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The Origin Of Others (Hardcover): Toni Morrison The Origin Of Others (Hardcover)
Toni Morrison; Foreword by Ta-Nehisi Coates 2
R520 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R106 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

America's foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin Of Others.

In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison's fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books: Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy. Morrison also writes about nineteenth-century literary efforts to romance slavery, contrasting them with the scientific racism of Samuel Cartwright and the banal diaries of the plantation overseer and slaveholder Thomas Thistlewood. She looks at configurations of blackness, notions of racial purity, and the ways in which literature employs skin colour to reveal character or drive narrative.

Expanding the scope of her concern, she also addresses globalization and the mass movement of peoples in this century. National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Morrison's most personal work of nonfiction to date.

American Literary Cultures - A Reader (Paperback): Elizabeth J. Dell, Joe B. Fulton American Literary Cultures - A Reader (Paperback)
Elizabeth J. Dell, Joe B. Fulton
R883 Discovery Miles 8 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Style: Pearson New International Edition - Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Paperback, 11th edition): Joseph M Williams, Joseph... Style: Pearson New International Edition - Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Paperback, 11th edition)
Joseph M Williams, Joseph Bizup
R1,368 Discovery Miles 13 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Engaging and direct, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace is the guidebook for anyone who wants to write well. Williams' and Bizup's clear, accessible style models the kind of writing that audiences-both in college and after-will admire. The principles offered here help writers understand what readers expect and encourage writers to revise to meet those expectations more effectively. This book is all you need to understand the principles of effective writing.

Entry without Inspection - A Writer's Life in El Norte (Paperback): Cecile Pineda Entry without Inspection - A Writer's Life in El Norte (Paperback)
Cecile Pineda
R576 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Cecile Pineda-award-winning novelist, memoirist, theater director, performer, activist-felt rootlessness throughout much of her life. Her father was an undocumented Mexican immigrant; her mother a French-speaking immigrant from Switzerland. Pineda, born in New York City, felt culturally disconnected from both of her parents, while also ill at ease in U.S. culture. In her life, we see the strange intersection of immigrant politics, troubles with ethnic identity, and the instability of family ties. In Entry without Introspection, Pineda brings it all together, reconciling her past (much of which she had to piece together from vague memories and parental clues) while tracing how she formed her own identity through prose and theater in the absence of known roots. But as Pineda discovers, her life story doesn't belong solely to her but is interwoven with those of her families, whether biological or chosen, and of the world around her. Because of this, Pineda's memoir features parallel stories, that of her life running alongside and being informed by those of other immigrants. Pineda traces her story while also documenting the work of the first whistleblower to reveal an immigrant death in detention, in 2009, with the storylines converging to reveal the lasting effects of U.S. immigration policy. She explores the ripple effect of these policies over generations, revealing the shocking truths of marginalization and deportation. Pineda exposes both the cultural losses and the traumatic aftereffects of misguided U.S. immigration policy. Entry without Inspection is thus a truly American story in all its historical and emotional complexity, one in which personal ethics and political commentary are necessarily and inextricably interwoven.

Beyond the Secret Garden - The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett (with a Foreword by Jacqueline Wilson) (Paperback): Ann Thwaite Beyond the Secret Garden - The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett (with a Foreword by Jacqueline Wilson) (Paperback)
Ann Thwaite
R295 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R80 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive and revealing biography of the author of The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favourite theme in her fiction was the reversal of fortune, and she herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated with her family to Tennessee because of the financial problems caused by the cotton famine. From a young age she published her stories to help the family make ends meet. Only after she married did she publish Little Lord Fauntleroy that shot her into literary stardom. On the surface, Frances' life was extremely successful: hosting regular literary salons in her home and travelling frequently between properties in the UK and America. But behind the colourful personal and social life, she was a complex and contradictory character. She lost both parents by her twenty-first birthday, Henry James called her "the most heavenly of women" although avoided her; prominent people admired her and there were many friendships as well as an ill-advised marriage to a much younger man that ended in heartache. Her success was punctuated by periods of depression, in one instance brought on by the tragic loss of her eldest son to consumption. Ann Thwaite creates a sympathetic but balanced and eye-opening biography of the woman who has enchanted numerous generations of children.

