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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works > From 1900 > General

The Years With Ross (Paperback, New ed): James Thurber The Years With Ross (Paperback, New ed)
James Thurber
R352 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

At the helm of America's most influential literary magazine for more than half a century, Harold Ross introduced the country to a host of exciting talent, including Robert Benchley, Alexander Woolcott, Ogden Nash, Peter Arno, Charles Addams, and Dorothy Parker.  But no one could have written about this irascible, eccentric genius more affectionately or more critically than James Thurber -- an American icon in his own right -- whose portrait of Ross captures not only a complex literary giant but a historic friendship and a glorious era as well.  "If you get Ross down on paper," warned Wolcott Gibbs to Thurber," nobody will ever believe it."  But readers of this unforgettable memoir will find that they do.

How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World - A Short History of Modern Delusions (Paperback, New ed): Francis Wheen How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World - A Short History of Modern Delusions (Paperback, New ed)
Francis Wheen 3
R283 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An entertaining, impassioned polemic on the retreat of reason in the late 20th century. An intellectual call to arms, Francis Wheen's Sunday Times bestseller is one of 2004's most talked about books. In 1979 two events occurred that would shape the next twenty-five years. In Britain, an era of weary consensualist politics was displaced by the arrival of Margaret Thatcher, whose ambition was to reassert 'Victorian values'. In Iran, the fundamentalist cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini set out to restore a regime that had last existed almost 1,300 years ago. Between them they succeeded in bringing the twentieth century to a premature close. By 1989, Francis Fukuyama was declaring that we had now reached the End of History. What colonised the space recently vacated by notions of history, progress and reason? Cults, quackery, gurus, irrational panics, moral confusion and an epidemic of mumbo-jumbo. Modernity was challenged by a gruesome alliance of pre-modernists and post-modernists, medieval theocrats and New Age mystics. It was as if the Enlightenment had never happened. Francis Wheen, winner of the George Orwell prize, evokes the key personalities of the post-political era - including Princess Diana and Deepak Chopra, Osama Bin-Laden and Nancy Reagan's astrologer - while charting the extraordinary rise in superstition, relativism and emotional hysteria over the past quarter of a century. From UFO scares to dotcom mania, his hilarious and gloriously impassioned polemic describes a period in the world's history when everything began to stop making sense.

Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed): Laura... Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed)
Laura Palmer
R394 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R26 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For the first time, one book gives voice to the haunting, painful, tender, and healing tales of those who lost so much in America's least popular war.

Getting Russia Wrong - End of Kremlinology (Paperback): Patrick Cockburn Getting Russia Wrong - End of Kremlinology (Paperback)
Patrick Cockburn
R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Granta, 29 - New world (Paperback): Bill Buford Granta, 29 - New world (Paperback)
Bill Buford
R287 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R51 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Unknown Pauline Smith - Unpublished and Out of Print Stories, Diaries and Other Prose Writings (Paperback): Pauline Smith The Unknown Pauline Smith - Unpublished and Out of Print Stories, Diaries and Other Prose Writings (Paperback)
Pauline Smith; Edited by Ernest Pereira
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Pauline Smith's many admirers will welcome this new volume which contains writings which are out of print, have never before been published, or have not appeared in book form. This collection of largely unknown material spans the full range of her creative life from the early 'Platkops' stories to her last uncompleted work. What gives this wide diversity of pieces coherence and added interest is their marked autobiographical bent.

Piecework: Writings on Men & Women, Fools and Heroes, Lost Cities, Vanished Calamities and How the Weather Was (Paperback, 1st... Piecework: Writings on Men & Women, Fools and Heroes, Lost Cities, Vanished Calamities and How the Weather Was (Paperback, 1st Back Bay pbk. ed)
Pete Hamill
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New York journalist Pete Hamill is among the last of a dying breed: the old-school generalist who writes about anything and everything, guided only by passionate and boundless curiosity. In this collection of his finest writings since 1970, Hamill tackles such diverse subjects as what television and crack have in common, how Mike Tyson spent his time in prison, and what it's like to realize you're middle-aged -- not to mention Octavio Paz, Brooklyn's Seventh Avenue, Frank Sinatra, American immigration policy, Northern Ireland, and Madonna. Piecework is Hamill at his very best.

