No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence by Emily Herring Wilson

By Emily Herring Wilson

“This is the biography of Elizabeth Lawrence that we have got all been watching for. even supposing Lawrence’s writings are mythical between Southern gardeners, her own lifestyles has constantly been a bit elusive. Wilson deftly weaves jointly Lawrence’s passions—her gardens, relations circle, loved friendships, or even her non secular beliefs—in a compelling narrative.” —Judith B. Tankard, panorama Institute, Harvard collage “Reading for a winter’s evening for these, like Lawrence, who examine why we garden.” —Diane Heilenman, Gannett information provider “Lawrence’s existence is widely known with pleasure, reverence, and readability during this alluring biography of the essential horticulturalist whose columns and books approximately her deepest Southern backyard encouraged gardeners in the course of the nation. Wilson vibrantly strains Lawrence’s advancements from a shy, dedicated daughter to a pioneering panorama architect and prolific backyard writer.” —Carol Haggas, Booklist “A perceptive biography of 1 of the country’s nice gardeners and gardening writers. delicate and luminously written.” —Kirkus stories “How can a person withstand studying this lifestyles, well-illustrated by means of images, of this small, appealing woman?” —Janet Lembke, Raleigh information & Observer

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Charles Dickens (Writers Lives) by Donald Hawes

By Donald Hawes

Charles Dickens is absolutely a literary significant. the main broadly learn writer of his personal iteration, his works stay enormously well known and critical at the present time. usually noticeable because the crucial Victorian novelist, his texts show maybe larger than any others the force for wealth and growth and the social contrasts that characterized the Victorian period. His works are greatly studied in the course of the international either as literary masterpieces and as vintage examples of the 19th century novel. Combining a biographical process with shut analyzing of the novels, Donald Hawes deals an illuminating portrait of Dickens as a author and perception into his lifestyles and occasions. This e-book will supply a quick, vigorous yet refined creation to Dickens's paintings and the private and social context within which it used to be written.

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Borges on Writing by Jorge Luis Borges

By Jorge Luis Borges

Borges On Writing

In 1971, Jorge Luis Borges used to be invited to preside over a sequence of seminars on his writing at Columbia collage. This booklet is a list of these seminars, which took the shape of casual discussions among Borges, Norman Thomas di Giovanni--his editor and translator, Frank MacShane--then head of the writing software at Columbia, and the scholars. Borges's prose, poetry, and translations are dealt with individually and the publication is split accordingly.

The prose seminar is predicated on a line-by-line dialogue of 1 of Borges's so much targeted tales, "The finish of the Duel." Borges explains how he wrote the tale, his use of neighborhood wisdom, and his attribute approach to referring to violent occasions in an exact and ironic means. This shut research of his tools produces a few illuminating observations at the function of the author and the functionality of literature.

The poetry part starts off with a few normal feedback via Borges at the desire for shape and constitution and strikes right into a revealing research of 4 of his poems. the ultimate part, on translation, is an exhilarating dialogue of the way the artwork and tradition of 1 kingdom could be "translated" into the language of another.

This e-book is a tribute to the intense craftsmanship of 1 of South America's--indeed, the world's--most exceptional writers and gives necessary perception into his thought and his method.

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Emerson in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His by Ronald A. & Joel Bosco & Myerson

By Ronald A. & Joel Bosco & Myerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) used to be one of many seminal figures in American highbrow heritage, literature, and tradition. In his time he was once the said chief of the Transcendentalist circulation; his poetic legacy stretches from Walt Whitman to Allen Ginsberg; his academic beliefs were embraced through many; and his non secular innovations vastly inspired the advance of the Unitarian (later Unitarian Universalist) church. The impetus for Emerson in His personal Time is the bicentennial occasion of Emerson's delivery, Emerson in 2003, geared up by means of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society in Boston and harmony, which starts off with a wide exhibition at Harvard in March 2003. but even with no the reminder sparked through this anniversary, the timing is correct to revisit the guy praised as “our one clearest, purest and so much exalted American mind.” Reprinted are crucial adulatory and significant ?rst-hand debts through many significant and minor literary figures in Britain and the us in addition to by means of Emerson's young ones. From Whitman's list of his stopover at to Emerson in harmony to Bronson Alcott's experiences on his character, from Jane and Thomas Carlyle's reviews on their conferences with him in the course of his visits to Britain to Margaret Fuller's and John Muir's memories, those memories supply wide-ranging descriptions of his lifestyles and time. each one access is prefaced by means of an essay that gives contextual and historic info, and the quantity contains a worthy chronology of Emerson's existence.

