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81. Literature : An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, Compact Edition, Interactive Edition (4th Edition)
by X. J. Kennedy, Dana M. Gioia
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Literature, Compact 4/e, the concise edition of the most popular introduction of its kind, is organized into three genres¤Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. As in past editions, the authors' collective poetic voice brings personal warmth and a human perspective to the discussion of literature, adding to students' interest in the readings.An introduction to a balance of contemporary and classic stories, poems, and plays. Casebooks offer in-depth look at an author or clusters of works, for example “Latin American Poetry.” Authors Joe Kennedy and Dana Gioia provide inviting and illuminating introductions to the authors included and to the elements of literature. Coverage of writing about literature is also included.For those interested in literature. ... Read more

82. The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period
by William St Clair
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Most people believed that reading significantly influenced minds, attitudes, and actions during the centuries when printed paper was the only means by which texts could travel across time and distance. William St. Clair offers a very different picture of the past from those presented by traditional approaches through quantified information he provides on book prices, print runs, intellectual property, and readerships gathered from over fifty publishing and printing archives. ... Read more

83. Literature for Children : A Short Introduction (5th Edition)
by David L. Russell
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This succinct yet comprehensive introduction to children's literature focuses on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors. This text is unique from others on the market because it is flexible for use in both English and Education departments.It focuses on the traditional genres of children's literature, and the discussions within the chapters are organized according to themes.Children's Literature. ... Read more

84. Dystopian Literature
by M. Keith Booker
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Dystopian literature is a potent vehicle for criticizing existing social conditions or political systems, and for warning against the potential negative consequences of utopian thought. This reference is a guide to dystopian theory and literature. It discusses the work of key theorists and summarizes several important utopian works to provide a background. The rest of the book summarizes and analyzes numerous dystopian novels, plays, and films. ... Read more

85. The Longman Anthology of World Literature A,B,C: The Ancient World, the Medieval Era, and the Early Modern Period
by David Damrosch, April Alliston, Marshall Brown, Page Dubois, Sabry Hafez
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86. The Elements of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst
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Asin: 0881790338
Catlog: Book (1992-11-01)
Publisher: Hartley & Marks
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Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining the practical, theoretical, and historical, this edition is completely updated, with a thorough exploration of the newest innovations in intelligent font technology, and is a must-have for graphic artists, editors, or anyone working with the printed page using digital or traditional methods. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I can't remain in my profession without this book.
As a designer, I am always looking to hone my skills. I thought I was adept at setting type until I found this gem. Bringhurst's study of type covers the obvious to the arcane. Beautifully designed, it illustrates type and their families, page geometry, philosophies of design, and typesetting rules. Master Craftsman, Hermann Zapf (you know -- his faces are in your computer) said himself that "he wishes to see this book become the Typographers Bible". This book is a must for the writer, publisher, designer, and editor because it covers a multitude of topics and rules vital and common to each sector. This is the "Manual of Style" for typesetting. It requires us to think more carefully about the setting of words and its impact on writing: "Typography is to literature what musical performance is to composition -- full of endless opportunity for insight OR obtuseness." I recommend this for anyone even remotely interested in the artform of letters. I highly recommend it for writers considering designing their own books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Only five stars?
How can I possibly only give this work five stars? Robert Bringhurst's "Elements of Typographic Style" is more than a list of prescriptions. It is a definitive reference which explores the history behind typography, and uses that history to explain in its clear, lucid way why rules exist. Where the antiquated rules have no practical basis, Bringhurst is quick to dispell their necessity - but he neither dismisses them nor rejects them.

The visual beauty of this book is apparent upon opening it - it is a model of all it preaches. It addresses ongoing issues of basic formatting and page shaping, but also modern needs such as setting more than one language in one text - including those that read right to left (e.g., Arabic scripts). The simple yet elegant writing style makes reading this work a pleasure in itself. Anyone who deals with type - and this now means most everyone - should read this book; its advice is complementary, or even superior, to a style manual.

The Amazon editorial above lays out its sections, and as that shows, the book covers the full breadth of modern typography and page composition.

I strongly recommend this book. It is an honour to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Few Really Fine Works on Classic Typography
Along with the later book by James Felici, called "The Complete Manual of Typography" from Adobe Press, Bringhurst's book is a landmark work in English for any level of typgographic study.
Read it slowly and carefully for all the nuggets he leaves in a trail for us to follow. An amazing, brilliant effort no graphic design person should omit from his or her typographic education.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book to own
If you were allowed only one book on typography, it should be this one. Bringhurst is a poet. He loves language, written language, and all its parts. That love comes through in the text and the visual presentation of every page.

Bringhurst advocates a subdued typographic style. This makes good sense in the vast majority of cases, since typography is the servant of the text that it carries. Like any good servant, it should be unobtrusive, well dressed, and competent to handle every task it is given, quietly and promptly. Bringhurst demonstrates nearly everything he says, starting first with this book itself.

The book is a beautiful artifact, with an elegant and informative page layout. Body text, side- and foot-notes, references, running titles, and more - they all fit together well on the page. Each kind of information is set off only slightly, but clearly and predictably. The content is well organized: prose in the early chapters, reference material in the later chapters and appendices, and all the intermediates in the middle of the book. Diagrams and tables are minimalist and communicative.

The text spans centuries, from ancient Egyptian page layouts to the rationale behind Unicode. Bringhurst is passionate about typography's history, and insists that it inform every modern decision about print and printing. He embraces the new just as much, and is careful to note the strengths and weaknesses of each typographic technology.

