On occasion I am asked to provide book reviews, this is the first time I have received a directory to examine, a directory oA comprehensive directory.
On occasion I am asked to provide book reviews, this is the first time I have received a directory to examine, a directory of prisons no less! Thank heavens to date I have not personally required a resource like this, but if the opposite were the case, this directory would be quite handy to have. I know you're thinking it, but no, the inmates are not listed. This is a professional directory, not a “Who's In Jail” pot-boiler.
Compiled by Christopher Zoukis and Dr. Randall Radic, webmasters / contributors to PrisonLawBlog.com and PrisonEducation.com, this resource provides a complete listing of Federal and private prisons by region with profiles of essential character information such as the security nature, inmate population and federal district.
Most importantly, full contact information for the official general address of each prison and camp is given, plus how to address correspondence to an inmate of each institution. E-mail address are also included for the general address of each prison in addition to general region maps showing where each prison is located.
To make searching for the relevant information easier, several appendixes are provided cross-referencing the various listings. Appendix Six also provides additional contact information for other relevant offices and administrations should you require this information, e.g. the central office for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice, etc., to name a few.
Need a federal prison address? Save yourself searching through government websites and invest in a copy. This directory will prove to be an invaluable aid for family and friends wishing to find the correct mailing address for an incarcerated loved one. This would also be useful for attorneys needing contact information, perhaps for detectives to aid their investigations not to mention members of the media for their reports and newscasts. ...more
I am a fan of beautifully produced reference books, this quaint volume is one of them. Providing a short chapter of aboutA gem for your music library.
I am a fan of beautifully produced reference books, this quaint volume is one of them. Providing a short chapter of about two to four pages on every aspect of music and music-making, this is certainly an interesting text following the evolution of the classical orchestra and other music genres and groups. An appealing aspect of the book is the numerous photos, illustrations and period artwork displaying musicians, composers and instruments included with the various articles and topics. The text is also filled with interesting factoids such as quotes, biographies of musicians, note / pitch range of the major instruments, etc. Instruments and orchestra ensembles from other cultures are explored as well. As far as I can tell, I don't think they have missed any of the major instruments, both ancient and modern.
I have a factoid to offer too: I discovered this book while browsing through a bookshop in Ireland, and flipping open to the lute section, I was stunned to see a picture of my neighbour from my home town in the USA. His name is Red Watson, a well-known banjo player in our area. There he was, captured for all time in a still, strumming away at his banjo, the caption reading: “A musician sitting on his front porch in Nevada playing the banjo. The banjo became a popular instrument in the southern states of America.” Imagine seeing a picture of your neighbour from your home town thousands of miles away? There is no such thing as a coincidence. I had to get the book. Well, I also bought it for the information! Even if you may not find a picture of your neighbours or your long lost relatives in this volume, if you are intrigued by musical instruments, their history and the musicians / composers that played them, do buy it. It will make a nice addition to any music-lover's library.
Table of Contents
History of Music-Making and the Orchestra:
Introduction What is Music? What is a Musical Instrument? Music of Ancient Civilizations European Music in the First Millennium Structuring Music Strings Bows Reeds Valves Drum Heads and Sticks Keyboard Keys and Hammers Evolution of the Orchestra Baroque Orchestra (1600-1750) Classical Orchestra (1750-1830) Romantic Orchestra (1830-1910) Modern Symphony Orchestra Authentic Music Chamber Music European National Music Folk Music Revolutionary Music of the 20th Century Brass Bands Military Bands Country Music Jazz Big Bands Rock and Pop Famous String Players Famous Woodwind and Brass Players Famous Keyboard and Percussion Players Court Composers Modern Composers Role of the Conductor Famous Conductors Famous Concert Halls and Orchestras
Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments:
Introduction Strings Woodwind and Brass Percussion Keyboards The Voice
For college students? This is for serious writers!
Many have asked, “How do you learn how to write? Properly, that is?” By this they mean: how does oneFor college students? This is for serious writers!
Many have asked, “How do you learn how to write? Properly, that is?” By this they mean: how does one become a skilled artist of the craft, melding words into classic pieces of prose, fiction, non-fiction, or whatever the specific genre of choice might be. Practise, time, patience are the customary answers, yet the ‘how’ of writing, the basic nuts and bolts are often elusive. Unless you have a firm grasp of the tools available, that is, the art of rhetoric, the development of your own style will flounder. What is rhetoric? It is the ability to write or speak persuasively and effectively, to use language gracefully and with maximum impact. Unfortunately, scuzzy politicians and their empty speeches have maligned the word ‘rhetoric’, but the ‘Oxford Guide’ admirably shows that wonders can be done with the English language with regards to writing when handled by an artist.
This book is an invaluable toolkit for the serious writer who wishes to develop their skills. I stumbled upon it while browsing the library shelves in college and immediately ordered my own copy. Do not be fooled by the title: this is not just for college students! This book continues to serve me well. Yes, it is a big tome, but the chapters and their various sections are beautifully expressed, enjoyable, concise, and most important of all, they are to the point. Sometimes they are quite humorous. Each section ranges from only a few sentences to a paragraph or a page. It is possible to read just a few pages a day with maximum benefit. While there is great attention given to writing essays and the research process for college purposes, the fiction writer will also profit greatly.
