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By Joseph Lincoln, Freeman Lincoln. 2018
In this novel which was first published in 1939 author Joseph C Lincoln collaborated with his son… Freeman to produce the sort of fresh and salty tale of Cape Cod that has made him so famous and well-loved Dick Clarke in disgrace because of the theft of a valuable book from the Knowlton Library finds himself on old Sepatonk Island staying at the Ownley Inn run by Seth Hammond Ownley who when asked the reason for the cannon on the front lawn invariably replies To repel boarders Then things begin to happen A hurricane isolates the island and a wrecked cruising launch starts a train of events which keeps Anne Francis a charming girl who has quarrelled with Clarke Perry Hale a none-too-scrupulous book collector and most of the other boarders in a state of commotion and at times fear
By Edgar Masters. 1991
The memoirs of one of Illinois great poets author of Spoon River Anthology with many… vignettes of the Chicago Renaissance This intimate and provocative autobiography first published in 1936 reveals the innermost thoughts of a great American poet Edgar Lee Masters was a transitional figure in American literature with one foot planted in the nineteenth century and the other firmly placed on the path of what we now think of as the modern period Richly illustrated throughout with black and white photographs Across Spoon River An Autobiography is blunt and cranky about a life Masters saw as largely scrappy and unmanageable Emphasizing life on his grandfather s farm his school days his political battles the workday world and the growth of a poet s mind through wide reading the book is a valuable record of Masters s work habits and offers considerable insight on his position as a critic and his place in American literature Ronald Primeau American National Biography
By F Wilson. 2018
William Butler Yeats 1865-1939 was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature… A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments he helped to found the Abbey Theatre and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 Yeats along with Lady Gregory Edward Martyn and others was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival This study is a sequel to my W B Yeats And Tradition and the Yeats scholar may like to take all my work in conjunction but I have tried to make it possible for the two books to be read independently The aim of this book is to interpret what Yeats meant by the symbolism of five of his plays Four Plays for Dancers and The Cat and the Moon also by that of a number of related lyrics I should stress once and for all that I am concerned primarily with what the symbols meant for the poet himself Yeats of course hoped that the words on the page would work for him and he also believed in a collective unconscious which would operate to suggest his archetypal meanings to all readers but it can of course be maintained that communication fails I myself doubt whether this ever happens but I cannot prove this statement in a book not concerned with technique and this is why I define my field as I have done What Yeats believed his plays and poems to mean is a valid field for scholarship and the meaning he attached is certainly the archetypal meaning which is therefore my main preoccupation F A C Wilson
By Jos Manuel Villalpando. 2017
Este libro se suma a la conmemoración del 150 aniversario de la muerte de Maximiliano y reflexiona sobre el momento… histórico que México vivió en aquella época con un eco frente a nuestro presente. En este penetrante y documentado ensayo histórico se exploran los últimos momentos de Maximiliano como emperador de México, rastreando paso a paso el proceso que lo llevó al paredón de fusilamiento. Bajo la mirada crítica de José Manuel Villalpando, el reconocido historiador mexicano, esta obra profundiza y analiza el juicio que definió el futuro de México. Apoyado en un importante número de fuentes primarias, se examinan las leyes, los recursos y el contexto bajo el cual Maximiliano, al lado de Miguel Miramón y Tomás Mejía, preparó su defensa y fue juzgado y sentenciado con la máxima pena por el gobierno republicano de Benito Juárez. Más allá de la simple condena a Maximiliano por traidor e intervencionista, este estudio llena el vacío que prevaleció durante años acerca del total desconocimiento del juicio, incluso para los tiempos rebeldes y confusos en que sucedió. Entre las fuentes del libro también se comparten los argumentos esgrimidos por algunos personajes que intentaron apoyar al archiduque y persuadir a Juárez de su decisión de ejecutarlo, entre los que destacan el embajador de Estados Unidos, el conde Wydenbruck, y el escritor romántico Víctor Hugo.
By Cardinal Francis Spellman. 2017
First published in 1951, this is the simple, heart-warming story of a baby left by its mother in a great… cathedral in New York, and of the man who found it. Opening immediately after World War I, the story centers on Paul Taggart, a returned soldier, who had lost an arm in the war and who also carried on his face a disfiguring scar. It was at Christmas time that Paul entered the cathedral and there, in the crib, discovered Peter, the small helpless foundling who was to mean so much to him in the future…A compassionate, moving story.
