H. D. (1972). Hermetic Definition. Oxford, Carnanet Press Ltd.
H. D. and Louis Lohr Martz (1988). Selected Poems. New York, New Directions Pub. Corp.
Haddawy, Husain, translator; Daniel Heller-Roazen and Muhsin Mahdi, editors (2010). The Arabian Nights. Chicago, London; Ann Arbor. New York, W. W. Norton & Co.
This Norton Critical Edition includes twenty-eight tales from The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy on the basis of the oldest existing Arabic manuscript. Few works of literature are as familiar and beloved as The Arabian Nights. Yet few remain also as unknown. In English, The Arabian Nights is a literary work of relatively recent date - the first versions of the tales appeared in English barely two hundred years ago. The tales are accompanied by a preface, a note on the text, and explanatory annotations.
Haddawy, Husain, translator; Muhsin Mahdi, editor (2008). Sindbad and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights. New York, W. W. Norton & Company.
Husain Haddawy's rapturously received translation of The Arabian Nights is based on a landmark reconstruction of the earliest extant manuscript version. Readers of this classic will also want to own Sindbad, a collection of four later stories associated with the Arabian Nights tradition, including Sindbad the Sailor and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.
Hagopian, Elaine Catherine (2004). Civil Rights in Peril: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims. Chicago, London; Ann Arbor. Haymarket Books; Pluto Press.
This powerful anthology, edited by well-known scholar and activist Elaine C. Hagopian, includes essays by Susan M. Akram and Kevin R. Johnson, Naseer Aruri, M. Cherif Bassiouni, Samih Farsoun, Robert Morlino, Nancy Murray, and Will Youmans.
Hahnel, Robin (1999). Panic Rules!: Everything You Need to Know About the Global Economy. Cambridge, MA, South End Press.
For years, people have been asking what to read to understand the global economy, its institutions, its crises, the reasons for the particular forms it has taken and their effects- and what they can do about it. Is there really "No Alternative," as constantly proclaimed? Why these arrangements and principles, not others? Robin Hahnel has written that book: lucid, enlightening, deeply-informed, wide-ranging, and constructive. It's just what has been needed. - Noam Chomsky
Hajdu, David (2001). Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Sometimes, gifted people intersect at the perfect moment and spark a cultural movement. According to acclaimed biographer David Hajdu (Lush Life), Joan and Mimi Baez, Dylan, and Farina were of that brand of fated genius, and via romantic and creative trysts, they invented 1960s folk and its initially maligned offshoot, folk rock. But their convergence hardly emblematizes the free-loving media version of the 1960s. Egos--especially Joan Baez's and Dylan's--clashed, jealousies flared, romance was strategic. Hajdu does not dwell on Dylan's thoughtless, well-documented breakup with Joan Baez after riding to fame on her flowing skirts. Instead, he spotlights Joan's younger sister, Mimi, a skilled guitarist in her own right, and her husband, novelist-musician Farina. After divorcing leading folkster Carolyn Hester, the disarmingly groovy Farina captivated teenage Mimi via love letters, and, but for his untimely death, might have pursued Joan. Though Farina comes off as more opportunistic than Dylan, Hajdu compellingly asserts that Farina, not Dylan, invented folk rock and provided fodder for Dylan's trademark sensibilities. Hajdu provides a skillfully wrought, honest portrait that neither sentimentalizes nor slams the countercultural heyday.
Halford, Aubrey S. and Giovanna M. Halford (1956). The Kabuki Handbook; a Guide to Understanding and Appreciation, with Summaries of Favourite Plays, Explanatory Notes, and Illustrations. Tokyo, Rutland, Vt., C. E. Tuttle Co.
This book is a playgoers' manual, a collection of synopses of the more commonly performed plays together with notes explaining many of the conventions and customs, some theatrical, some simply Japanese, which the foreigner finds confusing and often incomprehensible.
Hall, James (1979). Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. New York, Harper & Row.
Hall, Kermit (1992). The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York, Oxford University Press.
In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, readers have a rich source of information about one of the central institutions of American life. Everything one would want to know about the Supreme Court is here, in more than a thousand alphabetically arranged entries.
There are biographies of every justice who ever sat on the Supreme Court, with pictures of each) as well as entries on rejected nominees and prominent judges (such as Learned Hand), on presidents who had an important impact on--or conflict with--the Court (including Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt), and on other influential figures (from Alexander Hamilton to Cass Gilbert, the architect of the Supreme Court Building). More than four hundred entries examine every major case that the court has decided, from Marbury v. Madison (which established the Court's power to declare federal laws unconstitutional) and Scott v. Sandford (the Dred Scott Case) to Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. In addition, there are extended essays on the major issues that have confronted the Court (from slavery to national security, capital punishment to religion, from affirmative action to the Vietnam War), entries on judicial matters and legal terms (ranging from judicial review and separation of powers to amicus brief and habeas corpus), articles on all Amendments to the Constitution, and an extensive, four-part history of the Court. And as in all Oxford Companions, the contributors combine scholarship with engaging insight, giving us a sense of the personality and the inner workings of the Court. They examine everything from the wanderings of the Supreme Court (the first session was held on the second floor of the Royal Exchange Building in New York City, and the Court at times has met in a Congressional committee room, a tavern, a rented house, and finally, in 1935, its own building), to the Jackson-Black Feud and the clouded resignation of Abe Fortas, to the Supreme Court's press room and the paintings and sculptures adorning the Supreme Court building.
Hall, Kermit L., Paul Finkelman, et al. (2004). American Legal History: Cases and Materials. New York, Oxford University Press.
Revised and expanded in this third edition, American Legal History now features a new coauthor, James Ely, who is a specialist on property rights. This highly acclaimed text provides a comprehensive selection of the most important documents in the field, which integrates the history of public and private law from America's colonial origins to the present. Devoting special attention to the interaction of social and legal change, it shows how legal ideas developed in tandem with specific historical events and reveals a rich legal culture unique to America. The book also deals with state and federal courts and looks at the relationship between the development of American society, politics, and economy, and how it relates to the evolution of American law. Introductions and instructive headnotes accompany each document, tying legal developments to broader historical themes and providing a social and political context essential to an understanding of the history of law in America. American Legal History, Third Edition, offers fresh material throughout and increased coverage of cases on such topics as slave law, politics, and terrorism.
Hall, Peter Geoffrey (2002). Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century. Oxford, UK; Malden, MA, Blackwell Publishers.
Hall (Urban and Regional Planning, U. of California, Berkeley) shows the benevolent influence of the anarchist ideals of Reclus and Kropotkin in the work of Howard, Geddes and Lloyd Wright which found expression in garden cities and community planning. He contrasts this with the totalitarian vision of Le Corbusier which, spurned by Mussolini and Stalin, was enthusiastically taken up by countless city authorities in Europe and America, and finds nightmare expression in the cities of Brasilia and Chandigarh and in all too visbile high-rise slums and vandalized spaces.
Hall, Stephen S. (1992). Mapping the Next Millennium: The Discovery of New Geographies. New York, Random House.
The title's "new geographies" encompass the furthest reaches of the universe and the "landscape of the chromosome," regions made newly visible with such imaging tools as the computer, Voyager 2 satellite and other remote sensors. Most of these new maps are the purest of data images, constructed of information gathered in galactic surveys, from mathematicians' computers and in the laboratories of molecular biologists. In the last 20 years, having developed the means to make its concepts visible and therefore more accessible, science offers maps of a moon of Neptune, the mathematical constant pi and a crooked string of DNA. Hall (Invisible Frontiers) is a knowledgeable guide and fluid writer; his introductory and concluding considerations of the map as an extended "tool of thought" are fluent science writing.
Halper, Jeff (2015). War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification. London, Pluto.
In this cogently written and extremely informative book, Jeff Halper explores Israel's key role in the 'global pacification industry.' The resulting alliances not only enable Israel to perpetuate the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; the latter's function as a human laboratory for Israel's 'matrix of control' additionally makes the occupation indispensable to Israel's security industry and global positioning. War Against the People is an excellent, revealing, and accessible examination of Israel's ‘security politics' and the changing nature of pacification worldwide in the twenty-first century. --Mouin Rabbani, Institute for Palestine Studies and co-editor, Jadaliyya
Halper, Jon (1991). Gary Snyder: Dimensions of a Life. San Francisco, Sierra Club Books.
A look at the life and works of Gary Snyder. Poet, essayist, mountaineer, anthropologist, Zen Buddhist, environmentalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner. This book is a compilation of photographs and writings by 65 friends and associates of Snyder's throughout his lifetime. Contributions by Peter Coyote, Ursula LeGuin, Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Dodge and others have never been published before.
Hamalian, Linda (1991). A Life of Kenneth Rexroth. New York, Norton.
Poet-essayist Rexroth (1905-1982)--high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, bigamist, rock-climber, critic and translator, the presiding spirit of San Francisco's Beat scene--is captured in all his flaws and greatness in this definitive, moving biography. Although he believed marriage was a sacrament and wrote exquisitely tender love poems to his wives, Rexroth had many affairs during his four marriages and subjected his wives to constant directives, jealous rages, verbal and intermittent physical abuse. Hamalian, professor of English at William Paterson College in New Jersey, portrays the poet as a spiritual seeker who explored monasticism, Eastern philosophy and communion with nature, a man who was wise in spite of himself and a writer who struggled to unite art and politics in a "poetry of responsibility" that would enlarge human experience. - Publishers Weekly
Hamburger, Michael (1976). German Poetry, 1910-1975: An Anthology. New York, Urizen Books: [distributed by E. P. Dutton].
German poetry 20th century translated to English.
Hamelman, Jeffrey (2004). Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes. Hoboken, N.J., John Wiley. Bread contains 118 detailed, step-by-step recipes for an array of breads: versatile sourdough ryes; breads made with pre-ferments; and simple, straight dough loaves. Recipes for brioche, focaccia, pizza dough, flat breads, and other traditional baking staples augment the diverse collection of flavors, tastes, and textures represented within these pages. From the delicate flavor and aroma of classic French baguettes to the mellow smoothness of Roasted Garlic Levain, a bread for every season and every palate is here.
Hamilton, Alexander and Library of America (Firm) (2001). Writings. New York, Library of America.
One of the most vivid, influential, and controversial figures of the American founding, Alexander Hamilton was an unusually prolific and vigorous writer. As a military aide to George Washington, forceful critic of the Articles of Confederation, persuasive proponent of ratification of the Constitution, first Secretary of the Treasury, and leader of the Federalist party, Hamilton devoted himself to the creation of a militarily and economically powerful American nation guided by a strong republican government. His public and private writings demonstrate the perceptive intelligence, confident advocacy, driving ambition, and profound concern for honor and reputation that contributed both to his rise to fame and to his tragic early death.
Arranged chronologically, Writings contains more than 170 letters, speeches, essays, reports, and memoranda written between 1769 and 1804. Included are all 51 of Hamilton's contributions to The Federalist, as well as subsequent writing calling for a broad construction of federal power under the Constitution; his famous speech to the Constitutional Convention, which gave rise to accusations that he favored monarchy; early writings supporting the Revolutionary cause and a stronger central government; his visionary reports as Treasury secretary on the public credit, a national bank, and the encouragement of American manufactures; a detailed confession of adultery made by Hamilton in order to defend himself against charges of official misconduct; and his self- destructive attack on John Adams during the 1800 campaign. An extensive selection of private letters illuminates Hamilton's complex relationship with George Washington, his deep affection for his wife and children, his mounting fears during the 1790s regarding the Jeffersonian opposition and the French Revolution, and his profound distrust of Aaron Burr. Included in an appendix are conflicting eyewitness accounts of the Hamilton-Burr duel.
