Explores the ways in which the ideas, rituals and practices of mourning were central to the work of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman.
Charts Japanese writer Murakami's vivid inner world, whether unconscious or underworld, and its connectivity to language. Original.
A highly researched consideration of Frost investigates early innovative poetry that was published in popular magazines from 1894 to 1915 and reveals a voice of dissent that anticipated "The New Poetry – a voice that would come to dominate American poetry as few others have. 336 pp.
Mark Atherton explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes that shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. 288 pp.
"A vibrant and thoughtful guide through American literary history." —Chicago Tribune, "Meeting at the intersection of physical place, history and literature, Writing America brings readers along for the ride, pinpointing the locales that fueled the imaginations of some of our most important writers." —"Ms." Magazine. 336 pp.