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Ovid on Cosmetics: Medicamina Faciei Femineae and Related Texts

Ovid on Cosmetics: Medicamina Faciei Femineae and Related Texts

Marguerite Johnson ,  Terry Ryan

$38.99

The Medicamina Faciei Femineae is a didactic elegy that showcases an early example of Ovid's trademark combination of poetic instruction and trivial subject matter. Exploring female beauty and cosmeceuticals, with particular emphasis on the concept of cultus, the poem presents five practical recipes for treatments for Roman women. 

Covering both didactic parody and pharmacological reality, this deceptively complex poem possesses wit and vivacity and provides an important insight into Roman social mores and day-to-day activities. The first full study in English devoted to this little-researched but multi-faceted poem, Ovid on Cosmetics includes an introduction that situates the poem within its literary heritage of didactic and elegiac poetry, its place in Ovid's oeuvre and its relevance to social values, personal aesthetics and attitudes to female beauty in Roman society.  The Latin text is presented on parallel pages alongside a new translation, and all Latin words and phrases are translated for the non-specialist reader. Detailed commentary notes elucidate the text and individual phrases still further.

Ovid on Cosmetics presents and explicates this witty, subversive yet significant poem. Its attention to the technicalities of cosmeceuticals and cosmetics, including detailed analyses of individual ingredients and the effects of specific creams and makeup, make this work a significant contribution to the beauty industry in antiquity.
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Starting to Teach Latin

Starting to Teach Latin

Steven Hunt

$53.99

This handbook for teachers provides both practical, up-to-date guidance and a theoretical overview on a number of key topics in Latin teaching. 

Using a wealth of interviews, observations and pupil transcripts, Steven Hunt title utilizes case-study evidence of excellent practice in teaching and learning from a wide variety of institutions: from outreach programmes, community schools and academies in the UK, to New York Charter Schools, KIP schools and schools in Eastern Seaboard states in the USA. Offering practical advice on topics such as essay writing, teaching controversial topics including women, slavery, ethnicity and social hierarchy, making use of primary sources and using ICT to advance language skills, the book also engages with broader questions of approach and theory. These include a survey of the three main approaches to Latin teaching: grammar-translation, communicative and reading approaches; explanation of cognitive and social approaches to learning; and analysis of the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. 

Moreover, traditional arguments about the value and purpose of learning Latin at school level are re-examined in the light of current educational thinking and government policy-making. With a companion website containing links to useful resources and video interviews, this book will be invaluable for trainees, newly qualified teachers and more experienced practitioners looking for practical ideas and strategies to motivate and engage learners of Latin.
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Looking at Bacchae

Looking at Bacchae

David Stuttard

$40.99

Bacchae is one of the most troubling yet intriguing of Greek tragedies. Written during Euripides' self-imposed exile in Macedonia, it tells of the brutal murder and dismemberment of Pentheus by his mother and aunts who, driven temporarily insane, have joined the Bacchae (devotees of the god Dionysus, or Bacchus).

The startling plot, driven by Dionysus' desire to punish his family for refusing to accept his divinity, and culminating in the excruciating pathos of a mother's realization that she has killed her son, has held audiences transfixed since its original performance (when it won first prize). It is one of the most performed and studied plays in the Greek tragic corpus, with a strong history of reception down to the present day.

This collection of essays by eminent academics gathered from across the globe explores the themes, staging and reception of the play, with essays on the characters Dionysus and Pentheus, the role of the chorus of Bacchae, key themes such as revenge, women and religion, and the historical and literary contexts of the play. The essays are accompanied by David Stuttard's English translation which is performer-friendly, accessible and closely accurate to the original.
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The Poet's Tale: Chaucer and the Year That Made the Canterbury Tales

The Poet's Tale: Chaucer and the Year That Made the Canterbury Tales

Paul Strohm

$23.99

As the year 1386 began, Geoffrey Chaucer was a middle-aged bureaucrat and sometime poet, living in London and enjoying the perks that came with his close connections to its booming wool trade. When it ended, he was jobless, homeless, out of favour with his friends and living in exile. Such a reversal might have spelled the end of his career; but instead, at the loneliest time of his life, Chaucer made the revolutionary decision to 'maken vertu of necessitee' and keep writing. The result - The Canterbury Tales - was a radically new form of poetry that would make his reputation, bring him to a national audience, and preserve his work for posterity. In The Poet's Tale, Paul Strohm brings Chaucer's world to vivid life, from the streets and taverns of crowded medieval London to rural seclusion in Kent, and reveals this crucial year as a turning point in the fortunes of England's most important poet.
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The Ian Fleming Miscellany