Hamilton, Ian (1983). Robert Lowell: A Biography. New York, Vintage Books.
Ian Hamilton's conscientious biography, which draws on Lowell's correspondence and highly autobiographical poetry, as well as on the recollections of his intimates and acquaintances. The book concludes with William Empson's words on ''King Lear'' that Mr. Hamilton read aloud at a memorial service after Lowell's death in 1977: ''The scapegoat who has collected all this wisdom for us is viewed at the end with a sort of hushed envy, not I think really because he has become wise but because the general human desire for experience has been so glutted in him; he has been through everything.''
After reading ''Robert Lowell,'' I am not at all sure about the envy. Mr. Hamilton's biography is necessary, of course. Though too often the narrative collapses into mere chronology, we need the record of all the witnesses of Lowell's who were still alive to testify to Mr. Hamilton. We require Mr. Hamilton's record because it provides a framework for his analysis of Lowell's artistic development. This analysis, really a narrative in itself, is the best thing about this book, truly first-rate and often exciting, especially in its treatment of Lowell's fourth collection of poetry, ''Life Studies'' (1959). For here, with many a telling illustration, Mr. Hamilton shows not only how Lowell evolved his confessional poetic voice, but also how in doing so he wedded the ''natural speech'' of William Carlos Williams with the formal diction of T.S. Eliot and the school of New Criticism, and thus evolved a new strain in American poetry.
Still and all, the experience of reading this biography is oppressive. One gets no insight into Lowell's madness, not even into whatever component of it might have been nurtured rather than inherited. For though the combination of his all-conquering mother and smiling, submissive father was evidently powerful and perverse enough to drive any child round the bend, we learn far too little about Lowell's childhood even to sense the hues of particular torment.
The result, as it is with most case histories of manic-depressives, is a sense of inevitability and hopelessness that is altogether discouraging. Even when Lithium is introduced into Lowell's therapy, and the peaks and valleys of his cycle are flattened out a little, one has the feeling it is only a matter of time before some new kind of break will occur. And of course this apprehension is borne out all too soon.
Hamilton, Ian (1988). In Search of J.D. Salinger. New York, Random House.
This embattled biography has been revised because of the legal suit Salinger instituted to stop publication, and the most valuable part of the book is Hamilton's proud and indignant exposition of those long proceedings, torturous to him and endangering, he feels, to Constitutional freedoms. At issue were Salinger's unpublished letters, and Hamilton is rightly disturbed by the fact that, in covering the case, newspapers and magazines were able to print the very correspondence he was restricted from using. He wonders: "Can we assume that the letters have been released into the public domain, that they are no longer 'unpublished' ? Would the Random House lawyers now let me put them back into my book?" The answer is no, and in its spelling out of Salinger's "writing life" (even in his original version, Hamilton only chronicled that life up to 1965, when Salinger stopped publishing), the biography is a dry, adequate chronology of publication dates and landmark events that lacks passion and driveperhaps the natural result of recounting a life so obsessively removed from engagement with the world.
Hamilton, Patrick (2008). Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky : A London Trilogy. New York, New York Review Books.
Patrick Hamilton may be best known now for the plays Rope and Gaslight and for the classic Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor movies they inspired, but in his heyday he was no less famous for his brooding tales of London life. Featuring a Dickensian cast of pubcrawlers, prostitutes, lowlifes, and just plain losers who are looking for love - or just an ear to bend - Hamilton's novels are a triumph of deft characterization, offbeat humor, unlikely compassion, and raw suspense. In recent years, Hamilton has undergone a remarkable revival, with his champions including Doris Lessing, David Lodge, Nick Hornby, and Sarah Waters. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky is a tale of obsession and betrayal that centers on a seedy pub in a run-down part of London. Bob the waiter skimps and saves and fantasizes about writing a novel, until he falls for the pretty prostitute Jenny and blows it all. Kindly Ella, Bob's co-worker, adores Bob, but is condemned to enjoy nothing more than the attentions of the insufferable Mr. Eccles; Jenny, out on the street, is out of love, hope, and money. We watch with pity and horror as these three vulnerable and yet compellingly ordinary people meet and play out bitter comedies of longing and frustration.
Hamilton-Paterson, James (2005). Cooking with Fernet Branca. New York, Europa Editions.
Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany where he wiles away his time working as a ghostwriter for celebrities and inventing wholly original culinary concoctions -- including ice-cream made with garlic and the bitter, herb-based liqueur of the book’s title. Gerald’s idyll is shattered by the arrival of Marta, on the run from a crime-riddled former soviet republic. A series of hilarious misunderstands brings this odd couple into ever closer and more disastrous proximity.
Hammett, Dashiell (1999). Complete Novels. New York, Literary Classics of the United States Inc.
Steven Marcus, editor. In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel. In the words of Raymond Chandler, "Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse. He put these people down on paper as they were, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes." Beginning as a prolific contributor to the pulp magazines of the 1920s, he succeeded during his brief career in making his kind of crime fiction a crucial part of the fabric of American writing: a genre that did not evade reality buy rather embodied the grittiness and harshness of modern urban life.
The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules and characteristic tone for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing. Drawing on his own experiences as a Pinkerton detective, Hammett gave a harshly realistic edge to novels that were at the same time infused with a spirit of romantic adventure. His lean and deliberately simplified prose won admiration from such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner.
Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red Harvest (1929) epitomizes the violence and momentum of his Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op. In this raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town (modeled on Butte, Montana) nicknamed "Poisonville," the Op takes Machiavellian pleasure in pitting one faction against another to bring about their mutual destruction. The Op returns in The Dain Curse (1929) to preside over a more ornately melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a mysterious religious cult. With The Maltese Falcon (1930) and its protagonist Sam Spade, Hammett achieved his most enduring popular success. A tightly constructed quest story with an unforgettable cast of eccentric adventurers, it is at the same time shot through with a sense of disillusionment and the arbitrariness of personal destiny.
The Glass Key (1931), an exploration of city politics at their most scurrilous, tracing intricate patterns of loyalty and betrayal in scenes charged with drama. His last novel, The Thin Man (1934), is a ruefully comic tale distinct from the rest of his work. Paying homage to the traditional mystery form, it is best remembered for its protagonists Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated inebriates who would enjoy a long afterlife in the movies.
Hammett, Dashiell (1992). The Continental Op. New York, Vintage Books.
Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman called the Whosis Kid. The Tenth Clew -- The Golden Horseshoe -- The House in TurkStreet -- The Girl with the Silver Eyes -- The Whosis Kid -- The Main Death --The Farewell Murder.
Hammett, Dashiell (2001). Crime Stories and Other Writings. New York, Library of America: Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Putnam.
In scores of stories written for Black Mask and other pulp magazines in the 1920's and 1930's, Dashiell Hammett used the vernacular adventure tale to register the jarring textures and revved-up cadences of modern America. His stories opened up crime fiction to the realities of American streets and American speech. Now The Library of America collects the finest of them: 24 in all, along with some revealing essays and an early version of his novel The Thin Man. The texts, reprinted here for the first time, are those that appeared originally in the pulps, without the cuts and revisions introduced by later editors.
Hammett's years of experience as a Pinkerton detective give even his most outlandishly plotted mysteries a gritty credibility. Mixing melodramatic panache and poker-faced comedy, his stories are hard-edged entertainment for an era of headlong change and extravagant violence, tracking the devious, nearly nihilistic exploits of con men and blackmailers, slumming socialites and deadpan assassins. As guide through this underworld he created the Continental Op, the nameless and deliberately unheroic detective separated from the brutality and corruption around him only by his professionalism.
Hammett, Dashiell (1972). The Dain Curse. New York, Vintage Books.
Everything about the Leggett diamond heist indicated to the Continental Op that it was an inside job. From the stray diamond found in the yard to the eyewitness accounts of a "strange man" casing the house, everything was just too pat. Gabrielle Dain-Leggett has enough secrets to fill a closet, and when she disappears shortly after the robbery, she becomes the Op's prime suspect. But her father, Edgar Leggett, keeps some strange company himself and has a dark side the moon would envy. Before he can solve the riddle of the diamond theft, the Continental Op must first solve the mystery of this strange family.
Hammett, Dashiell (1989). The Glass Key. New York, Vintage Books.
Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel. This classic Hammet work of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.
Hammett, Dashiell (1989). The Maltese Falcon. New York, Vintage Books.
Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is more noir than L.A. Confidential and more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. In The Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (including The Dain Curse and The Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help, while knowing that betrayal may deal him a new hand in the next moment.
Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.
Spade is bigger (and blonder) in the book than in the movie, and his Mephistophelean countenance is by turns seductive and volcanic. Sam knows how to fight, whom to call, how to rifle drawers and secrets without leaving a trace, and just the right way to call a woman "Angel" and convince her that she is. He is the quintessence of intelligent cool, with a wise guy's perfect pitch. If you only know the movie, read the book. If you're riveted by Chinatown or wonder where Robert B. Parker's Spenser gets his comebacks, read the master.
Hammett, Dashiell (1972). Red Harvest. New York, Vintage Books.
When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty -- even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain.
Hammond, Paul, Luis Buñuel, et al. (1997). L'âge D'or. London, British Film Institute.
In one of the great collaborations of cinema history, L'age d'or united the geniuses of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali in the making of a uniquely savage blend of visual poetry and social criticism. One of the outstanding works of the Surrealist movement, L'Age d'or was banned and vilified for many years in many countries, becoming justly legendary for its subversive eroticism and its furious dissection of "civilized" values. In a remarkable, intuitive reading of L'Age d'or, Paul Hammond interweaves a detailed account of the extraordinary circumstances of its production with a dazzling interpretation of its aesthetic and political nuances. At once authoritative and polemical, this is a study entirely in tune with its subject, a fitting accompaniment to one of the major landmarks of world cinema.
Handke, Peter (1969). Kaspar and Other Plays. New York, Farrar, Straus.
Kaspar, Peter Handke's first full-length drama--hailed in Europe as "the play of the decade" and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot--is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak "normally" and eventually becomes creative-- "doing his own thing" with words; for this he is destroyed.
In Offending the Audienceand Self-Accusation, one-character "speak-ins," Handke further explores the relationship between public performance and personal identity, forcing us to reconsider our sense of who we are and what we know.
Handke, Peter (1972). The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. New York, Farrar. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is obsessed with language and the anxieties it induces; but despite this attention to its own medium of communication it is a highly wrought story about a character called Joseph Bloch. Even the title is part of the story, which expands the moment in which the goalkeeper waits for the shot he is supposed, but can barely hope, to save. It opens with a powerful but delusive and transient reminiscence of Kafka:
When Joseph Bloch, a construction worker who had once been a well-known soccer goalie, reported for work that morning, he was told that he was fired. At least that was how he interpreted the fact that no one except the foreman looked up from his coffee break when he appeared at the door of the construction shack, where the workers happened to be at that moment, and Bloch left the building site."
