Download E-books Thomas Hardy: His Life and Friends PDF

By F. B. Pinion

This biography comprises new disclosures and interpretations of facts, neglecting not anything major in Hardy's early years or his later existence. It attracts from innumerable assets, together with all his released writings (not least the poems), biographies of him and of contemporaries, correspondence of acquaintances and friends, Emma Hardy's diaries, and plenty of unpublished letters from her and Florence Hardy, and short historical past introductions point out how a few of Hardy's pals motivated his occupation or enriched his existence.

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Download E-books A Historical Guide to Mark Twain (Historical Guides to American Authors) PDF

By Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, and miner, continues to be to this present day essentially the most enduring and cherished of America's nice writers. Combining cultural feedback with old scholarship, A historic consultant to Mark Twain addresses quite a lot of themes proper to Twain's paintings, together with faith, trade, race, gender, social category, and imperialism. like every of the ancient publications to American Authors, this quantity comprises an creation, a quick biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's existence and times.

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Download E-books Cracks in My Foundation: Bags, Trips, Make-up Tips, Charity, Glory, and the Darker Side of the Story PDF

By Marian Keyes

Go additional lower than the covers and remain in mattress a bit longer with Marian Keyes during this profitable follow-up to her break essay assortment, below the quilt. Written within the witty, forthright kind that has earned her legions of committed readers, Cracks in My Foundation deals a fair deeper and extra candid investigate this liked author's brain and middle, exploring such common issues as family and friends, domestic, glamour and wonder, teenagers, trip, and extra. Marian's hilarious and considerate tackle existence makes her readers think they're interpreting a chum, not only an author.

Marian keeps to entertain along with her experiences from the trenches, and throws in a few unique brief fiction besides. even if it truly is traveling Siberia, breaking it off with an outdated hairdresser, procuring (of course!), turning forty, residing together with her loved husband, Himself (a guy past description), or musing at the F note (feminism), Marian stocks the fun, passions, and sorrows of her international and is helping us be ok with our personal. So seize a latte and a pillow and prepare to snort your slippers off!

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Download E-books A Private Life of Henry James: Two Women and His Art PDF

By Lyndall Gordon

Henry James's cousin, Minny Temple, used to be the "heroine" of his adolescence in New England; he observed her as a loose spirit, "a plant of natural American growth". the author Constance Fenimore Woolson used to be a chum of his heart years in Europe, a solitary, mature girl who pursued her pursuits with an depth that matched his personal. either had a unprecedented effect on James, even (perhaps in particular) within the wakes in their untimely deaths.

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Download E-books Understanding Graham Swift (Understanding Contemporary British Literature) PDF

By David Malcolm

Graham fast has released to frequent acclaim considering that his literary debut in 1980. He has received a powerful array of literary prizes, together with the 1996 Booker Prize, and 3 of his novels were produced as motion pictures. This name introduces readers to the whole lot of his occupation, together with his lesser-known brief tales. via shut readings, David Malcolm explains the relevant significance fast areas at the function of background in human lifestyles - and the problems of giving an sufficient account of that heritage. In separate chapters Malcolm considers Swift's seven novels, from "The candy store Owner", released in 1980, via "The gentle of Day", released in 2003. Malcolm explores Swift's presentation of kin clash and emotional and mental disturbance, his use of advanced narrative strategy and style blend, and his curiosity in metafictional concerns. Malcolm underscores the novelist's debt to past writers, specifically George Eliot, Charles Dickens and William Faulkner, and his recurrent main issue with the lives of socially humble characters. additionally mentioned is the novelist's use of significant 20th-century old occasions to form and distort the lives of his characters; his specialize in the distortions and evasions of private, neighborhood and nationwide histories; and his fascination with the complexities, sufferings and joys of person lives.

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Download E-books Christine De Pizan & Biblical Wisdom: A Feminist-Theological Point of View (Marquette Studies in Theology) PDF

By Bonnie A. Birk

The fifteen-century author Christine de Pizan very adeptly used quite a few points of the non secular traditions of her day in her war of words of misogynous ideals and attitudes. during this e-book the insights of ultra-modern feminist students in faith are used to illustrate that one of many extra exciting spiritual components Christine drew upon was once the feminine determine of biblical knowledge. whereas using knowledge within the Medieval period in a common theological and literary experience used to be really frequent, Christine took an important step past frequent symbolic utilization in that knowledge used to be referred to as upon as a metaphor for deity to creatively improve her efforts to say justice and honor for herself and for all ladies. knowledge looked as if it would functionality, for Christine, as a mirrored image within the divine realm of perfect male and female realities within the human. This ebook serves so as to add a newly stumbled on resource of suggestion for Christine de Pizan's improvement of her literary-theological creations, and serves to boot so as to add Christine's striking feminist appropriation of the feminine determine of biblical knowledge to present feminist-theological discussions.

