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Summary: From New York Times bestselling doyenne of romance, Jude Deveraux’s sexy novel from her popular series featuring the Montgomery family is a wild tale of

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  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0743459393
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Language: English
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Description: From New York Times bestselling doyenne of romance, Jude Deveraux’s sexy novel from her popular series featuring the Montgomery family is a wild tale of romance on the run—when a kidnapper falls for his beautiful mark...who is the true captive? With a daughter as strong-willed and independent as Christiana, her father is certain she won’t come home on her own—so he decides to send two men to bring her back. So, with the blazing spirit of a true Montgomery, heiress and newspaper reporter Christiana Montgomery Mathison bravely defies the two men who abduct her. Forced into the primitive rain forests of the Washington Territory, she is swept into a thrilling adventure. Amid schemes of greed and intrigue, the bold beauty resists the wooing of one captor and cleverly entices the other, the mysterious and fatally handsome Tynan, a man who desires her...but must refuse her love at all costs.


Pdf ebook: The Temptress

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Summary: In the spirit of Frances Osborne's The Bolter, this fascinating life of femme fatale and gorgeous Chicago heiress, Alice de Janzé, offers a solution to th

  • Author : Paul Spicer
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1429984724
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Views: 396
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Description: In the spirit of Frances Osborne's The Bolter, this fascinating life of femme fatale and gorgeous Chicago heiress, Alice de Janzé, offers a solution to the decadesold murder of Lord Erroll—the story at the center of James Fox's acclaimed book and movie White Mischief A glamorous American multi-millionairess, Alice de Janzé scandalized 1920's Paris when she left her aristocratic French husband for an English lover—whom she later tried to kill in a failed murder-suicide in the Gare du Nord. Abandoning Paris for the moneyed British colonial society known as Kenya's Happy Valley, she became the lover of the handsome womanizer, Joss Hay, Lord Erroll. In 1941, Erroll was shot in his car on an isolated road. A cuckolded husband was brought to trial and acquitted, and the crime remained tantalizingly unsolved. Paul Spicer, whose mother was a confidante of Alice's, used personal letters and his own extensive research to piece together what really happened that fateful evening. He brings to life an era of unimaginable wealth and indulgence, where people changed bed partners as easily as they would order a cocktail, and where jealousy and hidden passions brewed. At the heart of The Temptress is Alice, whose seductive charms no man could resist, and whose unfulfilled quest for love ended in her own suicide at age forty-two. Please note: this eBook edition does not include photos that originally appeared in the printed book


Pdf ebook: The Jalna Saga, Deluxe Edition

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Summary: Beloved by generations, Mazo de la Roche’s irreplaceable Jalna saga is at last available in a single collected volume. This deluxe edition unites all six

  • Author : Mazo de la Roche
  • Publisher: Dundurn.com
  • ISBN: 1459723570
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 5000
  • Language: English
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Description: Beloved by generations, Mazo de la Roche’s irreplaceable Jalna saga is at last available in a single collected volume. This deluxe edition unites all sixteen Jalna novels and, for the first time, Heather Kirk’s extraordinary 2006 biography of author, painting a complicated portrait of a writer for whom international acclaim was a blessing and a curse. No understanding of the Jalna series is complete without this fascinating exposé of the woman who created it. For lovers of the series, this is truly the authoritative Jalna collection. Includes all of the Jalna novels The Building of Jalna Morning at Jalna Mary Wakefield Young Renny Whiteoak Heritage Whiteoak Brothers Jalna Whiteoaks of Jalna Finch’s Fortune The Master of Jalna Whiteoak Harvest Wakefield’s Course Return to Jalna Renny’s Daughter Variable Winds at Jalna Centenary at Jalna


Pdf ebook: Turner Classic Movies Presents Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide

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Summary: The definitive guide to classic films from one of America's most trusted film critics Thanks to Netflix and cable television, classic films are more access

  • Author : Leonard Maltin
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698197291
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 864
  • Language: English
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Description: The definitive guide to classic films from one of America's most trusted film critics Thanks to Netflix and cable television, classic films are more accessible than ever. Now co-branded with Turner Classic Movies, Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide covers films from Hollywood and around the world, from the silent era through 1965, and from The Maltese Falcon to Singin’ in the Rain and Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Thoroughly revised and updated, and featuring expanded indexes, a list of Maltin’s personal recommendations, and three hundred new entries—including many offbeat and obscure films—this new edition is a must-have companion for every movie lover.


