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The Faber Book of Reportage

The Faber Book of Reportage

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571141630
  • Category: History
  • Page: 706
  • View: 1906
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What was it like to be caught in the firestorm that destroyed Pompeii? To have dinner with Attila the Hun? To watch the charge of the Light Brigade? To see the Titanic slide beneath the waves? John Carey's best-selling Faber Book of Reportage draws its eyewitness account from memoirs, travel books and newspapers. This is history with the varnish removed. 'A quite stunning collection. There are descriptions in this book so fresh that they sear themselves into the imagination.' Jeremy Paxman

Eyewitness to History

Eyewitness to History

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0380729687
  • Category: History
  • Page: 752
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Imagine. . . Witnessing the destruction of Pompeii. . . Accompanying Julius Caesar on his invasion of Britain. . . Flying with the crew of The Great Artiste en route to dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. . . Civilization's most momentous events come vibrantly alive in this magnificent collection of over three hundred eyewitness accounts spanning twenty-four turbulent centuries -- remarkable recollections of battles, atrocities, disasters, coronations, assassinations and discoveries that shaped the course of history, all related in vivid detail by observers on the scene.

The Faber Book of Utopias

The Faber Book of Utopias

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780571203178
  • Category: Utopias
  • Page: 531
  • View: 5754
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Utopias come in every conceivable cultural and sexual shade: communist, fascist, anarchist, green, techno-fantastic, all male, all female. John Carey's anthology encompasses many noble schemes, as well as chilling attempts at social control.

The Granta Book of Reportage

The Granta Book of Reportage

  • Author: Ian Jack
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781862071933
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 424
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This collection of journalism includes: John le Carre with the spy of the century in Switzerland; Ian Jack investigating the deaths on the Rock; John Simpson saving a soldier's life in Tiananmen Square; Martha Gellhorn in Panama City after the US invasion; Richard Rayner with the looters in Hollywood; and James Fenton hitching a ride on a tank in Saigon.

The Faber Book of Pop

The Faber Book of Pop

  • Author: Hanif Kureishi,Jon Savage
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • ISBN: 9780571179800
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 862
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This acclaimed collection charts the course of Pop from its underground origins through its low and high art phases to its current omnipresence; it takes in fiction, reportage, fashion, art and fantasy as filtered through pop music and includes work by Michael Bracewell, Angela Carter, Nick Cohn, Bob Dylan, Simon Garfield, Nelson George, Germaine Greer, Peter Guralnick, John Lennon, Norman Mailer, Greil Marcus, Iggy Pop, Neil Tennant, Lou Reed, Simon Reynolds, Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches, Andy Warhol, Tom Wolfe and Malcolm X, amongst others. Covering more than 50 years of writing from 1942 on, The Faber Book of Pop is the most stimulating collection of writing on popular music ever published.

The Faber Book of Science

The Faber Book of Science

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571300278
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 560
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The Faber Book of Science introduces hunting spiders and black holes, gorillas and stardust, protons, photons and neutrinos. In his acclaimed anthology, John Carey plots the development of modern science from Leonardo da Vinci to Chaos Theory. The emphasis is on the scientists themselves and their own accounts of their breakthroughs and achievements. The classic science-writers are included - Darwin, T.H. Huxley and Jean Henri Fabre tracking insects through the Provencal countryside. So too are today's experts - Steve Jones on the Human Genome Project, Richard Dawkins on DNA and many other representatives of the contemporary genre of popular science-writing which, John Carey argues, challenges modern poetry and fiction in its imaginative power.

