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The Death of Franz Liszt Based on the Unpublished Diary of His Pupil Lina Schmalhausen
"If only I do not die here." After falling ill during a visit to Bayreuth, Franz Liszt uttered this melancholy refrain throughout his final days, which were spent in rented rooms in a house opposite Wahnfried, the home of his daughter Cosima and his...



Descartes
His Life and Thought
Geneviéve Rodis-Lewis
Geneviéve Rodis-Lewis is uniquely qualified to celebrate René Descartes. This major intellectual biography illuminates the personal and historical events of Descartes's life, from his birth and early years in France to his death in Sweden, his burial...



Diaries 1907–1914
Prodigious Youth
Sergey Prokofiev
Sergey Prokofiev, a compulsive diarist and gifted and idiosyncratic writer, possessed an incorrigibly sardonic curiosity about individuals and events. When he left Russia after the 1917 Revolution, his diaries were recovered from the family flat in...



Diogenes of Oinoanda/Diogène d’Œnoanda
Epicureanism and Philosophical Debates/Épicurisme et controverses
The texts of Diogenes of Oinoanda (2nd century AD) who invited his readers to an Epicurean life is the largest ancient inscription ever discovered. Over 70 new finds have increased the number of known wall blocks and fragments to nearly 300, offering...



Don Isaac Abravanel
Statesman and Philosopher
Benzion Netanyahu
Don Isaac Abravanel (1437–1508) was a major historical figure during the waning of the Middle Ages. Statesman, diplomat, courtier, and financier, he was, at the same time, a scholar of encyclopedic learning, a philosopher, an exegete, a prolific...



Édith Thomas
A Passion for Resistance:
Dorothy Kaufmann
Édith Thomas (1909–1970), a remarkable French woman of letters, was deeply involved in the traumatic upheavals of her time: most crucially the resistance to Nazi occupation and the collaborationist Vichy regime, but also the Spanish Civil War and the...






Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours
Fredric L. Cheyette
Before France became France its territories included Occitania, roughly the present-day province of Languedoc. The city of Narbonne was a center of Occitanian commerce and culture during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. For most of the second half...



Everybody's Grandmother and Nobody's Fool
Frances Freeborn Pauley and the Struggle for Social Justice
Kathryn L. Nasstrom
Frances Freeborn Pauley, a white woman who grew up in the segregated South, has devoted most of her ninety-four years to the battle against discrimination and prejudice. A champion of civil rights and racial justice and an advocate for the poor and...



Fair Land Sarawak
Some Recollections of an Expatriate Officer
Alastair Morrison
An officer's first-person account of British colonial disengagement from Sarawak. Morrison explains the daily bureaucracy of colonial life from an inside perspective and details the changes that occurred during his years in Sarawak: the growth and...



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