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81 (Dante Alighieri). Quinones, Ricardo J. FOUNDATION SACRIFICE IN DANTE'S COMMEDIA
University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, (1994). 0271013095 / 9780271013091 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in full blue cloth with gilt spine titling; in a fine dust jacket. 
"An engaging, provocative, and insightful study...a rich and valuable reading that allows us to grasp the wonderful web of allusions and references that Dante has woven into his textual fabric."--C. Kleinhenz. 138 pages, including index. 
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82 (De Quincey, Thomas). Whale, John C. THOMAS DEQUINCEY'S RELUCTANT AUTOBIOGRAPHY
London & Sydney: Croom Helm, (1984). 070993615X / 9780709936152 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in black textured boards with gilt titles and devices to the spine; in a fine dust jacket. 
A critical study analyzing the techniques of De Quincey's literary artistry and the journalistic approach De Quincey uses to present his autobiographical experience. 245 pages; conclusion; select biography; and index. 
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83 (Defoe, Daniel). Backscheider, Paula R. MOLL FLANDERS: The Making of a Criminal Mind
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1990). 0805794298 / 9780805794298 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in an illustrated dust jacket, with jacket art a detail of ''Masouba'' by George Baer. Chronology of Defoe's life and works, notes, bibliography, index. 
Defoe's complex tale of a flirtatious heroine, written in 1722, is examined by Backscheider, who argues that the novel is integral to the development of Western literature. The style of language, the historical detail, and the realism are also explored. 
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84 (Defoe, Daniel). Curtis, Laura A. THE ELUSIVE DANIEL DEFOE
(London and Totowa, NJ): Vision and Barnes & Noble, (1984). 0389200638 / 9780389200635 First edition, first printing. In the Critical Studies Series. Hardcover. Fine, in textured orange boards with gilt spine titling; in a fine, if faintly age-toned, pictorial dust jacket. 216 pages, including index. 
This study addresses itself to the problem of Defoe's consciousness, arguing that the peculiar ambivalence characterizing his writing results in large part from contradictory drives within the writer himself. 
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85 (Dickens, Charles). Hewett, Edward & Axton, W.F. CONVIVIAL DICKENS: The Drinks of Dickens and his Times
Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, (1983). 0821407015 / 9780821407011 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. Small quarto. 
Drinking customs of our Victorian grandsires, keyed to scenes of imbibing in the life, works, and times of "Boz." Blended with over 130 authentic Victorian drink recipes and laced with dozens of exuberant period illustrations by Cruikshank et alia. 
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86 (Dickens, Charles). Smith, Grahame CHARLES DICKENS: A Literary Life
(New York, N.Y.): St. Martin's Press. Inc., (1996). 031212919X / 9780312129194 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in black boards with gilt titles to the spine; in a near fine dust jacket with a small minor crease to the upper edge of the rear panel. 
A volume in the Literary Lives series that offers stimulating accounts of the literary careers of English-language authors. Smith shows through extensive research and analysis how Dickens wrote to increase his reader market. 190 pages; notes; and index. 
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87 (Dickens, Charles). Vogel, Jane ALLEGORY IN DICKENS
University, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press, (1977). 081737325X / 9780817373252 First edition, first printing. Studies in the Humanities, No. 17 Hardcover. Tiny rubber-stamped ''B'' to lower page edges, else fine, in sky blue cloth with black stamping; no dust jacket, as issued. 
"I propose a novel thesis...it is that DAVID COPPERFIELD is allegory: that David its hero...is a spirtual kinsman of the Old Testament David."--a sample from Vogel's preface to this study of Christian allegory in the works of Dickens. 347 pages, indexed. 
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88 (Doctorow, E.L.) Morris, Christopher MODELS OF MISREPRESENTATION: On the Fiction of E.L. Doctorow
Jackson & London: University Press of Mississippi, (1991). 087805524X / 9780878055241 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. New in the publisher's shrinkwrap. 
A study of E.L. Doctorow's powerful and innovative novels of American social turmoil that include THE BOOK OF DANIEL (Nominated for a National Book Award), RAGTIME (National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction), WORLD'S FAIR (1986 National Book Award). 
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89 (Doctorow, E.L.) Parks, John G. E.L. DOCTOROW
New York: Continuum/A Frederick Ungar Book, (1991). 082640488X / 9780826404886 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in a mildly age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Biographical-critical study of the author of RAGTIME begins with an overview of Doctorow's life and career followed by a consideration of each of his major works, from WELCOME TO HARD TIMES to BILLY BATHGATE. Notes, bibliography, index. 156 pages. 
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90 (Dodge, Mary Mapes). Gannon, Susan R. & Thompson, Ruth Anne MARY MAPES DODGE
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1992). 0805739564 / 9780805739565 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. 
The author of HANS BRINKER and founder of St. Nicholas Magazine "did more than anyone else to shape American children's literature". Here, in Twayne's U.S. Author series #604, Dodge is viewed as author, editor, journalist and woman. 
