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The Bell-Tower

By Herman Melville
  • ISBN Code: : 1443435090
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 25
  • Category : Fiction
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Bannadonna is an eccentric artist and architect who dreams up plans for a magnificent bell tower. After receiving approval from the city, Bannadonna happily begins construction, but local citizens begin to notice strange occurrences associated with the bell-tower, and complaints eventually reach the city magistrates. While touring the magistrates around the tower, Bannadonna shows off his work and readily answers their questions, but one curiosity remains unanswered—what lies beneath the shroud in the bell-tower. “The Bell-Tower” is a dark literary work that explores a mystery that is never fully revealed. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

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  • Pdf File: dune-messiah.pdf

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Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known—and feared—as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the known universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne—and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence. And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty...

The History of the Book in the West: 1800–1914

By Stephen Colclough
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351888196
  • Total of Pages : 554
  • Category : History
  • Members : 200
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This collection of published papers on the development of the publishing cycle from author to reader includes work by many of the leading authorities on the history of the book in the nineteenth century, including James Barnes, Simon Eliot, Kate Flint, Elizabeth McHenry, Robert Patten, David Vincent and Ronald Zboray. It contains examples of different approaches, reflecting the fact that scholars come from a variety of disciplinary traditions, such as bibliography, typography, literary studies, library studies and the history of science. The introduction provides an overview of both the historical context and recent work on the subject. The volume is divided into five sections: National Publishing Structures in America, France, and Russia; International Trade; Publishing Practices; Distribution; Reading. The collection includes work in the tradition of French book history which has focussed on the systems and structures of the publishing industry and Anglo-American book history characterised by detailed analyses of the publication of a specific title or the practices of an individual reader.

Seductive Journey

By Harvey Levenstein
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 0226473791
  • Total of Pages : 412
  • Category : History
  • Members : 303
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For centuries, France has cast an extraordinary spell on travelers. Harvey Levenstein's Seductive Journey explains why so many Americans have visited it, and tells, in colorful detail, what they did when they got there. The result is a highly entertaining examination of the transformation of American attitudes toward French food, sex, and culture, as well as an absorbing exploration of changing notions of class, gender, race, and nationality. Levenstein begins in 1786, when Thomas Jefferson instructed young upper-class American men to travel overseas for self-improvement rather than debauchery. Inspired by these sentiments, many men crossed the Atlantic to develop "taste" and refinement. However, the introduction of the transatlantic steamship in the mid-nineteenth century opened France to people further down the class ladder. As the upper class distanced themselves from the lower-class travelers, tourism in search of culture gave way to the tourism of "conspicuous leisure," sex, and sensuality. Cultural tourism became identified with social-climbing upper-middle-class women. In the 1920s, prohibition in America and a new middle class intent on "having fun" helped make drunken sprees in Paris more enticing than trudging through the Louvre. Bitter outbursts of French anti-Americanism failed to jolt the American ideal of a sensual, happy-go-lucky France, full of joie de vivre. It remained Americans' favorite overseas destination. From Fragonard to foie gras, the delicious details of this story of how American visitors to France responded to changing notions of leisure and blazed the trail for modern mass tourism makes for delightful, thought-provoking reading. "...a thoroughly readable and highly likable book."—Deirdre Blair, New York Times Book Review

The Correspondence of Sarah Helen Whitman and Julia Deane Freeman

By Catherine Kunce
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1611494397
  • Total of Pages : 182
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 225
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The letters, drafts, notes, and fragments comprising the correspondence between Sarah Helen Whitman (Poe’s onetime fiancée) and Julia Deane Freeman span a tumultuous period in American history, 1856–1863. The women critiqued women writers and commented provocatively on the impending Civil War, Spiritualism, the rising consciousness of women’s rights, and the prevailing tastes in theater, music, and art.

Kannibale-Werden

By Eva Bischoff
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  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Book Code : 3839414695
  • Total of Pages : 382
  • Category : History
  • Members : 445
  • Pdf File: kannibale-werden.pdf

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Eine postkoloniale Geschichte deutscher Männlichkeit: Eva Bischoff rekonstruiert die Verflechtungen zwischen dem kolonialen, dem kriminologisch-anthropologischen sowie dem medizinischen Kannibalismus-Diskurs um 1900 und zeigt den Kannibalen als zentralen Referenzpunkt für die Konstruktion männlicher Geschlechteridentitäten auf. Gleichzeitig demonstriert sie, wie anstelle einer binären Differenz zwischen dem weißen Mann und dem kannibalischen Anderen vielmehr ein Kontinuum männlicher (Ab-)Normalität entworfen wurde. Dieses Buch ist ein innovativer Beitrag zur Frage nach der Intersektionalität des Geschlechts.

