Octavio Paz dans son siècle

By Christopher Domínguez Michael

Né au Mexique en 1914 et décédé dans sa capitale en 1998, Octavio Paz est l’une des figures majeures de l. a. littérature latino-américaine du XXe siècle. Poète, essayiste et dramaturge, il healthy très tôt de son will pay l’un des sujets privilégiés de sa réflexion, mais n’en était pas moins un homme profondément cosmopolite, un écrivain engagé et ancré dans son temps. Il fut ainsi le protagoniste et témoin de plusieurs événements marquants, tels que los angeles guerre civile espagnole (1936-1939), los angeles fin de l. a. Seconde Guerre mondiale et l. a. création des international locations unies (1945), l. a. révolte des étudiants en 1968 ou los angeles chute du mur de Berlin en 1989.

Devant l’histoire d’un siècle hassle, aussi fascinant que révoltant, il healthy face avec braveness et lucidité aux nombreux choix s’offrant à ceux qui voulaient changer l. a. littérature et le monde. Cette biographie nous permet de mesurer l’ampleur et l. a. singularité de son destin, tout comme son amour de l. a. poésie. motor vehicle, à l. a. fois riche et précis sur los angeles vie de l’écrivain engagé, Octavio Paz dans son siècle apporte une réflexion sur son oeuvre littéraire, en particulier sur los angeles poésie de sa maturité, celle de ses séjours en Inde au cours des années cinquante et soixante, et celle de son retour au Mexique dans les années soixante-dix. S’y ajoute le récit de l. a. grande aventure politique et intellectuelle de l. a. revue Vuelta, de l’énorme reconnaissance internationale dont le poète jouit dans les années quatre-vingt et, enfin, de l. a. remise du prix Nobel de littérature en 1990, couronnement de sa trajectoire éthique et esthétique.

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First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

By Ginger Wadsworth

Simply in time for the one hundredth anniversary of the woman Scouts in 2012, comes this lavishly illustrated account of the interesting lifetime of the girl who begun all of it. Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low was once a amazing girl with rules that have been prior to her time. She witnessed vital eras in U.S. background, from the Civil warfare and Reconstruction to westward growth to post-World struggle I. and he or she made historical past by means of founding the 1st nationwide association to carry ladies from all backgrounds into the out-of-doors. Daisy created controversy by means of encouraging them to arrange not just for standard homemaking but in addition for roles as specialist women--in the humanities, sciences, and business--and for energetic citizenship outdoors the house. Her crew additionally welcomed ladies with disabilities at a time once they have been often excluded. Includes author's be aware, resource notes, bibliography, timeline, areas to go to, the lady Scout Promise and legislations, and musical notation for the favourite scout track "Make New Friends."

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Moscow Diary

By Walter Benjamin

The lifetime of the German-Jewish literary critic and thinker Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) is a veritable allegory of the lifetime of letters within the 20th century. Benjamin's highbrow odyssey culminated in his loss of life through suicide at the Franco-Spanish border, pursued by way of the Nazis, yet lengthy earlier than he had traveled to the Soviet Union. His attractive account of that trip is exclusive between Benjamin's writings for the frank, cruel approach he struggles along with his factors and conscience.

Perhaps the first reason behind his journey used to be his affection for Asja Lacis, a Latvian Bolshevik whom he had first met in Capri in 1924 and who may stay an immense highbrow and erotic impact on him during the twenties and thirties. Asja Lacis resided in Moscow, eking out a dwelling as a journalist, and Benjamin's diary is, on one point, the account of his masochistic love affair with this elusive--and particularly unsympathetic--object of hope. On one other point, it's the tale of a failed romance with the Russian Revolution; for Benjamin had journeyed to Russia not just to notify himself firsthand approximately Soviet society, but in addition to reach at an eventual selection approximately becoming a member of the Communist get together. Benjamin's diary paints the difficulty of a author seduced by way of the guarantees of the Revolution but unwilling to blinker himself to its human and institutional failings.

Moscow Diary is greater than a checklist of ideological ambivalence; its literary price is enormous. Benjamin is without doubt one of the nice twentieth-century physiognomists of the town, and his portrait of hibernal Moscow stands beside his excellent evocations of Berlin, Naples, Marseilles, and Paris. scholars of this really attention-grabbing interval will locate Benjamin's eyewitness account of Moscow terribly illuminating.