Pdf ebook: Donors, Devotees, and Daughters of God

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Summary: Through the use of epigraphical evidence, Leslie C. Orr brings into focus the activities and identities of the temple women (devadasis) of medieval South I

  • Author : Leslie C. Orr
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780195356724
  • Genre: Religion
  • Number of Pages: 318
  • Language: English
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Description: Through the use of epigraphical evidence, Leslie C. Orr brings into focus the activities and identities of the temple women (devadasis) of medieval South India. This book shows how temple women's initiative and economic autonomy involved them in medieval temple politics and allowed them to establish themselves in roles with particular social and religious meanings. This study suggests new ways of understanding the character of the temple woman and, more generally, of the roles of women in Indian religion and society.


Pdf ebook: The Clive Cussler Adventures

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Summary: The author of more than 50 books—125 million copies in print—Clive Cussler is the current grandmaster of adventure literature. Dirk Pitt, the sea-lovin

  • Author : Steven Philip Jones
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476615217
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1132
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Description: The author of more than 50 books—125 million copies in print—Clive Cussler is the current grandmaster of adventure literature. Dirk Pitt, the sea-loving protagonist of 22 of Cussler’s novels, remains among the most popular and influential adventure series heroes of the past half-century. This first critical review of Cussler’s work features an overview of Pitt and the supporting characters and other heroes, an examination of Cussler’s themes and influences, a review of his most important adventures, such as Raise the Titanic! and Iceberg, and a look at adaptations of his work in other media. Cussler joins the pantheon of such as Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming, and this overdue volume demonstrates that beneath Cussler’s immense popularity lies a literary depth that well merits scholarly attention.


Pdf ebook: Bodies, Love, and Faith in the First World War

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Summary: This book explores the courtship and marriage of Gwyneth Murray, an English woman, and a Canadian, Harry Logan, who wrote in the personae of their vagina (

  • Author : Nancy Christie,Michael Gauvreau
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319728350
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 319
  • Language: English
  • Views: 326
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Description: This book explores the courtship and marriage of Gwyneth Murray, an English woman, and a Canadian, Harry Logan, who wrote in the personae of their vagina (Dardanella) and penis (Peter) during World War I. Through an analysis of their extensive daily correspondence over nearly a decade, it uncovers the couple’s changing attitudes to the intersection of sexuality and religion, to marriage and childrearing, as they navigated the transition from Victorian to modern values. By focusing on first-person narratives, this book enriches our understanding of gender identities revealing how porous the boundaries remained between notions of 'heterosexual' and 'same-sex' friendships. This study offers an unprecedented perspective on one couple’s sexual practices, which included mutual masturbation and oral sex, and constitutes one of the most intensive examinations of female attitudes to sexual pleasure in an era of female emancipation.


Pdf ebook: The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived

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Summary: The Washington Post Book Club's October Pick One of Washington Independent Review of Book's Favorite Books of 2016 “A grandson of writer MacKinlay Kantor

