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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...

Elizabeth Seton
American Saint
Catherine O'Donnell
In 1975, two centuries after her birth, Pope Paul VI canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton, making her the first saint to be a native-born citizen of the United States in the Roman Catholic Church. Seton came of age in Manhattan as the city and her family struggled to rebuild themselves after the Revolution, explored both contemporary philosophy and...

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...

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...

Forgotten Firebrand
James Redpath and the Making of Nineteenth-Century America
John R. McKivigan
The first full-length biography of the influential nineteenth-century American reformer, reporter, and impresario.

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...

Franz Kafka
The Necessity of Form
Stanley Corngold
In Stanley Corngold’s view, the themes and strategies of Kafka’s fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka’s work in light of "the necessity of form," which is also a merely formal necessity, Corngold uncovers the fundamental paradox of Kafka’s art and...

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