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Excellent Women

Excellent Women

  • Author: Barbara Pym
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101666250
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a spinster in the England of the 1950s, one of those 'excellent women' who tend to get involved in other people's lives - such as those of her new neighbor, Rockingham, and the vicar next door. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest.

The Book Of Friendship

The Book Of Friendship

  • Author: Josie Barnard
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0748119523
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 320
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A fascinating study of friendship, looking first at friendships in childhood and the challenge of maintaining them as adults. Barnard skilfully explores different types of friendships, from the personal to the social, and discusses the extent to which they create and are created by the societies within which they exist. 'As a child I found friendships alluring and confusing, even frightening. What would it be like to have someone you could trust like that? My upbringing was socially and demographically isolated. I couldn't 'do' friendships. I was sombre and bespectacled. To my delight, at infant school, a girl called Dawn invited me back for tea. The return invitation saw Dawn in our dilapidated house, choking on a bay leaf because she had been too embarrassed to ask why there was a leaf in her food and had tried to swallow it. That was the end of that alliance, and perhaps the start of my interest in trying to work out this elusive, potent thing called friendship

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1405192445
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 1536
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This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)

On Liberty and the Subjection of Women

On Liberty and the Subjection of Women

  • Author: John Stuart Mill
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141945613
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 304
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A prodigiously brilliant thinker who sharply challenged the beliefs of his age, the political and social radical John Stuart Mill was the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century. Regarded as one of the sacred texts of liberalism, his great work On Liberty argues lucidly that any democracy risks becoming a 'tyranny of opinion' in which minority views are suppressed if they do not conform with those of the majority. Written in the same period as On Liberty, shortly after the death of Mill's beloved wife and fellow-thinker Harriet, The Subjection of Women stresses the importance of equality for the sexes. Together, the works provide a fascinating testimony to the hopes and anxieties of mid-Victorian England, and offer a compelling consideration of what it truly means to be free.

The Woman in White

The Woman in White

  • Author: Wilkie Collins
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 548
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Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Matthew Sweet.

Hatchepsut

Hatchepsut

The Female Pharaoh

  • Author: Joyce Tyldesley
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141929340
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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Queen - or, as she would prefer to be remembered King - Hatchepsut was an astonishing woman. Brilliantly defying tradition she became the female embodiment of a male role, dressing in men's clothes and even wearing a false beard. Forgotten until Egptologists deciphered hieroglyphics in the 1820's, she has since been subject to intense speculation about her actions and motivations. Combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of sources, Joyce Tyldesley's dazzling piece of detection strips away the myths and misconceptions and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.

Hats

Hats

  • Author: Clair Hughes
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 0857851608
  • Category: Design
  • Page: 288
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Although a hat may be designed for the purpose of practicality or aesthetics, it is part of a complex interplay of wider cultural meanings. Throughout history hats have played a significant role in expressing and revealing notions of class, gender, authority, fashion and etiquette. By examining the consumption and production of hats from the 18th century to the present day, this book explores their significance as markers of social and cultural change. Taking a thematic approach, Clair Hughes charts how headgear during the modern era has been shaped by status, gender and necessity. Using case studies such as the bowler hat, which has moved up and down classes and professions, Hughes reveals that although a hat might seem bound to its status and context, it is as susceptible to subversion and reinvention as the society which creates it. From the transition of pilots' helmets from practical headgear to fashion items, to the Slouch hat and the baseball cap, hats have responded to cultural or political movements, often becoming conscious displays of identity and social allegiance. Drawing from material and historical research as well as depictions in art, literature and film, Hughes provides a fascinating insight into hats as a visible performance of social values and culture.

Persuasion

Persuasion

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781101535288
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion is a delightful social satire of England’s landed gentry and a moving tale of lovers separated by class distinctions. After years apart, unmarried Anne Elliot, the heroine Jane Austen called “almost too good for me,” encounters the dashing naval officer others persuaded her to reject, as he now courts the rash and younger Louisa Musgrove. Superbly drawn, these characters and those of Anne’s prideful father, Sir Walter, the scheming Mrs. Clay, and the duplicitous William Elliot, heir to Kellynch Hall, become luminously alive—so much so that the poet Tennyson, visiting historic Lyme Regis, where a pivotal scene occurs, exclaimed: “Don’t talk to me of the Duke of Monmouth. Show me the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell!” Tender, almost grave, Persuasion offers a glimpse into Jane Austen’s own heart while it magnificently displays the full maturity of her literary power.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101613688
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 160
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In a novella which remains highly controversial to this day, Conrad explores the relations between Africa and Europe. On the surface, this is a horrifying tale of colonial exploitation. The narrator, Marlowe journeys on business deep into the heart of Africa. But there he encounters Kurtz, an idealist apparently crazed and depraved by his power over the natives, and the meeting prompts Marlowe to reflect on the darkness at the heart of all men. This short but complex and often ambiguous story, which has been the basis of several films and plays, continues to provoke interpretation and discussion. Heart of Darkness grew out of a journey Joseph Conrad took up the Congo River; the verisimilitude that the great novelist thereby brought to his most famous tale everywhere enhances its dense and shattering power. Apparently a sailor’s yarn, it is in fact a grim parody of the adventure story, in which the narrator, Marlow, travels deep into the heart of the Congo where he encounters the crazed idealist Kurtz and discovers that the relative values of the civilized and the primitive are not what they seem. Heart of Darkness is a model of economic storytelling, an indictment of the inner and outer turmoil caused by the European imperial misadventure, and a piercing account of the fragility of the human soul. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

The Histories

The Histories

  • Author: Tacitus
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141942487
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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In AD68 Nero's suicide marked the end of the first dynasty of imperial Rome. The following year was one of drama and danger, though not of chaos. In the surviving books of his Histories the barrister-historian Tacitus, writing some thirty years after the events he describes, gives us a detailed account based on excellent authorities. In the 'long but single year' of revolution four emperors emerge in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian - who established the Flavian dynasty. Rhiannon Ash stays true to the spirit of Wellesley's prose whilst making the translation more accessible to modern readers.