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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...



Parker Pillsbury
Radical Abolitionist, Male Feminist
Stacey M. Robertson
Parker Pillsbury—one of the most important and least examined antislavery activists of the nineteenth century—was a man of intense contradictions. Was he a disruptive eccentric who lashed out at authority (proclaiming Lincoln the worst president in...



Mallarmé
The Poet and His Circle
Rosemary Lloyd
Upon his death in 1898, the French Symbolist poet Stephane Mallarmé (b. 1842) left behind a body of published work which though modest in quantity was to have a seminal influence on subsequent poetry and aesthetic theory. He also enjoyed an...



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...



Reading Desire
In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway
Debra A. Moddelmog
Whether revered for his masculinity, condemned as an icon of machismo, or perceived as possessing complex androgynous characteristics, Ernest Hemingway is acknowledged to be one of the most important twentieth-century American novelists. For Debra A...



Alias Olympia
A Woman's Search for Manet's Notorious Model and Her Own Desire
Eunice Lipton
Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century model who appeared in Edouard Manet's most famous paintings, only to vanish from history in a haze of degrading hearsay. But had...



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...



The Music of Elliott Carter
David Schiff
Arguably the most important American composer of the century, Elliott Carter often has been more highly regarded in Europe than in his native land. Interest in his work has grown rapidly in recent years, however, and the celebration of his ninetieth...



Marsden Hartley
The Biography of an American Artist
Townsend Ludington
"A penetrating biography. . . . Ludington offers a psychological portrait of an intense, contradictory, scornful, but gentle man who transcended his nineteenth-century roots in Lewiston, Maine, to view Europe as his home and to make a distinctive...



Franz Liszt
The Final Years, 1861–1886
Alan Walker
The third volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.



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