Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories by Ron Rash

By Ron Rash


From the seriously acclaimed, award-winning writer of Serena and The Cove, thirty-four of his best brief tales, accumulated in a single volume.

No one captures the complexities of Appalchia—a rugged, brutal panorama of beautiful beauty—as evocatively and indelibly as writer and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor overseas brief tale Award, O. Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions among the conventional and the trendy, the outdated and the recent south, tenderness and violence, guy and nature. although his concentration is local, the topics of Rash's paintings are common, outstanding an emotional chord that resonates deep inside of each one of our lives.

Something wealthy and Strange showcases this acclaimed master's artistry and craftsmanship in thirty-two tales culled from formerly released collections and on hand for the 1st time in publication shape: "Outlaws" and "Shiloh."

Each paintings of brief fiction demonstrates Rash's magnificent skill to awaken the center and soul of this land and its people—men and girls inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them. jam-packed with suspense and fable, wish and heartbreak, and instructed in language that flows like "shimmering, liquid poetry" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Something wealthy and Strange is an iconic paintings from an American literary virtuoso.

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To Walt Whitman, America by Kenneth M. Price

By Kenneth M. Price

Walt Whitman "is America," in keeping with Ezra Pound. greater than a century after his loss of life, Whitman's identify usually looks in political speeches, architectural inscriptions, tv courses, and flicks, and it embellishes faculties, summer time camps, truck stops, company facilities, and purchasing shops. In an research of Whitman as a imperative American icon, Kenneth rate exhibits how his ubiquity and his terribly malleable identification have contributed to the continued technique of shaping the nature of the U.S.. expense examines Whitman's personal writings in addition to these of writers who have been inspired by means of him, paying specific consciousness to Whitman's legacies for an ethnically and sexually assorted the US. He makes a speciality of fictional works by means of Edith Wharton, D. H. Lawrence, John Dos Passos, Ishmael Reed, and Gloria Naylor, between others. In Price's research, Leaves of Grass emerges as a dwelling record accruing meanings that evolve with time and with new readers, with Whitman and his phrases on a regular basis pulled into debates over immigration, politics, sexuality, and nationwide identification. As expense demonstrates, Whitman is a routine start line, a provocation, and an impossible to resist, rewritable textual content should you reinvent the icon of their efforts to remake the USA itself.

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Transatlantic Spiritualism and Nineteenth-Century American by B. Bennett

By B. Bennett

Why did such a lot of americans stopover at and write approximately, séances? What are the connections among the 'emergence' of spiritualism in 1848 and previous sorts of supernatural phenomena? This e-book asks in regards to the cultural and political meanings of spiritualism within the nineteenth century United States.  for you to re-assess either transatlantic spiritualism and the tradition within which it emerged, Bennett locates spiritualism inside a hugely technologized transatlantic capitalist tradition. She argues that, via performances during which the useless converse via and to the residing, white american citizens' such a lot profound anxieties approximately political and cultural dispossession, in particular of Indians, are articulated. 

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The Stories of Paul Bowles by Paul Bowles

By Paul Bowles

The quick fiction of yankee literary cult determine Paul Bowles is marked through a special, delicately spare sort, and a dismal, wealthy, unique temper, by means of turns chilling, ironic, and wry—possessing a symmetry among attractiveness and terror that's haunting and eventually ethical. In "Pastor Dowe at Tecaté," a Protestant missionary is shipped to a far off position the place his God has no energy. In "Call at Corazón," an American husband abandons his alcoholic spouse on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In "Allal," a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis right into a lethal serpent results in his violent loss of life. the following are also a few of Bowles's most famed works, together with "The tender Prey," a grimly enjoyable story of vengeance, and "A far-off Episode," which Tennessee Williams proclaimed "a masterpiece."

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The Jungle (Bantam Classic reissue) by Upton Sinclair

By Upton Sinclair

During this robust publication we input the realm of  Jurgis Rudkus, a tender Lithuanian immigrant who arrives  in the US fired with desires of wealth, freedom,  and chance. And we find, with him, the  astonishing fact approximately “packingtown,” the  busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where  new global visions perish in a jungle of human  suffering.

Upton Sinclair, grasp of the  “muckraking” novel, right here explores the workingman's  lot on the flip of the century: the backbreaking  labor, the injustices of “wage-slavery,”  the bewildering chaos of city life.

The  Jungle, a narrative so surprising that it  launched a central authority research, recreates this  startling bankruptcy of our historical past in unflinching  detail. consistently a lively champion on political reform,  Sinclair can be a gripping storyteller, and his  1906 novel stands as essentially the most important—and moving—works within the literature of social  change.

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The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance by Arthur Versluis

By Arthur Versluis

The time period ''Western esotericism'' refers to quite a lot of non secular currents together with alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, in addition to numerous useful varieties of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy, alchemy, astrology, herbalism, and magic. The early presence of esotericism in North the US has no longer been a lot studied, or even much less so the indebtedness to esotericism of a few significant American literary figures. during this ebook, Arthur Versluis breaks new flooring, exhibiting that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew broadly on and have been encouraged via Western esoteric currents.

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Leaves of Grass (HarperPerennial Classics) by Walt Whitman

By Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass, first released in 1855, all started as Walt Whitman’s choice of twelve unnamed poems, special for his or her abnormal line lengths and shortage of rhyme. Whitman spent the rest of his existence re-writing the paintings, and republished the gathering numerous occasions till it ultimately numbered over four hundred poems.

