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Literary Criticism

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Religious Perspectives in Faulkner's Fiction: Yoknapatawpha and Beyond, Barth, J. Robert, S.J., ed.
1 Barth, J. Robert, S.J., ed. Religious Perspectives in Faulkner's Fiction: Yoknapatawpha and Beyond
Notre Dame/London University of Notre Dame Pr. (c.1972) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jan Bartel Smith Advertising 
[ex-library book with moderate wear, typical markings (including edge-stamping, scarring to ffep from pocket removal, some stickiness on pastedowns, covered by jacket flaps); jacket somewhat worn but still in good shape, the main problem being uneven/irregular fading]. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Flea of Sodom [*SIGNED*], Dahlberg, Edward
2 Dahlberg, Edward The Flea of Sodom [*SIGNED*]
Norfolk CT New Directions 1950 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[moderate wear to top and bottom edges, light foxing to top page edges; jacket edgeworn, wrinkling/creasing at top and bottom edges of rear panel, small tears and a bit of paper loss at several corners of rear panel]. (Direction 18) Series INSCRIBED ("For [George] Kirgo, - / a valiant defender / of the good little books / that are never noticed / but Remembered -- / My good wishes") and SIGNED by the author; additionally dated "Dec 14 50 / N.Y.C." in his hand. "These little essays are an Orphic prayer for a Mythology -- a supplication for the return to ritual and to the tutelary deities who guarded bread, wine, sheep and horses. The book is an examination of the occidental mind in poetry and literature, but the essays themselves are poems and fables, having nothing in common with modern criticism." Like that's a good thing, apparently. Introduction by Herbert Read; the book is dedicated to Read and his son Benedict. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Sense of Humor, Eastman, Max
3 Eastman, Max The Sense of Humor
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1936 (c.1921) Later Printing Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [bumping/softening to bottom corners and base of spine, gilt lettering rubbed but still readable on both spine and front cover, faint stain on top edge of text block with slight bleed-through at top edges of a number of pages; all in all a solid reading/reference copy]. The noted radical/critic/journalist/poet/activist expounds (quite perceptively) on various types and philosophies of humor, following a brief preface in which he quotes George Bernard Shaw, who said: "There is no more dangerous literary symptom than a temptation to write about wit and humor. It indicates the total of loss of both." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Yo, Poe, Gannon, Frank
4 Gannon, Frank Yo, Poe
New York Viking 1987 0-670-81481-4 / 9780670814817 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Sandy Huffaker 
[nice tight copy; minor handling wear to jacket]. "[The author's] speciality is the literary or historical reference dropped in low circumstances. The title piece in this book takes off from the news that Sylvester Stallone is a student of Edgar Allan Poe and thirsts to write and star in his film biography; heretofore unthought-of connections between Rambo and Rimbaud are elucidated." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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5 Kaplan, Sydney Janet Feminine Consciousness in the Modern British Novel
Urbana/Chicago/London University of Illinois Press (c.1975) 0-252-00463-9 / 9780252004636 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, very light shelfwear; jacket shows mild rubbing/surface wear]. "Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair, and Rosamond Lehmann all created female characters who share one characteristic: the tension resulting from the conflict between the ideal of sexual equality and the reality of sexual subordination. So [the author[ finds in her study of the works of these five twentieth-century British women writers, each of whom was involved in developing uniquely feminine consciousness for her female characters." 
Price: 11.50 USD
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The Pioneer in the American Novel, 1900-1950, Karolides, Nicholas J.
6 Karolides, Nicholas J. The Pioneer in the American Novel, 1900-1950
Norman University of Oklahoma Press (c.1967) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [solid, clean copy, minor wear at extremities; jacket spine sunned, minor damage near top of spine, light handling wear overall]. "The role of the American frontier in shaping culture and character is reflected in the treatment of the pioneer hero in twentieth-century literature. Both conscious and unconscious awareness of this popular hero image continues to exert its influence on the personality of our nation and our people, says [the author] in this analysis of the genre." Bilbiography, index. [on new-arrivals shelf] 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Don't Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children's Literature, Lurie, Alison
7 Lurie, Alison Don't Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children's Literature
Boston Little, Brown & Company (c.1990) 0-316-53722-5 / 9780316537223 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book slightly bowed, one tiny smudge on fore-edge; jacket a bit rubbed, no chips or tears]. Lurie's essays on numerous classic works for children, in support of her belief that "most of the great works of juvenile literature are subversive in one way or another." She discusses works by Kate Greenaway, Ford Madox Ford, Beatrix Potter, James Barrie, Frances Hodgson Burnett, A.A. Milne, J.R.R. Tolkien, T.H. White, Richard Adams, and others. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Pages Passed from Hand to Hand: The Hidden Tradition of Homosexual Literature in English from 1748 to 1914, Mitchell, Mark, and David Leavitt, eds.
8 Mitchell, Mark, and David Leavitt, eds. Pages Passed from Hand to Hand: The Hidden Tradition of Homosexual Literature in English from 1748 to 1914
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1997 0-395-83705-7 / 9780395837054 1st printing Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover design) Steven Cooley 
[minor wear at bottom front corner, light tanning to page edges, small red (remainder?) dot on bottom edge]. Trade PB An anthology of writings that preceded the breakthrough in the affirmative literary depiction of homosexuality represented by E.M. Forster's "Maurice" in 1914, this anthology "is the first to explore the texts that circulated before the genre of 'gay fiction' came into being, and before greater tolerance allowed writers to treat homosexual themes directly." Includes extracts from stories and novels by Herman Melville, Walter Pater, Henry James, Willa Cather, D.H. Lawrence, and others. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Robert Penn Warren: Critical Perspectives, Nakadate, Neil, ed.
9 Nakadate, Neil, ed. Robert Penn Warren: Critical Perspectives
Lexington The University Press of Kentucky (c.1981) 0-8131-1425-X / 9780813114255 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[beautiful copy, no significant wear to either book or jacket]. "In this book [the editor] brings together the best and most important studies and a new essay written for this volume to giv a comprehensive view of the range of Warren's work. A list of Warren's published works, 1929-1980, and a useful checklist of critical works on Warren's writing supplement this rich and balanced colletion of essays." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 Sutton, William A. Black Like It Is/Was: Erskine Caldwell's Treatment of Racial Themes
Metuchen NJ The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1974 0-8108-0723-8 / 9780810807235 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [ex-library book but virtually unworn; typical markings (incl. stamping on top/bottom edges, call number in small white letters on spine, pocket on rear pastedown)]. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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