Search Results: "Shelley Frisch"


BOOK REVIEW

KAFKA by Reiner Stach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"A judicious, balanced assessment that makes palpable both Kafka's personal weirdness and his artistic mastery."
An astute analysis, by the German editor of Kafka's collected works, of the remarkable half-decade in which the Prague-based modernist wrote his best-known stories. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2009

"Amiable but trite."
The English-language debut of an international bestseller about an unlikely pilgrim who dispenses life lessons while hiking through northern Spain. Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN by Jürgen Neffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2007

"Stellar research and prose combine in a splendid biography of physics' most luminous supernova."
A comprehensive, sympathetic and very readable portrait of the man, the celebrity, the scientist and the theories that transformed physics and the modern world. Read full book review >

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KAFKA by Reiner Stach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The inaugural book, on the remarkable half-decade that produced The Metamorphosis, The Trial, and 'In the Penal Colony,' is still the best, but this slightly overstuffed volume completes an indispensable work about a key figure in 20th-century modernism."
The final installment in German scholar Stach's magisterial three-part biography (Kafka: The Years of Insight, 2013, etc.), covering, in appropriately Kafkaesque nonsequential fashion, the writer's childhood and youth. Read full book review >

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KAFKA by Reiner Stach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2013

"An illuminating book built, like its subject's life, on small episodes rather than great, dramatic turning points. Essential for students and serious readers of Kafka."
Conclusion of a massive, comprehensive life of the famed Czech/German/Jewish writer, chockablock with neuroses, failures and moments of brilliance. Read full book review >

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BEING SHELLEY by Ann Wroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Hallucinatory and quite mad (Shelley would approve): helpful in deciphering his work but hardly his life."
From Economist editor and biographer Wroe (The Perfect Prince, 2003, etc.), a dreamy, decidedly unorthodox biography of the Romantic poet. Read full book review >

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DIETRICH & RIEFENSTAHL by Karin Wieland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"A sweeping, revelatory dual biography."
Two icons and their turbulent times. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO’S LEGACY by Stefan Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2010

"This richly illustrated, engrossing account makes a good case that da Vinci was not only ahead of his time but ahead of our own."
A lucid examination of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), emphasizing his immense secret journal. Read full book review >

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MARY SHELLEY by Miranda Seymour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An evocative, empathetic treatment of what was, in all senses of the word, a difficult life."
A new biography of the author of Frankenstein that aims to comprehend her character rather than assess or advance her literary standing. Read full book review >

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MARY SHELLEY by John Williams
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2000

Most readers know Mary as Percy Shelley's wife and the author of Frankenstein, but many critics feel her writing deserves more attention. British scholar Williams (Romantic Poetry and Revolutionary Politics, 1989) aims to tell her story and evaluate her position in the 19th-century literary canon. Read full book review >

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KATE SHELLEY by Robert D. San Souci
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A fine alternative to Margaret Wetterer's stiffer, simpler (but no less dramatic) Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
The gripping, true story of a 15-year-old Iowan who ventured out into a wild storm to give warning of a wrecked railroad bridge. Read full book review >