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Philosophy and Literary Criticism
Our store is known for its deep sections in philosophy and literary criticism. This list is a good place to start looking at books we are excited to feature.
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After Hegel: German Philosophy, 1840-1900
Beiser, Frederick C.

Histories of German philosophy in the nineteenth century typically focus on its first half--when Hegel, idealism, and Romanticism dominated. By contrast, the remainder of the century, after Hegel's death, has been relatively neglected because it has been seen as a period of stagnation and decline... (more)

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American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street
Rabinowitz, Paula

"There is real hope for a culture that makes it as easy to buy a book as it does a pack of cigarettes."--a civic leader quoted in a New American Library ad (1951)

American Pulp tells the story of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and how they brought modernism to Main Stre... (more)

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Conversations, Volume 1
Borges, Jorge Luis
Buddhism, love, Henry James, and the tango are just a few of the topics Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina’s master writer, and extraordinary conversationalist, discusses in the first volume of the remarkable new series, Conversations. The eighty-four-year-old blind man’s wit is unending and r... (more)

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Field Notes from Elsewhere: Reflections on Dying and Living
Taylor, Mark C.

In the fall of 2005, Mark C. Taylor, the controversial public intellectual and widely respected scholar, suddenly fell critically ill. For two days a team of forty doctors, many of whom thought he would not live, fought to save him. Taylor would eventually recover, but only to face a new threat: ... (more)

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Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
Stewart, Matthew

A startling, paradigm-shifting exploration of the revolutionary part
of the American Revolution: the ideas that changed the world for good.

Erudite Thomas Jefferson, wily Ben Franklin, rough-hewn
general Ethan Allen, and Thomas Young (the forgotten
Founder who instigated the Bos... (more)

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Palace of Books
Grenier, Roger
For decades, French writer, editor, and publisher Roger Grenier has been enticing readers with compact, erudite books that draw elegant connections between the art of living and the work of art. Under Grenier’s wry gaze, clichés crumble, and offbeat anecdotes build to powerful insights.

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Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don Delillo
Taylor, Mark C.

Digital and electronic technologies that act as extensions of our bodies and minds are changing how we live, think, act, and write. Some welcome these developments as bringing humans closer to unified consciousness and eternal life. Others worry that invasive globalized technologies threaten to d... (more)

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Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Pinker, Steven
A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker

Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today eve... (more)

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Tennessee Williams Vol. 2: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
Lahr, John

The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker.

John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one o... (more)

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Truth
Burgess, Alexis G. & John P. Burgess

This is a concise introduction to current philosophical debates about truth. Combining philosophical and technical material, the book is organized around, but not limited to, the view known as deflationism. In clear language, Burgess and Burgess cover a wide range of issues, including the nature ... (more)

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Truth of the Technological World: Essays on the Genealogy of Presence
Kittler, Friedrich A.
Friedrich Kittler (1943–2011) combined the study of literature, cinema, technology, and philosophy in a manner sufficiently novel to be recognized as a new field of academic endeavor in his native Germany. "Media studies," as Kittler conceived it, meant reflecting on how books operate as films,... (more)

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Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision
Frances Spalding
Virginia Woolf's many novels--notably Night and Day (1919), Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and The Waves (1931)--transformed ideas about structure, plot and characterization. Sister of Vanessa Bell, Woolf was a central figure in ... (more)

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