At first, the chapters sound horribly dull and technical as you skim through the table of contents, but it is surprising how interesting they are, filled with examples from the publications of famous writers, and other easy to understand diagrams and exercises. If you are already an accomplished author, this book is still for you, revision never goes astray. Writing is an ongoing learning process, you may be surprised at how your style may evolve after reading this handbook. You don’t have to do the writing exercises if you don’t want to, it is amazing the information you absorb, you may be forgiven if you skip them. On the other hand, if you are a teacher, this book gives you ample ammunition at the end of each chapter for creative writing assignments. To university students, this book is a ‘must-have’, particularly if you are not studying English. Often you will be thrown into the deep end at college and be expected to know how to write essays and term papers on an academic level. Perhaps you may be offered an extra course to help brush up your writing skills for the expected requirements, but be prepared to develop these skills on your own. Let the ‘Oxford Guide’ be your writing mentor.
The amount of information compiled is unbelievable. In addition to a handy reference index in the front of the hard cover for important chapters, there are full indexes in the back, including one for the authors mentioned and the examples taken from their works, not to mention a nifty ‘Correction Symbols’ key inside the back cover explaining all the red ink marks your professor or publishing editor may scrawl over your work during the correction process.
This is an extremely useful book, the only information that is lacking concerns the Internet as a research tool since the ‘Oxford Guide’ was published in the days before the World Wide Web. To conclude, I shall let the Table of Contents speak for itself and recommend that every serious writer whether they be a student, a poet, essayist or novelist, invest in a copy. You will be glad that you did.
Introduction Chapter 1: Truths and Misconceptions about Writing You Can Learn to Write Writing is Worth Learning Good Prose is Recognizable Correctness Is Not the Essence of Good Writing Writing Is Different from Talking Writing Is More Than Simply Finding Words to Fit Ideas Everybody Has Things to Say
Chapter 2: Basic Considerations: Purpose Introduction Subject Reader Purpose and Types of Prose
Chapter 3: Basic Considerations: Strategy and Style Style
Chapter 4: Basic Considerations: Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Grammar Usage Mechanics Grammar, Usage, and Style
Part One-The Writing Process Introduction
Chapter 5: Invention: Gathering The Commonplace book The Journal
Chapter 18: Paragraph Development: Comparison and Contrast Focusing a Comparison or Contrast Organizing a Comparison or Contrast Developing the Comparison or Contrast Conclusion
Chapter 19: Paragraph Development: Analogy Introduction Analogy as Clarification Analogy as Persuasion Conclusion
Chapter 20: Paragraph Development: Cause and Effect Cause Effects Cause and Effects
Chapter 21: Paragraph Development: Definition Kinds of Definition Modes of Defining
Chapter 22: Paragraph Development: Analysis or Classification Analysis of Abstractions Analysis of a Process
Chapter 23: Paragraph Development: Qualification
Section III- Variations and Complexities
Chapter 24: Variations in the Topic Sentence and in Paragraph Unity Delaying the Topic Sentence Implying the Topic Sentence Figurative Unity
Chapter 25: Paragraph Patterns Introduction The Lineal Paragraph The Ramifying Paragraph The Circular Paragraph The Loose Paragraph
Chapter 26: Sentence Patterns in the Paragraph Introduction Similarity in sentence Pattern Variety in Sentence Structure Conclusion
Part Four – The Sentence Introduction
Section I- The Grammatical Types of Sentences
Chapter 27: The Simple Sentence Introduction The Awkward Simple Sentence The Effective Simple Sentence
Chapter 28: The Compound Sentence Awkward Coordination Overcoordination Use Parataxis
Chapter 29: The Complex Sentence Subordinate Ideas of Lesser Importance Do Not Subordinate Ideas of Primary Importance Reduce Subordination to the Briefest Form that Clarity Requires Arrange Subordinate Constructions in Natural Order if Possible The Compound-Complex Sentence
Chapter 30: The Fragment The Detached Adverbial Clause The Detached Participle The Detached Adjectival Clause The Verbless Statement
Section II - Sentence Style Chapter 31: The serial Sentence Introduction The Segregating Style The Freight-Train Sentence The Cumulative Sentence
Chapter 32: Parallel and Balanced Sentences Introduction The Parallel Sentence The Balanced Sentence Summary
Chapter 33: Hierarchic Structure Introduction The Loose Sentence The Periodic Sentence The Convoluted Sentence The Centered Sentence
Chapter 34: Sentence Patterns: Summary
Chapter 35: Concision in the Sentence Introduction Use Single Adverb or Adjective Avoid Awkward Anticipatory Constructions Use Colon or Dash Use Ellipsis Use Parallelism Use Participles Use Predicate Adjectives Do Not Waste the Subject, Verb and Object
Chapter 36: The Emphatic Sentence Introduction Announcement Balance The Fragment The Imperative Sentence The Interrupted Sentence The Inverted Sentence Negative-Positive Restatement The Periodic Sentence The Rhetorical Sentence Rhythm and Rhyme The Short Sentence
Chapter 37: Emphasis within the Sentence Adjectives Ellipsis Isolation Mechanical Emphasis Polysyndeton and Asyndeton Position Repetition
Chapter 38: Variety in Sentence Introduction Vary Length and Pattern Fragments Rhetorical Questions Varied Openings Interrupted Movement
Chapter 39: Rhythm in the Sentence Introduction Effective Rhythm Awkward Rhythm Metrical Runs Rhythmic Breaks Mimetic Rhythm Rhyme Summary
Part Five- Diction Introduction
Section I .- The Question of Meaning
Chapter 40: Meaning Words Are Not Endowed with Fixed ‘Proper’ Meanings Denotation and Connotation Levels of Usage Telic Modes of Meaning Conclusion
Section II –Problems of Diction
Chapter 41: Wrong Words Introduction Too Abstract Ambiguity Barbarism Clarity Cliché Colloquialism Connotation Denotation Awkward Figure of Speech Too General False Hyperbole Wrong Idiom Jargon Meaning? Pretentious Diction Repetitiousness Awkward Sound
