A Detailed Course of Qualitative Chemical Analysis of Inorganic Substances:With Explanatory Notes (Classic Reprint) Arthur Amos Noyes
Giovanni Battista Piranesi:A Critical Study, With a List of His Published Works, and Detailed Catalogues, of the Prisons and the Views of Rome (Classic Reprint) Arthur M. Hind
A Chronology Of The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle:A Detailed Account of the Life and Times of the Creator of Sherlock Holmes Brian Pugh
Chronology Of The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle:A Detailed Account Of The Life And Times Of The Creator Of Sherlock Holmes Brian W Pugh
Julian Barnes¿s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is based on Arthur Conan Doyle¿s extraordinary real-life fight for justice. Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur becomes a doctor, and then a writer; George a solicitor in Birmingham. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, George remains in hardworking obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events which made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. George Edjali´s father is Indian, his mother Scottish. When the family begins to receive vicious anonymous letters, many about their son, they put it down to racial prejudice. They appeal to the police, to no less than the Chief Constable, but to their dismay he appears to suspect George of being the letters´ author. Then someone starts slashing horses and livestock. Again the police seem to suspect the shy, aloof Birmingham solicitor. He is arrested and, on the flimsiest evidence, sent to trial, found guilty and sentenced to seven years´ hard labour. Arthur Conan Doyle, famous as the creator of the world´s greatest detective, is mourning his first wife (having been chastely in love for ten years with the woman who was to become his second) when he hears about the Edjali case. Incensed at this obvious miscarriage of justice, he is galvanised into trying to clear George´s name. With a mixture of detailed research and vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings to life not just this long-forgotten case, but the inner lives of these two very different men. The reader sees them both with stunning clarity, and almost inhabits them as they face the vicissitudes of their lives, whether in the dock hearing a verdict of guilty, or trying to live an honourable life while desperately in love with another woman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nigel Anthony. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/001013/bk_bbcw_001013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle (Book Analysis):Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide Bright Summaries
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (Book Analysis):Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide Bright Summaries
The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle (Book Analysis):Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide Bright Summaries
The library of America is dedicated to publishing America´s best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the ´´finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made´´ (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone. In the three novels collected in this Library of America volume, Mark Twain turned his comic genius to a period that fascinated and repelled him in equal measure: medieval and Renaissance Europe. This lost world of stately pomp and unspeakable cruelty, artistic splendor and abysmal ignorance-the seeming opposite of brashly optimistic, commercial, democratic nineteenth-century America-engaged Twain´s imagination, inspiring a children´s classic, and astonishing fantasy of comedy and violence, and an unusual fictional biography. Twain drew on his fascination with impersonation and the theme of the double in The Prince and the Pauper (1882), which brilliantly uses the device of identical boys from opposite ends of the social hierarchy to evoke the tumultuous contrasts of Henry VIII´s England. As the pauper Tom Canty is raised to the throne, while the rightful heir is cast out among thieves and beggars, Twain sustains one of his most compelling narratives. A perennial children´s favorite, the novel brings an impassioned American point of view to the injustices of traditional European society. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur´s Court (1889) finds Twain in high satiric form. When hard-headed Yankee mechanic Hank Morgan is knocked out in a fight, he wakes up in Camelot in A.D. 528-and finds himself pitted against the medieval rituals and superstitions of King Arthur and his knights. In a hilarious burlesque of the age of chivalry and of its cult in the nineteenth-century American South, Twain demolishes knighthood´s romantic aura to reveal a brutish, violent society beset by ignorance. But the comic mood gives way to a darker questioning of both ancient and modern society, culminating in an astonishing apocalyptic conclusion that questions both American progress and Yankee ´´ingenuity´´ as Camelot is undone by the introduction of advanced technology. ´´Taking into account . . . her origin, youth, sex, illiteracy, early environment, and the obstructing conditions under which she exploited her high gifts and made her conquest in the field and before the courts that tried her for her life-she is easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever known.´´ So Twain wrote of the heroine of Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896), his most elaborate work of historical reconstruction. A respectful and richly detailed chronicle, by turns admiring and indignant, Joan of Arc opens a fascinating window onto the moral imagination of America´s greatest comic writer.
King Arthur is probably the most famous and certainly the most legendary medieval king. From the early ninth century through the middle ages, to the Arthurian romances of Victorian times, the tales of this legendary figure have blossomed and multiplied. And in more recent times, there has been a continuous stream of books claiming to have discovered the ´´facts´´ about, or to unlock the secret or truth behind, the ´´once and future king´´. Broadly speaking, there are two Arthurs. On the one hand is the traditional ´´historical´´ Arthur, waging a doomed struggle to save Roman civilization against the relentless Anglo-Saxon tide during the darkest years of the Dark Ages. On the other is the Arthur of myth and legend - accompanied by a host of equally legendary people, places, and stories: Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad and Gawain, Merlin, Excalibur, the Lady in the Lake, the Sword in the Stone, Camelot, the Round Table. The big problem with all this is that ´´King Arthur´´ might well never have existed. And if he did exist, it is next to impossible to say anything at all about him. As this challenging new look at the Arthur legend makes clear, all books claiming to reveal ´´the truth´´ behind King Arthur can safely be ignored. Not only the ´´red herrings´´ in the abundant pseudo-historical accounts, even the ´´historical´´ Arthur is largely a figment of the imagination: The evidence that we have - whether written or archaeological - is simply incapable of telling us anything detailed about the Britain in which he is supposed to have lived, fought, and died. The truth, as Guy Halsall reveals in this fascinating investigation, is both radically different - and also a good deal more intriguing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Napoleon Ryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018787/bk_adbl_018787_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.