William Golding

William Golding

The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781439187333
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 592
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In 1953, William Golding was a provincial schoolteacher writing books on his breaks, lunch hours and holidays. His work had been rejected by every major publisher—until an editor at Faber and Faber pulled his manuscript off the rejection pile. This was to become Lord of the Flies, a book that would sell in the millions and bring Golding worldwide recognition. Golding went on to become one of the most popular and influential British authors to have emerged since World War II. He received the Booker Prize for the novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. Stephen King has stated that the Castle Rock in Lord of the Flies continues to inspire him, so much so that he named his entertainment company after it and has placed the Golding novel prominently in his novels Hearts in Atlantis and Cujo. Golding has been called a British Vonnegut—disheveled and darkly humorous, perverse when it would have been easier to be bitter, bitter when it would have been easier to be lazy, sometimes more disturbing than he is palatable and above all fascinating beyond measure. Yet despite the fame and acclaim, the renowned author saw himself as a monster—a reclusive depressive ruled by his fears and a man who battled alcoholism throughout his life. In addition to being a schoolteacher, Golding was a scientist, a sailor and a poet before becoming a bestselling author, and his embitterment and alienation, his family, the women in his past, along with his experiences in the war, inform his work. This is the first book to unpack the life and character of a man whose entire oeuvre dealt with the conflict between light and dark in the human soul, tracing the defects of society back to the defects of human nature itself. Drawing almost entirely on materials that have never before been made public, John Carey sheds new light on Golding. Through his exclusive access to Golding’s family, Carey uses hundreds of letters, unpublished works and Golding’s intimate journals to draw a revelatory and definitive portrait. An acclaimed critic, Carey enriches crucially our appreciation of the literary work of Golding, bringing us, as the best literary biographies do, back to the books. And with equal parts lyricism and driving emotion, Carey brings to light a life that is extraordinary to the point of transcendent and a writer who trusted the imagination above all things.

Trieste And The Meaning Of Nowhere

Trieste And The Meaning Of Nowhere

  • Author: Jan Morris
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • ISBN: 078673082X
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 208
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Here's a book for lovers of all things Italian. This city on the Adriatic has always tantalized Jan Morris with its moodiness and changeability. After visiting Trieste for more than half a century, she has come to see it as a touchstone for her interests and preoccupations: cities, seas, empires. It has even come to reflect her own life in its loves, disillusionments, and memories. Her meditation on the place is characteristically layered with history and sprinkled with stories of famous visitors from James Joyce to Sigmund Freud. A lyrical travelogue, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere is also superb cultural history and the culmination of a singular career-"an elegant and bittersweet farewell" (Boston Globe).

A History of Reading

A History of Reading

  • Author: Alberto Manguel
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698178971
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning, and at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist and editor Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the six-thousand-year-old conversation between words and that hero without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. Manguel brilliantly covers reading as seduction, as rebellion, and as obsession and goes on to trace the quirky and fascinating history of the reader’s progress from clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.

The Unexpected Professor

The Unexpected Professor

An Oxford Life in Books

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 057131094X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
  • View: 728
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Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, John Carey describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him - an escape from the London blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, age 40, to Oxford's oldest English Literature professorship. He frankly portrays the snobberies and rituals of 1950s Oxford, but also his inspiring meetings with writers and poets - Auden, Graves, Larkin, Heaney - and his forty-year stint as a lead book-reviewer for the Sunday Times. This is a book about the joys of reading - in effect, an informal introduction to the great works of English literature. But it is also about war and family, and how an unexpected background can give you the insight and the courage to say the unexpected thing.

Go Giants: Poems

Go Giants: Poems

  • Author: Nick Laird
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393347443
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 69
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Collects poems on such topics as fatherhood, marriage, mass destruction, and the cosmos.

Believe in People

Believe in People

The Essential Karel Capek

  • Author: Karel Capek
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571271707
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 240
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Playful and provocative, irreverent and inspiring, Capek is perhaps the best-loved Czech writer of all time. Novelist and playwright, famed for inventing the word 'robot' in his play RUR, Capek was a vital part of the burgeoning artistic scene of Czechoslovakia of the 1920s and 30s. But it is in his journalism - his brief, sparky and delightful columns - that Capek can be found at his most succinct, direct and appealing. This selection of Capek's writing, translated into English for the first time, contains his essential ideas. The pieces are animated by his passion for the ordinary and the everyday - from laundry to toothache, from cats to cleaning windows - his love of language, his lyrical observations of the world and above all his humanism, his belief in people. His letters to his wife Olga, also published here, are extraordinarily moving and beautifully distinct from his other writings. Uplifting, enjoyable and endlessly wise, Believe in People is a collection to treasure.