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Download E-books 16th Seduction (Women's Murder Club) PDF

By James Patterson

The immediate number 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the main explosive case of her career.

Lindsay Boxer is studying to like back. After the picture-perfect global she shared together with her husband, Joe, and their appealing younger daughter shattered lower than the burden of Joe's double lifestyles, Lindsay is set to place the items again jointly. yet prior to she will be able to welcome Joe again with open hands, their loved place of origin of San Francisco faces a probability not like any the city--or the country--has ever noticeable.

When the risk hits even toward domestic, Lindsay and Joe discover a universal reason and spring into motion, with quickly effects. yet what at the beginning appears like an open-and-shut case fast becomes something yet, while the suspect threatens every thing that Lindsay has labored an entire life to construct. As Lindsay's research is scrutinized and undermined via a legal as magnificent as any high-powered security legal professional, and her explanations are known as into query by means of each person she idea had her again, now not even the reality should be adequate to save lots of her.

In a determined struggle for her career--and her life--Lindsay needs to attach the dots of a dangerous conspiracy sooner than a fiendish enemy places her on trial-and walks loose with blood on his hands.

Filled with the trademark suspense and emotion that experience made James Patterson the world's number one bestselling author, 16th Seduction is the Women's homicide Club's hardest case yet--and a thrilling thrill experience from begin to end.

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Download E-books Pound's Cantos Declassified PDF

By Philip Furia

By utilizing his Cantos for storing, 'making new,' and transmitting old files, Pound was once returning the epic to its historic functionality as a tribal archive for the 'luminous info' of heritage that outline a culture's prior and form its destiny. So argues this publication, which doesn't fail to remember the poem's tremendous lyrical passages yet for the 1st time makes a speciality of these sizeable stretches of Pound's epic composed now not of literary touchstones yet of that the majority unpoetic of literary varieties, old files. Pound's activity as epic poet used to be advanced by means of the truth that the records he wanted to resume and transmit to his tradition have been principally unknown, actually because in his brain they'd been suppressed via a common conspiracy in the course of the a while which he termed the 'historical black-out.' His Cantos consequently, he believed, needs to be a counter-conspiracy to rescue important files from that black-out, renew them, after which recirculate them to wrestle the industrial and political forces at the back of the blackout.Drawing on contemporary learn via a variety of students, Furia strains the arcane records Pound unearthed from libraries all over the world and indicates how he transmuted this documentary mass into poetry, first via framing passages of prose to spotlight their poetic texture after which via weaving those shards and fragments right into a university of complicated constitution. one of the files Furia 'declassifies' are chinese language edicts, Italian financial institution charters, British manufacturing facility fee stories, Byzantine guild laws, American Presidential papers, municipal files, judicial writs, parliamentary statutes, legislative codes, contracts, deeds, mandates, treaties, diary entries, and correspondence by means of such different figures as Lorenzo de' Medici, Martin Van Buren, Napoleon, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mustapha Kemal, and Kubla Khan. Pound's Cantos Declassified strains the poet's fight to form the content material of the epic poem that absorbed such a lot of his inventive lifestyles.

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Download E-books Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years PDF

By Karen Lystra

The final section of Mark Twain's existence is unfortunately typical: Crippled by means of losses and tragedies, America's maximum slapstick comedian sank right into a deep and sour melancholy. it's also unsuitable. This publication recovers Twain's ultimate years as they truly were—lived within the shadow of deception and prejudice, but in addition within the gentle of the author's unflagging strength and enthusiasm.

Dangerous Intimacy relates the tale of the way, presently after his wife's dying in 1904, Twain basked within the attentions of Isabel Lyon, his flirtatious—and calculating—secretary. Lyon desperately desired to marry her boss, who used to be virtually thirty years her senior. She controlled to exile Twain's youngest daughter, Jean, who had epilepsy. With assistance from Twain's assistant, Ralph Ashcroft, who fraudulently bought energy of lawyer over the author's funds, Lyon approximately succeeded in assuming entire keep an eye on over Twain's lifestyles and property. thankfully, Twain famous the plot being woven round him simply in time. So rife with twists and turns as to defy trust, the tale still involves indisputable, vivid existence within the letters and diaries of these who witnessed it firsthand: Katy the housekeeper, Jean, Lyon, and others whose personal distinct, perceptive, frequently a laugh voices take us directly into the center of the Clemens household.

Just as Twain extricated himself from the lies, prejudice, and self-delusion that just about grew to become him into an American Lear, so Karen Lystra liberates the author's final decade from a century of renowned false impression. during this gripping ebook we eventually see how, past due in existence, this American icon chanced on a deep kinship together with his youngest baby and persisted to discover the precarious stability of affection and discomfort that's one of many emblems of his work.

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