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1900-1945

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Written by WILLIAM MCPHERSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 01/08/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17602-3

Growing up in a small upper Midwestern town in the late 1930s, young Tommy MacAllister is scarcely aware of the Depression, much less the rumblings of war in Europe. For his parents and their set, life seems to revolve around dinners and dancing at the country club, tennis dates and rounds of golf, holiday parties, summers on the Island, and sparkling occasions full of people and drinks and food and laughter. But curious as he is and impatient to grow up, Tommy will soon come to glimpse the...

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Written by DOROTHY BAKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 09/11/2012

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17577-4

Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him. He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn’t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid. He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York. But while talent and drive are all you need to make it in music, they aren’t enough to make it through a life.

Dorothy Baker’s Young Man with a Horn is...

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Written by WILLA CATHER

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/28/2012

Price: $11.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19105-8

The characteristic themes of Cather’s mature work are already present in her debut novella, an evocation of a tragic love triangle.

Bartley Alexander, renowned engineer of bridges, is a man with a past who “looked as a tamer of rivers ought to look.” Discovered by his mentor “sowing wild oats in London,” he returned to America and the commission that made his name. Now, married to his wife of ten years, a chance encounter with actress Hilda Burgoyne, an almost forgotten love from his past,...

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Written by DOROTHY BAKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 08/21/2012

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17601-6

Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley: gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, miserable. At the beginning of this novel, she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to attend the wedding of her identical twin, Judith, to a nice young doctor from Connecticut. Cassandra, however, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding.

Dorothy Baker’s entrancing tragicomic novella follows an unpredictable course of events in which her heroine appears variously as conniving,...

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Written by EDITH WHARTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $11.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94951-6

One of Edith Wharton’s most famous novels—the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize—exquisitely details a tragic struggle between love and responsibility in Gilded Age New York.

Newland Archer, an aristocratic young lawyer, is engaged to the cloistered, beautiful May Welland. But when May’s cousin Ellen arrives from Europe, fleeing her failed marriage to a Polish count, her worldly and independent nature intrigues and unsettles Archer. Trapped by his passionless relationship with May and...

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Written by EDITH WHARTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94952-3

Set among the glittering salons of Gilded Age New York, Edith Wharton’s most popular novel is a moving indictment of a society whose soul-crushing limitations destroy a woman too spirited to be contained by them.

The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her drive and her spark of independent character prevent her from conforming sucessfully. Her desire for a comfortable life means that she will not marry for love...

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Written by EDITH WHARTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $8.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94953-0

Edith Wharton’s most widely read work is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a snowbound New England village.

This brilliantly wrought, tragic novella explores the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the elevated social milieu usually inhabited by Wharton’s characters. Ethan Frome is a poor farmer, trapped in a marriage to a demanding and controlling wife, Zeena. When Zeena’s young cousin Mattie...

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Written by EDITH WHARTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $10.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94954-7

Edith Wharton’s lacerating satire on marriage and materialism in turn-of-the-century New York features her most selfish, ruthless, and irresistibly outrageous female character.

Undine Spragg is an exquisitely beautiful but ferociously acquisitive young woman from the Midwest who comes to New York to seek her fortune. She achieves her social ambitions—but only at the highest cost to her family, her admirers, and her several husbands. Wharton lavished on Undine an imaginative energy that...

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Written by MARK TWAIN
Introduction by ADAM GOPNIK

Format: Hardcover, 744 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95937-9

These sixty satirical, rollicking, uproarious tales by the greatest yarn-spinner in our literary history are as fresh and vivid as ever more than a century after their author’s death.

Mark Twain’s famous novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have long been hailed as major achievements, but the father of American literature also made his mark as a master of the humorous short story. All the tales he wrote over the course of his lengthy career are gathered here, including such immortal...

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Written by WILLIAM FAULKNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/17/2012

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94676-8

The complete text of Faulkner’s third novel, published for the first time in 1973, appeared with his reluctant consent in a much cut version in 1929 as Sartoris.

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Written by WILLIAM FAULKNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/03/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94679-9

Gavin Stevens, the wise and forbearing student of crime and of the folk ways of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, plays the major role in these six stories of violence. In each, Stevens’sharp insights and ingenious detection uncover the underlying motives.

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Written by WILLIAM FAULKNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/29/2011

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94678-2

One of the few of William Faulkner’s works to be set outside his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Pylon, first published in 1935, takes place at an air show in a thinly disguised New Orleans named New Valois. An unnamed reporter for a local newspaper tries to understand a very modern ménage a trois of flyers on the barnstorming circuit. These characters, Faulkner said, “were a fantastic and bizarre phenomenon on the face of the contemporary scene. . . . That is, there was really no place for...

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