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"No author who lives in Greece," writes Peter Bien, "can avoid politics." This first volume of his major intellectual biography of Nikos Kazantzakis approaches the distinguished--and controversial--writer by describing his struggle with political questions that…
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Marco Santagata illuminates one of the world’s supreme poets from many angles—philosopher, father, courtier, political partisan. He brings together a vast body of Italian scholarship on Dante’s medieval world, untangles a complex web of family relationships for…

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Le service public est essentiel à la santé des nations. En France, l'État compte en son sein de grands dirigeants convaincus de l'importance d'un secteur public efficace et garant de l'intérêt général. Cet ouvrage revient sur les réalisations marquantes d'un…
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The profound economic and social changes in the post-Civil War United States created new challenges to a nation founded on Enlightenment and transcendental values, religious certainties, and rural traditions. Newly-freed African Americans, emboldened women,…
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La publication d’extraits de romans de jeunesse inédits, la découverte de manuscrits dont l’analyse permet de relire autrement romans, nouvelles et autobiographies, révèlent la constance d‘une vocation et le souci obstiné de la solution littéraire adéquate.…
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John Clellon Holmes met Jack Kerouac on a hot New York City weekend in 1948, and until the end of Kerouac's life they were--in Holmes's words--"Brother Souls." Both were neophyte novelists, hungry for literary fame but just as hungry to find a new way of…

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"Hanif Kureishi is a proper Englishman. Almost." So observes biographer Kenneth Kaleta. Well known for his films My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, the Anglo-Asian screenwriter, essayist, and novelist has become one of the leading portrayers of…
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Between 1931 and 1935, Bertrand Russell contributed some 156 essays to the literary pages of the American newspaper New York American . These were often fun, humorous observations on the very real issues of the day, such as the Depression, the rise of Nazism and…

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Known by mobsters as “the man who couldn’t be bought,” Brendan Byrne led New Jersey into a new era when he won the state’s gubernatorial election by a landslide in the wake of political corruption scandals. A former prosecutor and judge, Byrne was soon condemned…

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When Theodore Roosevelt entered national politics as the Republicans’ nominee for the vice presidency in 1900, he was only forty-one years old. However, he had caught the public’s attention with the popular version of his life story. Child of East Coast…

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From 1810, when a newspaper published the first account of “Colter’s Run,” to 2012, when one hundred and fourscore participants in Montana’s annual John Colter Run charged up and down rugged trails—even across the waist-deep Gallatin River—interest in Colter, the…
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A landmark collection, spanning ninety years of U.S. history, of the never-before-published diaries of George F. Kennan, America’s most famous diplomat. On a hot July afternoon in 1953, George F. Kennan descended the steps of the State Department building as a…