Bringhurst discusses far too many topics to touch on here. In every case, though, he brings his poet's sense to all of the writing, using witty, descriptive language for even the most mundane of technical issues. The one weakness I saw was in the geometry of page layouts. I like his mathematical rigor and esthetic practicality. Still, I think that the number of different constructions was more a tribute to what can be done than to what serves a real need.

This is the best, most complete text I know on book design. As Bringhurst points out, there are lots of other uses for type than books, but he chose books as his subject - I have no problem with that limitation. The only problem I saw, and not really a problem with the book itself, is its subtlety. The nuances (well, most of the nuances) he discusses are important. Beginners, however, may not see the significance of small matters. Once a reader's eye it tuned to the fine detail, however, this book is the most helpful I know.

2-0 out of 5 stars An anal examination of type.
If you are into fonts in a big way you'll like this book. If you design fine books you'll enjoy it. Much on history. The section equating musical scales seemed insane to me. The derivations of the names of the fonts (obscure mythological or operatic characters) is interesting but useless. Most of the book is useless to me at this point in my design career. I'm looking for something more concrete. Something that compares the legibility and usability of various fonts or gives examples of why a designer would choose one font over another for which type of job. I was looking, perhaps, for a discussion on the relative merits of slab serifs vs. other types of serifs, or x-height and usability, or think and thin strokes on serif type. I just finished reading "The Elements of Graphic Design" by Alex W. White which, for me, was much more instructive, giving me concrete reasons for using various styles. Not to say I didn't learn something. The section on analphabetic characters was enlightening as was the comparison of different fonts that really aren't what they seem to be (two entirely different fonts named Garamond). I now know that when people speak about the relative excellence of Garamond they probably don't know what they are talking about. Two stars may seem low but I think people here generally overrate things. I didn't find it very readable either. Still I'd like to have it in my library, good reference on rare occasions. If you are a font fanatic, go for it. ... Read more

87. The Gnostic Bible: Gnostic Texts of Mystical Wisdom form the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-02)
Publisher: Shambhala
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE—with earlier antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother and father, and the self-knowledge is the supreme path to the divine. Only in the past fifty years has it become clear how far the gnostic influence spread in ancient and medieval religions—and what a marvelous body of scriptures it produced.

This is the first time that such a rich and diverse collection of gnostic texts have been brought together in a single volume, in translations that allow the spirit of the original texts to shine. The selections gathered here, in poetic, readable translation, represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their regions of origin include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. Also included are introductions, notes, an extensive glossary, and a wealth of suggestions for further reading. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Offering a veritable wealth of diverse sources
Collaboratively compiled and expertly co-edited by Willis Barnstone (Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Indiana University) and Marvin Meyer (Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies, Chapman University, Orange, California), The Gnostic Bible: Gnostic Texts Of Mystical Wisdom From The Ancient And Medieval Worlds is an 880-page collection of Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar writings concerning gnostic spirituality. Offering a veritable wealth of diverse sources, all of which are in full keeping with the Gnostic movement (and its promotion of salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience), The Gnostic Bible is a comprehensive, profoundly spiritual, and exceptionally accessible literary text, which is specifically translated in a manner that is designed to be clear and accessible to scholars, students, and non-specialist general readers of all backgrounds. No personal or academic Gnostic Studies collection can be considered truly comprehensive without the inclusion of this Shambhala edition of The Gnostic Bible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gnostic Bible
Fitting title for this book - Gnostic Bible. It brings together all the Gnostic Scriptures along with introductary commentary for each book. I spend a couple hours reading this book at the local book store and soon will order a copy. If you are interested in Gnostic literature, this book seems to be source for all within one hardcover book.

My favorite Gnostic books were the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Phillip, Gospel of Thomas, and Letter to Flora. Even though technology has advanced immeasurably since these Gospels were written, at least 1,800 years ago, one area that these ancients seems to have possessed that is timeless is their Philosophy, thoughts, and ideas which seem to be quite advanced in many ways even compared to us today 1,800 years later.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disorganizaed but essential
This read bills itself as a collection of Gnostic readings, which is to say the Gnostic Bible. But the title is deceiving as the book is in fact not a Bible at all, it is just a collection of disorganizaed poetry and documents, none of which seem to form a story or a biblical narrative. In some ways the setup mirrors the Qur'anic setup where seemingly unrelated passages are jumbled together but at least the Qur'an as reason(its longest to Shortest in Surah's), this 'Bible' is not a bible but just a collection of unimportant little readings. The Gnostics and Gnosticism was a very important movement in the first centuries after Christ and this 'Bible' does not do them justice. Their should be better sources for an actual Bible used by the Gnosts rather then just a collection of Gnostic and pseudo-Gnostic literature.

Seth J. Frantzman

5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient Hidden Texts Come Into Contemporary Light
This is a fascinating volume. I have heard of the gnostic teachings over the years, but never realized that they were so widespread nor so diverse. These teachings extended in space from western China all the way to the Languedoc in southwestern France, and in time from before Christ until the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars in the thirteenth century. It is interesting to note that, as Willis Barnstone states in his Epilogue, "(in) its territorial range, in its cultural multiplicity, no religion has been so internationally receptive as has gnosticism." In comparison, orthodox Christianity and Islam, while they now have a greater reach geographically, attained much of their extension through conquest.

