Gissing, a life in books

Author: John Halperin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 426

View: 4227

Gissing: A Life in Books is widely regarded as a definitive biography of this last great Victorian novelist.

Nicholas Rubakin

A Life for Books

Author: Alfred Erich Senn

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, Russian

Page: 79

View: 6609

Analyse: Biographie de N.A. Rubakin (1862-1946) qui vécut dans le canton de Vaud de 1908 à sa mort ; ses rapports avec diverses personnalités vaudoises et sa collaboration à certains journaux romands.

George Washington

A Life in Books

Author: Kevin J. Hayes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019045668X

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 1250

When it comes to the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton are generally considered the great minds of early America. George Washington, instead, is toasted with accolades regarding his solid common sense and strength in battle. Indeed, John Adams once snobbishly dismissed him as "too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station and reputation." Yet Adams, as well as the majority of the men who knew Washington in his life, were unaware of his singular devotion to self-improvement. Based on a comprehensive amount of research at the Library of Congress, the collections at Mount Vernon, and rare book archives scattered across the country, Kevin J. Hayes corrects this misconception and reconstructs in vivid detail the active intellectual life that has gone largely unnoticed in conventional narratives of Washington. Despite being a lifelong reader, Washington felt an acute sense of embarrassment about his relative lack of formal education and cultural sophistication, and in this sparkling literary biography, Hayes illustrates just how tirelessly Washington worked to improve. Beginning with the primers, forgotten periodicals, conduct books, and classic eighteenth-century novels such as Tom Jones that shaped Washington's early life, Hayes studies Washington's letters and journals, charting the many ways the books of his upbringing affected decisions before and during the Revolutionary War. The final section of the book covers the voluminous reading that occurred during Washington's presidency and his retirement at Mount Vernon. Throughout, Hayes examines Washington's writing as well as his reading, from The Journal of Major George Washington through his Farewell Address. The sheer breadth of titles under review here allow readers to glimpse Washington's views on foreign policy, economics, the law, art, slavery, marriage, and religion-and how those views shaped the young nation.. Ultimately, this sharply written biography offers a fresh perspective on America's Father, uncovering the ideas that shaped his intellectual journey and, subsequently, the development of America.

Ruined By Reading

A Life in Books

Author: Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807071005

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 9791

A Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Book of 1996 'Without books how could I have become myself?' In this wonderfully written meditation, Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers deeply felt insight into why we read and how what we read shapes our lives. An enchanting celebration of the printed word. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Drei mal wir

Author: Laura Barnett

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 364431411X

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 7615

Das erfolgreichste literarische Debüt des Jahres 2015 in England: Ein Buch über die Macht des Augenblicks und ein Plädoyer für die Liebe. Eva und Jim sind neunzehn und Studenten in Cambridge, als ihre Wege sich 1958 zum ersten Mal kreuzen. Eine Fahrradpanne führt die beiden zusammen. Was dann passiert, wird den Rest ihres Lebens bestimmen. Wir folgen drei unterschiedlichen Versionen ihrer Zukunft, zusammen und getrennt. Sehen Eva dabei zu, wie sie eine berühmte Schriftstellerin wird. Und Jim, wie er für die Kunst seinen Beruf als Anwalt hinter sich lässt. Wir sehen Partner kommen und gehen, reisen mit ihnen nach London, New York und Los Angeles. In all den Jahren nimmt ihre Liebe immer wieder ungeahnte Wege, von den ersten drei Treffen bis hin zum Finale: Drei Liebesgeschichten, ein Paar. 'Drei mal wir' ist ein reicher Roman über die Was-wäre-wenn-Momente des Lebens. Darüber, wie ein Augenblick über unser Leben entscheiden kann. Und es ist ein Plädoyer für die Liebe – auch wenn man sie nicht immer gleich erkennt. 'Drei mal wir' war in England das Sommerbuch des Jahres 2015: Nummer-1-Bestseller, verkauft in 22 Länder und ein sensationeller Presseerfolg. Die deutsche Ausgabe ist besonders liebevoll gestaltet: durchgängig vierfarbig, florale Vignetten und illustrierte Zwischentitel.

