By André Gide
En décembre 1900, alors qu'il séjournait dans le sud algérien, à Biskra, André Gide apprit par les journaux l. a. mort d'Oscar Wilde. L'éloignement ne lui permettant pas de se joindre au cortège qui suivit l. a. dépouille du poète, il décida d'écrire aussitôt " ces pages d'affection, d'admiration et de respectueuse pitié ". Réunis pour l. a. première fois en 1946, ces deux courts textes d'André Gide sur Oscar Wilde (In memoriam et le " De profundis ") furent publiés respectivement en 1903 (In Prétextes) et en 1905.
By Thomas C. Foster
A completely revised and up-to-date version of Thomas C. Foster’s vintage guide—a energetic and wonderful advent to literature and literary fundamentals, together with symbols, subject matters and contexts, that indicates you ways to make your daily studying event extra worthwhile and enjoyable.
While many books may be loved for his or her uncomplicated tales, there are usually deeper literary meanings interwoven in those texts. How to learn Literature Like a Professor is helping us to find these hidden truths through literature with the eyes—and the literary codes-of the last word specialist reader, the school professor.
What does it suggest whilst a literary hero is touring alongside a dusty street? whilst he arms a drink to his spouse? while he’s sopping wet in a surprising rain shower?
Ranging from significant topics to literary versions, narrative units and shape, Thomas C. Foster offers us with a huge evaluation of literature—a international the place a street ends up in a quest, a shared meal might symbolize a communion, and rain, no matter if detoxification or harmful, is rarely only a shower-and exhibits us how you can make our examining event extra enriching, pleasurable, and fun.
This revised variation comprises new chapters, a brand new preface and epilogue, and comprises up-to-date educating issues that Foster has built over the last decade.
By Mary Karr
Credited with sparking the present memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent greater than a yr on the best of the hot York instances checklist. She with different damage bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, that have been serious hits as well.
For thirty years Karr has additionally taught the shape, successful instructing prizes at Syracuse. (The writing software there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The artwork of Memoir, she synthesizes her services as professor and treatment sufferer, author and religious seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” supplying a special window into the mechanics and paintings of the shape that's as irreverent, insightful, and interesting as her personal paintings within the genre.
Anchored through excerpts from her favourite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ event, The artwork of Memoir lays naked Karr’s personal technique. (Plus all these inside of tales approximately how she handled friends and family get advised— and the darkish areas in her personal cranium probed in depth.) As she breaks down the most important components of significant literary memoir, she breaks open our techniques of reminiscence and id, and illuminates the cathartic energy of reflecting at the earlier; anyone with an internal lifestyles or advanced historical past, no matter if author or reader, will relate.
Joining such classics as Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird through poultry, The paintings of Memoir is a chic and available exploration of 1 of today’s most well liked literary forms—a travel de strength from an comprehensive grasp pulling again the curtain on her craft.
By Richard Bradford
There's a crying want for an available, complete consultant to John Milton for the hundreds of thousands of scholars who make their approach via his poetry each year on literary survey and 17th century literature classes. the place many past publications have dragged their manner via Paradise Lost, Richard Bradford brings Milton to lifestyles with an outline of his lifestyles, contexts, paintings and the connection among those, and of the most serious concerns surrounding his paintings.
By Jonathan Boulter
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is without doubt one of the most vital 20th century writers. noticeable as either a modernist and postmodernist, his paintings has stimulated generations of playwrights, novelists and poets. regardless of his infamous hassle, Beckett famously refused to supply his readers any assist in reading his paintings. Beckett's texts learn key philosophical-humanist questions yet his writing is hard, complicated and infrequently intimidating for readers. This consultant bargains scholars examining Beckett a transparent start line from which to confront essentially the most tricky performs and novels produced within the 20th century, texts which frequently seem to paintings at the very fringe of meaninglessness. starting with a normal advent to Beckett, his paintings and its contexts, the consultant seems to be at all of the significant genres in flip, reading key works chronologically. It explains why Beckett's texts can look so impenetrable and complicated, and makes a speciality of key questions and matters. Giving an available account of either the shape and content material of Beckett's paintings, this advisor will permit scholars to start to return to grips with this interesting yet daunting writer.
By Roland Barthes
Is there one of these factor as innovative literature? Can literature, in truth, be political in any respect? those are the questions Roland Barthes addresses in Writing measure Zero, his first released publication and a landmark in his oeuvre. the talk had engaged the ecu literary neighborhood because the Nineteen Thirties; with this fierce manifesto, Barthes challenged the concept of literature's legal responsibility to be socially devoted. definite, Barthes permits, the author has a political and moral accountability. however the heritage of French literature exhibits that the author has frequently didn't meet it―and from Barthes's viewpoint, literature is dedicated to little greater than the parable of itself. specialist and uncompromising, Writing measure Zero brought the subjects that might quickly identify Barthes as one of many best voices in literary criticism.
By John Domini
A witty and complex exam of nontraditional storytelling in modern paintings and literature, The Sea-God's Herb comprises reports and essays on the most attention-grabbing authors and artists of the final 40 years. From William Gass and Thomas Pynchon to Brian Evenson and Steve Erickson, John Domini takes readers past that that's "impossible" to provide an explanation for.
By Claudia Roth Pierpont
A serious evaluate of Philip Roth―the first of its kind―that takes at the guy, the parable, and the work
Philip Roth is likely one of the most famed writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which gained the nationwide publication Award in 1960, and the explosion of Portnoy's grievance in 1969 to his haunting reimagining of Anne Frank's tale in The Ghost author ten years later and the sequence of masterworks beginning within the mid-eighties―The Counterlife, Patrimony, Operation Shylock, Sabbath's Theater, American Pastoral, The Human Stain―Roth has produced the various nice American literature of the trendy period. And but there was no significant serious paintings approximately him until eventually now.
the following, eventually, is the tale of Roth's artistic existence. Roth Unbound is now not a biography―though it encompasses a wealth of formerly undisclosed biographical information and unpublished material―but anything eventually extra profitable: the exploration of an outstanding author via his art.
Claudia Roth Pierpont, a employees author for The New Yorker, has recognized Roth for almost a decade. Her rigorously researched and gracefully written account is stuffed with comments from Roth himself, drawn from their ongoing conversations. listed here are insights and anecdotes that might switch the way in which many readers understand this such a lot arguable and inspiring author: a tender and unhappily married Roth suffering to jot down; a wildly profitable Roth, after the uproar over Portnoy, operating to aid writers from japanese Europe and to get their books recognized within the West; Roth responding to the early, Jewish―and the later, feminist―attacks on his paintings. listed below are Roth's relations, his inspirations, his critics, the entire diversity of his fiction, and his friendships with such figures as Saul Bellow and John Updike. this is Roth at paintings and at play.
Roth Unbound is a huge achievement―a hugely readable tale that is helping us make experience of 1 of the main important literary careers of the 20th and twenty-first centuries.