Bloch's dissociation, his difficulty with objects, is a consequence of language. Urban things assert themselves; there is a tedium of detail, of unimportant false inferences and frustrations, useless detours. Bloch is mugged in the Prater, but it means nothing. He takes a girl to her room and in the morning gratuitously kills her."If the pressure of everything around him when his eyes were open was bad, the pressure of the words for everything out there when his eyes were closed was even worse." There is a murder hunt, but it makes very little impact; we are concerned rather with the way in which anxiety, represented as a disease of language, seeps into the text, a nausea induced by words and even sounds."Bloch dropped in the cards. The empty mailbox resounded as they fell into it. But the mailbox was so tiny that nothing could resound in there. Anyway, Bloch had walked away immediately."
Arriving at a frontier town, Bloch finds that there is a search for a missing boy who has a speech impediment; it turns out that all the children of the town are similarly afflicted. He himself begins to suffer from a "loathsome word-game sickness," nauseated by the treachery and absurdity of the words he speaks, by grammar, by the conventions of written language, by apparitions among things of such rhetorical devices as synecdoche (very important in Handke, for that things should stand for or imply other concealed things is a source of horror) and anaphora (including many repeated motifs, such as coins, apples, sponges, or meat falling, with no apparent relevance to the narrative).
There is a trick ending, well prepared; and yet we can no more take it at its narrative face value than we can suppose the repetitions of words and motifs have the kind of sense one would expect in a more normal novel. They are indices or symptoms of the language-disease. The book has frontiers with Kafka and with the nouveau roman, but its peculiar pathology makes it decisively different from either.
Handke, Peter (1975). A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
After his mother's suicide, Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke wanted to set down what he knew, or could say, about her life and the causes of her death before "the dull speechlessness, the extreme speechlessness" of grief took hold forever. The result is an unsparing, deeply moving elegy in which writing keeps vigil at the limits of language, understanding, and life. This is a haunting memoir of a family tragedy by one of the most acclaimed - and controversial - contemporary writers whose style has been compared to Flaubert, Hemingway, and DeLillo."Moving and beautifully realized." - The New York Times Book Review
In this heartwrenching account of his mother's illness and death, avant-garde Austrian novelist and playwright Handke (Once Again for Thucydides; Ride Across Lake Constance and Other Plays) details his struggle to tell the story of his mother's life and his relationship to her without turning it into an overwrought elegy. The result, first published in the United States in 1974 as part of a collection (this is the first time it has been published as a freestanding book), is indeed considered by most critics to be one of Handke's finest literary achievements, one that is much less abstract than much of his other writing. Seven weeks after his mother's suicide in 1971, Handke felt compelled to preserve his memories of her, of their life together during the postwar misery, and to record his rage over the problems that his mother left for him to solve after her death. Both his anger at this legacy and his admiration for his mother are obvious, and the essay is melancholy and lucid. Highly recommended for large public library and academic literary collections. - Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY
Handke, Peter (1976). The Ride across Lake Constance and Other Plays. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
In The Ride across Lake Constance, a group of characters (known only by the names of the actors who perform the parts) talk and play games together and skate over the thin ice that separates them from unspoken danger."Intensely theatrical, an author for whom playwriting seems akin to tightrope walking" - The Times.
They Are Dying Out puts the pillars of the bourgeoisie under the microscope to reveal an alien race, suffocated by rationality, unable to cope with untamed subjective impulses and shows an "uncanny knack for making the familiar seem strange ". - Plays and Players
Handke, Peter (1977). A Moment of True Feeling. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Cliche has colonized quite a bit of new territory since Flaubert, and the most eloquent language will become tired if it is made to travel all over the place. A great part of the gift of Peter Handke, a much-acclaimed young Austrian novelist and playwright, lies in his sensitivity to this situation. Yesterday's lyrics are today's advertisements, and when the central character in Handke's novel A Moment of True Feeling crosses the Pont Mirabeau in Paris, he recalls the obligatory line from Apollinaire: Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine / Et nos amours / Faut-il qu'il m'en souvienne.. But he is too late. A poster describing high-rise apartment buildings is there before him, saying: "Seen from the Pont Mirabeau, Paris is a poem." Even the small, strange details of a surrounding scene, the working materials of an observant writer - a woman wearing odd shoes, another woman carrying a cocker spaniel and crying - evoke in this novel only a feeling of dejà vu - dejà vu in an old movie. "He felt," Handke says of his character, "like the Prisoner of Disneyland." When someone suggests that a writer might escape from this Disneyland by concentrating on the "inexhaustible riches of everyday life," the suggestion itself can be made only in a cliche: the inexhaustible riches of everyday life.
Gregor Keuschnig, in A Moment of True Feeling, has a bad dream one night and stumbles excitedly through the two following days, feeling both violent and vulnerable, exposed to life's inanity: "nothing made sense." "How steadfastly they go through with it," he thinks of other people. And at another point: "How human they all seemed in comparison with him." His own life now appears to him as a complicated fraud:
From today on, he thought, I shall be leading a double life. No, no life at all: neither my usual life nor a new one, for I shall only be pretending to live my usual life, and my new life will consist solely in pretending to live as usual. I can't conceive of continuing to live as I've lived up until now, but no more can I conceive of living as someone else lived or lives. I can't live like anybody; at the most I can go on living "like myself."
He worries about death and his dwindling future, and at one point he wants to "howl with hopelessness." - Frank Kermode
Handke, Peter and Michael Roloff (1974). The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld. New York, Seabury Press.
Handke, Peter and Michael Roloff (1976). Nonsense and Happiness. New York, Urizen Books.
"We behave as if being alone were a problem," Handke says in Nonsense and Happiness, a book of rambling meditative poems."Perhaps it's an idee fixe." Perhaps it is the idee fixe of a culture which has managed to package even alienation, to turn it into the necessary accouterment of any educated, self-respecting, disaffected middle-class life."Hey," Handke says in another poem in the same book,
Hey, you at the street corner:
In the meantime we know all about
the loneliness of modern man.
Haqqani, Husain and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (2005). Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military. Washington, D.C., Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Distributor, Brookings Institution Press.
"This book analyzes the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and Pakistan's military, and explores Pakistan's quest for identity and security. Tracing how the Pakistani military has sought U.S. support by making itself useful for concerns of the moment, author Husain Haqqani offers an alternative view of political developments in Pakistan since the country's independence in 1947 "--Provided by publisher.
Harari, P.J. and Dave Ominsky (1993). Ice Hockey Made Simple: A Spectator's Guide. Los Angeles, Calif., First Base Sports.
Covers everything a new fan needs to know to understand and appreciate hockey. Short, easy-to-understand chapters along with diagrams and action photographs. The book also helps guide the reader through the confusing jumble of numbers and statistics published in the sports page every day. A complete glossary and index makes finding information easy.
Hardison, O. B. (1990). Disappearing through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century. New York, N.Y., U.S.A., Penguin Books.
Hardison, English professor (Georgetown), Shakespearean scholar, and amateur physicist, is always entertaining and often thought-provoking, as in Entering the Maze: Identity & Change in Modern Culture (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1981); here, he is very successful at placing the advent of technology within the context of our century. Through witty and elegantly written chapters on art, architecture, music, and poetry, he weaves a cogent and coherent theory on how the world left the domain of philosophers and classical artists and entered that of mathematicians and computer scientists. When our capacity to envision nature as solid and tangible "disappeared through the skylight," our ability to envision what nature and science consist of was irrevocably altered. Of the current titles that seem to address this subject, this is by far the best: Hardison illustrates, cleverly and vividly, by example.
Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri (2009). Commonwealth. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
When Empire appeared in 2000, it defined the political and economic challenges of the era of globalization and, thrillingly, found in them possibilities for new and more democratic forms of social organization. Now, with Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri conclude the trilogy begun with Empire and continued in Multitude, proposing an ethics of freedom for living in our common world and articulating a possible constitution for our common wealth.
Drawing on scenarios from around the globe and elucidating the themes that unite them, Hardt and Negri focus on the logic of institutions and the models of governance adequate to our understanding of a global commonwealth. They argue for the idea of the "common" to replace the opposition of private and public and the politics predicated on that opposition. Ultimately, they articulate the theoretical bases for what they call "governing the revolution."
Though this book functions as an extension and a completion of a sustained line of Hardt and Negri's thought, it also stands alone and is entirely accessible to readers who are not familiar with the previous works. It is certain to appeal to, challenge, and enrich the thinking of anyone interested in questions of politics and globalization.
Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri (2000). Empire. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.
It is easy to recognize the contemporary economic, cultural, and legal transformations taking place across the globe but difficult to understand them. Hardt and Negri contend that they should be seen in line with our historical understanding of Empire as a universal order that accepts no boundaries or limits. Their book shows how this emerging Empire is fundamentally different from the imperialism of European dominance and capitalist expansion in previous eras. Rather, today's Empire draws on elements of U.S. constitutionalism, with its tradition of hybrid identities and expanding frontiers. Empire identifies a radical shift in concepts that form the philosophical basis of modern politics, concepts such as sovereignty, nation, and people. Hardt and Negri link this philosophical transformation to cultural and economic changes in postmodern society--to new forms of racism, new conceptions of identity and difference, new networks of communication and control, and new paths of migration. They also show how the power of transnational corporations and the increasing predominance of postindustrial forms of labor and production help to define the new imperial global order. More than analysis, Empire is also an unabashedly utopian work of political philosophy, a new Communist Manifesto. Looking beyond the regimes of exploitation and control that characterize today's world order, it seeks an alternative political paradigm--the basis for a truly democratic global society.
Harkham, Sammy (2004). Kramer's Ergot 5. Corte Madera, CA, Gingko Press.
Harkham's anthology series Kramer's Ergot has established itself as the center of the comics avant-garde, and the mammoth fifth volume is the most impressive to date - a full-on plunge into the spot where contemporary visual art discovers narrative. (Some of its 20 contributors, like Souther Salazar and the Swiss duo Elvis Studio, present work that looks like it's drifted over from a particularly edgy gallery wall.) There are a few indulgent examples of druggy art brut, and a handful of artists who contribute stuff that was already on hand: Gary Panter offers a page apiece from 30 years' worth of sketchbooks, and Chris Ware's contribution, beautiful as it is, is yet another excerpt from his graphic novel in progress. But almost none of the pieces here look or read like conventional comics, and the collection's high points are extraordinary. Kevin Huizenga's "Jeepers Jacobs" is a simple-looking but ingenious piece about theological debates; Gabrielle Bell's painted "Cecil and Jordan in New York" is a splendid miniature that starts as a slice of urban life and becomes something entirely different; David Heatley's "My Sexual History (Slightly Abridged Version)" is exactly that: page after page of tiny, crudely rendered but wincingly remembered incidents. And Marc Bell's strips, drawings and doodles are the work of a very odd, very funny mind that likes to fill every bit of space on a page with hilariously inventive details.
Harmon, William, C. Hugh Holman, et al. (1996). A Handbook to Literature. Upper Saddle River, N.J., Prentice Hall.
Encyclopedia of words and phrases pertaining to the study of literature. Listings are defined, explained and often illustrated. There are cross references. Appendices include complete lists of Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction, poetry and drama. An index of proper names lists over 2,300 authors and prominent literary figures.
Harris, Mary Emma (1987). The Arts at Black Mountain College. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.