The Bookseller's Tale (Hardcover): Martin Latham The Bookseller's Tale (Hardcover)
Martin Latham
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Entertaining, erudite, eccentric - The Bookseller's Tale is a delight' Alison Light, author of Common People: The History of an English Family 'The right book has a neverendingness, and so does the right bookshop.' This is the story of our love affair with books, whether we arrange them on our shelves, inhale their smell, scrawl in their margins or just curl up with them in bed. Taking us on a journey through comfort reads, street book stalls, mythical libraries, itinerant pedlars, radical pamphleteers, extraordinary bookshop customers and fanatical collectors, Canterbury bookseller Martin Latham uncovers the curious history of our book obsession - and his own. Part cultural history, part literary love letter and part reluctant memoir, this is the tale of one bookseller and many, many books.

In Faulkner's Shadow - A Memoir (Hardcover): Lawrence Wells In Faulkner's Shadow - A Memoir (Hardcover)
Lawrence Wells
R581 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What happens when you marry into a family that includes a Nobel Prize winner who is arguably the finest American writer of the twentieth century? Lawrence Wells, author of In Faulkner's Shadow: A Memoir, fills this lively tale with stories that answer just that. In 1972, Wells married Dean Faulkner, the only niece of William Faulkner, and slowly found himself lost in the Faulkner mystique. While attempting to rebel against the overwhelming influence of his in-laws, Wells had a front-row seat to the various rivalries that sprouted between his wife and the members of her family, each of whom dealt in different ways with the challenges and expectations of carrying on a literary tradition. Beyond the family stories, Wells recounts the blossoming of a literary renaissance in Oxford, Mississippi, after William Faulkner's death. Both the town of Oxford and the larger literary world were at a loss as to who would be Faulkner's successor. During these uncertain times, Wells and his wife cofounded Yoknapatawpha Press and the quarterly literary journal the Faulkner Newsletter and Yoknapatawpha Review. In his dual role as publisher and author, Wells encountered and befriended Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris, and many other writers. He became both participant and observer to the deeds and misdeeds of a rowdy collection of talented authors living in Faulkner's shadow. Full of personal insights, this memoir features unforgettable characters and exciting behind-the-scene moments that reveal much about modern American letters and the southern literary tradition. It is also a love story about a courtship and marriage, and an ode to Dean Faulkner Wells and her family.

How English Works: Pearson New International Edition - A Linguistic Introduction (Paperback, 3rd edition): Anne Curzan, Michael... How English Works: Pearson New International Edition - A Linguistic Introduction (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Anne Curzan, Michael P Adams
R1,466 Discovery Miles 14 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This accessible introduction to the structure of English, general theories in linguistics, and important issues in sociolinguistics, is the first text written specifically for English and Education majors. This engaging introductory language/linguistics textbook provides more extensive coverage of issues of particular interest to English majors and future English instructors. It invites all students to connect academic linguistics to the everyday use of the English language around them. The book's approach taps students' natural curiosity about the English language. Through exercises and discussion questions about ongoing changes in English, How English Works asks students to become active participants in the construction of linguistic knowledge.

Scholarship and Freedom (Hardcover): Geoffrey Galt Harpham Scholarship and Freedom (Hardcover)
Geoffrey Galt Harpham
R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A powerful and original argument that the practice of scholarship is grounded in the concept of radical freedom, beginning with the freedoms of inquiry, thought, and expression. Why are scholars and scholarship invariably distrusted and attacked by authoritarian regimes? Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues that at its core, scholarship is informed by an emancipatory agenda based on a permanent openness to the new, an unlimited responsiveness to evidence, and a commitment to conversion. At the same time, however, scholarship involves its own forms of authority. As a worldly practice, it is a struggle for dominance without end as scholars try to disprove the claims of others, establish new versions of the truth, and seek disciples. Scholarship and Freedom threads its general arguments through examinations of the careers of three scholars: W. E. B. Du Bois, who serves as an example of scholarly character formation; South African Bernard Lategan, whose New Testament studies became entangled on both sides of his country's battles over apartheid; and Linda Nochlin, whose essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" virtually created the field of feminist art history.

