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Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet
While Pooh's Way is closely aligned to the ancient principle of Taoist philosophy, Piglet exhibits the very important principle of Taoism of the Te, meaning Virtue of the Small. The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet combines two of Benjamin Hoff's bestselling philosophy books.
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Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
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September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem
This is a book about a poet, about a poem, about a city, and about a world at a point of change. More than a work of literary criticism or literary biography, it is a record of why and how we create and respond to great poetry.
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Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I: 1940-1956
Alongside a selection of photographs and Plath's own line-drawings, the editors masterfully contextualise what the pages disclose. This selection of early correspondence marks the key moments of Plath's adolescence, including childhood hobbies and high school boyfriends;
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I Will Be Complete: A memoir
From the bestselling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a shocking, big-hearted memoir about his bizarre upbringing in California in the 1970s and how he survived it.
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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy
The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of perhaps the most iconic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely journey of a trove of manuscripts from Prague to Palestine.
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Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
In this ground-breaking and fascinating book, Duncan White illuminates a period in history in which literature became one of the most potent of weapons, and its authors often the bravest of warriors: the Cold War.
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Wide Sargasso Sea
Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her.
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Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky
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Africa's Tarnished Name
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Moveable Feast
Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him - James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald - he recalls the time when, poor, happy and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation.
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Kipling and War: From 'Tommy' to 'My Boy Jack'
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Appointment in Arezzo: A friendship with Muriel Spark
This book is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century. This colourful, personal, anecdotal, indiscreet and admiring memoir charts the course of Muriel Spark's life revealing her as she really was.
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Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume II: 1956 - 1963
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was one of the writers that defined the course of twentieth-century poetry. Alongside a selection of photographs and Plath's own drawings, they masterfully contextualise what the pages disclose. This later correspondence witnesses Plath and Hughes becoming major, influential contemporary writers, as it happened.
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My Judy Garland Life
An irresistible mixture of memoir, biography, cultural analysis, experiment and hero-worship about one person's enduring obsession. Anniversary Edition with new preface published to coincide with the new film, Judy, starring Rene Zellweger.
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Critical Studies: The Great Gatsby
Features a satire on the moral failure of the "Jazz Age". This book explores the intricate patterns of the novel, its chronology, locations, imagery and use of colour, and how these contribute to a seamless interplay of social comedy and symbolic landscape.
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AS/A-level English Literature Workbook: The Handmaid's Tale
Check, reinforce and improve critical skills and textual understanding to give students the best chance of success in their AS/A-level English Literature exams.
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AS/A-level English Literature Workbook: Skirrid Hill
Check, reinforce and improve critical skills and textual understanding to give students the best chance of success in their AS/A-level English Literature exams.
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Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life
Motion - affectionate but undeceived about the man's frailties, a diligent researcher and a deft reader of poetry - has written an equally exemplary 'Life' of him.' Peter Conrad, Observer'Honest but not prurient, critical but also compassionate, Motion's book could not be bettered.' Alan Bennett, London Review of Books
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Haunted by Christ
Richard Harries considers the work of twenty great writers and provides numerous critically sympathetic insights into the spiritual dimension of their writings. The result is a book for readers of all religious persuasions, especially those who are fascinated by the ways in which faith is refracted through the lens of great poetry and fiction.
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Life in the Garden
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Poems
A leader of the twentieth-century Irish nationalist movement, who eventually became one of the Free States's senators, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is also the greatest poet that nation has yet produced.
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On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
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Streetcar Named Desire: York Notes Advanced
'York Notes' offer an approach to English literature that aims to fully reflect student needs. They are filled with summaries, commentaries, exam advice, margin and textual features to offer a wider context to the text and encourage a critical analysis.
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Modern Languages Study Guides: La casa de Bernarda Alba: Literature Study Guide for AS/A-level Spanish
Literature analysis made easy. Build your students' confidence in their language abilities and help them develop the skills needed to critique their chosen work: putting it into context, understanding the themes and narrative technique, as well as specialist terminology.
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Collected Peter Pan
A new collection of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan stories-from his first appearance in The Little White Bird to the final version of the Peter Pan play we know today.
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Letters from Tove
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Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography
The stunning autobiography of the poet, writer, lyricist and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah.
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Handmaid's Tale: York Notes for A-level
Get everything you need to achieve your full potential at English Literature A Level or AS with York Notes Study Guides, now updated for Assessment Objectives 1 to 5.
