Letters from Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo 1833-1882
Author: Juliette Drouet
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Selected letters from Juliette Drouet to her lover, Victor Hugo, offering insights into nineteenth-century French culture as well as an insider’s look at the character, behavior, working habits, and day-to-day life of France’s most monumental man of letters.
Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo : Edited with a Biography of Juliette Drouet In the first portion we present the biography of Juliette Drouet in the form of a series of synthetic tableaux, each tableau summarising several lustres of her life. We thus avoid the long-drawn-out narrative, year by year, of an existence devoid of incident or adventure. In the second, we publish those letters which strike us as peculiarly eloquent, witty, or lyrical. In the light shed upon them by the preliminary biography, they form, as one might say, its justification and natural sequel. At the outset of her liaison with the poet Juliette does not date her “scribbles”; she merely notes the time of day and the day of the week, until about 1840; we have therefore been obliged to content ourselves with the classification effected by her in the collection of her manuscripts, and preserved by her executor. From 1840 she dated every sheet. Consequently our work simultaneously achieves more precision and certainty.
The Song of Songs in Western Medieval Christianity
Author: E. Ann Matter
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
The Song of Songs, eight chapters of love lyrics found in the collection of wisdom literature attributed to Solomon, is the most enigmatic book of the Bible. For thousands of years Jews and Christians alike have preserved it in the canon of scripture and used it in liturgy. Exegetes saw it as a central text for allegorical interpretations, and so the Song of Songs has exerted an enormous influence on spirituality and mysticism in the Western tradition. In the Voice of My Beloved, E. Ann Matter focuses on the most fertile moment of Song of Songs interpretation: the Middle Ages. At least eighty Latin commentaries on the text survive from the period. In tracing the evolution of these commentaries, Matter reveals them to be a vehicle for expressing changing medieval ideas about the church, the relationship between body and soul, and human and divine love. She shows that the commentaries constitute a well-defined genre of medieval Latin literature. And in discussing the exegesis of the Song of Songs, she takes into account the modern exegesis of the book and feminist critiques of the theology embodied in the text.
It's never too late to remember who you are, it's never too late to dream big dreams and discover that God loves you in ways you cannot yet imagine. Do you dare believe in a God who wants to make your dreams come true? It seems like there is no time to dream these days. Yet the Bible is full of dreamers?those who exchanged their old dreams for new ones, and those who received unexpected dreams from God that changed the course of history. Best-selling author Sheila Walsh gives warm hearted stories of real people, interwoven with biblical insight, to help you discover God's dream for your life.
After rescuing her granddaughter from Morta, the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy returns to live out the rest of her days in Oz by using the remaining magic in the shoes given to her by Queen Glinda. But the Land of Oz has plans other than retirement for Dorothy. When she arrives, she discovers that the Witch of the North has passed away and needs to be replaced—and Dorothy is the obvious candidate. After Glinda gives her lessons in the use of magic, Dorothy visits old friends and travels to the land of the Munchkins. Once there, the town is attacked by a fierce beast from the land of Far and Away who is the ancient guardian of the silver shoes stolen by the evil witch. If the Munchkins are ever to be safe, can Dorothy and the ferocious beast find a way to help each other face the mysterious Fire People and recover the silver shoes she lost in the desert so many years before? Fall under the spell of Oz once again in this magical journey of Dorothy.
Akhnaton, a pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty, is about to challenge everything his people and culture hold dear in The Last Pharaoh. Before his rule, Egyptians lived a life of slavery under their rulers, who demanded abject submission. In a culture where rulers are revered as gods, change comes slowly, if at all. The pharaoh's grand vision of sweeping social reform is met with violent hostility by the priesthood and every other power player in the kingdom. When Akhnaton announces that he is, in fact, as mortal and fallible as his subjects, his proclamation inspires rivalries that would enthusiastically put his new mortality to the test. Neighbors struggle with questions of faith, morality, and the social order in Winter Dreams, a two-act play that could take place in any small town in America. When a child preacher stirs up old drama and rivalries, more questions than answers arise. Is he really the voice of God, or are other forces at work? The New Odyssey explores a darker future for humanity. In 1999—as the flames of the disastrous Third World War cool, and the fourth apocalyptic global war looms—a college professor summons Hesiod, Homer, and Shakespeare. He argues passionately to enlist their help in a bold plan to save humanity from its eventual destruction—at the hand of womankind. If he can get these three minds from humanity's past in on his scheme, there may be hope for mankind's future yet.
In Iran, folksongs are part of folklore and offer an intimate portrait of a vanishing era. They are also 'the voice' of ordinary people, providing a medium to express emotions, opinions and concerns. This book is based on folksongs collected over a 50-year period among the Boir Ahmad tribal people in the Zagros Mountains of West Iran. Erika Friedl has recorded, transcribed and translated more than 600 lyrics from a Lur community, and her analysis of the folksongs provides an intimate portrait of local people's attitudes, attachments, fears and desires. From songs of love, sex and mourning, to lyrics discussing beauty, infatuation and the community's violent tribal history, Friedl's solid understanding of the cultural background, lifestyle and worldview of these people lets her add ethnographic details that illuminate the deep meaning of the texts. In this way, Friedl goes far beyond a translation of words: she sheds light on a culture where beliefs, critical evaluation of circumstances and philosophical tenets are shown to be integral to each song's message. Based on fieldwork that began in 1965, Erika Friedl's research on the folklore in Boir Ahmad represents the best-documented modern folklore compendium on an Iranian tribe. This new book will be important for future generations of scholars, including ethnographers, Iranists, linguists, ethnomusicologists and those researching Persian literature and cultures of the Middle East.
