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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

By Twain, Mark
  • Writer : Twain, Mark
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  • Publisher : Delmarva Publications, Inc.
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This book, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, is about a man named Hank Morgan. He is an American engineer and by some strange occurrence was sent back to the 6th Century. He soon grasps were he his and proceeds to pretend he is a Magician and soon uses his knowledge of modern technology to become a "magician" in earnest, stunning the English of the 6th Century with such "magic" as demolitions, fireworks and the shoring up of a holy well. He attempts to modernize the past, but in the end he is unable to stop the death of Arthur and an interdict against him by the Catholic Church

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In 1859, the historian Lord John Acton asserted: 'two great principles divide the world, and contend for the mastery, antiquity and the middle ages'. The influence on Victorian culture of the 'Middle Ages' (broadly understood then as the centuries between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance) was both pervasive and multi-faceted. This 'medievalism' led, for instance, to the rituals and ornament of the Medieval Catholic church being reintroduced to Anglicanism. It led to the Saxon Witan being celebrated as a prototypical representative parliament. It resulted in Viking raiders being acclaimed as the forefathers of the British navy. And it encouraged innumerable nineteenth-century men to cultivate the superlative beards we now think of as typically 'Victorian'—in an attempt to emulate their Anglo-Saxon forefathers. Different facets of medieval life, and different periods before the Renaissance, were utilized in nineteenth-century Britain for divergent political and cultural agendas. Medievalism also became a dominant mode in Victorian art and architecture, with 75 per cent of churches in England built on a Gothic rather than a classical model. And it was pervasive in a wide variety of literary forms, from translated sagas to pseudo-medieval devotional verse to triple-decker novels. Medievalism even transformed nineteenth-century domesticity: while only a minority added moats and portcullises to their homes, the medieval-style textiles produced by Morris and Co. decorated many affluent drawing rooms. The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism is the first work to examine in full the fascinating phenomenon of 'medievalism' in Victorian Britain. Covering art, architecture, religion, literature, politics, music, and social reform, the Handbook also surveys earlier forms of antiquarianism that established the groundwork for Victorian movements. In addition, this collection addresses the international context, by mapping the spread of medievalism across Europe, South America, and India, amongst other places.

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn Code : 1351305352
  • Number of Pages : 484
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This final volume of Vernon Louis Parrington's Pultzer Prize-winning study deals with the decay of romantic optimism. It shows that the cause of decay is attributed to three sources: stratifying of economics under the pressure of centralization; the rise of mechanistic science; and the emergence of a spirit of skepticism which, with teachings of the sciences and lessons of intellectuals, has resulted in the questioning of democratic ideals. Parrington presents the movement of liberalism from 1913 to 1917, and the reaction to it following World War I. He notes that liberals announced that democratic hopes had not been fulfilled; the Constitution was not a democratic instrument nor was it intended to be; and while Americans had professed to create a democracy, they had in fact created a plutocracy. Industrialization of America under the leadership of the middle class and the rise of critical attitudes towards the ideals and handiwork of that class are examined in great detail. Parrington's interpretation of the literature during this time focuses on four divisions of development: the conquest of America by the middle class; the challenge of that overlordship by democratic agrarianism; the intellectual revolution brought about by science and the appropriation of science by the middle class; and the rise of detached criticism by younger intellectuals. A new introduction by Bruce Brown highlights Parrington's life and explains the importance of this volume.

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  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
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  • Reviews : 313
  • Pdf File: the-search-for-sam-goldwyn.pdf

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Sam Goldwyn’s career spanned almost the entire history of Hollywood. He made his first film, The Squaw Man, in 1913, and he died in 1974 at the age of ninety-one. In the many years between, he produced an enormous number of films—including such classics as Wuthering Heights, Street Scene, Arrowsmith, Dodsworth, The Little Foxes, and The Best Years of Our Lives—and worked with many luminaries—Gary Cooper, Ronald Colman, Laurence Olivier, George Balanchine, Lillian Hellman, Howard Hawks, John Ford, Eddie Cantor, Busby Berkeley, Danny Kaye, Merle Oberon, and Bob Hope among them. When Samuel Goldfisch was born in the Warsaw ghetto, he was penniless; when Sam Goldwyn died in Los Angeles, he was worth an estimated $19 million. The Search for Sam Goldwyn locates the real Sam Goldwyn and shatters the “hostile conspiracy of silence” that protected his legend. In writing Goldwyn’s story, Carol Easton has given us a fine examination of “the civilization known as Hollywood” and how Goldwyn himself shaped that culture.

