Literature & Literary Studies Textbooks

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Sunday Best

80 Great Books from a Lifetime of Reviews

John Carey

Critical Revolutionaries

Five Critics Who Changed the Way We Read

Terry Eagleton


A New Translation of the Ancient Epic

Sophus Helle

Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

An Annotated Edition

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Timothy F. Jackson, Holly Peppe

Clairvoyant of the Small

The Life of Robert Walser

Susan Bernofsky

100 Poets

A Little Anthology

John Carey

Why Writing Matters

Nicholas Delbanco

Radical Vision

A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

Soyica Diggs Colbert

Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles

The Power of the Reader's Mind over a Universe of Death

Harold Bloom

For Now

Eileen Myles

Under the Red White and Blue

Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby

Greil Marcus

The Aeneid

Vergil, Sarah Ruden, Susanna Braund

The Craft of Poetry

A Primer in Verse

Lucy Newlyn

Fabulous Monsters

Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends

Alberto Manguel

The Lions' Den

Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky

Susie Linfield

The Vampire

A New History

Nick Groom

The Bookshop of the World

Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age

Andrew Pettegree, Arthur der Weduwen

The Warm South

How the Mediterranean Shaped the British Imagination

Robert Holland

The Madwoman in the Attic

The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar, Lisa Appignanesi

The Lessons of Tragedy

Statecraft and World Order

Hal Brands, Charles Edel

The Club

Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Leo Damrosch

Radical Sacrifice

Terry Eagleton


100 Poems

Christian Wiman


A Life in Art

Susan Napier

The Dregs of the Day

Mairtin O Cadhain, Alan Titley


Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ingvild Burkey

On Color

David Kastan, Stephen Farthing

The Poetry of Pop

Adam Bradley

Packing My Library

An Elegy and Ten Digressions

Alberto Manguel

The Social Life of Books

Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home

Abigail Williams

The Guermantes Way

In Search of Lost Time, Volume 3

Marcel Proust, William C. Carter


Stephen Mitchell


Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths

Emily Katz Anhalt


On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds

Leo Braudy


Patti Smith

Jane Austen

A Brief Life

Fiona Stafford

Eternity's Sunrise

The Imaginative World of William Blake

Leo Damrosch


The Search

Benjamin Taylor

Latest Readings

Clive James

Hans Christian Andersen

European Witness

Paul Binding


Alberto Manguel

Franz Kafka

The Poet of Shame and Guilt

Saul Friedländer

Eugene O'Neill

A Life in Four Acts

Robert M. Dowling

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

In Search of Lost Time, Volume 2

Marcel Proust, William C. Carter

The Little Review "Ulysses"

James Joyce, Mark Gaipa, Sean Latham, Robert Scholes

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy, Marian Schwartz, Gary Saul Morson

Making Make-Believe Real

Politics as Theater in Shakespeare's Time

Garry Wills

The Power of Knowledge

How Information and Technology Made the Modern World

Jeremy Black

Cervantes' "Don Quixote"

Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

The Literary Churchill

Author, Reader, Actor

Jonathan Rose

The Allure of the Archives

Arlette Farge, Natalie Zemon Davis, Thomas Scott-Railton

Rhyme's Reason

A Guide to English Verse

John Hollander, J. D. McClatchy, Richard Wilbur

The Invention of News

How the World Came to Know About Itself

Andrew Pettegree

The International Novel

Annabel Patterson

Jonathan Swift

His Life and His World

Leo Damrosch


A Tragedy, Parts One and Two, Fully Revised

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Martin Greenberg, W. Daniel Wilson

The Humanist Comedy

Alexander Welsh


Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Chris Andrews

Jews and Words

Amos Oz, Fania Oz-Salzberger

Reading Dante

Giuseppe Mazzotta

Swann's Way

In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1

William C. Carter, Marcel Proust

The Golden Ass

Apuleius, Sarah Ruden

The Woman Reader

Belinda Jack

Dream in Shakespeare

From Metaphor to Metamorphosis

Marjorie Garber

The Shadow of a Great Rock

A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

Harold Bloom

The Anthology of Rap

Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois, Jr. Gates Henry Louis, Common, Chuck D

A Reader on Reading

Alberto Manguel

Marking the Hours

English People and Their Prayers, 1240-1570

Eamon Duffy

Thinking in Circles

An Essay on Ring Composition

Mary Douglas

Reading Matters

Five Centuries of Discovering Books

Margaret Willes

The American Play


Marc Robinson

Richard III

William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel, Harold Bloom

King Lear

William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel, Harold Bloom

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel

The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel, Harold Bloom


A Fully Annotated Edition

Henry David Thoreau, Jeffrey S. Cramer


William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel


The Structure of Action

Sam Smiley, Norman Bert

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel, Harold Bloom


William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel

Shakespeare's Sonnets

William Shakespeare, Stephen Booth


The Knight of the Cart

Chrétien de Troyes, Burton Raffel

Dead Souls

Nikolai Gogol, Susanne Fusso, Bernard Guilbert Guerney

Ariadne's Thread

Story Lines

J. Hillis Miller

Allegories of Reading

Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Proust

Paul de Man