Grabbed - Writers and Poets Respond to Sexual Assault (Paperback): Richard Blanco Grabbed - Writers and Poets Respond to Sexual Assault (Paperback)
Richard Blanco
R362 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Allgemeinbildung Kultur fur Dummies (German, Paperback): Christa Poeppelmann Allgemeinbildung Kultur fur Dummies (German, Paperback)
Christa Poeppelmann
R537 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R38 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Ek Ken Jou Goed Genoeg - Die Briefwisseling Tussen N.P. Van Wyk Louw En W.E.G. Louw 1936 - 1939 (Afrikaans, Paperback): J C... Ek Ken Jou Goed Genoeg - Die Briefwisseling Tussen N.P. Van Wyk Louw En W.E.G. Louw 1936 - 1939 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
J C Kannemeyer
R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hierdie kosbare briefwisseling tussen N.P. van Wyk Louw en W.E.G. Louw is n belangrike bron vir navorsing na die geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse letterkunde en waardevolle dokumente vir n studie van die intellektuele geskiedenis van die Afrikaner. Die teks is voorsien van sowel verhelderende annotasies as n bondige, besonder knap en maklik leesbare inleiding. Dit is n vlees-en-bloed-weergawe van al die vertwyfeling, frustrasies en emosionele probleme wat N.P. van Wyk Louw die hoof moes bied terwyl hy aan sy belangrikste bydraes gewerk het. Sommige van sy mees oorspronklike standpunte oor die bestaanstryd van Afrikaners en Afrikaans kom hier die eerste keer voor.

Oorlogsdagboek van veggeneraal De Villebois-Mareuil (Afrikaans, Hardcover): G.H.A.V. De Villebois-Mareuil Oorlogsdagboek van veggeneraal De Villebois-Mareuil (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
G.H.A.V. De Villebois-Mareuil
R67 Discovery Miles 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Op kommando met Steyn en de Wet - Oorlogsherinneringe van lt.kol. F.F. Pienaar (Afrikaans, Hardcover): F.F. Pienaar Op kommando met Steyn en de Wet - Oorlogsherinneringe van lt.kol. F.F. Pienaar (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
F.F. Pienaar; Translated by Jan Picard
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1902 het 'n jong Boeretelegrafis en offisier, Filip Pienaar, uit ballingskap in Portugal een van die eerste boeke oor die Boereoorlog geskryf: With Steyn and de Wet. 'n Maand na publikasie is die boek verban waarskynlik vanwee verwysings in die boek na die juiste feite oor die omstrede figuur van generaal F.J. Pienaar, asook leidrade oor wat met die sogenaamde "Krugergoud" kon gebeur het. Hierdie interessante relaas is die vroee voorgeskiedenis en wat met die skrywer in die oorlog en in ballingskap in Portugal gebeur het.

Mouth Full of Blood - Essays, Speeches, Meditations (Paperback): Toni Morrison Mouth Full of Blood - Essays, Speeches, Meditations (Paperback)
Toni Morrison 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

“She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller. She was a magician with language, who understood the power of words.” - Oprah Winfrey

A vital non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered American writers

Spanning four decades, these essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us. They are concerned with race, gender and globalisation. The sweep of American history and the current state of politics. The duty of the press and the role of the artist. Throughout Mouth Full of Blood our search for truth, moral integrity and expertise is met by Toni Morrison with controlled anger, elegance and literary excellence.

The collection is structured in three parts and these are heart-stoppingly introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. Morrison’s Nobel lecture, on the power of language, is accompanied by lectures to Amnesty International and the Newspaper Association of America.

She speaks to graduating students and visitors to both the Louvre and America’s Black Holocaust Museum. She revisitsThe Bluest Eye, Sula and Beloved; reassessing the novels that have become touchstones for generations of readers.

Mouth Full of Blood is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all. It celebrates Morrison’s extraordinary contribution to the literary world.

