Search Results: "Stephen Greenblatt"


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THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE by Stephen Greenblatt
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Many fine passages charged with Greenblatt's passion and talent for storytelling can't disguise the fact that he's not quite sure what story he's trying to tell here."
The Pulitzer and National Book Award winner considers the enduring appeal and manifold interpretations of the biblical account of the first humans' expulsion from paradise. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"An imaginative voyage to the undiscovered country in company with a master mariner. (16 pp. color illustrations, not seen)"
A re-sifting and re-imagining of the Shakespeare evidence in an attempt to discover how the Stratford lad became the celebrated poet and playwright. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Greenblatt's deft handling of intellectual baggage is a special gift, but his clear, quick, pungent re-creation of specific people and events in this context is remarkable. (Sixteen halftones—not seen.)"
A witty and erudite study of early American explorers and their sensibilities, by Greenblatt (English Lit./Univ. of Cal. at Berkeley; Sir Walter Raleigh, 1973). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2011

"More wonderfully illuminating Renaissance history from a master scholar and historian."
Greenblatt (Humanities/Harvard Univ.; Shakespeare's Freedom, 2010, etc.) makes another intellectually fetching foray into the Renaissance—with digressions into antiquity and the recent past—in search of a root of modernity. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

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REYNARD THE FOX by James Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2015

"Those who are able to navigate early modern English would do better to read Caxton, but this new version has the virtue of making the Reynard stories easily accessible."
Timely translation of the medieval story cycle about a fox who constantly outwits the "not only dim-witted but also greedy, coarse and self-interested" folks in charge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A zesty work for those already initiated into the incestuous world of contemporary literary criticism—and for those who might like to see what all the fuss is about. (12 illustrations)"
A tour de force of new literary criticism. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Paul Sorrentino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Sorrentino's authoritative and sympathetic portrait revives a 'bohemian rebel' and prolific, groundbreaking writer."
Thoroughly researched biography of Stephen Crane (1871-1900), who shocked his contemporaries with raw, gritty fiction. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SONDHEIM by Meryle Secrest
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1998

"Some genuine insights into one of our living masters, but a disappointingly disorganized work with a surfeit of dollar-book Freud and Jung. (95 photos, not seen) (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Veteran biographer Secrest moves, logically, from Leonard Bernstein (1994) to one of his collaborators and friends—and one of the undoubted giants of the American theater—Stephen Sondheim. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN MORRIS by Nevil Shute
Released: Sept. 11, 1961

"Shute, in these early writings, shows a gift for combining his major factual interest with a sense of character, but the plot aspects seem somewhat immature, though the subject matter sustains the interest."
While posthumously published, Stephen Morris actually brings together two early, short novels, never before published. Read full book review >