Search Results: "Eugene Byrne"


BOOK REVIEW

BYRNE by Anthony Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This is a swan song like no other, and one of the most delightful books of the decade."
The prolific (over 50 books) and protean Burgess (1917-93), author of such amazingly varied fictions as Enderby (1967), Napoleon Symphony (1974), and A Dead Man in Deptford (1995), left this rambunctious "novel in verse" completed at his death. Read full book review >

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DARWIN by Eugene Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"More text than younger readers will want to wade through, yet framed in a way that might seem silly to older readers."
A serviceable graphic summary of Darwin's life and achievement, pegged somewhere between educational use for preteens and a primer for adult readers. Read full book review >

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EUGENE O'NEILL by Robert M. Dowling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although O'Neill claimed he was a 'tragic optimist,' Dowling's sympathetic, comprehensive portrait reveals a man beset by self-hatred and despair, struggling—and failing—to find salvation."
A portrait of a playwright inspired by suffering. Read full book review >

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EUGENE O'NEILL by Stephen A. Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"O'Neill proves a fascinating, if morbid, traveling companion, and Black a capable and erudite cicerone. (40 illus.)"
Mourning may become Electra, but it served equally well for O'Neill, who, as Black (English/Simon Fraser Univ.) contends in this massive biography, worked through his personal tragedies by recasting them for the stage. Read full book review >

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EUGENE ONEGIN by Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A masterly performance, and a thoroughly charming book."
Eugene Onegin ($22.00; May 1; 224 pp.; 0-465-02093-3). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2004

"A worthy reexamination of the politician whom many remember fondly today—yet who is still likened to Harold Stassen as a born loser."
Thoughtful biography of the quintessential American liberal who, toward the end of his political career, was "challenging the very premises of the liberalism that he had himself championed." Read full book review >

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EUGENE BULLARD by Craig Lloyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Reads as though the author had some other book in mind."
The remarkable exploits of the first African-American fighter pilot get lost in a rehash of Jazz Age name-dropping masquerading as biography. Read full book review >

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THE TRIUMPH OF KATIE BYRNE by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2001

"Bradford's chatterbox style and cast of thousands create nothing but confusion, but her fans probably won't care."
A ho-hum mystery of sorts from megaselling Bradford (A Sudden Change of Heart, 1999, etc.), this about a young actress who's haunted by a violent attack on her closest chums. Read full book review >

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The Legend of Imogene Byrne by James McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"An action-packed thriller, marred by a lumbering plot and mechanical prose."
A real estate agent is unwittingly drawn into a murder mystery that involves political intrigue in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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YUMMERS! STARRING EMILY AND EUGENE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1973

"And Eugene is a model straight man."
Whereas in George and Martha (1972) Marshall portrayed a pair of lovably blimpy hippopotami without overt reference to their proportions, here he confronts the subjects of overweight and compulsive eating head on. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The nature of these memoirs, in which the interviewer remains virtually invisible, precludes any challenge to such apparent contradictions—a disappointment in an otherwise intriguing self-portrait. (Twenty-one b&w photographs— not seen.)"
A veteran of the Smithsonian's oral-history program on the Manhattan Project, Szanton brings an educated focus and a writer's sensitivity to these expertly shaped memoirs, based on over 30 interviews, of a Hungarian-born Nobelist who helped create the atomic bomb. Read full book review >

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I WANT TO GO FIRST! by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Though little ones will understand the desire to be in front, Elphie's means are questionable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
On their way to the nature reserve's watering hole, Elphie, the littlest elephant, wants to move to the front of the line and so enlists readers to help. Read full book review >