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How to Be Alone

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a collection of essays that reveal Jonathan Franzen to be one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics.While the essays in this collection range in subject matter from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each one wrestles with the essential themes of Franzens wr

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The Complete Essays of Mark Twain

Mark Twain is best known as one of this countrys finest humorists and novelists. As this collection confirms, he was one of our finest essayists as well. Gathered here in a single volume, these pieces reveal the complete range of this esteemed American writer and contain some of his best, funniest, and most caustic work. English as She Is Taught, What Is Man?, and Le

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Essays of E.B. White

The essays in this companion volume to the Letters of E. B. White have been selected by White himself, from a lifetime of writing. I have chosen the ones that have amused me in the rereading, he writes in the Foreword, along with a few that seemed to have the odor of durability clinging to them. The Essays of E. B. White are incomparable; like his Letters, this is a vo

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Selected Writings

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) developed a variety of identities as a writer: essayist, philosopher, critic of literature, drama and art, biographer, political commentator, and polemicist. Praised for his eloquence, he was also reviled by conservatives for his radical politics. This edition, thematically organized for ease of access, contains some of his best-known essays, su

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The Lamp of Memory

John Ruskin overturned Victorian society�s ideas about art and architecture, arguing that ancient buildings must be conserved for their deep, mystical links with the past and that creative design is essential � not for financial gain, but to communicate eternal human truths.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselve

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Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twentieth Centurys Most Enjoyable Books

In Pure Pleasure, John Carey, one of Britains most respected literary critics, introduces us to what he believes are the fifty most enjoyable books of the twentieth century based on sheer reading pleasure. Mixing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Carey includes literary heavyweights like James Joyce, Thomas Mann, and T. S. Eliot, as well as more populist writers like Arthu

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