Modern Arabic Poetry - Revolution and Conflict (Hardcover): Waed Athamneh Modern Arabic Poetry - Revolution and Conflict (Hardcover)
Waed Athamneh
R1,511 Discovery Miles 15 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Modern Arabic Poetry, Waed Athamneh addresses enduring questions raised from the 1950s to the present as she investigates the impact of past and contemporary Middle Eastern politics on its poetry. Focusing on the works of three prominent poets, Iraqi 'Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayati (1926-1999), Egyptian Ahmad 'Abd al-Mu'ti Hijazi (b. 1935), and Palestinian Mahmud Darwish (1941-2008), Athamneh argues that political changes in the modern Arab world-including the 1967 war and the fall of Nasserism, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, in Hijazi's case, the 2011 Arab Uprising and its aftermath-inspired transitions and new directions in these poets' works. Enhanced by Athamneh's original translations of a number of the Arabic texts discussed, as well as translations published previously, Modern Arabic Poetry brings these poets fully into the purview of contemporary literary, political, and critical discourse. It argues that their individual responses to political changes proceed in three distinct directions: the metapoetic, in which the poet disengages from the poetry of political commitment to find inspiration in artistic (self-)exploration; the recommitted, in which new political revolutions inspire the poet to resume writing and publishing poetry; and the humanist, in which the poet comes to terms of coexistence with permanent or unresolved conflict.

Advances in Discourse Analysis of Translation and Interpreting - Linking Linguistic Approaches with Socio-cultural... Advances in Discourse Analysis of Translation and Interpreting - Linking Linguistic Approaches with Socio-cultural Interpretation (Hardcover)
Binhua Wang, Jeremy Munday
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This edited thematic collection features latest developments of discourse analysis in translation and interpreting studies. It investigates the process of how cultural and ideological intervention is conducted in translation and interpreting using a wide array of discourse analysis and systemic functional linguistic approaches and drawing on empirical data from the Chinese context. The book is divided into four main sections: I. uncovering positioning and ideology in interpreting and translation, II. linking linguistic approach with socio-cultural interpretation, III. discourse analysis into news translation and IV. analysis of multimodal and intersemiotic discourse in translation. The different approaches to discourse analysis provide a much-needed contribution to the field of translation and interpreting studies. This combination of discourse analysis and corpus analysis demonstrates the interconnectedness of these fields and offers a rich source of conceptual and methodological tools. This book will appeal to scholars and research students in translation and interpreting studies, cross-linguistic discourse analysis and Chinese studies.

Women'S Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1940s-2000s - The Postwar and Contemporary Period (Hardcover): Laurel... Women'S Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1940s-2000s - The Postwar and Contemporary Period (Hardcover)
Laurel Forster, Joanne Hollows
R4,017 R3,308 Discovery Miles 33 080 Save R709 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Foregrounds the diversity of periodicals, fiction and other printed matter targeted at women in the postwar period Foregrounds the diversity and the significance of print cultures for women in the postwar period across periodicals, fiction and other printed matter Examines changes and continuities as women's magazines have moved into digital formats Highlights the important cultural and political contexts of women's periodicals including the Women's Liberation Movement and Socialism Explores the significance of women as publishers, printers and editors Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1940s-2000s draws attention to the wide range of postwar print cultures for women. The collection spans domestic, cultural and feminist magazines and extends to ephemera, novels and other printed matter as well as digital magazine formats. The range of essays indicates both the history of publishing for women and the diversity of readers and audiences over the mid-late twentieth century and the early twenty-first century in Britain. The collection reflects in detail the important ways in magazines and printed matter contributed to, challenged, or informed British women's culture. A range of approaches, including interview, textual analysis and industry commentary are employed in order to demonstrate the variety of ways in which the impact of postwar print media may be understood.

Reviewing Sex - Gender and the Reception of Victorian Novels (Hardcover, New): Nicola Diane Thompson Reviewing Sex - Gender and the Reception of Victorian Novels (Hardcover, New)
Nicola Diane Thompson
R2,400 Discovery Miles 24 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Scenes of Clerical Life appeared anonymously in 1853 the Saturday Review pictured its author, George Eliot, as a bearded Cambridge clergyman and the revered father of several children. When Anthony Trollope published Nina Balatka and Linda Tressel anonymously in 1867, the London Review argued that the internal evidence required the author to be female.