From Marvin Meyer's Introduction and Willis Barnstone's Epilogue, both models of clear, accessible sholarship, one learns the reason why the gnostic teachings were so hated by the orthodoxies, especially in Christianity. The gnostic views ran so counter to the orthodox view that they represented a real theological threat to orthodox believers. It is no surprise that the early church set out to systematically destroy its major theological rival once Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire with Constantine's conversion in 1306. Despite the apparent logic of such a protective action, it is reprehensible nonetheless, equal in proportion to the later destruction of Mayan codices and other Pre-Columbian sacred texts by the Spanish in the Americas.

I am not Christian, Jewish or Muslim, but I am intensely interested in mystical literature and in the mystical experience. After having initially read the beginning introductions, the epilogue and a bare smattering of the different entries, I can see how these teachings have exerted their influence through the writings of the major Christian, Jewish and Islamic mystics. Though these mystics often cloaked their teachings in the language of orthodoxy, and were persecuted nonetheless, their message has always come through to those dissatisfied with the strictures imposed by orthodox teachings. The gnostic principle of the individual's ability to achieve direct union with God without the intermediaries of church hierarchy has run like an underground aquifer through the centuries. With this volume, and the many others written in the last half-century at least, this underground source is once again coming to light. Its refreshing and revivifying message offers hope to those of us tired of the reigning orthodoxies with their increasing rigidity, exclusionary tactics and propensity toward fundamentalist, sectarian violence.

There is also the artistic beauty of these texts to consider, along with their historical, cultural, spiritual and theological implications . We are lucky to have Willis Barnstone, one of our master translators and poets, rendering many of these writings into lucid, rapturous verse and prose. His essay, "Letting in the Light: Translating Holy Texts," argues convincingly for translations that convey not only the sacred wisdom of the texts but also their literary beauty. Being an ardent admirer of Mr. Barnstone's work, I have complete faith in the quality and tone of the translations here, which is a good thing, because I doubt I will ever learn the original languages. I am also looking forward to reading Marvin Meyer's translations, with which I am not yet familiar, as well as all the introductions for each specific category of gnostic literature. For one of the uninitiated like me, I can't think of a better introductory text. This is definitely a book to study, re-read and cherish. ... Read more

88. Discourse Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
by Gillian Brown, George Yule
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Discourse analysis is a term which has come to have different interpretations for scholars working in different disciplines. For a sociolinguist, it is concerned mainly with the structre of social interaction manifested in conversation; for a psycholinguist, it is primarily concerned with the nature of comprehension of short written texts; for the computational linguist, it is concerned with producing operational models of text-understanding within highly limited contexts. In this textbook, the authors provide an extensive overview of the many and diverse approaches to the study of discourse, but base their own approach centrally on the discipline which, to varying degrees, is common to them all - linguistics. Using a methodology which has much in common with descriptive linguistics, they offer a lucid and wide-ranging account of how forms of language are used in communication. Their principal concern is to examine how any language produced by man, whether spoken or written, is used to communicate for a purpose in a context. The discussion is carefully illustrated throughout by a wide variety of discourse types (conversations recorded in different social situations, extracts from newspapers, notices, contemporary fiction, graffiti, etc.). The techniques of analysis are described and exemplified in sufficient detail for the student to be able to apply them to any language in context that he or she encounters. A familiarity with elementary linguistics is assumed, but the range of issues discussed in conjunction with the variety of exemplification presented will make this a valuable and stimulating textbook not only for students of linguistics, but for any reader who wishes to investigate the principles underlying the use of language in natural contexts to communicate and understand intended meaning. ... Read more

89. Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia : Fourth Edition (Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia)
by Bruce Murphy
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Catlog: Book (1996-10-09)
Publisher: HarperResource
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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What does it mean to have the voice of a stentor? Where is John o'Groat'sHouse? Ever heard of a beast epic, or the Jindyworobak Movement? And what is theorigin of the word "abracadabra"?

The answers lie in this delicious reference that anyone interested in humility should have;just glimpsing it on the shelf reminds one of how very much there is that one does notknow. The thousands of entries in Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia cover anythingand nearly everything having to do with literature. The book includes biographies ofauthors, summaries of books and plays, depictions of characters and mythologicalfigures, explications of literary terms and movements, and, well, a whole bunch of otherirresistible stuff that is somewhat quirky and utterly engrossing. (For the curious: a stentor's voice is a very loud voice; John o'Groat's House isconsidered to be the most northerly point in Great Britain; in a beast epic, "thecentral characters are animals and the tone is often satirical"; the JindyworobakMovement is "a school of Australian poets demanding fidelity to Australianenvironment and the employment of aboriginal themes"; and abracadabra is acabalistic charm.) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a booklover's book, fun to browse, xlnt reference
A handy reference work for scholars, literature students, readers and booksellers, the headings include authors, titles, literary terms, fictional protagonists, historical personages, and so forth. This is one to keep at arm's reach, right there next to the dictionary.

A quick & ready reference for unfamiliar terms encountered during literary jaunts and journeys, and a great aid for booksellers needing some accurate background information to list a literary find online! One wishes the numerous online booksellers just entering the fray would purchase a copy, and familiarize themselves just a little with the world of books and literature of which they have become purveyors! - I've seen listings that betray the seller's ignorance of the difference between Winston Churchill the British statesman (& prime minister), and Winston Churchill the American novelist! A quick check of this easy reference work would have made the difference between accuracy and diletantism!

