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Here in one convenient volume are the two versions of the same story that Susan Glaspell wrote. ‘Trifles’, her first play, was performed and published in 1916; the following year, Glaspell wrote ‘A Jury of Her Peers as a short story version of the same story in order to reach a wider audience. Both texts are early feminist masterpieces, and with this edition readers can read both versions of this classic story which challenges male prejudice.
On 13 November 2002 – just seven months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for “Topdog/Underdog” – Suzan-Lori Parks got the idea to write a play every day for the forthcoming 365 days. She began that very day, finishing exactly one year later. Each play is a response to what happened on a personal or a public level on that particular day. Each play is unique, however short – many are less than a page in length – and each has its own distinctive character.
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Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the leading Black American playwrights, the author of The America Play, Venus, Red Letter Plays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, seen at the Royal Court Theatre in 2003. All are available from NHB.
Twenty-three-year-old Zhuang (or Z as she calls herself – Westerners cannot pronounce her name) arrives in London to spend a year learning English. Struggling to find her way in the city, and through the puzzles of tense, verb and adverb; she falls for an older Englishman and begins to realise that the landscape of love is an even trickier terrain…Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2007.
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Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Xiaolu’s film career continues to flourish; her feature, She, A Chinese, was released in 2009 and her documentary Once Upon a Time Proletarian has been screened at international film festivals such as Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. I Am China is her most recent novel. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.
Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller “Blood Work,” is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifying homicidal maniac. More horrifying still, the suspect who seems to fit the profile that McCaleb develops is someone he has known and worked with in the past: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.
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Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-five previous novels including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Black Box, The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, “The Scarecrow,” “The Brass Verdict,” and “The Lincoln Lawyer, ” as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the ‘war to end all wars’. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899 as the son of a doctor and the second of six children. After a stint as an ambulance driver at the Italian front, Hemingway came home to America in 1919, only to return to the battlefield – this time as a reporter on the Greco-Turkish war – in 1922. Resigning from journalism to focus on his writing instead, he moved to Paris where he renewed his earlier friendship with fellow American expatriates such as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Through the years, Hemingway travelled widely and wrote avidly, becoming an internationally recognized literary master of his craft. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.
The first, shortest and most approachable of James Joyce’s novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his youthful days at Clongowes Wood College to his radical questioning of all convention. In doing so, it provides an oblique self-portrait of the young Joyce himself. At its center lie questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive in style, the novel subtly and beautifully orchestrates the patterns of quotation and repetition instrumental in its hero;s quest to create his own character, his own language, life, and art: ‘to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
This edition, published for the novel’s centennial, is the definitive text, authorized by Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author’s original wishes.
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James Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. He was the oldest of ten children in a family that, after brief prosperity, collapsed into poverty. In 1902, following his graduation from University College, Dublin, he went to Paris, where he devoted himself to writing poems and prose sketches, and to formulating an ‘aesthetic system’. recalled to Dublin in April 1903 because of the fatal illness of his mother, he met a young woman from Galway, Nora Barnacle, and persuaded her to go with him to the Continent, where they finally settled, in trieste, in 1905. They had two children, a son, Giorgio, and a daughter,Lucia. Joyce’s first book, the poems of Chamber Music, was published in London in 1907, followed by Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and Exiles, a play (1918). In 1920, Joyce moved to fame, in 1922. His final book, Finnegans Wake, was published in 1939. After the outbreak of World War II, Joyce moved back to Zurich, where he lived during World War I. He died there on January 13, 1941.
Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of the New York Times bestselling six volume autobiographical novel My Struggle, a global literary phenomenon that has won numerous international literary awards and has been translated into more than twenty five languages. He was born in 1968 in Oslo, Norway, and now lives in Sweden.
Seamus Deane, professor of English and the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Royal Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the general editor of the works of James Joyce for Penguin Classics.
Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin s A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.”
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URSULA K. LE GUIN is the author of more than three dozen books. She was awarded a Newbery Honor for the second volume of the Earthsea Cycle, “The Tombs of Atuan,” and among her other distinctions are the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Book Award, and six Nebula Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.www.ursulakleguin.com
Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martin Espada is the first-ever edited collection on poet and activist Martin Espada. With the aid of contributions by established scholars who have a specialized interest in the poet’s life and work, its principal aim is to argue for a long overdue critical awareness of and cultural appreciation for Espada and his body of writing.