  • Author : Tom Shroder
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698194268
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 416
  • Language: English
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Description: The Washington Post Book Club's October Pick One of Washington Independent Review of Book's Favorite Books of 2016 “A grandson of writer MacKinlay Kantor unravels the tangles of his grandfather's life and finds many of those same threads (the good, the bad, the ugly) in his own…A compelling account, suffused with both sympathy and sharpness, of a writer who's mostly forgotten and of a grandson who's grateful.”—Kirkus Reviews An award-winning veteran of The Washington Post and The Miami Herald, Tom Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from those of children who claim to have memories of past lives, in his book Old Souls, to that of a former Marine suffering from debilitating PTSD and his doctor pioneering a successful psychedelic drug treat­ment in Acid Test. Shroder’s most fascinating subject, however, comes from within his own family: his grandfather MacKinlay Kantor was the world-famous author of Andersonville, the seminal novel about the Civil War. As a child, Shroder was in awe of his grandfather’s larger-than-life character. Kantor’s friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, Gregory Peck, and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to the novelist John D. MacDonald and is cred­ited with discovering the singer Burl Ives. Kantor wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay’s memoirs, penning the infamous words “We’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Age,” referring to North Vietnam. Kantor also suffered from alcoholism, an outsize ego, and an abusive and publicly embarrassing personality where his family was concerned; he blew through several small fortunes in his lifetime, and died nearly destitute. In The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived, Shroder revisits the past—Kantor’s upbringing, his early life, his career trajectory— and writes not just the life story of one man but a meditation on fame, family secrets and legacies, and what is remembered after we are gone.


Pdf ebook: The Video Games Guide

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Summary: The Video Games Guide is the world’s most comprehensive reference book on computer and video games. Presented in an A to Z format, this greatly expanded

  • Author : Matt Fox
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476600678
  • Genre: Games & Activities
  • Number of Pages: 416
  • Language: English
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Description: The Video Games Guide is the world’s most comprehensive reference book on computer and video games. Presented in an A to Z format, this greatly expanded new edition spans fifty years of game design—from the very earliest (1962’s Spacewar) through the present day releases on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC. Each game entry includes the year of release, the hardware it was released on, the name of the developer/publisher, a one to five star quality rating, and a descriptive review which offers fascinating nuggets of trivia, historical notes, cross-referencing with other titles, information on each game’s sequels and of course the author’s views and insights into the game. In addition to the main entries and reviews, a full-color gallery provides a visual timeline of gaming through the decades, and several appendices help to place nearly 3,000 games in context. Appendices include: a chronology of gaming software and hardware, a list of game designers showing their main titles, results of annual video game awards, notes on sourcing video games, and a glossary of gaming terms.


Pdf ebook: The Devil on Screen

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Summary: The Devil has been represented in many film genres, including horror, comedy, the musical, fantasy, satire, drama, and the religious epic, and in these wor

  • Author : Charles P. Mitchell
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476605335
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 344
  • Language: English
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Description: The Devil has been represented in many film genres, including horror, comedy, the musical, fantasy, satire, drama, and the religious epic, and in these works has assumed many shapes and forms. This book begins with a discussion of how the devil has been portrayed on stage, how that portrayal carried over to the big screen, and what are the standard elements of a satanic plot. Each entry in the filmography includes year of production, running time, writer, editor, cinematographer, producer, and director, evaluative rating, annotated cast list, plot synopsis, overall appraisal, and a spotlight on the actor playing Satan.


Pdf ebook: If We Were Villains

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Summary: “Much like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, M. L. Rio’s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession...will keep you

  • Author : M. L. Rio
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • ISBN: 1250095301
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 368
  • Language: English
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Description: “Much like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, M. L. Rio’s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession...will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.” —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest "Nerdily (and winningly) in love with Shakespeare...Readable, smart.” —New York Times Book Review On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it. A decade ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extras. But in their fourth and final year, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make-believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent. If We Were Villains was named one of Bustle's Best Thriller Novels of the Year, and Mystery Scene says, "A well-written and gripping ode to the stage...A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth."