Chapter 42: Unnecessary Words Introduction Overlong Connective Unnecessary Definition Distinction without Difference Word Is Too General Obvious by Implication Wordy Modification Wordy Passive Overqualification Redundancy Scaffolding Undeveloped Ideas Too Many Verbs
Section III – Figurative and Unusual Diction
Chapter 43: Figurative Language Introduction Similes Metaphor Personification Allusions Irony Overstatement and Understatement Puns Zeugma Imagery
Chapter 44: Unusual Words and Collocations Introduction Unusual Words Unusual Collocations
Section IV – Improving Your Vocabulary Chapter 45: Dictionaries and Thesauri Introduction General Dictionaries Special Dictionaries: Thesauri
Part Six- Description and Narration
Chapter 46: Description Introduction Objective Description Subjective Description Process Description
Chapter 47: Narration Introduction Organizing a Narrative Meaning of a Narrative Point of View and Tone in a Narrative
Part Seven – Persuasion
Introduction The Nature of Persuasion Kinds of Persuasion
Chapter 48: Argument Introduction Deductive Argument Induction Refutation and Concession Composing an Argument
Chapter 49: Persuasion: Nonrational Modes Introduction Satire Eloquence Pathos Ethos, Style, and the Audience Emotional Fallacies Table of Fallacies
Part Eight – The Research Paper and the Discussion Answer
Chapter 50: Gathering, Quoting, and Citing Information Introduction Using the Library Taking Notes Incorporating Notes into Your Paper Footnotes The Bibliography
Chapter 51: A Sample Research Project Choosing a Topic Looking for Sources Organizing Your Notes Writing the Paper
Chapter 52: Answering Discussion Questions
Part Nine- Punctuation Introduction The Purpose of Punctuation ‘Rules’ of Punctuation The Two Categories of Punctuation
Chapter 53: Stops The Period The Question Mark The Exclamation Point The Colon The Semicolon The Comma The Dash
Chapter 54: The Other Marks The Apostrophe The Quotation Mark The Hyphen Parentheses Brackets The Ellipsis Diacritics Underlining Capitalization
Reference Grammar Contents Introduction
Parts of Speech: Verbs, Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjections
The Grammar of the Sentence Definitions, Subjects, Complements, Objects of Propositions, Adjectivals, Adverbials, Absolutes, Murky Modifiers, Problems in Agreement
Charles W. Eliot, an American academic who became Harvard's president in 1869, was instrumental in raising the once provincial college to the most preCharles W. Eliot, an American academic who became Harvard's president in 1869, was instrumental in raising the once provincial college to the most prestigious university of the United States. Eliot not only served the longest term as president in the university's history, but also edited a collection of Classic literature that has become a classic in its own right and continues to be reprinted numerous times since the copyright dating from the early 1900s. Eliot announces in the Editor's Introduction (Volume 50):
“My purpose in selecting The Harvard Classics was to provide the literary materials from which a careful and persistent reader might gain a fair view of the progress of man observing, recording inventing, and imagining from the earliest historical times to the close of the nineteenth century. Within the limits of fifty volumes, containing 22,000 pages, I was to provide the means of obtaining such a knowledge of ancient and modern literature as seems essential to the twentieth-century idea of a cultivated man.”
Although we have now entered twenty-first century, this remarkable series remains a valuable resource for the persistent reader who desires to become familiar with the great classics of the world. Naturally, There were many works that Eliot could not include, but he succeeded in publishing the most essential fictional, non-fictional, dramatic, poetic, philosophical, historical and religious texts to impart a thorough grounding in the classics of the liberal arts, both ancient and modern, conservative and controversial.
Alas, after several years ploughing away I still have to finish four or five volumes, but since I'm near the end, I thought it was time I write a review: as a collection, it is worth the full five stars. As far as I am aware, reprints of the Harvard Classics are basically facsimiles of the original 1900s printings. Each section in every volume features a small introduction / biography of the authors and the documents featured. Some volumes also contain explanatory footnotes with certain texts, but unfortunately, not for all of them. While the Harvard Classics contains excellent documents / reprints, etc., if you wish for a more in-depth academic explanation of a work with updated translations, reading lists, etc., I would recommend looking up individual titles in the Oxford's World Classics Series, nevertheless, to have all these major texts compiled in one collection together with a practical index in Volume 50, a Bonus Volume of Lectures, plus a separate helpful “15 Minutes a Day” Reading Guide that might interest younger readers and help them explore these works, the Harvard Classics Five-Foot Shelf of Books is still worth the five stars. If you are the reader who desires to build a well-stocked private library this is well worth the investment. It is beyond the scope of a single review to examine each and every work, so I shall provide a list each of the volumes and their texts to display the wealth of information this collection provides:
Volume 1 Benjamin Franklin: “His Autobiography” John Woolman: “The Journal of John Woolman” William Penn: “Some Fruits of Solitude, In Reflections and Maxims, Part I” and “More Fruits of Solitude, Being the Second Part of Reflections and Maxims.”
Volume 2 Plato: “The Apology”, “Phaedo”, “Crito” Epictetus: “The Golden Sayings of Epictetus” Marcus Aurelius: “The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius”
Volume 3 Francis Bacon: “Essays or Counsels – Civil and Moral” (59 essays in all), “The New Atlantis” John Milton's Prose: “Areopagitica”, “Tractate on Education” Thomas Browne: “Religio Medici”
Volume 4 The Complete Poems in English, John Milton. Includes all his poems, also “Paradise Lost” and “Paradise Regained”.
