Literary Criticism

Series:Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom Ser.

The seventh in our popular Words of Wisdom series, The Writer Says summons readers to an intimate gathering of novelists, essayists, grammarians, academics, and journalists--a glittering cocktail party, where the guests may be self identified... read more

The Writer Says - Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom


 Anthologies and Essays

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of Buzzfeed's Best Books of Fall 2018 and named one of the Best Books of October by TIME, The Millions, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. "Hilarious, nimble, and thoroughly illuminating." --Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad A globe-... read more

Impossible Owls

Discover the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi alongside the wit of Groucho Marx in a collection of the greatest and most memorable quotations from across the centuries: an entertaining compendium of themed quotes from the g... read more

Times Great Quotations: Wit and Wisdom of the Great and Good [New Edition]

The ultimate gift for book lovers, this volume brims with literary treasures, all delightfully illustrated by beloved artist and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, Jane Mount. Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bo... read more

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany for People Who Love Books


 Anthologies and Essays

Series:Virago Modern Classics Ser.

Margaret Drabble | Beryl Bainbridge | Angela Carter | Maggie O'Farrell | Elizabeth Jane Howard | A. S. Byatt | Penelope Lively | Sarah Waters | Jonathan Coe | Diana Souhami | Jilly Cooper | Elizabeth Bowen | Mark Bostridge | Alexander McCall Smith | Sarah Dunant | Rac... read more

Writers as Readers

'Thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous, Every Third Thought is beautiful' Kate Mosse In 1995, at the age of forty two, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near-fatal stroke, the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year ... read more

Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the End-Game

Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A. O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight... read more

Better Living Through Criticism - How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth

Should you finish every book you start? How has your family influenced the way you read? What is literary style? How is the Nobel Prize like the World Cup? Why do you hate the book your friend likes? Is writing really just like any othe... read more

Where I'm Reading from: The Changing World of Books


 Literary Criticism

Since ancient times human beings have gathered together for social purposes. And since not very long after that writers have written about these occasions. The party is a useful literary device, not only for social comment and satire, but as an occasion where characters can meet, fall in love, fall ou... read more

A Curious Invitation


 Literary Criticism

Series:Virago Modern Classics

Since her suicide in 1963 at the age of 30, Sylvia Plath has become a strange icon. This book addresses why this is the case and what this tells us about the way culture picks out important writers. The author argues that without a concept of fantasy we can understand neither Plath's work nor what she... read more

The Haunting of Sylvia Plath

This title comes with a foreword by Ronnie Corbett. Loved by millions and collected here for the first time is the very best of Ronnie Barker's classic sketches, monologues, songs and, of course, the brilliant two-handers ... read more

Fork Handles: The Bery Vest of Ronnie Barker


 Literary Criticism

Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

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