Mencken and Sara

a life in letters : the private correspondence of H.L. Mencken and Sara Haardt

Author: Henry Louis Mencken,Sara Haardt,Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 551

View: 7748

Presents the private correspondence between H.L. Mencken and his wife, offering important new insights into the life, work, and personality of one of the most influential literary figures

Das heile Haus


Author: Willem Frederik Hermans

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783351033651


Page: 125

View: 3795

Ein Meisterwerk der Weltliteratur Ein literarisches Kabinettstück, in dem sich die Quintessenz von Hermans' Werk findet: Ein Landstrich zwischen den Fronten, der sich mal in der Hand von Deutschen, Russen und auch Partisanen befindet - zu denen der namenlose Erzähler gehört. Im Chaos der Luftangriffe will jeder einfach nur überleben, so auch der Held. Im grauenhaften Durcheinander funktioniert seine Beobachtungsgabe erschreckend präzise, und so wird das verlassene und riesige Haus, in das er flüchtet, zur zweiten Hauptfigur. Am Ende ist das Haus ausgebrannt und zerstört, mitsamt seinen toten Bewohnern. Bewohnern eines sadistischen Universums des Mutwillens und Missverständnisses, aus dem kein Entrinnen möglich ist, jedenfalls nicht in diesem aufrüttelnden Buch. Willem Frederik Hermans (1921-1995) gehört zu den modernen Klassikern der europäischen Literatur. Er studierte Physische Geographie, promovierte und lehrte bis 1973 als ordentlicher Professor an der Universität Groningen. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs begann Hermans zu schreiben und veröffentlichte neben mehreren Romanen Gedichte, Dramen, Erzählungen und Essays. Hermans ist mit zahlreichen Literaturpreisen bedacht worden, die er jedoch zumeist ablehnte. Seine Werke sind in den Niederlanden Schullektüre. Hermans starb 1995 in Utrecht. Im Aufbau Verlag sind seine Romane 'Das heile Haus', 'Die Dunkelkammer des Damokles', 'Nie mehr schlafen', 'Die Tränen der Akazien' und 'Au Pair' lieferbar.

Low Profile

A Life in the World of Books

Author: Frank Herrmann

Publisher: N.A


Category: Antiquarian booksellers

Page: 398

View: 8733

My Wars Are Laid Away in Books

The Life of Emily Dickinson

Author: Alfred Habegger

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588361306

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 784

View: 4761

Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive. One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified. In this exhaustively researched biography, Alfred Habegger presents the first thorough account of Dickinson’s growth–a richly contextualized story of genius in the process of formation and then in the act of overwhelming production. Building on the work of former and contemporary scholars, My Wars Are Laid Away in Books brings to light a wide range of new material from legal archives, congregational records, contemporary women's writing, and previously unpublished fragments of Dickinson’s own letters. Habegger discovers the best available answers to the pressing questions about the poet: Was she lesbian? Who was the person she evidently loved? Why did she refuse to publish and why was this refusal so integral an aspect of her work? Habegger also illuminates many of the essential connection sin Dickinson’s story: between the decay of doctrinal Protestantism and the emergence of her riddling lyric vision; between her father’s political isolation after the Whig Party’s collapse and her private poetic vocation; between her frustrated quest for human intimacy and the tuning of her uniquely seductive voice. The definitive treatment of Dickinson’s life and times, and of her poetic development, My Wars Are Laid Away in Books shows how she could be both a woman of her era and a timeless creator. Although many aspects of her life and work will always elude scrutiny, her living, changing profile at least comes into focus in this meticulous and magisterial biography.

