, celebrating photographs and emotions and the strangeness of adolescence. Readers will love being on this planet he has created. Aridjis paints the pueblo of Cotepec -- the panorama, the campesinos, the Church, the legacy of the Mexican Revolution -- throughout the eyes of a delicate baby.

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Literary and Philosophical Essays

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Those essays give you the very best advent to the concept and writings of existentialisms major spokesman and France's maximum minds. The six essays dedicated solely to existence and letters within the U. S. will specifically curiosity, even startle, Sartre's American following.

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