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  • From the Elephant's Back

    From the Elephant's Back

    “…the proverb says that whoever sees the world from the back of an elephant learns the secrets of the jungle and becomes a seer. I had to be content to become a poet.” —Lawrence Durrell Best known...

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  • A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance

    A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance

    “Speaking one language, I submit, is like living in a house with one window only...” From his legendary birth in a snow bank in northwestern Manitoba, through his metamorphosis to citizen-artist o...

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  • A Year of Days

    A Year of Days

    “As soon as she was gone from this earth, I felt an overwhelming need for more of her. I had to find her again. But how do you find someone after they’re gone for good?” After her mother succumbed...

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  • Personal Modernisms

    Personal Modernisms

    Gifford's invigorating work of metacriticism and literary history recovers the significance of the "lost generation" of writers of the 1930s and 1940s. He examines how the Personalism of anarcho-an...

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  • Dreaming of Elsewhere

    Dreaming of Elsewhere

    Home, for me, was not a birthright, but an invention.. It seems to me when we speak of home we are speaking of several things, often at once, muddled together into an uneasy stew. We say home and m...

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  • Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis

    Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis

    Demers revives the memory of journalist Miriam Green Ellis, an all-but-forgotten feminist, suffragist, and agricultural reporter who documented the modernist sphere for over four decades and who re...

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  • Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book

    Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book

    Censorship and book burning are still present in our lives. Lawrence Hill shares his experiences of how ignorance and the fear of ideas led a group in the Netherlands to burn the cover of his widel...

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  • Recognition and Modes of Knowledge

    Recognition and Modes of Knowledge

    Anagnorisis, or recognition, has played a central role in the arts and humanities throughout history. It is a universal mode of knowledge in literature and the arts; in sacred texts and scholastic ...

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  • Jane Austen & Company

    Jane Austen & Company

    Here we come to know Jane Austen by the company she keeps: her predecessors Fielding, Sterne, Lennox, and Burney, her contemporary Scott, and her successors Waugh and Amis—comic novelists all. And ...

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  • Intersecting Sets

    Intersecting Sets

    Poet Alice Major was given a book on relativity at the impressionable age of ten, so she never quite understood why science came to be dismissed as reductive or opposite to art. She surveys the sci...

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  • Green Heart of the Tree (The)

    Green Heart of the Tree (The)

    Woudstra’s literary essays, rooted in personal experience and travel, are long and loving looks into the mysterious heart of Africa. Her writings explore topics as diverse as volcanic eruptions and...

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  • On Lying in Bed & Other Essays

    On Lying in Bed & Other Essays

    A unique collection of essays by one of the literary geniuses of the past hundred years, edited by none other than the award-winning Argentinian writer, Alberto Manguel.

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