Gender played a pivotal role in the reception of Victorian novels and was not only an analytical category used by Victorian reviewers to conceptualize, interpret, and evaluate novels, but in some cases was the primary category. This book analyzes over 100 nineteenth-century reviews of several prominent novels, both canonical and non-canonical, chosen for the various ways in which they conformed with and deviated from conventional gender stereotypes. Among these titles are Charles Reade's It Is Never Too Late to Mend, Emily Bront's Wuthering Heights, Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers and Charlotte Yonge's The Heir of Redclyffe.

This study goes beyond the intuitive notion that a double standard existed in the Victorian era which undervalues the work of women writers. Male writers, such as Trollope, were in fact also vulnerable to the masculine/feminine hierarchies of Victorian literary criticism. Some women writers, on the other hand, actually benefitted from gendered evaluations. Charlotte Yonge, for instance, conformed so closely to the ideal and idealized view of feminine writing that she is chivalrously exempted from more critical examinations of intellectual content. Having unearthed often ignored or neglected sources, Thompson examines the ways in which Victorian constructions of literary reputations were filtered through preconceptions about gender and writing.

Reviewing Sex - Gender and the Reception of Victorian Novels (Paperback, New): Nicola Diane Thompson Reviewing Sex - Gender and the Reception of Victorian Novels (Paperback, New)
Nicola Diane Thompson
R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Scenes of Clerical Life appeared anonymously in 1853 the Saturday Review pictured its author, George Eliot, as a bearded Cambridge clergyman and the revered father of several children. When Anthony Trollope published Nina Balatka and Linda Tressel anonymously in 1867, the London Review argued that the internal evidence required the author to be female.

Gender played a pivotal role in the reception of Victorian novels and was not only an analytical category used by Victorian reviewers to conceptualize, interpret, and evaluate novels, but in some cases was the primary category. This book analyzes over 100 nineteenth-century reviews of several prominent novels, both canonical and non-canonical, chosen for the various ways in which they conformed with and deviated from conventional gender stereotypes. Among these titles are Charles Reade's It Is Never Too Late to Mend, Emily Bront's Wuthering Heights, Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers and Charlotte Yonge's The Heir of Redclyffe.

This study goes beyond the intuitive notion that a double standard existed in the Victorian era which undervalues the work of women writers. Male writers, such as Trollope, were in fact also vulnerable to the masculine/feminine hierarchies of Victorian literary criticism. Some women writers, on the other hand, actually benefitted from gendered evaluations. Charlotte Yonge, for instance, conformed so closely to the ideal and idealized view of feminine writing that she is chivalrously exempted from more critical examinations of intellectual content. Having unearthed often ignored or neglected sources, Thompson examines the ways in which Victorian constructions of literary reputations were filtered through preconceptions about gender and writing.

The Sources of Hojeda's La Cristiada (Paperback): Mary Meyer The Sources of Hojeda's La Cristiada (Paperback)
Mary Meyer
R883 Discovery Miles 8 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

La Cristiada, by Fray Diego de Hojeda, is one of the great religious epics of the seventeenth century. The present work, the result of a vast amount of research, attempts to discover the sources used by Hojeda. As one reads it, one feels that Hojeda must have had access to most, if not all, of the literary material available in his day the classical, medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary literatures, sacred history, and mythology, and the works of the mystics and the patristic writers. La Cristiada, so baroque in its structure, is a mirror of the times and an epitome of the learning and culture that prevailed and to which one could attain during the Golden Age of Spain. The two chapters on legends and traditions make this source study of interest not only to scholars and students of Spanish literature, but also to students of Christian lore.

