Literature at Princeton University Press encompasses literary criticism, history, biography, and reference; primary works by notable writers; poetry, in English and in translation; and occasional works on writing, research, and teaching. The list includes studies of literature in English and in other languages around the world, and puts literary research and ideas in conversation with other disciplines, from philosophy to the arts.
From landmark works of criticism to new translations of classic works, literary biographies to folk and fairy tales, the list represents enduring contributions to literary study and promotes knowledge and understanding of literature in all its forms.
To discover that which was believed lost
I thought it was gone. I thought it had left me or I had left it somewhere in the street, in a cabinet, inside the grocery store, at the gas station. The arguments were depleting, had become idiotic, fantasy.
Nabokov: When playfulness is serious
A rather common response to Nabokov has entailed complaints that he is altogether too cerebral or calculating a writer.
Madame d’Aulnoy, the mysterious fairy‑tale queen
For those readers who do not believe that fairies are real, they should think twice, for the extraordinary Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Comtesse d’Aulnoy (1650–1705) did not only invent the term fairy tale (conte de fees) and create tales about fairies, she was a fearless fairy herself.
The life of Geoffrey Chaucer
Uncovering important new information about Chaucer’s travels, private life, and the circulation of his writings, Marion Turner reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer’s adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination.
The multilingual pleasures of English
At a moment of resurgent nationalism in the English-speaking world, Émigrés invites native Anglophone readers to consider how much we owe the French language and why so many of us remain ambivalent about the migrants in our midst.