Witnessing Lynching

American Writers Respond

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Author: Anne P. Rice

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813533308

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 324

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Witnessing Lynching: American Writers Respond is the first anthology to gather poetry, essays, drama, and fiction from the height of the lynching era (1889-1935). During this time, the torture of a black person drew thousands of local onlookers and was replayed throughout the nation in lurid newspaper reports. The selections gathered here represent the courageous efforts of American writers to witness the trauma of lynching and to expose the truth about this uniquely American atrocity. Included are well-known authors and activists such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Ida B. Wells, and Theodore Dreiser, as well as many others. These writers respond to lynching in many different ways, using literature to protest and educate, to create a space of mourning in which to commemorate and rehumanize the dead, and as a cathartic release for personal and collective trauma. Their words provide today's reader with a chance to witness lynching and better understand the current state of race relations in America. An introduction by Anne P. Rice offers a broad historical and thematic framework to ground the selections.

God's Struggler

Religion in the Writings of Nikos Kazantzakis

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Author: Peter Bien

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865544994

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Argues that while Nikos Kazantzakis may have occupied the so-called borderlands between belief and unbelief throughout much of his career, he nonetheless possessed, or was possessed by, an intense awareness of the sacred. These 11 essays analyze in detail Kazantzakis's lifelong struggle to give voic

Encyclopedia of Modern Greek Literature

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Author: Bruce Merry

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313308130

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 515

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More than 800 A-Z entries cover important authors, texts, genres, themes, and topics in Greek literature from the Byzantine period to the present.

Kazantzakis, Volume 2

Politics of the Spirit

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Author: Peter Bien

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400824427

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

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Putting Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis's vast output into the context of his lifelong spiritual quest and the turbulent politics of twentieth-century Greece, Peter Bien argues that Kazantzakis was a deeply flawed genius--not always artistically successful, but a remarkable figure by any standard. This is the second and final volume of Bien's definitive and monumental biography of Kazantzakis (1883-1957). It covers his life after 1938, the period in which he wrote Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, the novels that brought him his greatest fame. A demonically productive novelist, poet, playwright, travel writer, autobiographer, and translator, Kazantzakis was one of the most important Greek writers of the twentieth century and the only one to achieve international recognition as a novelist. But Kazantzakis's writings were just one aspect of an obsessive struggle with religious, political, and intellectual problems. In the 1940s and 1950s, a period that included the Greek civil war and its aftermath, Kazantzakis continued this engagement with undiminished energy, despite every obstacle, producing in his final years novels that have become world classics.

Kazantzakis

Politics of the Spirit

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Author: Peter Bien

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691128138

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 610

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Putting Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis's output into the context of his lifelong spiritual quest and the turbulent politics of 20th century Greece, this title argues that he was a deeply flawed genius. It covers his life after 1938, the period in which he wrote 'Zorba the Greek' and 'The Last Temptation of Christ'.

Creative Destruction

Nikos Kazantzakis and the Literature of Responsibility

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Author: Lewis Owens

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865548039

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 202

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Owens (religious studies, Canterbury Christ Church U. College) seeks to clarify the philosophical and religious views of playwright, journalist, and novelist Kazantzakis (1883-1957), arguing that his religious philosophy led him to transcend both communism and nihilism enroute to a union with god. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (bookn

Kazantzakis, Volume 1

Politics of the Spirit

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Author: Peter Bien

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400824419

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

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"No author who lives in Greece," writes Peter Bien, "can avoid politics." This first volume of his major intellectual biography of Nikos Kazantzakis approaches the distinguished--and controversial--writer by describing his struggle with political questions that were in reality aspects of a fervent religious search. Beginning with Kazantzakis's early career in fin-de-siècle Paris and his discovery of William James, Nietzsche, and Bergson, the book continues by describing his experiments with communism in turbulent Greece, his visits to Soviet Russia, and the publication of his epic Odyssey in 1938. Bien demonstrates that politics and religion cannot be separated in Kazantzakis's development. His major concern was personal salvation, but the method he employed to win that salvation was political engagement. Did deliverance lie in nationalism? Communism? Fascism? He eventually rejected each of these possible solutions as morally appalling. Abused by both left and right, he insisted on an "eschatological politics" of spiritual fulfillment. This compelling biography will be essential reading for Kazantzakis scholars and for a wide audience of those who already admire the Greek author's work. In addition, it will provide an introduction to the first three decades of Kazantzakis's career for those who have yet to enjoy such passionate and stirring novels as Zorba the Greek, The Greek Passion, and The Last Temptation of Christ. This first volume provides an introduction to the initial three decades of Kazantzakis's career for those who have enjoyed such vibrant and stirring novels as Zorba the Greek, The Greek Passion, and The Last Temptation of Christ.