Volume 5 Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Essays: “The American Scholar”, “An Address”, “Man the Reformer”, “Self-Reliance”, “Compensation”, “Friendship”, “Heroism”, “The Over-Soul”, “Circles”, “The Poet”, “Character”, “Manners”, “Gifts”, “Nature”, “Politics”, “New England Reformers”, “Worship”, “Beauty”. Also includes Emerson's “English Traits”.
Volume 6 Poems and Songs, Robert Burns (Includes Poems with Scottish words / spellings.)
Volume 7 “The Confessions” of St. Augustine and “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas A. Kempis
Volume 8 Nine Greek Dramas: “The House of Atreus” Trilogy by Aeschylus: “Agamemnon”, “The Libation-Bearers” and “The Furies”. “Prometheus Bound” by Aeschylus “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles “Antigone” by Sophocles “Hippolytus” by Euripides “The Bacchae” by Euripides “The Frogs” by Aristophanes
Volume 9 Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny Cicero: “On Friendship”, “On Old Age”, “Letters” Pliny: “Letters”
Volume 10 “Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith
Volume 11 “Origin of Species”, by Charles Darwin
Volume 12 Plutarch's Lives; “Themistocles”, “Pericles”, “Aristides”, “Alcibiades”, “Coriolanus”, “Comparison of Alcibiades with Coriolanus”, “Demosthenes”, “Cicero”, “Comparision of Demosthense and Cicero”, “Caesar”, “(Mark) Antony”.
Volume 13 “The Aeneid”, by Virgil
Volume 14 “Don Quixote, Part I”, Miguel Cervantes
Volume 15 “Pilgrim's Progress”, by John Bunyan “The Lives of Donne and George Herbert”, by Izaak Walton
Volume 16 “The Thousand and One Nights”
Volume 17 Folk Lore and Fable, Aesop: (82 fables) Grimm: (41 fairy tales) Andersen: (20 fairy tales)
Volume 18 Modern English Drama “All for Love, or, The World Well Lost”, by John Dryden “The School for Scandal”, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan “She Stoops to Conquer”, by David Garrick “The Cenci”, by Percy Bysshe Shelley “A Blot on the 'Scutcheon”, by Robert Browning “Manfried”, by Lord Byron
Volume 19 “Faust Part I”, “Egmont”, "Hermann and Dorothea", by Goethe “Doctor Faustus”, by Christopher Marlowe
Volume 20 “The Divine Comedy” Dante
Volume 21 “I Promessi Sposi”, Manzoni
Volume 22 “The Odyssey”, by Homer
Volume 23 “Two Years Before the Mast”, Dana
Volume 24 Writings of Edmund Burke: “On Taste”, “On the Sublime and the Beautiful”, “Reflections of the French Revolution”, “A Letter to a Noble Lord”
Volume 25 J.S. Mill: “Autobiography of John Stuart Mill”, “On Liberty” Thomas Carlyle: “Characteristics”, “Inaugural Address at Edinburgh”, “Sir Walter Scott”
Volume 26 Continental Drama “Life is a Dream”, Pedro Calderon de la Barca “Polyeucte”, Pierre Corneille “Phaedra”, Jean Baptiste Racine “Tartuffe, or the Hypocrite”, Jean Baptiste Molière “Minna von Barnhelm, or The Soldier's Fortune”, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing “William Tell”, Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
Volume 27 English Essays “The Defence of Poesy”, Sir Philip Sidney “On Shakespeare”, “On Bacon”, Ben Johnson “Of Agriculture” Abraham Cowley “The Vision of Mirza”, “Westminster Abbey”, Joseph Addison “The Spectator Club”, Sir Richard Steele “Hints Towards an Essay on Conversation”, “A Treatise on Good Manners and Breeding”, “A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet”, “On the Death of Esther Johnson (Stella)”, Jonathan Swift “The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters”, “The Education of Women”, Daniel Defoe “Life of Addison, 1672-1719”, Samuel Johnson “On the Standard of Taste”, David Hume “Fallacies of Anti-Reformers”, Sydney Smith “On Poesy or Art”, Samuel Taylor Coleridge “Of Persons One Would Wish to Have Seen”, William Hazlitt “Deaths of Little Children”, “On the Realities of Imagination”, Leigh Hunt “On the Tragedies of Shakespeare”, Charles Lamb “Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow”, Thomas de Quincey “A Defence of Poetry”, Percy Bysshe Shelley “Machiavelli”, Thomas Babington Macaulay
Volume 28 Essays, English and American “The Idea of a University”, John Henry Newman “The Study of Poetry”, Matthew Arnold “Sesame and Lilies: Lecture I. Sesame, of King's Treasuries. Lecture II. Lilies, Of Queen's Gardens”, John Ruskin “John Milton”, Walter Bagehot “Science and Culture”, Thomas Henry Huxley “Truth of Intercourse”, “Samuel Pepys”, Robert Louis Stevenson “On the Elevation of the Labouring Classes”, William Ellery Channing “The Poetic Principle”, Edgar Allan Poe “Walking”, Henry David Thoreau “Abraham Lincoln”, “Democracy”, James Russell Lowell
Volume 29 “Voyage of the Beagle”, Darwin
Volume 30 Scientific Papers; Physics,Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology “The Forces of Matter”, The Chemical History of a Candle”, Michael Faraday “On the Conversation of Force”, “Ice and Glaciers”, Hermann von Helmholtz “The Wave Theory of Light”, “The Tides”, Sir William Thomson “The Extent of the Universe”, Simon Newcomb “Geographical Evolution”, Sir Archibald Geike
Volume 31 “Autobiography”, by Benvenuto Cellini
Volume 32 “That We Should Not Judge of Our Happiness Until After Our Death”, “That to Philosophise is to Learne How to Die”, “Of the Institution and Education of Children”, “Of Friendship”, “Of Bookes”, Montaigne “Montaigne”, “What is a Classic?”, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve “The Poetry of the Celtic Races”, Ernst Renan “The Education of the Human Race”, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing “Letters Upon the Aesthetic Education of Man”, Schiller “Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals”, “Transition from Popular Moral Philosophy to the Metaphysic”, Immanuel Kant “Byron and Goethe”, Giuseppe Mazzini
