Category: Biography

Gutter Auteur: The Films of Andy Milligan by Rob Craig

By Rob Craig

Grindhouse filmmaker Andy Milligan has been the topic of a revealing biography, and boasts a grassroots fan base, yet his awesome paintings has to date bought no severe severe evaluate. operating nearly on my own, on infinitesimal budgets, frequently utilizing a used 16mm newsreel digicam, Milligan crafted essentially the most specific melodramas of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. usually fixed as interval items, utilizing costumes sewn through the filmmaker, Milligan's gritty, weird and wonderful movies encounter as inimitable meldings of the avant-garde theater of Jean Genet, the experimental movies of Jack Smith, and the random cinema verite of a lunatic with a house motion picture digicam. but Milligan's motion pictures are whatever yet random, ruminating at size on profound sociocultural issues of the day, together with the vacancy of the sexual revolution. obtrusive all through the entire motion pictures are puppy subject matters: a rabid deconstruction of the heterosexual paradigm, and a gruesome illumination of the family members as breeder of disorder.

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Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography by P. Douglass

By P. Douglass

Woman Caroline Lamb , between Lord Byron's many fans, sticks out - vilified, portrayed as a self-destructive nymphomaniac - her real tale hasn't ever been informed. Now, Paul Douglass presents the 1st impartial remedy of a lady whose passions and independence have been incompatible with the age during which she lived. taking into consideration a demanding formative years, Douglass explores Lamb's so-called 'erotomania' and tendency in the direction of drug abuse and insanity - difficulties she and Byron had in universal. during this portrait, she emerges as an individual who sacrificed a lot for the welfare of a ailing baby, and have become an artist in her personal correct. Douglass illuminates her novels and poetry, her literary friendships, and the lifelong aid of her husband and her writer, John Murray.

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Whittaker Chambers: A Biography by Sam Tanenhaus

By Sam Tanenhaus

Whittaker Chambers is the 1st biography of this advanced and enigmatic determine. Drawing on dozens of interviews and on fabrics from 40 data within the usa and abroad--including still-classified KGB dossiers--Tanenhaus strains the outstanding trip that led Chambers from a sleepy big apple village to middle degree in America's maximum political trial after which, in his final years, to a different function because the godfather of post-war conservatism. This biography is wealthy in startling new information regarding Chambers's days as New York's "hottest literary Bolshevik"; his years as a Communist agent after which defector, hunted by way of the KGB; his conversion to Quakerism; his mystery sexual turmoil; his turbulent decade at Time journal, the place he rose from the obscurity of the book-review web page to rework the journal into an oracle of apocalyptic anti-Communism. yet all this used to be a prelude to the memorable occasions that begun in August 1948, while Chambers testified opposed to Alger Hiss within the secret agent case that modified the US. Whittaker Chambers is going some distance past all prior bills of the Hiss case, re-creating its improbably twists and turns, and disentangling the reasons that propelled a brilliant forged of characters in unpredictable directions.

A infrequent conjunction of exacting scholarship and narrative artwork, Whittaker Chambers is a brilliant tapestry of twentieth century heritage.

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Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess by Sally Bedell Smith

By Sally Bedell Smith

Diana looking for Herself is the 1st authoritative biography of 1 of the main fabled ladies of the century. Even those that knew Princess Diana could be shocked via writer Sally Bedell Smith's insightful and haunting portrait of Diana's internal life.

For all that has been written approximately Diana--the books, the commemorative magazines, the millions of newspaper articles--we have lacked a cosmopolitan figuring out of the lady, her motivations, and her severe wishes. so much books were workouts in hagiography or personality assassination, occasionally either within the comparable quantity. Sally Bedell Smith, the acclaimed biographer, former long island occasions reporter, and self-esteem reasonable contributing editor, has written the 1st really balanced and nuanced portrait of the Princess of Wales, in all her emotional complexity.

Drawing on rankings of interviews with pals and colleagues who had no longer formerly mentioned Diana, Ms. Smith explores the occasions and relationships that formed the Princess, the flashpoints that despatched her careening via existence, her deep emotions of unworthiness, her view of guys, and her perpetual trip towards a greater experience of self. through making connections no longer formerly explored, this booklet permits readers to work out Diana as she particularly was once, from her beginning to her tragic death.

Original in its reporting and remarkable in its conclusions in regards to the severity of Diana's mental-health difficulties, Diana looking for Herself is the neatest and such a lot noticeable biography ever written approximately this captivating woman.

NOTE: This version doesn't comprise pictures.