General Rufus Putnam

By Robert Ernest Hubbard
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476640122
  • Total of Pages : 242
  • Category : History
  • Members : 796
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During the Revolutionary War, Rufus Putnam served as the Continental Army's chief military engineer. As designer and supervisor of the construction of major fortifications, his contribution helped American forces drive the British Army from Boston and protect the Hudson River. Several years after the War, Putnam personally founded the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory at Marietta, Ohio. Putnam's influence and vote prevented the introduction of slavery in Ohio, leading the way for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin to enter the U.S. as free states. This first full-length biography in more than 130 years covers his wartime service and long public career.

The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard

By Jennifer Putzi,Elizabeth Stockton
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  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Book Code : 1609381459
  • Total of Pages : 300
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 614
  • Pdf File: the-selected-letters-of-elizabeth-stoddard.pdf

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In response to the resurgence of interest in American novelist, poet, short-story writer, and newspaper correspondent Elizabeth Stoddard (1823–1902), whose best-known work is The Morgesons (1862), Jennifer Putzi and Elizabeth Stockton spent years locating, reading, and sorting through more than 700 letters scattered across eighteen different archives, finally choosing eighty-four letters to annotate and include in this collection. By presenting complete, annotated transcripts, The Selected Letters provides a fascinating introduction to this compelling writer, while at the same time complicating earlier representations of her as either a literary handmaiden to her at-the-time more famous husband, the poet Richard Henry Stoddard, or worse, as the “Pythoness” whose difficult personality made her a fickle and unreasonable friend. The Stoddards belonged to New York's vibrant, close-knit literary and artistic circles. Among their correspondents were both family members and friends including writers and editors such as Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr, Rufus Griswold, James Russell Lowell, Caroline Healey Dall, Julian Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, Helen Hunt Jackson, Edmund Clarence Stedman, and Margaret Sweat. An innovative and unique writer, Stoddard eschewed the popular sentimentality of her time even while exploring the emotional territory of relations between the sexes. Her writing—in both her published fiction and her personal letters—is surprisingly modern and psychologically dense. The letters are highly readable, lively, and revealing, even to readers who know little of her literary output or her life. As scholars of epistolarity have recently argued, letters provide more than just a biographical narrative; they also should be understood as aesthetic performances themselves. The correspondence provides a sense of Stoddard as someone who understood letter writing as a distinct and important literary genre, making this collection particularly well suited for new conceptualizations of the epistolary genre.

Macready, Booth, Terry, Irving

By Richard Schoch
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  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Book Code : 1441181369
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 577
  • Pdf File: macready-booth-terry-irving.pdf

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A comprehensive critical analysis of the most important Shakespearean critics, editors, actors and directors. This volume focuses on Shakespeare's reception by figures in Victorian theatre.