Volume 33 Voyages and Travels “An Account of Egypt”, Herodotus “Germany”, Tacitus “Sir Francis Drake Revived”, Sir Francis Drake “Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage Around the World”, Francis Pretty “Drake's Great Armada”, Cpt. Walter Bigges “Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland”, Edward Haies “The Discovery of Guiana”, Sir Walter Raleigh
Volume 34 “Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking the Truth in the Sciences,” René Descartes, “Letters on the English”, Voltaire “A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind”, J.J. Rousseau “Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan”, Thomas Hobbes
Volume 35 “The Campaign of Crecy”, “The Battle of Poitiers”, “Wat Tyler's Rebellion”, “The Battle of Otterburn”, from the Chronicles of Froissart “The Holy Grail”, from the Caxton Edition of “The Morte d'Arthur” by Sir Thomas Malory “A Description of Elizabethan England Written by William Harrison for Holinshed's Chronicles”, Holinshed
Volume 36 “The Prince”, Machiavelli “The Life of Sir Thomas More”, William Roper “Utopia”, Sir Thomas More “Ninety-five Theses”, “Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate”, “Concerning Christian Liberty”, Martin Luther
Volume 37 “Some Thoughts Concerning Education”, John Locke “Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists”, George Berkeley, “An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding”, David Hume
Volume 38 “The Oath of Hippocrates”, “The Law of Hippocrates”, Hippocrate “Journeys in Diverse Places”, Ambroise Paré “On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals”, “William Harvey”, William Harvey “The Three Original Publications on Vaccination Against Smallpox”, Edward Jenner “The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever”, O.W. Holmes “On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practise of Surgery”, Lord Lister “The Physiological Theory of Fermentation”, “The Germ Theory and its Application to Medicine and Surgery”, “On the Extension of the the Germ Theory to the Etiology of Certain Common Diseases”, Louis Pasteur “Prejudices which have Retard the Progress of Geology”, “Uniformity in the Series of Past Changes in the Animate and Inanimate World”, Sir Charles Lyell
Volume 39 Famous Prefaces “Title, Prologue and Epilogues to the Recuyell of the Histories of Troy”, “Epilogue to Dictes and Saying of the Philosophers”, Prologue to Golden Legend”, “Prologue to Caton”, “Epilogue to Aesop”, “Proem to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales”, “Prologue to Malory's King Arthur”, “Prologue to Virgil's Eneydos”, William Caxton “Dedication to the Institutes of the Christian Religion”, John Calvin “Dedication of the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies”, Nicolaus Copernicus “Preface to the History of the Reformation in Scotland”, John Knox “Prefatory Letter to Sir Walter Raleigh on the Faerie Queen”, Edmund Spenser “Preface to the History of the World”, Sir Walter Raleigh “Proemium, Epistle, Dedicatory, Preface, and Plan of the Insturatio Magna, Etc.”, “Preface to the Novum Organum”, Francis Bacon “Preface to the First Folio Edition of Shakespeare's Plays”, Heminge and Condell “Preface to the Philosophiae Naturalis Principa Mathematica”, Sir Isaac Newton “Preface to Fables, Ancient and Modern”, John Dryden “Preface to Joseph Andrews”, Henry Fielding “Preface to the English Dictionary”, “Preface to Shakespeare”, Samuel Johnson “Introduction to the Propylaen”, J.W. von Goethe “Prefaces to Various Volumes of Poems”, “Appendix to Lyrical Ballads”, “Essay Supplementary to Preface”, William Wordsworth “Preface to Cromwell”, Victor Hugo “Preface to Leaves of Grass”, Walt Whitman “Introduction to the History of English Literature”, H.A. Taine
Volume 40 Selections of English Poetry 1 Chaucer to Gray
Volume 41 English Poetry 2 Collins to Fitzgerald
Volume 42 English Poetry 3 Tennyson to Whitman
Volume 43 American Historical Documents “The Voyages to Vinland (c. 1000)” “The Letter of Columbus to Luis de Saint Angel Announcing His Discovery (1493)” “Amerigo Vespucci's Account of His First Voyage (1497)” “John Cabot's Discovery of North America (1497)” “First Charter of Virginia (1606)” “The Mayflower Compact (1620)” “The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639)” “The Massachusetts Body of Liberties (1641)” “Arbitrary Government Described and the Government of the Massachusetts Vindicated from that Apersion, by John Winthrop (1644)” “The Instrument of Government (1653)” “A Healing Question, by Sir Henry Vane (1656)” “John Eliot's Brief Narrative (1670)” “Declaration of Rights (1756)” “The Declaration of Independence (1776)” “Articles of Confederation (1777)” “Articles of Capitulation, Yorktown (1781)” “Treaty with Great Britain (1783)” “Constitution of the United States (1787)” “The Federalist, Nos. 1 and 2” (1787)” “Opinion of Chief Justice Marshall, in the Case of McCulloch vs. The State of Maryland (1819)” “Washington's First Inaugural Address (1789)” “Treaty with the Six Nations (1794)” “Washington's Farewell Address (1796)” “Treaty with France, Louisiana Purchase (1803)” “Treaty with Great Britain, End of War of 1812 (1814)” “Arrangement as to the Naval Force to be Respectively Maintained on the American Lakes (1817)” “Treaty with Spain, Acquisition of Florida (1842)” “The Monroe Doctrine (1823)” “Webster-Ashburn Treaty with Great Britain (1842)” “Treaty with Mexico (1848)” “Fugitive Slave Act (1850)” “Lincoln's First Inaugural Address (1861)” “Emancipation Proclamation (1863)” “Haskell's Account of the Battle of Gettysburg” “Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1863)” “Proclamation of Amnesty (1863)” “Lincoln's Letter to Mrs. Bixby (1864)” “Terms of Lee's Surrender at Appomattox (1865)” “Lee's Farewell to his Army (1865)” “Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1865)” “Proclamation Declaring the Insurrection at and End (1866)” “Treaty with Russia, Alaska Purchase (1867)” “Annexation of the Hawaiian Islands (1898)” “Recognition of the Independence of Cub (1898)” “Treaty with Spain, Cession of Puerto Rico and the Philippines (1898)” “Convention between the United States and the Republic of Panama, (1904)”