By Gore Vidal. 2016
When a mortician appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement… that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust. Gore Vidal's deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy, first published in 1954, eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and the Heaven's Gate suicide cult.
This book, which was first published in 1925, is a transcription of an informal account by Katy Leary of her… thirty years’ service to the household of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), the 19th century American writer, humourist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, who became world-famous for novels such as Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).It was Mark Twain who suggested that the faithful Katy tell the world all she knew about him. Her reminiscences were locked away in her memory until Miss Mary Lawton, who had known Mr. and Mrs. Clemens for many years, persuaded Katy to reveal them. Katy Leary began to talk and, pencil in hand, Miss Lawton recorded while the old servant poured forth the inimitable words in which she related many a chapter as yet unknown to those outside the family circle.A fascinating read.
By Thomas B. Costain. 2017
A magnificent historical romance chronicling the adventures of the fabulous Le Moyne Family of Montreal who became the heroes of… French Canada and founded the storied city of New Orleans.“Beyond [a] brief record of [the Le Moyne brothers’] achievements and the vital statistics in the archives at Montreal, what is known of the ten stout brothers? What manner of men were they? Were they typical of the French-Canadian people of this early period, brave, resolute, devout, light-hearted?“To deal with them as characters in a novel, therefore, is a task approaching that of the scientist who tries to reconstruct a monster of prehistoric times with nothing more to go on than a broken rib and a fragment of jawbone. The result is certain to raise doubts in the minds of historians who are skeptical necessarily of anything stemming from the imagination. In my opinion, nevertheless, the only way to tell the saga of the Le Moynes, and to attempt the rescue of these remarkable brothers from the oblivion into which they have sunk, is to set down their story in the guise of historical fiction.” (Thomas B. Costain, Introduction)
By Cid Ricketts Sumner. 2017
Have you ever thought how our modern world with all its artificial devices, its complicated ways, and its false gods… would seem to you if you were suddenly moved into the midst of it after having grown up in the old-fashioned way without knowing anything else? If you could look at our world with fresh eyes, wouldn’t it give you a whole new perspective on life and help you to rediscover its true values? Well, Tammy, the lovable young girl you’ll meet in these pages, does just that.Before things began to happen, you see, Tammy had lived all her seventeen years on a Mississippi shantyboat. It was a very simple, quiet, isolated life she had had with her grandparents. But then, after Pete Brent was rescued from the river, things changed, and Tammy found herself at Brenton Hall, where there were some marvelous contrivances and concoctions and also some curious ideas and customs and ways of speaking. Life wasn’t so simple for Tammy any more. In fact, Pete’s mother, Professor Brent, Pete himself, the lovely Barbara, Aunt Renie, and Ernie (especially Ernie) posed many problems.But Tammy, a most unusual and most enduring creature, came through with flying colours. And her story—a warm, lively, engaging story—is the kind that makes you laugh aloud, perhaps stirs a tear or two as well, and along with the entertainment, brings inspiration, a fresh perspective through which you may find strength and a new peace of mind.
By Cid Ricketts Sumner. 2017
THE FORTUNE TELLER TOLD HER—“YOU AIN’T DONE LIVING YET!”In A View from the Hill, popular author of novels such as… Ann Singleton (1938) and But the Morning Will Come (1949), Cid Ricketts Sumner, paints a vivid picture of a woman’s mature years made rich by living life to the fullest in a series of brief essays on friendship, love, and finding new interests.
By François Mauriac, Gerard Hopkins. 2017
Francois Mauriac, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 1952, was famous for his subtle character portraits of the French… rural classes and for depicting their struggles, aspirations and traditions. The Woman of the Pharisees, which was first published in English in 1946 and became one of Mauriac’s most accomplished novels, is a penetrating evocation of the moral and religious values of a Bordeaux community. In Brigitte, we see how the ideals of love and companionship are stifled in the presence of a self-righteous woman whose austere religious principals lead her to interfere—disastrously—in the lives of others. One by one the unwitting victims fall prey to the bleakness of her “perfection.” A conscientious schoolteacher, a saintly priest, her husband and stepdaughter and an innocent schoolboy are all confronted with tragedy and upheaval. But the author’s extraordinary gift for psychological insight goes on to show how redeeming features inevitably surface from disaster. The unfolding drama is seen through the discerning eye of a young Louis—Brigitte’s stepson—whose point of view is skillfully blended into the mature and understanding adult he later becomes.“Mauriac is one of the greatest novelists.”—The New York Times
By Hesketh Pearson. 2017
‘You are a genuine soaker in Shakespeare, and have not read him as a task. You have him by heart.’—Bernard… Shaw wrote in a letter to Hesketh Pearson.Before he became a well-known biographer, Hesketh Pearson was an actor. Few facts are known about Shakespeare, but with an actor’s eye and a supreme self-confidence Pearson has drawn a recognisable portrait of Shakespeare the man—even telling us the colour of his hair and of his predilection for black-haired women. The plays and poems are assessed in the search to discover and build up a picture of Shakespeare’s character. Pearson has included an anthology of his favourite lines and passages.
