New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art

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The Power of Glamour

Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion
Author: Virginia Postrel
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416561110
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 269
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An exploration of glamour, a potent cultural force that influences where people choose to live, which careers to pursue, where to invest, and how to vote, offers empowerment to be smarter about engaging with the world.

The New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art

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Candace Wheeler

The Art and Enterprise of American Design, 1875-1900
Author: Amelia Peck,Carol Irish,Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 1588390020
Category: Art
Page: 276
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Author: Melissa Broder
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 3843717141
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Nach einer Überdosis Schlaftabletten erwacht Lucy benebelt und inmitten eines Berges aus puderzuckerbestäubten Donuts in ihrem Auto, ohne genau zu wissen, wo sie sich befindet. Wo befindet man sich überhaupt im Leben, wenn man mit neununddreißig Jahren schon seit einer Ewigkeit über griechische Dichtung promoviert, partout keine Kinder will, frisch getrennt ist und immer dicker und depressiver wird? Eine Liebe-und-Sex-Therapiegruppe in Venice Beach soll für Lucy Antworten auf diese und andere Fragen liefern, genauso wie ihr neuer Tinder-Account. Doch das unfassbarste High erlebt sie am Strand: Ein wunderschöner Meermann taucht aus dem Ozean auf. Alles zuvor Gewesene wird relativ. Ein ehrlicher, komischer und trauriger Roman, der den ewigen Glauben an die Erlösung durch Liebe und Sexualität radikal hinterfragt.

George Gissing

The Critical Heritage
Author: Pierre Coustillas,Collin Partridge
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136174729
Category: Reference
Page: 584
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The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling students and researchers to read for themselves, for example, comments on early performances of Shakespeare's plays, or reactions to the first publication of Jane Austen's novels. The carefully selected sources range from landmark essays in the history of criticism to journalism and contemporary opinion, and little published documentary material such as letters and diaries. Significant pieces of criticism from later periods are also included, in order to demonstrate the fluctuations in an author's reputation. Each volume contains an introduction to the writer's published works, a selected bibliography, and an index of works, authors and subjects. The Collected Critical Heritage set will be available as a set of 68 volumes and the series will also be available in mini sets selected by period (in slipcase boxes) and as individual volumes.

Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture

Author: Dr Jane Jordan,Professor Andrew King
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472404785
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 248
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'Ouida,' the pseudonym of Louise Ramé (1839-1908), was one of the most productive, widely-circulated and adapted of Victorian popular novelists, with a readership that ranged from Vernon Lee, Oscar Wilde and Ruskin to the nameless newspaper readers and subscribers to lending libraries. Examining the range and variety of Ouida’s literary output, which includes journalism as well as fiction, reveals her to be both a literary seismometer, sensitive to the enormous shifts in taste and publication practices of the second half of the nineteenth century, and a fierce protector of her independent vision. This collection offers a radically new view of Ouida, helping us thereby to rethink our perceptions of popular women writers in general, theatrical adaptation of their fiction, and their engagements with imperialism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. The volume's usefulness to scholars is enhanced by new bibliographies of Ouida's fiction and journalism as well as of British stage adaptations of her work.

The Call of the Wild

Author: Jack London
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 9781770480940
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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A best-seller from its first publication in 1903, The Call of the Wild tells the story of Buck, a big mongrel dog who is shipped from his comfortable life in California to Alaska, where he must adapt to the harsh life of a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush. The narrative recounts Buck’s brutal obedience training, his struggle to meet the demands of human masters, and his rise to the position of lead sled dog as a result of his superior physical and mental qualities. Finally, Buck is free to respond to the “call” of the wilderness. Over a hundred years after its publication, Jack London’s “dog story” retains the enduring appeal of a classic. This Broadview Edition includes a critical introduction that explores London’s life and legacy and the complex scientific and psychological ideas drawn upon by London in writing the story. The appendices include material on the Klondike, Darwin’s writings on dogs, other contemporary writings on instinct and atavism, and maps of the regions in which the story takes place.