The Sigel Regiment

By James S. Pula
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  • Publisher : Savas Publishing
  • Book Code : 1940669138
  • Total of Pages : 502
  • Category : History
  • Members : 812
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The 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry was quietly mustered into service in Milwaukee on September 17, 1862-the bloodiest day in American history. Composed primarily of German immigrants and Americans of German descent, the 26th fought and bled its way into the record books as one of FoxÕs ÒFighting 300Ó regiments. James S. PulaÕs The Sigel Regiment: A History of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteers, 1862-1865, is the first book to examine this regimentÕs storied yet overlooked history. The 26thÕs service spanned three years and three theaters of war. The ÒSigel Regiment,Ó named after German General Franz Sigel, was initially absorbed into the Army of the Potomac, and attached to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, HowardÕs 11th Army Corps. Its bloody battlefield debut took place at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, where the Wisconsin soldiers found themselves on the receiving end of one of the most successful surprise attacks in military history. Outnumbered, outflanked, and caught in a crossfire, the battling regiment and its Colonel William Jacobs refused to fall back before the onslaught until twice ordered to do so. Similar ill-luck two months later ensconced the regiment north of Gettysburg, where the Badger State troops, this time under Lt. Col. Hans Boebel, left another 250 men on the field. By the time the 26th Wisconsin shipped out that fall for service in the Western Theater, hardened combat veterans who had seen the worst war has to offer populated its ranks. Service in Tennessee with the Army of the Cumberland lessened the regimentÕs exposure to hard combat only temporarily. Burdened with political strife and facing a cold winter, the Wisconsin men marched and skirmished their way through the fall and early winter campaigns of Chattanooga and Knoxville. The spring of 1864 brought with it another season of bloodshed when General William T. Sherman determined to drive deep into Georgia and capture Atlanta. Fighting now as part of the 20th Corps, the 26th Wisconsin distinguished itself on a number of fields, including Resaca, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, and Peach Tree Creek. The thinning German regiment achieved a special distinction at Peach Tree Creek by capturing the flag of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry. After the fall of Atlanta, the men of the 26th tramped to Savannah on the March to the Sea, and north into the Carolinas, where more hard fighting at Averasboro and Bentonville awaited them. By the end of the war, 1,089 men had served in the 26thÕs ranks; more than 17% were killed or mortally wounded. PulaÕs gracefully written and superbly researched The Sigel Regiment: A History of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, 1862-1865, is a distinguished study of a fighting ethnic regiment.

Conrad in the Public Eye

By John Gerard Peters
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9042023953
  • Total of Pages : 275
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 440
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This is a collection of difficult-to-find and typically early commentary on Conrad¿s life and works. The selections contained shed light on Conrad¿s life and works, as well as the way in which his works were promoted to the public. Selections include those by the American novelist Christopher Morley and the Irish novelist Liam O¿Flaherty. Also included is a previously unpublished essay by Conrad¿s friend Richard Curle. Of particular interest are the promotional materials, which are collected together for the first time and reveal how Conrad was perceived by the general reading public and how he was marketed by his publishers.

Becoming the Second City

By Richard Junger
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  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Book Code : 0252090187
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 528
  • Pdf File: becoming-the-second-city.pdf

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Becoming the Second City examines the development of Chicago's press and analyzes coverage of key events in its history to call attention to the media's impact in shaping the city's cultural and historical landscape. In concise, extensively documented prose, Richard Junger illustrates how nineteenth century newspapers acted as accelerants that boosted Chicago's growth in its early history by continually making and remaking the city's image for the public. Junger argues that the press was directly involved in Chicago's race to become the nation's most populous city, a feat it briefly accomplished during the mid-1890s before the incorporation of Greater New York City irrevocably recast Chicago as the "Second City." The book is populated with a colorful cast of influential figures in the history of Chicago and in the development of journalism. Junger draws on newspapers, personal papers, and other primary sources to piece together a lively portrait of the evolving character of Chicago in the nineteenth century. Highlighting the newspaper industry's involvement in the business and social life of Chicago, Junger casts newspaper editors and reporters as critical intermediaries between the elite and the larger public and revisits key events and issues including the Haymarket Square bombing, the 1871 fire, the Pullman Strike, and the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Connecticut Biographical Dictionary

By Caryn Hannan
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  • Publisher : State History Publications
  • Book Code : 1878592599
  • Total of Pages : 626
  • Category : History
  • Members : 478
  • Pdf File: connecticut-biographical-dictionary.pdf

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CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY is the definitive biographical reference work on people that have contributed to the history of Connecticut. The entries were chosen from various vocations. Activists, artists, authors, athletes, educators, business leaders, entertainers, historians, inventors, journalists, military figures, musicians, politicians, philanthropists, religious leaders and many other vocations. The Place Index will make it easy to research people from any place in Connecticut. The editorial content of the work is well balanced over all time periods, as well as gender and political affiliations. The work contains historical and contemporary figures.Minority studies are of special interest in schools today. February is Black History Month and November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Biographies on Native Americans and African Americans are included in this reference work for research on minority studies. March is National Women's History Month and CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY includes biographies on hundreds of women from various vocations, ethnicity and time periods. This unique reference work contains hundreds of biographies along with illustrations. CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY will be used year round in the various studies on Connecticut history, Black history, American Indian history and Women's history.