Search Results: "Gerard O'Neill"


BOOK REVIEW

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 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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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 1991

"Along with sympathy, tact, appreciation, and humor, Martin brings new information from previously unpublished sources to elucidate the shadows in which Hopkins's life and poetry had been enfolded by well-meaning friends, scholars, and the critics who have made an industry of him."
Martin (English/Princeton) brings his ranging knowledge of English Victorian life and his understanding of the poetic sensibility (Tennyson, 1980; With Friends Possessed: A Life of Edward Fitzgerald, 1985) to the subtle, obscure, introverted, and spare life and works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89), the Jesuit priest whose work, published first in 1918, 29 years after his death, is considered as influential as T.S. Eliot's in initiating the modern movement in poetry. Read full book review >

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VISIONS OF GERARD by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1963

"And may he find the turn-off on the thruway."
As a writer, Kerouac is becoming more and more like the sad sack who missed the turn-off on the thruway and must now seemingly go on and on until he hits the next one. Read full book review >

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GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS by Paul Mariani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2008

"A revealing portrait of a unique talent, a deeply religious artist who saw God's wonder and mystery in all."
The intensely private, pious, sometimes melancholic and tortured life of the English Jesuit whose remarkable poems did not appear until a quarter-century after his death. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Very slow-moving, but informative."
A biography of the only mapmaker nonspecialists are likely to have heard of. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF ROSE O'NEILL by Rose O'Neill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Florid writing and lack of drama rule out a popular readership, though as a record of the artistic concerns of a distinctive woman and shaper of popular sensibilities, it may be useful for historians. (15 illustrations, not seen)"
This memoir by the creator of the once popular Kewpie figure lacks the literary strength to raise it above a mere curiosity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A pertinent work of history and journalism. As armies again march in the Middle East, these communities are at new risk."
Rare glimpses inside isolated pockets of ancient settlements in the Middle East, revealing fragile yet tenacious religions. Read full book review >

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RUGBY WARRIOR by Gerard Siggins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"A light and enjoyable story to introduce young American readers to the game. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Siggins follows Rugby Spirit (2012) with a companion novel about 13-year-old Eoin Madden, two ghosts, teammate rivalry and the love of the game. Read full book review >

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DUBLIN DEAD by Gerard O'Donovan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2012

"Slow to gather momentum, with much checking of airline schedules. But the final bloody payoff is deeply satisfying."
The deaths of an Irish drug lord who was murdered in Spain and an Irish estate agent who jumped off Bristol's storied Clifton Bridge turn out to have close and unholy connections. Read full book review >

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IN TRANSIT by Kathleen Gerard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2011

"A stylistically clunky debut, with bare-bones plotting whose alleged surprises even moderately savvy readers will anticipate throughout."
The story of an NYPD transit cop's biggest mistake. Read full book review >

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SUNLESS by Gerard Donovan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A lyrically depressing vision of things to come."
Donovan (Julius Winsome, 2006, etc.) imagines a drugged-up dystopia. Read full book review >