Search Results: "Philip F. Gura"


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TRUTH'S RAGGED EDGE by Philip F. Gura
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2013

"Illuminating in key spots, but a slog for nonacademics."
How did 19th-century American novelists deal with liberty, equality, slavery and the changing role of religion in American life? That's the question Gura (American Literature and Culture/Univ. of North Carolina; American Transcendentalism: A History, 2007, etc.) sets out to answer in this comprehensive survey. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISM by Philip F. Gura
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Gura's nuanced, dense and illuminating narrative makes a perfect a companion to Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club (2001), as each considers the two dominant and ever-conflicting themes in American intellectual history: idealism and pragmatism."
Comprehensive history of America's first public intellectual movement. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN EDWARDS by Philip F. Gura
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Controversial, and a quick, enjoyable read. Gura will grab at least some of the audience of armchair-history-lovers that professional historians always claim they want to reach."
A gauntlet-throwing biography of the 18th-century minister and theologian who's in the pantheon of great American intellectuals, along with Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. DuBois, and the James brothers. Read full book review >

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F by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2014

"German writer Kehlmann (Fame, 2010, etc.) takes us on a strange and enigmatic journey here."
An elusive novel whose events remain cryptic and largely unexplained. Read full book review >

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KING PHILIP by Esther Averill
Released: Oct. 18, 1950

"Mark this as a three star attraction — for school, regional interest and a swell story."
A thrilling and sincerely conceived story of the great chief of the Narragansett Indians who led a "rebellion" against the New England colonists in 1675. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Calorie-rich fare for those who enjoy snacking on royal stories."
The author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007) returns with a flattering account of Philip, who could have become King of Greece but instead married the woman who would be queen. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by Andrew Motion
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"Sure to be the standard life for some time, this cadaverous book seems dead to Larkin's amazing sense of humor, one of the sources of his poetic achievement. (Photos)"
One of three literary executors of British poet Philip Larkin (1922-85), fellow poet Motion (The Lamberts, 1987) ill serves his subject with this drab, exhaustive biography full of bland literary criticism and inappropriate psychologizing. Read full book review >

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PRINCE PHILIP by John Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Of interest to the royalty-obsessed only. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Parker's previous book about royalty, on the Duke of Windsor (King of Fools, 1989), was a gossipy quick read, but Prince Philip makes for a tamer subject with less egregiously dirty laundry. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by James Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Definitive in its scope and detail but somewhat too hagiographic."
A scholar who has published previously about Philip Larkin (1922-1985) returns with a full-meal biography glowing with admiration. Read full book review >

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PHILIP SIDNEY by Alan Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While the accretion of detail upon detail sometimes slows the narrative flow, Stewart provides a textured insight into the society that shaped the poet. (14 illustrations, 13 b&w plates)"
A lengthy account of a short life. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 7, 2009

"The author's passion for fitness is contagious, but the book needs more detailed information to guide would-be fitness competitors."
A fitness-competition champion motivates readers to get active with her personal success story. Read full book review >