Arms and the Man


Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486111962

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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One of Shaw's most popular comedies, deflating romantic misconceptions of love and warfare. Reprinted from an authoritative early edition, complete with Shaw's preface to Volume II of Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant.

Murder in the Cathedral


Author: T. S. Eliot

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547542607

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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T. S. Eliot's verse dramatization of the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature The Archbishop Thomas Becket speaks fatal words before he is martyred in T. S. Eliot's best-known drama, based on the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170. Praised for its poetically masterful handling of issues of faith, politics, and the common good, T. S. Eliot's play bolstered his reputation as the most significant poet of his time.

Look Back in Anger


Author: John Osborne

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571300871

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 617

In 1956 John Osborne's Look Back in Anger changed the course of English theatre. 'Look Back in Anger presents post-war youth as it really is. To have done this at all would be a significant achievement; to have done it in a first play is a minor miracle. All the qualities are there, qualities one had despaired of ever seeing on stage - the drift towards anarchy, the instinctive leftishness, the automatic rejection of "official" attitudes, the surrealist sense of humour . . . the casual promiscuity, the sense of lacking a crusade worth fighting for and, underlying all these, the determination that no one who dies shall go unmourned.' Kenneth Tynan, Observer, 13 May 1956 'Look Back in Anger . . . has its inarguable importance as the beginning of a revolution in the British theatre, and as the central and most immediately influential expression of the mood of its time, the mood of the "angry young man".' John Russell Taylor

Educating Rita


Author: Willy Russell

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472518705

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Educating Rita, about a working-class Liverpool girl's hunger for education, is 'simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious; a hilarious social documentary; a fairy-tale with a quizzical, half-happy ending.' Sunday Times Educating Rita premiered at the RSC Warehouse, London, in June 1980. Voted Best Comedy of 1980, it was subsequently made into a highly successful film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.

Back to Methuselah


Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775419096

Category: Drama

Page: 550

View: 5035

Packed with the spot-on social commentary that George Bernard Shaw is known for, the five plays that comprise Back to Methuselah are an engaging read for lovers of classic drama and science fiction fans alike. In an effort to shed light on what he regards as a pervasive failure of modern governance, Shaw projects his imagination backwards and forwards in time, dissecting what went wrong and what could have been in a series of five set pieces that span the time period from 4004 BC to 31,920 AD.

Playboy of the Western World


Author: J.M Synge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113489743X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 93

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First published in 1979. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Venus and Adonis


Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465587829


Page: N.A

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I know not how I shall offend in dedicating my unpolished lines to your lordship, nor how the world will censure me for choosing so strong a prop to support so weak a burthen: only, if your honour seem but pleased, I account myself highly praised, and vow to take advantage of all idle hours, till I have honoured you with some graver labour. But if the first heir of my invention prove deformed, I shall be sorry it had so noble a godfather, and never after ear so barren a land, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. I leave it to your honourable survey, and your honour to your heart's content; which I wish may always answer your own wish and the world's hopeful expectation.

A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove


Author: James Moloney

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702236280

Category: Adventure stories

Page: 292

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Carl Matt - even his name mocks him. The people of Wattle Beach do their best to grind him under foot. Why are the Matts such pariahs? The answer lies in Wiseman's Cove, a short ride across the strait where Carl finds refuge in the most unlikely place. Wiseman's Cove has been waiting for Carl - waiting a long time.

Le Nommé Jeudi : Un cauchemar


Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Publisher: FV Éditions


Category: Fiction

Page: 185

View: 7048

Se faisant passer pour un autre, un détective infiltre une société secrète sans se douter que ce qu'il y découvrira bouleversera sa vie… Intellectuel aux mille visages, GK Chesterton ne saurait être réduit au statut d’écrivain. Il fut aussi journaliste, philosophe, apologiste du christianisme et poète. L’histoire qui suit s’inscrit d’ailleurs dans cette veine, à la fois intelligente, géniale, métaphysique et inclassable. Il ne s’agit donc pas seulement d’une intrigue pleine de suspense, mais aussi et surtout d’une parabole sur les relations complexes entre le Bien et le Mal, un texte qui questionnera sans nul doute le lecteur sans oublier de le divertir.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents


Author: Julia Alvarez

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 156512975X

Category: Fiction

Page: 311

View: 1640

Forced to flee their native Caribbean island after an attempted coup, the Garcias--Carlos, Laura, and their four daughters--must learn a new way of life in the Bronx, while trying to cling to the old ways that they loved.



