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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Labyrinths
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger

Courbet

Courbet - Anthea Callen The book contains an introduction and a large number of plates with brief discussions of each. Callen is known for her interest in formal analysis, of technique, and so the book is free of the jargon (adjectives and generalities) that often mars books of this sort. The analysis is informed, original (that is, based on her own eye and examination), and takes into account much secondary literature on Courbet.

On the other hand, not everything she says is always interesting and Courbet himself is not an artist of the first rank -- even taking into account that he is primarily a transitional figure.

The prints are nearly all black and white. This is not a problem nowadays, since nearly every reader will have an internet connection at hand. But it means that the book cannot be bought for its reproductions; one should get it only if interested in Callen's text/analyses.