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Lincoln s Smile and Other Enigmas

Author : Alan Trachtenberg
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A new assemblage of masterly essays from a foremost scholar of American history and culture Alan Trachtenberg has always been interested in cultural artifacts that register meanings and feelings that Americans share even when they disagree about them. Some of the most beloved ones—like the famous last photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken at the time of his second inaugural—are downright puzzling, and it is their obscure, riddlelike aspects that draw his attention in the scintillating essays of Lincoln's Smile and Other Enigmas. With matchless authority, Trachtenberg moves from the daguerreotypes that entranced Americans from the start (and that Hawthorne made much of in The House of Seven Gables) to literary texts of which he is a peerless interpreter: Howell's novels, Horatio Alger's stories, Huckleberry Finn, the cityscapes of Walt Whitman and Stephen Crane. In his exploration of the ways that nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century writers tried to make sense of the modern American city he also addresses subjects as diverse as Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the early works of Lewis Mumford. The celebrated author of Reading American Photographs concludes his important new book with "readings" not only of the photographs of Walker Evans, Wright Morris, and Eugene Smith, but of the city images of film noir.

Lincoln s Smile and Other Enigmas

Author : Alan Trachtenberg
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Trachtenberg has always been interested in cultural artifacts that register meanings and feelings which Americans share even when they interpret them differently. It is their obscure, riddle-like aspects that draw his attention in the essays in this book. He moves from the daguerreotypes that entranced Americans from the start to literary texts: William Dean Howellsżs novels, Horatio Algerżs stories, żHuckleberry Finn,ż the cityscapes of Walt Whitman and Stephen Crane. He also addresses subjects as diverse as Louis Sullivanżs Auditorium Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the early works of Lewis Mumford. He concludes with żreadingsż not only of the photos of Walker Evans, Wright Morris, and Eugene Smith, but also of film noirżs urban images. Photos.

Program of the Annual Meeting

Author : Organization of American Historians. Meeting
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Ransoming Mathew Brady

Author : John Phillips
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In a series of oils, watercolours, and prose full of wit and wisdom and rich with historical allusion, John Ransom Phillips portrays the complexity of nineteenth-century photographer, Mathew Brady. The photographs Brady made have long served to illustrate an era in American history, most notably his portraits of Abraham Lincoln and the images from the Civil War battlefields he captured. Pairing these photographs with his own work, Phillips explores the career of this artist who wanted to make history: An ambitious half-blind man with blue-tinted glasses, straw hat and duster who had the genius to look beyond his thriving New York portrait studio to the battles of the Civil War and was one of the first photographers to shoot in the open air. Paradoxically, Brady sent assistants to photograph his most famous scenes, the battlefields at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Antietam, instructing them to re-arrange the dead to create images that would enhance public notions about death and dying. AUTHOR: John Ransom Phillips is an artist and author whose work has been exhibited internationally at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art in Chicago; Museo de Arte Moderne in Buenos Aires; the Fundacao de Arte e Cultural de Ubatuba in Sao Paolo, and Zamalek Gallery, Cairo. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and has been a faculty member of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Alan Trachtenberg is The Neil Gray, Jr. Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Yale University, and the author of 'Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans'(1989). 266 colour & 17 b/w illustrations

American Book Publishing Record

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New Critical Essays on James Agee and Walker Evans

Author : Caroline Blinder
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This timely reappraisal of Walker Evans and James Agee’s photo-textual collaboration Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 1941 focuses on the interdisciplinary aspects of the book. It provides in-depth chapters on the book’s status as part imaginative fiction, documentary effort, ethnographic study, confessional writing, and modernist prose. Contributions range from chapters on Walker Evan’s photographs and their seminal role in representing the South, material on the journalistic and sociological context for Agee and Evans’s collaboration, their personal relationship and more. Taking into account such concepts as psychoanalysis, photography, cinema, ethnography, semiotics, journalism and the South, among other things, these essays constitute a long overdue and important endeavor within American Studies.

