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Wiseblood Books is a publishing line particularly favorable toward works of fiction, poetry, and philosophy that render truths with what Flannery O'Connor called an unyielding "realism of distances." Such works find redemption in uncanny places and people; wrestle us from the tyranny of boredom; mock the pretensions of respectability; engage the hidden mysteries of the human heart, be they sources of either violence or courage; articulate faith and doubt in their incarnate complexity; dare an unflinching gaze at human beings as "political animals"; and suffer through this world's trials without forfeiting hope.

Wiseblood says of itself:  "We are dedicated to publishing, preserving, and editing fiction, poetry, and philosophy fit for the world stage. Wiseblood Books is staffed by established editors marked with all the traits of incurable commitments to literature: university-level teaching experience, Doctoral degrees in English, strong publication records, and over six years experience as freelance, Managing, and Fiction Editors for several literary magazines and major publishers.




"Our dock serves as harbor to diverse vessels of literature: minimalist or stream of consciousness; philosophical thriller or epistolary novel; collection of vignettes or thousand-page opus; poetry or political memoirs; journalistic essays or academic scholarship.We seek contemporary fiction that inhabits the veins of such epic works as Homer's Iliad, Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle, or Dostoevsky's Demons; of works as popular as Dickens' David Copperfield or Dante's Divine Comedy, as Cather's O Pioneers! or P.D. James' The Children of Men; of works as demanding as Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Henry James' The Ambassadors, or Melville's Moby-Dick; of works as historically-conscious as Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago or Manzoni's The Betrothed; of works as complexly comic as David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest or Flannery O' Connor's Wise Blood. Our devotion to the life of the mind makes us watchful for works that reach the roots of fundamental questions, that turn to the almost three-thousand-year-long conversations committed to these questions, and that incite our hunger for the splendor of truth. 

"We are wide-eyed for new epiphanies of beauty. We are wide-eyed for epiphanies of truth."

Wiseblood Books - Originals and Reprints

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Charles Dickens: The Last of the Great MenCharles Dickens: The Last of the Great MenChesterton wrote this literary biography as a defense of, homage to, and hospitable criticism of Charles Dickens. As with almost everything he wrote, CHARLES DICKENS: THE LAST OF THE GREAT MEN bursts with brilliant, tangential musings on all things. 
DemonsDemonsA small circle of revolutionaries, dissatisfied with the present state of provincial Russia and the wider world, place their faith in radical political theologies with hopes that the structures of society and being can be changed. Dostoevsky's theological anxieties become strikingly manifest in this particular novel, and DEMONS gains profundity because the novelist does not choose to combat nihilism by fleeing from it, but, rather, by giving it full narrative expression.
Family HappinessFamily HappinessPoignant, timeless story about two lovers who reach a state of married happiness, lose it, try to find—do find—a replacement in the pseudo-contentment of society, and finally carve out an authentic definition of family happiness. Through the sensitive eyes of young Masha, the reader delves into an intimate view of love, happiness, and the trouble that accompanies all human bliss. 
O Pioneers!O Pioneers!Swedish immigrant Alexandra Bergson inherits her father's farm and must morph it from raw prairie into a prosperous enterprise. Bergson is the first of Cather's great heroines, but the land, or, as Cather calls it, the "wild land," is also an immensely important character...  In O PIONEERS! descriptions of the land are so evocative, lush, and moving that they provoked writer Rebecca West to say: "The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world almost as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us."
Paradise in The WastelandParadise in The WastelandVolume 15 in the Wiseblood Classics reprint series, Paradise in The Waste Land is a collection of Nobel Prize winning essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic Thomas Stearns Eliot's early poems and essays. 
The BetrothedThe BetrothedSet in 17th century Milan, this famous novel's centripetal force is the simple story of a betrothed couple whose forthcoming wedding is halted by a lusting noble's dubious designs.   Manzoni takes the reader through war, famine, plague, and riot, corrupt prelates and humble priests, as the betrothed young people who have been wrest asunder by a rich man's evil designs thirst for reunification. A panoramic meditation on politics, power, and pain, this novel is above all dramatic proof of love's final triumph -- a triumph that cannot be wrought, in human affairs, without pain. 
The Eternal HusbandThe Eternal HusbandAnswering a late-night knock at the door, a man finds himself face to face with the husband of a former lover. But he is stunned by an awful question: does the husband know of the affair? The story's antimony is embodied in the eternal husband's conflict with the eternal lover. These two rivals, these deep enemies, are paradoxically similar. Unable to tolerate one another, neither can they do without one another. This is in part because the wife is dead, the object desired has disappeared, and the rival remains.  However, we soon find that “the most monstrous monster is the monster with noble feelings...”
The Unfinished Life of N.The Unfinished Life of N.In the tradition of Flannery O'Connor, novelist Micah Cawber scrutinizes the quiet ambitions of normal people and their everyday fictions concerning others' and their own humanity and goodness. The Unfinished Life follows Nafula, its innocent but not naïve protagonist, from the backwoods of Wisconsin to AIDS-stricken regions of sub-Saharan Africa.  Then at last, after a rehabilitation program at a Mental Health home, a chance encounter forces N. to reckon with "the terrible speed of mercy." 
Three Russian Gift SetThree Russian Gift SetGreat sampling of reprinted works from a brave new press -- three classic Russian tales by two of the most famous novelists of all time.
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