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy reference to every literary topic imaginable.
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia is the most complete one-volume encyclopedia based on literature. Its entries are numerous and cover a vast variety of topics, from 'portmanteau words' to 'The Inferno.' I highly recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in literature or who need some extra help in that subject to get by.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Priceless Resource
I purchased this for myself my second year of college. Being an English major especially interested in the Modernists, it soon became the most used volume in my bookcase. A fantastic quick reference when crunched for time and excellent for understanding those oh-so-esoteric literary allusions. It's wonderful, with references for historical and artistic events and movements, novels, epics, authors, poets . . . a must for any lover and/or student of literature. This would make a fantastic gift, too!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite, But A Good Choice
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, a favorite literary reference source for many years, has been substantially revised and updated in recent years with more emphasis on African American, Eastern, Middle Eastern, African, South American, Eastern European, and women's literature.

Benet's compilation includes biographies of authors and poets, short summaries of literary works, historical data on literary movements, and definitions of literary terms. Other entries encompass more general topics that might interest readers: historical definitions (Napoleon Bonaparte, Congress of Vienna, Vietnam War, Vikings), religious terms (trimurti - Hindu, Trinity - Christian, tripitaka - Buddhist), and art and music references (e.g., Grandma Moses, Picasso, and Mozart).

I find Benet's short essays and definitions to be well-written and quite helpful. It is an excellent reference work.

However, my personal favorite is the Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, a joint effort of Merriam Webster and Encyclopedia of Britannica. Benet's and Merriam Webster's compilations overlap considerably, but they are not identical.

Benet's work is less complete; most notably it has fewer definitions for literary terms as well as fewer biographies of authors and poets. I find that Merriam-Webster's has many more descriptive essays on specific literary works and poems. For example, Benet's does not have an entry for The Name of the Rose, I Sing the Body Electric, Love in the Time of Cholera, For the Union Dead, or many other titles found in Merriam Webster.

Where Benet's and Merriam Webster's have the same entry (e.g., Cervantes, Charlie Chan, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Paradise Lost), they are both quite good. Merriam Webster's has some photos and drawings scattered throughout the text; Benet's does not.

I give 5 stars to Merriam Webster's and 4 stars to Benet's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Traveling companion or reference guide, this one's a winner.
For what it is, this little volume is the best: An illustrated guide (necessarily succinct because it is, after all, only one volume) to authors, works, characters, cities and towns of the British Isles as they relate to literature.

If you're putting together a tour of Britain relating to a particular writer -- A Christmas Tour of Dickens's England, for example -- here's the place to begin.

Altogether there are 1200 places listed, associated with 913 authors. Illustrations include portraits of writers, pictures of buildings and pictures of landscapes that are associated with authors and their works.

The section on Edinburgh is typical. After a paragraph about the early history of the town, its famous writers are listed with titles of their works. the earliest is Gavin Douglas, allegorical poet, who died in 1522. There's information about all the classical Scots -- even the somewhat obscure -- from Dr. Johnson through Stevenson, Carlyle, Burns and MacKenzie to David Hume.

It's too small to be detailed in the information it presents, but it's certainly broad enough in scope to be an extremely valuable desk reference to English literature. As a travel guide it's unique and invaluable.

It's an extraordinary book, one you'll lose yourself in, one that will send you back to the bookshelf to check and to reread some authors. ... Read more

90. The Annotated Lolita : Revised and Updated
by VLADIMIR NABOKOV, Alfred Appel Jr.
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Catlog: Book (1991-04-23)
Publisher: Vintage
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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In 1954 Vladimir Nabokov asked one American publisher to consider "a firebomb that I have just finished putting together." The explosive device: Lolita, his morality play about a middle-aged European's obsession with a 12-year-old American girl. Two years later, the New York Times called it "great art." Other reviewers staked a higher moral ground (the editor of the London Sunday Express declaring it "the filthiest book I've ever read"). Since then, the sinuous novel has never ceased to astound.Even Nabokov was astonished by its place in the popular imagination. One biographer writes that "he was quite shocked when a little girl of eight or nine came to his door for candy on Halloween, dressed up by her parents as Lolita." And when it came time to casting the film, Nabokov declared, "Let them find a dwarfess!"

The character Lolita's power now exists almost separately from the endlessly inventive novel. If only it were read as often as it is alluded to. Alfred Appel Jr., editor of the annotated edition, has appended some 900 notes, an exhaustive, good-humored introduction, and a recent preface in which he admits that the "reader familiar with Lolita can approach the apparatus as a separate unit, but the perspicacious student who keeps turning back and forth from text to Notes risks vertigo." No matter. The notes range from translations to the anatomical to the complex textual. Appel is also happy to point out the Great Punster's supposedly unintended word play: he defends the phrase "Beaver Eaters" as "a portmanteau of 'Beefeaters' (the yeoman of the British royal guard) and their beaver hats." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's NOT a dirty book!!!!!!!!!!!!
I only recently read "Lolita", after having managed to avoid it for a good twenty-six years. Thank God I picked it up at last! I don't believe in "the Great American Novel" and I've never been able to choose one book as "the best I've ever read"-- before now. Whether or not it qualifies as an American novel (I don't see why not, but as Nabokov was born outside the U.S. others might disagree) 'Lolita' IS the best book I've ever read, hands down, bar none, period. // And yet, every time I recommend it to someone new, they comment, "oh, but that's a sick book. I don't want to read about an old man and a little girl. It's nasty.," or something along those lines. WRONG!!!!!! 'Lolita' is a beautiful, lyrical, funny, compelling, exciting adventure with a narrator who's insanely sane and a heroine one can pity but seldom respect. The plot is unpredictable even if you know the subject matter, and at times the tension generated by dear Humbert Humbert and his little Lo kept me up all night long, reading. // I love this book, respect it, and look forward to reading it many many times. Certainly I'll always find something new-- Nabokov is Joycean in the multitude and depth of his references, with a charming American tilt and sense of fun. :: READ THIS BOOK. I dare you to dislike it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of subtle literary meaning
Nabokov has crafted here a work so brilliant it deserves to be put side by side with all the classics of western literary tradition. He towers above the rest with a literary style that can only be described as breathtaking.

