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Desires Of A Perfect Lady

Author : Victoria Alexander
ISBN : 9780061987007
Genre : Fiction
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“For love and laughter it doesn’t get any better than Victoria Alexander.” —Christina Dodd Star-crossed lovers get a second chance in Desires of a Perfect Lady—the second installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander’s series in which three brothers embark upon a quest for adventure that leads each to the greatest treasure of all: love. Publishers Weekly raves, “Skillfully paced to deliver readers breathlessly to the finish line…historical romance at its most entertaining.” Desires of a Perfect Lady is prime Alexander—brimming with the trademark passion, wit, and invention that has inspired bestselling author Stephanie Laurens to proclaim, “Victoria Alexander delivers on all counts.”
Category: Fiction

The Perfect Lady Worthe

Author : Rose Gordon
ISBN : 9781938352652
Genre : Fiction
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The last thing Jane Cavanaugh would ever expect is to be married—she is an invalid, after all—but that doesn’t mean she can’t help with her sister’s husband hunt! (Even if it is with a wee bit of reluctance.) The last thing Gareth, Lord Worthe would ever want to do is to fall in love with his closest friend’s younger sister. But fate just might have something else in store for these two… Please note, this novella is approximately 23,500 words.
Category: Fiction

Il Filostrato

Author : Giovanni Boccaccio
ISBN : 9780429656033
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Originally published in 1986, this translated version of Giovanni Boccaccio's Il Filostrato is of particular interest as the principal source for Chaucer's great work, the Troilus. This edition includes the original Italian alongside the translation, so that even the English reader with no knowledge of Italian will be able to make out a good deal of the original assisted by a close translation.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Less Than Perfect Lady

Author : Elizabeth Beacon
ISBN : 9781426824319
Genre : Fiction
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At seventeen, Miranda Braxton shocked the world by eloping with her brother's tutor. Now a wiser and widowed lady, she returns to Carnwood—and finds herself engaged in a battle of wits with the new earl. Kit Alstone, Earl of Carnwood, grew up on the streets. His gentlemanly demeanor conceals an adventurer's heart. Miranda's bravery and beauty would tempt a saint—and Kit is far from that. Soon Kit begins to wonder if a scandalous lord might ask for nothing better than a less than perfect countess!
Category: Fiction

African Video Movies And Global Desires

Author : Carmela Garritano
ISBN : 9780896804845
Genre : Performing Arts
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African Video Movies and Global Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of Ghana’s commercial video industry, an industry that has produced thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into an influential source of cultural production. Produced and consumed under circumstances of dire shortage and scarcity, African video movies narrate the desires and anxieties created by Africa’s incorporation into the global cultural economy. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research conducted in Ghana over a ten-year period, as well as close readings of a number of individual movies, this book brings the insights of historical context as well as literary and film analysis to bear on a range of movies and the industry as a whole. Garritano makes a significant contribution to the examination of gender norms and the ideologies these movies produce. African Video Movies and Global Desires is a historically and theoretically informed cultural history of an African visual genre that will only continue to grow in size and influence.
Category: Performing Arts

Acts Of Desire

Author : Sos Eltis
ISBN : 9780191653063
Genre : Drama
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From seduced maidens to adulterous wives, bigamists, courtesans, kept women and streetwalkers, the so-called 'fallen woman' was a ubiquitous and enduring figure on the Victorian and Edwardian stage. Acts of Desire traces the theatrical representation of illicit female sexuality from early nineteenth-century melodramas, through sensation dramas, Ibsenite sex-problem plays and suffrage dramas, to early social realism and the well-made plays of Pinero, Jones, Maugham, and Coward. This study reveals and analyses enduring plot lines and tropes that continue to influence contemporary theatre and film. Women's illicit desires became a theatrical focus for anxieties and debates surrounding gender roles, women's rights, sexual morality, class conflict, economics, eugenics, and female employment. The theatre played a central role in both establishing and challenging sexual norms, and many playwrights exploited the ambiguities and implications of performance to stage disruptive spectacles of female desire, agency, energy, and resourcefulness, using ingenuity and skill to evade the control of that ever watchful state censor, the Lord Chamberlain. Covering an astonishing range of theatrical, social, literary, and political texts, this study challenges the currency and validity of the long-established critical term 'the fallen woman', and establishes the centrality of the theatre to cultural and sexual debates throughout the period. Acts of Desire encompasses published and unpublished plays, archival material, censorship records, and contemporary reviews to reveal the surprising continuities, complex debates, covert meanings, and exuberant spectacles which marked the history of theatrical representations of female sexuality. Engaging with popular and 'high art' performances, this study also reveals the vital connections between theatre and its sister arts, tracing the exchange of influences between Victorian drama, narrative painting and the novel, and showing theatre to be a crucial but neglected element in the cultural history of women's sexuality.
Category: Drama

How To Be The Perfect Gentleman

Author : Ralph Bergengren
ISBN : 9781775562399
Genre : Self-Help
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Despite the fact that it was originally published in 1919, this etiquette book for men is decidedly un-stuffy. In a series of short essays, author Ralph Bergengren serves up heartfelt -- and often hilarious -- advice on how gentlemen should comport themselves in matters pertaining to dress, social interactions, and even in bed. Whether you're looking for a laugh or for a helpful tip or two, this guide to refined living is a must-read.
Category: Self-Help

The Philosophy Of Mr B Rtr Nd R Ss Ll

Author : Philip E. B. Jourdain
ISBN : 9781135107185
Genre : Philosophy
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This skit of Bertrand Russell’s philosophy was originally published in 1918 by Russell’s correspondent friend Jourdain. The introduction explains that the contents purport to be lost papers written by Mr. B*rtr*nd R*ss*ll, a contemporary of Bertrand Russell. This politically humorous volume from the early 20th Century parodies the writing style of Russell as well as his theories.
Category: Philosophy

Chronicles Of An Old Man S Journey

Author : Kama * Eros * Yarilo
ISBN : 9781469182063
Genre : Fiction
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Sadly, it is inevitable that all men will one day awake to discover that they have grown old. When this occurs they must come to grips with the reality that many of the opposite sex no longer will find them as attractive as they once were as younger men. Chronicles of An Old Mans Journey recounts the story of what one man discovered when he decided to fight such a war and venture into a mysterious and shadowy world that few know and even fewer understand in the hope of regaining his lost prowess and achieving glory one last time.
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When Ladies Go A Thieving

Author : Elaine S. Abelson
ISBN : 9780195361186
Genre : History
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This book focuses on middle-class urban women as participants in new forms of consumer culture. Within the special world of the department store, women found themselves challenged to resist the enticements of consumption. Many succumbed, buying both what they needed and what they desired, but also stealing what seemed so readily available. Pitted against these middle-class women were the management, detectives, and clerks of the department stores. Abelson argues that in the interest of concealing this darker side of consumerism, women of the middle class, but not those of the working class, were allowed to shoplift and plead incapacitating illness--kleptomania. The invention of kleptomania by psychiatrists and the adoption of this ideology of feminine weakness by retailers, newspapers, the general public, the accused women themselves, and even the courts reveals the way in which a gender analysis allowed proponents of consumer capitalism to mask its contradictions.
Category: History