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|Author||: James Laughlin|
|Editor||: New Directions Publishing|
Lavishly illustrated, "The Way It Wasn't" offers an intimate firsthand encounter with 20th-century Modernism, from the extraordinary man who defined it for America. James Laughlin--poet, ladies' man, heir to a steel fortune, and the founder of New Directions--was still at work on his autobiography when he died at 83. He left behind personal files crammed with memories and memorabilia: in "M" he is taking Marianne Moore to Yankee games (outings captured here in charming snapshots) to discuss "arcane mammals," and in "N" nearly plunging off a mountain, hunting butterflies with Nabokov ("Volya was a doll in a very severe upper-crust Russian way"). With an accent on humor, "The Way It Wasn't" is a scrapbook loaded with ephemera--letters and memories, clippings and photographs. This richly illustrated album glitters like a magpie's nest, if a magpie could have known Tennessee Williams, W.C. Williams, Merton, Miller, Stein, and Pound. In "C": "I wish that nice Jean Cocteau were still around. He took me to lunch at the Grand Vefours in the Palais-Royal and explained all about flying saucers. He understood mechanical things. He would advise me." In "P": "There was not much 'gracious living' in Pittsburgh, where at one house, the butler passed chewing gum on a silver salver after coffee." And: "The world is full of a large number of irritating people." In "H" there's Lillian Hellman: "What a raspy character. When I knocked at her door to try to borrow one of her books (hoping to butter her up) she only opened her door four inches and said words to the effect: 'Fuck off, you rapist.'" Marketing in "M": "I think it's important to get the 'troubadours' into the title. That's a 'buy-me'word." In "G": "Olga asked Allen Ginsberg if he was also buying Pound Conference T-shirts for his grandchildren. She was most lovable throughout." In "L": "Wyndham Lewis wrote 'Why don't you stop New Directions, your books are crap.'" And we find love in "L": "Cicero noted that an old love pinches like a crab." But in "The Way It Wasn't" James Laughlin's love of the crazy world and his crazier authors does not pinch a bit: it glows with wit and enlarges our feeling for the late great twentieth century.
|Author||: Frederic Raphael|
|Editor||: White Lion Publishing|
Fame and Fortune is the long-awaited continuation of Frederic Raphael's best-selling novel The Glittering Prizes, which followed a generation of Cambridge graduates into the academic and media world of the 1960s. In this new book, Successful novelist and screenwriter Adam Morris, now in his late forties, remains the central character, but many of his contemporaries continue to feature in his life. These include the ambitious and endlessly scheming movie director Mike Clode; the Australian-born TV star Alan Parks, who now seems to front every other serious or semi-serious program on TV; and Joyce Hadleigh, whose career on TV Alan has fostered?just as years earlier at Cambridge, he fathered her child whom Dan Bradley, now a primary school headmaster in Wandsworth, raised as his own. The vivid complexity of Fame and Fortune reflects not only the nature of London life in the era of Margaret Thatcher but also the changing attitudes and lifestyles of a younger generation. Adam and his wife Barbara find themselves faced with the defection of their son, Tom, to a Christian sect that leads him to drop out of university and desert his family a situation that is compounded, with disconcerting consequences, when their beautiful, successful daughter Rachel meets Adam's college friend Bill Bourne, the son of a scouse docker, now a professor in California. In varying ways, the other characters too discover the fragility of the success and happiness they had enjoyed, as violence and death play cruel, sudden parts in their lives.
|Author||: David Novak|
|Editor||: Princeton University Press|
"Covenantal Rights" is a groundbreaking work of political theory: a comprehensive, philosophically sophisticated attempt to bring insights from the Jewish political tradition into current political and legal debates about rights and to bring rights discourse more fully into Jewish thought. David Novak pursues these aims by presenting a theory of rights founded on the covenant between God and the Jewish people as that covenant is constituted by Scripture and the rabbinic tradition. In doing so, he presents a powerful challenge to prevailing liberal and conservative positions on rights and duties and opens a new chapter in contemporary Jewish political thinking. For Novak, "covenantal rights" are rooted in God's primary rights as creator of the universe and as the elector of a particular community whose members relate to this God as their sovereign. The subsequent rights of individuals and communities flow from God's covenantal promises, which function as irrevocable entitlements. This presents a sharp contrast to the liberal tradition, in which rights flow above all from individuals. It also challenges the conservative idea that duties can take precedence over rights, since Novak argues that there are no covenantal duties that are not backed by correlative rights. Novak explains carefully and clearly how this theory of covenantal rights fits into Jewish tradition and applies to the relationships among God, the covenanted community, and individuals. This work is a profound and provocative contribution to contemporary religious and political theory.
