Literature CRITICAL INSIGHTS: AUTHORS Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer, fourteenth-century master storyteller and comic genius, was the greatest English author of the Middle Ages. This volume includes essays that help explain why Chaucer is called “the father of English letters.” Essay topics include Chaucer as an international poet, gender and horror in The Canterbury Tales and Chaucer’s links to Shakespeare. March 2017 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-256-8 | $105 John Cheever Essays discuss the basic facts of Cheever’s life and critical reputation, a man prone to self-invention and self- mythologizing. Though his version of his life was long accepted as fact, after his death it has been complicated by unflattering revelations in his daughter’s memoirs, his published journals and two biographies. Other essays discuss Cheever’s decorous style, fragmented structure, and fascination with language. September 2011 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-827-3 | $105 Joseph Conrad Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad was known for his adventurous tales—many of them based on his experiences as a merchant marine—as well as his anti-heroic characters and exploration of human psychology in a European-dominated world. Essays in this volume profile Conrad’s political beliefs, examine his narrative style, and analyze his most renowned stories, including Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. December 2016 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-114-1 | $105 Charles Dickens This volume brings together a variety of new, classic, and contemporary essays on Dickens’s most widely read works. Essays celebrate Dickens’s dramatic and imaginative powers; his characters’ “capacity to achieve selflessness in love” despite their grim surroundings, and Dickens’s realism and childlike awe of the world. October 2010 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-691-0 | $105 Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson’s poetry, letters, and life have astounded readers and scholars alike for more than one hundred years. Dickinson wrote some of the world’s most original, enigmatic, and expansive poems. By turns strangely intimate, witty, sardonic, ebullient, and frighteningly sublime, the poems have fascinated generations of readers and generated endless speculation about the poet’s mind and life. October 2010 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-695-8 | $105 George Eliot Mary Ann Evans, also known as George Eliot, published under a male pen name during the Victorian Era to ensure her fiction was taken just as seriously as her male counterparts. This volume of critical essays compares Eliot to those male contemporaries, and studies some of her greatest works, including Silas Marner, Middlemarch, and The Mill on the Floss. March 2016 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-838-9 | $105 T. S. Eliot This collection provides a variety of materials to approach this influential writer: overviews of his career and his importance; relevant contexts, critical reception and interpretive choices; a critical analysis of Eliot’s writing, his drama, and the whole range of his poetry from early to late in his career. October 2009 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-606-4 | $105 Harlan Ellison Essays discuss Ellison’s relationship with the science fiction and fantasy community, his sense that mainstream critics slighted his work, and his easy postmodern accommodation of popular culture references and images. Essays also compare Ellison’s vision of dystopian hell with Cormac McCarthy’s, and examine the underlying mythological and psychological themes of Ellison’s works. September 2011 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-828-0 | $105 RECENT BEST SELLER! BEST SELLER! BEST SELLER! RECENT All Critical Insights titles come with free online access (800) 221-1592 GET ONLINE ACCESS WITH YOUR PRINT BUY! FREE Online Access FREE CRITICAL INSIGHTS: AUTHORS LITERATURE 27