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Noam Chomsky: Critical Lives

By Wolfgang B. Sperlich

“The highbrow culture is one in every of servility to energy, and if I didn’t betray it I’d feel embarrassment about myself.” This assertion by way of Noam Chomsky exemplifies the uncompromising radicalism that has lengthy outlined his existence and paintings. A linguist, thinker, prolific writer, and political activist, Chomsky is without doubt one of the so much influential Western intellectuals of the final half-century. but it really is this very capaciousness that biographers and interpreters have struggled with, and consequently, there are only a few readable bills of Chomsky and his venture. Wolfgang B. Sperlich surmounts this problem together with his succinct but in-depth advent to the philosopher in Noam Chomsky, one of many new titles within the acclaimed serious Lives series. 

Beginning with Chomsky’s early life as a sixteen-year-old scholar on the college of Pennsylvania, Sperlich lines his schooling in linguistics and politics in its wealthy ancient context. He explores Chomsky’s major highbrow impacts, relatively in language reports, and charts his strained courting with mainstream American academia. Sperlich additionally deals an educated review of Chomsky’s landmark linguistic contributions as a complete creation to his paintings, and he explains the most recent advancements in Chomskyan linguistics and the way they effect examine in fields as diverse as neuroscience, biology, and evolution. Sperlich is both responsive to Chomsky's political activism: via Sperlich’s account we keep on with Chomsky from his pacifist-anarchist lectures and writings of the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties to his seminal 1988 treatise, Manufacturing Consent, and his relentless feedback of the yankee executive over decades. 

A compact and wealthy biographical research, Noam Chomsky is a superb creation to at least one of the main polarizing intellectuals of our time, a philosopher whose phrases proceed to pierce the guts of public discourse.

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Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute

The 1st booklet to assemble those interviews of grasp moviemakers from the yank movie Institute’s popular seminars, Conversations with the good Moviemakers bargains an unrivaled historical past of yankee cinema within the phrases of its maximum practitioners.

Here are the incomparable administrators Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, King Vidor, David Lean, Fritz Lang (“I realized merely from undesirable films”), William Wyler, and George Stevens; popular manufacturers and cinematographers; celebrated screenwriters Ray Bradbury and Ernest Lehman; in addition to the immortal Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini (“Making a film is a mathematical operation. It’s completely very unlikely to improvise”). Taken jointly, those conversations provide uniquely intimate entry to the considering, the knowledge, and the genius of cinema’s so much proficient pioneers.

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Biography: A Very Short Introduction

By Hermione Lee

Hermione Lee is among the prime literary biographers within the English-speaking international, the writer of broadly acclaimed lives of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf. Now, during this Very brief creation, Lee offers an impressive examine the style within which she is an undisputed master--the paintings of biography. right here Lee considers the cultural and historic history of alternative forms of biographies, appears to be like on the elements that have an effect on biographers, and asks no matter if there are varied ideas, ethics, and ideas required for writing approximately one individual in comparison to one other. She additionally discusses modern biographical guides and considers what sort of "lives" are the most well-liked and favourite. And alongside the way in which, she solutions such questions as why do convinced humans and ancient occasions arouse a lot curiosity? How can biographies be in comparison with historical past and works of fiction? Does a biography must be precise? Is it applicable to overlook or cover issues? Does the biographer have to in my opinion comprehend the topic? needs to a biographer be subjective?

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions supply an advent to a couple of life's best issues. Written via specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern wondering the relevant difficulties and matters in 1000's of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum idea to Islam.

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Kate: The Future Queen

By Katie Nicholl

Katie Nicholl, bestselling writer and royal correspondent for The Mail on Sunday, provides an within check out the lifetime of the longer term Queen of britain, Kate Middleton. given that turning into Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated royals lovers worldwide and now, Nicholl supplies the tale of her formative years, first romances, and love with Prince William. Nicholl will show new information on Middleton’s initiation into royal existence and, after all, her first pregnancy.

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A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War

By Ronald K. Fierstein

Apple founder Steve Jobs as soon as hailed Edwin Land, the founding father of Polaroid and the daddy of immediate images, as "a nationwide treasure" and as soon as confessed to a reporter that assembly Land was once "like traveling a shrine." through his personal admission, Jobs modeled a lot of his personal profession after Land’s. either Jobs and Land stand out at the present time as distinct and towering figures within the heritage of know-how. Neither had a faculty measure, yet either outfitted hugely winning and cutting edge firms. Jobs and Land have been either perfectionists with a nearly enthusiast attentiveness to element, as well as being consummate showmen and instinctive agents. in lots of methods, Edwin Land was once the unique Steve Jobs.

This riveting new biography visits the stunning lifetime of Edwin Land, might be an important, but least recognized inventor and know-how entrepreneur in American historical past. Land’s most famed fulfillment was once the production of a innovative movie and digital camera procedure that may produce a photographic print moments after the image used to be taken.
A Triumph of Genius takes you behind the curtain of this reclusive genius’s discoveries, triumphs, and defeats.