Soldiers of Fortune

Author: Richard Harding Davis
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 9781770482456
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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A romance of America's nascent imperial power, Richard Harding Davis's Soldiers of Fortune recounts the adventures of Robert Clay, a mining engineer and sometime mercenary, and Hope Langham, the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist, as they become caught up in a coup in Olancho, a fictional Latin American republic. When the coup, organized by corrupt politicians and generals, threatens the American-owned Valencia Mining Company, Clay organizes his workers and the handful of Americans visiting the mine into a counter-coup force. Written on the eve of the Spanish-American War, Soldiers of Fortune casts the young American as the dashing, hypermasculine hero of the new military and economic imperium. A huge best-seller, the novel did its part to push the nation into war against Spain, and stands as one of the most important texts in the literature of American imperialism. The appendices, which bring together primary materials by writers and politicians such as Rebecca Harding Davis, Theodore Roosevelt, Jose Martí, Mark Twain, Herbert Spencer, and others, address such issues as social Darwinism, masculinity, and ideas of Anglo-American superiority.

Jack London: An American Life

Author: Earle Labor
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466863161
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 480
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A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved works Jack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast—an oyster pirate, a hobo, a sailor, and a prospector by turns. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed bestselling books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice and a lover of humanity, he was also subject to spells of bitter invective, especially as his health declined. Branded by shortsighted critics as little more than a hack who produced a couple of memorable dog stories, he left behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery. In Jack London: An American Life, the noted Jack London scholar Earle Labor explores the brilliant and complicated novelist lost behind the myth—at once a hard-living globe-trotter and a man alive with ideas, whose passion for seeking new worlds to explore never waned until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, Labor resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.

Die Gesichter

Author: Tom Rachman
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423434961
Category: Fiction
Page: 412
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Ein gefeierter Künstler, ein liebender Sohn, eine Suche nach dem eigenen Leuchten Mit einer einzigen beiläufigen Bemerkung wischt Bear Bavinsky (gefeierter Maler, zahlreiche Ex-Frauen, siebzehn Kinder) jede Hoffnung seines Lieblingssohnes Pinch beiseite, auch nur halb so viel Talent zu haben wie er. Desillusioniert zieht es Pinch raus in die Welt, in Kanada versucht er sich an einer Biografie über Bear, als Italienischlehrer in London hat er es fast geschafft zu vergessen, dass auch er einmal Großes vorhatte. Seine wahre Begabung findet er schließlich doch noch, und er schmiedet einen schier unmöglichen Plan, nicht nur sein eigenes Leuchten zu entfalten, sondern auch das Andenken seines Vaters zu retten. Kann man gleichzeitig ein gefeierter Künstler und ein liebender Vater sein? Muss ein Sohn seinen Eltern verzeihen, nur weil sie bedeutend sind? Tom Rachman hat einen elektrisierenden und immer wieder auch nachdenklich stimmenden Roman geschrieben über das Streben nach Anerkennung – im Leben und in der Kunst.

The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art

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Author: Yasmina Reza
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446257705
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
View: 2009
Elisabeth gibt eine Frühlingsparty. Sie ist keine erfahrene Gastgeberin und sehr nervös. Viel zu viele Gläser und Stühle. Dennoch scheint alles gut zu gehen, bis sich Jean-Lino und Lydie, die Nachbarn von oben, wegen eines Bio-Hühnchens in die Haare kriegen. Als Elisabeth und ihr Mann schon im Bett liegen, klingelt es. Es ist Jean-Lino, der erzählt, dass er Lydie gerade erwürgt hat. Elisabeth wird er bitten, die Leiche mit ihm zusammen aus dem Haus zu schaffen. – Yasmina Reza hat einen unglaublich komischen und dabei tiefernsten Roman geschrieben, der den Leser von einer grotesken Abendgesellschaft in die Abgründe der Paarbeziehung führt und von einer ganz besonderen Freundschaft erzählt.


