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Frantz Fanon
A Portrait
Alice Cherki
"Fanon was consummately incapable of telling the story of himself. He lived in the immediacy of the moment, with an intensity that embodied everything he evoked. Fanon's discourse pertained to a present tense that was unburdened by its narrative past...



Uncas
First of the Mohegans
Michael Leroy Oberg
Many know the name Uncas only from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, but the historical Uncas flourished as an important leader of the Mohegan people in seventeenth-century Connecticut. In Uncas: First of the Mohegans, Michael Leroy...



For the End of Time
The Story of the Messiaen Quartet
Rebecca Rischin
The clarinetist Rebecca Rischin has written a captivating book. . . . Her research dispels several long-cherished myths about the 1941 premiere. . . . Rischin lovingly brings to life the other musicians—Étienne Pasquier, cellist; Henri Akoka...



Struggle for Empire
Kingship and Conflict under Louis the German, 817–876
Eric J. Goldberg
Struggle for Empire explores the contest for kingdoms and power among Charlemagne's descendants that shaped the formation of Europe through the reign of Charlemagne's grandson, Louis the German (826–876).



The Saintly Politics of Catherine of Siena
Thomas Luongo, F. Thomas Luongo, Thomas Luongo
Luongo investigates how Catherine's spiritual authority and sanctity were linked with contemporary political and cultural...



Charles Darwin, Geologist
Sandra Herbert
"Pleasure of imagination. . . . I a geologist have illdefined notion of land covered with ocean, former animals, slow force cracking surface &c truly poetical."—from Charles Darwin's Notebook M, 1838 The early nineteenth century was a golden age for...



Seeing Chekhov
Life and Art
Michael C. Finke
"Chekhov's keen powers of observation have been remarked by both memoirists who knew him well and scholars who approach him only through the written record and across the distance of many decades. To apprehend Chekhov means seeing how Chekhov...



Gustav Mahler
Letters to His Wife
Gustav Mahler
"Gustav Mahler and Alma Maria Schindler were married in . . . 1902. The bride was twenty-one and a half years old, her groom a few months short of forty-two. Apart from their substantial age difference, it seems to have been the very disparity of...



Living to Tell about It
A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration
James Phelan
Phelan's compelling readings cover important theoretical ground by introducing a valuable distinction between disclosure functions and narrator functions.



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...



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