Launched in the depths of the Depression, Black Mountain College had fewer than 1300 pupils over its 24-year lifespan. Yet this haven of experimentation in the North Carolina hills counted among its students and faculty Franz Kline, Walter Gropius, Josef Albers, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Robert De Niro, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham and Willem de Kooning, among others. Based on some 300 interviews as well as primary sources, this revealing study by an art historian traces the school's evolution from a small, innovative liberal arts college with a general curriculum to a creative community of practicing artists. Despite bitter internal conflicts and a certain insularity, Black Mountain risked constant financial worries to maintain a democratic openness and willingness to "let things happen." This attractively illustrated chronicle documents the gamut of creativity, from painting to weaving, ceramics, dance, graphic arts and photography.
Hart, James David (1987). A Companion to California. Berkeley, University of California Press.
The author, a professor of American literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Director of the Bancroft Library, has provided a valuable reference work for the professional historian and the general reader. The book is a compact compendium of important people, places, and events in California from 1510 to 1978. Three thousand fully cross-referenced entries provide data on California cities and counties, newspapers, missions, flora and fauna, architecture, climate, politics, ethnic groups, and literature.
Hartley, L. P. (2002). The Go-Between. New York, New York Review Books; Distributed by Publishers Group West.
An invitation to a friend's house changes an adolescent boy's life. Discovering an old diary, Leo, now in his sixties, is drawn back to the hot summer of 1900 and his visit to Brandham Hall. The past comes to life as Leo recalls the events and devastating outcome that destroyed his beliefs and future hopes.
The first annotated edition of L.P. Hartley's great classic, the present text generally follows that of the first edition of 1953 and also includes a number of small but significant corrections based on the surviving holograph of The Go-Between.
Lord David Cecil described L.P. Hartley as "One of the most distinguished of modern novelists; and one of the most original. For the world of his creation is composed of such diverse elements. On the one hand he is a keen and accurate observer of the processes of human thought and feeling; he is also a sharp-eyed chronicler of the social scene. But his picture of both is transformed by the light of a Gothic imagination that reveals itself now in a fanciful reverie, now in the mingled dark and gleam of a mysterious light and a mysterious darkness. Such is the vision of light presented in his novels.
Hartman, Chester W., Sarah Carnochan, et al. (2002). City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco. Berkeley, University of California Press.
San Francisco is perhaps the most exhilarating of all American cities--its beauty, cultural and political avant-gardism, and history are legendary, while its idiosyncrasies make front-page news. In this revised edition of his highly regarded study of San Francisco's economic and political development since the mid-1950s, Chester Hartman gives a detailed account of how the city has been transformed by the expansion--outward and upward--of its downtown. His story is fueled by a wide range of players and an astonishing array of events, from police storming the International Hotel to citizens forcing the midair termination of a freeway. Throughout, Hartman raises a troubling question: can San Francisco's unique qualities survive the changes that have altered the city's skyline, neighborhoods, and economy? Hartman was directly involved in many of the events he chronicles and thus had access to sources that might otherwise have been unavailable. A former activist with the National Housing Law Project, San Franciscans for Affordable Housing, and other neighborhood organizations, he explains how corporate San Francisco obtained the necessary cooperation of city and federal governments in undertaking massive redevelopment. He illustrates the rationale that produced BART, a subway system that serves upper-income suburbs but few of the city's poor neighborhoods, and cites the environmental effects of unrestrained highrise development, such as powerful wind tunnels and lack of sunshine. In describing the struggle to keep housing affordable in San Francisco and the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness, Hartman reveals the human face of the city's economic transformation.
Hartnoll, Phyllis (1983). The Oxford Companion to the Theatre. Oxford [Oxfordshire]; New York, Oxford University Press.
Since the third edition of The Oxford Companion to the Theatre appeared in 1967, theatre throughout the world, and especially in European and all English-speaking countries, has undergone a series of changes swifter and more far-reaching than at any other time in its history. While maintaining the primary purpose of preceding editions in providing a solid survey of the development of the theatre from its beginnings in primitive ritual to the present day in all countries that have a continuing theatrical tradition, this new edition offers more information on contemporary writers, directors, players, companies, and theatres, both metropolitan and regional. An extensive system of cross-referencing leads the reader to entries containing related information, and a generous bibliography offers aguidance on further reading. Entries dealing with technical subjects emphasize the historical perspective, throwing light on the remarkable accomplishments of earlier practitioners of theatrical illusion: they are illustrated where necessary with diagrams. Over 200 other illustrations are placed in thematically-arranged groups: functioning independently of the text, they show the changes of vision brought to bear on theatrical production over more than 2000 years.
Hartt, Frederick (1984). Michelangelo. New York, H.N. Abrams.
This volume includes all of Michelangelo's paintings, as well as a selection of his work in sculpture and architecture. Numerous full-color details capture the works' staggering depth of meaning and magnificent beauty. Frederick Hartt, the great scholar of Italian Renaissance art, provides a fascinating account of Michelangelo's titanic genius.
Hartt, Frederick (1989). Art: A History of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture. New York, H.N. Abrams.
A classic introduction to art history. Esteemed art historian Hartt (1914-1991) died as he was finishing the revisions for this edition (the 3rd edition was published in 1989), and the concluding part, The Modern World (ten chapters, 221 pages), has been entirely rethought and revised by Nan Rosenthal, former Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This edition also adds 102 more color illustrations, bringing the total to 462 in color, 1,416 overall.
Hartwell, David G., editor (1987). The Dark Descent. New York, N.Y., T. Doherty Associates : Distributed by St. Martin's Press.
In The Dark Descent, hailed as one of the most important anthologies ever to examine horror fiction, editor David G. Hartwell traces the complex history of horror in literature back to the earliest short stories. The Dark Descent, which won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, showcases the finest of these ever written--from the time-honored classics of Edgar Allan Poe, D.H. Lawrence, and Edith Wharton to the contemporary writing of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Ray Bradbury.
Harvey, David (2005). A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.
Presents a concise but extremely well-documented economic history of the last three decades, encompassing not only the usual G7 countries but the entire world, with a particular emphasis on the US and capitalist China. Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Its spread has depended upon a reconstitution of state powers such that privatization, finance, and market processes are emphasized. State interventions in the economy are minimized, while the obligations of the state to provide for the welfare of its citizens are diminished. David Harvey, author of 'The New Imperialism' and 'The Condition of Postmodernity', here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. While Thatcher and Reagan are often cited as primary authors of this neoliberal turn, Harvey shows how a complex of forces, from Chile to China and from New York City to Mexico City, have also played their part.
Harvey, David (2010). A Companion to Marx's Capital. London; New York, Verso.
The radical geographer David Harvey guides us through the classic text of political economy. 'My aim is to get you to read a book by Karl Marx called Capital, Volume 1, and to read it on Marx's own terms.' Based on his recent lectures, this current volume aims to bring this depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text.
Harvey, David (1989). Condition of Postmodernity, The: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. Oxford [England]; Cambridge, Mass., USA; Blackwell.
Harvey presents an illuminating and powerful critique of postmodernism, arguing that it represents the cultural manifestation of late capitalism and specifically that it emerges from a transformation of time and space to accommodate a shift from a political economy based on Fordism to one based on flexible accumulation. Harvey moves with ease and authority over a wide range of cultural forms from architecture and urban planning to painting and literature. He is well versed in currents of postmodernist theory but avoids the pitfalls of jargon and obscurity.
Harvey, David (2010). The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism. New York, Oxford University Press.
A legendary scholar and critic of capitalism, David Harvey has been warning of problems for decades. Now, in The Enigma of Capital, Harvey provides a sweeping and brilliantly clear explanation of how the disaster happened, and how we can avoid another like it. Unlike other commentators, Harvey does not focus on subprime loans or mortgage securitization as the root cause of the calamity. Instead, he looks at something that reaches far deeper into the heart of capitalism--the flow of money through society. He shows how falling profit margins in the 1970s generated a deep transformation. With government assistance, capital was freed to flow across borders, and production moved to cheaper labor markets, depressing workers' incomes in the West. But as more and more money moved out of the laboring classes and into the pockets of the wealthy, a problem arose--how could the workers afford to buy the products which fueled the now-global economy? To solve this problem, a new kind of finance capitalism arose, pouring rivers of credit to increasingly strapped consumers. Moreover, these financial institutions loaned money to both real-estate developers as well as home buyers--in effect, controlling both the supply and demand for housing. But when the real-estate market collapsed, so did this financial edifice, an edifice that dominated our economy. The author contends that many economists, executives, and politicians may not fully understand the nature of capital flows as the global institutions and lenders suck the life blood out of people everywhere, especially the poor, and central bankers' actions result in excess liquidity, falsely believing such transfusions will cure capital-flow problems. We learn about the disruptions and destruction of capital flow and the author's suggested guiding norms (which he readily admits are utopian), including respect for nature, radical equality in social relations, and technological and organizational innovations oriented toward the common good rather than supporting military power and corporate greed.
Harvey, David (2006). Limits to Capital,The (New Edition). London ; New York; Verso.
Widely praised as an exciting, insightful exposition and development of Marx's critique of political economy, Harvey updates his classic text with a discussion of the turmoil in world markets today.
Harvey, David (2003). Paris, Capital of Modernity. New York, Routledge.
Collecting David Harvey's finest work on Paris during the second empire, Paris, Capital of Modernity offers brilliant insights ranging from the birth of consumerist spectacle on the Parisian boulevards, the creative visions of Balzac, Baudelaire and Zola, and the reactionary cultural politics of the bombastic Sacre Couer. The book is heavily illustrated and includes a number drawings, portraits and cartoons by Daumier, one of the greatest political caricaturists of the nineteenth century.
Hašek, Jaroslav, Cecil Parrott, et al. (1985). The Good Soldier Švejk and His Fortunes in the World War. New York, N.Y., Viking Penguin.
Some writers so capture the soul and spirit of a people that they are identified with them forever after. In England, it was Charles Dickens, in the United States, it was Mark Twain. For the Slavic nations, and to some extent for all Central Europeans, it is the Czech writer, Jaroslav Hasek.
Hasek's most important work was centered around a Czech soldier's experiences in World War One. It's actual title is The Fateful Adventures of The Good Soldier Svejk during the World War, but it is known by tens of millions of Central Europeans as simply, The Good Soldier Svejk. This monumental, humorous work is acknowledged as ". . . one of the greatest masterpieces of satirical writing" by no less a standard and exalted reference than the Encyclopedia Britannica.
The book's central character is a quintessential, working-class citizen-soldier, often abused by the fates and the forces of the Austrian empire. In both civilian and military life, Svejk lives by his wits. His chief ploy is to appear witless to those in authority. In fact, he is fond of pointing out that he has been certified to be an imbecile by an official military medical commission. Consequently, he reasons, he cannot be held responsible for his sometimes questionable actions because he's a certified nitwit!
Yet, Svejk is not a coward, nor is he indolent. He is drafted back into the army as cannon fodder to die for an Emperor he despises. His method of subverting the Austrian Empire is to carry out his orders to an absurd conclusion. His is an inspired resistance. He holds the foreign authorities, and their Czech fellow travelers, accountable for their ridiculous platitudes and pseudo-patriotic blather.
Hass, Robert (2017). A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry. New York, Ecco.
Robert Hass, former poet laureate, winner of the National Book Award, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, illuminates the formal impulses that underlie great poetry in this sophisticated, graceful, and accessible volume of essays drawn from a series of lectures he delivered at the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Hass, Robert; John Hollander, et al. (2000). American Poetry. The Twentieth Century. New York, Library of America.
