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  • Maya Angelou
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Charles Baudelaire
  • Henry James
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Vladimir Nobokov
  • William Shakespeare
  • Harper Lee
Maya Angelou
April 4, 1928
Critical Insights: Maya Angelou
As an author, actor, singer, dancer, civil rights activist, and more, Maya Angelou lived a life worthy of seven autobiographies. This volume profiles one of the most prolific African American voices of the 20th century, highlighting her most famous work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
October 2016 | ISBN: 978-1-68217-112-7 | $105 | More Information
Barbara Kingsolver
April 8, 1955
Critical Insights: Barbara Kingsolver
Over the past two decades, Barbara Kingsolver has built a sizable reputation as one of the most politically engaged writers in America. When  The Bean Trees  was published in 1988, Kingsolver established herself as a new literary voice willing to take on contemporary political and social issues like race, feminism, class, and immigration. This volume brings together a set of materials to serve both as an introduction to her writings and as a guide to scholarly readings of her work.
October 2009 | ISBN: 978-1-58765-642-2 | $105 | More Information
Charles Baudelaire
April 9, 1821
Critical Insights: The Poetry of Charles Baudelaire
This collection of essays reflects the breadth of the poet's artistic and intellectual worlds, examining Baudelaire's interest in music and the visual arts and how this relates to his poetry. The poet's life and times are well documented, and close readings of key poems offer fresh perspectives on the mind and art of one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century and indeed of the modern era.
March 2014 | ISBN: 978-1-61925-395-7 | $105 | More Information
Henry James
April 15, 1843
Critical Insights: Henry James
From the novels  The Turn of the Screw  and  The Portrait of a Lady  to his extensive literary criticism, Henry James is recognized today as one of the central novelists and proponents of 19th-century realism. Original essays in this volume analyze the importance of James’ work to his contemporaries, the influence of Nathaniel Hawthorne in his writing, and his failed theatrical career.
January 2016 | ISBN: 978-1-61925-836-5 | $105 | More Information
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Charlotte Bront ë
April 21, 1816
Critical Insights: Jane Eyre
Critical Insights: Jane Eyre  presents a variety of new essays on Charlotte Bront ë ’s Jane Eyre , considered by many to have revolutionized the art of fiction. Many agree that Bront ë was ahead of her time as she explored the individualistic character of Jane, and topics such as classism, sexuality, religion and issues of gender.
January 2014 | ISBN: 978-1-61925-218-9 | $150 | More Information
Vladimir Nabokov
April 22, 1899
Critical Insights: Lolita
This compilation of critical essays examines the controversy behind Lolita ’s reception, Humbert Humbert’s role as an unreliable narrator, connections to Nabokov’s other works, and comparisons to the 1962 film adaptation.

The essays within this volume reflect the existing scholarship while also offering additional, global perspectives and approaches to  Lolita  that are representative of both new and old trends in the study of this important and complex novel.
March 2016 | ISBN: 978-1-61925-846-4 | $105 | More Information
William Shakespeare
April 23, 1564
Critical Insights: Hamlet
William Shakespeare’s  Hamlet  may be the “most” play ever written—the most respected, the most influential, the most widely known, the most frequently echoed, the most often performed of any major tragedy, the most often filmed, and the one most widely considered a test of any great actor’s acting abilities. Hamlet himself may be the “most” literary character – the most commonly recognized, the most often quoted, the most often parodied, and the one whose soliloquies are by far the most famous in the English language. For all these reasons and more, this latest contribution to the Critical Insights series will be of special interest to many readers.
January 2019 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-026-6 | $105 | More Information
Harper Lee
April 28, 1926
Critical Insights: To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird  is the type of book that transcends boundaries. Having been translated into over 40 languages, and never having gone out of print since its original publication, Lee's novel is considered to be one of the most influential works of the 20th century. Lee is celebrated the world around for having created such a lasting and accessible story.
October 2009 | ISBN: 978-1-58765-618-7 | $105 | More Information
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