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|August 24, 2004

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Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people…
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|October 1, 1990

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This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the…
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|May 30, 1964

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Traditionally attributed to Lao Tzu, an older contemporary of Confucius (551 - 479 BC), it is now thought that the work was compiled in about the fourth century BC. An anthology of wise sayings, it offers a model by which the individual can live rather than…
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|October 28, 2008

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The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America-particularly California-in the sixties. It focuses on…
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|May 15, 2017

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A lively examination of why the modern eulogy should rest in peace. Finding the right words to reckon with a loved one's death is no easy task, and the pressure to grieve in a timely fashion only makes the difficulty of saying a meaningful goodbye that much…
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|April 1, 2014

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From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014 Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid…
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|September 1, 1988

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Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.
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|October 8, 2013

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Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column 'Dear Sugar,' this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays.
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|February 25, 2014

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Writers write-but what do they do for money? In a widely read essay entitled "MFA vs NYC," bestselling novelist Chad Harbach ( The Art of Fielding ) argued that the American literary scene has split into two cultures: New York publishing versus university MFA…

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In this first-ever book of letters by novelist David Markson—a quintessential "writer's writer" whose work David Foster Wallace once lauded as "pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country"—readers will experience Markson at his…

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In this collection of essays, consummate poet Wallace Stevens reflects upon his art. His aim is not to produce a work of criticism or philosophy, or a mere discussion of poetic technique. As he explains in his introduction, his ambition…
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|June 1, 1993

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In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters-each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits…