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Kenneth Rose was one of the most astute observers of the establishment for over seventy years. The wry and amusing journals of the royal biographer and historian made objective observation a sculpted craft. His impeccable social placement located him within the beating heart of the national elite for decades. He was capable of writing substantial history, such as his priceless material on the abdication crisis from conversations with both the Duke of Windsor and the Queen Mother. Yet he maintained sufficient distance to achieve impartial documentation while working among political, clerical, military, literary and aristocratic circles. Relentless observation and a self-confessed difficulty 'to let a good story pass me by' made Rose a legendary social commentator, while his impressive breadth of interests was underpinned by tremendous respect for the subjects of his enquiry. This volume begins with the election of Margaret Thatcher and ends with the author's death aged eighty-nine in January 2014. Brilliantly equipped as Rose was to witness, detail and report, the second volume of his journals vividly portrays some of the most important events and people of modern times.
Album provides an unparalleled look into Roland Barthes's life of letters. It presents a selection of correspondence, from his adolescence in the 1930s through the height of his career and up to the last years of his life, covering such topics as friendships, intellectual adventures, politics, and aesthetics. It offers an intimate look at Barthes's thought processes and the everyday reflection behind the composition of his works, as well as a rich archive of epistolary friendships, spanning half a century, among the leading intellectuals of the day. Barthes was one of the great observers of language and culture, and Album shows him in his element, immersed in heady French intellectual culture and the daily struggles to maintain a writing life. Barthes's correspondents include Maurice Blanchot, Michel Butor, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Claude Levi-Strauss, Georges Perec, Raymond Queneau, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marthe Robert, and Jean Starobinski, among others. The book also features documents, letters, and postcards reproduced in facsimile; unpublished material; and notes and transcripts from his seminars. The first English-language publication of Barthes's letters, Album is a comprehensive testimony to one of the most influential critics and philosophers of the twentieth century and the world of letters in which he lived and breathed.
A collection of the most inspiring and powerful letters of all time. The written word has the power to inspire, astonish and entertain, as this collection of 100 letters that changed history will show. Ordered chronologically, the letters range from ink-inscribed tablets that vividly describe life in the Roman Empire to remarkable last wills and testaments, passionate outpourings of love and despair, and succinct notes with deadly consequences. Entries include: A resume from Leonardo da Vinci, with barely a mention of his artistic talents; Henry VIII's love letters to Anne Boleyn, which eventually led to the dissolution of the monasteries; Beatrix Potter's correspondence with a friend's son that introduced the character of Peter Rabbit; SOS telegrams from the Titanic; Abraham Lincoln's letter that contradicted his fight against slavery; a legal letter marking the end of the Beatles; Emile Zola's open letter ('J'accuse!'); the scrawled note that brought about Oscar Wilde's downfall; as well as famous last words from Virginia Woolf to Kurt Cobain.
Show off your spicy side with Fired Up!, a hot sauce-inspired journal full of offbeat facts, playful illustrations, and clever prompts. Iconic bottles of fiery sauces, from sriracha to Tabasco, add unique flavor to the pages of this charming flexi journal. Fun facts and spot illustrations of 10 beloved varieties of hot sauce are paired alongside lined pages for journaling, recording to-do lists, and jotting down notes. This journal features: Full-color illustrated flexi binding with rounded corners throughout. Lined and blank interior pages, printed on woodfree paper. Full-color illustrations throughout.40 hot sauce facts.
Make your shout-outs pop with this set of pop-up notecards spotlighting one of the greatest bands of all time: *NSYNC! The set comes with: 10 notecards, in 5 unique designs, each featuring a pop-up *NSYNC scene inside and blank space for your own personalized message.10 blank envelopesFull-color printed box to house cards
The theme of the peasantry is central throughout most of Tolstoy's long career. His obsession with this class is seen not just as a matter of social or humanitarian concern, but as a response to the questions of how to live a good life and what is the meaning of life that an inevitable death will not destroy? These questions plagued him his entire life. The letters he exchanged with the four major peasant sectarian writers (Bondarev, Zheltov, Verigin, and Novikov) reveal that Tolstoy was matched as a profound thinker by his correspondents, as they converse on religious-moral questions, the meaning of life and how one should strive to find it, and on a wide array of burning social and personal problems. Reading through the analysis and the extensively annotated letters as a unified whole, elucidates the progressive development of the ideas they shared (and where these diverged) and which guided Tolstoy's and his correspondents' lives. Juxtaposing Tolstoy's letters with those of his four sectarian correspondents makes them even more significant as it shows them in their original context - a dialogue, or conversation. Also, with the aim to present the conversation in an even broader context, Andrew Donskov briefly discusses Tolstoy's relationship with peasants in general as well as with each of the four individual writers in particular. In addition, he provides a background sketch of two major religious groups, namely the Doukhobors and the Molokans, both of which still claim sizeable populations of followers in North America today. Originally published in 2008 by the Slavic Research Group at the University of Ottawa under the title Leo Tolstoy and Russian peasant sectarian writers: Selected correspondence, the expanded University of Ottawa Press edition includes 44 letters never published in English, out of the total 155 letters. Correspondence translated by John Woodsworth. This book is published in English. - La paysannerie traverse la longue carriere de Tolstoi. Son obsession avec cette classe sociale doit etre comprise non seulement comme une preoccupation sociale ou humanitaire, mais aussi comme une reponse aux questions Comment mener une belle vie? et Quel est le sens de la vie que la mort inevitable ne saurait detruire? qui l'ont hante sa vie durant. La correspondance qu'ont echangee Tolstoi et quatre ecrivains sectaires et lies a la paysannerie (Bondarev, Zheltov, Verigin et Novikov) revele de grands penseurs. Au fil des echanges, les questions de religion et de moralite, du sens de la vie et comment faire pour le decouvrir, et d'une gamme de questions sociales et personnelles du jour sont abordees. La lecture et l'analyse de cet ensemble d'echanges epistolaires enrichis de notes detaillees temoigne du developpement progressif des idees qu'ils partageaient (ainsi que leurs divergences), et qui ont guide la vie de chacun d'entre eux. La juxtaposition des lettres de Tolstoi et de ses quatre correspondants sectaires, qui sont presentees dans leur contexte original de dialogue - ou de conversation - permet d'en pleinement apprecier l'importance. Dans le but de situer cette conversation dans un contexte plus grand, Andrew Donskov aborde la question de la relation qu'entretient Tolstoi avec les paysans en general, d'une part, de meme qu'avec chacun de ces quatre ecrivains, d'autre part. Il offre par ailleurs un texte de presentation sur les Doukhobors et les Molokans, deux groupes confessionnaux qui comptent encore aujourd'hui un nombre appreciable d'adeptes en Amerique du Nord. Ce livre est publie en anglais.
Add retro appeal to your stationery rotation with this off-beat toaster journal, featuring metallic accents, adorable illustrations, and a die-cut binding! Each page includes an illustration of classic white bread -- watch the slices get toasted as they deepen in color throughout the journal. Show off your mid-century aesthetic and keep everything organized with the cheeky, on-trend Vintage Toaster Journal. This journal features: Die-cut binding in the shape of a toaster. Full-color illustrations throughout the interior. Matte laminate cover with spot gloss on metal elements.
Send a unique note or greeting to friends, family and fellow Trekkies with this set of pop-up notecards featuring five iconic scenes from Star Trek history. The set includes: 10 notecards, each featuring a fun pop-up scene, blank space for your own personalized message and a short description on the back of the card. Includes 2 cards each of 5 designs.10 blank envelopesFull-colour printed box to house cards
20 notecards packaged in a magnetic-closure box, featuring the stunning illustrated plates from the 75th Anniversary edition of Mythology by Edith Hamilton (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2017). Send written tales of love and adventure--or maybe just a short note--with this epic collection of 20 notecards illustrated with portraits and scenes of the gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines of Greek, Roman, and Norse Mythology. MYTHOLOGY NOTECARDS features the 10 color illustrations specially commissioned and drawn for the 75th anniversary edition of the bestselling classic Mythology by Edith Hamilton, which has sold millions of copies throughout the world. This set includes: 20 full-color matte-finish notecards.20 full-color envelopes, printed on wood-free paper. Magnetic-closure box
The Karamazov Correspondence: Letters of Vladimir S. Soloviev represents the first fully annotated and chronologically arranged collection of the Russian philosopher-poet's most important letters, the vast majority of which have never before been translated into English. Soloviev was widely known for his close association with Fyodor M. Dostoevsky in the final years of the novelist's life, and these letters reflect many of the qualities and contradictions that also personify the title characters of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The selected letters cover all aspects of Soloviev's life, ranging from vital concerns about human rights and the political and religious turmoil of his day to matters related to family and friends, his love life, and early drafts of his works, including poetic endeavors.