Berkshire is going “back to the future” with its Berkshire Classics series: previously published, single-authored books in our subject domains, now published as print and ebooks with new introductions by leading scholars. The Marvin Mudrick collection has introductions written by his former editor, a colleague from his days of writing for the Hudson Review, and three former students (including Berkshire’s CEO Karen Christensen).

  • The Way of Eating: Yuan Mei`s Manual of Gastronomy (the Suiyuan Shidan) is, remarkably, the first translation into English of one of the world's most famous books about food. It is a treatise, cookbook, and memoir written in the late eighteenth century by the Qing dynasty poet Yuan Mei. It is the little sister edition of Berkshire's bilingual academic version of the book, which is published as Recipes from the Garden of Contentment. This compact edition is in English only. Translation by Sean J. S. Chen; foreword by Nicole Mones.
  • In On Culture and Literature Marvin Mudrick explores the work of major figures in a wide range of fields: literature, political and musical criticism, autobiography, the novel and science.
  • The Man in the Machine consists of new assessments of major writers and critics by the author of whose last book Roger Sale wrote: "T. S. Eliot was not so good a reviewer as Marvin Mudrick is."
  • The man the Village Voice called "the Mickey Spillane of Belles Lettres" and the Washington Post called a "literary curmudgeon, randy iconoclast, and a delight" outdoes himself in his fifth book, an outrageous and virtuoso display of literary and historical portraiture.
  • Mudrick Transcribed contains riveting and comical dialogue from transcripts made in the early 1980s of Marvin Mudrick's classes and talks. “A one-man commando squad and independent operator, Marvin Mudrick was the most maverick literary critic of his time and ours—ferocious, funny, and fearlessly honest," says James Wolcott of Vanity Fair.
  • In this thoughtful appraisal of the novels and writings of Jane Austen, Mr. Mudrick shows her to be a writer of acute and irreverent sensibilities who, despite the constricted circumstances of her life, managed to create in her novels an enduring microcosm of the larger world.
  • A collection such as Books Are Not Life, But Then What Is? is an invitation to meet some of them. We meet heroes and monsters and plenty of people in between: Chaucer, Pepys, Rochester, Boswell, Jane Austen (and Anne Elliot), Dickens (and Pecksniff), Pushkin, Tolstoy, Kafka, Edmund Wilson, and many other novelists, scholars, and critics.
  • Recipes from the Garden of Contentment is the first English edition of one of the world’s most famous books about food. (It is the big sister edition of Berkshire's English-only popular version of the book, which is published as The Way of Eating.) This famous book is a treatise, a cookbook, and a memoir, written in the late eighteenth century by the Qing dynasty poet Yuan Mei 袁枚. It includes recipes for well-known dishes such as birds nest and sharks fin, and offers modern readers an appealing perspective on Chinese history and culinary culture, and was translated and annotated by Sean J. S. Chen with editorial advice from well-known China scholars E. N. Anderson and Jeffrey Riegel.
  • Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period (1644-1911/2) is a revised edition of the 1943 standard reference work edited by Arthur Hummel, including more than 800 Qing dynasty individuals, converted to pinyin and updated for modern users.

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