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The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal by James Green

By James Green

From ahead of the sunrise of the twentieth century until eventually the arriving of the recent Deal, some of the most protracted and lethal exertions struggles in American historical past used to be waged in West Virginia. On one facet have been strong organizations whose hundreds of thousands received armed guards and political effect. at the different facet have been 50,000 mine employees, the nation's biggest hard work union, and the mythical “miners' angel," mom Jones. The struggle for unionization and civil rights sparked a political concern verging on civil battle that stretched from the creeks and hollows to the courts and the USA Senate. within the satan is right here in those Hills, celebrated exertions historian James eco-friendly tells the tale of West Virginia and coal like by no means before.
The worth of West Virginia's coalfields have been identified for many years, and after rail arrived within the 1870s, industrialists driven speedy into the desolate tract, digging mines and development corporation cities the place they wielded approximately entire regulate over daily life. The state's top quality coal drove American growth and industrialization, yet for tens of hundreds of thousands of employees, together with boys as younger as ten, mining existence confirmed the sour irony of the nation motto, “Mountaineers are consistently Free." makes an attempt to unionize have been met with stiff resistance. basic rights have been bent, then damaged, and the violence advanced from bloody skirmishes to open armed clash, as a military of miners marched to an explosive showdown. largely researched and advised in shiny element, The satan is right here in those Hills is the definitive ebook on a necessary bankruptcy within the heritage of yankee freedom.

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Stronger by Jeff Bauman

By Jeff Bauman

While Jeff Bauman awakened on Tuesday, April sixteenth, 2013 within the Boston scientific heart, groggy from a chain of lifesaving surgical procedures and lacking his legs, first thing he did used to be try and converse. while he discovered he couldn't, he requested for a pad and paper and wrote down seven phrases: "Saw the fellow. seemed correct at me," surroundings off one of many largest manhunts within the country's history.

Just thirty hours prior to, Jeff have been on the end line of the 2013 Boston Marathon cheering on his female friend, Erin, while the 1st bomb went off at his ft. As he used to be rushed to the health center, he discovered he was once significantly injured and that he may well die, yet he didn't understand picture of him in a wheelchair used to be circulating through the global, making him the human face of the Boston Marathon bombing sufferers, or that what he'd obvious could provide the Boston police their most vital breakthrough.

Up until eventually the marathon, Jeff were a typical 27-year-old man, waiting for relocating in with Erin and beginning the subsequent section in their lives jointly. but if his lifestyles used to be grew to become the other way up in methods he may perhaps by no means have fathomed, Jeff didn't surrender. in its place he confronted his new situations with grace, humor, and a feeling of objective: he was firm, it doesn't matter what, to stroll again.

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The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired by Elizabeth Letts

By Elizabeth Letts

November 1958: the nationwide Horse convey at Madison sq. backyard in ny urban. Into the rarefied surroundings of wealth and culture comes the main not likely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They have been the longest of all longshots—and their win was once the stuff of legend.
 
Harry de Leyer first observed the pony he may identify Snowman on a bleak iciness afternoon among the slats of a rickety truck sure for the slaughterhouse. He famous the spark within the eye of the beaten-up horse and acquired him for 80 cash. On Harry’s modest farm on manhattan, the pony thrived. however the fresh Dutch immigrant and his becoming kinfolk wanted funds, and Harry used to be consistently looking for the correct thoroughbred to coach for the show-jumping circuit—so he reluctantly offered Snowman to a farm a number of miles down the road.
 
But Snowman had different rules approximately what Harry wanted. while he grew to become up again at Harry’s barn, dragging an previous tire and a damaged fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the pony. And so he set approximately instructing this shaggy, easygoing horse easy methods to fly. One convey at a time, opposed to outstanding odds and a few of the most costly thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very most sensible of the game of express jumping.
 
Here is the dramatic and encouraging upward thrust to stardom of an not likely duo, according to the perception and memories of “the Flying Dutchman” himself. Their tale captured the guts of chilly War–era America—a tale of unstoppable desire, not possible goals, and the opportunity to have all of it. Elizabeth Letts’s message is straightforward: by no means surrender, even if the hindrances appear sky-high. there's something striking in all of us.