The Ian Fleming Miscellany

Andrew Cook

$24.99

The name Ian Fleming is synonymous with British espionage, both with his work as a naval intelligence officer in the Second World War as well as with his creation of the most famous fictional spy in literary history: James Bond. This book centres on Ian Fleming the man, his contradictions and his public and private personality. It examines the person behind the myth and how in particular he managed (unsuccessfully at first) to create a film franchise that has lasted over fifty years. It considers Fleming's reputation as a writer, the 'formula method' he perfected and that formula's reliance on the recycling of real individuals and events, as well as the occasional reliance on plagiarism. It uniquely accesses a number of recently opened government files that shed light on previously unknown wartime operations, such as the Air Ministry's top secret 'Operation Grand Slam', which was used in Goldfinger.
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Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors

Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors

Kate Gavino

$29.99

Irresistible illustrations of authors and the charming, wise and hilarious things they say at their readings. At every book reading Kate Gavino attends, she hand-letters the event's most memorable quote alongside a charming portrait of the author. In Last Night's Reading, Kate takes us on her journey through the New York literary world, sharing illustrated insight from more than one hundred of today's greatest writers; from literary legends to celebrity authors to contemporary favourites, on topics ranging from friendship and humour to creativity and identity.
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Talking it Over with Genghis Khan

Talking it Over with Genghis Khan

Heather Reyes

$22.99

Why's the librarian suddenly in sequins? Who painted 'Only connect' on the Ritz? What would a gargoyle say if it could talk? And why's Genghis Khan on little Eva's bed... From the author of 'An Everywhere', a little book about reading, quirky, colourful tales of the unexpected that celebrate and delight - as they try to tease some beauty from a difficult world.
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Ahead of Us

Ahead of Us

Dennis Haskell

$27.99

but in fact / we are as we are / together, alone, as you can see, / with elusive memories for company, /with your wisps of hair / disappearing as gently as breath. 'After Chemo' Ahead of Us is Haskell's eighth book of poetry. Dedicated to his wife Rhonda, who lost her battle with cancer after a long illness, Ahead of Us contains poems of love, of two people forging a partnership together and of the inevitable end of that partnership when one person dies. It is a celebration of life and and of the fragile thread that holds us here.
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The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry

The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry

Tracy Ryan ,  John Kinsella

$34.99

The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry is a comprehensive survey of the state's poets from the 19th century to today. Featuring work from 128 poets, and accompanied by biographical notes and an introductory essay by editors John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan, this watershed anthology brings together the poems that have contributed to and defined the way that Western Australians see themselves.
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On Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration

On Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration

Hannah Crawforth ,  Elizabeth Scott-Baumann

$27.99

In the four hundred years since Shakespeare's death, the Sonnets have invited imitation, homage, critique, parody and pastiche. These new poems probe our relationship to the Sonnets' intricate form and ambitious scope, their investigation of sexuality, wit, memory and poetic survival. These sonnets and longer lyrics explore what it means to write 'on Shakespeare's Sonnets' in the 21st century. Published in association with the Royal Society of Literature contributing poets include: Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Jo Shapcott.
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Love Letters in the Sand: The Love Poems of Khalil Gibran

Love Letters in the Sand: The Love Poems of Khalil Gibran

Lassaad Metoui ,  Malek Chebel

$19.99

Love Letters in the Sand, composed of extracts from some of Gibran’s most famous works, including The Prophet, conveys the eternal power and magic of love – and will arouse a new sense of love’s meaning. Lassaâd Metoui’s lyrical calligraphy interprets Khalil Gibran’s writing and makes it a rich source of comfort and enlightenment. These beautiful poems, by one of the world’s greatest mystics, promise that one day love will come to you. They evoke the special joy and excitement in new love and the desire it awakens. As Khalil Gibran follows love’s course, from spring to summer and autumn, he also describes love’s often painful and difficult path before it reaches maturity or the sorrows of parting.
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Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

Lassaad Metoui ,  Jean-Claude Carriere

$19.99

Rumi’s love poems are both mystical and a mystery. Reflecting the complexities of passion and faith, they have a remarkable power and emotional intensity, with an exuberant imagination and rhythms echoing the ecstatic dance of the whirling dervishes.