|Author||: Lloyd Alexander|
|Editor||: Dutton Juvenile|
A carpenter in the West African country of Cameroon goes to a fortune teller and finds the predictions about his future coming true in an unusual way.
|Author||: Jean Starobinski|
|Editor||: University of Chicago Press|
In 1990 the Department of Graphic Arts at the Louvre made their holdings available to guest curators for a program called Parti Pris, or "Taking Sides". In this program, major cultural figures outside of the discipline of art history organized exhibitions based on the department's collection. Within its first several years, this novel collaboration produced exhibitions curated by philosopher Jacques Derrida and filmmaker Peter Greenaway. Jean Starobinski, noted literary critic and intellectual historian from the University of Geneva, was selected as the third curator in the program. In his exhibition and accompanying essay, Starobinski explores the theme of largesse in its broadest sense. Arguing that gift giving and receiving are fundamental human gestures, he examines graphic and textual representations from the offering of the apple to Eve to Salome's gift of the head of John the Baptist, from the giving of laws to the gift of death. Charity, the poetic gift, and the benefits of Fortune all play a role in Starobinski's extended meditation on the act of donation. Lavishly illustrated and dazzling in its scope and imagination, Largesse is an exemplar of the rich intellectual work that can result from crossing disciplinary boundaries and considering history as a dense network of themes and allusions.
|Author||: Henry Fielding|
|Editor||: Everyman's Library|
The romantic adventures of a reckless yet personable young man are chronicled in what is considered to be the forerunner of the modern novel
|Author||: E. R. Seary,W. J. Kirwin,Sheila M. P. Lynch|
|Editor||: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP|
Traces the origins of nearly 3,000 surnames found on the eastern Canadian island, along with sometimes extensive information on etymology, genealogy, and Newfoundland history. Introduces the alphabetical catalogue with a survey of the history and linguistic origins, which include English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, French, Syrian, Lebanese, and Micmac. Appends lists of names by frequency and frequency by origin, and surnames recorded before 1700. First published in 1977, reprinted four times, and here revised with additions and corrections and reset in a more convenient format. No index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
|Author||: Peter Bart,Peter Guber|
|Editor||: Putnam Adult|
The authors examine the art and business of modern filmmaking, discussing the inevitable standoffs, confrontations, scandals, and dilemmas as writers, directors, producers, stars, and agents push forward their own agendas.
|Author||: Sebastian I. Sobecki|
|Editor||: DS Brewer|
A fresh and invigorating survey of the sea as it appears in medieval English literature, from romance to chronicle, hagiography to autobiography.
|Author||: Guillaume (de Lorris),Guillaume de Lorris,Jean (de Meun),Jean de Meun|
|Editor||: Princeton University Press|
Many English-speaking readers of the Roman de la rose, the famous dream allegory of the thirteenth century, have come to rely on Charles Dahlberg's elegant and precise translation of the Old French text. His line-by-line rendering in contemporary English is available again, this time in a third edition with an updated critical apparatus. Readers at all levels can continue to deepen their understanding of this rich tale about the Lover and his quest--against the admonishments of Reason and the obstacles set by Jealousy and Resistance--to pluck the fair Rose in the Enchanted Garden. The original introduction by Dahlberg remains an excellent overview of the work, covering such topics as the iconographic significance of the imagery and the use of irony in developing the central theme of love. His new preface reviews selected scholarship through 1990, which examines, for example, the sources and influences of the work, the two authors, the nature of the allegorical narrative as a genre, the use of first person, and the poem's early reception. The new bibliographic material incorporates that of the earlier editions. The sixty-four miniature illustrations from thirteenth-and fifteenth-century manuscripts are retained, as are the notes keyed to the Langlois edition, on which the translation is based.
