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Music at Midnight - The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (Paperback): John Drury Music at Midnight - The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (Paperback)
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For the first time, John Drury convincingly integrates the life and poetry of George Herbert, giving us in Music at Midnight the definitive biography of the man behind some of the most famous poems in the English Language. 'Love bade me welcome . . .' 'Teach me my God and King . . .' George Herbert wrote, but never published, some of the very greatest English poetry, recording in an astonishing variety of forms his inner experiences of grief, recovery, hope, despair, anger, fulfilment and - above all else - love. He was born in 1593 and died at the age of 39 in 1633, before the clouds of civil war gathered, his family aristocratic and his upbringing privileged. He showed worldly ambition and seemed sure of high public office and a career at court, but then for a time 'lost himself in a humble way', devoting himself to the restoration of the church at Leighton Bromswold in Buckinghamshire and then to his parish of Bemerton, three miles from Salisbury, whose cathedral music he called 'my heaven on earth'. When in the year of his death his friend Nicholas Ferrar, leader of the quasi-monastic community at Little Gidding, published Herbert's poems under the title The Temple, his fame was quickly established. Because he published no English poems during his lifetime, and dating most of them exactly is impossible, writing Herbert's biography is an unusual challenge. In this book John Drury sets the poetry in the whole context of the poet's life and times, so that the reader can understand the frame of mind and kind of society which produced it, and depth can be added to the narrative of Herbert's life. (T.S. Eliot: 'What we can confidently believe is that every poem in the book [The Temple] is in tune to the poet's experience.') His Herbert is not the saintly figure who has come down to us from John Aubrey, but a man torn for much of his life between worldly ambition and the spiritual life shown to us so clearly through his writings. The result is the most satisfying biography of this exceptional English poet yet written. JOHN DRURY is Chaplain and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He began as a biblical scholar, and while Dean of King's College, Cambridge, worked with Frank Kermode on the Gospels for The Literary Guide to the Bible, which sharpened his sense of the role of imagination in the formation of the Gospel stories. He took this interest further, and into the realm of Christian paintings and their meaning, in Painting the Word, written while he was Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Music at Midnight is the culmination of a lifetime's interest in Herbert, whose Complete Poetry he is now editing for Penguin Classics.

Ignition! - An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (Paperback): John Drury Clark Ignition! - An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (Paperback)
John Drury Clark; Foreword by Isaac Asimov
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This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John D. Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, and described as "a good book on rocket stuff...that's a really fun one" by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.

Painting the Word - Christian Pictures and Their Meanings (Paperback, New Ed): John Drury Painting the Word - Christian Pictures and Their Meanings (Paperback, New Ed)
John Drury
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Christianity is another country, says John Drury, and we need to familiarize ourselves with it in order to understand the universal meaning of its art. In this beautifully written book, Drury, an Anglican priest and theologian, looks at religious paintings through the ages and presents them to us in a fresh way-as works filled with passion, stories, and meaning. They become the poetry of such eternal human concerns as birth, death, sacrifice, love, and moral goodness and failure. Drury points out the religious meanings in paintings that range from works by Piero della Francesca to those by Velazquez. In each case he views the whole picture-its composition, color, drawing, figures, and even architecture-and shows how it creates a religious image that addresses the spectator as a spiritual human being. Drury also provides a historical context for the works, comparing our perception with the perceptions of, for example, the medieval monarch or the Renaissance merchant who first commissioned the work. He examines how these pictures are able to speak to audiences across time and space, and in the process he allows us to respond to them at a more imaginative, empathetic level.

Ignition! - An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (Hardcover): John Drury Clark Ignition! - An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (Hardcover)
John Drury Clark; Foreword by Isaac Asimov
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This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John Drury Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, and described as "a good book on rocket stuff...that's a really fun one" by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.

Proletarian Nights - The Workers' Dream in Nineteenth-century France (Paperback, Updated ed.): Jacques Ranciere Proletarian Nights - The Workers' Dream in Nineteenth-century France (Paperback, Updated ed.)
Jacques Ranciere; Translated by John Drury
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Proletarian Nights, one of Ranciere's most significant works, dramatically reinterprets the Revolution of 1830, contending that workers were not rebelling against specific hardships and conditions but against the unyielding predetermination of their lives. Through a study of worker-run newspapers, letters, journals, and worker-poetry, Ranciere reveals the contradictory and conflicting stories that challenge the coherence of these statements celebrating labor. In this new edition, Ranciere has written a new preface, revisiting the work twenty years since its first publication in French.

