Samuel Johnson: The Struggle by Jeffrey Meyers

By Jeffrey Meyers

Ford Madox Ford declared Samuel Johnson “the such a lot tragic of all our significant literary figures.” Blessed with an impressive mind and a burning ardour for concepts, Johnson additionally struggled all through his existence with psychological instability and diverse actual defects. the most illustrious figures of the English literary culture, Johnson made his reputation as poet, essayist, critic, dictionary-maker, conversationalist, and all-around larger-than-life character. His luck used to be the entire higher for the adversity he needed to triumph over in attaining it.

Drawing on a life of research of Johnson and his period, in addition to a big selection of recent archival fabrics, famous biographer Jeffrey Meyers tells the intense tale of 1 of the nice geniuses of English letters. Johnson emerges in his portrait as a mass of contradictions: lazy and vigorous, competitive and gentle, depression and witty, comforted but affected by faith. He used to be bodily repulsive and slovenly in costume and behavior, yet his social rules have been innovative and humane—he strongly adversarial slavery and the imperial exploitation of indigenous peoples. He gave generously to the bad and homeless, rescued prostitutes, and defended criminals who’d been condemned to hold. yet those charitable acts couldn't dispel the darkness that clouded his global: overwhelming guilt and worry of everlasting damnation.

A masterful portrait of an excellent and tormented determine, this e-book reintroduces a brand new new release of readers to the heroic Dr. Johnson.

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Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A by Phyllis Cole

By Phyllis Cole

Mary Moody Emerson has lengthy been a brand new England legend, the "eccentric Calvinist aunt" of Ralph Waldo Emerson, donning a death-shroud as her day-by-day garment. This interesting new research, according to the 1st interpreting of all her recognized letters and diaries, unearths a fancy human voice and robust forerunner of yank Transcendentalism. From the years of her recognized nephew's infancy, in either deepest and released writings, she celebrated independence, solitude in nature, and inward communion with God. Mary Moody Emerson inherited either assets and constraints from her relatives, a lineage of Massachusetts ministers who had previous practiced religious awakening and political resistance opposed to England. Cole discovers a formerly unexamined Emerson culture of fervent piety within the ancestors' personal writing and Mary's protection in their reminiscence. She additionally examines the location of a girl during this patriarchal relations. Barred from the pulpit and collage via her intercourse, she additionally refused marriage to turn into a reader, author, and non secular seeker. Cole's biography explores this interpreting and writing as either a woman's vocation and a present to Ralph Waldo Emerson. assisting to elevate her nephews after their father's demise, Mary Moody Emerson suggested Waldo the varsity scholar to hunt solitude in nature and turn into a divine poet. Cole's pioneering research, tracing the most important traces of impression from Mary Emerson's heretofore unknown texts to her nephew's significant works, establishes a clean and very important resource for a vital American literary culture.

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Elizabeth Gaskell: A Literary Life by Shirley Foster

By Shirley Foster

This literary biographical research examines the existence and works of the mid-Victorian girl novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, whose attractiveness is now good validated. It areas her writing within the context of her attitudes in the direction of artistic creation, her courting with publishers, and her literary friendships, in addition to analyzing these occasions of her lifestyles which fed into her paintings. It can pay specific realization to the ways that she sought to reconcile the conflicting calls for made upon her, as girl and as artist.

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The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Vol 4 : The by Betty Rizzo

By Betty Rizzo

Volume IV of The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, masking the years 1780-1781, could be of specific curiosity to scholars of Burney because it marks the younger author’s creation into the realm following the excellent good fortune of her novel Evelina (1778) and contains her visits to Streatham and her encounters with Hester and Henry Thrale and Dr Johnson. It was once an exhilarating interval in her existence, which she controlled to get pleasure from regardless of suffering to copy her first luck whereas keeping off the customarily unwelcome realization it introduced. however it was once additionally a tricky interval in her kinfolk existence as she handled jealous interference via her stepmother, the courtship of her sister Susan by way of a guy she thought of untrustworthy, and the misbehaviour of her brothers. Burney’s enthusiasm makes the main of her studies and she or he describes characters and scenes with all of the genius displayed in her novels. Her descriptions comprise the 4 nice attributes that distinguish her novels: wonderful dealing with of element, overall and entire keep in mind of conversations attribute of the speaker, sensibility and empathy for others, and nice savor for the ridiculous anyplace it occurred.