These two volumes make up the first half of the largest anthology of 20th-century American poetry ever attempted. Over 200 poets are represented, all born before 1914, and presented in birth-date order. The scale here is unprecedented, and the spectrum broad, inclusive and generous. The effect is breathtaking. The first volume begins with anonymous ballads, establishing a theme of popular song that is sustained throughout both volumes, including blues, folks songs and Broadway tunes. This suggests the music that was in the air at the time much of this work was being written, as well as asserting the value of these songs as poetry in their own right."I can tell the wind is rising/ leaves trembling on the trees/ umm hmm hmm hmm/ all I need my little sweet woman/ and to keep my company" (Robert Johnson, vol. 2). The emphasis in vol. 1 is on the richness of modernism, with enormous selections of Robert Frost, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D., Marianne Moore and T.S. Eliot. Several of these are long enough to comprise an entire volume of selected poems. (Mina Loy gets more than the usual page or two.) The selections are solidly edited, presenting the most representative and well-known poems across each writer's oeuvre. The second volume includes many more poets, and tends toward shorter selections, though Hart Crane is featured prominently. Multiple and simultaneous layers of American poetics are represented side-by-side in both volumes: lyricism, early confessional poetry, Imagism, light verse, Objectivism, the Harlem Renaissance, hoaxes, the Fugitives, among others. One of the greatest pleasures of these books is discovering (or re-discovering) poets like Abraham Lincoln Gillespie, Lola Ridge, John G. Neihardt or dadaist Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven, energetic and distinct poets who have long since been dropped from most cullings, or were never included in the first place. This anthology, edited by Robert Hass, John Hollander, Carolyn Kizer, Nathaniel Mackey and Marjorie Perloff, will be an invaluable and lasting resource to anyone interested in American poetry. Its inclusive take on the multiplicity of work leaves all the differences intact, all the layers in context. It brilliantly illuminates the shifting substance of American poetry.
Hastings, Michael (2014). The Last Magazine. New York, Blue Rider Press.
A posthumous novel about the news business. In a way, the book reflects Hastings' career arc, from unpaid intern at Newsweek to one of the essential war correspondents of his generation. A ribald comedy about doing time in the trenches and the bitter choices that integrity demands.
Hawkes, John (1996). The Lime Twig; Second Skin; Travesty. New York, Penguin Books.
John Hawkes's novel The Lime Twig (1961) opens with the narration of William Hencher, a lonely, overweight man who for fifteen years moved with his mother from lodging to lodging in a fictitious section of London called "Dreary Station ". Hencher describes the suffocatingly intimate details of life with his mother, filling his narrative with visceral images of improvised domestic arrangements and of the acute fear of the fire bombing of the city during World War II. It was a time that left Hencher with "plenty of soot and scum the memory could not let go of." In the post-war years and a decade after the death of his mother, Hencher finds lodging once more in the house where she died. The house is now owned by Michael Banks (intriguingly named after the boy in Peter Pan) and his wife Margaret, both of whom were children during the war and who lack any memory of its horror. Hencher provides that memory, not for the Bankses, who would be impervious to any such offering, but for the novel. He is the novel's historical consciousness, lending the violence that follows enlarged cultural significance.
Hencher's narration serves as prologue to the novel, which then unfolds through third-person narration. This unconventional shift in perspective exists in a novel that thwarts conventional storytelling and makes the dismantling of convention one of its themes. The prologue reveals Hencher to be a man who joins a need to live through other people to their suppressed fantasies of sex, power, violence, and victimization. At the novel's beginning we learn that he has involved Michael Banks in a plot to steal the retired race horse "Rock Castle" and run him in the Golden Bowl at Aldington. Banks anticipates possession of the horse with the mingled excitement and dread of a man on the brink of making fantasies real. His dread seems well-founded when the criminal gang that orchestrates the abduction and running of Rock Castle in a fixed race quickly establishes violence as fantasy's underside.
For Michael Banks, the horse represents access to power, glamour, and sexuality, a transcendence of his banal, routine existence with Margaret in the aptly named neighborhood of Dreary Station. (Horses appear briefly or significantly in all of Hawkes's work as powerful embodiments of dreams, fears, sexuality.) Part of his dream of a horse is the desire to be transformed in Margaret's eyes, as well as to terrorize and victimize her. He embarks on his adventure "[k]nowing how much she feared his dreams: knowing that her own worst dream was one day to find him gone, overdue minute by minute some late afternoon until the inexplicable absence of him became a certainty; knowing that his own worst dream, and best, was of a horse which was itself the flesh of all violent dreams ". It is not only Margaret, however, who becomes a victim of his dreams, but Banks himself. They are innocents who are limed, or ensnared, as the novel's title suggests: lime-twigs are twigs spread with birdlime for the purpose of catching birds. (Both Michael and Margaret, as well as other characters, are associated with bird imagery.)
Indeed, almost everyone in this novel is in some way a victim, ensnared in the plots of others and ensnared by an impoverished culture that presents diminished possibilities.
Hawking, S. W. (1996). The Illustrated Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Edition. New York, Bantam Books.
In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing. It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies. The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the nature of the universe, but since that time there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawkin's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the fabric of space-time that he had projected.
Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his recent research, for this expanded edition Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject of wormholes and time travel, and updated the original chapters.
Haworth-Booth, Mark (2007). The Art of Lee Miller. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press.
Lee Miller (1907--1977) was one of the most remarkable photographic artists of the 20th century. She created Surrealist-inspired photographs of haunting originality, portraits of genius, and daring war photographs. This unprecedented book brings together all of Miller's major vintage prints for the first time, including sensational works never before published, rare and revealing drawings, selections from Miller's writings as a war correspondent for Vogue magazine, and an extraordinary collage from 1937. Miller performed with unique success on both sides of the camera. A renowned beauty, she began her career being photographed as a fashion and fine art model by such luminaries as Arnold Genthe and Edward Steichen, stunning examples of which are included in this book. Miller moved to Paris in 1928, determined to take up photography; there she became the apprentice, collaborator, and muse of Man Ray. In the 1930s and '40s, Miller shot remarkable portraits of such iconic figures as Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. Turning her Surrealist eye to unexpected photographic subjects, she earned major commissions from American and European fashion magazines and also became a respected photo-journalist. Miller's startling images of the Dachau concentration camp are among the most powerful records of the Holocaust.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1983). Novels. New York, Literary Classics of the United States: Distributed to the trade by the Viking Press.
Here in one volume are all five of Nathaniel Hawthorne's world-famous novels. Written in a richly suggestive style that seems remarkably contemporary, they are permeated by America's and Hawthorne's own history."The House of the Seven Gables" moves across 150 years from an ancestral crime condoned by the Puritan theocracy to a new beginning in the bustling and democratic Jacksonian era. Hawthorne's masterpiece, "The Scarlet Letter," is a dramatic allegory of the social consequences of adultery and the subversive force of personal desire in a community of laws."The Blithedale Romance" explores the perils, which Hawthorne knew at first hand, of living in a utopian community, and the inextricability of political, personal, and sexual desires."Fanshawe" is an engrossing apprentice work which Hawthorne published anonymously and later sought to suppress."The Marble Faun," his last finished novel, involves mystery, murder, and romance among American artists in Rome.
Hay, Douglas, Peter Linebaugh, John G. Rule, E. P. Thompson, Cal Winslow (2011). Albion's Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century England. London; Brooklyn, Verso.
In the popular imagination, informed as it is by Hogarth, Swift, Defoe and Fielding, the eighteenth-century underworld is a place of bawdy knockabout, rife with colourful eccentrics. But the artistic portrayals we have only hint at the dark reality. In this new edition of a classic collection of essays, renowned social historians from Britain and America examine the gangs of criminals who tore apart English society, while a criminal law of unexampled savagery struggled to maintain stability.
Douglas Hay deals with the legal system that maintained the propertied classes, and in another essay shows it in brutal action against poachers; John G. Rule and Cal Winslow tell of smugglers and wreckers, showing how these activities formed a natural part of the life of traditional communities. Together with Peter Linebaugh's piece on the riots against the surgeons at Tyburn, and E.P. Thompson's illuminating work on anonymous threatening letters, these essays form a powerful contribution to the study of social tensions at a transformative and vibrant stage in English history.
This new edition includes a new introduction by Winslow, Hay and Linebaugh, reflecting on the turning point in the social history of crime that the book represents.
Hayman, Ronald (1983). Brecht: A Biography. New York, Oxford University Press.
Provides a detailed portrait of the renowned poet, playwright, theatrical director, and political theorist, examining both his volatile public and personal relationships, and sorting through the contradictions and inconsistencies of his views.
Hazan, Giuliano (2009). The Thirty Minute Pasta Cookbook: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes. New York, Stewart, Tabori & Chang.
Hazan's repertoire -- hearty pasta soups, fresh-from-the-greenmarket vegetarian dishes, and meat and seafood sauces that take their cue from the classics of Italian cuisine -- will let you bring healthful, hunger-satisfying pasta back to your family's weeknight-supper table. Included are recipes for last-minute dishes, as well as useful advice on stocking your pasta pantry, choosing cooking equipment, and figuring out which pasta shape goes with which kind of sauce.
Hazan, Marcella (1992). Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. New York, A.A. Knopf.
Hazan's The Classic Italian Cookbook (1976) and More Italian Cooking (1978) are the standards in the field, and now, almost 20 years after the publication of the first title, they are available in a single volume, completely revised and updated. A few recipes have been cut, about 50 new ones added, and just about every recipe from the originals has been rewritten and, where deemed necessary, revised. As Hazan puts it, this book "is meant to be used as a kitchen handbook for cooks of every level who want an accessible and comprehensive guide to the products, the techniques, and the dishes that constitute imperishable Italian cooking." From marinated carrot sticks to sweet-and-sour tuna steaks, Trapani style, to tortellini with fish stuffing and polenta shortcake with raisins, dried figs and pine nuts, the outstanding recipes -- many of them poetically simple -- are too numerous to do justice to in few words. Included is a spirited discussion of squid and the essentials of preparing fresh pasta, gnocchi (potato dumplings), authentic risotto, frittate and polenta dishes. While writing from Venice, her home for much of the year, Hazan never fails to consider the availability of ingredients in the U.S., and never assumes that all readers understand complex methods or exotic terminology.
Hazlitt, William (2010). Characters of Shakespeare's Plays. New York, CreateSpace.
William Hazlitt is widely considered to be one of the greatest literature critics of all time. First published in 1817, this "CreateSpace" edition presents Hazlitt's analysis of Shakespeare's plays and insights into the author's timeless characters.
Head, Bessie (2017). A Question of Power. Long Grove, Illinois, Waveland Press.
In this fast-paced, semi-autobiographical novel, Head exposes the complicated life of Elizabeth, whose reality is intermingled with nightmarish dreams and hallucinations. Like the author, Elizabeth was conceived out-of-wedlock; her mother was white and her father black—a union outlawed in apartheid South Africa. Elizabeth eventually leaves with her young son to live in Botswana, a country less oppressed by colonial domination, where she finds stability for herself and her son by working on an experimental farm. As readers grow to know Elizabeth, they experience the inner chaos that threatens her stability, and her constant struggle to emerge from the torment of her dreams. There she is plagued by two men, Sello and Dan, who represent complex notions of politics, sex, religion, individuality, and the blurred line between good and evil. Elizabeth’s troubling but amazing roller-coaster ride ends in an unfettered discovery. First published by Davis Poynter Ltd., 1974.
Hedges, Chris (2009). Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. New York, Nation Books.
