John Osborne was among the first of the generation of "angry young men" to reach fame as a playwright in the 1950's. The title of the first part of his autobiography reflects the petty snobbery and attitudes prevalent of England before and after the second world war. This is a thoroughly readable book about a highly intelligent young man growing up in a dysfunctional, working-class family. There are many gems of descriptive writing, such as his description of his boyhood friend, Mickey Walls and the excerpt from his book about Max Miller. There is also a vivid evocation of life on tour with seedy theatrical companies and staying in "digs". The references to characters mentioned earlier become confusing after a while, but the book rarely palls.
This is a rambling, usually entertaining, memoir and reminiscence of the author's life, with emphasis on her relations with Frederick S. "Fritz" Perls, the father of Gestalt Therapy.
The author's healthy approach to life is the biggest appeal of this book. There are occasional dull moments, and a she included a couple of short stories that don't work for me, but overall a very good book that will appeal both to fans of Fritz and to the general reader.
Frances Brooke is one of the many witty and engaging eighteenth-century women writers who have long languished in the shadow of Jane Austen. This new edition of her novel offers a well-deserved opportunity for Brooke to steal some of the spotlight back from the illustrious Austen. Her heroine, Maria Villiers, will delight literary readers with her naive ambition to win fame and glory as a dramatist and author in the London market. Maria's adventures in the city, her near misadventures with seduction, and her blossoming romance with the "brave, generous, sincere" Colonel Herbert are all sure to amuse readers who have long enjoyed Austen's works, and the introduction provided by this edition offers an excellent sense of the context in which readers should view the author and her work. The Excursion is a great, quick, fascinating read!
This book shows how the cinema paralleled and sometimes helped form the German psyche. Yet it is more than just a documentary. This brings you from the beginning of the industry to show what Hitler inherited. However the information caries far beyond the political dimension.
I use it more for information on the film industry as a whole for that time and the basis of what we inherited today. It is interesting that from the beginning people complained that the film was to long and inclusive or too short and excluded characters form history or books.
Two good parallel and overlapping timeline books for the era are "Caligari's Children : The Film As Tale of Terror" ISBN: 030680347X Which is a different view on the same subject and "The UFA Story : A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945 (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism, 23)" ISBN: 0520220692
They tried to capture the feel of the time and of the German actors attitude toward film, in the movie "Shadow of the Vampire"
"Stewart uncovers what is subversive in novels that apparently followed the conventions of the time. Her scholarship is irreproachable." -Elizabeth J. MacArthur, author of Extravagant Narratives: Closure and Dynamics in the Epistolary Form
Over 700 flowers and plants listed alphabetically with their meanings; a beautiful format, listing flower names and their meanings from A-Z, with Greenaway illustrations and famous flower poems on pages facing.
Introduction to Museum Work has long been regarded as one the leading texts in museology. Burcaw's classic work retains its useful philosophical orientation and convenient summary format. All the basics of museology are here-the central issues are discussed and definitions are given for all the terms museum workers need to know. Every chapter includes practical exercises making Burcaw's book ideal for the classroom or for novice museum workers. Accepted by the Documentation Center of the International Conference of Museums as exemplary of museum training, Introduction to Museum Work is used as a basic text in museum studies all over the world.
Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923) is a South African writer, political activist and winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in literature. Her writing has long dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. She has recently been active in HIV/AIDS causes.
An international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France's Prix Goncourt, The Lover has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984.
Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras's childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of France's colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate relationship between two unforgettable outcasts.
A fuu-fleged murder mystery with huge fortunes mad and lost, bribery-and it seems- half the French government and the entanglement of a distinguished nineteenth-century American historian... Zencey creates a delicious tension between an educated sensibility and a world where real bullets fly and real blood flows. The result is masterful.