Library Journal

Author : Melvil Dewey
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

OAH Annual Meeting

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Refusable Pasts

Author : Heidi Hoechst
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Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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Jeff Herman s Guide to Book Publishers Editors Literary Agents 2007

Author : Jeff Herman
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Presents a guide to the names and specialities of American and Canadian publishers, editors, and literary agents, including information on the acquisition process and on choosing literary agents.

Exposed

Author : Simon Baker
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Recognizing that voyeurism has inspired photographers since the inception of the medium, this text reveals the myriad ways in which artists have probed its fascinations, dangers & cultural significance. Imagery, ranging from the 1870s to the present day, presents a shocking, illuminating & witty perspctive on the iconic & taboo.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

Author : Modern Humanities Research Association
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Includes both books and articles.

MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures

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The Publishers Weekly

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Contested Culture

Author : Jane Gaines
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Jane M. Gaines examines the phenomenon of images as property, focusing on the legal staus of mechanically produced visual and audio images from popular culture. Bridging the fields of critical legal studies and cultural studies, she analyzes copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law, asking how the law constructs works of authorship and who owns the country's cultural heritage.

America Lewis Hine

Author : Lewis Wickes Hine
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A compassionate realist in the tradition of Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser, Lewis Hine had the rare gift of being able to transcend the assignments he received as a documentary photographer by investing the most topical subject with lasting human quality. Seventy years after they were made, his Ellis Island pictures are still intensely moving: the newly arrived immigrants caught in all their bewilderment-- uncertain as to whether they will even be admitted to the promised land. Hine's dynamic images changed the way Americans looked at social conditions. Hine put his life on the line to capture a truthful picture of people at work. He risked physical attack in order to expose the brutal exploitation of child labor; then, years later, he had himself suspended from the hundredth floor of the Empire State Building to preserve on film the workers who were in the process of erecting it. Never content merely to depict labor's dehumanizing features, Hine shows us the dignity of work, the workers dominate the instruments of their labor-- the open hearths, mine pits, shovels, tongs and trolleys. Only a consummate camera-artist could have made such pictures, with their poignant qualities of light and shadow, their inescapable presence: all the more remarkable when we consider his cumbersome instrument-- a tripod-mounted 5 x 7 view camera with slides, flash pan, and powder. How bitterly ironic that this artist and social reformer, after devoting his life to working people, should end up as so many of his subjects did-- on a welfare line. Decades earlier, he had written: "For many years I have followed the procession of child workers winding through a thousand industrial communities from the canneries of Maine to the fields of Texas. I have heard their tragic stories, watched their cramped lives, and seen their fruitless struggles in the industrial game where the odds are all against them." Like Walt Whitman before him, Lewis Hine viewed his work and art as grounded in the fluid movements of everyday lives, of history, the present and the future, expressing with vividness and responsiveness the hope for America revived in a sense of great community, and democracy as a life of free and enriching communion.

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America Lewis Hine

Author : Lewis Wickes Hine
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An Aperture Monograph Photographs by Lewis Hine Foreword by Walter Rosenblum Biographical notes by Naomi Rosenblum Essay by Alan Trachtenberg Lewis Hine followed immigrants into their new neighborhoods, to the swarming streets of the Lower East Side, to slums and tenements, sweatshops and run-down factories. This book is an invaluable resource both as a record of the times in which he lived and as a definitive exploration of a great photographer's work.

Reading American Photographs

Author : Alan Trachtenberg
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Considers five documentary sequences or narratives: the antebellum portraits of Mathew Brady and others; the Civil War albums of Alexander Gardner, George Barnard and A.J. Russell; the Western survey and landscape photographs of Timothy O'Sullivan, A.J. Russell, and Carleton Watkins; and social photographs and texts by Alfred Stieglitz and Lewis Hine; as well as documentaries inspired by the Depression, esp. Walker Evans's American Photographs.