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Edward J. Carvalho is associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences at DeVry University (Philadelphia Metro).
This book offers a decoder for some of the new forms of poetry enabled by digital technology. Examining many of the strange technological vectors converging on language, it proposes a poetics appropriate to the digital era while connecting digital poetry to traditional poetry’s concerns with being (a.k.a. ontological implications). Digital poetry, in this context, is not simply a descendent of the book. Digital poems are not necessarily “poems” or written by “poets”; they are found in ads, conceptual art, interactive displays, performative projects, games, or apps. Poetic tools include algorithms, browsers, social media, and data. Code blossoms into poetic objects and poetic proto-organisms. Introducing the terms TAVs (Textual-Audio-Visuals) and TAVITS (Textual-Audio-Visual-Interactive), Aesthetic Animism theorizes a relation between scientific method and literary analysis; considers the temporal implications of animation software; and links software studies to creative writing. Above all it introduces many examples of digital poetry within a playful yet considered flexible taxonomy. In the future imagined here, digital poets program, sculpt, and nourish immense immersive interfaces of semi-autonomous word ecosystems. Poetry, enhanced by code and animated by sensors, reengages themes active at the origin of poetry: animism, agency, consciousness. Digital poetry will be perceived as living, because it is living.
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David Jhave Johnston, a digital poet, is Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong.
The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.
An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package–and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in” After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.
Noted Japanese author Murakami (Sputnik Sweetheart) offers six short stories set around the time of the devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Kobe, which killed thousands in January 1995. The stories are very loosely woven together by passing references made to the tragic event. Focusing on the relationships between people who are all broken by life, the stories include “UFO in Kushiro,” in which a salesman comes home one day to find himself abandoned by his wife, who has left him a note and later asks for a divorce; “All God’s Children Can Dance,” which tells the story of Yoshiya, a man born out of wedlock to a religiously zealous woman (even being told by her that his birth was “divine”) who later goes out in search of his father; and “Honey Pie,” which describes the longstanding friendships of three college friends, a single man and a married couple, who grow older together wondering about the state of their relationships after the couple’s divorce. However, in “Super-Frog Saves Tokyo,” Murakami uses earthquakes as the central theme; here a giant talking frog shows up in a man’s apartment and asks him for his assistance in saving Tokyo from a major earthquake. Murakami’s writing examines the state of the human condition in a manner similar to that of National Book Award winner Ha Jin, but Murakami’s stories often end abruptly, leaving readers to determine for themselves how the stories are to be resolved, if at all. Public and academic libraries with collections of Murakami’s work will probably want to add this one. Shirley N. Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Santa Ana, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
These six stories, all loosely connected to the disastrous 1995 earthquake in Kobe, are Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Norwegian Wood) at his best. The writer, who returned to live in Japan after the Kobe earthquake, measures his country’s suffering and finds reassurance in the inevitability that love will surmount tragedy, mustering his casually elegant prose and keen sense of the absurd in the service of healing. In “Honey Pie,” Junpei, a gentle, caring man, loses his would-be sweetheart, Sayoko, when his aggressive best friend, Takatsuki, marries her. They have a child, Sala. He remains close friends with them and becomes even closer after they divorce, but still cannot bring himself to declare his love for Sayoko. Sala is traumatized by the quake and Junpei concocts a wonderful allegorical tale to ease her hurt and give himself the courage to reveal his love for Sayoko. In “UFO in Kushiro” the horrors of the quake inspire a woman to leave her perfectly respectable and loving husband, Komura, because “you have nothing inside you that you can give me.” Komura then has a surreal experience that more or less confirms his wife’s assessment. The theme of nothingness is revisited in the powerful “Thailand,” in which a female doctor who is on vacation in Thailand and very bitter after a divorce, encounters a mysterious old woman who tells her “There is a stone inside your body…. You must get rid of the stone. Otherwise, after you die and are cremated, only the stone will remain.” The remaining stories are of equal quality, the characters fully developed and memorable. Murakami has created a series of small masterpieces. (Aug. 20) Forecast: The thematic urgency of this collection should give readers an extra reason to pick it up; Murakami’s track record will do the rest. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.