You'll examine information of Land’s involvement over 4 a long time with top-secret U.S. army intelligence efforts in the course of international conflict II and during the chilly conflict within the provider of 7 American presidents. also, you are going to thrill to the compelling first-hand examine considered one of our nation’s most crucial criminal battles over highbrow property—Polaroid as opposed to Kodak. This company and criminal fight is a narrative of just about operatic measurement. What begun as a cooperative and collegial courting resulted in Kodak’s betrayal. The clash ended in an epic felony conflict, a dramatic occasion for Land who, from the witness stand, individually starred in a compelling court drama.

More than an easy enterprise biography, A Triumph of Genius chronicles the fellow and the icon whose technological brilliance cleared the path for one more of the 20th century’s maximum innovators, Steve Jobs.

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Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

By Rhonda K. Garelick


Certain lives are right away so extraordinary, and but so in line with their old moments, that they remove darkness from cultural forces a long way past the scope of a unmarried individual. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose lifestyles bargains the most interesting stories of the 20 th century—throwing into dramatic aid an period of warfare, type, ardent nationalism, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly taken care of, for the 1st time, with wide-ranging and incisive historic scrutiny.
Coco Chanel remodeled ceaselessly the best way girls dressed. Her effect is still so pervasive that to today we will be able to see her afterimage a dozen instances whereas simply strolling down a unmarried highway: in all of the little black clothes, flat footwear, gown jewellery, cardigan sweaters, and tortoiseshell eyeglasses on ladies of all ages and historical past. A bottle of Chanel No. five body spray is bought each 3 seconds. Arguably, no different person has had a deeper effect at the visible aesthetic of the area. yet how did a negative orphan develop into an international icon of either luxurious and daily sort? How did she boost such colossal, timeless effect? And what does our ongoing love of all issues Chanel let us know approximately ourselves? those are the mysteries that Rhonda okay. Garelick unravels in Mademoiselle.
Raised in rural poverty and orphaned early, the younger Chanel supported herself as top she may well. Then, as an uneducated nineteen-year-old café singer, she attracted the eye of a filthy rich and strong admirer and parlayed his help into her personal hat layout enterprise. For the remainder of Chanel’s lifestyles, the pro, own, and political have been interwoven; her enthusiasts integrated diplomat Boy Capel; composer Igor Stravinsky; Romanov inheritor Grand Duke Dmitri; Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster; poet Pierre Reverdy; a Nazi officer; and several other girls to boot. For all that, she was once profoundly on my own, her romantic existence relentlessly affected by abandonment and tragedy.
Chanel’s goals and accomplishments have been extraordinary. Her hat store advanced right into a garments empire. She grew to become a famous theatrical and picture gown dressmaker, taking part with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Luchino Visconti. The genius of Coco Chanel, Garelick exhibits, lay within the manner she absorbed the zeitgeist, reflecting it again to the area in her designs and in what Garelick calls “wearable personality”—the impossible to resist and contagious type infused with either international historical past and Chanel’s approximately incredible existence saga. by way of age 40, Chanel had develop into a multimillionaire and a family identify, and her Chanel company continues to be the highest-earning privately owned luxurious items producer within the world.
In Mademoiselle, Garelick gives you the main probing, well-researched, and insightful biography to this point in this possible favourite yet forever mind-blowing figure—a paintings that's actually either a heady highbrow learn and a literary page-turner.

Praise for Mademoiselle
“A precise, wry and nuanced portrait of a sophisticated girl that leaves the reader in a nation of totally pleasing confusion—blissfully mesmerized and confounded through the truth of the human spirit.”The Washington Post
“Writing an exhaustive biography of Chanel is a problem corresponding to racing a four-horse chariot. . . . This makes the guaranteed self assurance with which Garelick tells her tale all of the extra remarkable.”The big apple assessment of Books

“Broadly centred and fantastically written.”The Wall road Journal

From the Hardcover edition.

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Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?

By Marion Meade

Marion Meade's engrossing and accomplished biography of 1 of the 20 th century's so much attractive women

In this full of life, soaking up biography, Marion Meade illuminates either the appeal and the darkish aspect of Dorothy Parker, exploring her days of depraved wittiness on the Algonquin around desk with the likes of Robert Benchley, George Kaufman, and Harold Ross, and in Hollywood with S. J. Perelman, William Faulkner, and Lillian Hellman. on the outstanding heart of all of it, Meade offers us the fancy, self-destructive, and remarkable Dorothy Parker.

This variation includes a new afterword by means of Marion Meade.

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