Blind, deaf and unable to communicate from a young age, Helen Keller was eventually taught to read, write and speak with the help of an extraordinary teacher. This lead to a flowering of creativity and imagination in Keller, who went on to produce dozens of memoirs, essays, letters, and stories. The Song of the Stone Wall is a book-length poem that details Keller's participation in the construction of a wall on the grounds of her home that made it possible for her to roam farther safely.
Author: Helen Keller
Publisher: The Floating Press
Set in post-World War II Shanghai, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow follows the adventures of Wang Qiyao, a girl born of the longtong, the crowded, labyrinthine alleys of Shanghai's working-class neighborhoods. Infatuated with the glitz and glamour of 1940s Hollywood, Wang Qiyao seeks fame in the Miss Shanghai beauty pageant, and this fleeting moment of stardom becomes the pinnacle of her life. During the next four decades, Wang Qiyao indulges in the decadent pleasures of pre-liberation Shanghai, secretly playing mahjong during the antirightist Movement and exchanging lovers on the eve of the Cultural Revolution. Surviving the vicissitudes of modern Chinese history, Wang Qiyao emerges in the 1980s as a purveyor of "old Shanghai" a living incarnation of a new, commodified nostalgia that prizes splendor and sophistication only to become embroiled in a tragedy that echoes the pulpy Hollywood noirs of her youth. From the violent persecution of communism to the liberalism and openness of the age of reform, this sorrowful tale of old China versus new, of perseverance in the face of adversity, is a timeless rendering of our never-ending quest for transformation and beauty.
A Novel of Shanghai
Author: Anyi Wang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
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Author: Helen 1880-1968 Keller
Publisher: Wentworth Press
Long years before the rise of the huge state lotteries, there existed the highly illegal back-room betting parlors, some operations so small as to be virtually invisible, and often operated by victims of a Depression-era economy. Lay a dime on your lucky number, pal, and hit for sixty bucks . . . . pay the rent with it or feed the family for a month! . . . . or put it right back in the bookies pockets.
Author: Georgette Beck
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Queen Katrione Arkafina ably rules the kingdom of Beaumarais, but she has had less success with her boisterous daughter, Gwenn, born under the sway of a brutal Goddess. Keth Dirane has given Gwenn awesome strength and almost complete invulnerability, but manipulates her cruelly in return. Now, to further her own ends, she convinces Gwenn she must seek revenge for an old betrayal. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Gwenn runs away. After she allies herself with some marauding coastal raiders, captained by Gunnar Strong Arm, she has the army she requires. Now, as the dreaded warrior Faircrow, Gwenn will steer the Fynara inexorably towards her former home - the City of Isle St. Valery. The "Song of the Arkafina" series: Heart of Hythea Ketha's Daughter Dawnmaid Beyond the Gyre
Author: Suzanne Francis
Publisher: Mushroom Publishing
Song of Promise documents history through a chaotic period of Americas growth, accenting the Confederate South and European realm. Set in the late 1800s, the novel follows Rachel, a strong-willed heroine of fair skin who is unaware of her bi-racial birth. Rachels southern prominent grand parents, unable to accept an ethnic scandal, force their daughter, Bluebell (Rachels mother), from their ancestral home. Homeless and alone, Bluebell is attended by runaway slaves and succumbs giving birth in an abandoned cabin in the southern wilderness. Orphaned, Rachel is cared for by slaves fleeing their lawless owners in the turbulent south, a dangerous place for a small white child, where vigilante slave hunters are rampant and merciless. At age eight, Rachel is fostered by a caring clergy family who recognizes and helps develop her gifted voice. The saga covers three years of action-packed historical and emotional drama. Amid catastrophic civil war repercussions, social and ethnic issues expose raw, painful, and unjust incidents, keeping readers anxiously alert. A Negro attorney, hired by Rachels family, unravels her mysterious birth, culminating in startling twists of fate. As history affects us all, this compelling read forces self-judgment, guilt, praise, and determination and proves that no matter what ones beginning may be, through discipline, perseverance, and hard work, one can always reach the top! Never give up!
Author: Golden Gulli Henning - Memoir
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Including, Among His Recent Poems, Morituri Salutamus : with Explanatory Notes, Etc
After ten years of servitude, Nish is about to be released from the blackest prison of the maimed God-Emperor, Jal-Nish Hlar, his corrupt father. Jal-Nish holds the two sorcerous quicksilver tears, Gatherer and Reaper, and with them controls all of the Secret Art. All opposition having been crushed, he has begun to remake the world in his depraved image. The only hope of overthrowing him lies in Nish, whom the oppressed peoples of the world see as a messianic figure. They have named him the Deliverer for, as Nish was dragged away to prison a decade ago, he wildly promised to return and cast down his father. Unfortunately Nish is powerless and without allies. But worse, his father wants Nish to become his lieutenant and become as corrupt as he is. Jal-Nish offers Nish everything he has ever desired and, faced with the unbearable alternative of another ten years in prison, he isn't sure he can resist the temptation.