By Arthur Schnitzler, Horace Samuel. 2017
This English translation of Arthur Schnitzler’s “Der Weg ins Freie” (1908) was first published in 1913 and is one of… only two novels—the other being “Therese” (1928)—by the Viennese author, who was better known for his short stories and plays, including “Reigen” (“Round Dance”), known to most English-speaking readers as “La Ronde.”“The Road to the Open” tells the story of the aristocratic young composer Georg von Wergenthin-Recco who has talent but lacks the drive to get down to work and spends most of his time socializing with members of the assimilationist, artistically sensitive Jewish bourgeoisie of Vienna and other non-Jews like himself who enjoy their company. A love affair with a Catholic lower middle class girl, combined with the author’s authentic descriptions of the milieu, the arts, the psychology of love, and the anti-Semitism that was coming to dominate so much of life and politics in the Austria-Hungary of the time, make this novel a classic.“One of the most important, representative, revelatory works of Austria at the turn of the century….The best English version of the novel.”—Marc A. Weiner, Indiana University“In Arthur Schnitzler the two strands of Austrian fin-de-siècle culture, the moralistic and the aesthetic, were present in almost equal proportions. Small wonder that Freud hailed Schnitzler as a ‘colleague’ in the investigation of the ‘underestimated and much-maligned erotic.’”—Carl Schorske, author of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
By John Cowper Powys. 2017
A Glastonbury Romance is generally esteemed the greatest of John Cowper Powys’s six major novels, the other five being Wolf… Solent, Weymouth Sands, Maiden Castle, Owen Glendower and Porius. On its original publication in 1932, the late J. D. Beresford wrote, “I believe that A Glastonbury Romance is one of the greatest novels in the world, to be classed with Tolstoy’s War and Peace.” C. S. Forester regarded it as “one of the most significant and notable books of the century,” Hugh Walpole thought that, “with the single exception of Thomas Hardy, no English novelist of the last thirty years has evoked the very stuff of the English ground with the power and the poetry which Mr. Powys has at command,” and Sir Gerald Barry summed it up as “really a tremendous boo. It makes the competent little novels that week by week are hailed as ‘masterpieces’ look silly. In searching for comparisons, one finds oneself using such names as Hardy or Hamsun….In breadth, rhythm, and intensity A Glastonbury Romance has something of the mighty pantheism of Rubens.”
By John Cowper Powys. 2017
Drawing on his vivid childhood memories of the seaside town of Weymouth, author John Cowper Powys creates a striking collection… of human oddities, through which he shows his deep sympathy for the variety, the eccentricity, the essential loneliness of human beings.“To encounter Powys is to arrive at the very fount of creation.”—Henry Miller.
By Thomas B. Costain. 2017
A LUSTY, BRAWLING NOVEL ABOUT SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY PIRATESFore My Great Folly, which was first published in 1942, is the powerful story… of a young scholar who leaves his books to join a pirate ship—and achieves manhood fighting side by side with the legendary buccaneer John Ward.Fore My Great Folly re-creates the fascinating era of English pirates who waged a private war with Spain in the seventeenth century.For My Great Folly was the beginning of Thomas B. Costain’s great career in historical fiction, and it remains of one of the truly great sea stories in modern literature.
By Thomas B. Costain. 2017
His voice was cast in a lower tone but it still carried the suggestion of a lionlike rumble. “...I want… to explain everything for reasons you’ll understand when you’ve heard. But not yet. This is the queerest and blastedest story that any human being has ever told; and every word of it true...It—well, it must be led up to.”The older man’s words were the first intimation aspiring young writer John Foraday had that something remarkably strange lay ahead. John had been mysteriously summoned by the aging U.S. Senator O’Rawn whom he had not previously known—But what had the Senator to say which must he ladled out, bit by bit, inkling by inkling?...Before John learned the full answer to this question, time was strangely rolled back 700 years so that he was hearing an account of those stirring, violent events in England and Europe that led to Magna Charta and thus contributed so much to the liberties of future generations; with a story as well, most of it straight from history, of a lost princess and the recovery of a lost charter.
