Author: John Gardner

The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story in this frequently banned book. This classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf follows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center of the Anglo Saxon classic epic. This is the book William Gass called “one of….Read More

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Composed some time between the middle of the seventh and the end of the tenth century of the first millennium, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the important Northern… Continue Reading Posted in: Ancient, Classical & Medieval Poetry, Cultural Foundations Ii, Dragons, Hattaway, Norse & Icelandic Sagas

Galatea 2.2

After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2 — Richard Powers — returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for… Continue Reading Posted in: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Medical Fiction, Study And Teaching

The Sunlight Dialogues

In The Sunlight Dialogues, John Gardner's vision of America in the turbulent 1960s embraces an unconventional cast of conventional citizens in the small rural town of Batavia, New York. Sheriff… Continue Reading Posted in: American Literature, City And Town Life, Contemporary Literature & Fiction, Fiction, Social Change

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005

The Wall Street Journal says, "After a decade in which reading was considered about as hip as the Bee Gees, the under-25 set is now buying books for leisure reading… Continue Reading Posted in: American Fiction Anthologies, American Prose Literature, Short Stories

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the… Continue Reading Posted in: Etc.), Fiction, Hamlet, Motion Picture Plays, Parodies, Screenwriting, Travesties

The Future Homemakers of America

Author: Laurie Graham,Manufacturer: Fourth Estate Continue Reading Posted in: Fiction, Historical, Women's Fiction

Main Street

This is America, a town of a few thousand, in a region of wheat and corn and dairies and little groves. So Sinclair Lewis, recipient of the Nobel Prize and… Continue Reading Posted in: Businessmen, Married Women, Middle Aged Men, Whispersync for Voice

Sir Apropos of Nothing

They were dark and stormy knights...and when they had their way with a helpless tavern wench one terrible evening, they had no idea that the result of that twilight brutality… Continue Reading Posted in: Etc.), Fantasy Comic Books, Fiction, Humorous Fantasy, Humorous Fiction, Strips

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness, Patience

SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT is one of the most important alliterative poems of Medieval literature Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, English (Middle), Fiction, Manuscripts

The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue

Each is presented in the original language, with normalized spelling and substantial annotations for modern readers. Among the new added to the Second Edition are the much-requested "Merchant s Tale"… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Middle Ages, Poetry

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