Author: Ovid,Stanley Lombardo

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 160384497X

Category: Poetry

Page: 538

View: 5693

Ovid's Metamorphoses gains its ideal twenty-first-century herald in Stanley Lombardo's bracing translation of a wellspring of Western art and literature that is too often treated, even by poets, as a mere vehicle for the scores of myths it recasts and transmits rather than as a unified work of art with epic-scale ambitions of its own. Such misconceptions are unlikely to survive a reading of Lombardo's rendering, which vividly mirrors the brutality, sadness, comedy, irony, tenderness, and eeriness of Ovid's vast world as well as the poem's effortless pacing. Under Lombardo's spell, neither Argus nor anyone else need fear nodding off. The translation is accompanied by an exhilarating Introduction by W. R. Johnson that unweaves and reweaves many of the poem's most important themes while showing how the poet achieves some of his most brilliant effects. An analytical table of contents, a catalog of transformations, and a glossary are also included.

Notes of a Native Son


Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807006246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 7717

In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. With documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro bringing renewed interest to Baldwin's life and work, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction. Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in “The Harlem Ghetto” to a sobering “Journey to Atlanta.” Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright’s work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. Notes is the book that established Baldwin’s voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin’s own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American.

V for Vendetta


Author: Alan Moore

Publisher: DC

ISBN: 1401236316

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: N.A

View: 9998

A new edition of the graphic novel that inspired the hit movie! A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom or personal freedom, and precious little faith in anything, comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It's a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.

The Marble Faun

Or, The Romance of Monte Beni


Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Publisher: N.A


Category: Americans

Page: 288

View: 1258

Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man

The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America


Author: John F. Kasson

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 1429930039

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 6869

A remarkable new work from one of our premier historians In his exciting new book, John F. Kasson examines the signs of crisis in American life a century ago, signs that new forces of modernity were affecting men's sense of who and what they really were. When the Prussian-born Eugene Sandow, an international vaudeville star and bodybuilder, toured the United States in the 1890s, Florenz Ziegfeld cannily presented him as the "Perfect Man," representing both an ancient ideal of manhood and a modern commodity extolling self-development and self-fulfillment. Then, when Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan swung down a vine into the public eye in 1912, the fantasy of a perfect white Anglo-Saxon male was taken further, escaping the confines of civilization but reasserting its values, beating his chest and bellowing his triumph to the world. With Harry Houdini, the dream of escape was literally embodied in spectacular performances in which he triumphed over every kind of threat to masculine integrity -- bondage, imprisonment, insanity, and death. Kasson's liberally illustrated and persuasively argued study analyzes the themes linking these figures and places them in their rich historical and cultural context. Concern with the white male body -- with exhibiting it and with the perils to it --reached a climax in World War I, he suggests, and continues with us today.

The Tragedy of Dido Queene of Carthage


Author: Christopher Marlowe

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1537804871

Category: Fiction

Page: 60

View: 4046

Christopher Marlowe was one of the most famous playwrights in all of literature. Marlowe's tragic plays, noted for their blank verse and unique protagonists, were a great influence on the legendary William Shakespeare.Some of Marlowe's classics include Doctor Faustus, Edward II, and Tamburlaine the Great. The Tragedy of Dido Queene of Carthage is a play that centers on the dramatic tale of Dido's life and her love for Aeneas.This edition includes a table of contents.

Our Lady of the Nile

A Novel


Author: Scholastique Mukasonga

Publisher: Archipelago

ISBN: 0914671049

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 7145

For her most recent work and first novel - Notre-Dame du Nil, originally published in March 2012 with Gallimard in French - Mukasonga immerses us in a school for young girls, called "Notre-Dame du Nil." The girls are sent to this high school perched on the ridge of the Nile in order to become the feminine elite of the country and to escape the dangers of the outside world. The book is a prelude to the Rwandan genocide and unfolds behind the closed doors of the school, in the interminable rainy season. Friendships, desires, hatred, political fights, incitation to racial violence, persecutions... The school soon becomes a fascinating existential microcosm of the true 1970s Rwanda.