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In Search Of The English Eccentric

Author : Henry Hemming
ISBN : 9781848541542
Genre : History
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The English eccentric is under threat. In our increasingly homogenised society, these celebrated parts of our national identity are anomalies that may soon no longer fit. Or so it seems. On his entertaining and thought-provoking quest to discover the most eccentric English person alive today, Henry Hemming unearths a surprisingly large array of delightfully odd characters. He asks what it is to be an eccentric. Is it simply to thrive on creativity and non-conformity, and where does this incarnation of Englishness stem from? Hemming concludes that this tribe is, in fact, in rude health, as essential as ever to the English national identity, only they are no longer to be found where you'd expect them.
Category: History

Great British Eccentrics

Author : S. D. Tucker
ISBN : 9781445647715
Genre : History
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An entertaining guide to the most eccentric characters from British history
Category: History

In The Search Of Stevie Smith

Author : Sanford Sternlicht
ISBN : 0815625049
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Two interviews with the British poet and novelist accompany essays that discuss her life, fiction, poetry, and writing style
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Across The Great Divide

Author : Abraham Coralnik
ISBN : 9780595346233
Genre : Religion
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"The publication of translated essays by Dr. Abraham Coralnik is an important step in enlarging our understanding of the cultural milieu of the early twentieth century in which Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe become Americanized."-Professor Eli Katz, University of California, BerkeleyIn 1937, when the essayist Abraham Coralnik died of a heart attack, Yiddish speakers in the United States lost one of their most articulate guides. As a columnist for the New York newspaper Der Tog (The Day) during the 1920s and 1930s, Coralnik moved effortlessly from discussions of Zionist politics to analyses of Marx and Plato to travelogues through the American heartland. As Europe exploded in anti-Semitism, and American Jewish life continued its spectacular transformation into the land of promise and confusion, Coralnik provided both insight and context for an immigrant community desperate to understand the changes taking place around it.Today, Coralnik's essays can be enjoyed not just for their perspective on two crucial decades of Jewish history, but for their timeless wisdom about culture, spirituality, philosophy and history.In Volume Two of Across the Great Divide, Coralnik illuminates the strange, sad life of the Yiddish language; the inner conflicts of writers from Montaigne to Thomas Mann; the way secular revolutionaries like Karl Marx channeled prophetic ideals; and the moral ideas animating American presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson.About the Translator: Beatrice Coralnik Papo, the eldest daughter of Abraham Coralnik, was born in Berlin in 1913. Educated in Germany, Russia and France, she came to the U.S. in her early 20s. A social worker by profession, Mrs. Papo is a lifelong student of literature, and has spent the last two decades translating her father's essays. She lives in San Jose, California.
Category: Religion

English Eccentrics

Author : Edith Sitwell
ISBN : 0140032738
Genre : Eccentrics and eccentricities
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Eccentricity exists particularly in the English, states Dame Edith Sitwell, because of "that peculiar and satisfactory knowledge of infallibility that is the hallmark and the birthright of the British nation." Originally published in 1933, " The English Eccentrics "has lost none of its vitality and wit. We find hermits, quacks, mariners, indefatigable travelers, and men of learning. We meet the amphibious Lord Rokeby, whose beard reached his knees and who seldom left his bath; the irascible Captain Thicknesses, who left his right hand, to be cut off after his death, to his son Lord Audley; and Curricle Coats, the Gifted Amateur, whose suit was sewn with diamonds and whose every performance ended in uproar. This is a glorious gallery of the extremes of human nature, portrayed with humor, sympathy, knowledge, and love.
Category: Eccentrics and eccentricities

In Search Of Myths Heroes

Author : Michael Wood
ISBN : 0520247248
Genre : Political Science
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The author goes in search of four of the most famous myths in the world--Shangri-la, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail--journeying to some of the most remote regions on Earth, including Western Tibet, the mountains of Geo
Category: Political Science

Abdulnasser Gharem

Author : Henry Hemming
ISBN : 1861543247
Genre : Art
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To understand any society look first to the outsiders...This monograph will tell the story of one of Saudi Arabia's most talked about contemporary artists. Abdulnasser Gharem stands apart in so many ways. He is a soldier and an artist. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in the region for his firebrand intellectual courage and innovative use of materials. Even though his work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum, he does not produce art for the sake of basking in its reflected glory but the possibility of bringing about change - actual cultural change. But what really sets him apart is his story. The tale of the last eight years in Gharem's life is not the familiar plod of evolving artistic practice, safe within the hermetic confines of a studio. It couldn't be more different. The story of this man takes us to the very heart of what it is to stand against the tide, to innovate, to do so fearlessly, and precisely what happens when a trickster figure positions himself both at the heart of society and at the margins. If there is just one thing we can say about a book on Abdulnasser Gharem, it is that this is not destined to sit on a coffee-table. The publication of this book coincides with his first major exhibition outside the Middle East in London in October 2011 during the Frieze Art Fair.
Category: Art