The Mind's Fate: A Psychiatrist Looks at His Profession (Paperback, Paperback Original): Robert Coles The Mind's Fate: A Psychiatrist Looks at His Profession (Paperback, Paperback Original)
Robert Coles
R538 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R77 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This collection of essays assesses the evolving fields of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. The topics covered in this updated and expanded edition include the use of Prozac, the nature of white racism, William Styron's Darkness Visible and van Gogh's fever of genius.

Empire of Dreams (Hardcover): Giannina Braschi Empire of Dreams (Hardcover)
Giannina Braschi; Translated by Tess O'Dwyer
R1,539 Discovery Miles 15 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The work deals with issues of performance, gender ambiguity, and marginality. It is concerned with the boundaries of language and the possibilities of cross-dressing poetry as commercials, diary, tabloids, gossip, confessions, videos, autobiography, musicals, and manifesto. Characters turn into other characters. Clowns, buffoons, shepherds, lead soldiers, magicians, madmen, witches, fortune-tellers, and artists perform their fantasies in the city streets. An antinovel within the book satirizes the writer's role in the modern age and calls for a revolution of poetry. New York City becomes the site of liberation for its marginal citizens, as the narrator is led through a seeming phantasmagoria of internal and external trials in order to experience the center - of political power, of meaning, of feeling, and of personal identity.

A Line Out for a Walk - Familiar Essays (Paperback, New ed): Joseph Epstein A Line Out for a Walk - Familiar Essays (Paperback, New ed)
Joseph Epstein
R519 R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Save R77 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"[Eptein's readers] will find, in A Line Out for a Walk, every gratification to which he has accustomed them."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Mr Epstein is a winsome confidant. Not because his confessions are sensational, far from it. . . . On getting old. On slightness of stature. On becoming a windbag. . . . Money worries. Envy. And, in an essay with paralyzing comic impact, 'You Probably Don't Know Me,' Mr. Epstein has written about his modest lust for fame. Such moral intimations provide a charm and resonance. . . . More than just humorous, the Epstein sensibility is trustable: honest, open, human."—D. Keith Mano, New York Times Book Review

"[His] way with the familiar essay—that flexible, forgiving genre in which anything goes except charmlessness and anonymity—has much in common with that of Messrs. Beerbohm, Liebling, and Mencken. Each piece is exquisitely sustained, moving from point to point with the relaxed economy of a pro."—Wall Street Journal

"A writer at the top of his powers in these serious, funny, pleasantly unpredictable musings."—Publishers Weekly

Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport (Mostly Baseball) (Paperback): Donald Hall Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport (Mostly Baseball) (Paperback)
Donald Hall
R372 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the pantheon of great sports literature, not a few poets have tried their hand at paying tribute to their love affair with the game—Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams among them. This elegant volume collects Donald Hall’s prose about sports, concentrating on baseball but extending to basketball, football and Ping-Pong. The essays are a wonderful mixture of reminiscence and observation, of baseball and of fathers and sons, of how a game binds people together and bridges generations.

The Winner Names the Age - A Collection of Writings by Lillian Smith (Paperback): Lillian Smith The Winner Names the Age - A Collection of Writings by Lillian Smith (Paperback)
Lillian Smith; Edited by Michelle Cliff
R431 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume collects Lillian Smith s speeches and essays, under three headings. In Addressed to the South, they are a historical record of segregation and the opposition to segregation. In Words That Chain Us and Words That Set Us Free, they discuss the power of language to change political and social situations, the necessity of respect for people s differences, the groping for meaning that we do, and the political role of the creative person. The speeches and essays in Of Women, Men, and Autobiography deal with such topics as the difference in experience of women and men, the power and powerlessness of women, and the complexities of autobiographical truth."

Where Silence Reigns - Selected Prose (Paperback): Rainer Maria Rilke Where Silence Reigns - Selected Prose (Paperback)
Rainer Maria Rilke
R366 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R52 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Representative essays, notes and letters reflecting modernist writer's dedication to solace and inner life and experience and the struggle for intense communication including selections from Dream-Book and Rodin Book.