The Prince and the Pauper

By Mark Twain
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn Code : 1416592172
  • Number of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 479
  • Pdf File: the-prince-and-the-pauper.pdf

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Two young men -- one a child of the London slums, the other an heir to the throne -- switch identities in this timeless novel about class and culture in sixteenth-century England. Prince Edward inadvertently switches places with Tom Canty, a pauper. While both boys are interested in experiencing life in the other's shoes, they are dismayed by the realities of their new lives. Written before The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was finished, this tale contains the elements of social criticism that were later to dominate Twain's writings. Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research.

Twain and Eddy

By Paul Brody
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  • Publisher : BookCaps Study Guides
  • Isbn Code : 1629172421
  • Number of Pages : 120
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 831
  • Pdf File: twain-and-eddy.pdf

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It was a coincidence of history that brought together one of America’s fastest-growing religious movements and its most famous humorist. Christian Science, which became the First Church of Christ, Scientist, started from nothing in 1866 and by the turn of the century had become a force to be reckoned with. Hannibal, Missouri’s Mark Twain had also made his mark, becoming a celebrated international figure with several bestselling novels under his belt. With his background in journalism, Twain felt it was his duty to offer his observations and opinions on the substance of Christian Science and the character of its founder, Mary Baker Eddy. His essays on the subject, assembled together in 1907 as Christian Science, represent both the most humorous and insightful look at Eddy and her church. Despite the potent, even venomous criticism of Twain, the momentum that the church had established leading up the new century could not be stopped. By 1910, there were hundreds of Christian Science churches dotted across the country, with a growing international presence as well. Twain may have feared what he saw as a power and money-hungry movement that was capturing the attention of people he knew; even his daughter Clara eventually counted herself among its members. This book provides insight into Twains troubled relationship with religion—and Christian Science in particular.

Around The World With Mark Twain

By Robert Cooper
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  • Publisher : Skyhorse
  • Isbn Code : 1611456487
  • Number of Pages : 446
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 251
  • Pdf File: around-the-world-with-mark-twain.pdf

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On July 14, 1895, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, fifty-nine years old and deeply in debt, boarded a night train to Cleveland, launching a performance tour designed to alleviate his financial woes, and, more importantly, resuscitate his alter ego, Mark Twain. The journey took him to Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa, and led to the resurrection of Twain as a celebrity. Equal parts travelogue, social history, and biography, Around the World with Mark Twain paints a decidedly different portrait of Clemens: a more tragic, darker figure who faced financial ruin and personal loss throughout his life. Around the World with Mark Twain delights while deepening our understanding of this magnificent personality.

The Mandela Machine

By Ryan Branco
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  • Publisher : Ryan Branco
  • Isbn Code : N.a
  • Number of Pages : 341
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 138
  • Pdf File: the-mandela-machine.pdf

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Peace Science

By Partha Gangopadhyay,Manas Chatterji
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  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Isbn Code : 1848552017
  • Number of Pages : 374
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reviews : 712
  • Pdf File: peace-science.pdf

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The process of globalisation has its own dynamics and several serious flaws that have resulted in significant economic, political and social imbalances in the global political economy. This book examines the implications of these imbalances for achieving lasting global peace.

Bodies and Machines (Routledge Revivals)

By Mark Seltzer
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn Code : 131757091X
  • Number of Pages : 236
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reviews : 651
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Bodies and Machines is a striking and persuasive examination of the body-machine complex and its effects on the modern American cultural imagination. Bodies and Machines, first published in 1992, explores the links between techniques of representation and social and scientific technologies of power in a wide range of realist and naturalist discourses and practices. Seltzer draws on realist and naturalist writing, such as the work of Hawthorne and Henry James, and the discourses which inform it: from scouting manuals and the programmes of systematic management to accounts of sexual biology and the rituals of consumer culture. He explores other mass-produced and mass-consumed cultural forms, including visual representations such as composite photographs, scale models, and the astonishing iconography of standardization.