Volume 44 Sacred Writings 1 Confucian; The Sayings of Confucius Hebrew: The Book of Job, The Book of Psalms, Ecclesiastes; or The Preacher Christian: Luke's Gospel, The Acts of the Apostles
Volume 45 Sacred Writings 2 Christian: First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Hymns of the Christian Church Buddist: Buddist writings Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita, or Song Celestial Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran
Volume 46 Elizabethan Drama 1 “Edward the Second”, Christopher Marlowe “Hamlet”, “King Lear”, “Macbeth”, “The Tempest”, Shakespeare
Volume 47 Elizabethan Drama 2 “The Shoemaker's Holiday”, Thomas Dekker “The Alchemist”, Ben Johnson “Philaster”, Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher “The Duchess of Malfi”, John Webster “A New Way to Pay Old Debts”, Philip Massinger
Volume 49 Epic and Saga “Beowolf” “The Song of Roland” “The Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel” “The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs” “Songs from the Elder Edda”
Volume 50 Editor's Introduction Reader's Guides: Class I, listed under The history of Civilization, Religion and Philosopher, Education, Science, Politics, Voyages and Travels, Criticism of Literature and Fine Arts Class II, listed under Drama, Biography and Letters, Essays, Narrative Poetry and Prose Fiction Index to the First lines of Poems, Songs and Choruses, Hymns and Psalms, (Useful if you can only remember an opening line and want to know the rest of the work and the author). General Alphabetical Index Chronological Index, gives historical dates, publication of works, and birth / death of authors
Bonus Volume: Lectures Features lectures on History, Poetry, Natural Science, Philosophy, Biography, Prose Fiction, Criticism and the Essay, Education, Political Science, Drama, Voyages and Travel, and Religion by the Harvard Professors teaching at the time the Harvard Classics first went into print.
Mini-Volume Fifteen Minutes a Day Reading Guide ...more
For anyone who has embarked on a research project concerning Handel and his life, this is one of the first books I would recommend. This a vast sourceFor anyone who has embarked on a research project concerning Handel and his life, this is one of the first books I would recommend. This a vast source of reprinted documentation, from personal letters to newspaper articles and contemporary criticism of Handel's life and work, all arranged in chronological order; - therefore it is an invaluable study aid. Definitely worth a five-star rating.
E. A. Bucchianeri, author of "A Compendium of Essays: Purcell, Hogarth and Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Andrew Lloyd Webber", and "Handel's Path to Covent Garden: A Rocky Journey" ...more
For anyone who is generally interested in Handel, or commencing music studies of the late Baroque period, this book is for you. An accessible treasureFor anyone who is generally interested in Handel, or commencing music studies of the late Baroque period, this book is for you. An accessible treasure trove of information, Hogwood takes the reader on an fascinating trip through time, exploring Handel's childhood and early years in Germany, his prodigious development in music, his Grand Tours through Italy, the Opera and Oratorio years in England, and his musical legacy after his death. Packed full of photographs, snippets of interesting quotations and reprints of contemporary documents, this book is a feast for the eye and the mind. A chronological table is also included, making it easy to track the events in Handel's career with one glance. There is also an extensive bibliography -- the only drawback is the fact Hogwood does not indicate exactly where he sourced his information, i.e. there is an astonishing lack of footnotes, therefore it is impossible to know which of the books listed in the bibliography would be of use to follow up on the information he provides if required for more in-depth research. Nevertheless, I would certainly recommend this book.
E.A. Bucchianeri, author of "A Compendium of Essays: Purcell, Hogarth and Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Andrew Lloyd Webber" and "Handel's Path to Covent Garden: A Rocky Journey". ...more
During the last ten years of his life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), the famous German author of "The Sorrows of Young Werther", "Egmont" anDuring the last ten years of his life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), the famous German author of "The Sorrows of Young Werther", "Egmont" and "Faust" became mentor to a young man named Johann Peter Eckermann who had decided to make writing his career. After a few years had passed, Eckermann began to compile his most memorable conversations with the great poet, scientist and statesman of Weimar, and asked for his blessing to publish them. According to Eckermann, Goethe approved of the plan and directed which conversations should be printed. Trusting the dates provided by Eckermann, the first two volumes appeared about three years after Goethe's death in 1835, and a third volume with additional conversations was published in 1848, which also featured various discussions Goethe had with an acquaintance named M. Soret.
