Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Author: Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781409044055
Release Date: 2012-09-30
Genre: Literary Criticism

The decline of religion and ever increasing influence of science pose acute ethical issues for us all. Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defend any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities which make us truly human? Here, drawing on a novelists insight into art, literature and psychology, Iris Murdoch conducts an ongoing debate with major writers, thinkers and theologians - from Augustine to Wittgenstein, Shakespeare to Sartre, Plato to Derrida - to provide fresh and compelling answers to these crucial questions.

Memoirs of Mrs Siddons

Author: James Boaden
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108061261
Release Date: 2013-06-06
Genre: History

Published in 1827, this two-volume work by the playwright and biographer James Boaden (1762-1839) is a sprightly portrayal of the acclaimed actress Sarah Siddons (1755-1831). Closely collaborating with his subject, Boaden (whose memoir of Dorothy Jordan is also reissued in this series) was able to establish himself as an authoritative biographer, preferred over others for his intellect and wealth of anecdotes from a lifetime spent within the theatrical world. Arguably the greatest tragic actress of her age, Siddons broke new ground in the reactions she provoked in audiences and in the social legitimisation of the English stage. Containing vivid descriptions of performances, this work details the acting style of Siddons and the inner workings of the theatrical community. Volume 2 covers Siddons' most illustrious period, when she established herself as a cultural icon, from royal patronage in the mid-1780s and her celebrated Lady Macbeth, to her retirement in 1812 and occasional subsequent appearances.

Ordeal

Author: Deanie Francis Mills
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 0451188942
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Fiction

After being released from prison, a crazed militia leader kidnaps his ex-wife and son and takes them to Texas, where his ex-wife must protect their son from his influence and his plan to blow up a government building