The Unexpected Professor

An Oxford Life in Books

Author: John Carey

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057131094X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 7161

Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, John Carey describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him - an escape from the London blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, age 40, to Oxford's oldest English Literature professorship. He frankly portrays the snobberies and rituals of 1950s Oxford, but also his inspiring meetings with writers and poets - Auden, Graves, Larkin, Heaney - and his forty-year stint as a lead book-reviewer for the Sunday Times. This is a book about the joys of reading - in effect, an informal introduction to the great works of English literature. But it is also about war and family, and how an unexpected background can give you the insight and the courage to say the unexpected thing.

Bruce Montgomery/Edmund Crispin: A Life in Music and Books

Author: David Whittle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351572970

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 2391

Under his real name, Bruce Montgomery (1921-1978) wrote concert music and the scores for almost 50 feature films, including some of the most enduring British comedies of the twentieth century, amongst them a number in the series started by Doctor in the House and the first six Carry On films. Under the pseudonym of Edmund Crispin he enjoyed equal success as an author, writing nine highly acclaimed detective novels and a number of short crime stories, as well as compiling anthologies of science fiction which helped to increase the profile of the genre. A close friend of both Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis, Montgomery did much to encourage their work. In this first biography of Montgomery, David Whittle draws on interviews with people who knew the writer and composer. These interviews, together with in-depth research, provide great insight into the development of Montgomery as a crime fiction writer and as a composer in the ever-demanding world of films. During the late 1950s and early '60s these demands were to prove too much for Montgomery. Alcoholism combined with the onset of osteoporosis and a retreat into a semi-reclusive lifestyle resulted in him writing and composing virtually nothing during the last 15 years of his life. David Whittle examines the reasons for Montgomery's early and rapid decline in this thoroughly researched and engagingly written biography.

An diesem Tage lasen wir nicht weiter

Das letzte Jahr mit meiner Mutter

Author: Will Schwalbe

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843703914

Category: Self-Help

Page: 384

View: 3055

„Was liest du gerade?“ So beginnt das Gespräch zwischen Will Schwalbe und seiner Mutter Mary Anne. Sie ist todkrank, doch anstatt zu verzweifeln, widmet sie sich ihrer großen Leidenschaft, dem Lesen. Über ein Jahr begleitet Will seine Mutter bis zum Ende ihres Lebens – und durch eine Welt von Büchern, die sie gemeinsam erkunden: Joseph und seine Brüder, Die Eleganz des Igels, Der Vorleser ... Am Ende erkennt Will: Lesen ist nicht das Gegenteil von handeln – es ist das Gegenteil von sterben. Will Schwalbe erzählt die Geschichte jenes Jahres. Er erzählt von den Büchern, die ihrer beider Leben geprägt haben. Und er erzählt von Trauer, Angst und der Erkenntnis, dass das Glück ganz unerwartet aus dem Moment heraus entsteht.

A Life in Books

The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley : an Illuminated Novel

Author: Warren Lehrer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939621023

Category: Fiction

Page: 377

View: 1620

"A Life In Books is an illuminated novel containing 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer's protagonist, author Bleu Mobley, who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Mobley's autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books. Each book is represented by its first-edition cover design and catalogue copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the author's confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (but ethically challenged) visionary."--Publisher description.

Die Widerspenstigkeit des Glücks


Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Publisher: Diana Verlag

ISBN: 3641126320

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1989

Ein bezaubernder Roman und ein modernes Märchen Amelia ist Verlagsvertreterin und lernt dabei die eigenwilligsten Buchhändler kennen. Genau so einer ist A. J. Fikry. In seinem Herzen haben nur turmhohe Bücherstapel Platz. Bis er einen ungebetenen Gast entdeckt: Eines Morgens sitzt die zweijährige Waise Maya in der Kinderbuchecke seiner Buchhandlung. Gegen seinen Willen nimmt sich A. J. des kleinen Mädchens an, das sein Leben kurzerhand auf den Kopf stellt. Und auch Amelia wird er nicht so schnell vergessen können ...