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Vanishing Cornwall

Author : Daphne Du Maurier
ISBN : 9780748114672
Genre : Travel
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'There was a smell in the air of tar and rope and rusted chain, a smell of tidal water. Down harbour, around the point, was the open sea. Here was the freedom I desired, long sought-for, not yet known. Freedom to write, to walk, to wander, freedom to climb hills, to pull a boat, to be alone . . . I for this, and this for me.' Daphne du Maurier lived in Cornwall for most of her life. Its rugged coastline, wild terrain and tumultuous weather inspired her imagination, and many of her works are set there, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman's Creek. In Vanishing Cornwall she celebrates the land she loved, exploring its legends, its history and its people, eloquently making a powerful plea for Cornwall's preservation.
Category: Travel

Sea Narratives Cultural Responses To The Sea 1600 Present

Author : Charlotte Mathieson
ISBN : 9781137581167
Genre : History
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Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600-Present explores the relationship between the sea and culture from the early modern period to the present. The collection uses the concept of the ‘sea narrative’ as a lens through which to consider the multiple ways in which the sea has shaped, challenged, and expanded modes of cultural representation to produce varied, contested and provocative chronicles of the sea across a variety of cultural forms within diverse socio-cultural moments. Sea Narratives provides a unique perspective on the relationship between the sea and cultural production: it reveals the sea to be more than simply a source of creative inspiration, instead showing how the sea has had a demonstrable effect on new modes and forms of narration across the cultural sphere, and in turn, how these forms have been essential in shaping socio-cultural understandings of the sea. The result is an incisive exploration of the sea’s force as a cultural presence.
Category: History

Daphne Du Maurier

Author : A. Horner
ISBN : 9780230378773
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Daphne du Maurier: Writing, Identity and the Gothic Imagination is the first full-length evaluation of du Maurier's fiction and the first critical study of du Maurier as a Gothic writer. Horner and Zlosnik argue that the fears at the heart of du Maurier's Gothic fictions reflect both personal and broader cultural anxieties concerning sexual and social identity. Using the most recent work in Gothic and gender studies they enter the current debate on the nature of Female Gothic and raise questions about du Maurier's relationship to such a tradition.
Category: Literary Criticism

Above The Grass

Author : Gary P. Perkins
ISBN : 9781491751008
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the 1950s, young business students were taught to hire on with a large corporation, climb from entry level up the ladder one step at a time until one reached their career goal. Though author Gary P. Perkins lacked an advanced degree from a prestigious institution of higher education, he had a great advantage. He hailed from a long line of hard-rock miners who had pounded through granite in Britain and later, soft limestone when they harvested the precious minerals of America in the nineteenth century. He knew, firsthand, the value and rewards of hard work. In Above the Grass ̧ he narrates the story of his personal journey and his business accomplishments, including background about his family history and his English/Cornish roots—from childhood and youth, to service in the US Navy, to business college, his career path, marriage, birth of children, personal challenges, and retirement. Perkins’s story covers his journey from an entry-level position in 1961 to corporate president in 1980, despite a burden of alcoholism that progressed at about the same rate. When he realized he couldn’t win the battle with the bottle, he entered and completed a treatment program and has been in recovery since. Throughout the story, Above the Grass communicates the mainstays of Perkins’ life, values inherited from his ancestors and nurtured by his family and small town.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Isles

Author : Norman Davies
ISBN : 9780330475709
Genre : History
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The bestselling and controversial new history of the 'British Isles', including Ireland from the author of Europe: A History. Emphasizing our long-standing European connections and positing a possible break-up of the United Kingdom, this is agenda-setting work is destined to become a classic. 'If ever a history book were a tract for the times, it is The Isles: A History ... a masterwork.' Roy Porter, The Times 'Davies is among the few living professional historians who write English with vitality, sparkle, economy and humour. The pages fly by, not only because the pace is well judged but also because the surprises keep coming.' Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Sunday Times 'A book which really will change the way we think about our past . marvellously rich and stimulating' Noel Malcolm, Evening Standard 'A historiographical milestone.' Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times 'The full shocking force of this book can only be appreciated by reading it.' Andrew Marr, Observer 'It is too soon to tell if [Norman Davies] will become the Macaulay or Trevelyan of our day: that depends on the reading public. He has certainly made a good try. This is narrative history on the grand scale - compulsively readable, intellectually challenging and emotionally exhilirating.' David Marquand, Literary Review
Category: History

Voice Of The Vanishing Minority

Author : Robert Hill
ISBN : 0773520112
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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At the turn of the century Robert Sellar, editor of the Huntingdon Gleaner in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, was the most-quoted rural newspaperman in Canada. His controversial opinions on Confederation, national policy, and especially French-Canadian nationalism sparked debate across Canada and around the world. Widely regarded as the authentic voice of the English-speaking minority, Sellar attempted to alert the rest of Canada to the threat of ultramontane clericalism and French-Canadian nationalism emanating from Quebec. In his newspaper and his book, The Tragedy of Quebec, Sellar lamented the exodus of Quebec's English-speaking farmers from the Eastern Townships, attributing it to the frenchification of the region. His provocative views were shared by grass-roots supporters in Ontario and the Prairies but were largely dismissed as Anglo-Protestant francophobia and bigotry. Drawing on Sellar's diary, the Gleaner, and a wealth of other original materials, Robert Hill recounts Sellar's one-man crusade for English rights in Quebec, a crusade for which he endured obloquy, legal harassment, physical violence, arson, clerical condemnation, loss of family, and the indifferent support of the people he was championing. Exploring the earliest origins of "English exodus" and the English-speaking minority rights battle in Quebec, Voice of the Vanishing Minority makes for timely reading in light of recent developments in Quebec. Robert Hill taught history at John Abbott College. He is retired and lives in Montreal.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Journal Of The Royal Institution Of Cornwall

Author : Royal Institution of Cornwall
ISBN : OXFORD:303276206
Genre : Cornwall (England : County)
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Includes the Reports of the Institution, which, prior to the establishment of the Journal, were issued separately.
Category: Cornwall (England : County)

A Sketch Of The Geology Of Cornwall

Author : Brenton Symons
ISBN : 9781108066808
Genre : History
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An 1884 illustrated study exploring the geological formations of Cornwall, its mineral wealth and its key mining districts.
Category: History