Better Times : Short Stories

Better Times : Short Stories

Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the stories in Better Times focus on what’s happening in places people don’t think to look. Women, sometimes displaced, often lonely, are at the heart of these stories. In Better Times Sara Batkie focuses on the moments in women’s lives when the wider world is wrapped up in other matters: a father and daughter, separated by time and an ocean, dreaming of each other; a girl in a home for “troubled women” imagining the journey of the first dog in space; a phantom breast returning to haunt a woman after her mastectomy; a young woman giving birth to a litter of eggs.

Poor Tom : Living ‘King Lear’

Poor Tom : Living ‘King Lear’

King Lear is perhaps the most fierce and moving play ever written. And yet there is a curious puzzle at its center. The figure to whom Shakespeare gives more lines than anyone except the king—Edgar—has often seemed little more than a blank, ignored and unloved, a belated moralizer who, try as he may, can never truly speak to the play’s savaged heart.

Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allan Poe : Stories & Poems

Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allan Poe : Stories & Poems

Retold with illustrations by distinguished artist David Plunkert, this edition of Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allan Poe will beguile your sad soul into smiling once again. Baltimore-based artist David Plunkert takes you on a dark journey into the gothic stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Classic stories of the macabre take on a whole new meaning when you experience them accompanied by David Plunkert’s mystical, and sometimes haunting, interpretations.

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

How the works of Jane Austen show that game theory is present in all human behaviorGame theory—the study of how people make choices while interacting with others—is one of the most popular technical approaches in social science today. But as Michael Chwe reveals in his insightful new book, Jane Austen explored game theory’s core ideas in her six novels roughly two hundred years ago—over a century before its mathematical development during the Cold War. Jane Austen, Game Theorist shows how this beloved writer theorized choice and preferences, prized strategic thinking, and analyzed why superiors are often strategically clueless about inferiors. Exploring a diverse range of literature and folktales, this book illustrates the wide relevance of game theory and how, fundamentally, we are all strategic thinkers.

Gulyás Judit: „Mert ha irunk népdalt, mért ne népmesét?” : a népmese az 1840-es évek magyar irodalmában

Gulyás Judit: „Mert ha irunk népdalt, mért ne népmesét?” : a népmese az 1840-es évek magyar irodalmában

A kötet azt a kérdést vizsgálja, hogy a reformkori magyar kultúrában, a népköltészet és az irodalom egyre intenzívebb kölcsönhatásának időszakában milyen kísérleteket tettek az elit kultúra bizonyos képviselői arra nézvést, hogy egy addig elsősorban a szóbeliségben hagyományozódó narratív műfajt, a tündérmesét beillesszék a nemzeti irodalom műfaji rendszerébe.

The Forbidden : Poems From Iran and Its Exiles

The Forbidden : Poems From Iran and Its Exiles

This moving anthology is a testament to both the centuries-old tradition of Persian poetry and the enduring will of the Iranian people to resist injustice. The poems selected for this collection represent the young, the old, and the ancient. They are written by poets who call or have called Iran home, many of whom have become part of a diverse and thriving diaspora.

Frankenstein 200 : The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster

Frankenstein 200 : The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster

In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Lilly Library at Indiana University presents Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster. This beautifully illustrated catalog looks closely at Mary Shelley’s life and influences, examines the hundreds of reincarnations her book and its characters have enjoyed, and highlights the vast, deep, and eclectic collections of the Lilly Library.

Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister : The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen

Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister : The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen

In 1807, genteel, Bermuda-born Fanny Palmer (1789-1814) married Jane Austen’s youngest brother, Captain Charles Austen, and was thrust into a demanding life within the world of the British navy. Experiencing adventure and adversity in wartime conditions both at sea and onshore, the spirited and resilient Fanny travelled between and lived in Bermuda, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and England. After crossing the Atlantic in 1811, she ingeniously made a home for Charles and their daughters aboard a working naval vessel, and developed a supportive friendship with his sister, Jane.