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The Brief Life Of Flowers

Author : Fiona Stafford
ISBN : 9781473686366
Genre : Nature
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The beauty of flowers is well known, inspiring creative minds from Botticelli to Beatrix Potter. But they've also played a key part in forming the past, and may shape our future. Roses and thistles have served as symbols of monarchs, dynasties and nations. We wear poppies to remember the First World War, but it was the elderflower that treated its wounded soldiers. A rose might mend a broken heart, and sunflowers may just save our planet. At once enchanting and intriguing, The Brief Life of Flowers reveals how even the most ordinary of flowers have extraordinary stories to tell.
Category: Nature

Brief Lives

Author : John Aubrey
ISBN : 0851152066
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Full edition in modern spelling of Aubrey's racy portraits of great figures of 16-17c England, from Sir Walter Raleigh to John Milton.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Language Of Flowers

Author : Beverly Seaton
ISBN : 0813934532
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The author traces the phenomenon of ascribing sentimental meaning to floral imagery from its beginnings in Napoleonic France through its later transformations in England and America. At the heart of the book is a depiction of what the three most important flower books from each of the countries divulge about the period and the respective cultures. Seaton shows that the language of flowers was not a single and universally understood correlation of flowers to meanings that men and women used to communicate in matters of love and romance. The language differs from book to book, country to country. To place the language of flowers in social and literary perspective, the author examines the nineteenth-century uses of flowers in everyday life and in ceremonies and rituals and provides a brief history of floral symbolism. She also discusses the sentimental flower book, a genre especially intended for female readers. Two especially valuable features of the book are its table of correlations of flowers and their meanings from different sourcebooks and its complete bibliography of language of flower titles. This book will appeal not only to scholars in Victorian studies and women's studies but also to art historians, book collectors, museum curators, historians of horticulture, and anyone interested in nineteenth-century popular culture.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Portable Edgar Allan Poe

Author : Edgar Allan Poe
ISBN : 144062724X
Genre : Fiction
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The Portable Poe compiles Poe's greatest writings: tales of fantasy, terror, death, revenge, murder, and mystery, including "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," the world's first detective story. In addition, this volume offers letters, articles, criticism, visionary poetry, and a selection of random "opinions" on fancy and the imagination, music and poetry, intuition and sundry other topics. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Category: Fiction

Wild Flowers

Author : Shalee Hansen
ISBN : 9781434930514
Genre : Fiction
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Wild Flowers by ShaLee Hansen In the Highlands of Scotland in the 1300s, a time of war for independence and clan superiority, love blooms among the keeps of the McLean, Leslie, and McLaird clans. Jane McLaird and Alec McLean learn what it means to be truly cherished, protected, and loved. Though beautiful Jane may seem different with her delicate small frame and deformed foot, she will always be perfect to Alec, her one true love. Margret does not know how beautiful and desirable she is until Quinlan, the man of her dreams, tells her of her true beauty. Quinlan himself is unaware of his worth, having been a scarred man, until Margret shows him how to love. Young and innocent Heather McLean has been betrothed to Andrew Leslie before she has been born. A bit free-spirited, she has unknowingly shown that adult responsibilities don't mean leaving one's childhood dreams behind. With her love, Andrew learns that and so much more. Having to grow up far too early, he is prepared to teach his young bride a thing or two, but instead she has taught him some of life's most important lessons. About the Author ShaLee Hansen is a military spouse and mother of two. As a child, she often lived in imaginary worlds, making cups and spoons into dolls to play with and taking imaginary friends for walks in the jungle of her backyard. She always had a story to tell that is more fun from the truth. After meeting her husband, who is a true romantic hero in her eyes, turning her life into the perfect romance novel, all she wants to do is make stories of true love that is almost as good as her own.
Category: Fiction

Flowers In The Snow

Author : Gwyneth Hoyle
ISBN : 0803273444
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Over the course of a dozen years, Scottish plant collector Isobel Wylie Hutchison (1889?1982) explored northern latitudes from the Lofoten Islands of Norway to the far reaches of the American Aleutians. To achieve her goals, she traveled by any means available, from rowboats in Greenland to trading schooners and coast-guard vessels in Alaska. When necessary, she journeyed by snowshoe or sled in pursuit of her botanical specimens, accompanied only by strangers who served as guides. In Flowers in the Snow, Gwyneth Hoyle paints a vivid portrait of a woman gloriously out of the step with the conventions of her time.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Poet As Phenomenologist

Author : Luke Fischer
ISBN : 9781628925449
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems opens up new perspectives on the relation between Rilke's poetry and phenomenological philosophy, illustrating the ways in which poetry can offer an exceptional response to the philosophical problem of dualism. Drawing on the work of Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, Luke Fischer makes a new contribution to the tradition of phenomenological poetics and expands the debate among Germanists concerning the phenomenological status of Rilke's poetry, which has been severely limited to comparisons of Rilke and Husserl. Fischer explicates an implicit phenomenology of perception in Rilke's writings from his middle period (1902-1910). He argues that Rilke cultivated an artistic perception that, in a philosophically significant manner, overcomes the opposition between the sensuous and the intelligible while simultaneously transcending the boundaries of philosophy. Fischer offers novel interpretations of central poems from Rilke's Neue Gedichte (1907) and Der neuen Gedichte anderer Teil (1908) and frames them as the ultimate articulation of Rilke's non-dualistic vision. He thus demonstrates the continuity between Rilke and phenomenology while arguing that poetry, in this case, provides the most adequate response to a philosophical problem.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Time To Blossom

Author : Tovah Martin
ISBN : 0618086153
Genre : Gardening
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Photographs and nostalgic text capture the relationship between mothers and daughters and the essence of gardening in a book that includes instructions for a variety of flower and garden crafts, including potpourri, dried flowers, and hollyhock dolls.
Category: Gardening

In The Convent Of Little Flowers

Author : Indu Sundaresan
ISBN : 9781416586104
Genre : Fiction
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A volume of short works reflects the challenges and consequences faced by modern Indian women and features such characters as an adopted woman who is contacted by her orphanage caretaker aunt, a journalist's grandson who tries to prevent an execution, and an unwed teen whose family is thrown into chaos by her pregnancy. Reprint.
Category: Fiction