Pdf ebook: The Nitpicker's Guide for Classic Trekkers

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Summary: Six feature films, the wildly successful television spin-off Star Trek: The Next Generation, endless reruns, videotapes, conventions, a line of best-sellin

  • Author : Phil Farrand
  • Publisher: Dell
  • ISBN: 0307574938
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 408
  • Language: English
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Description: Six feature films, the wildly successful television spin-off Star Trek: The Next Generation, endless reruns, videotapes, conventions, a line of best-selling novels, and William Shatner's New York Times best-seller Star Trek Memories have kept the Star Trek spirit alive and well, even 25 years after its cancellation. Now this must-have book for all Trekkers -- which covers every episode of the original series, the pilot, and all six movies -- reveals all the bloopers, continuity errors, plot oversights, equipment malfunctions, and goof-ups that discerning, die-hard fans love to spot, but may have missed. Written especially for all those who find themselves thinking, "Hey, if the transporter is broken, why don't they just use a shuttlecraft?", this nitpicky volume includes Kirk's toupee watch; an examination of the logic of the miniskirted female crew members; number of times Kirk violated the Prime Detective and lots of trivia questions, fun facts, quizzes, and more. Live long and nitpick.


Pdf ebook: American Classic Screen Features

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Summary: In American Classic Screen Features, editors John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh have assembled some of the most significant and memorable essays and criti

  • Author : John C. Tibbetts,James M. Welsh
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 0810876795
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 344
  • Language: English
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Description: In American Classic Screen Features, editors John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh have assembled some of the most significant and memorable essays and critical pieces written for the magazine over its ten-year history. This collection contains fascinating accounts of Hollywood history including articles on Marilyn Monroe's first screen test, John Ford's favorite film, Olivia De Havilland's lawsuit against Warner Bros., Walt Disney's unfinished projects, and Stanley Kubrick's early noir classics. This volume also contains in-depth examinations of classic films, including Birth of a Nation, The Big Parade,The Jazz Singer, King Kong, and Citizen Kane. This compendium of essays recaptures the spirit and scholarship of that time and will appeal to both scholars and fans who have an abiding interest in the American motion picture industry.


Pdf ebook: Feminism, Film, Fascism

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Summary: German society's inability and/or refusal to come to terms with its Nazi past has been analyzed in many cultural works, including the well-known books Soci

  • Author : Susan E. Linville
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 0292778139
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 208
  • Language: English
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Description: German society's inability and/or refusal to come to terms with its Nazi past has been analyzed in many cultural works, including the well-known books Society without the Father and The Inability to Mourn. In this pathfinding study, Susan Linville challenges the accepted wisdom of these books by focusing on a cultural realm in which mourning for the Nazi past and opposing the patriarchal and authoritarian nature of postwar German culture are central concerns—namely, women's feminist auto/biographical films of the 1970s and 1980s. After a broad survey of feminist theory, Linville analyzes five important films that reflect back on the Third Reich through the experiences of women of different ages—Marianne Rosenbaum's Peppermint Peace, Helma Sanders-Brahms's Germany, Pale Mother, Jutta Brückner's Hunger Years, Margarethe von Trotta's Marianne and Juliane, and Jeanine Meerapfel's Malou. By juxtaposing these films with the accepted theories on German culture, Linville offers a fresh appraisal not only of the films' importance but especially of their challenge to misogynist interpretations of the German failure to grieve for the horrors of its Nazi past.


Pdf ebook: Historical Comedy on Screen

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Summary: Introduction: The mad history of the world / Hannu Salmi -- Buster Keaton's comedies of Southern history: Our hospitality and The general / Susan E. Linvil

  • Author : Hannu Salmi
  • Publisher: Intellect Books
  • ISBN: 1841503673
  • Genre: Art
  • Number of Pages: 205
  • Language: English
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Description: Introduction: The mad history of the world / Hannu Salmi -- Buster Keaton's comedies of Southern history: Our hospitality and The general / Susan E. Linville -- Comedians and romance: history and humour in Kalabalik / David Ludvigsson -- From ideal husbands to Berserk Gargoyles: a survey of period comedies representing the British past in the 1950's and 1960's / Harri Kilpi -- Forms of history in Woody Allen / Maurice Yacowar -- No laughing matter? Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in cinema / David Archibald -- A killer joke? World War II in post-war British television and film comedy / Rami Mähkä -- 'Holocaust-nostalgia', humour and irony: The case of pizza in Auschwitz / Hagai Dagan -- Comedy and counter-history / Marcia Landy.


