Search Results: "Edward Shorter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"A fine, example-filled account of how different times and different mores produce different psychosomatic illnesses."
Like other cultural phenomena, psychosomatic illnesses are subject to changes in fashion; here, Shorter (The Healthy Century, 1987, etc.) has applied his considerable skill in researching medical history to an examination of these trends from the mid-18th century to the present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2013

"Enlivened by literary anecdotes, but less appealing as social history."
Shorter (Psychiatry and History of Medicine/Toronto Univ.; co-author: Endocrine Psychiatry, 2010, etc.) charges that current diagnoses of mood disorders are fatally flawed and becoming "close to unintelligible." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 1997

"While psychiatrists may quibble and Freudians and other psychoanalysts will surely squawk, those without a vested interest will be thoroughly entertained and certainly enlightened."
An opinionated, anecdote-rich history of a branch of medicine strongly shaped by culture. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"Devotees of medical lore will find this a treasure trove."
Lively, anecdote-filled account of how culture interacts with biology to produce different sets of psychosomatic symptoms in different groups of people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Thumbnail biographies of Hopper's contemporaries appear in the backmatter, as does a bibliography, notes and a list of museums where readers can find Hopper's work. (Biography. 8-12)"
Lovely design combines with extensive research to produce a compact, lucid biography of one of the 20th-century's foremost American painters. Read full book review >

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SELECTED SHORTER POEMS by Armand Schwerner
Released: July 1, 1999

"One gets the impression in the poems here—as opposed to those in The Tablets—of an ego that is conformed to its subject (rather than the other way around) with results fertile enough in their conceits to merit our interest."
A good introduction to the work of the late American poet whose experiments with form and tone have won him a reputation as one of the last of the old avant-garde. Read full book review >

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A SHORTER FINNEGANS WAKE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Feb. 2, 1966

"No doubt pedants will object to the Burgess 'cuts' but since he has tastefully selected the more readable portions, accenting Joyce's robust lyricism and heartiest puns, and kept a good weather-eye open towards shaping the novel's outrageously double-dealing symbology, A Shorter Finnegans Wake may well prove to be a college favorite, and perhaps even seduce a few stalwarts into attacking the real thing."
Though James Joyce is safely lodged in the pantheon of modern literature, he still occasions impudent remarks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCE EDWARD by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2004

"A near-miss then, though well worth reading."
The growth of a southern white boy's moral consciousness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDWARD VI by Chris Skidmore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Sure-footed and evenhanded."
An impressive debut chronicling the brief life of the young man dubbed "the forgotten prince." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"Depressing, at times tedious, yet nonetheless compelling, this book bears well the inevitable comparison to one of Hopper's signature tableaus. (100 drawings and photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This sprawling study of his career and marriage sets the great painter of modern bleakness in an important new light but fails to fully illuminate his psyche. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDWARD GETS MESSY by Rita Meade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This can't approach Patrick McDonnell's A Perfectly Messed-Up Story (2014) for anxiety about mess and chaos or Deborah Freedman's Blue Chicken (2011) for glorious spills, but it's a fine addition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you're afraid to get messy, you might be missing out. Read full book review >