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Gilbert: The Man Who was G. K. Chesterton by Michael Coren

“Of all the studies of G.K. I have read, this is the best, deepest and most nearly complete.” Bernard Levin, The Sunday TimesGilbert Keith Chesterton, known as G.K.Chesterton was born on the 29th of May, 1874 on a quiet street between Holland Park and Kensington, a place he came to lov...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory / Size: 304 pages / Free from 02 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 4.30 / 5 4 reviews

The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Michael Coren

‘Here is Conan Doyle the doctor, Conan Doyle the adventurer, Conan Doyle the journalist and, above all, Conan Doyle the spiritualist. The intention of the present book is to describe Conan Doyle the man, the composite of all of these aspects and of many more.’Michael Coren presents his...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory / Size: 400 pages / Free from 02 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 4.00 / 5 4 reviews

C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia by Michael Coren

The Chronicles of Narnia are some of the best-known and well-loved classic children’s books in the English language, and C. S. Lewis, their creator, was a truly remarkable man. Clive Staples Lewis liked to be known simply as Jack. Plain Jack Lewis, his friends called him, those men who a...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory / Size: 140 pages / Free from 02 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 4.00 / 5 4 reviews

Mark Dawson Books in Order: John Milton series, John Milton short stories, Isabella Rose series, Beatrix Rose series, Soho Noir, Group Fifteen Files, all ... and nonfiction. (Series Order Book 70) by Book List Guru

Mark Dawson Books in OrderHow to Make Great Thrillers Even Better!2019 Edition: This is the most comprehensive Mark Dawson book order and checklist available. It's a complete bibliography and biography, which includes:John Milton books in orderJohn Milton short stories in orderIsabella Ros...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Education & Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Criticism & Theory / Size: 50 pages / Free from 02 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 4.00 / 5 4 reviews

Ernest Hemingway: The Biography by University Press

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory / Size: 66 pages / Free from 02 April 2020 PDT/PST 

Poeticolors: Kaleidoscope by Dwayne Gray

A book of carefully woven words inspired by most of our human emotions and some of the most common experiences that aims directly at relating to the many emotions we experience daily. In this Callaloo/ mixture of poems you are bound to find yourself. Find yourself, your surfaced emotions i...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Poetry, Criticism & Theory / Size: 108 pages / Free from 02 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 5.00 / 5 5 reviews

Off the Road and Over the Cuckoo's Nest: A Literary History of the Counterculture by Mickey Harper

In the years following World War II, the Beat Generation began a literary revolution that changed American culture profoundly. Literature, music, fashion, art... none of it would ever be the same again. The fifties and sixties were a vibrant time of social upheaval, when art flourished aga...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory / Size: 146 pages / Free from 02 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 2.50 / 5 3 reviews

Franz Kafka: The Necessity of Form by Stanley Corngold

In Stanley Corngold’s view, the themes and strategies of Kafka’s fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka’s work in light of "the necessity of form," which is also a merely formal necessity, C...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: 334 pages / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 5.00 / 5 5 reviews

It Came From Beneath the Slush Pile: 20 Kinds of Stupid: An Anthology of Idiot Heroes and Ridiculous Heroines by Holly Lisle

twenty fatally flawed flash stories by Holly Lisle and studentsIf there’s one thing more fun than writing awesome stories, it’s occasionally indulging in the worst excesses and writing awesomely bad stories. Holly Lisle and a group of her students put all of the most clichéd, badly fo...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: 97 pages / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 4.00 / 5 4 reviews

Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science by N. Katherine Hayles

N. Katherine Hayles here investigates parallels between contemporary literature and critical theory and the science of chaos. She finds in both scientific and literary discourse new interpretations of chaos, which is seen no longer as disorder but as a locus of maximum information and comp...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Professional Science, Science & Math, Mathematics, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: 328 pages / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 3.30 / 5 3 reviews

Tales of Research Misconduct: A Lacanian Diagnostics of Integrity Challenges in Science Novels (Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy Book 36) by Hub Zwart

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Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Professional Science, Science & Math, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 263 pages / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST 

Feminist Theory, Women's Writing (Reading Women Writing) by Laurie A. Finke

In this rewarding book, Laurie A. Finke challenges assumptions about gender, the self, and the text which underlie fundamental constructs of contemporary feminist theory. She maintains that some of the key concepts structuring feminist literary criticism need to be reexamined within both t...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: Unknown / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST 

Madame Bovary on Trial by Dominick LaCapra

In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary interests, here examines this remarkable trial. LaCapra draws on material fro...

