Contrary to conventional wisdom, the novel did not originate in 18th-century England, nor even with Don Quixote, but is coeval with civilization itself. After an introduction, in which the author defends innovative, demanding novelists against their conservative critics, this book relaxes into a world tour of the premodern novel.
John Donne's poetry is marked by a scientific colloquial directness and a complex, even tortured, intelligence. It falls into two classes. There is the early ironic and erotic poetry that contains some of the finest English love poetry and also his later, religious poetry.
This is a readable account of Irish history in the first quarter of the 20th century. Drawing on the most recent scholarship on this period, the author presents a balanced narrative, with a useful historiographical section at the end of each chapter.
This first novel explores the chain of events which, in the social circumstances and mores of Scotland of the forties and fifties, cause the bizarre death of a young girl. This novel won the RSL's Winifred Holtby Prize for the best regional novel of the year.
Running from the sixth century to the end of the 20th, this collection presents the currents of Scottish poetry in a clear yet nuanced way. Burns, Stevenson and McDiarmid form part of the book's core design, while 20th century poets include Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochead and Don Paterson.
Offering an exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's life and work, this book identifies what it was that made him so unique. It offers insights into the 'real' meaning behind masterpieces, such as "The Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper". It also talks about his unfulfilled dreams, relationships with patrons, and the truth about his religious views.
Traces how the notions of gluttony have evolved along with the ideas about salvation and damnation, health and illness, life and death. This book shows that gluttony was in medieval times a deeply spiritual matter, but in contemporary times, we have transformed gluttony from a sin into an illness.
Argues that Greed is "the Matriarch of the Deadly Clan," the ultimate source of Pride, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, and Anger. This work shows that the major faiths, from Hinduism and Taoism to Buddhism and Christianity regard Greed as the greatest calamity humans can indulge in, engendering further sins and eviscerating all virtues.
Guiding the readers toward a life of noncommittal inertia, this book helps you discover how to become a sloth in your diet, exercise, work, and even love-life. Highlighting the importance of Lethargiosis - the process of eliminating energy and drive, the vital first step in becoming a sloth, it helps you attain the perfect state of indolent bliss.
The great ideas of science, from the first 'Eureka!' to the cloning of Dolly the sheep, can be found in this collection. A reference tool, it also presents the human face of science, as scientists talk about achievements and failures in their own lives, and in those of others.
This title is an accessible and authoritative A-Z offering strong coverage of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers, as well as the styles, organizations, and movements within the world of live performance. Containing 2,400 up-to-date entries, it is an essential companion for anyone involved with the theatre.
Between 1951 and 1961 the author, biographer of Picasso, lived in Provence at the Chateau de Castille with art historian Douglas Cooper. This is a memoir of Richardson's ten years in the chateau, a ruined colonnaded folly which became a private museum.
Presents a survey of American literature from its sixteenth-century origins onwards, which features the work of over 260 writers. This edition pays attention to cultural contexts through the inclusion of 45 colour plates, 12 contextual clusters, maps and timelines, and section introductions, headnotes, footnotes and bibliographies.
Exploring issues such as language, the novel and poetry, theatre, TV, and radio, this book takes a factual approach and investigates the key movements of British culture, setting them in a historical context. It focuses on key themes including politics, the media and language, with emphasis on artists in each area.
Part of the "Everyman" series which has been re-set with wide margins for notes and easy-to-read type. Each title includes a themed introduction by leading authorities on the subject, life-and-times chronology of the author, text summaries, annotated reading lists and selected criticism and notes.
Examining one of the most productive periods of artistic invention, this book highlights the Impressionists, the Symbolists and artists such as Courbet, Rodin and Gauguin. The author also looks outside France to those who were influenced by French art, such as Van Gogh and the Pre-Raphaelites.
Spanning six centuries and 73 painters, this book examines what makes a painter one of the 'greats'. Their life and career, style and artistic approach are all described, and their work placed within the development of art history.
Suitable for a course in screenwriting. This book provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. It is useful as a working manual for screenwriters and offers hands-on advice for solving the many problems that crop up as the work progresses. It also includes examples of script format, a glossary of film terms, and more.
The new edition of this classic music tutorial includes re-set music, new illustrations, extra notes and reinforcement exercises for tricky corners. The CD demonstrates each piece on the flute with piano accompaniments
This viola tutor contains a beginners' course in 20 steps, with over 100 popular songs and tunes. It can be used alongside companion tutors for violin and cello and includes duets. The playalong CD of accompaniments is suitable for home practice and has violin and piano accompaniments.
This cello tutor contains a beginners course in 20 steps, with over 100 popular songs and tunes. It can be used alongside companion tutors for violin and viola and includes duets. The playalong CD of accompaniments is suitable for home practice and has cello and piano accompaniments.
The author's knowledge of East-Indian philosophy and spirituality is used in this elaboration of Steven Pressfield's novel "The Legend of Bagger Vance" in which Pressfied restructured the 700 verse "Bhagavad-Gita" (a spiritual poem containing universal truths), in terms of a golf novel.
Using the credit card and identity of a handcuffs salesman, professional failure Tyndale Corbett arrives in Miami for a law enforcement conference to discover the joys of luxury hotels and above all the delight of being someone else, someone successful.
Each of these four Gothic stories reveals a psychological tale of isolation and monomania. H. Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto' is filled with terror and ghostly interventions. William Beckford's 'Vathek' alternates grotesque comedy with scenes of exotic magnificence. 'The Monk', by Matthew Lewis and M. Shelley's 'Frankenstein' are also included.
Two years after its disastrous opening in 1896, "The Seagull" was successfully revived at the Moscow Art Theatre. Checkhov's self-mocking description of the play was: "A comedy - 3F, 6M, four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love".
Arranged into five themes, this book includes over forty projects that are presented in terms of their innovation and uniqueness, tapping into the current trend and passion for eco-design, and appealing to a broad readership as well as architectural practitioners.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BEST PRINT RESOURCE AWARD AT THE 2015 MUSIC TEACHER AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE Paul Harris's highly successful Simultaneous Learning approach is an entirely positive and imaginative way to teach, which embraces the understanding that all the elements of music are connected.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes, six Hispanic and six English-language authors have each contributed a previously unpublished story in tribute to these giants of world literature. With Ben Okri, Deborah Levy, Kamila Shamsie, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli and others, introduced by Salman Rushdie.
The author considers neuroscience and psychobiology to identify analogies with the potential of musical expression to bring about therapeutic change, as observed during his work with children with autistic spectrum and pervasive developmental disorders.
There was a time when Cicero held Caesar's life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero's life is in ruins. Cicero's comeback requires wit, skill and courage. And for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome. But politics is never static.