By Phyllis Cole
Mary Moody Emerson inherited either assets and constraints from her relatives, a lineage of Massachusetts ministers who had prior practiced religious awakening and political resistance opposed to England. Cole discovers a formerly unexamined Emerson culture of fervent piety within the ancestors' personal writing and Mary's maintenance in their reminiscence. She additionally examines the placement of a lady during this patriarchal kin. Barred from the pulpit and collage by means of her intercourse, she additionally refused marriage to turn into a reader, author, and spiritual seeker.
Cole's biography explores this studying and writing as either a woman's vocation and a present to Ralph Waldo Emerson. aiding to elevate her nephews after their father's loss of life, Mary Moody Emerson steered Waldo the school pupil to hunt solitude in nature and turn into a divine poet. Cole's pioneering research, tracing an important traces of impact from Mary Emerson's heretofore unknown texts to her nephew's significant works, establishes a clean and very important resource for a principal American literary tradition.
By Philip Glahn
Philip Glahn seems to be at Brecht’s existence and works via his performs and tales, poems and political essays with a purpose to illustrate how they hint a lifelong try to relate to precise social, monetary and political conditions. Framed via international Wars, the Weimar Republic and a world melancholy, Nazism and exile and the East German model of socialist fact, Brecht’s personal existence grew to become a undertaking, illuminating and intervening within the ongoing predicament of contemporary event, formed by means of capitalism, nationalism and visions of social utopia.
Glahn unearths how Brecht upended and used as guns the language and gestures of philosophers and beggars, bureaucrats and thieves, monks and staff. the implications are scenes, chapters, rhymes and questions which are instantly humorous and tragic, well known and complicated, sharp, obtainable and whole of delight within the contradictions of being an energetic half within the creation of heritage. Bertolt Brecht will curiosity students and scholars of Brecht, in addition to those that desire to comprehend extra in regards to the existence and paintings of this pivotal glossy dramatist.
By James McGrath Morris
Eager to discover his manner in existence and phrases, John Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench struggle in France as a volunteer ambulance driving force retrieving the useless and heavily wounded from front line. Later within the struggle, he in short met one other younger author, Ernest Hemingway, who was once simply arriving for his carrier within the ambulance corps. whilst the struggle was once over, either males knew they'd to jot down approximately it; that they had to offer voice to what they felt approximately warfare and life.
Their friendship and collaboration constructed throughout the peace of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, as Hemingway's novels soared to luck whereas Dos Passos penned the best antiwar novel of his iteration, Three Soldiers. In conflict, Hemingway stumbled on experience, girls, and a reason. Dos Passos observed simply oppression and futility. Their various visions finally grew to become their deepest friendship right into a sour public struggle, fueled by means of cash, jealousy, and lust.
Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to the Austrian Alps, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West--The Ambulance Drivers is a biography of a turbulent friendship among of the century's maximum writers, and a demonstration of ways struggle either evokes and destroys, unites and divides.
By Robert Poulet,Massimo Raffaeli
By Harriet Brugmann
By Mark Twain,Harriet E., Ms. Smith,Benjamin Griffin
When the 1st quantity of Mark Twain’s uncensored Autobiography was once released in 2010, it used to be hailed as a necessary addition to the shelf of his works and a vital rfile for our knowing of the good humorist’s existence and occasions. This 3rd and ultimate quantity crowns and completes his life’s paintings. Like its better half volumes, it chronicles Twain's internal and outer lifestyles via a chain of day-by-day dictations that move anywhere his fancy leads.
Created from March 1907 to December 1909, those dictations current Mark Twain on the finish of his existence: receiving an honorary measure from Oxford college; railing opposed to Theodore Roosevelt; founding a variety of golf equipment; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous in regards to the authorship of Shakespeare’s performs; enjoyable in Bermuda; gazing (and making an investment in) new applied sciences. The Autobiography’s "Closing phrases" movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve 1909. additionally integrated during this quantity is the formerly unpublished "Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript," Mark Twain’s caustic indictment of his "putrescent pair" of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his apartment in the course of their residency.
Fitfully released in fragments at periods during the 20th century, Autobiography of Mark Twain has now been significantly reconstructed and made to be had because it used to be meant to be learn. absolutely annotated by means of the editors of the Mark Twain undertaking, the full Autobiography emerges as a landmark e-book in American literature.
Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith
Associate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Amanda Gagel, Sharon okay. Goetz, Leslie Diane Myrick, Christopher M. Ohge
By Brenda Murphy,George Monteiro
Known largely because the writer of a few of the main major performs within the American dramatic canon and as certainly one of America’s Nobel Laureates in literature, O'Neill not often gave interviews and provided few information about himself. for that reason, his existence has lengthy been shrouded in myth. He additionally abetted the various misconceptions approximately his adolescence through, for instance, advocating the tale that he used to be expelled from Princeton for throwing a rock via Woodrow Wilson's window or through exaggerating the quantity of time he had spent at sea. The legend of the hard-drinking, tormented playwright with a grim view of lifestyles used to be extra bolstered while Long Day's trip into Night used to be produced in 1956, 3 years after his demise rather than the twenty-five years he had insisted on.
The portrayal of O’Neill as a sad determine has been solidified in a couple of biographies. the aim of this assortment, in spite of the fact that, is to provide O'Neill as others observed him and defined him of their first-person money owed. during those memories, the various massive and diverse narrators clash with and contradict one another. in contrast to different money owed of O’Neill’s lifestyles, a lot of the point of interest is on impressions rather than evidence. the result's a revealing composite portrait of a key determine in twentieth-century American literary history.
This broad assortment deals insights unavailable in the other booklet and may carry immense allure for students and scholars drawn to American literature, Eugene O’Neill, and theater background, in addition to an individual willing to discover intimate information of the lifetime of one among America’s maximum writers.
By Sidonie Smith
Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, specialists within the box, distill their varied forays into lifestyles writing in a concise but far-reaching evaluate of keywords, matters, histories, and texts in autobiography stories. studying Autobiography is a step by step advent to the variations of autobiography from fiction and biography; the elements of autobiographical acts; such middle suggestions as reminiscence, event, identification, service provider, and the physique; the textual and demanding heritage of the sector; and clients for destiny study. geared up as a basic instruction manual, it contains a thesaurus of keyword phrases, feedback for instructing, and huge basic and secondary bibliographies.
Sidonie Smith is professor of English and director of women's stories on the collage of Michigan. Julia Watson is affiliate professor of comparative experiences at Ohio kingdom University.
By Romuald Rouviere
By Hanna Jansen