Literary Criticism

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    Libertarians on the Prairie
    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books
    Christine Woodside
    (Arcade Publishing)
    This myth-busting book finally reveals the true story behind the beloved children's classics. Generations of children have fallen in love with the pioneer saga of the Ingalls family, of Pa and Ma, Laura and her sisters, and their loyal dog, Jack. Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have taught... [READ MORE]
    The Candy Men
    The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel Candy
    Nile Southern
    (Arcade Publishing)
    A Rabelaisian satire loosely based on Voltaire's Candide, Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg's Candy became one of the most famous novels of the tumultuous 1960's. Detailing its humble beginnings in Paris through its agonizing three-year writing gestation (often on paper napkins, lost or destroyed)... [READ MORE]
    Beckett Remembering/Remembering Beckett
    A Celebration
    Samuel Beckett, James Knowlson, Elizabeth Knowlson
    (Arcade Publishing)
    In life, Beckett was notoriously reticent, preferring to let his work speak for itself. In the first half of this collection, he reveals many of his inner thoughts and honest opinions about his life, writing, friends, and colleagues in candid interviews published for the first time in this book. He discusses... [READ MORE]
    Alternating Current
    Octavio Paz
    (Arcade Publishing)
    A key figure in the Latin American literary renaissance, Octavio Paz focuses here on literature and art, drugs, the murder of God, and ethical and political problems.... [READ MORE]
    Piano in the Vineyard
    Jean Janzen
    (Good Books)
    Once again, Jean Janzen writes mighty poems, finding those heart-stopping human moments for which there is no adequate language. Janzen, a National Endowment for the Arts winner, begins this newest collection of poetry with "Wailing in the Shower" and these arresting stanzas: "After the elation of giving... [READ MORE]
    In Other Words
    40 Years of Writing on Indonesia and the Wider World
    Goenawan Mohamad, Jennifer Lindsay, Terence Ward
    (Arcade Publishing)
    A wide-ranging and beautiful collection of essays from one of world literature’s most important writers. Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia’s foremost public intellectuals, and this translated volume of essays—spanning from 1968 to the present day—demonstrates the breadth of his perceptive and elegant... [READ MORE]
    Discovering the Hidden Wisdom of The Little Prince
    In Search of Saint-Exupéry's Lost Child
    Pierre Lassus
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Finally, one of the most of the most beloved books every published—explained. The Little Prince is revered around the world. Two hundred million copies have been sold in 270 languages; it is the fourth best-selling book of all time. Part of its allure is that is seems incredibly wise but so simple it... [READ MORE]
    Bearing Witness
    How Writers Brought the Brutality of World War II to Light
    John R. Carpenter
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    It has been said that during times of war, the Muses fall silent. However, anyone who has read the major figures of mid-twentieth-century literature—Samuel Beckett, Richard Hillary, Norman Mailer, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and others—can attest that it was through writing that people first tried... [READ MORE]
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