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Prefaces and Introductions: Uncollected Prefaces and by William H. O’Donnell (eds.)

By William H. O’Donnell (eds.)

This quantity within the amassed version of the Works of W.B.Yeats brings jointly for the 1st time thirty-two introductions written for anthologies that he edited or for books through different writers. The introductions span the complete size of his occupation. Their themes diversity from Irish legends and folklore to the layout of swish new Irish cash. The authors he discusses comprise William Blake, J.M.Synge, woman Gregory, Oscar Wilde, Oliver St John Gogarty, Lionel Johnson and Rabindranath Tagore. complete explanatory notes and an index provide the reader easy accessibility to the volume's varied array of subject matters. The textual content is trustworthy and accurate.

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The Masks of Mary Renault: A Literary Biography by Caroline Zilboorg

By Caroline Zilboorg

Born Eileen Mary Challans in London in 1905, Mary Renault wrote six profitable modern novels earlier than turning to the historic fiction approximately historical Greece for which she is better identified. whereas Renault's novels are nonetheless very hot, her existence and paintings have by no means been thoroughly tested. Caroline Zilboorg seeks to therapy this in The mask of Mary Renault through exploring Renault's id as a proficient author and a sexual girl in a society within which neither of those identities was once transparent or easy.

Although Renault's lifestyles used to be something yet usual, this truth has usually been obscured by means of her writing. The daughter of a physician, she grew up conveniently and attended a boarding college in Bristol. She got a level in English from St. Hugh's university in Oxford in 1928, yet she selected to not pursue an instructional occupation. as a substitute, she made up our minds to wait the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, the place she proficient to be a nurse. With the outbreak of the second one global warfare, she was once assigned to the Winford Emergency medical institution in Bristol and in short labored with Dunkirk evacuees. She went directly to paintings within the Radcliffe Infirmary's mind surgical procedure ward and was once there till 1945.

It used to be in the course of her nurse's education that Renault met Julie Mullard, who turned her lifelong better half. this crucial lesbian courting either resolved and posed many difficulties for Renault, no longer the least of which used to be how she was once to write down approximately matters instantaneously intensely own and socially demanding. In 1939, Renault released her first novel less than a pseudonym in an effort to masks her identification. It used to be a time while she was once suffering not just together with her vocation (nursing and writing), but in addition along with her sexual id within the social and ethical context of English lifestyles throughout the war.

In 1948, Renault left England with Mullard for South Africa and not lower back. It used to be in South Africa that she made the shift from her early modern novels of manners to the mature historic novels of Hellenic existence. The classical settings allowed Renault to masks fabric too explosive to house at once whereas at the same time giving her an "academic" freedom to write down approximately topics very important to her—among them warfare, peace, occupation, women's roles, male and female homosexuality, and bisexuality.

Renault's reception complicates an realizing of her success, for she has a different prestige in the educational neighborhood, the place she is either greatly learn and little written approximately. Her curiosity in sexuality and particularly in homosexuality and bisexuality, in fluid gender roles and identities, warrants a rereading and reevaluation of her paintings. Eloquently written and commonly researched, The mask of Mary Renault will be of certain price to someone attracted to women's experiences or English literature.

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Elizabeth Gaskell: A Literary Life by Shirley Foster

By Shirley Foster

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

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Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final by Karen Lystra

By Karen Lystra

The final part of Mark Twain's existence is unfortunately normal: 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 ebook recovers Twain's ultimate years as they truly were--lived within the shadow of deception and prejudice, but additionally within the mild of the author's unflagging strength and exuberance. harmful Intimacy relates the tale of the way, almost immediately 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 was once 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 legal professional over the author's funds, Lyon approximately succeeded in assuming whole keep watch over over Twain's existence and property. thankfully, Twain well-known the plot being woven round him simply in time. So rife with twists and turns as to defy trust, the tale still involves indisputable, shiny existence within the letters and diaries of these who witnessed it firsthand: Katy the housekeeper, Jean, Lyon, and others whose personal exact, perceptive, frequently fun voices take us immediately into the center of the Clemens family. simply as Twain extricated himself from the lies, prejudice, and self-delusion that nearly became him into an American Lear, so Karen Lystra liberates the author's final decade from a century of well known false impression. during this gripping publication we finally see how, past due in lifestyles, this American icon stumbled on a deep kinship along with his youngest baby and endured to discover the precarious stability of affection and ache that's one of many emblems of his paintings.

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