We now live in two Americas. One – now the minority – functions in a print-based, literate world that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other – the majority – is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. Pulitzer prize-winner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion above all else. Each chapter makes a strong case for how different illusions – of literacy, love, wisdom, happiness – taken together are destroying the American mind, culture and the nation itself. Remarkable, bracing and highly moral, Empire of Illusion is Hedges' lament for his nation.
Hedges, Chris and Joe Sacco (2012). Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. New York, Nation Books.
Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels.
The book starts in the western plains, where Native Americans were sacrificed in the giddy race for land and empire. It moves to the old manufacturing centers and coal fields that fueled the industrial revolution, but now lie depleted and in decay. It follows the steady downward spiral of American labor into the nation's produce fields and ends in Zuccotti Park where a new generation revolts against a corporate state that has handed to the young an economic, political, cultural and environmental catastrophe.
Hedges, Inez (2009). Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles. Carbondale, IL, Southern Illinois University Press.
Using the probing lens of cultural studies, Hedges shows how claims to the Faustian legacy permeated the struggle against Nazism in the 1930s while infusing not only the search for socialist utopias in Russia, France, and Germany, but also the quest for legitimacy on both sides of the Cold War divide after 1945.
Hedges balances new perspectives on such well-known works as Thomas Mann's Dr. Faustus and Jack Kerouac's Dr. Sax with discussions of previously overlooked twentieth-century expressions of the Faust myth, including American film noir and the Faust films of Stan Brakhage. She evaluates musical compositions-Hanns Eisler's Faust libretto, the opera Votre Faust by Henri Pousseur and Michel Butor, and Alfred Schnittke's Faust Cantata-as well as works of fiction and drama in French and German, many of which have heretofore never been discussed outside narrow disciplinary confines.
Hedges, Inez (2015). World Cinema and Cultural Memory. New York, Palgrave Macmillan.
Cinema has long played a crucial role in the way that societies remember and represent themselves. In the last quarter century, film has been an important medium in the public debate around the memory of the Holocaust and of Hiroshima; of the Algerian war for independence and of the Spanish Civil War; of the Allende legacy in Chile, the utopian dreams of 1968, and the aborted project of the German Democratic Republic; in identity formation in Palestine and in the African diaspora. Hedges discusses the role of cinema within a global perspective that spans five continents, and proposes an original typology of cultural memory.
Heine, Heinrich and Hal Draper (1982). The Complete Poems of Heinrich Heine: A Modern English Version. Cambridge, MA, Suhrkamp/Insel Publishers Boston.
German poet of Jewish origin, whose lyrics have inspired such composers as Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schumann. Heinrich Heine lived at a time of major social and political changes: the French Revolution (1789-99) and the Napoleonic wars deeply influenced thinking. Heine died in Paris, where he had lived from 1831 as one of the central figures of the literary scene. Among Heine's famous poems is 'Die Lorelei', set to music by Silcher in 1837. It has become one of the most popular of German songs.
I do not know what haunts me,
What saddened my mind all day;
An age-old tale confounds me,
A spell I cannot allay."
Heinlein, Robert A. (1996). The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. New York, Tor.
Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, an influence so large that, as Samuel R. Delany notes, "modern critics attempting to wrestle with that influence find themselves dealing with an object rather like the sky or an ocean." He won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, a record that still stands. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was the last of these Hugo-winning novels, and it is widely considered his finest work. It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. It is the tale of the disparate people--a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic--who become the rebel movement's leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to this inner circle, and who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of the high points of modern science fiction, a novel bursting with politics, humanity, passion, innovative technical speculation, and a firm belief in the pursuit of human freedom.
Heinlein, Robert A. (1991). Stranger in a Strange Land. New York, Putnam. Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the 1962 Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent: he has never seen a woman and has no knowledge of Earth's cultures or religions. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars. With the irascible popular author Jubal Harshaw to protect him, Michael explores human morality and the meanings of love. He founds his own church, preaching free love and disseminating the psychic talents taught him by the Martians. Ultimately, he confronts the fate reserved for all messiahs. One of the greatest science fiction novels ever published, Stranger in a Strange Land's original manuscript had 50,000 words cut. Now they have been reinstated for this special 30th anniversary trade edition.
Heiss, Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss (2007). The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide. Berkeley, Calif., Ten Speed Press.
Purveyors of fine tea, the Heisses' documentary dexterously weaves through the wars, economic upheavals and embargoes surrounding what was once considered the elixir of immortality. Though tea usage may predate written history, evidence suggests that Camellia sinensis's invigorating leaves were first cultivated centuries ago in the tea gardens of indigenous minorities in Northwestern China and along the Indian, Myanmar and Tibetan borders. Chinese monks recognized the energizing effects and medicinal value of this evergreen plant and, by touting its benefits, ignited a thirst for tea that quickly spread west via oceangoing tea clippers and along the Silk Road. The famed East India Company flourished, teatime became social tradition, and cream and sugar were found to balance tea's astringency. In this guide, the Heisses outline at length the production process from tea bush to tea cup, along with the nuances of regional varietals like China's sweet green tea and India's Darjeeling. An engaging historical and cultural study, this guide is geared toward both novice and consummate consumers intrigued by the world's 2,000-year-old tea habit.
Heller, Henry (2006). The Cold War and Imperialism: A Global History, 1945-2005. New York, Monthly Review Press. The Cold War and the New Imperialism is an account of global history since 1945, which ties together the narrative of the Cold War to that of neoliberalism and the new imperialism in ways that illuminate and clarify the dilemmas of the present moment. Written for the general reader, it draws together scholarly research on a huge range of events, countries, and topics into an intelligible whole.
The sixty-year period since the end of World War II has seen the world remade. The war itself mobilized the political and social aspirations of hundreds of millions of people around the world. The contest between the United States and the Soviet Union for global dominance drew every country into its field of force. Struggles for national liberation in the Third World brought an end to colonial empires. Revolutions in China, Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere shook the global order, as did uprisings in Paris and Prague. Since the end of the Cold War the forces of the capitalist market have overwhelmed social institutions that have given meaning to human existence for centuries.
But the end of the Cold war has created as many problems for the world's remaining superpower, the United States, as it has solved. With its political, economic, and financial hegemony eroding, the United States has responded with military adventures abroad and increasing inequality and authoritarianism at home. The Cold War draws all these threads together and shows vividly that the end of history is not in sight.
Heller, Joseph (1984). God Knows. New York, Knopf.
Joseph Heller's powerful, wonderfully funny, deeply moving novel is the story of David -- yes, King David -- but as you've never seen him before. You already know David as the legendary warrior king of Israel, husband of Bathsheba, and father of Solomon; now meet David as he really was: the cocky Jewish kid, the plagiarized poet, and the Jewish father. Listen as David tells his own story, a story both relentlessly ancient and surprisingly modern, about growing up and growing old, about men and women, and about man and God.
Heller, Joseph (1995). Catch-22. New York, Knopf.
Satirical novel by Joseph Heller, first published in 1961. The plot of the novel centers on the antihero Captain John Yossarian, stationed at an airstrip on a Mediterranean island in World War II, and portrays his desperate attempts to stay alive. The "catch" in Catch-22 involves a mysterious Air Force regulation which asserts that a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but that if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. The term catch-22 thereafter entered the English language with the meaning "a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem" and later developed several additional senses. In 1994 Heller published a sequel entitled Closing Time, which details the current lives of the characters established in Catch-22.
Hemingway, Andrew (2002). Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926-1956. New Haven, Yale University Press.
An extensive investigation of the U.S. communist publications New Masses, Art Front, and The Daily Worker gives this collection of political art real context and bite, and provides an invaluable resource for students of the era's cultural criticism. A British scholar who has written about art in the context of 19th-century urban culture and bourgeois society, Hemingway explores exhibitions at John Reed Clubs and the Whitney Museum, and provides an in-depth analysis of the New Deal's art projects. Anecdotal histories of feuds between artist and editor Stuart Davis and critic Charles Humboldt and a section on the controversy over Anton Refregier murals at the Rincon Annex Post Office in San Francisco (depicting labor struggles) are generously illustrated. Painters Alice Neel, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine, Robert Gwathmey and Anthony Toney are well-represented here; Philip Evergood's Dream Catch and Raphael Soyer's Nude in Studio look great.
Hemingway, Ernest (1970). Islands in the Stream. New York, Scribner.
First published in 1970, nine years after Ernest Hemingway's death, Islands in the Stream is the story of an artist and adventurer -- a man much like Hemingway himself. Rich with the uncanny sense of life and action characteristic of his writing -- from his earliest stories (In Our Time) to his last novella (The Old Man and the Sea) -- this compelling novel contains both the warmth of recollection that inspired A Moveable Feast and a rare glimpse of Hemingway's rich and relaxed sense of humor, which enlivens scene after scene.
Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini, where his loneliness is broken by the vacation visit of his three young sons, to his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. The greater part of the story takes place in a Havana bar, where a wildly diverse cast of characters -- including an aging prostitute who stands out as one of Hemingway's most vivid creations -- engages in incomparably rich dialogue. A brilliant portrait of the inner life of a complex and endlessly intriguing man, Islands in the Stream is Hemingway at his mature best.
Hemingway, Ernest (1987). The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigía Edition. New York, Scribner's.
The subtitle of this monumental collection refers to the home (Lookout Farm) that Hemingway owned in Cuba from 1939 to 1959. That time frame accounts for most of the short fiction, published and unpublished, that followed the major collection issued in 1938, The First Forty-Nine. There are 60 stories in all. Of the 21 not included in the 1938 collection, the seven heretofore unpublished pieces will interest readers most. Three are especially good."A Train Trip" and "The Porter" are self-contained excerpts from an abandoned novel that match in tone and appeal the early Hemingway work in which he explored the adolescent sensibility exposed to an adult world that is exciting but at the same time threatening and morally complex. Drawing from the author's experiences in Europe during World War II, "Black Ass at the Crossroads" is excellent in its detailing of violent action, portraying an ambush of German soldiers from the point of view of an American infantry officer, depressed and angry over the suffering he has inflicted in the course of battle. The other previously unpublished pieces include a Spanish Civil War story reminiscent of Hemingway's play, The Fifth Column; two quite touching stories about a father's disappointments with a troubled son; and a long section comprising four chapters from an early version of the novel, Islands in the Stream. Intrinsically readable, the collection is also significant in drawing together much that was unavailable or difficult to access.
Hemingway, Ernest (1995). For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York, Scribner Paperback Fiction.
First published in 1940. Set near Segovia, Spain, in 1937, the novel tells the story of American teacher Robert Jordan, who has joined the antifascist Loyalist army. Jordan has been sent to make contact with a guerrilla band and blow up a bridge to advance a Loyalist offensive. The action takes place during Jordan's 72 hours at the guerrilla camp. During this period he falls in love with Maria, and he befriends the shrewd but cowardly guerrilla leader Pablo and his courageous wife Pilar. Jordan manages to destroy the bridge; Pablo, Pilar, Maria, and two other guerrillas escape, but Jordan is injured. Proclaiming his love to Maria once more, he awaits the fascist troops and certain death. The title is from a sermon by John Donne containing the famous words "No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continenth. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
Hemingway, Ernest (1995). The Old Man and the Sea. New York, Scribner Paperback Fiction.