The Oxford Book of Letters

The Oxford Book of Letters

  • Author: Frank Kermode,Anita Kermode
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 9780192804907
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 559
  • View: 6669
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A rich anthology of letters in English encompasses more than three hundred letters spanning five centuries including the correspondence of John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Disraeli, Flannery O'Connor, Charles Dickens, and many others. UP.

Pure Pleasure

Pure Pleasure

A Guide to the 20th Century's Most Enjoyable Books

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571204489
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 173
  • View: 7079
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One of Britain's most respected literary critics introduces what he believes are the fifty most enjoyable books of the twentieth century, from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and masterpieces, and offers criticism, biography, and cultural context for each selection.

What Good are the Arts?

What Good are the Arts?

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 019530554X
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 286
  • View: 1108
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Does strolling through an art museum, admiring the old masters, improve us morally and spiritually? Would government subsidies of "high art" (such as big-city opera houses) be better spent on local community art projects? In What Good are the Arts? John Carey--one of Britain's most respected literary critics--offers a delightfully skeptical look at the nature of art. In particular, he cuts through the cant surrounding the fine arts, debunking claims that the arts make us better people or that judgements about artare anything more than personal opinion. Indeed, Carey argues that there are no absolute values in the arts and that we cannot call other people's aesthetic choices "mistaken" or "incorrect," however much we dislike them. Along the way, Carey reveals the flaws in the aesthetic theories of everyonefrom Emanuel Kant to Arthur C. Danto, and he skewers the claims of "high-art advocates" such as Jeannette Winterson. But Carey does argue strongly for the value of art as an activity and for the superiority of one art in particular: literature. Literature, he contends, is the only art capable ofreasoning, and the only art that can criticize. Language is the medium that we use to convey ideas, and the usual ingredients of other arts--objects, noises, light effects--cannot replicate this function. Literature has the ability to inspire the mind and the heart towards practical ends far betterthan any work of conceptual art. Here then is a lively and stimulating invitation to debate the value of art, a provocative book that will pique the interest of anyone who loves painting, music, or literature.

Great Plains

Great Plains

  • Author: Ian Frazier
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466828889
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 328
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National Bestseller With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull's cabin, to an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde, to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.

The Intellectuals and the Masses

The Intellectuals and the Masses

Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia 1880-1939

  • Author: John Carey
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571265103
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 256
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Professor John Carey shows how early twentieth-century intellectuals imagined the 'masses' as semi-human swarms, drugged by popular newspapers and cinema, and ripe for extermination. Exposing the revulsion from common humanity in George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, W. B. Yeats and other canonized writers, he relates this to the cult of the Nietzschean Superman, which found its ultimate exponent in Hitler. Carey's assault on the founders of modern culture caused consternation throughout the artistic and academic establishments when it was first published in 1992.

For Who the Bell Tolls

For Who the Bell Tolls

  • Author: David Marsh
  • Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
  • ISBN: 178335013X
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 304
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For Who the Bell Tolls is a book that explains the grammar that people really need to know, such as the fact that an apostrophe is the difference between a company that knows its s*** and a company that knows it's s***, or the importance of capital letters to avoid ambiguity in such sentences as 'I helped my Uncle Jack off his horse.' David Marsh's lifelong mission has been to create order out of chaos. For four decades, he has worked for newspapers, from the Sun to the Financial Times, from local weeklies that sold a few thousand copies to the Guardian, with its global readership of nine million, turning the sow's ear of rough-and-ready reportage into a passable imitation of a silk purse. The chaos might be sloppy syntax, a disregard for grammar or a fundamental misunderstanding of what grammar is. It could be an adherence to 'rules' that have no real basis and get in the way of fluent, unambiguous communication at the expense of ones that are actually useful. Clear, honest use of English has many enemies: politicians, business and marketing people, local authority and civil service jargonauts, rail companies, estate agents, academics . . . and some journalists. This is the book to help defeat them. 'A splendid and, more importantly, sane book on English grammar.' Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • Author: Robert Tressell
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
  • ISBN: 1518338097
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 1054
  • View: 5213
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Chios Classics brings literature's greatest works back to life for new generations. All our books contain a linked table of contents. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a classic political novel written by the Irish author Robert Tressell.The book provides a comprehensive portrayal of British social, economic, and political life at the turn of the 20th century.