Die Geschichte meiner Familie und einer Gesellschaft in der Krise
Author: J. D. Vance
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 3843715777
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
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Seine Großeltern versuchten, mit Fleiß und Mobilität der Armut zu entkommen und sich in der Mitte der Gesellschaft zu etablieren. Doch letztlich war alles vergeblich. J. D. Vance erzählt die Geschichte seiner Familie — eine Geschichte vom Scheitern und von der Resignation einer ganzen Bevölkerungsschicht. Armut und Chaos, Hilflosigkeit und Gewalt, Drogen und Alkohol: Genau in diesem Teufelskreis befinden sich viele weiße Arbeiterfamilien in den USA — entfremdet von der politischen Führung, abgehängt vom Rest der Gesellschaft, anfällig für populistische Parolen. Früher konnten sich die »Hillbillys«, die weißen Fabrikarbeiter, erhoffen, sich zu Wohlstand zu schuften. Doch spätestens gegen Ende des 20sten Jahrhunderts zog der Niedergang der alten Industrien ihre Familien in eine Abwärtsspirale, in der sie bis heute stecken. Vance gelingt es wie keinem anderen, diese ausweglose Situation und die Krise einer ganzen Gesellschaft eindrücklich zu schildern. Sein Buch bewegte Millionen von Lesern in den USA und erklärt nicht zuletzt den Wahltriumph eines Donald Trump.

Leben mit Picasso

Author: Françoise Gilot,Carlton Lake
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783257215847
Page: 317
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Der Tod ist ein mühseliges Geschäft

Author: Khaled Khalifa
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644001537
Category: Fiction
Page: 220
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Khaled Khalifa ist ein syrischer Autor, der in Damaskus lebt. Hier spricht eine authentische Stimme aus Syrien. Er zählt zu den bedeutendsten arabischen Autoren und schreibt aus seiner Heimat, nicht aus dem Exil, wie viele seiner Kollegen. Die Bücher von Khaled Khalifa sind ins Französische, Italienische, Amerikanische und in viele andere Sprachen übersetzt. Dies ist sein erstes Buch auf Deutsch. Eine Reise durch Syrien der besonderen Art: Die drei Geschwister Fâtima, Hussain und Bulbul transportieren in Hussains Minibus ihren in einem Damaszener Krankenhaus verstorbenen Vater. Sein letzter Wunsch war es, in seinem Heimatdorf bestattet zu werden. Was in früheren Zeiten problemlos zu bewältigen gewesen wäre, wird im Krieg zur fast unlösbaren Aufgabe. Das Land ist durchsetzt von Straßensperren konkurrierender Kampftruppen. Eine Reihe skurriler Hindernisse stehen den Reisenden im Weg: An einem von Islamisten eingerichteten Checkpoint muss eine Religionsprüfung abgelegt werden. Und an einer anderen, von der staatlichen Armee aufgebauten Straßensperre wird sogar der Leichnam für eine Weile inhaftiert, weil sich der Name des Vaters auf einer Liste gesuchter Personen befindet. Während der umständlichen, langen Autofahrt von Damaskus im Süden bis in das väterliche Heimatdorf nördlich von Aleppo hängen die drei Geschwister ihren Gedanken und Erinnerungen an das Familienleben nach. Mit melancholischer Komik beschreibt Khaled Khalifa den Alltag in Syrien und gibt Einblick in die Struktur einer syrischen Familie. Ein wirklich außergewöhnlicher Roadtrip durch ein zerstörtes Land, ein Buch über Kinder und Väter, über aktuelle Verwüstungen und zeitlose Hoffnungen.

