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Cavalcade of the English Novel: From Elizabeth to George VI
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Cavalcade of the English Novel: From Elizabeth to George VI

By Wagenknecht, Edward

New York, New York, USA: Henry Holt and Company, 1943. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Type: Hard Back Hardcover Out-of-Print Book in Very Good Condition. No jacket. A thorough study of the history and development of the English novel. Red cloth binding with white titles, very clean, light corner and edgewear, tight sewn binding, square and solid. Former owner name and stamp on endpaper. Pages very clean, no underlining, no highlighting, no marginalia. 646 pages, including Appendix: Some 19th and 20th century novelists not considered in text; Bibliography; Index of Names and Index of Titles. 8.75 x 5.75 inches. 1943, Henry Holt and Company, New York, New York, USA

$9.06

The English Novel of Today
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The English Novel of Today

By Gould, Gerald

New York: Lincoln Mac Veagh, The Dial Press, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Type: Hard Back First Printing Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition. Binding of navy full cloth with title paste-down on spine, scuffed around edges and titles rubbed, readable but not sharp and clear. Corners are scuffed at tips, spine head and heel rubbed. Sewn binding is tight and solid and square. Top edge has publisher's tint partially rubbed off. Rough cut on fore edge and bottom edge. On paste-down, endpaper and table of contents page, there is a stamp from St. Francis Xavier Novitiate, previous owner. Pages very clean and completely free of any markings, no creasing, toned. In examining the English Novel (written 1925), the author's purpose has been "to trace tendencies, to estimate influences, and to hazard the sort of prophecy which is implied in the framing of general principles". (from Author's Note). He has chosen authors and books for their value as well as types. Generally, this deals with books written after 1900, although there are exceptions for specific reasons. So this is a survey for fiction contemporary to date of writing, 1924. 224 pages with index of authors mentioned. . 7.75 x 5.4 inches. Lincoln MacVeagh/The Dial Press, New York 1925.

$7.40

Idea and Act in Elizabethan Fiction
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Idea and Act in Elizabethan Fiction

By Davis, Walter R

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Type: Hard Back First Printing. Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition with a Good+ Dust Jacket. Mylar jacket cover. Burgundy cloth with blue gilt outlined panel on spine gilt titled; very clean, no markings, light corner and spine edge wear. Sewn binding tight and solid. Prev owner short inscription on front endpaper, otherwise internals are Fine--clean and completely unmarked. Brown jacket has light soiling and a touch of edgewear, not price-clipped. Analysis of the writing of many authors, major and minor: Sidney, Greene, Nashe, Gascoigne, Lodge, Sidney, Deloney, and others, with a view to Elizabethan fiction as emerging from a preoccupation with abstracts ideas of value and the testing of them by experience, not from the perspective of viewing it as somehow related to the shadowy beginnings of the novel genre. His analysis shows that Elizabethans conceived their fiction as an exploratory act, in which the hero attempts, often by taking up a mask, to act out in his life what was before a concept. 301 pages. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. Publisher: Princeton, NJ. Princeton University Press, 1969.

$7.96

The Short Story in English
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The Short Story in English

By Allen, Walter Ernest

Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press and Oxford University Press, 1981. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Type: Hard Back Hardcover in Very Good Condition, w/o jacket. Binding of navy full cloth, gilt titled, very clean and unmarked, sunned strip along upper edge; slight wear to extremities. Tight and solid sewn binding. Square, with sharp corners. Interior is Fine.The author deals with the modern short story and how it differs from the past stories of tales, spoken stories, earlys stories such as The Arabian Nights and The Decameron and the essential distinctions between them. He examines and provides examples of modern short story writers, such as Chekhov, Maupassant, Kipling, Hemingway, etc. 413 pages with bibliography and index. Clarendon Press and Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 1981.

$9.80

Charles Williams, Poet of Theology
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Charles Williams, Poet of Theology

By Cavaliero, Glen

Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1983. First US Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hard Back First Printing of First US Edition. Hardcover Book and Jacket in VERY GOOD+ Condition. Mylar jacket cover. Green cloth binding, gilt titled; very clean and unmarked; slight rubbing of spine heel; tight and solid sewn binding. Interior is very clean, free from any markingss, no creases. Page block edges clean, no spotting. Jacket is rubbed, else fine. A brief account of Williams' life and examination of his early poems, the criticism, biographies and plays, the novels, the Arthurian poems and his theological writings. CHRISTIANITY AND THEOLOGY IN LITERATURE; WILLIAMS, CHARLES, 1886-1945, CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION. 199 pages. 9 x 5.75 inches. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1983.