The Complete Poetry (Paperback): George Herbert The Complete Poetry (Paperback)
George Herbert; Edited by John Drury; Translated by Victoria Moul
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A wonderful edition of Herbert's poetry, edited by his acclaimed biographer John Drury and including elegant new translations of his Latin verse by Victoria Moul. George Herbert wrote, but never published, some of the very greatest English poetry, recording in an astonishing variety of forms his inner experiences of grief, recovery, hope, despair, anger, fulfilment and - above all else - love. This volume, edited by John Drury, collects Herbert's complete poetry - including such classics of English devotional poetry as 'The Altar', Easter-Wings' and 'Love'. It also includes the verse Herbert wrote in Latin, newly translated into English by Victoria Moul. George Herbert was born in 1593 and died at the age of 39 in 1633, before the clouds of civil war gathered. He showed worldly ambition and seemed sure of high public office and a career at court, but then for a time 'lost himself in a humble way', devoting himself to the restoration of a church and then to his parish of Bemerton, three miles from Salisbury. When in the year of his death his friend Nicholas Ferrar published Herbert's poems under the title The Temple, his fame was quickly established. John Drury is Chaplain and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His books include The Burning Bush (1990), Painting the Word (1999), and, most recently, Music at Midnight, the culmination of a lifetime's interest in Herbert. Victoria Moul is Lecturer in Latin Literature and Language at Kings College London. She is author of Jonson, Horace and the Classical Tradition (2010) and editor of Neo-Latin Literature (2014).

Music at Midnight - The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (Hardcover): John Drury Music at Midnight - The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (Hardcover)
John Drury
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Though he never published any of his English poems during his lifetime, George Herbert (1593-1633) is recognized as possibly the greatest religious poet in the language. Few English poets of his age still inspire such intense devotion today. In this richly perceptive biography, John Drury for the first time integrates Herbert's poems fully into his life, enriching our understanding of both the poet's mind and his work.
As Drury writes in his preface, Herbert lived "a quiet life with a crisis in the middle of it." Drury follows Herbert from his academic success as a young man, seemingly destined for a career at court, through his abandonment of those hopes, his devotion to the restoration of a church in Huntingdonshire, and his final years as a country parson. Because Herbert's work was only published posthumously, it has always been difficult to know when or in what context Herbert wrote his poems. But Drury skillfully places readings of the poems into his narrative at biographically credible moments, allowing us to appreciate not only Herbert's frame of mind while writing, but also the society that produced it. A sensitive critic of Herbert's poems as well as a theologian, Drury does full justice to the spiritual dimension of Herbert's work. In addition, he reveals the occasions of sorrow, happiness, regret, and hope that Herbert captured in his poetry and that led T. S. Eliot to write, "What we can confidently believe is that every poem . . . is true to the poet's experience."
Painting a picture of a man torn between worldly ambition and spiritual life, "Music at Midnight" is an eloquent biography that breathes new life into some of the greatest English poems ever written.

New Testament-KJV (Hardcover): Everyman's Library New Testament-KJV (Hardcover)
Everyman's Library; Introduction by John Drury
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John Drury's clear, marvelously erudite, and richly detailed introduction to the Everyman's Library edition of "The New Testament" reminds us why the King James Version, first published in 1611, has been the favorite of English readers for centuries. Despite a plethora of new translations in the second half of the twentieth century, the King James Version retains its power and appeal because "it has the intrinsic value of a classic and is an enduring masterpiece."
Drury outlines the fascinating history of this magisterial translation, marveling at the "patient generosity" with which the translators sifted through and distilled a century of previous scholarship. He points out that their work has endured not only because of the astonishing care they took to reflect faithfully the syntax of the original Hebrew and Greek-which enabled them to dispense with the densely entangled prose style that characterized English writing at the time-but also because of their concern to writers from Milton to Coleridge to George Eliot. From the doctrinal richness of the letters of St. Paul to those four masterpieces of storytelling, the Gospels, "The New Testament" has served as a source of inspiration for centuries.
To quote George Steiner on the centrality of the Bible: "What you have in hand is not a book. It is the book. That, of course, is what 'Bible' means. It is the book which, not only in Western humanity, defines the concept of a text. All our other books, however different in matter or method, relate, be it indirectly, to this book of books...All other books are inhabited by the murmur of that distant source."
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Midwest Heritage (Paperback): John Drury Midwest Heritage (Paperback)
John Drury
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This is a new release of the original 1948 edition.

Midwest Heritage (Hardcover): John Drury Midwest Heritage (Hardcover)
John Drury
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This is a new release of the original 1948 edition.

