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The vibrant Old Norse poems in this 13th-century collection recapture the ancient oral traditions of the Norsemen. These mythological poems include the "Voluspo, " one of the broadest literary conceptions of the world's creation and ultimate destruction; the "Lokasenna, " a comedy bursting with vivid characterizations; and more.
Chapters of Erie is a classic account of ruthless business practices in nineteenth-century America in particular, Jay Gould and James Fisk's successful effort to gain control of the Erie Railroad in 1868 and subsequent attempt to corner the American gold market, which resulted in the "Black Friday" panic of September 24, 1869.
Seizing upon the opportunity provided by the scandals to expose the links between financial malpractice on Wall Street and political favoritism and corruption, Henry Adams and his older brother Charles Francis Adams, Jr., traveled to New York and Washington to interview the participants (including Fisk), observe the Congressional hearings on the gold conspiracy, and reconstruct in forensic detail the machinations that had shaken the nation's economy.
First appearing in a series of articles in the Westminster Review and the North American Review in 1870 and 1871, the results of the Adams brothers' investigative journalism were published as a book in 1886. Reissued by Cornell University Press in 1956 with a preface by Robert H. Elias, Chapters of Erie remains a well-documented, perceptive, and sometimes sardonic examination of the relationship between business and politics in America and a warning about the dangers posed by unregulated corporations "to override and trample on law, custom, decency, and every restraint known to society, without scruple.""
Both a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and at the head of the Modern Library's list of the one hundred best English-language nonfiction books of the twentieth century, "The Education of Henry Adams "has long been revered as a great work of literature. Written by Adams in the third person, the book became known for founding a new genre best described as "an education"--an account not of life, but of learning. A tireless historian, politician, and traveler, Adams was from first to last a dedicated learner capable of great originality. In this text, Adams uses his background information (such as place of birth, voyage destinations, and alma mater) but little else, placing his protagonist in front of life's various pitfalls with the object of providing those stepping out into the world with the tools they need to handle themselves in the face of adversity. By inventing his own fictional missteps, Adams allows readers to educate themselves on how to approach life's curveballs.
Although " The Education of Henry Adams" has long been considered a classic, until now the only editions available were those from 1907 and 1918. The former, which appeared in Adams's lifetime, was a private printing of only one hundred copies, containing hundreds of printer's errors and editorial inconsistencies. The latter, printed by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Houghton Mifflin Company after Adams's death in March of 1918, amounted to a wholesale modernization of Adams's work, leaving telling defects, including stylistic inconsistencies and incomplete sentences. With "The Education of Henry Adams: A Centennial Version, "editors Edward Chalfant and Conrad Edick Wright have at long last returned this celebrated book to the author's vision. Combining close attention to the private printing's typesetting and editorial shortcomings with valuable insights into the history of the book and Adams's reasons for writing it, they have also inserted marginal corrections by Adams in his working copies of the 1907 printing. With an introductory note, an invitation to readers, and a postscript, they have both traced the text's own story and offered a compelling interpretation of the author's motives.
As a journalist, historian, and novelist born into a family that
included two past Presidents, Henry Adams was forever focused on
the experiences and expectations unique to America. A prompt
bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Education of Henry Adams
(1918) recounts his own and his country's development from
1838--the year Adams was born--up to 1905, thus incorporating the
Civil War, unprecedented capitalist expansion, and the growth of
the United States as a world power. Adams considered the nation
both a success and a failure, and this paradox was the very impetus
that compelled him to set down his Education--in the pages of which
he also voiced a deep skepticism about mankind's ability to control
the direction of history. Written with immense wit and irony,
reassembling the past while glimpsing at the future, this book
wholly expresses what Henry James declared the "complex fate" of
being an American. Adams's thoroughly documented vision remains one
of the most absorbing American autobiographies ever written.
Arkansas artist George Dombek's fascination with barns began in 1970s Florida, where he captured the geometry of sun and shadow on deteriorating tobacco barns, and he has returned to the subject often in the decades since. For this most recent series, Dombek traveled over a three-year period to remote pastures in all seventy-five Arkansas counties. The barns he found were perhaps unremarkable in themselves-they are, after all ubiquitous and utilitarian objects-but Dombek's interpretations reveal an intricacy of character that's no less diverse than that of human portraiture.Dombek, who is trained as an architect, uses his watercolors to build up shadows and textures over geometric compositions in a style he calls "Constructed Realism." To his technical virtuosity he adds humor, pathos, dignity, and reverence as well, creating no less than a visual eulogy to these buildings and their rusting contents.
Media archeology; American folk music; digital culture; tactical media; authenticity
In 1890, John La Farge (1835-1910) and his close friend, historian Henry Adams, embarked on a journey to the islands of the South Pacific, where the artist experienced a period of great creative output.""This book showcases many of the most important oils, watercolors, and sketches to come out of La Farge's two-year voyage to the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and is the first to place the artist's South Seas work in the broader context of exotic travel by artists and writers of the 19th century.
The essays in "John La Farge's Second Paradise" explore the artist's reemergence as a plein air landscape painter, his use of the sketchbook, and his late decorative work, which was reinvigorated by the experience of light and color he discovered in the South Seas. Further discussions examine the prevailing notions of tropical paradise perpetuated since Captain Cook's "discovery" of Polynesia in the late 18th century, and offer the first extended comparison of the careers and art of La Farge and Paul Gauguin, who arrived in Tahiti only days after La Farge left in 1891. Featuring many previously unpublished works, this beautiful book is a major contribution to the study of La Farge's life and art.
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