Pdf ebook: The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry

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Summary: To a remarkable extent the filmscript of Tender is the Night, which Malcolm Lowry wrote in 1949-50 with the help of Margerie Bonner Lowry, is less an adapt

  • Author : Miguel Mota,Paul Tiessen
  • Publisher: UBC Press
  • ISBN: 077484471X
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 276
  • Language: English
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Description: To a remarkable extent the filmscript of Tender is the Night, which Malcolm Lowry wrote in 1949-50 with the help of Margerie Bonner Lowry, is less an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel than an extension of Lowry's own fiction. As Miguel Mota and Paul Tiessen show, Malcolm Lowry's script contains important passages which are really "cinematic" restatements of parts of Lowry's novel Lunar Caustic, and of short stories such as "Through the Panama" and "Strange Comfort Afforded by the Profession." The editors note also the many direct and indirect allusions to elements from Lowry's master-work, Under the Volcano (1947), a novel that is regarded by many critics as one of the most "cinematic" prose works of the twentieth century. A close study of the text reveals that Lowry took on the Tender is the Night project partly as a means of reopening his Under the Volcano narrative, of re-exploring its plot and problems and its characters and themes, and of carrying as far as possible the "cinematic" style he had begun to examine in that work. Lowry's Tender is the Night manuscript is important, then, not only as a completed, 455-page text in its own right but also as a text having a direct bearing on Lowry's own reading of Under the Volcano and of his sense of artistic direction after that work. Indeed, the editors consider the significance of the filmscript as a key - hitherto almost entirely overlooked - to understanding his projected multiple volume work, The Voyage That Never Ends. This scholarly edition of Lowry's script presents 38 passages of varying length - from less than one page to over 100 pages - in which Lowry writes with a freedom and creativity that lead to a text narratively and stylistically quite separate and distinct from Fitzgerald's original. It excludes passages where Lowry adheres more or less slavishly, at 37 intervals, to Fitzgeralds' novel, though it provides brief narrative summaries of and comments on those omitted sections. Lowry's achievement in his filmscript demonstrates the nature of his life-long commitment to and extensive knowledge of the international cinema from the 1910s to the 1950s and also the nature of his view of the novelist's responsibility to participate in the development of film as an art. The script also illustrates Lowry's relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald as one in a series of literary kinships, and as the editors point out, the work becomes a criticism and analysis of both Fitzgerald's novel and of Fitzgerald himself.


Pdf ebook: A Thousand Cuts

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Summary: A Thousand Cuts is a candid exploration of one of America's strangest and most quickly vanishing subcultures. It is about the death of physical film in the

  • Author : Dennis Bartok,Jeff Joseph
  • Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • ISBN: 1496808606
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Language: English
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Description: A Thousand Cuts is a candid exploration of one of America's strangest and most quickly vanishing subcultures. It is about the death of physical film in the digital era and about a paranoid, secretive, eccentric, and sometimes obsessive group of film-mad collectors who made movies and their projection a private religion in the time before DVDs and Blu-rays. The book includes the stories of film historian/critic Leonard Maltin, TCM host Robert Osborne discussing Rock Hudson's secret 1970s film vault, RoboCop producer Jon Davison dropping acid and screening King Kong with Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore East, and Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow recounting his decades-long quest to restore the 1927 Napoleon. Other lesser-known but equally fascinating subjects include one-legged former Broadway dancer Tony Turano, who lives in a Norma Desmond-like world of decaying movie memories, and notorious film pirate Al Beardsley, one of the men responsible for putting O. J. Simpson behind bars. Authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph examine one of the least-known episodes in modern legal history: the FBI's and Justice Department's campaign to harass, intimidate, and arrest film dealers and collectors in the early 1970s. Many of those persecuted were gay men. Victims included Planet of the Apes star Roddy McDowall, who was arrested in 1974 for film collecting and forced to name names of fellow collectors, including Rock Hudson and Mel Tormé. A Thousand Cuts explores the obsessions of the colorful individuals who created their own screening rooms, spent vast sums, negotiated underground networks, and even risked legal jeopardy to pursue their passion for real, physical film.


