The Author's Shelf: Anne Tyler


  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    By Flannery O'Connor

    Our Price: $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156364652
    • Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company
    • Published: 1981
    This now-classic book proclaimed O'Connor's emergence as one of the most original and provocative Southern writers of the twentieth century. Through grotesque, often comic, situations, her principal characters were set face to face with problems of salvation: the grandmother in the title story confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash about to meet the final enemy. 252p.
  • Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays

    By Christa Wolf

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374519049
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: May 1988
    A recreation of the myth of Cassandra, journeying to her foreseen death and reflecting on her own history, is accompanied by essays that touch on such diverse issues as nuclear war and the role of women, linking them to the interpretation of Cassandra
  • Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress (Oxford World's Classics)

    By Frances Burney

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780199552382
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: January 2009
    Cecilia is an heiress, but she can only keep her fortune if her husband will consent to take her surname. Fanny Burney's unusual love story and deft social satire was much admired on its first publication in 1782 for its subtle interweaving of comedy, humanity and social analysis.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
  • Childhood

    By Nathalie Sarraute

    Our Price: $4.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807611166
    • Publisher: George Braziller
    • Published: March 1985
  • Hawthorne's Short Stories

    By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307741219
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Published: January 2011
    Presents a selection of twenty four of the author's most notable short stories, including "Young Goodman Brown," "Rappacini's daughter," and "The birthmark."
  • If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

    By Sappho

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375724510
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: August 2003
    Poet/scholar Anne Carson presents all of Sappho's fragments in Greek and in English. Brackets and space give the reader a sense of what is absent as well as what is present on the papyrus. Carson's translation illuminates Sappho's reflections on love, desire, marriage, exile, cushions, bees, old age, shame, time, chickpeas, and many other aspects of the human condition, making relevant, and contemporary this musical geniuis who lived on the island of lesbos from about 630 B.C. composing and performing her songs, of which none are extant. Only one poem has survived complete. The rest are here, before you, fragments from another world. Notes, Who's Who, Appendix. 397p.
  • It

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811215947
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: November 2006
    it is the masterwork by Danish poet Inger Christensen ("a true singer of the syllables," said C. D. Wright), often cited as a Nobel contender and one of Europe's most revered poets. On its publication in 1969, it took Denmark by storm, winning critical praise and becoming a huge popular favorite. Translated into many languages, it won international acclaim and is now a classic of modern Scandinavian is both a collection of poems and a single poetic epic, forming a philosophical statement on the nature of language, perception, and reality. The subject matter, though, is down to earth: amoebas, stones, and factories; fear, sea urchins, and mental institutions; sand, sexuality, and song. The words and images of it recur in ways reminiscent of Christensen's other works, but here is a younger poetry, wilder, and crackling with energy. The marvelous and complex use of mathematical structure in it is faithfully captured in Susanna Nied's English translation, which won a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award.
  • Journey to the End of the Night

    By Louis-Ferdinand Celine

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811216548
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: May 2006
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  • Life: A User's Manual

    By Georges Perec

    Our Price: $11.50 - $20.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781567923735
    • Publisher: Verba Mundi
    • Published: January 2009
    This unclassified masterpiece is a sprawling compendium as encyclopedic as Dante’s Commedia and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and, in its break with tradition, as inspiring as Joyce’s Ulysses. Structured around a single moment in time – 8:00 p.m. on June 23, 1975 – Perec’s spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, an extraordinarily rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre, unlikely, moving and funny. This is also more than an extraordinary range of fictions; it is a book peppered with a staggering range of literary puzzles, allusions, problems of chess and logic, and mathematical formulae. Over twenty years ago, Godine published the first English translation of this novel. This newly revised 20th –anniversary edition, has been carefully prepared with extensive corrections. Index, Chronology. 661p.
  • Moby Dick

    By Herman Melville

    Our Price: $5.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780553213119
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: January 1991
    w/Intro. (Bantam Classic). The most acclaimed novel of 19th-century American literature. An odyssey of adventure, madness and pure literary invention unrivalled in its scope and impact, this work's indelible story remains the all-time page-turner. 594p.
  • My Emily Dickinson

    By Susan Howe

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811216838
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: November 2007
    Poet Howe originally published this monograph in 1985, when, according to Eliot Weinberger in this reissue's new preface, the complexities of Emily Dickinson's writing "tended to be lost" to focus on the poet's neuroses and spinster life. Howe considers the intent of Dickinson's unusual capitalization and punctuation, responds to other critical interpretations, and frames her work in context to that of other figures including Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Jonathan Edwards. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • New Collected Poems

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811218054
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: November 2008
    George Oppen's New Collected Poems gathers in one volume all of the poet's books published in his lifetime (1908–84), as well as his previously uncollected poems and a selection of his unpublished work. Oppen, whose writing was championed by Ezra Pound when it was first published by The Objectivist Press in the 1930s, has become one of America's most admired poets. In 1969 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his collection Of Being Numerous, which The New Yorker recently said is “unmatched by any book of American poetry since.” The New Collected Poems is edited by Michael Davidson of the University of California at San Diego, who also writes an introduction about the poet's life and work and supplies generous notes that will give interested readers an understanding of the background of the individual books as well as keys to references in the poems. The award-winning essayist and translator Eliot Weinberger offers a personal remembrance of the poet in his preface, “Oppen Then.” This newly revised paperback edition also includes a generous CD of the poet reading from each of his poetry collections.
  • Nightwood

    By Djuna Barnes

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811216715
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: September 2006
    The author’s strange and sinuous tour de force has become a classic of modernist and lesbian literature since its first publication in 1936. Set in Berlin, Paris, and Vienna during the decadent period between the two World Wars, Nightwood “belongs to that small class of books that somehow reflect a time or an epoch.” Nightwood is the story of Robin Vote and those she destroys – her husband the “Baron,” their child Guido, and the two women, Nora and Jenny, who love her; the whole is illuminated by the fantastic monologues of the renegade doctor Matthew O’Connor. Most striking of all is Barnes’s unparalleled stylistic innovation, which led T. S. Eliot to proclaim the book “so good a novel that only sensibilities train on poetry can wholly appreciate it.” 182p.
  • Our Mutual Friend

    By Charles Dickens

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140434972
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: February 1998
    'Has a dead man any use for money? … What world does money belong to? This world. How can money be a corpse's?' Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance – Old Harmon's profitable dust heaps – and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With brilliant satire, Dickens portrays a dark, macabre London, inhabited by such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; enchanting, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. Dickens's last completed novel is richly symbolic in its vision of death and renewal in a city dominated by the fetid Thames, and of the corrupting power of money. This edition uses the text of the first volume edition of 1865, and includes the original illustrations, a chronology, a list for further reading, and appendices on the illustrations and serial plans. Adrian Poole's introduction examines biblical allusions and the central themes of Our Mutual Friend.
  • Pensées

    By Blaise Pascal

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140446456
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: December 1995