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Journal d'un enfant sage by Jean-Michel Maulpoix

By Jean-Michel Maulpoix

Je saute à pieds joints dans les flaques. N'y voyez pas malice, c'est mon bonheur! J'aurai trois ans en juillet : je marche sur le ciel. Je cours derrière les papillons et bavarde avec les fourmis. Pardonnez-moi si j'arrache les pétales des fleurs et fais tomber les livres de l. a. bibliothèque. Je vide et je remplis. Je construis et détruis. Je fais, puis je défais. J'ai compris qu'en cette vie l'on doit répéter sans cesse les mêmes gestes. Il n'y a pas de dieux au ciel, juste un vieux Père Noël fatigué de ses jouets. Que se passe-t-il dans l. a. tête d'un petit garçon? Pour répondre à cette query, Jean-Michel Maulpoix donne l. a. parole à Louis. Et nous voilà transportés, comme par enchantement, dans le monde inconnu d'un enfant de trois ans, à l. a. fois proche et lointain... brilliant, émouvant, souvent drôle, ce magazine d'une enfant sage est le livre d'un écrivain qui sonde les mystères de l'enfance et celui d'un père qui témoigne de sa tendresse infinie pour son fils.

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Une question de discipline by Antoine Compagnon

By Antoine Compagnon

Après le succès d’Un été avec Montaigne, Antoine Compagnon s’inscrit à nouveau dans le sillage de l’auteur des Essais. Ces entretiens révèlent un homme au parcours atypique et d’une curiosité hors norme : du statut de los angeles quotation dans les textes littéraires à Proust et Brunetière, en passant par Montaigne et los angeles littérature « antimoderne » de Joseph de Maistre à Roland Barthes.

On découvre l’enfance et l’adolescence de ce fils de militaire expatrié, qui a fait très vite des bibliothèques ses vraies demeures. Devenu polytech¬nicien, il se passionne pour los angeles linguistique. Auditeur de Lévi-Strauss, Foucault et Lacan, il raconte ces années décisives et s’attarde sur son amitié pour Barthes et pour Marc Fumaroli. Il explique remark une self-discipline s’est alors imposée à lui dans les trois sens du terme : l’enseignement, los angeles littérature et une certaine règle de vie.

Professeur au Collège de France, essayiste et romancier, voyageur infatigable, Antoine Compagnon jette aujourd’hui un regard rétrospectif sur les livres et les figures qui l’ont marqué. Il fait revivre avec brio et humour le Paris intellectuel des années 1970, mais aussi l’effervescence des universités anglaises et américaines. Il se prononce enfin sur l. a. position des études littéraires en France, et sur los angeles littérature contemporaine.

À propos de Antoine Compagnon

Antoine Compagnon né en 1950, est titulaire de los angeles chaire de littérature française moderne et contemporaine au Collège de France. Il a publié, entre autres, l. a. Seconde major (1979), los angeles Troisième République des Lettres (1983), Proust entre deux siècles (1989), Le Démon de los angeles théorie (1998), Les Antimodernes (2005), l. a. Classe de rhéto (2013). Jean-Baptiste Amadieu né en 1977, est agrégé de lettres, docteur en littérature française, et chercheur au CNRS.

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The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley

By Jane Ridley

This richly interesting biography chronicles the eventful lifetime of Queen Victoria's firstborn son, the fundamental black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into as clever and potent a monarch as Britain has ever visible. Granted exceptional entry to the royal records, famous pupil Jane Ridley attracts on quite a few fundamental resources to color a brilliant portrait of the guy and the age to which he gave his name.

Born Prince Albert Edward, and recognized to familiars as "Bertie," the longer term King Edward VII had a well-earned acceptance for debauchery. A infamous gambler, glutton, and womanizer, he hottest the corporate of wastrels and courtesans to the dreary lifetime of the Victorian court docket. His personal mom thought of him a lazy halfwit, temperamentally not worthy to be successful her. while he ascended to the throne in 1901, at age fifty-nine, expectancies have been low. but by the point he died 9 years later, he had confirmed himself a deft diplomat, hardworking head of country, and the architect of Britain's sleek constitutional monarchy.

Jane Ridley's colourful biography rescues the guy as soon as derided as "Edward the Caresser" from the clutches of his ancient detractors. Excerpts from letters and diaries shed new mild on Bertie's lengthy energy fight with Queen Victoria, illuminating probably the most emotionally fraught mother-son relationships in heritage. substantial consciousness is paid to King Edward's crusade of private international relations in a foreign country and his valiant efforts to reform the political procedure at domestic. isolating fact from legend, Ridley additionally explores Bertie's relationships with the ladies in his lifestyles. Their ranks comprised his spouse, the beautiful Danish princess Alexandra, in addition to a few of the nice beauties of the period: the actress Lillie Langtry, longtime "royal mistress" Alice Keppel (the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowles), and woman Randolph Churchill, mom of Winston.

Edward VII waited approximately six many years for his probability to rule, then did so with significant panache and aplomb. a powerful lifetime of an abruptly awesome king, The inheritor obvious records the notable transformation of a man--and a monarchy--at the sunrise of a brand new century.

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