I will not bother to respond to the idea of Lolita as pornography or as a book of paedophilia. It is a topic not worthy of discussing.

The literary allusions in Lolita are so rich and subtle that a reader can reread Lolita dozens of times and still find fresh material to marvel at. Perhaps one of the most directly readable of the Modernist authors, Vladimir Nabokov combines here a dazzling virtuoso performance of literary meaning. Though no master of languages or literature yet, I caught the few simple allusions to Poe, and am tracking down the rest slowly. Lolita is truly a book of multiple meanings, a book that transfigures and transforms, remakes and enlightens in a way subtle and profound.

A glorious work of a maestro in his prime, Lolita ought to be required reading simply for the lush beauty of its prose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lolita.. for the serious reader
I, like I am aware many of you are, am a very picky reader. I need to be pulled in by a book and taken away by it. That is exactly what I found in Lolita, and haven't found since. Nabokov has set my standards extremely high with his prose writing style which in my mind can be compared to no one but Edgar Allen Poe himself.
As for the storyline, I was swept away by the gentleness of Humbert and his emotions. I truely connected with him. I felt his sorrow, his pain and his happiness. I connected with Lolita, with her innocence and lack there of, and how she felt. I connected with Clare Quilty in a way I never thought I would have. I felt hatred towards the characters, sympathy towards them. Everything you should feel in novels.
As for the descriptions. Well, Nabokov does go a wee bit overboard with them. However, as in the rule set by Poe - "Every single line in the story must lead up to a single effect," and Nabokov does a hell of good job doing it. All of those descriptions forshadow something.
"Lolita" is full of culture, also. It describes settings perfectly with the era. From Lo's clothes to her music, from the magazines she reads to the way the family life is, you can perfectly imagine just what time period it is historically as well as personally.
The book is extremely difficult, some pages and paragraphs have to be read two or three times in order to fully absorb their content. Sometimes I even found it difficult not to skim through things, but i'm glad I did not.
If you are going to read "Lolita," read it because you want to, not because it's considered a classic. If you read it, take it in, take your time.. absorb Nabokov's words. You will not be regretful.
I recommend this book to serious readers who wish to read it to be swept away. I do not recommend this to people who just want to say they've read it, because they won't enjoy it. Take your time, and absorb the content, and I guarentee you'll love it!

Liz- 17

5-0 out of 5 stars in response to "inferior story"
It sounds to me like you only read the book because it's 'deemed a classic.' In your sluggish effort to simply finish the book so you could say you read it, you missed some large issues that Nabokov presented. Being a former English major, you should've picked up on the larger themes, not that it's just a story about a girl being raped. What about the theme of 'old Europe' vs. 'young America,' American modernization, generation clashes, pop culture, love and romance, betrayal. You missed all that and more. No, you don't have to like the book, but you didn't pick up what the book really was about and maybe that's why you didn't like it.

2-0 out of 5 stars A great technical novel, with an inferior story
(Please keep in mind that I gave this book two stars compared to other books considered classics - I'm not saying it's as good as Al Franken's book, which I gave three stars. When rating books, I keep in mind the genre.)

Nabokov is a superior writer for the reasons that Appel mentions in his detailed notes: his allusions to other works, the book being a parody of itself, effective use of foreshadowing, putting the author's fingerprint on the narrative, the double, and all of the other literary techniques. In the end though, the story is lousy. A 13-year-old girl is getting raped and I couldn't care and it's not because I sympathized with her tormentor either. Does that make me a bad person? Perhaps. Does it make Nabokov a lousy storyteller? In this instance, yes.

I just couldn't care about the characters. The book took me two years to read - I kept putting it down to read another novel. I wasn't expecting - and didn't want - an erotic thriller. That's what late-night Showtime is for. If the point of the novel was to make a story about pedophilia mundane, than Nabokov succeed. It still doesn't mean it's a good book. (Some of the other reviews here sound as if they gave the book a good rating just because it's been deemed a classic.)

As a former English major, I've read many classic novels. Read this one if you are interested in the technical aspects of writing. Examining Nabokov's approach will make you a better writer. Don't read it because you are looking for a classic that tells a good story though - check out Joyce, Steinbeck, or Fitzgerald for that need.

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91. The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
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The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad offers a wide-ranging introduction to the fiction of Joseph Conrad, one of the most influential novelists of the twentieth century. Leading Conrad scholars give an account of Conrad's life, provide detailed readings of his major works, and discuss his narrative techniques, his complex relationship with cultural developments of his time, his influence on later writers and artists, and recent developments in Conrad criticism. The volume, which is aimed at students and the general reader, also contains a chronology and guide to further reading. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Conrad Companion
The series "Cambridge Companions" is somewhat uneven. Some titles are excellent, and others are inaccesible, tedious and really not "Companions" at all. This "Companion", however, to Joseph Conrad is probably one of the best in the series.

Beginning with a short biography of Conrad's life, there follow chapters on the short fiction, and several on most of the important of Conrad's works, such as "Heart of Darkness", "Lord Jim", "Nostromo" and "The Secret Agent". These are followed by sections on his late novels, Conradian narrative, his influence, and others. All of the Chapters are written in closed essay form by leading Conrad scholars, are easy to read, and well documented with footnotes. The final chapter includes a fairly comprehensive bibliography that wil be most helpful for students and scholars alike. It will provide a good starting point for further research.