The New Adventures of Dorothy And The Wizard of Oz
Author: Arnold Schildkret
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Emerald City: The New Adventures of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz by Arnold Schildkret is a new take on the Oz tales that L. Frank Baum invented. Unlike so many of Baum’s followers who have through the years written imitations of the Oz books, Schildkret invents anew the main characters and the landscape of Oz. His conception of the Deadly Desert is especially different from that in other Oz books, as are his conceptions of Dorothy, Ozma, Roquat and most of all Uncle Henry. In addition, his book tells an exciting tale of adventure and conflict, including dangerous threats to the Land of Oz and even war. -Richard Tuerk, Professor Emeritus of Literature and Languages, Texas A&M University, Commerce, Texas. Author of Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the L. Frank Baum Books The New Adventures of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz The Story – The Author’s View Emerald City is a modern sequel to the Wizard of Oz novel and film. It is an original story based on the characters of the novels of Frank Baum. Emerald City is a story of the bond of loyalty and friendship in the Land of Oz. Post 9/11/2001, we can all relate to a story of a utopian city where everyone loves each other and in which good triumphs over evil. The World of Oz has been changed by the loss of the Love Magnet. With its loss comes the immanent danger of the loss of the city, destruction of its way of life, and destruction of all of its magical creatures and inhabitants. Other events seem to conspire to ensure the Kingdom will be lost to Roquat, the evil Nome King. It is the humanity and foibles of all of the characters, even the evil ones, which will stir you and tug on your emotions. Humor and sadness, love and hate, good and evil, loss and redemption are mixed in a potpourri of fantasy and reality. Recurrent themes throughout are understanding our differences, loving each other, giving strangers the benefit of the doubt, and standing together in the face of evil. The story plays on four levels, as a fairy tale for children, as science fiction, and social and political satire for teenagers and adults.
Tomcat Murr is a loveable, self-taught animal who has written his own autobiography. But a printer's error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. As the two versions break off and alternate at dramatic moments, two wildly different characters emerge from the confusion - Murr, the confident scholar, lover, carouser and brawler, and the moody, hypochondriac genius Kreisler. In his exuberant and bizarre novel, Hoffmann brilliantly evokes the fantastic, the ridiculous and the sublime within the humdrum bustle of daily life, making The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr (1820-22) one of the funniest and strangest novels of the nineteenth century.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz chronicles the adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas home by a cyclone. The novel is one of the best-known stories in American literature and has been widely translated. The Library of Congress has declared it "America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale. Contents: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Marvelous Land of Oz The Woggle-Bug Book Ozma of Oz Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz The Road to Oz The Emerald City of Oz The Patchwork Girl of Oz Little Wizard Stories of Oz Tik-Tok of Oz The Scarecrow of Oz Rinkitink in Oz The Lost Princess of Oz The Tin Woodman of Oz The Magic of Oz Glinda of Oz Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known as L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly famous for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels.
The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Tik-Tok of Oz, and Rinkitink in Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Open Road Media
Category: Juvenile Fiction
These three books from the original children’s fantasy seriesfeature new characters and adventures in the marvelous land of Oz. The Patchwork Girl of Oz: When his uncle is accidentally transformed into a statue, a young Munchkin named Ojo the Unlucky must find the magic ingredients that will bring him back to life. Joining Ojo on his adventure to the Emerald City are an arrogant Glass Cat, a four-legged Woozy, the resourceful Shaggy Man, and a living patchwork doll. Tik-Tok of Oz: When the Shaggy Man goes searching for his brother, Tik-Tok, he encounters a girl from Oklahoma named Betsy Bobbin, and the Rainbow’s daughter, Polychrome. But when the warlike Queen Ann takes Tik-Tok into her ranks, the Shaggy Man’s adventures have only just begun. Rinkitink in Oz: With his talking goat, Bilbil, by his side, jolly King Rinkitink of Gilgad sails to the island of Pingaree, where he charms the royal family with merriment and song. But when the festive holiday is cut short by a surprise attack, only King Rinkitink, Bilbil, and young Prince Inga manage to escape capture. And they’ll need the help of Dorothy and the Wizard to set things right.
‘One of the best biographies I have read, ever’ Selina Hastings ‘Mr Robb has written an enthralling book – one of the great biographies of our time. He contrives not to be dwarfed by his subject, which is some contrivance. He makes of Hugo’s life a story as exciting to read as it was extraordinary to have lived. He has a matchless gift for narrative. His style is epigrammatic and compelling. His judgements seem fair – not something Hugo was used to in life. Every Place Victor Hugo should now have a Café-Bar Graham Robb. He deserves, and will probably get, the Légion d’honneur’ Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph ‘Robb achieves the goal of all good literary biographies by making us long to regain, or savour for the first time, Hugo’s company as a writer. Surely no chronicler of his life or analyst of his work has ever looked this prodigy of nature so unflinchingly in the eye’ Jonathan Keates, Literary Review ‘Graham Robb’s exuberant biography of the French writer blows the cobwebs away from a neglected hero and sets him before us in lurid and quite unforgettable shape. Robb’s jaunty, self-confident style is gloriously appropriate to his subject . . . Robb’s enthusiasm is hugely exhilarating and his biography is a fascinating study in the making of a celebrity’ Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times, Books of the Year ‘The best life of the writer available in English (and likely to remain so for some time) . . . His fascinating, totally readable Life will introduce Hugo to many readers who know him only as a name’ Robin Buss, Independent on Sunday
This tenth and final installment of Sukhinov's "Emerald City" saga brings matters to a head, and leads up to the final battle between the evil Pakir's army and the forces of Light. The origins of several important characters are revealed in this story.