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Jefferson's Western Explorations - Discoveries made in exploring the Missouri, Red River and Washita....The Natchez... Jefferson's Western Explorations - Discoveries made in exploring the Missouri, Red River and Washita....The Natchez Edition, 1806. A Facsimile. (Hardcover)
Thomas Jefferson, Doug Erickson, Paul Merchant, Jeremy Skinner
R1,533 Discovery Miles 15 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Thomas Jefferson's 1806 Message provided the U.S. Congress, the American people, and interested parties throughout the world with a summary not only of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, but of other expeditions of the time. The value of this "Message from the President, " in addition to its rarity, is in the wealth of information it provided to individuals in the early nineteenth century about the wilderness in the unknown West, and the insights provided to today's reader.

It is one of the rarest of printed items in the bibliography of early works on Lewis and Clark.

Jefferson's Search for Information. The 1806 Message is an example of the Jeffersonian value of and search for information about the western lands recently acquired from France. The Message brings together the most authoritative accounts of the Louisiana Purchase, combining information from the explorations of Lewis and Clark on the Missouri, William Dunbar and George Hunter on the Ouachita, and Dr. John Sibley's researches on the Red River territory into one report, introduced by Jefferson himself.

Editorial Background. The editors place the document in the context of Jefferson's interest in exploration of the West. They offer comparisons between the expeditions included in the Message and discuss the sources that assisted the leaders of these endeavors. A thorough history of the printer and his press is provided, along with an informative assessment of the location and provenance of known copies of the Natchez edition.

Additional material included. The Natchez reprint of the Message, appearing after versions published in Washington and New York, also includes extracts from Dunbar's journal, as well as significant botanical observations not printed in those earlier editions. As such, the Natchez reprint is distinctly valuable in providing this unique information--a printed facsimile of this item is long overdue.

Two appendices follow the text, including pages from the Washington edition not included in the Natchez edition, and a survey of correspondence of John Sibley available at the Library of Congress. The volume also includes four maps intended to accompany the original 1806 publications.

Four folding maps are included in a special envelope at the rear of the book. The facsimile is augmented by an extensive introduction, two appendices, works cited, index, and seven illustrations. Printed on acid-free paper and bound in rich moss-green cloth with gold foil-stamped spine and front cover. Issued in an edition of only 750 copies.

Sound of the Ax - Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford (Paperback): Vincent Wixon, Paul Merchant Sound of the Ax - Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford (Paperback)
Vincent Wixon, Paul Merchant
R337 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Sound of the Ax" brings together for the first time over four hundred aphorisms and twenty-six aphoristic poems by one of America's most essential poets of the twentieth century. Many readers are familiar with the trenchant nature of William Stafford's poems, with lines such as "Justice will take us millions of intricate moves" and "Your job is to find what the world is trying to be," but have never had the opportunity to read a sustained selection from the thousands of wise, witty, and penetrating statements he created in over forty years of daily writing in his journal. In keeping with Stafford's varied interests, the aphorisms in "Sound of the Ax" explore many topics--war and peace, involvement, aging, appearances, fear, egotism, writing, nature, animals, suffering, faith, living an ethical life, and so on--with his incisive view. The poems are either made up entirely or primarily aphorisms, and range from the well-known "Things I Learned Last Week" to some never before collected. Readers will find much to enjoy and to think about here, and will return over and over to "Sound of the Ax" for inspiration, pleasure, and wisdom from an author noted for his integrity and mindful living.

The Answers are Inside the Mountains - Meditations on the Writing Life (Paperback, New): William Stafford The Answers are Inside the Mountains - Meditations on the Writing Life (Paperback, New)
William Stafford; Edited by Paul Merchant, Vincent Wixon
R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation. In this fourth collection of reflections on writing and the writing life, the late William Stafford's lifelong refusal to separate his work from the task of living responsibly-"What a person is shows up in what a person does"-rings clear. The Answers Are Inside the Mountains collects unpublished interviews, poems, articles, aphorisms, and writing exercises from this great American man of letters and hugely prolific author, who kept a journal for nearly half a century and produced over 20,000 poems-a staggering output by any standard. The book begins with the words "To overwhelm by rightness," a phrase evoking the two demands Stafford made on himself: to write daily, and to live uprightly. The Answers Are Inside the Mountains lives up to those deceptively simple ethics, and confirms William Stafford's enduringly important voice for our uncertain age.

Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human (Hardcover): Lucy Bollington, Paul Merchant Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human (Hardcover)
Lucy Bollington, Paul Merchant
R2,008 Discovery Miles 20 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume explores works from Latin American literary and visual culture that question what it means to be human and examine the ways humans and nonhumans shape one another. In doing so, it provides new perspectives on how the region challenges and adds to global conversations about humanism and the posthuman. Contributors identify posthumanist themes across a range of different materials, including an anecdote about a plague of rabbits in Historia de las Indias by Spanish historian Bartolome de las Casas, photography depicting desert landscapes at the site of Brazil's War of Canudos, and digital and installation art portraying victims of state-sponsored and drug violence in Colombia and Mexico. The essays illuminate how these cultural texts broach the limits between life and death, human and animal, technology and the body, and people and the environment. They also show that these works use the category of the human to address issues related to race, gender, inequality, necropolitics, human rights, and the role of the environment.Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human demonstrates that by focusing on the boundary between the human and nonhuman, writers, artists, and scholars can open up new dimensions to debates about identity and difference, the local and the global, and colonialism and power.

Unless She Beckons - Poems by Dafydd AP Gwilym (Paperback): Dafydd Ap Gwilym Unless She Beckons - Poems by Dafydd AP Gwilym (Paperback)
Dafydd Ap Gwilym; Translated by Paul Merchant, Michael Faletra
R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Epic (Paperback): Paul Merchant The Epic (Paperback)
Paul Merchant
R962 Discovery Miles 9 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

First published in 1971, this work examines the tradition of the epic and the many forms in which it has presented itself over time. After unpicking the defining aspects of an epic, the book tracks the literary tradition from the classical period through to modern day. Exploring major texts such as Beowulf, Odyssey, Divina Comedia, The Faerie Queene and Ulysses, this work will be a valuable resource for those studying the epic and English literature.

The Epic (Hardcover): Paul Merchant The Epic (Hardcover)
Paul Merchant
R1,890 R1,657 Discovery Miles 16 570 Save R233 (12%) Out of stock

First published in 1971, this work examines the tradition of the epic and the many forms in which it has presented itself over time. After unpicking the defining aspects of an epic, the book tracks the literary tradition from the classical period through to modern day. Exploring major texts such as Beowulf, Odyssey, Divina Comedia, The Faerie Queene and Ulysses, this work will be a valuable resource for those studying the epic and English literature.

Monochords (Paperback): Yannis Ritsos Monochords (Paperback)
Yannis Ritsos; Translated by Paul Merchant
R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Out of stock
The Answers are Inside the Mountains - Meditations on the Writing Life (Hardcover, New): William Stafford The Answers are Inside the Mountains - Meditations on the Writing Life (Hardcover, New)
William Stafford; Edited by Paul Merchant, Vincent Wixon
R1,724 Discovery Miles 17 240 Out of stock

A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.
In this fourth collection of reflections on writing and the writing life, the late William Stafford's lifelong refusal to separate his work from the task of living responsibly -- "What a person is shows up in what a person does" -- rings clear.
The Answers Are Inside the Mountains collects unpublished interviews, poems, articles, aphorisms, and writing exercises from this great American man of letters and hugely prolific author, who kept a journal for nearly half a century and produced over 20,000 poems -- a staggering output by any standard.
The book begins with the words "To overwhelm by rightness," a phrase evoking the two demands Stafford made on himself: to write daily, and to live uprightly. The Answers Are Inside the Mountains lives up to those deceptively simple ethics, and confirms William Stafford's enduringly important voice for our uncertain age.
William Stafford (1914-93) authored more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose, including the highly acclaimed Writing the Australian Crawl, You Must Revise Your Life, Crossing Unmarked Snow: Further Views on the Writer's Vocation, and Traveling Through the Dark, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry.

Crossing Unmarked Snow - Further Views on the Writer's Vocation (Paperback, New): William T. Stafford Crossing Unmarked Snow - Further Views on the Writer's Vocation (Paperback, New)
William T. Stafford; Edited by Paul Merchant, Vincent Wixon
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Out of stock

"It is this impulse to change the "quality" of experience that I recognize as central to creation. . . . Out of all that could be done, you choose one thing. What that one thing is, nothing else can tell you--you come at it over unmarked snow."
--"William Stafford"
A plain-spoken but eminently effective poet, the late William Stafford (1914-1993) has managed to shape part of the mainstream of American poetry by distancing himself from its trends and politics. Though his work has always inspired controversy, he was widely admired by students and poetry lovers as well as his own peers. His fascination with the process of writing joined with his love of the land and his faith in the teaching power of nature to produce a unique poetic voice in the last third of the twentieth century.
"Crossing Unmarked Snow" continues--in the tradition of Stafford's well-loved collections "Writing the Australian Crawl" and "You Must Revise Your Life"-- collecting prose and poetry on the writer's profession. The book includes reviews and reflections on poets from Theodore Roethke to Carolyn Forche, from May Sarton to Philip Levine; conversations on the making of poems; and a selection of Stafford's own poetry. The book also includes a section on the art of teaching, featuring interviews, writing exercises, and essays on the writer's vocation.
William Stafford authored more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose during his lifetime, including the highly acclaimed "Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer's Vocation" and "You Must Revise Your Life,"

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