By Vladimir Nabokov

Mary is a gripping story of sweet sixteen, past love, and nostalgia--Nabokov's first novel.  In a Berlin rooming condo packed with an collection of seriocomic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a full of life younger officer poised among his previous and his destiny, relives his past love affair.  His thoughts of Mary are suffused with the freshness of teenage and the idyllic atmosphere of pre-revolutionary Russia.  In stark distinction is the decidedly unappealing boarder dwelling within the room subsequent to Ganin's, who, he discovers, is Mary's husband, briefly separated from her by way of the Revolution yet looking ahead to her drawing close arrival from Russia.

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The Volcano Lover: A Romance

By Susan Sontag

Set in 18th century Naples, in line with the lives of Sir William Hamilton, his celebrated spouse Emma, and Lord Nelson, and peopled with a number of the nice figures of the day, this unconventional, bestselling historic romance from the nationwide e-book Award-winning writer of In America touches on subject matters of intercourse and revolution, the destiny of nature, artwork and the collector's obsessions, and, peculiarly, love.

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King, Queen, Knave

By Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri Nabokov

The radical is the tale of Dreyer, a filthy rich and boisterous owner of a men's garments emporium store.  Ruddy, self-satisfied, and carefully masculine, he's completely repugnant to his beautiful yet chilly middle-class spouse Martha.  Attracted to his cash yet repelled through his oblivious ardour, she longs for his or her nephew in its place, the myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz quickly repays his uncle's condescension in his aunt's mattress.

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Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)

By R. Kent Rasmussen

A voracious pack-rat, Mark Twain hoarded his readers' letters as did few of his contemporaries. Dear Mark Twain collects two hundred of those letters written by way of a various cross-section of correspondents from round the world—children, farmers, schoolteachers, businessmen, preachers, railroad clerks, inmates of psychological associations, con artists, or even a former president. it's a detailed and groundbreaking book—the first released choice of reader letters to any author of Mark Twain's time. Its contents manage to pay for a unprecedented and exhilarating glimpse into the sensibilities of nineteenth-century humans whereas revealing the impression Samuel L. Clemens had on his readers. Clemens’s personal and sometimes startling reviews and replies also are included.

R. Kent Rasmussen’s huge learn presents attention-grabbing profiles of the correspondents, whose own tales are usually as fascinating as their letters. starting from gushing fan appreciations and requests for support and recommendation to feedback for writing initiatives and stinging criticisms, the letters are jam-packed with perceptive insights, pathos, and accidental yet frequently riotous humor. Many are deeply relocating, quite a lot of are hilarious, a few might be stunning, yet none are dull.

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The Age of Innocence

By Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's 12th novel, before everything serialized in 4 components within the Pictorial assessment journal in 1920, and later published via D. Appleton and corporate as a publication in manhattan and in London. It received the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the 1st novel written through a lady to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and hence Wharton the 1st lady to win the prize.The tale is decided in upper-class long island urban within the 1870s.

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Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America

By Dohra Ahmad

Landscapes of desire: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America examines anti-colonial discourse throughout the understudied yet serious interval sooner than global conflict , with a particular concentrate on writers and activists established within the usa. Dohra Ahmad provides to the fields of yankee reviews, utopian reports, and postcolonial concept through situating this turning out to be anti-colonial literature as a part of an American utopian culture. within the key early a long time of the 20 th century, Ahmad exhibits, the intellectuals of the colonized international performed the heady paintings of imagining self sustaining states, usually from a place of exile. confronted with that daunting activity, lots of them composed literary texts--novels, poems, contemplative essays--in order to conceptualize the recent societies they sought. starting through exploring a few of the conventions of yank utopian fiction on the flip of the century, Landscapes of Hope is going directly to express the extraordinary ways that writers equivalent to W.E B. Du Bois, Pauline Hopkins, Rabindranath Tagore, and Punjabi nationalist Lala Lajpat Rai appropriated and tailored these utopian conventions towards their very own finish of world coloured emancipation.

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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute: Stories

By Grace Paley

In this number of brief tales, initially released in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the radical as a sort look almost redundant" (Angela Carter, London assessment of Books). Her tales right here seize "the itch of town, love among mom and dad and kids" and "the innovative of strive against" (Lis Harris, The manhattan instances e-book Review). during this choice of seventeen tales, she creates a "solid and important fictional global, cross-referenced and dense with existence" (Walter Clemons, Newsweek).

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Final Fridays

By John Barth

For many years, acclaimed writer John Barth has strayed from his Monday-through-Thursday-morning regimen of fiction-writing and committed Friday mornings to the inspiration of nonfiction. the result's Final Fridays, his 3rd essay assortment, following The Friday Book (1984) and Further Fridays (1995). 16 years and 6 novels on the grounds that his final quantity of non-fiction, Barth can provide another striking paintings constituted of 27 insightful essays.

With items masking every thing from analyzing, writing, and the cutting-edge, to tributes to writer-friends and family, this assortment is witty and fascinating all through. Barth’s “unaffected love of studying” (San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle) and “joy in considering that turns into contagious” (Washington Post), shine via during this 3rd, and, with an implied query mark, ultimate essay collection.

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