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To Be The Poet

Author : Maxine Hong Kingston
ISBN : 9780674039636
Genre : Poetry
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I have almost finished my longbook, Maxine Hong Kingston declares. "Let my life as Poet begin...I won't be a workhorse anymore; I'll be a skylark." To Be the Poet is Kingston's manifesto, the avowal and declaration of a writer who has devoted a good part of her sixty years to writing prose, and who, over the course of this spirited and inspiring book, works out what the rest of her life will be, in poetry.

Reporting The Universe

Author : E. L. Doctorow
ISBN : 0674004612
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Filled with philosophical musings and personal observations, this fiction writerÆs take on the universe combines memoir with science to explore the American consciousness and experience. (Literature)

Tiger Writing

Author : Gish Jen
ISBN : 9780674072831
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In three pieces originally delivered as special lectures, draws on the biography of the author's father as well as the evolution of her own work to contrast Western and Eastern ideas of self-narration and interdependency.

Highbrow Lowbrow

Author : Lawrence W. LEVINE
ISBN : 9780674040137
Genre : History
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Circles And Lines

Author : John Demos
ISBN : 0674013247
Genre : History
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Their cyclical frame of reference was coming unmoored, giving way to a linear world view in early nineteenth-century America that is neatly captured by Kentucky doctor Daniel Drake's description of the chronography of his life."--BOOK JACKET.

One Writer S Beginnings

Author : Eudora Welty
ISBN : 0674639278
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sketches her early life and discusses growing up in the South.

Reshaping The Work Family Debate

Author : Joan C. Williams
ISBN : 9780674058835
Genre : Social Science
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The United States has the most family-hostile public policy in the developed world. Contesting the idea that women need to negotiate better within the family, and redefining the notion of success in the workplace, Joan C. Williams reinvigorates the work-family debate and offers the first steps to making life manageable for all American families.

Playing In The Dark

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9780307388636
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature. "By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America." --Chicago Tribune "Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer." The New York Times Book Review

Three Songs Three Singers Three Nations

Author : Greil Marcus
ISBN : 9780674915336
Genre : Music
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Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we discover three different ways of talking about the United States, and three separate nations within its borders.

The American Newness

Author : Irving Howe
ISBN : 0674182677
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What is the Emersonian spirit? What inspired it, what propelled it? And what does it mean to us today? Howe lays before us the intellectual and personal tragedy of the first great American man of letters, yet also shows that Emerson's belief in the untapped power of free men pervades not only the lives and works of his contemporaries but is also a permanent part of the American psyche.

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