If you are interested in Joseph Conrad, beyond reading his novels and short stories, then this book will be very helpful. I recommend it highly.

Joseph Conrad is not only a Great Master of English literature, but also a man who wandered all over the world, by sea and land, producing for our delight a treasure of short stories as intense as novels, as well as adozen novels as engaging as fairy tales. For some readers he is above all awriter of "sea stories", for others a creator of fabulous adventures; formany, an intuitive connoisseur of the human soul who gave birth tounforgettable characters. But there is more: Joseph Conrad inhabits hisbooks, he is a friend who shows us a path, gently spelling out about aperiod in human history. He talks to the intelligence and the emotions. Thebunch of essays of this wonderful companion, by the Cambridge fellows,gives us precious hints for travelling with Captain Conrad through thelabyrinths and waves of the physical and virtual planet in which chance hasplaced us to live and die. ... Read more

92. The Cambridge Companion to Dante (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
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This book provides an introduction to Dante that is at once accessible and challenging.Fifteen specially-commissioned essays by distinguished scholars provide background information and up-to-date critical perspectives on Dante's life and work, focusing on areas of central importance.Three essays introduce the three canticles of the Divine Comedy, and others explore the literary, intellectual and historical background to Dante's writings, his other works and his reception in the commentary tradition and in literature in English. The book also includes a chronological table and suggestions for further reading. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful for scholars and just plain readers
This companion is an excellent guide to Dante's life, work, and thought. It is especially useful for those readers of the Comedy who want more information on specific allusions than most footnoted editions can supply. It is also helpful for an understanding of the complex political and religious turmoils in which Dante was embroiled, and which showed up continuously throughout his work. ... Read more

93. A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms
by Richard A. Lanham
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The first edition of this widely used work has been reprinted manytimes over two decades. With a unique combination of alphabetical anddescriptive lists, it provides in one convenient, accessible volume all therhetorical termsmostly Greek and Latinthat students of Western literature andrhetoric are likely to come across in their reading or to find useful in theirwriting. Now the Second Edition offers new features that will make it still moreuseful:A completely revised alphabetical listing that defines nearly 1,000terms used by scholars of formal rhetoric from classical Greece to the presentday.A revised system of cross-references between terms.Many new examples andnew, extended entries for central terms.A revised Terms-by-Type listing toidentify unknown terms.A new typographical design for easier access. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's Just Fun!
Over the Christmas holidays, I traveled back east to visit my parents. I carried Lanham's "A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms." One night my mom and I sat up talking about everything from Picasso to metaphysics and at some point we got to talking about Shakespeare. I tried to explain to her why Shakespeare is rhetorically reveered, and at one point I climbed downstairs to the guest room and retrieved Lanham's book. She -- like most of us -- hears the word "rhetoric" and thinks of politicians and empty promises, or phrasing so complicated as to render simple fact obscure.

I think the first word in "Handlist" we got a chuckle over was "chiasmus" and some of the examples like "It's not whether grapenuts are good enough for you, but whether you're good enough for grapenuts!" And the famous "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." The one that gave her the best chuckle though was an editor's advice to a young writer "You're writing is both original and interesting; unfortunately the part that's original is not interesting and the part that is interesting is not original."

The great thing about this book is that it gives name to a great many devices we already use in everyday speech, and for a writer this information is invaluable. The better facility a writer has with these devices the better he or she can express our endless human emotions.

A good many of the examples give the Latin or Greek root word, but the definitions are in English. Many of them have example usage along with the definition.

E.g., "Insultatio": derisive, ironical abuse of a person to his face. As Hamlet says to his mother:
Look on this picture, and on this,
The counterfeit presentment of two brothers.
See what a grace was seated on this brow:
Hyperion's curls, the front of Jove himself...
This was your husband. Look you now what follows.
Here is your husband, like a mildewed ear
Blasting the wholesome brother. Have you eyes?
Could you on this fair mountain leave to feed,
And batten on this moor? Ha! Have you eyes?
(Hamlett, III, iv)

All in all, I think this handlist -- as much a dictionary as a "handlist" of rhetorical devices -- is a rich resource for writers, law students, political science majors, and young English scholars. Indeed, with this handlist, you could begin your own "Progymnasmata"!


4-0 out of 5 stars A Wordsmith's Wonderland
Samuel Butler once wrote that "All a rhetorician's rules teach nothing but to name his tools." Classical and Medieval rhetoricians named, renamed, parsed, and cataloged all these tools with a bewildering sesquipedalian nomenclature. "Handlist" almost succeeds in its attempt to make sense of this thorny thicket of jargon.

Chapter 1 of "Handlist" is a dictionary style listing of all the various names of the rhetorical devices. Each name is individually entered, but only the main name is defined. Each of the lesser names simply has cross references. The merely-cross-referenced names outnumber the actually-defined names by about 3 to 1. The actually-defined names should have been set in a bolder type than the merely-cross-referenced names.

Chapter 2 consists of an excellent review of the divisions of rhetoric. Read Chapter 2 first.

Chapter 3 takes the more common rhetorical devices and catalogs them by type, giving brief definitions. It catalogs only one name for each device, and is much more user friendly than Chapter 1. Read Chapter 3 second.

My suggestion for the third edition: Reorder the chapters. Put Chapter 2 first and Chapter 1 last.