Counter-revolution of the Word

The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-1960
Author: Alan Filreis
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469606631
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 448
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During the Cold War an unlikely coalition of poets, editors, and politicians converged in an attempt to discredit--if not destroy--the American modernist avant-garde. Ideologically diverse yet willing to bespeak their hatred of modern poetry through the rhetoric of anticommunism, these "anticommunist antimodernists," as Alan Filreis dubs them, joined associations such as the League for Sanity in Poetry to decry the modernist "conspiracy" against form and language. In Counter-revolution of the Word Filreis narrates the story of this movement and assesses its effect on American poetry and poetics. Although the antimodernists expressed their disapproval through ideological language, their hatred of experimental poetry was ultimately not political but aesthetic, Filreis argues. By analyzing correspondence, decoding pseudonyms, drawing new connections through the archives, and conducting interviews, Filreis shows that an informal network of antimodernists was effective in suppressing or distorting the postwar careers of many poets whose work had appeared regularly in the 1930s. Insofar as modernism had consorted with radicalism in the Red Decade, antimodernists in the 1950s worked to sever those connections, fantasized a formal and unpolitical pre-Depression High Modern moment, and assiduously sought to de-radicalize the remnant avant-garde. Filreis's analysis provides new insight into why experimental poetry has aroused such fear and alarm among American conservatives.

Portrait of America

A Cultural History of the Federal Writers' Project
Author: Jerrold Hirsch
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807861669
Category: History
Page: 312
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How well do we know our country? Whom do we include when we use the word "American"? These are not just contemporary issues but recurring questions Americans have asked themselves throughout their history--and questions that were addressed when, in 1935, the Roosevelt administration created the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. Although the immediate context of the FWP was work relief, national FWP officials developed programs that spoke to much larger and longer-standing debates over the nature of American identity and culture and the very definition of who was an American. Hirsch reviews the founding of the FWP and the significance of its American Guide series, considering the choices made by administrators who wanted to celebrate diversity as a positive aspect of American cultural identity. In his exploration of the FWP's other writings, Hirsch discusses the project's pioneering use of oral history in interviews with ordinary southerners, ex-slaves, ethnic minorities, and industrial workers. He also examines congressional critics of the FWP vision; the occasional opposition of local Federal Writers, especially in the South; and how the FWP's vision changed in response to the challenge of World War II. In the course of this study, Hirsch raises thought-provoking questions about the relationships between diversity and unity, government and culture, and, ultimately, culture and democracy.

The 9/11 Novel

Trauma, Politics and Identity
Author: Arin Keeble
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476615624
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 216
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This is a comprehensive study of the first decade of literary representations of 9/11, moving from Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers (2003) to Amy Waldman’s The Submission (2012). It traces the way literature has dealt with an event that continues to shape world conflict and resonate prominently in the American imagination, and argues that the corpus of literary fiction discussing 9/11 is characterized by a fundamental sense of conflictedness related to the tensions between trauma or mourning and political imperatives. The work offers in-depth analyses of texts that have historicized 9/11 and shaped the way we understand this key moment in American and world history.

Oscar Wilde's Chatterton

Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery
Author: Joseph Bristow,Rebecca N. Mitchell
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300208308
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 488
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In Oscar Wilde's Chatterton, Joseph Bristow and Rebecca N. Mitchell explore Wilde's fascination with the eighteenth-century forger Thomas Chatterton, who tragically took his life at the age of seventeen. This innovative study combines a scholarly monograph with a textual edition of the extensive notes that Wilde took on the brilliant forger who inspired not only Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Keats but also Victorian artists and authors. Bristow and Mitchell argue that Wilde's substantial “Chatterton” notebook, which previous scholars have deemed a work of plagiarism, is central to his development as a gifted writer of criticism, drama, fiction, and poetry. This volume, which covers the whole span of Wilde's career, reveals that his research on Chatterton informs his deepest engagements with Romanticism, plagiarism, and forgery, especially in later works such as “The Portrait of Mr. W. H.,”The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Grounded in painstaking archival research that draws on previously undiscovered sources,Oscar Wilde's Chatterton explains why, in Wilde's personal canon of great writers (which included such figures as Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Flaubert, Théophile Gautier, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti), Chatterton stood as an equal in this most distinguished company.