|Author||: Michael Webb,Marisa Bartolucci,George Nelson|
|Editor||: Chronicle Books|
"The Nelson office worked on the cutting edge of design and put to practical use their work in the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow - a triumph of technology and enlightened public relations at the height of the Cold War. Nelson himself pioneered the pedestrian shopping mall, developed a revolutionary concept of storage, and pushed the envelope on residential design. He collaborated with some of the foremost designers of his era, including Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, and Buckminster Fuller. With an abundance of images and an insightful essay by design critic Michael Webb, Compact Design Portfolio: George Nelson celebrates this inclusive genius of classic mid-twentieth century design."--BOOK JACKET.
|Author||: Anthony Robert Mortimer|
Seven centuries after the birth of Petrarch (1304-74) the nature and extent of his influence loom ever larger in the study of renaissance literature. In this revised and expanded edition of Petrarch's Canzoniere in the English Renaissance Anthony Mortimer presents a unique anthology of 136 English poems together with the specific Italian texts that they translate, adapt or exploit. The result, with its revealing juxtapositions of major and minor figures, makes fascinating reading for anyone who wants to get beyond broad generalizations about Petrarchism and see exactly what English poets made of Petrarch's celebrated sequence.Reviewing the first edition, Professor Brian Vickers wrote: An ideal text-book for university courses in English or Comparative Literature. The critical introduction is a fresh, independent and accurate survey of the role of Petrarchism in the English Renaissance ... our literary history is being rewritten, more accurately.
|Author||: Douglas Kelly|
|Editor||: Univ of Wisconsin Press|
Medieval Imagination examines the poetry of courtly love with unprecedented thoroughness. Douglas Kelly offers detailed analyses of numerous works within a historical, conceptual, and artistic framework to establish the underlying concept of Imagination in courtly poetry. He capitalizes the term to underscore its medieval sense: the poet's invention of significant images to represent a certain conception of truth. Imagination, thus, in its metaphorical sense of providing an idea with a suitable representation in an image, permitted an allegory of love in romance and dream vision from the twelfth century on. The techniques employed in Imagination--allegory, personification, metonymy, synecdoche--are analyzed in detail as amplification. In addition to his complete coverage of the better-known poets like Guillaume de Lorris, Machaut, and Froissart, Kelly examines the work of such rarely treated writers as René d'Anjou and Oton de Grandson, as well as the Echecs amoureux and related medieval Latin writings. The concluding chapters including Charles d'Orléans, Chartier, and Christine de Pisan. The later chapters are a rare boon to French scholars in providing a survey of Middle French courtly literature, a little-explored area of scholarship. Kelly's documentation is a fresh and useful contribution to the interpretation of this too-often neglected period.The flower of medieval French culture, the poetry of courtly love, is examined with an unprecedented thoroughness in this work. Douglas Kelly offers detailed analyses of numerous works within a historical, conceptual, and artistic framework.
|Author||: Cassandra Willoughby Brydges Duchess of Chandos|
|Editor||: Boydell Press|
Letters from one of the most fascinating women of her age illuminate her wide range of social, business and intellectual pursuits.
|Author||: David Grand|
|Editor||: Arcade Publishing|
The valet and reluctant confidant to a Howard Hughes-like tycoon, Herman Louse discovers that his compulsive employer's carefully constructed environment is threatened by a conspiracy that may end in his freedom. A first novel.
|Author||: Judith Keller|
|Editor||: Getty Publications|
Walker Evans is widely recognized as one of the greatest American photographers of the twentieth century, and the J. Paul Getty Museum owns one of the most comprehensive collections of his work, including more of his vintage prints than any other museum in the world. This lavishly illustrated volume brings together for the first time all of the Museum’s Walker Evans holdings. Included here are familiar images—such as Evans’s photographs of tenant farmers and their families, made in the 1930s and later published in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men—and images that are much less familiar—such as the photographs Evans made in the 1940s of the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers circus, or his very late Polaroids, made in the 1970s. In addition, many previously unpublished Evans photographs, and variant croppings of classic images, appear here for the first time. Author Judith Keller has written a lively, informative text that places these photographs in the larger context of Evans’s life and career and the culture—especially the popular culture—of the time. In so doing, she has produced an indispensible volume for anyone interested in the history of photography or American culture in the twentieth century. Also included is the most comprehensive bibliography on Walker Evans published to date.