Short novel by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1952 and awarded the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Completed after a 10-year literary drought, it was his last major work of fiction. The novel is written in Hemingway's characteristically spare prose. It concerns an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago who finally catches a magnificent fish after weeks of not catching anything. After three days of playing the fish, he finally manages to reel it in and lash it to his boat, only to have sharks eat it as he returns to the harbor. The other fishermen marvel at the size of the skeleton; Santiago is spent but triumphant.
Hemingway, Ernest (1996). A Moveable Feast. New York, Scribner Classics.
Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.
Hemingway, Ernest (1997). A Farewell to Arms. New York, Scribner Classics.
First published in 1929. Like his early short stories and his novel The Sun Also Rises, the work is full of the disillusionment of the "lost generation" expatriates. While serving with the Italian ambulance service during World War I, the American lieutenant Frederick Henry falls in love with the English nurse Catherine Barkley, who tends him after he is wounded. She becomes pregnant but refuses to marry him, and he returns to his post. Henry deserts during the Italians' retreat after the Battle of Caporetto, and the reunited couple flee into Switzerland. There, however, Catherine and her baby die during childbirth, leaving Henry desolate.
Hemingway, Ernest (1998). Across the River and into the Trees. New York, Scribner.
In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first extended visit to Italy in thirty years. His reacquaintance with Venice, a city he loved, provided the inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees, the story of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War, and his love for a young Italian countess. A poignant, bittersweet homage to love that overpowers reason, to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the worldweary beauty and majesty of Venice, Across the River and into the Trees stands as Hemingway's statement of defiance in response to the great dehumanizing atrocities of the Second World War. Hemingway's last full-length novel published in his lifetime, it moved John O'Hara in The New York Times Book Review to call him "the most important author since Shakespeare."
Hemingway, Ernest (1998). Green Hills of Africa. New York, Scribner.
In the winter of 1933, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Pauline set out on a two-month safari in the big-game country of East Africa, camping out on the great Serengeti Plain at the foot of magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro."I had quite a trip," the author told his friend Philip Percival, with characteristic understatement.
Green Hills of Africa is Hemingway's account of that expedition, of what it taught him about Africa and himself. Richly evocative of the region's natural beauty, tremendously alive to its character, culture, and customs, and pregnant with a hard-won wisdom gained from the extraordinary situations it describes, it is widely held to be one of the twentieth century's classic travelogues.
Hemingway, Ernest (1999). Death in the Afternoon. New York, Scribner.
Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is an impassioned look at the sport by one of its true aficionados. It reflects Hemingway's conviction that bullfighting was more than mere sport and reveals a rich source of inspiration for his art. The unrivaled drama of bullfighting, with its rigorous combination of athleticism and artistry, and its requisite display of grace under pressure, ignited Hemingway's imagination. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick." Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great elegance and cunning.
A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation of the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's sharp commentary on life and literature.
Henderson, Brian, Ann Martin, et al. (1999). Film Quarterly: Forty Years, a Selection. Berkeley, University of California Press.
During its forty years as a forum for scholars, filmmakers, critics, and film lovers, Film Quarterly has looked in depth at the most critical elements in the political, social, theoretical, and aesthetic history of the cinema. Once closely tied to Hollywood, the journal was investigated by the Tenney committee in 1946 and two of its board members came under fire from the House Unamerican Activities Committee in 1951. After several metamorphoses, however, and with the dedicated participation of its editors, board members, and authors, the journal now stands as the oldest and most prominent journal in cinema studies, publishing film (and video and television) history, criticism, theory, analysis, interviews, and film and book reviews.
Spanning the 1950s to the 1990s, Film Quarterly: Forty Years, A Selection is a collaborative effort by the past and present editors and the editorial board to celebrate and illuminate the medium that has prompted so much thought and exchange during the journals lifetime. From articles on documentary and genre to history and technology, narrative and the avant-garde, this carefully selected collection proposes groundbreaking theoretical models, fresh approaches to individual film classics, reassessments of filmmakers bodies of work, and discussions of new films and technologies.
Hendrickson, Robert (1984). The Ocean Almanac. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday.
As expansive as the ocean itself, this entertaining, informative almanac offers hundreds of fascinating essays, anecdotes, facts, legends, and mysteries concerning the sea, its amazing inhabitants--both real and apocryphal--and the men and ships who have sailed it through the ages.
Hentoff, Nat (1978). The Jazz Life. New York, Da Capo Press.
Nat Hentoff's The Jazz Life explores the social, economic, and psychological elements that make up the context of modern jazz. Among the jazz greats whose lives and work are discussed are Count Basie, Charles Mingus, John Lewis, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Ornette Coleman.
Henwood, Doug (2003). After the New Economy. New York, New Press.
Economist Doug Henwood scrutinzes the 1990s and brilliantly dissects the so-called "new economy."
During the 1990s boom, we heard constantly about the New Economy. A technological and organizational revolution that precipitated an unprecedented era of rapid productivity growth and rendered recessions as obsolete as rotary-dial phones. Mass participation in the stock market transformed workers into owners; the freewheeling U.S. economy became the envy of the world; and "globalization," whatever that is exactly, had rendered national borders obsolete.
Some of the manic exuberance surrounding this story has disappeared with the bursting of the Nasdaq bubble and the scandals that emerged as the froth cleared. But what really happened? Why did the stock market go on an eighteen-year tear? Was there really a technological revolution? Is the world as borderless as everyone says? Did class distinctions really erode? Was corporate malfeasance really a matter of a few bad apples - or was the rot far more pervasive than that? And what does the future hold in store?
Henwood, Doug (2015). My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency. New York, OR Books.
Hillary Clinton is running for the presidency with a message of hope and change. But, as Doug Henwood makes clear in this concise, devastating indictment, little trust can be placed in her campaign promises. Rigorously reviewing her record, Henwood shows how Clinton's positions on key issues have always blown with the breeze of expediency, though generally around an axis of moralism and hawkishness. Without a meaningful program other than a broad fealty to the status quo, Henwood suggests, 'the case for Hillary boils down to this: she has experience, she's a woman, and it's her turn.' My Turn is compulsively good reading-not only for its glimpse into Hillary Clinton's mind but for its insights into the entire Clinton political-philanthropic machine. Doug Henwood is both smart and-almost uniquely for this campaign season-sane. --Barbara Ehrenreich
Herbert, Frank (2005). Dune [Book 1]. New York, Ace Books.
This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.
The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.
Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting. Five sequels follow.
Herbert, Frank and Brian Herbert (1987). Dune Messiah [Book 2]. New York, Ace Books.
The sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit plots to seize control of the galaxy-wide empire of their supernatural leader, while on Arrakis, the Maud'dib, the heir to an unimaginable power, confronts new challenges.
Herbert, Frank (1987). Children of Dune [Book 3]. New York, Ace Books.
On the planet of Arrakis, men, nature, and time attend the evolutionary growth of Leto and his twin sister Ghanima, children of the mighty Muad'Dib, as their aunt Alia plots to obtain the secrets of the twins' visions in order to secure her reign.
Herbert, Frank (1987). God Emperor of Dune [Book 4]. New York, Ace Books.
Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice.
Herbert, Frank (1987). Heretics of Dune [Book 5]. New York, Ace Books.
In this, the fifth and most spectacular Dune book of all, the planet Arrakis--now called Rakis--is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying. And the children of Dune's children awaken from empire as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.
Herbert, Frank (2009). Chapterhouse: Dune [Book 6]. New York, Ace Books.
The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world--and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. This is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death. A stunning climax to the epic Dune legend.
Herge (2008). The Adventures of Tintin. Boston, MA, Little, Brown.
A deluxe special edition boxed set of 23 Tintin classic graphic novels, collected in seven hardcover volumes plus a bonus book featuring Tintin and Co., a closer look at favorite Tintin characters revealing their origins, inspirations, and the source of their enduring fascination. Packaged in a handsome slipcase.
Herivel, Tara and Paul Wright (2003). Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor. New York, Routledge. Prison Nation is a distant dispatch from a foreign and forbidden place--the world of America's prisons. Written by prisoners, social critics and luminaries of investigative reporting, Prison Nation testifies to the current state of America's prisoners' living conditions and political concerns. These concerns are not normally the concerns of most Americans, but they should be. From substandard medical care the inadequacy of resources for public defenders to the death penalty, the issues covered in this volume grow more urgent every day. Articles by outstanding writers such as Mumia Abu-Jamal, Noam Chomsky, Mark Dow, Judy Green, Tracy Huling and Christian Parenti chronicle the injustices of prison privatization, class and race in the justice system, our quixotic drug war, the rarely discussed prison AIDS crisis and a judicial system that rewards mostly those with significant resources or the desire to name names. Correctional facilities have become a profitable growth industry, for companies like Wackenhut that run them and companies like Boeing that use cheap prison labor. With fascinating narratives, shocking tales and small stories of hope, Prison Nation paints a picture of a world many Americans know little or nothing about.
Herman, Edward S. and Noam Chomsky (1988). Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. New York, Pantheon Books.
In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.
Based on a series of case studies - including the media's dichotomous treatment of "worthy" versus "unworthy" victims, "legitimizing" and "meaningless" Third World elections, and devastating critiques of media coverage of the U.S. wars against Indochina - Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the media's behavior and performance. Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies, and it discusses several other applications. These include the manner in which the media covered the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown of 1994-1995, the media's handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund in 1999 and 2000, and the media's treatment of the chemical industry and its regulation. What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U.S. mass media are, how they systematically fail to live up to their self-image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world, and how we can understand their function in a radically new way.
Hernandez, Gilbert (2003). Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories. Seattle, WA, Fantagraphics Books.
In 1983, Hernandez started writing and drawing short stories in Love and Rockets about a little central American town called Palomar and the interconnected lives of its inhabitants. The "Heartbreak Soup" stories, as they were called, established his reputation, and this mammoth, hugely compelling book collects the first 13 years' worth of them. The earliest stories in the book owe more to magical realism and Gabriel Garcia Marquez than to anything that had been done in comics before. But in later pieces, like the harrowing "Human Diastrophism" and "Luba Conquers the World," Hernandez's style is entirely his own: brutally telegraphic (he can capture an entire emotionally complex scene in a single panel, then imply even more by abruptly cutting to the middle of a later scene), loaded with insight about the bumpy terrain of familial and sexual relationships, swinging wildly in tone between suffocating darkness and sunny charm. His characters have enormous, tangled family trees, and he gradually unfolds their histories: there are some plot developments he sets up a decade or more in advance. And for all the bold roughness of his drawing style, Hernandez is a master of facial expression and body language. He tracks dozens of characters across decades of their lives, and their ages and their distant family resemblances are instantly recognizable, as are their all too human dreams and failings. This is a superb introduction to the work of an extraordinary, eccentric and very literary cartoonist.
Hernandez, Jaime (2004). Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories: A Love and Rockets Book. Seattle, WA, Fantagraphics Books.
These superb stories from the nearly 20-year run of Love and Rockets define a world of Hispanic gang warfare, '80s California, punk rock, women wrestlers and the subtle battle to stay true to oneself. Hernandez's main characters are Maggie and Hopey, two adorable lesbian rockers who start out in a somewhat vague relationship and are then are separated by adventures both grand and demeaning. Maggie is a magnificent comics character, a tempestuous naïf who wears her heart on her sleeve when she's not throwing it at a succession of bad boys who ignore her, even though Hopey is secretly the love of Maggie's life. Hopey, a mohawked imp, is more opaque, a symbol of the youthful rebellion of punk rock that all the characters are trying to return to in some way, even as real life sweeps them further away from their dreams. Maggie's weight gain over the years sends her self-esteem on a downward spiral, while Hopey goes on an endless tour with a band. Along the way, Hernandez gradually peels away the strip's early sci-fi trappings (dinosaurs and rocket ships) to create a devastatingly naturalistic world. Sharp b&w drawings capture the characters in minute detail with a wide range of emotions. Finally collected into one volume, these stories are among the greatest comics ever put to paper, and an essential piece of the literature of the punk movement.
