The Broidered Garment: The Love Story of Mona Martinsen and by Hilda Martinsen Neihardt

By Hilda Martinsen Neihardt

The daughter of a global financier, Mona Martinsen was once a tall, extraordinary, visionary sculptor learning in Paris with the popular Auguste Rodin. The son of an American pioneer kin at the nice Plains, John G. Neihardt used to be a brief, awesome, yet impoverished poet and author. It looked like a sizeable mismatch, but either have been irresistibly interested in an analogous issues. at the start as in spite of everything, it was once a fondness for good looks and a party of the fabulous that sure Mona and John. whereas learning sculpture and showing in Paris, Mona Martinsen was once captivated via a bit e-book of poems, A package deal of Myrrh, a present from her mom. Mona wrote to the younger poet, he spoke back, and during a chain of letters the poet in Bancroft, Nebraska, and the sculptor in Paris, France, came across a lot in universal. Drawing on correspondence, interviews, archival examine, and her personal thoughts, Hilda Martinsen Neihardt tells the tale of the way the sculptor and the poet met, fell in love, raised a kin, and grew outdated jointly. hot and revealing, this undying love tale will pride the admirers of John G. Neihardt and remove darkness from the lifestyles and paintings of the artist Mona Martinsen.  (20061112)

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Black Boy (HarperCollins) by Richard Wright

By Richard Wright

Richard Wright grew up within the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, starvation, worry, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at these round him; at six he used to be a "drunkard," placing approximately taverns. Surly, brutal, chilly, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was once surrounded on one part via whites who have been both detached to him, pitying, or merciless, and at the different by way of blacks who resented someone attempting to upward push above the typical lot. Black Boy is Richard Wright's robust account of his trip from innocence to adventure within the Jim Crow South. it really is without delay an unashamed confession and a profound indictment—a poignant and hectic list of social injustice and human anguish.

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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: An American Woman's Life by Linda Wagner-Martin

By Linda Wagner-Martin

Linda Wagner-Martin has created a brand new type of biography of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: Zelda's tale from her viewpoint, rather than her well-known husband's. this is often the 1st biography to inform her complete existence tale, describing what it intended to be born in 1900, after which to be a "New girl" in Montgomery, Alabama. that includes for the 1st time info from the newly on hand documents at Princeton, Wagner-Martin vividly illustrates Zelda's psychiatric panorama. precise discussions of the roots of alcoholism and infidelity are juxtaposed with the 1st accomplished evaluations of Zelda's varied inventive accomplishments as a dancer, brief tale author, essayist and novelist. this can be an evocative portrayal of a skilled woman's expert and emotional conflicts, a narrative with as a lot relevance this present day because it had part a century in the past.

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William Wordsworth: A Literary Life by John Williams (auth.)

By John Williams (auth.)

In William Wordsworth, John Williams presents an in depth account of Wordsworth's evolution as a poet. This comprises his earliest identified writing whereas a student at Hawkshead Grammar tuition, and his later poetry, usually almost overlooked by means of critics. Wordsworth's ambivalent perspective in the direction of searching out a public readership past his speedy circle of associates and admirers is a imperative obstacle of the publication. This consists of an review of the poet's moving feel of his political allegiances along the pressures of private relationships and circumstances.

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Trans-Atlantyk: An Alternate Translation by Witold Gombrowicz

By Witold Gombrowicz

Considered by way of many to be one of the maximum writers of the earlier hundred years, Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz explores the trendy situation of exile and displacement in a disintegrating global in his acclaimed vintage Trans-Atlantyk. Gombrowicz’s such a lot own novel—and arguably his such a lot iconoclastic—Trans-Atlantyk is written within the type of a gaweda, a story instructed by means of the fireplace in a language that originated within the 17th century. It recounts the customarily farcical adventures of a penniless younger author stranded in Argentina while the Nazis invade his fatherland, and his next “adoption” through the Polish embassy employees and émigré community.
 
Based loosely on Gombrowicz’s personal stories as an expatriate, Trans-Atlantyk is steeped in humor and sharply pointed satire, interlaced with darkish visions of battle and its horrors, that entreats the person and society generally to upward thrust above the suffocating constraints of nationalistic, sexual, and patriotic mores. The novel's topics are common and its execution ingenious—a masterwork of twentieth-century literary paintings from an writer whom John Updike referred to as “one of the profoundest of the overdue moderns.”

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