Slavish Shore

Author: Jeffrey L. Amestoy
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674088191
Release Date: 2015-08-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In 1834 Harvard dropout Richard Henry Dana Jr. became a common seaman, and soon his Two Years Before the Mast became a classic. Literary acclaim did not erase the young lawyer’s memory of floggings he witnessed aboard ship or undermine his vow to combat injustice. Jeffrey Amestoy tells the story of Dana’s determination to keep that vow.

Slavish Shore

Author: Jeffrey L. Amestoy
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674495326
Release Date: 2015-08-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In 1834 Harvard dropout Richard Henry Dana Jr. became a common seaman, and soon his Two Years Before the Mast became a classic. Literary acclaim did not erase the young lawyer’s memory of floggings he witnessed aboard ship or undermine his vow to combat injustice. Jeffrey Amestoy tells the story of Dana’s determination to keep that vow.

Fiske WordPower

Author: Edward B Fiske
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402233678
Release Date: 2006-06-01
Genre: Study Aids

The Exclusive System to Learn-Not Just Memorize-Essential Words A powerful vocabulary opens a world of opportunity. Building your word power will help you write more effectively, communicate clearly, score higher on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, or GRE, and be more confident and persuasive in everything you do. But in order to truly increase your vocabulary, you need a system that works. With most guides, you end up only memorizing the new words for a short time, often not even long enough to use them in tests. Fiske WordPower is different. Using the exclusive Fiske system, you will not just memorize words, but truly learn their meanings and how to use them correctly. This knowledge will stay with you longer and be easier to recall-and it doesn't take any longer than less-effective memorization. How does it work? This book uses a simple three-part system: 1. Patterns: Words aren't arranged randomly or alphabetically, but in similar groups that make words easier to remember over time. 2. Deeper Meanings, More Examples: Full explanations-not just brief definitions-of what the words mean, plus multiple examples of the words in sentences. 3. Quick Quizzes: Frequent short quizzes help you test how much you've learned, while helping your brain internalize their meanings. Fiske WordPower is the most effective system for building a vocabulary that gets you clear and successful results.

A Fable for Critics

Author: James Russell Lowell
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1530648866
Release Date: 2016-03-20

Lowell's critical abilities are well displayed in "A Fable for Critics," a humorous jeu d'esprit written, as Lowell says, "at full gallop," from time to time in 1847 and 1849. In spite of the playful badinage and the bantering tone of the satire, the criticism of the various authors was meant to be serious. The piece is composed in a curious four-stressed anapestic rhythm with many ludicrous rimes to fit this unusual meter. So well did Lowell strike off the characteristics of Emerson, Bryant, Whittier, Hawthorne, Cooper, Poe, Longfellow, Irving, Holmes, and even Lowell himself, that lines from the poem are still frequently and approvingly quoted by modern critics. For example, There is Bryant, as quiet, as cool, and as dignified, As a smooth, silent iceberg, that never is ignified. There comes Poe, with his raven, like Barnaby Rudge, Three fifths of him genius and two fifths sheer fudge. There is Lowell, who's striving Parnassus to climb With a whole bale of isms tied together with rhyme. As a whole, "A Fable for Critics" is fantastically conceived and loosely thrown together, and it is by no means a work of art. Still it is not too much to say that it is the finest example of satiric criticism in our literature. It may be favorably compared with Byron's "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers," though it certainly is not written in the revengeful and caustic mood of its English predecessor. -History of American Literature [1919]

The Nature of Sacrifice

Author: Carol Bundy
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374120773
Release Date: 2005-04-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A Civil War memoir focusing on the life of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. chronicles the career of the aide to General McLellan as he forms a black regiment, fights Colonel Mosby's guerrillas, and executes a ruthless war against Virginia, before being mortally wounded in 1864 at Cedar Creek.

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed

Author: Daniel Mark Epstein
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805071814
Release Date: 2002-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Describes the life and work of an American woman whose love poetry transformed a generation of writers, drawing on letters, diaries, and journals to depict the world of a woman whose life was dedicated to art and love.