Leaves of Grass represents Whitman’s perspectives on lifestyles and philosophy, and love, and contours a few of his top recognized and enjoyed poems together with “O Captain! My Captain!,” a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, and “Song of Myself.” even supposing Leaves of Grass used to be criticized for being obscene on the time of its booklet, Whitman refused to censor his paintings, and his poetry is taken into account one of the greats for its underlying beauty.

The personality of Walt Whitman encouraged the movie Dead Poets Society and the e-book Paper Towns via John eco-friendly, and the gathering is seriously featured within the AMC tv express Breaking Bad. the most protagonist’s identify, Walter White, is even encouraged through Whitman, whereas the poem “Gliding Over All” has been referenced in the course of the sequence a number of times.

HarperPerennial Classics brings nice works of literature to existence in electronic structure, upholding the top criteria in e-book construction and celebrating interpreting in all its varieties. search for extra titles within the HarperPerennial Classics assortment to construct your electronic library.

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Crone's book of charms and spells by Valerie Worth

By Valerie Worth

This fascinating little magic booklet holds the rigorously guarded secrets and techniques clever lady of bygone days can have penned in her grimoire via candlelight. natural elixirs, strong charms, amulets, balms for all people who come to her looking their heart's hope: more advantageous future health and therapeutic, safety, love, marriage, fertility, wealth, youthfulness, beauty.

Quaint and mystic, this treasury of lore additionally describes twelve rituals to steer you thru the mysteries of a whole 12 months of seasons. start with an ice-sparkling rite for the 1st day of the yr and have fun the wintry weather solstice in a wonderful burst of crimson and gold hearth. each one rite grows out of the unchanging truths of the cycle of seasons and of the universe itself. 

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Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the by Ritchie Devon Watson Jr.

By Ritchie Devon Watson Jr.

Whilst consultant Preston Brooks of South Carolina savagely caned Senator Charles Sumner Massachusetts at the flooring of the U.S. Senate on may possibly 21, 1856, southerners seen the assault as a effective confirmation of southern chivalry, northerners as a affirmation of southern barbarity. Public opinion used to be equally divided approximately three-and-a-half years later after abolitionist John Brown's raid at the Federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, with northerners crowning John Brown as a martyr to the reason for freedom as southerners excoriated him as a recognition enthusiast. those occasions opened American minds to the chance that North and South can be incompatible societies, yet a few of Dixie's defenders have been keen to move one step further--to suggest that northerners and southerners represented not only a "divided humans" yet scientifically certain races. In Normans and Saxons, Ritchie Watson, Jr., explores the advanced racial mythology created through the higher sessions of the antebellum South within the wake of those divisive occasions to justify secession and, ultimately, the Civil battle. This mythology solid southerners as descendants of the Normans of eleventh-century England and therefore additionally of the Cavaliers of the 17th century, a few of whom had come to the hot international and populated the southern colonies. those Normans have been hostile, in mythic phrases, by means of Saxons--Englishmen of German descent--some of whose descendants made up the Puritans who settled New England and later fanned out to populate the remainder of the North. the parable drew on nineteenth-century technology and different assets to painting those as separate, warring "races," the aristocratic and speeding Normans as opposed to the typical and venal Saxons. in accordance with Watson, southern polemical writers hired this racial mythology as a justification of slavery, countering the northern argument that the South's unusual establishment had mixed with its Norman racial composition to supply an boastful and brutal land of oligarchs with a second-rate tradition. Watson unearths facts for this argument in either prose and poetry, from the literary impression of Sir Walter Scott, De Bow's overview, and different antebellum southern magazines, to fiction via George Tucker, John Pendleton Kennedy, and William Alexander Caruthers and northern and southern poetry through the Civil battle, particularly within the works of Walt Whitman. Watson additionally strains the continued effect of the Norman as opposed to Saxon fantasy in "Lost reason" idea and the way the parable has affected rules approximately southern sectionalism of today.Normans and Saxons offers an intensive research of the ways that fable finally helped to persuade americans that local transformations over the problem of slavery have been manifestations of deeper and extra profound ameliorations in racial temperament--differences that made civil warfare inevitable.

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Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and by Lawerence Buell

By Lawerence Buell

“America the Beautiful,” Jane Addams, and John Muir Environmental mind's eye and Environmental Unconscious
Outline of This Book

1 poisonous Discourse
The poisonous Denominator
Toxic Discourse Anatomized
Toxicity, hazard, and Literary Imagination

2 where of Place
The Elusiveness of Place
Five Dimensions of Place-Connectedness
The significance of position Imagination
Retrieval of the Unloved position: Wideman

3 Flâneur’s development: Reinhabiting the City
Romantic Urbanism: Whitman, Olmsted, and Others
High Modernism and sleek city Theory
Whitmanian Modernism: William Carlos Williams as Bioregionalist
Later Trajectories

4 Discourses of Determinism
Urban Fiction from Dickens via Wright
Rurality as Fate
Consolations of Determinism: Dreiser and Jeffers
Observing Limits in Literature and lifestyles: Berry and Brooks
Speaking for the made up our minds: Addams

5 Modernization and the Claims of the wildlife: Faulkner and Leopold
Faulkner as Environmental Historian
Go Down, Moses and Environmental subconscious Faulkner, Leopold, and Ecological Ethics

6 worldwide Commons as source and as Icon: Imagining Oceans and Whales
Resymbolizing Ocean
Moby-Dick and the Hierarchies of country, tradition, and Species
Imagining Interspeciesism: The entice of the Megafauna

7 The distress of Beasts and people: Nonanthropocentric Ethics as opposed to Environmental Justice

8 Watershed Aesthetics
From River to Watershed
Modern Watershed awareness: Mary Austin
to the current

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