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By George O'Brien. 2006
Georgetown University professor George O'Brien provides the biographical background of the four masters of Irish literature and an in-depth analysis… of their greatest works. O'Brien discusses the very qualities that set these works apart and the "Irishness" that characterizes each of them. 2006.
By David Dilks. 2005
Winston Churchill's connection with Canada ("the Great Dominion", as he called it) spanned more than half a century: at Winnipeg… he heard the news of Queen Victoria's death, in Ottawa in the dark days of 1941 he proclaimed his confidence in victory, and in 1952 had to concede that the result of victory had been far less satisfying than he had wished. No other Commonwealth country sparked such detailed knowledge or lifelong interest. 2005.
By J. L Granatstein. 1993
Granatstein's study of life at the top during the Second World War centres on the most senior ranks in the… Canadian Army. Men like Andrew McNaughton, Harold Crerar, Thomas Burns and Guy Simonds had not only to win military campaigns, but also command the sympathies of bureaucrats and powerful politicians. None, however, forgot they were fighting a war, and that their decisions directly affected the lives of Canadian soldiers. 1993.
By Anna Grigor'evna Snitkina Dostoevskaia, Beatrice Stillman. 1975
The second wife of the great man of Russian letters gives a thorough first-hand account of his life and character,… from the time of their first meeting in 1866 to his death in 1881. Translation of "Vospominaniia". 1975. Uniform title: Vospominaniia.
By Vernon Scannell. 1992
The author recalls his childhood and early manhood, culminating in his joining the army in 1940. He explores the relationship… between himself, his siblings and his sadistic and probably psychotic father, set against a vivid backdrop of Britain between the wars. 1992.
By Ian Bell. 1993
A nonliterary account of the prolific author. In poor health throughout his life, Stevenson evaded the careers his father encouraged,… instead travelling in search of healthful climates and writing of adventure and action. He married the controversial Fanny Osbourne, who both cared for and dominated him. 1993.
By Farley Mowat. 2010
Picking up where his 2008 memoir "Otherwise" left off, Mowat traces his development as an author, with frequent digressions on… subjects such as homebuilding, family, and wildlife. Covering the episodes that shaped his particular worldview - from post-war research in the North to a sailing trip to Nova Scotia - the author also takes direct aim at his critics. 2010.
By Elizabeth Gilbert. 2007
Elizabeth Gilbert, in her thirties, settles into a large a house with a husband who wants to start a family.… But she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and determined to find what she's missing. So she begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again. 2007.
By David Coomes. 1992
This life of the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey relies heavily on the Oxford-educated Sayers's letters and other writings. Coomes… details the intellectual British writer's feisty assertion of her religious views and sketches her private life, including her loveless marriage and the illegitimate son a cousin reared for her. 1992.
By Fred Kaplan. 1988
By Francis Thompson, Lee Selleck. 1997
Two Yellowknife journalists analyze what happened during the strike at the Giant mine, which culminated in an explosion which killed… nine men in 1992. They describe the major players in the drama, the major events, including the trial of Roger Warren, and even raise questions about Warren's guilt. Some strong language. 1997.
By Carol Shields, Marjorie May Anderson. 2001
Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson asked other women authors to write about the experiences that had amazed them, disappointed them,… or which they had been unprepared for. This collection of diverse, often tender, and sometimes disturbing writings breaks the silences that women still keep. 2001.
By Brenda Maddox. 1994
Plumbing letters by D.H. Lawrence and private papers by certain of his friends for insights into his thoughts, the author… chronicles Lawrence's life as a fiction writer, literary critic, and journalist. Maddox explores Lawrence's opinions, his illness, his sexuality, the contradictions in his relationships with women, his marriage to Frieda Weekley, and his novel Mr. Noon, first published in 1984. 1994.
By Caitlin Thomas. 1997
Thomas recounts her life as the wife of the poet Dylan Thomas. Their life together was dominated by alcohol, which… lessened their shyness and fueled their adventures. She provides insights into Dylan and his writing, his success, and ultimately the toll which drink took on their lives, leaving him dead at thirty-nine, and her a penniless alcoholic. 1997.
By Benedict Kiely. 1999
By Henry Mietkiewicz, Bob Mackowycz. 1988
Rochdale College was an eighteen-story apartment building near the University of Toronto campus which, between 1968 and 1975, was the… centre of hippie culture in Toronto. Reviled by politicians and police for its anarchy and its flow of drugs, and loved by hippies for the same reasons, the Rochdale culture helped create some of Canada's most gifted artists, actors, musicians, and writers. Some strong language. 1988.
By Winifred Lear. 1975
By David Jay Bercuson, J. L Granatstein. 1992
The editors have compiled approximately 1500 entries concerning Canadian military history from the early 17th century to peacekeeping duties in… 1992, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Entries cover military actions, senior military personnel, politicians whose policies affected the military, Victoria and George Cross winners, and entries on security and intelligence topics.
By Peter Ackroyd. 1990
Ackroyd makes extensive use of original sources to chronicle the most celebrated author of the 19th century. He shows that… Dickens, who first earned fame in his twenties, became a prematurely exhausted man, haunted by his own unquiet fictions. 1990.
By Yiyun Li. 2017
Yiyun Li's searing personal story of hospitalizations for depression and thoughts of suicide is interlaced with reflections on the solace… and affirmations of life and personhood that Li found in reading the journals, diaries, and fiction of other writers: William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, and more. 2017.