Archive for the ‘English/Literature’ Category

The Souls of Black Folk

April 9, 2007

Book Description
Published in 1903, W E. B. Du Bois’s revolutionary collection of essays changed our perception of the African American experience. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the first hook edition, which has been annotated. “Contexts” reprints an intriguing collection of political and biographical documents related to The Souls of Black Folk, sure to stimulate classroom discussion. In addition, the editors have included the eighteen thought-provoking photographs that accompanied Du Bois’s 1901 article “The Negro As He Really Is.” “Criticism” includes wide-ranging contemporary and recent assessments of The Souls of Black Folk by William James, John Spencer Bassett, John Daniels, Dickson P. Bruce, Jr., Robert Gooding-Williams, David Levering Lewis, Nellie McKay, Susan Mizruchi, Arnold Rampersad, Eric Sundquist, and Shamoon Zamir. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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Door in the Mountain

March 22, 2007

Book Description

Since the 1965 publication of her first book, Dream Barker, selected for the Yale Younger Poets Award, Jean Valentine has published eight collections of poetry to critical acclaim. Sparse and intensely-felt, Valentine’s poems present experience as only imperfectly graspable. This volume gathers together all of Valentine’s published poems and includes a new collection, “Door in the Mountain.” Valentine’s poetry is as recognizable as the slant truth of a dream. She is a brave, unshirking poet who speaks with fire on the great subjects–love, and death, and the soul. Her images–strange, canny visions of the unknown self–clang with the authenticity of real experience. This is an urgent art that wants to heal what it touches, a poetry that wants to tell, intimately, the whole life.

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Arab Women Writers

March 12, 2007

From the book jacket: Consisting of sixty short stories by forty women writers from across the Arab world, this collection opens numerous windows onto Arab culture and society and offers keen insight into what Arab women feel and think. The stories deal not only with feminist issues but also with topics of a social, cultural, and political nature. Different styles and modes of writing are represented, along with a diversity of techniques and creative approaches, and the authors represent many points of view and various ways of solving problems and confronting situations in everyday life. Lively, outspoken, and provocative, these stories are essential reading for anyone interested in the Arab world.

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Write On!

January 30, 2007

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From the book jacket: Here’s a practical grammar reference book and style guide that will help you with all your writing projects, including essays and term papers. You’ll learn how to avoid common writers’ pitfalls, gain a clear understanding of parts of speech and sentence construction, punctuate your sentences correctly, and select rewarding topics to write about. You’ll also find abundant advice on the use of figurative language—similes, metaphors, symbolism, and other devices that transform mundane prose into pleasurable reading. Exercises, a writing test, and an appendix filled with useful information are included to help you hone your writing skills.

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