These poems embrace the complexities and paradoxes of love– separation, cruelty, and break-up – and convey love’s power, emotional intensity and its passion.

Though seemingly addressed to a lover, they encompass the universe in their imagery and are metaphors of love in its physical form. Lassa?d Metoui’s calligraphy enhance Rumi’s thoughts on love.
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On Love

On Love

Charles Bukowski ,  Abel Debritto

$32.99

'My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough as the same cat crouches' In On Love, we see Charles Bukowski reckoning with the complications of love and desire. Alternating between the tough and the tender, the romantic and the gritty, Bukowski exposes the myriad faces of love in the poems collected here - its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and, ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance and redemptive power. Whether writing about his daughter, his lover, or his work, Bukowski is fiercely honest and reflective, using love as a prism to look at the world and to view his own vulnerable place in it. Memorably moving and, at times, hilarious, On Love reveals Bukowski at his most candid and affecting.
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Love Poems: The Nation's Most Treasured Verse

Love Poems: The Nation's Most Treasured Verse

Various Poets

$22.99

'What will survive of us is love.' In this new anthology poets from across the ages lead us on a journey of love in its many forms. From Shakespeare to Rossetti, Keats to Auden, Byron to Browning an beyond, as well as a host of contemporary voices including Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy, this new gathering of timeless love poems speaks to the heart about this most universal of themes. Whether in marriage or heartbreak, friendship or infatuation, whether in pursuit of the unattainable ideal or else settling down together for life, whether in love or out of it, you will find poems here to touch the heart. A vital assembly of our most treasured and enduring love poems.
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Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama: Text and Performance

Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama: Text and Performance

Pamela Bickley ,  Jenny Stevens

$38.99

Where does Shakespeare fit into the drama of his day? Getting to know the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries offers an insight into Elizabethan and Jacobean preoccupations and the theatrical climate of the early modern period. This book provides an essential overview of some major dramatic works from their stage origins to today's screen productions.

Each chapter includes:

· a detailed analysis of a play by Shakespeare considered alongside a key work by one other significant playwright of the day (includingThe Merchant of Venice, Volpone, The Spanish Tragedy, Titus Andronicus,Othello, The Changeling, Romeo and Juliet, The Duchess of Malfi,Measure for Measure, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Taming of the Shrew,The Tragedy of Mariam, Doctor Faustus and Hamlet)
· close reading of the text
· discussion of early modern theatrical practices
· a focus on one ground-breaking example of early modern drama on screen
· suggestions for links with other early modern texts and further reading

This book provides a route map to the very latest developments in early modern drama studies, fostering confident and independent thinking, making it an ideal introduction for students of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
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William Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses and the Historians

William Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses and the Historians

Keith Dockray

$44.99

For historians of the Wars of the Roses, William Shakespeare is both a curse and a blessing: a curse because he immortalized Tudor spin on fifteenth-century civil wars that helped justify Elizabeth I's occupation of the English throne; a blessing because, without Shakespeare's 8-play Plantagenet history cycle, hardly anyone beyond specialists in the history of the period would know of their existence. Moreover, no mere historian will ever paint a more compelling and dramatic picture of England's Lancastrian and Yorkist kings, and the Wars of the Roses, than William Shakespeare.

The book begins with an examination of the context, content and significance of each of the plays from Richard 2nd to Richard 3rd, and then considers the contemporary, near-contemporary and Tudor sources on which Shakespeare drew; how such authors chose to present 15th Century kings, politics and society; and in what ways historians since Shakespeare have sought to reinterpret the Wars of the Roses era. 

The book ends with a retrospective assessment of Shakespeare's Plantagenet plays, both in performance and as a result of their impact on historical writing.The Plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I1, 2 and 3 and Richard III.
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Shakespeare and the Stuff of Life: Treasures from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare and the Stuff of Life: Treasures from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Delia Garratt ,  Tara Hamling

$21.99

Shakespeare lived and worked in an extraordinary period of change and discovery which can be hard to understand in 21st century. Just as modern audiences connect to the enduring and universal appeal of his plays, so we can connect to objects from his lifetime to illuminate our understanding of his work. This unique book brings together, for the first time, a selection of 50 objects from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. An accessible and lavishly illustrated object-based exploration of the role and significance of notable paintings, furniture, ceramics, textiles and metal wares in the everyday experience of people living in Shakespearean England, the book will appeal to anyone with a love of Shakespeare. Organised along a simple narrative based on the Seven Ages of Man speech from As You Like It, the book reveals how material objects can provide greater insight into such major themes as religious and social change, education, birth, marriage, death, family life, professional and community life. Published to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016, the book brings Shakespeare's life and times engagingly to life for readers of all ages.
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Shakespeare's Books: A Dictionary of Shakespeare Sources

