Search Results: "Valerie Graves"


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Released: July 25, 1969

"Still, this is largely a fault of style or tone: beneath the magisterial bitchiness lies a very real attachment to art and craft."
Some time ago in The New York Review, Robert Mazzocco wrote that "if it is true Graves won't suffer fools gladly, it is even truer he suffers his betters not at all. Read full book review >

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THE SIEGE AND FALL OF TROY by Robert Graves
Released: Oct. 4, 1963

"This account will give perspective to young readers who are tackling the Iliad by force or with courage."
Drawing on several Greek and Latin authors, including Homer, Robert Graves sets down the events of the ten year Trojan war. Read full book review >

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FOOD FOR CENTAURS by Robert Graves
Released: May 6, 1960

"Intellectual canapes- for a select group."
This is a gathering of the latest stories, talks, critical studies and poems by that peripatetic scholar who reached his widest audience with I Claudius. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF OLD HOUSES by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"Fans of Jake and her Eastport pals will enjoy this convoluted tale, packed equally with incidents and tips on household repair."
A gun-toting college professor arrives in Eastport, Maine, looking for revenge. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERATOR by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A true, monstrous success! (Picture book. 5-9)"
A been-there-done-that just-try-to-impress-me boy gets his wish to "be something screamingly scary. / Something fanged and foul and terribly hairy!" Read full book review >

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PET BOY by Keith Graves
by Keith Graves, illustrated by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Certainly a very useful book to have on hand when a chorus of avoidance meets the dog's desire for dinner and a scratch behind the ear. (Picture book 5-8)"
For those times when it is forgotten that a pet is not a toy, Graves provides a pointed little cautionary tale. Read full book review >

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AN ANCIENT CASTLE by Robert Graves
Released: June 15, 1982

"His niece Elizabeth Graves' decorous, naive drawings suit it well."
In this charming, comfortably old-fashioned story, set between the World Wars around a crumbling 600-year-old castle, everyone knows and agrees on the rules; a meanie's attempt to frame a conscientious servant of the king is easily seen through by the authority in charge; and army jam is put in its place. Read full book review >

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MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >

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SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

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NEW POEMS by Robert Graves
Released: June 21, 1963

"What he says about love is not particularly new, or even, sometimes, subtle; but the method is pure, polished, exact and often memorable."
This is a small book of 33 new poems, by a cool, careful poet; they are more, Graves says, than he publishes most years and have been unusually hard to write. Read full book review >

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PROCEED, SERGEANT LAMB by Robert Graves
Released: Oct. 15, 1941

"Heavy going at times, but worth while."
Sequel and conclusion to Sergeant Lamb's America, a book which was lost in the fanfare of that other story of the Tory side of the American Revolution, Oliver Wiswell. Read full book review >

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"While Mr. Graves is personal in his views and sometimes arguable in his opinions, the eclectic reader will be interested and stimulated."
Robert Graves recently followed Auden into the Poetry Chair at Oxford, and now we on our side of the Atlantic can be grateful too- for his University lectures, collected here, are delightful reading with a classic felicity. Mr. Graves' prose, though far more involuted than his verse, in elegant and engaging. Read full book review >