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Notes of Conversations, 1848-1875

Notes of Conversations, 1848-1875 is a volume of transcripts of conversations conducted by the nineteenth-century American philosopher and educator A. Bronson Alcott at various locations in New...


German Mystical Writings

Hildegard of Bigen, Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme, and others>


Hiking Alone

In this collection of personal essays, Mary Beath often does follow trails in solitude - both literally and metaphorically. With the focus of a scientist, the attention to detail of an artist, and...


Reflections of a Civil War Historian

Born in New Orleans, Herman Hattaway grew up in the Deep South. While it might not seem such a stretch for him to have become one of the foremost authorities on the Civil War and Southern history,...


A Colonel in the Armored Divisions

In this fascinating memoir William S. Triplet continues the saga begun in his earlier book, A Youth in the Meuse-Argonne: A Memoir, 1917-1918. After serving in World War I, Triplet chose to become a...


At the House of Gathered Leaves

This collection of Japanese women's diary literature (nikki bungaku) begins with The Takemitsu Journal (also known as The Tale of the Tonomine Lesser Captain, c. 962), an important precursor and...


The Visitable Past

This work is an account of the late Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer's experience as a member of a psychological warfare unit during the liberation of France. It is not only an account of France...


Transcendental Wordplay

Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, America was captivated by a muddled notion of "etymology." New England Transcendentalism was only one outcropping of a nationwide movement in...


Victorian Travelers and the Opening of China, 1842-1907

Three men and three women: a plant collector, a merchant and his novelist wife, a military officer, and two famous women travelers went to China between the Opium War and the formal end of the opium...


Celebration of the Everyday: v. 18

This book is not available for sale in France. Sometimes described as a poetic essay, Celebration of the Everyday represents a confluence of genres. Written in prose, it possesses distinctive poetic...


Yonder

Merging cultural commentary and intense introspection, Yonder is a remarkable meditation on change, memory, nostalgia, and the modern condition. A contrapuntal mix of contemporary history and the...


Keeping Time

At once memoir and meditation, Keeping Time records one professional historian's struggle to live in history even as he studies it, writes about it, and teaches it. Exploring the omnipresence of the...


Vanished Gardens

New to living and gardening in Philadelphia, Sharon White begins a journey through the landscape of the city, past and present, in Vanished Gardens. In prose now as precise and considered as the...


Mid-Lands

Mapping out a cosmos bounded by heaven, hell, Kansas City, and St. Louis, Robert Murray Davis looks back on his life in central Missouri in the 1940s and 1950s. As he recalls his youth and early...


The Philosophical Biographer

"The Philosophical Biographer" shows how a shift in philosophical outlook in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries-from an understanding of human knowledge rooted in deductive certainties to one...


William Bartram, the Search for Nature's Design

Nature in the early united states. An important figure in early American science and letters, William Bartram (1739-1823) has been known almost exclusively for his classic book, "Travels". "William...


Serendib

I didn't invite him. The idea was all my father's, my seventy-four-year-old father who had never been outside America and who suddenly thought that Sri Lanka, where I was a Peace Corps volunteer,...


Seizing the Word

Offers a reading of the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, a pivotal figure in the intellectual life of 19th- and 20th-century America. As an historian, journalist, novelist, poet and social and literary...


Georgia Voices: Nonfiction v. 2

The second volume of Georgia Voices--a three-volume anthology highlighting the achievements of Georgia writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry--is a fascinating collection of essays, letters,...


The Remembered Gate

This collection of reflective essays all exploring themes of artistic self-discovery and regional awareness showcases 19 nationally known writers who have roots in Alabama. In The Remembered Gate,...


Looking for Clark Gable and Other 20th-century Pursuits

Reared amid liberal intellectuals and writers in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Great Depression, the author anticipated that, like her Wellesley-educated mother, her destiny would be that of...


Winning the Dust Bowl

Bootleggers and bankrobbers in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Proctors and punters at Oxford. Activists and agitators of the American Indian Movement. Carter Revard has known them all, and in this book a...


Conversations with Ilan Stavans

For almost twenty years, Ilan Stavans described by the Washington Post as "Latin America's liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast" has interviewed path-breaking...


A Journey through the Cold War

In this memoir, Ambassador Ray Garthoff paints a dynamic diplomatic history of the cold war, tracing the life of the conflict from the vantage points of an observant insider. His intellectually...


Austin Steward

A detailed account of the extraordinary life of Austin Steward, a black man who lived in the early nineteenth century as both a slave and then later a free man. Originally published in 1861, Austin...


A Mountain View

A colorful portrait of a vanished time and a way of life filled with many memorable characters. As a child in the 1930s, Spence spent several summers on Upper Saranac Lake, over which his imperious...


Letter to d'Alembert and Writings for the Theater

In 1758, Jean Le Rond d'Alembert proposed the public establishment of a theatre in Geneva - and Jean-Jacques Rousseau vigorously objected. Their exchange, collected in this volume, offers a classic...


Friends, Families and Forays

"Ford R. Bryan, an indefatigable researcher and facile writer, has a wonderful knack of delving into the nooks and crannies of Henry Ford's multi-faceted life. In the process he has added...


Berlioz

This far-reaching collection of heretofore unpublished studies ushers in the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Hector Berlioz (1803-1869). The contributors include leading music historians...


The Musical Madhouse - An English Translation of Berlioz`s Les Grotesques de la musique

Hector Berlioz's "Les Grotesques De La Musique" is the only one of his books that has never been translated into English in its entirety. It is by far the funniest of all his works, and consists of a...