Improbable Jobs, Impossible Items and Implausible Complaints
Author: Michael A. Lee
'A very funny book indeed.' – Michael Palin 'It made me laugh with wicked glee.' – Sunday Express A hilarious collection of witty and outrageous letters, ranging from inventive job applications and requests for unusual (and often non-existent) items to complaints about the fantastical, the impossible and the mundane. For example, author Michael A. Lee pens an application to become the Beast of Bodmin Moor, enquires where he might be able to purchase a 'corporate ladder' to help his career, and writes a grumbling complaint to Harry Ramsden's about the chip on his shoulder. Irrereverent, imaginative and sometimes downright silly, these letters provoke responses that are equally funny. There are replies from such venerable institutions as MI5, the office of the Archbishop of York, assorted Royal Societies and peers, the French Navy and even the Pope – absolutely no-one is safe from the author's acerbic pen and unique imagination. Michael A Lee is no part-time(waster) letter-writer – this book contains more than 250 razor-sharp missives; all of which will make you laugh uncontrollably, but watch what comes through your own letterbox or lands in your in-tray...
Alice Hamilton (1869-1970), a pioneer in the study of diseases of the workplace, a founder of industrial toxicology in the United States, and Harvard's first woman professor, led a long and interesting life. Always a consummate professional, she was also a prominent social reformer whose interest in the environmental causes of disease and in promoting equitable living conditions developed during her years as a resident at Jane Addams's Hull-House. This legendary figure now comes to life in an integrated work of biography and letters that reveals the personal as well as the professional woman. In documenting Hamilton's evolution from a childhood of privilege to a life of social advocacy, the volume opens a window on women reformers and their role in Progressive Era politics and reform. Because Hamilton was a keen observer and vivid writer, her letters--more than 100 are included here--bring an unmatched freshness and immediacy to a range of subjects, such as medical education; personal relationships and daily life at Hull House; the women's peace movement; struggles for the protection of workers' health; academic life at Harvard; politics and civil liberties during the cold war; and the process of growing old. Her story takes the reader from the Gilded Age to the Vietnam War.
Prison correspondence of a revolutionary leader jailed during World War II. Discusses how to educate and organize a communist movement able to stand up to wartime repression and prepare for the big labor battles that were emerging during the closing years of the war.
The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell studies the compositions for wind band by twentieth-century composer Henry Cowell, a significant and prolific figure in American fine art music from 1914-1965. The composer is noteworthy and controversial because of his radical early works, his interest in non-Western musics, and his retrogressive mature style—along with notoriety for his imprisonment in San Quentin on a morals charge. Eleven chapters are organized both topically and chronologically. An introduction, conclusion, series of eight appendices, bibliography, and discography complete this comprehensive study, along with an audio playlist of representative works, hosted on the CMS website.
Clay’s Handbook of Environmental Health, since its first publication in 1933, has provided a definitive guide for the environmental health practitioner, or reference for the consultant or student. This 21th edition continues as a first point of reference, reviewing the core principles, techniques and competencies, and then outlining the specialist subjects. It has been refocused on the current curriculum of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Environmental Health but should also readily suit the generalist or specialist working outside the UK.