Pdf ebook: The American Villain: Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics, Film, and Television

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Summary: The American Villain: Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics, Film, and Television seeks to provide one go-to reference for the study of the most popular and i

  • Author : Richard A. Hall
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 144086988X
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 357
  • Language: English
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Description: The American Villain: Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics, Film, and Television seeks to provide one go-to reference for the study of the most popular and iconic villains in American popular culture. Since the 1980s, pop culture has focused on what makes a villain a villain. The Joker, Darth Vader, and Hannibal Lecter have all been placed under the microscope to get to the origins of their villainy. Additionally, such bad guys as Angelus from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows have emphasized the desire for redemption—in even the darkest of villains. Various incarnations of Lucifer/Satan have even gone so far as to explore the very foundations of what we consider "evil." The American Villain: Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics, Film, and Television seeks to collect all of those stories into one comprehensive volume. The volume opens with essays about villains in popular culture, followed by 100 A–Z entries on the most notorious bad guys in film, comics, and more. Sidebars highlight ancillary points of interest, such as authors, creators, and tropes that illuminate the motives of various villains. A glossary of key terms and a bibliography provide students with resources to continue their study of what makes the "baddest" among us so bad. Examines in detail how villains and villainesses have appeared in comics and other media over the decades Shows how villains and villainesses have reflected the fears, anxieties, and hopes of American society at any given period Provides scholarly material that gives readers additional important historical context in five essays Ensures that diverse and obscure villains and villainesses are given equal coverage


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Summary: WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR TAYARI JONES “How can a novel’s social criticism be so unflinching and clear, yet its p

  • Author : Ann Petry
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0547525346
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 400
  • Language: English
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Description: WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR TAYARI JONES “How can a novel’s social criticism be so unflinching and clear, yet its plot moves like a house on fire? I am tempted to describe Petry as a magician for the many ways that The Street amazes, but this description cheapens her talent . . . Petry is a gifted artist.” — Tayari Jones, from the Introduction The Street follows the spirited Lutie Johnson, a newly single mother whose efforts to claim a share of the American Dream for herself and her young son meet frustration at every turn in 1940s Harlem. Opening a fresh perspective on the realities and challenges of black, female, working-class life, The Street became the first novel by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies.


Pdf ebook: A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

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Summary: 'What grammarians say should be has perhaps less influence on what shall be than even the more modest of them realize ...' No book had more influence on tw

  • Author : H. W. Fowler
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191615110
  • Genre: Reference
  • Number of Pages: 832
  • Language: English
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Description: 'What grammarians say should be has perhaps less influence on what shall be than even the more modest of them realize ...' No book had more influence on twentieth-century attitudes to the English language in Britain than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. It rapidly became the standard work of reference for the correct use of English in terms of choice of words, grammar, and style. Much loved for his firm opinions, passion, and dry humour, Fowler has stood the test of time and is still considered the best arbiter of good practice. In this new edition of the original Dictionary, David Crystal goes beyond the popular mythology surrounding Fowler's reputation to retrace his method and arrive at a fresh evaluation of his place in the history of linguistic thought. With a wealth of entertaining examples he looks at Fowler's stated principles and the tensions between his prescriptive and descriptive temperaments. He shows that the Dictionary does a great more than make normative recommendations and express private opinion. In addition he offers a modern perspective on some 300 entries, in which he shows how English has changed since the 1920s. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.