2-0 out of 5 stars poorly organized
The problem that I have with this book is that often the words that it defines tells me to go look up another fine. That would be fine, except that I go to the word it said to look up and discover that I either have to look up another word. This book is not helpful in that respect, and given that a lot of PCs run Windows, it doesn't really make sense to release a hypertext version for the Mac but not one for Windows. So the Windows users are stuck with a book that really isn't that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enquire Within Upon Everything
It's hard to describe how valuable this book is. Simply put, it changed my life. The title is both perfect and a little misleading: yes, it's a handlist, but that gives little sense of the breadth and scholarship of Lanham's work. Yes, you'll find incredibly useful definitions of the most recondite, as well as the most everyday, tropes and schemes. But embedded within his exposition Lanham gives us an argument for rhetoric: its complexity, historical richness, and value. Lanham's touch is very personal, offering a collection of definitions that are at once eclectic and definitive. If you need to buy one book on rhetoric, this should be it. If it intrigues you as much as it did me, follow up with Lanham's _The Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts_. There you'll see the very practical implications of the study of rhetoric framed through historical and theoretical debates. Two thumbs up.

5-0 out of 5 stars great desk reference
I keep 5 reference books on writing w/in arms reach of my desk; this is one of them. The book catalogs every rhetorical flourish I've ever heard of, provides vivid examples of each, and witty and insightful commentary on many of them. ... Read more

94. The Necessary Shakespeare
by David Bevington
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Extracted from the best-selling Complete Works of Shakespeare, 4/e by David Bevington, The Necessary Shakespeare offers the most comprehensive scholarly apparatus, with the most often taught-necessary-of Shakespeare's work, creating a truly concise yet complete anthology. Includes complete texts of the 20 most popular plays, plus the complete sonnets.Attention to history context through photographs, maps, a royal genealogy of English, and other important source material.Four-color inset of art and photographs enhance one's reading of the works.Reader-friendly design in a two-column format with line glosses and annotations on the same page as the primary text.Back matter includes historial maps, the genealogy, a glossary of terms, bibliography of further reading, and textual and source information. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Professor White is upset
This isn't my review. I heard Professor David Allen White, Shakespeare professor extraordinaire at the U. S. Naval Academy, last night on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. He was furious upon receiving the latest edition of this book to find that all of the notes and introduction have been larded with post-modernist criticism and political correctness. He says he can't teach from this book any more. He cites such nonsense as claiming that Amelia is the true heroine of Othello; As You Like It is about homoeroticism; yadda yadda yadda.

He said that if Shakespeare were handed this book, he'd burn it.

This review may not get published, so I have tried to contact the good Professor to post his own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
I always thought it was wasteful of English professors to make students buy a Complete Shakespeare when only half of the plays (at most) were studied. "The Necessary Shakespeare" provides a sensible alternative: the 20 most-often studied plays, all the sonnets, and all the critical apparatus you could want. It even has an index to characters, which you don't often see. Highly recommended. ... Read more

95. The World of Myth
by David Adams Leeming
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Readable
Like other reviewers, I would have not given this book a second thought were it not one of my textbooks for English 102. I was pleasantly surprised! It is a very enjoyable introduction to viewing myths from the Jungian perspective. There are stories from all over the world, including the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran. While I am suspicious of a couple of the sources that Leeming uses, most are wonderful, from scholars like Joseph Campbell and Samuel Noah Kramer. I appreciate the most that there are actual translations of important myths like those of Inanna and Pan instead of paraphrasing or summaries: hearing them in their original lyrical form makes a BIG difference! There are few books that I will not sell back at the end of the semester: this is one that I hung on to!

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful weave of mythology and symbolism...
A book I would never have gotten if not for my final course I took in univeristy, a course on Mythology and Symbolism, I went into this book thinking, "Gosh, myths. Yawn."

I was sadly mistaken. Parallelling Joseph Campbell's notion of universal myths, this book is an exciting journey through various myth-types that seem to crop up in nearly every culture. Explore Creation Myths, Flood Myths, Hero Myths, and Object Myths, for a few examples, in a way that crosses cultures and time periods with ease. A truly diverse selection is in this work, this is not just your typical compilation of Greek and Roman myths. Eastern and Western mythologies tie in with Celtic and Asian and Nordic and Hebrew.

If you are at all interested in mythology, this is the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection
This is a wonderful collection of Mythology from all over the world. It is very useful in determining common threads of myth in different socieities... ... Read more

96. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1 A: The Middle Ages
by M.H. Abrams
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With adoptions at over 1,300 colleges and universities in its first semester; the Seventh Edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature continues to be the indispensable anthology. Like its predecessors, the Seventh Edition offers the best in English literature from the classic to the contemporary in a readable, teachable format. More selections by women and twentieth-century writers, a richer offering of contextual writings and apparatus fully revised to reflect today's scholarship make the Seventh Edition the choice for breadth, depth, and quality.

For the first time ever, the acclaimed Norton Anthology of English Literature is available in six separate volumes, each of which cover a specific period of English lit and focus on the wide range of writers and literature, with full annotation and commentary. Adapted unabridged from the full Norton Anthology, this volume is ideal for focused study or specific coursework in the period. ... Read more

97. Concise Anthology of American Literature (5th Edition)
by George McMichael, J.C. Levenson, Leo Marx, David E. Smith, Mae Miller Claxton, Susan Bunn
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This book contains selections from Volumes I and II of the Anthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition. Carefully selected works introduce readers to America's literary heritage, from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Toni Morrison.It provides a wealth of additional contextual information surrounding the readings as well as the authors themselves. An expanded chronological chart and interaction time line help readers associate literary works with historical, political, technological, and cultural developments. Other coverage includes a continued emphasis on cultural plurality, including the contributions to the American literary canon made by women and minority authors, and a reflection of the changing nature of the canon of American Literature.For anyone who likes to read the writings of American Literature—and wants to understand the connection between those words and their place in American history. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A pretty good anthology
Let's face it, most people won't be buying this volume by choice--they'll buy it for a class. Still, it's good to know what you're getting into. This is a pretty good anthology of American literature, starting all the way back with Native American myths and Columbus's journals and continuing through Puritan, Enlightenment, Transcendentalist, Romantic, and modern periods of literature in America.