Shakespeare's Books: A Dictionary of Shakespeare Sources

Stuart Gillespie

$63.99

Shakespeare's Books contains nearly 200 entries covering the full range of literature Shakespeare was acquainted with, including classical, historical, religious and contemporary works. The dictionary covers works whose importance to Shakespeare has emerged more clearly in recent years due to new research, as well as explaining current thinking on long-recognized sources such as Plutarch, Ovid, Holinshed, Ariosto and Montaigne. Entries for all major sources include surveys of the writer's place in Shakespeare's time, detailed discussion of their relation to his work, and full bibliography. These are enhanced by sample passages from early modern England writers, together with reproductions of pages from the original texts. Now available in paperback with a new preface bringing the book up to date, this is an invaluable reference tool.
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The Custom of the Country and Other Classic Novels

The Custom of the Country and Other Classic Novels

Edith Wharton

$24.99

This book is a bindup of three novels by Edith Wharton:  The Custom of the Country,  The House of Mirth, and  The Age of Innocence. It is part of the Fall River Classics line of jacketed hardbacks, being brought out to coincide with an 8-part mini-series adaptation of the title novel featuring Scarlett Johansson.
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The Call of the Wild and Other Stories

The Call of the Wild and Other Stories

Jack London

$19.99

In The Call of the Wild, Buck, a domesticated dog, is stolen from his home in California and sold into sled dog slavery during the 1890s Klondike gold rush in Alaska. Forced to shed the comforts of civilization, he reverts to more primitive instincts and emerges as the leader of the pack. White Fang, published before The Call of the Wild, is the companion novel about a wild wolf dog who is adopted by a human and eventually domesticated. Also included are The Sea-Wolf and many short stories centered on Alaska and the Far North. Jack London's classic tales - often told from the animal's viewpoint - have been popular for decades and add a bit of gold to any reader's Word Cloud Classics collection.
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The Compleat Angler

The Compleat Angler

Izaak Walton ,  Charles Cotton ,  Marjorie Swann

$17.95

'I envy no body but him, and him only, that catches more fish than I do.' A unique celebration of the English countryside and the most famous book on angling ever published, Walton's Compleat Angler first appeared in 1653. In 1676, at Walton's invitation, his friend Charles Cotton contributed his pioneering exploration of fly-fishing. The book is both a manual of instruction and a vision of society in harmony with nature. It guides the novice fisherman on how to catch and cook a variety of fish, on how to select and prepare the best bait and make artificial flies, and on the habits of freshwater fish. It also promotes angling as a communal activity in which the bonds of friendship are forged through shared experience of the natural world. Anecdotes, poetry, music, and song intersperse the rural descriptions, which promote conservation as well as sport. This new edition highlights the book's continuing relevance to our relationship with the environment, and explores the turbulent history from which it came.
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Jezebel's Daughter

Jezebel's Daughter

Wilkie Collins ,  Jason David Hall

$20.95

'The power that I have dreamed of all my life is mine at last!' How far is a mother prepared to go to secure her daughter's future? Madame Fontaine, widow of an eminent chemist, has both the determination and the cunning to bring young Minna's marriage plans to fruition, with dangerous consequences for anyone who dares to stand in her way. But has she met her match in Jack Straw, one-time inmate of Bedlam lunatic asylum? It will take a visit to the morgue to find out who triumphs - and who comes out alive. Reminiscent of Collins's blockbusters The Woman in White and Armadale, this suspenseful case study in villainy is set against the financial world of 1820s Frankfurt and tells the story of two widows, one of them devoted to realizing her husband's social reforms, the other equally devoted to the pursuit of her daughter's happiness.
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King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines

H. Rider Haggard ,  Roger Luckhurst

$15.95

'Don't you see that we are buried alive?' When Allan Quatermain is approached by Sir Henry Curtis and his friend Captain Good to search for Sir Henry's missing brother, deep in the African interior, he agrees to lead their expedition. Quatermain has a map to the fabled King Solomon's Mines, whose treasure the missing man sought to attain. Their journey takes them to Kukuanaland, where they find a warrior tribe in thrall to King Twala. Soon the white men are embroiled in a desperate tribal battle, and Quatermain's expedition can only reach its goal with the aid of Gagool, the ancient 'mother' no one trusts. Haggard's exciting adventure story captivated readers when it was first published in 1885. It helped inaugurate a wave of 'lost world' romances inspired by the exploits of British explorers in colonial Africa. This new edition looks at Haggard's own African experiences and unlikely literary success, and his ambivalent attitude to the native tribes and the ravages of the British Empire.
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Words of a Feather: An Etymological Explanation of Astonishing Word Pairs

