This selection of Thomas Mann’s letters, first published in a Vintage edition in 1975, spans sixty-six years from the first, written by a precocious fourteen-year-old, to the last, composed on his deathbed by the eighty-year-old Nobel Laureate, and includes letters to family and to such celebrated contemporaries as Gide, Freud, Brecht, Einstein, Hesse, Schoenberg, and Adorno. Covering two world wars and exile in Europe and America, Mann’s letters offer the reader insight into the concerns and values of one of the great writers of our time.
Molier’s The School for Wives
In this biting comedy of Arnolphe’s errors, the hapless man is undone by his own double dealing and double standards. Richard Wilbur’s subtle verse translation illuminates Moliere at his wittiest.
Shklovsky’s Zoo Or Letters Not About Love
While living in exile in Berlin, the formidable literary critic Viktor Shklovsky fell in love with Elsa Triolet. He fell into the habit of sending Elsa several letters a day, a situation she accepted under one condition: he was forbidden to write about love. Zoo, or Letters Not about Love is an epistolary novel born of this constraint, and although the brilliant and playful letters contained here cover everything from observations about contemporary German and Russian life to theories of art and literature, nonetheless every one of them is indirectly dedicated to the one topic they are all required to avoid: their author’s own unrequited love.
Landolf’s Cancerqueen and Other Stories
Cancerqueen is a unique dark witty book in the 20th century. A book about a spaceship making a wild journey to the moon with parody, humor, and anti fiction all at once.
Gilgamesh: a verse narrative
Herbert Mason’s best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, loss and reparations within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend. A finalist for the National Book Award, Mason’s retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet’s long affinity with the original.
Yamo Ouloguem’s Bound to Violence
Published in France in 1968 & winner of the Prix Renaudot.
Heidegger’s Poetry, Language, Thought
Poetry, Language, Thought collects Martin Heidegger’s pivotal writings on art, its role in human life and culture, and its relationship to thinking and truth. Essential reading for students and anyone interested in the great philosophers, this book opens up appreciation of Heidegger beyond the study of philosophy to the reaches of poetry and our fundamental relationship to the world. Featuring “The Origin of the Work of Art,” a milestone in Heidegger’s canon, this enduring volume provides potent, accessible entry to one of the most brilliant thinkers of modern times.
Homer’s The Homeric Hymns
A rich source for students of Greek mythology and literature, the Homeric hymns are also fine poetry. Attributed by the ancients to Homer, these prooimia, or preludes, were actually composed over centuries and used by poets to prepare for the singing or recitation of longer portions of the Homeric epics. In his acclaimed translations of the hymns, Apostolos Athanassakis preserves the essential simplicity of the original Greek, offering a straightforward, line-by-line translation that makes no attempts to masquerade or modernize. For this long-awaited new edition, Athanassakis enhances his classic work with a comprehensive index, careful and selective changes in the translations themselves, and numerous additions to the notes which will enrich the reader’s experience of these ancient and influential poems.
The Insect Societies
Conducts a definitive study of the social structure and symbiotic relationships of termites, social wasps, bees, and ants.