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What Are People For?
What Are People For?
by Wendell Berry
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 May 2015
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A brilliant, beautiful, moving book--by the best essayist and wisest person I have ever known.


Home Economics
Home Economics
by Wendell Berry
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best arguments I have ever read, 2 April 2015
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One of the best arguments I have ever read. Berry is a profound and generous thinker: he thinks deeply for us all. "Economics" is an ancient Greek word for how we live at home. Most of us, alas, live by money--and think that's what "economics" is about. Berry knows otherwise, and presents his case for saving this world from the so-called "economists" persuasively.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Faulkner Talking, 8 Jun. 2009
"The Faulkner-Cowley File" is a small treasure, particularly William Faulkner's part of it, and more particularly what he tells Malcolm Cowley in the first part of it. I hadn't read it in forty years--and was as excited reading it this time as I was in the 1960s.


A Lesson Before Dying (Five Star)
A Lesson Before Dying (Five Star)
by Ernest J. Gaines
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.45

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Gaines's Finest Novel, 8 Jun. 2009
Ernest J. Gaines has written a number of fine novels, but this is--so far--his best. "A Lesson Before Dying" is a great book, and a very important book for American literature. It could well be a companion to Faulkner's "Light in August," and in terms of its strength and beauty it ranks alongside that masterpiece.


Ox-cart Man (Picture Puffin)
Ox-cart Man (Picture Puffin)
by Donald Hall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Donald Hall's "The Ox-Cart Man", 8 Jun. 2009
Donald Hall, former U.S Poet Laureate, "Living Treasure" in the state of New Hampshire, and according to the New York Times "America's favorite man of letters," is the author of the wonderful poem, "The Ox-Cart Man." Barbara Cooney's Caldicott Prize winning illustrations have made it into a beautiful and much-loved children's book. If you don't know it--and if chuildren you know don't have it--you should buy it.


The Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
The Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
by Thomas Hardy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hardy's Collected Poems, 8 Jun. 2009
Thomas Hardy's poems are a treasure. Every time I read through the 950 poems in the "Collected Poems" I discover another half-dozen that I have somehow managed not to appreciate before. His "Collected Poems" is a must for any library; and the Wordsworth Classics edition is a good one to own.

Wordsworth Classics editions are generally very good--and reliable: their editors don't interfere with their authors' works! (If you read Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" in a new Penguin edition, you won't read most of the penultimate chapter; the scholarly editor has used an edition, neither the first that Hardy published nor the last that Hardy corrected, which excludes two-thirds--2,656 words--of that chapter.)


Book of Nightmares
Book of Nightmares
by Galway Kinnell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Galway Kinnell's Book of Nightmares, 8 Jun. 2009
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Galway Kinnell is, to my mind, the finest American poet of the twentieth century, and "The Book of Nightmares" one of the best books of poetry published in English in the twentieth century. A single long poem, it stands with poems like Eliot's "The Waste Land" and Heaney's "Station Island." It is one of the great works of imagination and thought in the English language, a book not to be missed and never to be forgotten.


That Distant Land: The Collected Stories
That Distant Land: The Collected Stories
by Wendell Berry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wendell Berry's Stories, 8 Jun. 2009
Wendell Berry is one of the most important living American writers. His essays, "Cultural and Agricultural" he calls them, are moving, convincing, and inspiring reading. His poems--especially the "Mad Farmer" poems, "Sabboths," and lovely small poems that appear at random throughout his work--are to be cherished. And his fiction--the novels and stories about the "Port William membership"--is an American treasure. He is at his best, perhaps, in the short stories, and the best of those--contained in this wonderful volume--are those published in "Wild Birds" and "Fidelity."


Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph (Penguin Literary Biographies)
Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph (Penguin Literary Biographies)
by Edgar Johnson
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Dickens Biography, 8 Jun. 2009
Edgar Johnson's brilliant biography of Charles Dickens, even in its abridged form, remains the great Dickens biography. Johnson himself did the abridgement, removing the excellent critical chapters on the individual novels to make a one-volume edition. Johnson's biography belongs alonside Walter Jackson Bate's Keats biography as amomng the very best literary biographies we have.


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