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Curiosity
Alberto Manguel

Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question “Why?” has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language inform us? What defines our identity? What is our responsibility to the world? In Alberto Manguel’s most personal book to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the reading that has mapped his way.

Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist,...


2015   392 pp.  51 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300184785  $30.00

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Cervantes' "Don Quixote"
 



Languages of the Night
Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe
 



Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950
A Critical Anthology
 



Dante
A Life in Works
 



Oscar Wilde's Chatterton
Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery
 



The War That Used Up Words
American Writers and the First World War
 



Those Who Write for Immortality
Romantic Reputations and the Dream of Lasting Fame
 



The Allure of the Archives
 



Ukrainian Nationalism
Politics, Ideology, and Literature, 1929-1956
 



Why the Romantics Matter
 



The Virtue of Sympathy
Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England
 



Wordsworth’s Poetry 1787-1814
 



The Big House
Image and Reality of the American Prison
 



Artists Under Hitler
Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany
 



The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative
 



Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities
Painting, Poetry, Music
 



Eugene O'Neill
A Life in Four Acts
 



The International Novel
 



A Little History of Literature
 



Rhyme's Reason
A Guide to English Verse, Fourth Edition
 

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