By Benito Pérez Galdós, Gamel Woolsey. 2017
Although Spain is a country which has always had a great attraction for English-speaking people, Spanish novelists are very little… known to them. Yet Pérez Galdós is not only the most popular of writers in Spain, whose books are a household word among his countrymen, but he is a major European novelist who ranks with Balzac Dostoevsky and Dickens.In THE SPENDTHRIFTS (LA DE BRINGAS) the scene is laid in the Royal Palace at Madrid, where Bringas and his wife hold minor posts at the court of Queen Isabella. Rosalía Bringas is a woman whose passion for dress leads her steadily deeper into debt and who is obliged to resort to more and more ludicrous and precarious devices to conceal her extravagance from a model bureaucrat of a husband. Her friend the Marquesa de Tellería is in a similar plight, while Doña Cándida, a superb parasite and bore, has already reached the end of the same downward path. The rottenness of the whole regime becomes apparent and when, at the close of a sweltering summer, the Army, the Navy and the entire country rise with one accord and the Queen flees to France, the curtain falls on this phantasmagoric society, so brilliant when viewed from the outside but built on poverty and debt and emptiness.Thus THE SPENDTHRIFTS is both an allegory of the ending classes of Spain and a sermon on the classic Spanish theme, made familiar to us in DON QUIXOTE, of illusions and reality.
By Hesketh Pearson. 2017
THIS AUTHOR’S favourite subjects for biography have been wits, and he has already written on Sydney Smith, William Gilbert, Henry… Labouchère, Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Benjamin Disraeli. His seventh and last choice of famous wit is James McNeill Whistler, whose personality aroused more controversy in the art world of the nineteenth century than that of anyone else.WHISTLER is chiefly remembered today as an exquisite painter who revealed the twilight beauty of London’s river to the world, and as one who revolutionized interior decoration. But in his own time he was mainly notorious of his mental and physical combats, for his cutting wit, violent quarrels, and devastating attacks on art critics and academic pundits.HESKETH PEARSON concentrates on Whistler’s personality, shows how his nature was reflected in his art, tells the story of his extraordinary career, describes his quarrels, records his witticisms, explains the causes that made his character prone to conflict, and helps the modern reader to see the man as his friends and enemies who saw him. Having met several people who knew Whistler, the author is able to add fresh material to his portrait of the artist.Illustrated with 15 gravure plates.
By George Johnson, Charmian Clift. 2017
A POWERFUL NOVEL OF ELEMENTAL LOVE AND FURY ON A DOOMED, ENCHANTED ISLAND WORLD….In the cradle of civilization, rocked by… the waters of the blue Aegean, lies the tiny, barren island of Kalymnos. It is cloaked in antiquity and rich with the vibrant life of a proud and passionate people who have stubbornly endured the ravages of man and nature for three thousand years. And yet Kalymnos is dying, its means of survival crushed beneath the juggernaut of progress.Here is a moving story of this doomed, enchanted island, of a strong man and a strange, haunting woman who lived there, of a tormented girl who fled there, and of a wanderer who came, seeking...It is a story of unique power and simple splendor, a fiction rooted deep in truth.“...stirring...It is an elemental story of the raging sea and the rocky land, of the fundamental urges of man and woman...a story of great beauty and surging excitement...”—Boston Herald“...what they have seen, heard, felt in Kalymnos...make a vivid story, written as modern painters paint, not lingeringly, nor sentimentally, but with great splashes of significant color...”—New York Herald Tribune“...a lyrical and rugged account...of a virile race, almost pure descendants from the men who once sent their war galleys to ancient Troy...”—Springfield Republican“...a powerful and sad, beautifully written tale.”—Newark News“This is stark, brutal fiction based on fact. The dynamic, incisive and beautiful prose is worthy of a Hemingway...”—Grand Rapids Herald“Kalymnos as a place is most effectively presented, with a fine feeling for wind and weather, sea and sky, and a sustained brightness of natural detail. Also, the collective life of the islanders is very convincingly treated, with understanding and concern.”—Chicago Tribune“…superb…It paints murals of truth…”—Saturday Review