Old Illinois Houses - Occasional Publications of the Illinois State Historical Society (Hardcover): John Drury Old Illinois Houses - Occasional Publications of the Illinois State Historical Society (Hardcover)
John Drury; Edited by Jay Monaghan
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Old Illinois Houses - Occasional Publications of the Illinois State Historical Society (Paperback): John Drury Old Illinois Houses - Occasional Publications of the Illinois State Historical Society (Paperback)
John Drury; Edited by Jay Monaghan
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Old Chicago Houses (Hardcover): John Drury Old Chicago Houses (Hardcover)
John Drury
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Old Chicago Houses (Paperback): John Drury Old Chicago Houses (Paperback)
John Drury
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Midwest Heritage (Hardcover): John Drury Midwest Heritage (Hardcover)
John Drury
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Midwest Heritage (Paperback): John Drury Midwest Heritage (Paperback)
John Drury
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Truths and Untruths of Evolution (Paperback): John Drury Truths and Untruths of Evolution (Paperback)
John Drury
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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Midwest Heritage (Hardcover): John Drury Midwest Heritage (Hardcover)
John Drury
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Midwest Heritage (Paperback): John Drury Midwest Heritage (Paperback)
John Drury
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Jerry Pethick - Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie (Hardcover): Arnold Grant, Monika Szewcyk, John Drury Jerry Pethick - Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie (Hardcover)
Arnold Grant, Monika Szewcyk, John Drury
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Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie is the first major volume dedicated to the career of this multifaceted artist. Pethick's practice has always been difficult to categorize; though his work focused on questions of perception, which have been a central focus in the visual arts over the past four decades, his amalgamations of photography, optical devices, sculpture and drawing - as well as the structures he assembled to create new conceptions of material space - look like no other artist's work. His oeuvre has always evoked something of the amateur scientist and inventor. In the late 1960s and early 70s he became widely known for his pioneering work with holography in London and San Francisco. While he stopped working with holograms when he moved to Hornby Island, British Columbia in the mid-1970s, the nature of visual perception, the history of optics and integral (or fly's eye) photography using multiple lenses remained central to his work. Although Pethick drew upon a sophisticated in-depth understanding of science and art history, his work was constructed from modest materials and found objects, including cheap plastic Fresnel lenses, discarded sinks, hay bales, light bulbs and bicycle tires that could be found in a local hardware store or garbage dump. While Pethick's work has been included in exhibitions across Canada, Europe, the United States and Japan, this publication will accompany the first retrospective exhibition of his work.

The Philosopher and His Poor (Paperback): Jacques Ranciere The Philosopher and His Poor (Paperback)
Jacques Ranciere; Edited by Andrew Parker; Translated by John Drury, Corinne Oster, Andrew Parker
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What has philosophy to do with the poor? If, as has often been supposed, the poor have no time for philosophy, then why have philosophers always made time for them? Why is the history of philosophy-from Plato to Karl Marx to Jean-Paul Sartre to Pierre Bourdieu-the history of so many figures of the poor: plebes, men of iron, the demos, artisans, common people, proletarians, the masses? Why have philosophers made the shoemaker, in particular, a remarkably ubiquitous presence in this history? Does philosophy itself depend on this thinking about the poor? If so, can it ever refrain from thinking for them?Jacques Ranciere's The Philosopher and His Poor meditates on these questions in close readings of major texts of Western thought in which the poor have played a leading role-sometimes as the objects of philosophical analysis, sometimes as illustrations of philosophical argument. Published in France in 1983 and made available here for the first time in English, this consummate study assesses the consequences for Marx, Sartre, and Bourdieu of Plato's admonition that workers should do "nothing else" than their own work. It offers innovative readings of these thinkers' struggles to elaborate a philosophy of the poor. Presenting a left critique of Bourdieu, the terms of which are largely unknown to an English-language readership, The Philosopher and His Poor remains remarkably timely twenty years after its initial publication.

A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 1 (Paperback): Juan Luis Sj Segundo A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 1 (Paperback)
Juan Luis Sj Segundo; Translated by John Drury
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A THEOLOGY FOR ARTISANS OF A NEW HUMANITY

A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 4 (Paperback): Juan Luis Sj Segundo A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 4 (Paperback)
Juan Luis Sj Segundo; Translated by John Drury
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A THEOLOGY FOR ARTISANS OF A NEW HUMANITY

A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 3 (Paperback): Juan Luis Sj Segundo A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 3 (Paperback)
Juan Luis Sj Segundo; Translated by John Drury
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A THEOLOGY FOR ARTISANS OF A NEW HUMANITY

A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 5 (Paperback): Juan Luis Sj Segundo A Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, Volume 5 (Paperback)
Juan Luis Sj Segundo; Translated by John Drury
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A THEOLOGY FOR ARTISANS OF A NEW HUMANITY

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