This edition by Adamant is a complete facsimile of the 1883 English translation by John Oxford printed by William Clowes and Sons and revised by George Bell and Sons. Hence, you will find in this one book all three volumes, including the short autobiography of Eckermann. The entries compiled from the third volume, and Soret's conversations, are clearly marked. This is an important book as Goethe did not publish his autobiography in one complete form -- this edition chronicles Goethe's last decade and reveals his personal opinions on many interesting subjects. Of importance, there are discussions with Eckermann and Soret featuring Goethe's hindsight views of his earlier endeavours, and also discussions of his work-in-progress concerning his later writings, such as the "Novella" and "Faust Part Two". In addition, the style of this compilation is quite charming to read with its nineteenth-century expressions, which helps to bring the reader back to Goethe's era, even the font-style is reproduced exactly as seen in the 1883 edition. The original select index is also included. According to Eckermann, contemporaries agreed the conversations were true-to-life representations of Goethe's personality and manner of speech. This book is a real time-capsule, a gem for Goethe devotees.
E.A. Bucchianeri, author of "Faust: My Soul be Damned for the World" ...more
For years, scholars of the printed legacy of the Faust legend have been bereft of a complete edition featuring the various Faust books translated intoFor years, scholars of the printed legacy of the Faust legend have been bereft of a complete edition featuring the various Faust books translated into English from the German original (the Spies edition from Frankfurt, printed in 1587). At last, John Henry Jones has compiled an excellent critical text from the famous Orwin Edition of the English Faust book (printed 1592) that incorporates all the various alterations that occurred with the numerous reprints.
Orwin's edition is the earliest surviving English translation, but several other reprints followed in 1608, 1610, 1618, 1622, 1636 and 1648. Using the Orwin edition as the text proper, Henry Jones indicates in extensive footnotes the original words of the German Spies edition and the changes included in the later reprints. Explanations about the historical nature of the text, such as locations named during Faustus' travels, etc. are included. Furthermore, he highlights throughout the text which sections were the unique additions inserted by P.F., the original English translator, whose identity has not yet been discovered.
Henry Jones also discusses in his lengthy introduction the little known Faust book text, the `Shrewsbury Fragment', the possible existence of a precursor edition of the English Faust book printed circa 1589, offers a new theory as to the identity of the mysterious Mr. P.F., and attempts to date the English Faust Book and Marlowe's play by comparing them with Greene's prose romance, `The Honourable History of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay'. It is an excellent academic edition of the English Faust Book.
E.A. Bucchianeri, author of "Faust: My Soul be Damned for the World"...more
Clear and level-headed is how I would describe the style of presentation in this wonderful biography about the famous Elizabethan playwright, ChristopClear and level-headed is how I would describe the style of presentation in this wonderful biography about the famous Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe. Kuriyama succeeds in giving us a more objective account of his life and experiences, unlike other modern publications that tend to over-exaggerate the accusation made by one of his acquaintances that he had a `cruel heart'. The author concentrates on portraying the real man through concrete documentation and sound theories. If you are unfamiliar with Marlowe's life and times, I would certainly recommend this book to you first to keep your feet on the ground before delving into other publications that have offered some strange speculations, such as the notion Marlowe faked his own death, or have veered off into a confusing tangle of espionage history to speculate on the nature of his employment within the Elizabethan secret service. Kuriyama's text is a breath of fresh air.
This book includes an easy to follow chronology of Marlowe's life and career, an excellent 67 page appendix featuring a reprint of every extant first-hand document relating to the playwright and his close acquaintances, a number of illustrations, and an index. A must-have for every Marlowe devotee.
E.A. Bucchianeri, author of "Faust: My Soul be Damned for the World" ...more
This book is exactly as the title suggests, a companion book for Marlovian students, however, you do not have to be an academic to enjoy this work. CoThis book is exactly as the title suggests, a companion book for Marlovian students, however, you do not have to be an academic to enjoy this work. Comprised of sixteen different essays, seventeen if you count the introduction, written by the most respected Marlowe scholars of our times, this book is accessible to the general reader. I highly recommend it for anyone who is generally familiar with the playwright and who desires to progress to the next level in the academic field. It is an excellent book displaying a cross-section of the latest trends in Marlovian research.
The titles of the various chapters are self explanatory: `Introduction: Marlowe in the twenty-first century', `Marlowe's life', `Marlovian texts and authorship', `Marlowe and style', `Marlowe and the politics of religion', `Marlowe and the English literary sense', `Marlowe's poems and classicism', `Tamburlaine the Great, Parts One and Two', `The Jew of Malta', `Edward II', `Doctor Faustus', `Dido, Queen of Carthage and The Massacre of Paris', `Tragedy, patronage and power', `Geography and identity in Marlowe', `Marlowe's men and women: gender and sexuality', `Marlowe in theatre and film', `Marlowe's reception and influence'.
The book also features a chronology of Marlowe's life, several illustrations, suggested reading lists, an index, and a nifty listing of other Cambridge Companions that are available.
E.A. Bucchianeri, author of "Faust: My Soul be Damned for the World" ...more
If you love reading all the classics and wish to learn more about their importance within modern history, or want to view the other side of the spectrIf you love reading all the classics and wish to learn more about their importance within modern history, or want to view the other side of the spectrum and see how the progress of western culture influenced the greatest writers through the ages, this volume should be included in your personal library.
