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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Patrick Wilcken, John Weightman, Doreen Weightman
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
On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State - Joseph Reese Strayer, William Chester Jordan, Charles Tilly An important book on the (relatively) late development of the idea of the State.

Since Mogens Hansen has argued repeatedly and insistently -- and quite wrongly, imo -- that the ancient *polis* can and should be understood as representing a State (in the modern sense) -- rather than merely as the more anodyne *cité*, the mere byways of the community, as Strayer puts it -- this book is an important corrective to what has become a dominent and wide-spread misconception.

The fact is, the idea of incorporation postdates the ancient polis; there was no formal consitution or principio legum in the ancient polis; nor could you sue the polis, like you can sue the State of New York or Exxon, etc....