Dante: The Critical Complex (Hardcover): Richard Lansing Dante: The Critical Complex (Hardcover)
Richard Lansing
R24,259 Discovery Miles 242 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

John Milton: Twentieth Century Perspectives (Hardcover): Martin Evans John Milton: Twentieth Century Perspectives (Hardcover)
Martin Evans
R15,307 Discovery Miles 153 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this unique five-volume set, students will encounter the twentieth century's most influential and representative Milton scholarship. Treating his life, as well as the full scope of his poetry and prose works, the thematically organized papers have been selected and arranged by a leading Milton scholar with an eye toward the key issues covered in virtually any course on the poet and his writings.
Available as a full set or individually, the volumes include:
* Vol. 1: " The Man and the Author"
352 pp * [0-415-94047-8]
* Vol. 2: "The" "Early Poems"
352 pp * [0-415-94048-6]
* Vol. 3: "Prose"
352 pp * [0-415-94049-4]
* Vol. 4: "Paradise Lost"
352 pp * [0-415-94050-8]
* Vol. 5: "Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes"
352 pp * [0-415-94051-6]

American Mythmaker - Walter Noble Burns and the Legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquin Murrieta (Hardcover): Mark J... American Mythmaker - Walter Noble Burns and the Legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquin Murrieta (Hardcover)
Mark J Dworkin
R872 Discovery Miles 8 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquin Murrieta are fixed in the American imagination as towering legends of the Old West. But that has not always been the case. There was a time when these men were largely forgotten relics of a bygone era. Then, in the early twentieth century, an obscure Chicago newspaperman changed all that. Walter Noble Burns (1872-1932) served with the First Kentucky Infantry during the Spanish-American War and covered General John J. Pershing's pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico as a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. However history-making these forays may seem, they were only the beginning. In the last six years of his life, Burns wrote three books that propelled New Mexico outlaw Billy the Kid, Tombstone marshal Wyatt Earp, and California bandit Joaquin Murrieta into the realm of legend. Despite Burns's remarkable command of his subjects - based on exhaustive research and interviews - he has been largely ignored by scholars because of the popular, even occasionally fictional, approach he employed. In American Mythmaker, the first literary biography of Burns, Mark J. Dworkin brings Burns out of the shadows. Through careful analysis of The Saga of Billy the Kid (1926), Tombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest (1927), and The Robin Hood of Eldorado: The Saga of Joaquin Murrieta (1932) and their reception, Dworkin shows how Burns used his journalistic training to introduce the history of the American West to his era's general readership. In the process, Burns made his subjects household names. Are Burns's books fact or fiction? Was he a historian or a novelist? Dworkin considers these questions as he uncovers the story behind Burns's mythmaking works. A long-overdue biography of a writer who shaped our idea of western history, American Mythmaker documents in fascinating detail the fashioning of some of the greatest American legends.

The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book - An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books (Paperback): Logan Smalley, Stephanie Kent The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book - An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books (Paperback)
Logan Smalley, Stephanie Kent
R479 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R88 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For fans of My Ideal Bookshelf and Bibliophile, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book is the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere: a quirky and entertaining interactive guide to reading, featuring voicemails, literary Easter eggs, checklists, and more, from the creators of the popular multimedia project. One night in 2014, two readers named Logan Smalley and Stephanie Kent discussed their favorite literary opening lines. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," one suggested. "All of this happened, more or less," the other pointed out. And then, one phrase came immediately to mind: "Call Me Ishmael." As they talked more, the pair wondered what would happen if they invited readers to call a phone number and ask them to leave a voicemail about their most beloved books. But who would they be calling? Ishmael, of course. Soon, they had set up a working phone number (a 774 area code, a nod to Ishmael's journey from New Bedford, Massachusetts) and an answering machine greeting. The initial calls they received from family, friends, and coworkers were touching, compelling, and surprising, and the voicemail count grew as word spread. As it did, Logan and Steph decided to take things further: they built actual rotary phones, which could be placed in libraries, schools, and bookstores, allowing readers to customize and listen to pre-loaded voicemails. In the time since, they have received thousands of phone calls from readers, librarians, and students across the United States that share stories about the books that have changed their lives, from The Catcher in the Rye and Beloved to The Sneetches and The House on Mango Street. Now, in The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book, these messages are collected for book lovers everywhere. Designed in the style of the classic Yellow Pages, there is something exciting to discover on each page, from unique phone extensions that have been assigned to each voicemail, as well as transcripts of those calls, literary advertisements, bookstore checklists, bookish Easter eggs, all organized by category. It is a must-have for any bookshelf or nightstand.

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