In the course of this brilliant essay the author traces the way water has been shorn of its mythic associations and reduced to an urban cleaning fluid. The histories of medicine, art, mythology, architecture, technology, and conceptions of the afterlife come into play as the changing role of water in our lives is revealed.
92 pages. Paper, $7.95
by Lewis Hyde
This pamphlet won the first Pushcart Prize for its remarkable exploration of alcoholic addiction as a disease of "spirits." Beginning with spiritual thirst as the human desire to move with powers greater than oneself, Lewis Hyde asks and answers what would compel anyone to become addicted to intoxication rather than inspiration. John Berryman's poetry provides the imagination of alcoholism.
19 pages. Paper, $4.00
This collection of eight essays develops the imagery of the Virgin in pathology, culture, myths, religion, and dream. It seems important to amplify the realm of the virgin, for we are all pulled by the virgin's lure. We feel ambivalence toward this complex image; demands of the virginal soul, "to have one's own space" or "not to come too close" seem to appear with double meaning. The authors of these essays, who include Robert Sardello, Thomas Moore, and James Hillman, attempt to explore these virginal demands in greater detail.
201 pages. Paper, $13.50
In recognition of Miss Gordon's achievement six members of the University of Dallas English department have contributed essays to this critical symposium, which has as its special province the author's short fiction.
133 pages. Cloth, $4.95