$6.84

Historicism Once More: Problems & Occasions For The American Scholar
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Historicism Once More: Problems & Occasions For The American Scholar

By Pearce, Roy Harvey

Princeton, New Jersey, USA: Princeton University Press, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hard Back First Printing. Hardcover Book and Jacket in Very Good Condition. Archival protective jacket cover. The author offers a critical analyses of the major phases of American authors James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, Henry James, Wallace Stevens, and Theodore Roethke, essays on the historicist mode of criticism. Clean, unmarked, tight and solid volume, with slight board edge wear, former owner name on endpaper. 357 pages with index. 8.75 x 5.75 inches. 1969, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

$6.84

Discoveries & Considerations: Essays on Early American Literature & Aesthetics
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Discoveries & Considerations: Essays on Early American Literature & Aesthetics

By Israel, Calvin (Editor)

Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Type: Hard Back First Printing. Hardcover in Very Good Condition, No Jacket. Binding of purple cloth with gold titles on spine, very clean and unmarked, tight and solid, handsome binding. Prev owner name on endpaper. Pages 90-91 have text marked with line in margin, otherwise clean and unmarked, no creasing. Contents include Harold Jantz on American Baroque; Harrison Meserole's New Voices from Seventeenth Century America; Copley's Watson and the Shark and Aesthetics in the 1770s; Theatre vs Drama: Popular Entertainment in Early America by Julian Mates; Cecelia Tichi's Edward Johnson and the Puritan Territorial Imperative; and others. 216 pages.

$7.40

Hamlet's Castle: The Study of Literature As a Social Experience
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Hamlet's Castle: The Study of Literature As a Social Experience

By Mills, Gordon H

Austin, Texas, U.S.A. And London, England: University of Texas Press, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Type: Hard Back First Printing Hardcover Book in VERY GOOD Condition with a Good Dust Jacket. Handsome binding of brown tweed full cloth w/ white titles on spine; very clean and unmarked, no edgewear. Tight and solid, square with sharp corners. The second signature (pages 3-10) is loose from the binding; pages are very clean, no markings, no creases. Light smudge on bottom edge of page block. Brown jacket is clean, rubbed, no marks, light wear to corners and spine ends. 362 pages with Notes and Index. 9.25 x 6.25 inches. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas and London, England 1976.

$6.84

Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen
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Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen

By Weldon, Fay

New York, New York, U.S.A: Taplinger Pub Co, 1985. First US Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Type: Hard Back A Hymn of Praise To Literature! First US Edition. Hardcover Book in VG Condition with a Good jacket, with archival protective jacket cover. . Rear lower corner is bumped, otherwise book is in Fine condition. Bindiong of black half cloth, gilt titled, with tan boards; very clean and unmarked. Internals in Fine Condition. Dust jacket is clean and unmarked, with slight edge and corner wear; closed tear on upper edge and one on lower edge near spine tail; not price clipped. Alice, an imaginery 18 year old, can't relate to Jane Austen's novels and can't see why they are so much admired; her 'aunt', the author, writes these letters to Alice and pays tribute to a great writer while exploring the craft of fiction and writing creatively. This echoes a series of letters that Jane Austen did write to her niece who was trying to become a novelist and sums up Austen's views on what was important in life and literature. 127 pages. 9 x 6 inches. 1985, Taplinger Pub Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

$7.40

Edith Wharton's Letters From the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing
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Edith Wharton's Letters From the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing

By Waid, Candace

Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1990. First Thus. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. Trade Paperback in Very Good Condition. Candace Waid presents an innovative reading of the work of Edith Wharton, examining her lifelong preoccupation with the place of the American woman writer. Waid offers a detailed interpretation of some of Wharton's works-the House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, Artemis to Actaeon, and others. Glossy, bright, clean wrappers with illustration of "Portrait of Mrs. Lloyd" by Sir Joshia Reynolds. Light wear to edges, faint scratch near lower edge. Very clean, tight and solid glued binding. Internals in Fine codition. 237 pages. 9 x 6 inches. 1990, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill and London

$6.66

A Reader's Guide to William Faulkner
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A Reader's Guide to William Faulkner

By Volpe, Edmond L

New York, New York, USA: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1964. Paperback. Good/No Jacket. A Complete Guide to the Novels of William Faulkner. Trade Paperback in Good Condition. Pages quite clean with underlining of text in a few pages, no other markings of any kind. Cover is rubbed and the white part is dull; no tears or chips, corners lightly scuffed, spine with creases. Former owner name on first page. Binding is solid and square. This book with its scholarly treatment of each of Faulkner's novels, enables the reader to understand the works of one of the greatest American writers. 427 pages with Notes, Bibliography and Index. 8 x 5.4 inches. 1964, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, New York, USA

$5.55