The Song of the Tears, Volume One (A Three Worlds Novel)
Author: Ian Irvine
Publisher: Hachette UK
This new edition of Southern Writers assumes its distinguished predecessor's place as the essential reference on literary artists of the American South. Broadly expanded and thoroughly revised, it boasts 604 entries-nearly double the earlier edition's-written by 264 scholars. For every figure major and minor, from the venerable and canonical to the fresh and innovative, a biographical sketch and chronological list of published works provide comprehensive, concise, up-to-date information. Here in one convenient source are the South's novelists and short story writers, poets and dramatists, memoirists and essayists, journalists, scholars, and biographers from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. What constitutes a "southern writer" is always a matter for debate. Editors Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel have used a generous definition that turns on having a significant connection to the region, in either a personal or literary sense. New to this volume are younger writers who have emerged in the quarter century since the dictionary's original publication, as well as older talents previously unknown or unacknowledged. For almost every writer found in the previous edition, a new biography has been commissioned. Drawn from the very best minds on southern literature and covering the full spectrum of its practitioners, Southern Writers is an indispensable reference book for anyone intrigued by the subject.
A New Biographical Dictionary
Author: Joseph M. Flora,Amber Vogel
Publisher: LSU Press
During the period in history known as “The Dark Ages”, the general populace was illiterate. The only way for people to find out what was going on in the rest of the world was from traveling “Jongeleurs” or what most of us know as the troubadour. The king had his own, well-funded troubadour, who traveled the land putting his master’s “spin” on how lucky his subjects were to have him for their sovereign. The “Chansons de Gestes” or, translated, “Songs of Deeds” grew out of this practice in France. Over the years they grew from a recounting of actual events sung by the troubadour to the peasantry from one village to the next that, over millennia, morphed into exaggerated tales, so preposterous that no one could take them for anything more than folk fairy tales. However, when placed under the microscope of scholarly historical research, one comes to discover that underlying every folktale is a grain of historical truth more fascinating than the “folklore cover”. In “The Island of Destiny”, which would originally have been related in song and verse, the troubadour brings the reader to an understanding of the roots of Honor, Romance and Chivalry as well as how King Charles of the Franks came to be known and addressed in his own lifetime as “Charlemagne”.
A Chanson de Gestes - Book Three: The Island of Destiny
Author: Thomas F. Motter KCSJ
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Beset by false friends and the weight of a world's expectations, Nish flees his father, the God-Emperor - always searching for the means to orchestrate his downfall. Nish's reluctant allies are Maelys, who believes he betrayed her family; former scrutator Xervish Flydd, now stripped of power; and Colm, whom Nish owes a favour he can never repay. If their fragile partnership survives, they may have a chance to save themselves, and their land. The group must find a hidden tower in a barren arctic wilderness, and somehow convince the dread Numinator, who despises all humanity, to come to their aid. And what of the different futures projected in the Pit of Possibilities? Can they, and should they, trust its portents? They have nothing to lose but their hope - a frail weapon in a war upon a god.
The Song of the Tears, Volume Two (A Three Worlds Novel)
Author: Ian Irvine
Publisher: Hachette UK
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Diversion Books is publishing seminal works of the era: stories told by the men and women who led, who fought, and who lived in an America that had come apart at the seams. Thomas Jonathan Jackson earned his famous moniker during the Battle of Manassas, when an entire brigade was commanded to rally behind Jackson, whose own company was fighting like a stone wall. One of the finest generals of the Confederacy, Stonewall Jackson played a vital role in the Civil War, and an even more important role in the mythology of the South. This biography of Jackson, written by renowned military historian G.F.R. Henderson, strives to capture not only the man, but the legend that surrounds him to this day.
Author: G.F.R. Henderson,Civil War Classics
Publisher: Diversion Books
Category: Illustrated books
In this guide for newcomers as well as lifelong Episcopalians, author Vicki Black helps readers navigate the currents of Anglican liturgy and discover its richness and beauty. As we use the Book of Common Prayer, Black says, "we discover we are not alone, and this liturgical current of worship, prayer, and praise will indeed take us where we want to go-union with the God we seek to love." Welcome to the Book of Common Prayer shows readers everything from where to find the Sunday collect to how to pray the Daily Office. But it's more than a how-to. It offers history and background that help make the prayer book a more meaningful part of the worship life of individuals and congregations. With thoughtful reflection questions, this is a perfect volume for parish study groups.
Author: Vicki K. Black
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Although the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City symbolically mark the start of the gay rights movement, individuals came together long before the modern era to express their same-sex romantic and sexual attraction toward one another, and in a myriad of ways. Some reflected on their desires in quiet solitude, while others endured verbal, physical, and legal harassment for publicly expressing homosexual interest through words or actions. Long Before Stonewall seeks to uncover the many iterations of same-sex desire in colonial America and the early Republic, as well as to expand the scope of how we define and recognize homosocial behavior. Thomas A. Foster has assembled a pathbreaking, interdisciplinary collection of original and classic essays that explore topics ranging from homoerotic imagery of black men to prison reform to the development of sexual orientations. This collection spans a regional and temporal breadth that stretches from the colonial Southwest to Quaker communities in New England. It also includes a challenge to commonly accepted understandings of the Native American berdache. Throughout, connections of race, class, status, and gender are emphasized, exposing the deep foundations on which modern sexual political movements and identities are built.
Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America
Author: Thomas A. Foster
Publisher: NYU Press