Selected Essays of William Carlos Williams (Paperback): William Carlos Williams Selected Essays of William Carlos Williams (Paperback)
William Carlos Williams
R579 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R91 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Throughout his life, Dr. Williams tirelessly defended and promoted the best in modern literature and art. He contributed widely to leading literary magazines, wrote prefaces and introductions, and lectured at many universities. This selection represents his finest work in criticism. Much of it concerns poetry and poets T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Karl Shapiro, E. E. Cummings, Ezra Pound, Carl Sandburg, Robert Lowell and many others. Williams also spoke out on painters and paintings as well as music and literature. There are essays on James Joyce, Shakespeare, Federico Garcia Lorca, the basis of faith in art, the American Revolution, H. L. Mencken's The American Language, Ford Madox Ford, American primitive painters, Antheil's music, and the work of Gertrude Stein."

Flatness & Other Landscapes (Hardcover): Martone Flatness & Other Landscapes (Hardcover)
Martone
R587 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R48 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Seen from the air, the seemingly endless "flyover" spaces that form America's Midwest appear in rectangular variations of brown, green, and ochre, with what Michael Martone terms "the tended look of a train set." In these essays, the flatness of the region becomes the author's canvas for a richly textured, multidimensional exploration of its culture and history. In the tradition of the Greek myths that inspire him, Martone begins at the beginning -- his beginning -- as a child who "grew up" in his mother's high school English classroom. As the essays unfold, provocative accounts of his experiences lead us on a path toward discovery of the stories that build our own sense of place and color our understanding of the world.

From depicting the details of mechanized cow-milking to relating the similarities between the Greek city of Sparta and Indianapolis, Martone subtly connects different cultures, times, and stories. "Stories We Tell Ourselves" characterizes the fluid, energetic writing that transforms a mundane small town into an intertwined, vibrant world shaped by the perceptions and memories of the people who live there. What begins in one classroom at Central High effortlessly builds into a discussion, by turns playful, serious, and poignant, that touches on myriad subjects. Before our realization, Martone unites The Odyssey, Iowa farmers, a human genome map, American Gothic, and Dan Quayle into a saga equal to any from Classical mythology, showing us that a house, a farm, a town, a country, or a civilization has energy and dimension only through the stories of its inhabitants. The Flatness and Other Landscapes proves that our lives and the landscapes that surround us are only asflat as we perceive them to be.

Granta, 53 - News (Paperback): Ian Jack Granta, 53 - News (Paperback)
Ian Jack
R287 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R60 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Granta, 51 - Big Men (and L.A. Women) (Paperback): Ian Jack Granta, 51 - Big Men (and L.A. Women) (Paperback)
Ian Jack
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Granta, 44 - The Last Place on Earth (Paperback): Bill Bufford Granta, 44 - The Last Place on Earth (Paperback)
Bill Bufford
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Granta, 37 - The Family (Paperback): Bill Burford Granta, 37 - The Family (Paperback)
Bill Burford
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Words As Weapons - Selected Writings, 1980-90 (Paperback): Paul Foot Words As Weapons - Selected Writings, 1980-90 (Paperback)
Paul Foot
R536 Discovery Miles 5 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Granta, 33 - What went wrong? (Paperback): Bill Buford Granta, 33 - What went wrong? (Paperback)
Bill Buford
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Granta, 23 - Home (Paperback): Bill Buford Granta, 23 - Home (Paperback)
Bill Buford
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Granta, 24 - Inside Intelligence (Paperback): Bill Buford Granta, 24 - Inside Intelligence (Paperback)
Bill Buford
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Granta, 27 - Death (Paperback): Bill Buford Granta, 27 - Death (Paperback)
Bill Buford
R265 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R62 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This edition of Granta has articles by Martha Gellhorn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oliver Sacks, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Raymond Chandler and Patrick Leigh Fermor. There are examples of letters to Chinese dissidents, letters to pop stars, hate letters, publishers' rejection letters to Elliot, Philip Larkin and Wittgenstein and Mandela's prison letters.

Granta, 32 - History (Paperback): Bill Buford Granta, 32 - History (Paperback)
Bill Buford
R290 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R59 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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