Words of a Feather: An Etymological Explanation of Astonishing Word Pairs

Graeme Donald

$19.99

In this quirky and humorous volume, Graeme Donald explores the fascinating links and curious connections between words. While at first these word pairs may appear to have very little in common, owing to years of linguistic shift, their origins can be traced back to the same root. In exploring these etymological twins, Words of a Feather reveals the oddities of the English language and the fascinating stories that have made our vocabulary so rich. The perfect gift for language lovers and history buffs alike, this beautiful book contains over 200 word pairs with a common ancestry.
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Apostrophe Catastrophe: And Other Grammatical Grumbles

Apostrophe Catastrophe: And Other Grammatical Grumbles

Patrick Nochtree

$22.99

A simple and amusing explanation of what goes wrong with the apostrophe The apostrophe causes more problems in the English language than any other aspect of grammar. Grown adults with a university education don't know how to use it properly, and our high streets are filled with examples of its misuse. Join the pedants as they revolt against our misuse of this essential piece of punctuation and learn how to use the apostrophe - once and for all. AUTHOR: Patrick c. Notchtree is a former head teacher who has taught grammar to thousands of children. He runs the website www.dreaded-apostrophe.com and has had hundreds of letters praising his unique method.
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Steinitz: Move by Move

Steinitz: Move by Move

Craig Pritchett

$42.99

Wilhelm Steinitz was the first undisputed World Chess Champion, and a true legend of the game. Steinitz played chess in precisely the same highly innovative, risk-taking, hard-hitting, yet thoroughly concrete way as any modern great. Allied to his near-nerveless will-to-win and attacking flair, his exceptional ability to evaluate positions, develop masterful plans and manoeuvre for advantage created numerous games of long-lasting, insightful brilliance. In this book, Craig Pritchett leads you through an unforgettable learning experience that builds on the extraordinary life and games of one of the greatest players in chess history, many of whose most profound discoveries remain at the very heart of the game in the 21st century. Move by Move provides an ideal platform to study chess. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn.This is an excellent way to improve your chess skills and knowledge.
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Screenwriting is Rewriting: The Art and Craft of Professional Revision

Screenwriting is Rewriting: The Art and Craft of Professional Revision

Jr. Jack Epps

$29.99

If there is one skill that separates the professional screenwriter from the amateur, it is his or her ability to rewrite successfully. But rewriting can be confusing and difficult even for the most battle-hardened screenwriter. From the screenwriter ofTop Gun, Dick Tracy and The Secret of My Success comes a comprehensive guide that explores the art and craft of rewriting. Jack Epps, Jr. guides the writer to identify the weaknesses in his screenplay by using the pass method to solve individual story or character problems one at a time, rather than the common model of trying to fix everything in one giant rewrite, by taking the writer on a journey from First Draft to Final Polish.

With Screenwriting is Rewriting, Epps gives practical tips on organizing notes, creating a game plan, and then executing a series of precision focused passes that address the major story, character and plot issues. He includes sample notes, game plans and beat sheets from the his own work on films such as Sister Act, Tootsie andTop Gun. Also included are exclusive interviews about rewriting with screenwriting masters Robert Towne (Chinatown), Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon), and Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), and a companion website containing an instructor's guide for a 10 week term or 16 week semester.
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Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer

Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer

Susan Reynolds

$24.99

Ignite Your Writing Brain!  Whether you're an experienced writer or just starting out, an endless number of pitfalls can trip up your efforts, from procrastination and writer's block to thin characters and uninspired plots. Luckily, you have access to an extraordinary writing tool that can help overcome all of these problems: your brain.  Fire Up Your Writing Brain teaches you how to develop your brain to its fullest potential. Based on proven, easy-to-understand neuroscience, this book details ways to stimulate, nurture, and hone your brain into the ultimate writing tool. Filled with accessible instruction, practical techniques, and thought-provoking exercises, Fire Up Your Writing Brain shows you how to become a more productive, creative, and successful writer - a veritable writing genius!
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