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91 (Donne, John). Gardner, Helen, edited by JOHN DONNE: A Collection of Critical Essays
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc./A Spectrum Book, (1963). 0132187760 / 9780132187763 Second printing. In the Twentieth Century Views series. Hardcover. Mild age-toning to endsheets and to pages, else fine, in black binding with gilt spine titling; in an about near fine, very lightly age-toned, somewhat edgeworn, illustrated dust jacket. 183 pages, including chronology, notes, bibliography. 
Collection of critical essays tracing the changing literary attitudes toward the poet, first viewed as a satirist, then as a love poet, and finally as a religious voice, and whose passionate, metaphysical poetry has influenced Eliot, Yeats, and others. 
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92 (Donne, John). Louthan, Doniphan THE POETRY OF JOHN DONNE: A Study in Explication
New York: Bookman Associates, (1951). B0006ASNIK First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in near fine dust jacket that shows some spine darkening, mild edgewear. 193 pages, including index. 
"Rejects the stuffiness of traditional literary studies in favor of an easy informality that makes close textual criticism a pleasure rather than a chore...Louthan's careful explication leads naturally into broader questions concerning poetic philosophy." 
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93 (Doolittle, Hilda). Fritz, Angela DiPace THOUGHT AND VISION: A Critical Reading of H.D.'s Poetry
Washington D.C. The Catholic University of America Press, (1988). 0813206421 / 9780813206424 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Works consulted, index. 230 pages. 
"Beginning with the Imagist poems, written as early as 1912, and concluding with the epiphanic vision in HERMETIC DEFINITION, completed just before her death in 1961," this study explores the poet's "progression toward transcendence." 
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94 (Dos Passos, John). Maine, Barry, editor DOS PASSOS: The Critical Heritage
London & New York: Routledge (1988). 041500229X / 9780415002295 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A collection of reviews and essays chronicling the critical response to one of the most important authors of the 1930's, whose work includes the USA Trilogy. The esteemed commentators include D.H. Lawrence, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Gore Vidal. 
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95 (Dostoevksy, Fyodor). Wellek, Rene, edited by DOSTOEVSKY: A Collection of Critical Essays
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc./A Spectrum Book, (1963). Second printing. In the Twentieth Century Views series. Hardcover. Pages and endsheets very mildly age-toned, else fine, in black binding with gilt spine titling; in a very good plus, lightly age-toned, somewhat edgeworn, illustrated dust jacket. 180 pages, including chronology, notes, bibliography. 
Gathers a wide spectrum of critical views toward the great Russian "tragedian of ideas"--his works seen from psychoanalytical, existential, theological and Marxist perspectives. Wellek's intro sketches the history of Dostoevsky criticism and influence. 
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96 (Dreiser, Theodore). Sloane, David, E.E. SISTER CARRIE: Theodore Dreiser's Sociological Tragedy
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1992). 080578098X / 9780805780987 First edition. Hardcover. Very fine in an illustrated dust jacket, with jacket art a detail of ''Actress in Red Before Mirror'' by Everett Shinn. Notes, bibliography, index. 
A literary analysis of Theodore Dreiser's 1900 novel about Carrie Meeber and her difficult life in turn-of-the-century Chicago and New York. Mr. Sloane shows how Dreiser challenged moral, sexual, and economic assumptions of his time. 
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97 (Dryden, John). Graham, W.  ABSALOM AND ACHITOPEL
Oxford: Basil Blackwell, (1964). First edition, first printing: a trade paperback original. In the Notes on English Literature series. Trade Paperback. Owner's name to front free endsheet, else fine, in laminated wraps. 99 pages, including index. 
Study of the 17th century poet laureate's "first and best satire...occasioned by the Earl of Shaftesbury's support of Monmouth's pretensions to succeed Charles as King. It was said to be written at the King’s express command."--University of Otago. 
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98 (Dryden, John). Schilling, Bernard N., edited by DRYDEN: A Collection of Critical Essays
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc./A Spectrum Book, (1963). First edition, first printing. In the Twentieth Century Views series. Hardcover. Fine, in black binding with gilt spine titling; in a near fine, very lightly age-toned, somewhat edgeworn, illustrated dust jacket. 186 pages, including chronology, notes, bibliography. Jacket design by Stanley Wyatt. 
Buoyed by reappraisals from 20th century critics such as Eliot and Mark Van Doren, the Restoration playwright and Poet Laureate's reputation has climbed steadily since it stumbled so disastrously only decades after his heyday. 
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99 (Dryden, John). Sowerby, Robin, editor DRYDEN'S AENEID: A Selection with Commentary
(Bristol): Bristol Classical Press, (1986). 0862920825 / 9780862920821 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as new, in pebbled black boards with gilt titles to the spine; in a fine, as new, dust jacket. 8vo. 
Sowerby presents a 44 page introduction discussing details of the Aenid and comparing Dryden's version. Virgil's text is reprinted in facsimile with annotations and commentary from Virgil's 18th-century critics. 
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100 (Dubus, Andre). Kennedy, Thomas E. ANDRE DUBUS: A Study of the Short Fiction
Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1988. 0805783059 / 9780805783056 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The first book-length study of one of America's foremost writers of short fiction. Number One in Twayne's "Studies in Short Fiction" series. 
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