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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy
The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of perhaps the most iconic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely journey of a trove of manuscripts from Prague to Palestine.
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London Lover: My Weekend that Lasted Thirty Years
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Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis
For over half a century, scholars have laboured to show that C. S. Lewis's famed but apparently disorganised Chronicles of Narnia have an underlying symbolic coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes as the seven sacraments, the seven deadly sins, and the seven books of Spenser's Faerie Queene., None of these explanations has won general acceptance and the structure of Narnia's symbolism has remained a mystery. Michael Ward has finally solved the enigma. In Planet Narnia he demonstrates that medieval cosmology, a subject which fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven novels., Drawing on the whole range of Lewis's writings (including previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles), Ward reveals how the Narnia stories were designed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets - - Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn - - planets which Lewis described as "spiritual symbols of permanent value" and "especially worthwhile in our own generation". Using these seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles so that in each book the plot-line, the ornamental details, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate the governing planetary personality. The cosmological theme of each Chronicle is what Lewis called 'the kappa element in romance', the atmospheric essence of a story, everywhere present but nowhere explicit., The reader inhabits this atmosphere and thus imaginatively gains connaitre knowledge of the spiritual character which the tale was created to embody. Planet Narnia is a ground-breaking study that will provoke a major revaluation not only of the Chronicles, but of Lewis's whole literary and theological outlook. Ward uncovers a much subtler writer and thinker than has previously been recognized, whose central interests were hiddenness, immanence, and knowledge by acquaintance.
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Edward Said: His Thought as a Novel
An intimate account of Said's thought
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Birthday Letters
They were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963, and represent Ted Hughes's only account of his relationship with Plath and of the psychological drama that led both to the writing of her greatest poems and to her death.
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David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet
The first full biography of a neglected genius and one of the great Modernists, lavishly illustrated in colour throughout'I would like to have done anything as good as David Jones has done' Dylan ThomasAs a poet, visual artist and essayist, David Jones is one of the great Modernists.
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Great Gatsby: York Notes for A-level
This updated edition is ideal to support students when studying and revising for the new A level English Literature exams.
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Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture
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On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
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CliffsNotes on Orwell's Animal Farm
At once an allegory for both utopia and totalitarianism, George Orwell's Animal Farm expresses a dismal view of humans and their attempts to create a just society without compassion, history, and nonviolence. CliffsNotes on Animal Farm opens the door to help you appreciate Orwell's unforgettable morality tale.
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Tale Of Love And Darkness
OVER 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDELove and darkness are just two of the powerful forces that run through Amos Oz's extraordinary, moving story.
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Kite Runner: York Notes Advanced
Packed full of analysis and interpretation, historical background, discussions and commentaries, 'York Notes' will help you get right to the heart of the text you're studying, whether it's poetry, a play or a novel.
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Remains of the Day: York Notes Advanced
Key Features: * Study methods * Introduction to the text * Summaries with critical notes * Themes and techniques * Textual analysis of key passages * Author biography * Historical and literary background * Modern and historical critical approaches * Chronology * Glossary of literary terms
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Gatsby Affair: Scott, Zelda, and the Betrayal that Shaped an American Classic
The Gatsby Affair explores Zelda Fitzgerald's affair with the French aviator, Edouard Jozan, who served as the prototype for F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous creation, Jay Gatsby. This book draws on the Jozan family papers, photographs and archival materials and takes a bold new look at the creation of The Great Gatsby.
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How Proust Can Change Your Life
A fascinating and illuminating look at Proust's most famous works by renowned philosopher Alain de Botton.
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Hobbits of Tolkien
An in-depth guide to the intriguing lives of Tolkien's Hobbits.
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Selected Essays
This selection brings together thirty of Woolf's best essays across a wide range of subjects including writing and reading, the role and reputation of women writers, the art of biography, and the London scene. They are enchanting in their own right, and indispensable to an understanding of this great writer.
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For the Islands I Sing: An Autobiography
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
As close to an autobiography as Stephen King has yet written and a brilliant guide for the aspiring writer, selected by both Val McDermid and Jeremy Vine as one of their top books.
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Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984
In The Ministry of Truth, Dorian Lynskey charts the life of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, a perennial bestseller, and a work that remains more relevant than ever in today's tumultuous world.
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Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction
Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, and Camus were some of the most important existentialist thinkers. This book provides an account of the existentialist movement, and of the themes of individuality, free will, and personal responsibility which make it a 'philosophy as a way of life'.