The Translator s Invisibility

Author: Lawrence Venuti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136617249
Release Date: 2012-06-25
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Since publication over ten years ago, The Translator’s Invisibility has provoked debate and controversy within the field of translation and become a classic text. Providing a fascinating account of the history of translation from the seventeenth century to the present day, Venuti shows how fluency prevailed over other translation strategies to shape the canon of foreign literatures in English and investigates the cultural consequences of the receptor values which were simultaneously inscribed and masked in foreign texts during this period. The author locates alternative translation theories and practices in British, American and European cultures which aim to communicate linguistic and cultural differences instead of removing them. In this second edition of his work, Venuti: clarifies and further develops key terms and arguments responds to critical commentary on his argument incorporates new case studies that include: an eighteenth century translation of a French novel by a working class woman; Richard Burton's controversial translation of the Arabian Nights; modernist poetry translation; translations of Dostoevsky by the bestselling translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky; and translated crime fiction updates data on the current state of translation, including publishing statistics and translators’ rates. The Translator’s Invisibility will be essential reading for students of translation studies at all levels. Lawrence Venuti is Professor of English at Temple University, Philadelphia. He is a translation theorist and historian as well as a translator and his recent publications include: The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference and The Translation Studies Reader, both published by Routledge.

The Hall of Uselessness

Author: Simon Leys
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590176207
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Literary Collections

Collects essays about such wide-ranging topics as the Cambodian genocide, Zhou Enlai, and Christopher Hitchins.


Author: Sherwin B. Nuland
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307807892
Release Date: 2011-10-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

From the author of How We Die, the extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine, told through the lives of the physician-scientists who paved the way. How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth. Through the centuries, the men and women who have shaped the world of medicine have been not only very human, but also very much the products of their own times and places. Presenting compelling studies of great medical innovators and pioneers, Doctors gives us a fascinating history of modern medicine. Ranging from the legendary Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, to Andreas Vesalius, whose Renaissance masterwork on anatomy offered invaluable new insight into the human body, to Helen Taussig, founder of pediatric cardiology and co-inventor of the original "blue baby" operation, here is a volume filled with the spirit of ideas and the thrill of discovery.

Dick Francis s Damage

Author: Felix Francis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698148758
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genre: Fiction

Felix Francis is back with another edge-of-your-seat thriller, in the classic Dick Francis tradition. Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he’s tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place—the administration of illegal drugs to his horses? Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants, and someone starts making demands, threatening to completely destroy the integrity of the racing industry. In order to limit the damage to the sport, it’s critical that Jeff find the perpetrator . . . but he’ll soon learn he’s up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail.

Poseidon s Curse

Author: Christopher P. Magra
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107112148
Release Date: 2016-10-31
Genre: History

An investigation of the Atlantic origins of the American Revolution, focusing on the British navy's impressment of American ships and mariners.

The Return of Martin Guerre

Author: Natalie Zemon Davis
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674417342
Release Date: 1984-10-15
Genre: History

The clever peasant Arnaud du Tilh had almost won his case, when a man with a wooden leg swaggered into the French courtroom, denounced du TiIh, and reestablished his claim to the identity, property, and wife of Martin Guerre. This book, by the noted historian who served as a consultant for the film, adds new dimensions to this famous legend.


Author: Jonathan White
Publisher: Trinity University Press
ISBN: 9781595348067
Release Date: 2017-01-16
Genre: Nature

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

Convergence Culture

Author: Henry Jenkins
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814742815
Release Date: 2006-08-01
Genre: Psychology

White Cargo is the forgotten story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American colonies. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London’s streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide “breeders” for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like livestock. Drawing on letters crying for help, diaries, and court and government archives, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh demonstrate that the brutalities usually associated with black slavery alone were perpetrated on whites throughout British rule. The trade ended with American independence, but the British still tried to sell convicts in their former colonies, which prompted one of the most audacious plots in Anglo-American history. This is a saga of exploration and cruelty spanning 170 years that has been submerged under the overwhelming memory of black slavery. White Cargo brings the brutal, uncomfortable story to the surface.