Very helpful. Chapters include The Sense of Sight, The Sense of Sound, The Sense of Motion, The Sense of Balance, The Sense of Language, and The Reader as Artist. Uses many poems as examples and discusses how and why they work.
Including myths from the primeval times to the present, covering every facet of life and emotion, this volume is not only good, informative, and entertaining reading, it has been a valuable inspiration in my teaching and writing.
When Nero Wolfe feels the pinch of filing his 1040 return, he needs to earn some quick cash. Recently, a well-known personality has been mysteriously (of course!) murdered while being interviewed on a top-ranked radio talk show hosted by Madeline Frazer. Wolfe suggests that she hire him to find the murderer. She is quite a character, and Archie runs into several more of same as he and Wolfe track down the truth behind the foul dead. The wit and humor are very much in evidence, as usual, and the book it as delightful as the other Wolfe mysteries.
Another look into the Kelling clan, aristocratic Boston Brahmans with their noses generally high in the air. Down-to earth Sarah & Max encounter their opposition when she finally agrees to marry him, but neither of them expects Max to be framed for robbery and murder. As always, Charlotte MacLeod is reliably witty and entertaining.
Well, I guess there needs to be a contrary voice occasionally. This is my first Bishop Blackie book, and I had trouble swallowing it.
Chicago Bishop Blackie (Blackwell) Ryan does his thing in a murderless hoodoo-done-it. A poltergeist is stalking the West Wing of the White House, where the newly-elected President John Patrick McGurn ("Machine Gun Jack") is accused of being a tool of the South Side Chicago Irish Mafia. Blackie (a South Side Irishman himself) is called in to get to the bottom of the poltergeist problem. Everyone immediately and automatically assumes that the Republicans are guilty of every evil thing going on because everyone knows that Republicans (not some or a few but all) are nothing but wealthy, corrupt, right-wing-extremist crooks. Meanwhile, most of the book is dedicated to eulogizing Democrats in general and a Bill Clinton clone in particular. One would suppose that Blackie, a respected Catholic bishop, would be a fair and unbiased observer, but he, along with the rest of the West Wing, participates freely in the Republican-bashing, even instigating a dubious sting operation (without legal authorization or the President's knowledge) to nail a group of extremists who may indeed deserve the punishment but have nothing to do with the reason Blackie has supposedly been called to poltergeist duty. Evidently a good book for Blackie fans, but I'll go back to my historical mysteries.
One of my favorites among the 29 books in the Napoleon Bonaparte series. I wouldn't say the series is light on plot -- merely casual in pace, like its main character. The emphasis is on the setting and atmosphere of (usually) outback Australia, upon Napoleon as a fascinatingly unique character (part white, part Aborigine), and upon the interplay of the people among whom he is placed. Here he investigates the extended Kelly family of Cork Valley, N South Wales. They control the illegal liquor market in the area. Bony lives among them, grows to like them, but still must do his duty as the best police inspector in Australia.
This is NOT a mystery or a thriller. It is a defnitive anthology of the some of the best humorous verse and prose ever written, "from Anonymous to Shakespeare, from Benchley to Monty Python." Over 400 pages.