Bear with me: I know this introduction sounds as if I were lauding some ponderous academic tome that would bore any casual reader to death, but do not be fooled, this book is actually a pleasant surprise and an entertaining read from cover to cover despite its informative nature. Well, I find learning new things to be very entertaining.
This book is filled with concise but intriguing chapters from two to four pages long, each chapter focusing on an important period of history, beginning with the Middle Ages / Renaissance and ending with culture and the world after the fall of the Berlin wall. Famous authors and their history-making masterpieces of literature are discussed in each chapter, some authors, cities, countries and geographical areas receive special attention for certain centuries or epochs, like the sections entitled “Cervante’s Spain”, “Washington Irving’s Europe” or “London in the 1890s”. It is quite useful if you have just bought a copy of 'Gulliver’s Travels' or 'Wurthering Heights', to cite a few examples, and want to understand their general background, the authors who wrote them, the cultural history of the times, and how these works may have influenced the creativity of other writers.
This beautifully produced work is filled with interesting colour maps and graphs, not only pictures charting historical events, but special illustrations marking out sites in various cities where a famous scene in a novel occurred, plus charts plotting the travels of fictional characters. Plans of cities showing where authors loved to ‘hang out’ and discuss their ideas are also included, places that may still be found today or that no longer exist are clearly marked. There are also numerous illustrations, sketches and artworks that help evoke a ‘feeling’ of each period, such as paintings, artworks, photographs, book covers and illustrations not to mention authors’ portraits. The reader will find that this work really is an “Atlas of Literature”, my only complaint—it’s a shame that the publisher did not delve deeper and include chapters on ancient civilizations and their literary culture, like the epics and dramas of ancient Greece and Rome. How could the ´Illiad´ by Homer and the ´Aeneid´ by Virgil not be included in this book? These great classics influenced more writers than can be imagined. The contributors certainly missed out on the charts they could have included of ancient Troy plus the wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas. Never mind, the book is still enjoyable, so I’m giving it the full five stars.
Last but not least, there is an informative appendix with an alphabetical listing of authors and their works, more lists featuring interesting international places to visit that are associated with the literary world such as museums dedicated to specific writers, book clubs, homes of famous authors, also cemeteries where they are buried to name few sites. There is also a suggested list of books for further research, and a useful index for quick referencing if you do not feel like reading this volume straight from beginning to end. This “atlas” is a treasure for literature lovers.
Part One: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance “Dante's Worlds” “Chaucer's England” “Shakespeare's Stratford and London” “Montaigne's France” “Cervante's Spain” “The Discovery of the New World: Arcadia and Utopia”
Part Two: The Age of Reason “The France of the Enlightenment” “The Journeys of the Age of the Novel” “Eighteenth Century London” “Eighteenth Century Dublin” “Eighteenth Century Edinburgh and Scotland”
Part Three: The Romantics “The Lake District of the Romantics” “The Romantic Abroad” “Jane Austen's Regency England” “The Paris of the French Romantics” “Weimar and the German Romantics” “Washington Irving's Europe” “James Fenimore Cooper's Frontier”
Part Four: The Age of Industrialism and Empire “The Sleeping Giant: Pushkin's, Gogol's and Dostoevsky's St Petersburg” “Stendhal's, Balzac's and Sand's France” “Dicken's London” “Steaming Chimney's: Britain and Industrialism” “Wild Yorkshire: The Brontës of Haworth” “Emerson's and Hawthorne's New England” “Dreaming Spires: Nineteenth Century Oxford and Cambridge”
Part Five: The Age of Realism “Mark Twain's Mississippi” “The South, Slavery and the Civil War” “Paris as Bohemia” “The European Apple: Henry James's International Scene” “Thomas Hardey's Wessex” “Scandinavia: The Dark and the Light” “Precipitous City: Robert Louis Stevenson's Edinburgh” “London in the 1890s” “Dreams of Empire” “The Irish Revival” “Chicago's World Fair”
Part Six: The Modern World “Wittgenstein's Vienna” “Kafka's Prague” “James Joyce's Dublin” “Writers of the Great War” “Paris in the Twenties” “The World of Bloomsbury” “Berlin: The Centre of German Modernism” “Greenwich Village” “Harlem's Renaissance” “Main Street, USA” “William Faulkner's New South” “Writer's Hollywood” “Depression America” “Depression Britain” “The Spanish Civil War” “Writers go to War”
Part Seven: After the Second World War “Existentialist Paris and Beyond” “Germany After the War” “Post-war Italian Fiction” “Scenes From Provincial Life” “Broadway” “Dylan Thomas's Wales” “The Beat Generation” “Cold War Tales”
Part Eight: The World Today “Russia and Eastern Europe After the Second World War” “The Fantasywallas of Bombay” “Japan: Land of Spirits of the Earth” “Campus Fictions” “Divided Ireland” “The Writing of the Caribbean” “Australian Images: Sydney and Melbourne” “Contemporary Israeli Writing” “In Search of Andalusia: Arabic Literature Today” “South African Stories” “Latin American Writing: A Literary Heritage Explored” “The Writing of Africa Today” “Canadian Images” “Everywhere the Wind Blows: African-American Writing Today” “Manhattan Tales: Who's Afraid of Tom Wolfe?” “ ´This Grey But Gold City´ The Glasgow of Gray and Kelman” “London: The Dislocated City” “The World After the Wall”
Appendixes: Authors and their works Places to visit Further reading ...more