The introductions to the pieces are good--as good or better than Norton's--and the selections themselves are generally good. Still, though, there are a few notable things missing, but that is to be expected in any compendium, I suppose.

One of the highlights of this volume is the full reprints of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. If you have to buy this book, it should be useful and may even be worth keeping around after the class is over. I know I'm going to keep mine. ... Read more

98. Virgin Land: The American West As Symbol and Myth (Harvard Paperback, Hp 21)
by Henry Nash Smith
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5-0 out of 5 stars Developing the Master Symbol of the "Garden"
An excellent book on several levels. I highly recommend it for all of those interested in American History, Cultural Studies and Sociology.

The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the development of the American myth of the "Garden of the World". Smith argues (persuaively) that the idea of the American continent as a garden: fertile, lush and tamed(or tameable), deeply influenced the course of American history.

As Leo Marx said in his similarly awesome "The Machine in the Garden", the brillance of this book lies in how Smith demonstrates how ideology drives action (or, alternatively: how ideas drive behavior).

Smith divides "Virgin Land" into three parts. Part One "Passage to India" describes the initial path westward and the philosophy of the individuals who pushed for westward expansion (Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Hart Benton, Asa WHitney, William Gilpin and Walt Whitman). By way of a prologue, Smith notes that the idea of "Manifest Destiny" did not develop as soon as the settlers arrived, but rather was developed by American Philosophers and Politicans (and land speculators). In the first Part, Smith describes how the initial push westward was justified via the idea that a passage west would increase trade with the Orient. Smith notes that this idea dervied from 18th century Mercantilist economic theory and was therefore "archaic" (a favorite term of Smith's in this book) from the very beginning.

The Second part of the book ("The Sons of Leatherstocking") uses the literary character of Leatherstocking as an entry point for a discussion of the development of the western hero figure in literature.

A highlight of the book comes in Chapter Ten when Smith discusses the "Dime Novel Heroine". I found his discussion illuminating.

In the third and final part of the book, Smith lays out the characterstics of American Agarianism which would come to define westward expansion after the Civil War. Smith outlines the conflict between Southern Pastoralism and Nort/Western "Yeoman" Agarianism and notes how the Homestead Act was singularly influenced by this second conception of American settlement. He also documents how this same philosophy of agarianism prevented later reform of the Homestead Act even after it became clear to many that the Homestead Act had failed miserably in its goals.

Smith also discusses the struggle by authors to develop authentic western "characters" and relates that struggle to the emegerence of the "Garden of the World" symbol.

This really isn't the forum to tease out all the different issues presented, thoughtfully, in this classic book. I recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars De-bunking romantic western heroes
Smith is clearly an academian yet tackles some rather fun topics like Wild Bill Cody and the prototype American spaghetti western plot. Alongside in this book he recounts the many historical perspectives flawed in their historical accounts by the most famous writers of their time through the period of manifest destiny. Lastly, he takes on the romatic images of the homesteaders in a re-worked story of their evolution as pioneers showing the earliest prejudices from the east. ... Read more

99. American Literature, Volume II (Penguin Academics Series)
by William E. Cain
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A concise but complete introduction to American Literature. Brief introductions, headnotes, and a wide range of selections provide a compact yet affordable introduction to American Literature. Readers interested in American Literature. ... Read more

100. The Essential Neruda : Selected Poems
by Pablo Neruda
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This collection of Neruda's most essential poems will prove indispensable. Selected by a team of poets and prominent Neruda scholars in both Chile and the U.S., this is a definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth and width of Neruda's various styles and themes. An impressive group of translators that includes Alistair Reid, Stephen Mitchell, Robert Haas, Jim Harrison, Stephen Kessler and Jack Hirschman, have come together to revisit or completely retranslate the poems; and a handful of previously untranslated works are included as well. This selection sets the standard for a general, high--quality introduction to Neruda's complete oeuvre.

Pablo Neruda was born in Chile in 1904. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

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5-0 out of 5 stars By one of the greatest known Spanish poets
The Essential Neruda Selected Poems presents fifty poems by Pablo Neruda, one of the greatest known Spanish poets, both in their original language and in new translations created by a collaboration of eight poets, translators, and Neruda scholars. A captivating celebration, and a superb introduction to the pathos of Neruda's work one hundred years after his birth. "Winter Garden": It shows up, the winter. Splendid dictation / bestowed on me by slow leaves / suited up in silence and yellow. // I'm a book of snow, / a wide hand, a prairie, / an expectant circumference, / I pertain to earth and its winter...

5-0 out of 5 stars Teach and enjoy Neruda
I teach Neruda in Chile, we often see the work of this poet in translation, since the students come from different countries. I've read the Essential Neruda and decided that this is the best choice to teach and enjoy Neruda's poems in the English language. First of all it covers all important poem collections published by Neruda, its affordable for any reader and above all, Eisner's versions of the romantic poetry and the joint translations of Alturas de Macchu Picchu -just to name a couple of many examples- are accurate and close to the strength of the poems in the original language. ... Read more

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