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Natalia Ginzburg: A Voice of the Twentieth Century by Angela M. Jeannet, Giuliana Sanfuinetti Katz

By Angela M. Jeannet, Giuliana Sanfuinetti Katz

A sought after and prolific Italian author, Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991) is understood for her novels, performs, brief tales, and essays. This assortment brings jointly, for an English-speaking viewers, numerous severe views on Ginzburg's work.

The essays, all by way of North American students, study the author's complete construction. the themes tested contain Ginzburg's fight to outline herself as a girl, a author, and an highbrow; her interpretation of the connection among historic occasions and personal lives; her reflections at the women's stream and the altering nature of the family members; and her mastery of a particularly own writing sort. What emerges here's a nuanced and intricate portrait of Ginzburg and her paintings. The reader is given a feeling of the significance of her contribution, not just as a author yet as a witness to the occasions of the 20th century. the amount additionally features a chronology, a bibliography, and translations of a few of Ginzburg's lesser-known writings, together with 3 articles, a poem, and a one-act play.

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Cicero, Classicism, and Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick

By Marshall Fishwick

Research why Cicero is taken into account some of the most vital participants in all of Western culture!

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) was once a poet, thinker, author, student, barrister, statesman, patriot, and the linguist who helped make Latin right into a common language. His many impacts in rhetoric, politics, literature, and concepts are noticeable all through Western civilization. Cicero, Classicism, and pop culture explores the interesting guy in the back of the eloquence and his enormous impact on language, morality, and recognition of Western tradition. one of many best gurus on pop culture, Dr. Marshall Fishwick discusses the multifaceted guy who can be, in addition to Jesus, the significant determine in all of Western civilization.

The writer recounts his personal own quest of touring the land and historical towns of Italy, gleaning insights from humans he met alongside the way in which who've wisdom approximately Cicero’s lifestyles and instances. even if, Cicero, Classicism, and pop culture is greater than an easy look for the guy and his accomplishments, a guy whose mere phrases replaced the best way humans imagine. This publication exhibits in each one folks the roots of our personal principles, ideals, and tradition.

Cicero, Classicism, and pop culture discusses:

  • Cicero’s upward push to acclaim
  • his have an effect on at the language of renowned culture
  • universal qualities Cicero shared with Thomas Jefferson
  • rhetoric, the artwork of oratory
  • community
  • pivotal essays on friendship and outdated age
  • imaginative and prescient of his reputation
  • the quest for peace
  • Marshall McLuhan, Ciceronian
  • Cicero’s Rome
  • Cicero’s ancestral domestic of Arpinum
  • Julius Caesar, politics, and the affects of Cicero
  • the Roman republic and its downfall
  • the United States because the new Rome
  • much more!

Cicero, Classicism, and pop culture is a startling, unique exam of the fellow who made Western tradition what it's this present day. The ebook is insightful interpreting for educators, scholars, or an individual attracted to one of many significant forces in pop culture.

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Gambler's Woman by Stephanie James

By Stephanie James

To win massive, she'd need to danger all of it . . . darkish, risky Jordan Kyle lived existence on his personal phrases, surroundings his personal ideas and taking part in for prime stakes. He'd moved via this global by myself, and was once chuffed to have it that approach -- until eventually he encountered Alyssa Chandler. via day Alyssa was once a funky, managed mathematical whiz, sorting via evidence and figures. via evening it used to be a distinct tale. At evening she grew to become a creature of attractiveness and fervour who was once greater than a fit for Jordan. yet have been Jordan's seductive caresses sufficient for Alyssa to take an opportunity on a destiny jointly? merely time might inform . . .

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