Genre: History, Europe, Professional & Technical, Law, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: 224 pages / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST 

Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures by Leona Toker

Vladimir Nabokov described the literature course he taught at Cornell as "a kind of detective investigation of the mystery of literary structures." Leona Toker here pursues a similar investigation of the enigmatic structures of Nabokov's own fiction. According to Toker, most previous criti...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Specific Groups, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 283 pages / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 5.00 / 5 5 reviews

Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe (The New Middle Ages) by Patricia Skinner

This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license. This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as we...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Professional & Technical, Medical eBooks, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Philosophy, Science & Math, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 383 pages / Free from 01 April 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 3.70 / 5 4 reviews

Feminist Literary Theory: An Introductory Handbook (Textual Matters Literary Theory 1) by Yonge Eglinton

Feminist Literary Theory: An Introductory Handbook is the first volume in the series Textual Matters. The book reviews the most important conversations in feminist literary criticism in an understandable language. It, also, presents feminist concepts with examples of well-known literary wo...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory / Size: 46 pages / Free from 31 March 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 5.00 / 5 5 reviews

"The Female American": Marginalized Identity Transcends Patriarchy by S.R. Stewart

The Female American: Marginalized Identity Transcends Patriarchy is an essay on the "The Female American". It covers gender roles, marginalization, and patriarchy....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Studying & Workbooks, Criticism & Theory / Size: 11 pages / Free from 30 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000 (Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten (SAA) Book 143) by Martin Mühlheim

This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exil...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory / Size: 384 pages / Free from 30 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Reading Women Writing) by Amanda Anderson

Prostitute, adulteress, unmarried woman who engages in sexual relations, victim of seduction—the Victorian "fallen woman" represents a complex array of stigmatized conditions. Amanda Anderson here reconsiders the familiar figure of the fallen woman within the context of mid-Victorian deb...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 256 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 5.00 / 5 5 reviews

BEHIND THESE CLOSED DOORS: An Account In Poetry by Someone You Thought You Knew Anniversary Edition (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Book 1) by Michelle Carter-Douglass

This book is a collection of poetry by an abuse and domestic violence survivor. Let no person dictate your destination and purpose in life. All trials and tribulations that you and I endure, bring us closer to appreciating our fellow peers and every living thing. This is my first book of...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Parenting & Relationships, Family Relationships, Criticism & Theory / Size: 64 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 5.00 / 5 5 reviews

Echoes of Desire: English Petrarchism and Its Counterdiscourses by Heather Dubrow

Echoes of Desire variously invokes and interrogates a number of historicist and feminist premises about Tudor and Stuart literature by examining the connections between the anti-Petrarchan tradition and mainstream Petrarchan poetry. It also addresses some of the broader implications of con...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Poetry, World Literature, British, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 328 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST  Rating: 3.10 / 5 3 reviews

Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf (Reading Women Writing) by Alison Booth

The egotism that fuels the desire for greatness has been associated exclusively with men, according to one feminist view; yet many women cannot suppress the need to strive for greatness. In this forceful and compelling book, Alison Booth traces through the novels, essays, and other writing...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: Unknown / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction by Audrey Jaffe

In Scenes of Sympathy, Audrey Jaffe argues that representations of sympathy in Victorian fiction both reveal and unsettle Victorian ideologies of identity. Situating these representations within the context of Victorian visual culture, and offering new readings of key works by Charles Dick...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: Unknown / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Joyce: The Return of the Repressed (Contestations) by Susan Stanford Friedman

Did James Joyce, that icon of modernity, spearhead the dismantling of the Cartesian subject? Or was he a supreme example of a modern man forever divided and never fully known to himself? This volume reads the dialogue of contradictory cultural voices in Joyce’s works—revolutionary and ...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: 328 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature by Simon Gikandi

In Simon Gikandi’s view, Caribbean literature and postcolonial literature more generally negotiate an uneasy relationship with the concepts of modernism and modernity—a relationship in which the Caribbean writer, unable to escape a history encoded by Europe, accepts the challenge of re...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 274 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice by Susan Sniader Lanser

Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: 304 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Feminizing the Fetish: Psychoanalysis and Narrative Obsession in Turn-of-the Century France by Emily Apter

Shoes, gloves, umbrellas, cigars that are not just objects—the topic of fetishism seems both bizarre and inevitable. In this venturesome and provocative book, Emily Apter offers a fresh account of the complex relationship between representation and sexual obsession in turn-of-the-century...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books / Size: Unknown / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

Women and Romance: The Consolations of Gender in the English Novel (Reading Women Writing) by Laurie Langbauer

According to Laurie Langbauer, the notion of romance is vague precisely because it represents the chaotic negative space outside the novel that determines its form. Addressing questions of form, Langbauer reads novels that explore the interplay between the novel and romance: works by Charl...

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Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse (Myth and Poetics) by Egbert J. Bakker

Applying linguistic theory to the study of Homeric style, Egbert J. Bakker offers a highly innovative approach to oral poetry, particularly the poetry of Homer. By situating formulas and other features of oral style within the wider contexts of spoken language and communication, he moves t...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Words, Language & Grammar, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 256 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

The Supplement of Reading: Figures of Understanding in Romantic Theory and Practice by Tilottama Rajan

Tilottama Rajan illuminates a crisis of representation within romanticism, evident in the proliferation of stylistically and structurally unsettled literary texts that resist interpretation in terms of a unified meaning. The Supplement of Reading investigates the role of the reader both in...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods / Size: 376 pages / Free from 29 March 2020 PDT/PST 

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