Herodotus and David Grene (1987). The History. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Herodotus of Halicarnassus was born about 484 B.C. and died some 60 years later. He traveled over much of the known ancient world, making trips to places such as southern Italy, lower Egypt, and the Caucasus. His great History, the first major prose work in world literature, is an account of his world at the time of the Persian Wars. The book, here ably translated by University of Chicago scholar David Grene, earned Herodotus the epithet "The Father of History" in ancient times. He distinguishes between the things seen with his own eyes and those of which he had only heard. But he was often too credulous of things told to him by his peers along the way, for which reason his younger contemporary Thucydides called him "The Father of Lies." Renowned in his own time for his humanity and wide-ranging curiosity, Herodotus shows an insatiable appetite for both useful information and a good yarn, and The History is a starting point for any student of the past.
Herrera, Hayden (1983). Frida, a Biography of Frida Kahlo. New York, Harper & Row.
Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle.
Here is the tumultuous life of an extraordinary twentieth-century woman -- with illustrations as rich and haunting as her legend.
Herrick, William (1998). Jumping the Line: The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Radical. Madison, University of Wisconsin Press.
William Herrick provides an eye opening and fiery account of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 in his powerful memoir Jumping the Line. Raised with Communism in his blood, it was inevitable that Herrick would volunteer to fight in Spain with the hope of quelling fascism and battling for the rights of workers. Young and idealistic, Herrick soon learned that both the fascists and Communists committed grotesque acts against humanity, and shame is etched in many of Herrick's accounts of the war. In the 1950s Herrick went on to testify against his former Communist comrades, and again a great sense of guilt pervades his account of this difficult decision.
Herrick's life is anything but dull. He has worked with Orson Welles, met Rita Hayworth, lived as a hobo, and almost died from a bullet wound during the Battle of Jarama. Herrick is a controversial figure who exposed Communist crimes to the media. At the same time he is honest--admitting he too would have done anything asked of him by the Communist party. This is a gutsy memoir told in plain prose, with enough wit to keep the subject from becoming overly dry.
Herriman, George; Peter Maresca and Patrick McDonnell, editors. (2010). Krazy Kat: A Celebration of Sundays. Palo Alto, CA, Sunday Press.
A Centennial Celebration! Finally, Krazy Kat as it was meant to be seen. From the publishers of the celebrated and much-awarded Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays! deluxe oversized reprint edition, come 135 full-size Sunday pages from 1916-1944 -- plus dozens more early comics from George Herriman. It's the eternal triangle of the comics -- Kat, Mouse, and Pupp, along with the catalytic brick. Here are their glorious, poignant, and hilarious stories from the genius of George Herriman, reprinted for the first time in their original size and colors. Included in the 14 x 17-inch collection is a sampling of all Herriman's creations for the Sunday newspaper comics from 1901-1906: Professor Otto, The Two Jackies, Major Ozone, and more, many of which have never been reprinted before. Now, 100 years after Ignatz tossed his first brick, step back in time to delight in the timeless tales of America's great comic strip artist and his greatest creation, Krazy Kat. Includes contributions by Herriman biographer Michael Tisserand and artist/ comic historian Art Spiegelman. Stunningly printed, oversized, hardcover, color and b&w. Each book includes a set of Brick in the Head postcards with ten classic comic characters getting bricked.
Herring, George C. (1993). The Pentagon Papers. New York, McGraw-Hill.
Provides a brief and manageable collection of the most important documents on U.S. policymaking in the Vietnam War between 1950 and 1968.
Herring, George C. (2002). America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975. Boston, McGraw-Hill.
Comprehensive yet concise, America's Longest War provides a complete and balanced history of the Vietnam War. It is not mainly a military history, but seeks to integrate military, diplomatic, and political factors in order to clarify America's involvement and ultimate failure in Vietnam. While it focuses on the American side of the equation, it provides sufficient consideration of the Vietnamese side to make the events comprehensible.
Herron, Don and Nancy J. Peters (1985). The Literary World of San Francisco & Its Environs. San Francisco, City Lights Books.
llustrated and precise guide to the literary locations of San Francisco, with special emphasis on the 1950s San Francisco poetry renaissance and the Beat Generation. Who lived where and when. Photos, street maps. Everything to take you to an exact spot.
Hersh, Seymour M. (1997). The Dark Side of Camelot. Boston, Little, Brown.
If the Kennedys are America's royal family, then John F. Kennedy was the nation's crown prince. Magnetic, handsome, and charismatic, his perfectly coifed image overshadowed the successes and failures of his presidency, and his assassination cemented his near-mythological status in American culture and politics. Struck down in his prime, he represented the best and the brightest of America's future, and when he died, part of the nation's promise and innocence went with him. That, at least, is the public version of the story.
The private version, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh, is quite different. His meticulous investigation of Kennedy has revealed a wealth of indiscretions and malfeasance, ranging from frequent liaisons with prostitutes and mistresses to the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro to involvement in organized crime. Though scandals in the White House are nothing new, Hersh maintains that Kennedy's activities went beyond minor abuses of power and personal indulgences: they threatened the security of the nation--particularly in the realm of foreign policy--and the integrity of the office. Hersh believes it was only a matter of time before Kennedy's dealings were exposed, and only his popularity and charm, compounded by his premature death, spared such an investigation for so long. Exposure was further stalled by Bobby Kennedy's involvement in nefarious dealings, enabling him to bury any investigation of his brother and--by extension--himself.
Based on interviews with former Kennedy administration officials, former Secret Service agents, and hundreds of Kennedy's personal friends and associates, The Dark Side of Camelot rewrites the history of John F. Kennedy and his presidency.
Herzen, Aleksandr (1982). My Past and Thoughts; the Memoirs of Alexander Herzen. Berkeley, CA, University of California.
Alexander Herzen's own brilliance and the extraordinary circumstances of his life combine to place his memoirs among the greatest works of the modern era. Born in 1812, the illegitimate son of a wealthy Russian landowner, he became one of the most important revolutionary and intellectual figures of his time: as theorist, polemicist, propagandist, and political actor. Fifty years after his death, Lenin revered him as the father of Russian revolutionary socialism. Tolstoy said he had never met another man "with so rare a combination of scintillating brilliance and depth." His monumental autobiography is an unparalleled record of his--and his century's--remarkable life.
Herzen's story of his privileged childhood among the Russian aristocracy is lit with the insight of a great novelist. With a trained historian's sense of the interaction of people and events, he limns the grand line of revolutionary development from the earliest stirrings of Russian radicalism throughthe tumultuous ideological debates of the international. His close friends and enemies--Marx, Wagner, Mill, Bakunin, Garibaldi, Kropotkin--are brought brilliantly alive. Dwight Macdonald's knowledgeable and fluent abridgment makes this great work readily available to the modern reader.
Herzog, Maurice (1997). Annapurna, First Conquest of an 8000-Meter Peak: (26,493 Feet). New York, N.Y., Lyons & Burford, Publishers.
In 1950, no mountain higher than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed. Maurice Herzog and other members of the French Alpine Club had resolved to try. Their goal was a 26,493-foot Himalayan peak called Annapurna. But unlike other climbs, which draw on the experience of prior reconnaissance, the routes up Annapurna had never been analyzed before. Herzog and his team had to locate the mountain using sketchy, crude maps, pick out a single, untried route, and go for the summit. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this dramatic and heroic climb, and of its harrowing aftermath. Although Herzog and his comrade Louis Lachenal reached the mountain's summit, their descent was a nightmare of frostbite, snow blindness, and near death. With grit and courage manifest on every page, Herzog's narrative is one of the great mountain-adventure stories of all time.
Hesse, Hermann (1968). Narcissus and Goldmund. New York, Farrar.
Hesse's novel of two medieval men, one quietly content with his religion and monastic life, the other in fervent search of more worldly salvation. This conflict between flesh and spirit, between emotional and contemplative man, was a life study for Hesse. It is a theme that transcends all time. The Hesse Phenomenon "has turned into a vogue, the vogue into a torrent. . .He has appealed both to. . . an underground and to an establishment. . .and to the disenchanted young sharing his contempt for our industrial civilization." - The New York Times Book Review
Hesse, Hermann (1999). Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth. New York, Perennial Classics.
In Demian, one of the great writers of the twentieth century tells the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent--led by precocious shoolmate Max Demian--into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.
"The electrifying influence exercised on a whole generation just after the First World War by Demian is unforgettable. With uncanny accuracy this poetic work struck the nerve of the times and called forth grateful rapture from a whole youthful generation who believed that an interpreter of their innermost life had risen from their own midst." - From the Introduction by Thomas Mann
Hesse, Hermann, Richard Winston, et al. (2002). The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi). New York, Picador USA.
The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature.
Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).
Heyerdahl, Thor (1987). Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft. Norwalk Conn., Easton Press. Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.
On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land -- the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage -- a magnificent saga of men against the sea.
Hickman, Hannah (1984). Robert Musil & the Culture of Vienna. La Salle, Ill., Open Court Pub. Co.
Robert Musil (1880-1942), author of The Man without Qualities, is one of the handful of most important writers of the twentieth century. Among Anglophone readers Musil has enjoyed a dedicated cult following, but until recently poor translations and radical misunderstandings of his aims and techniques have retarded the full appreciation of his genius.
Hannah Hickman's compact survey of Musil's work and influences has won recognition as the only adequate introduction to its subject. Hickman has taken advantage of a wealth of recently available evidence to give a reliable account of this often baffling and immensely subtle writer.
Highsmith, Patricia (1972). A Dog's Ransom. New York, Knopf.
In A Dog's Ransom, Highsmith blends a savage humor with brilliant social satire in this dark tale of a highminded criminal who hits a wealthy Manhattan couple where it hurts the most when he kidnaps their beloved poodle.
Highsmith, Patricia (2001). A Suspension of Mercy. New York, W.W. Norton.
With this novel, Highsmith revels in eliciting the unsettling psychological forces that lurk beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.
Highsmith, Patricia (2001). The Blunderer. New York, W.W. Norton. The Blunderer, first published in 1953 and hailed as her finest novel, is about the rise and fall of a faithful suburban husband who plots his wife's demise in fantasies gruesome and eerily serene.
Highsmith, Patricia (2008). The Boy Who Followed Ripley. New York, W.W. Norton.
In this quietly terrifying exploration of trust and friendship, a troubled young runaway arrives in Villeperce. And when, on the boy's behalf, Tom Ripley is drawn from his lovely estate in the French countryside to Berlin's seamy underworld and into a kidnapping plot that requires the most bizarre methods--and sinister acumen--for intervention, the icily amoral Ripley is transformed into a generous and compassionate projector.
Highsmith, Patricia (1962). The Cry of the Owl. New York, Harper & Row.
Robert Forester didn't look like the kind of man to be a prowler. However, his ex-wife has told the police he was erratic, liable to violence and had even fired a gun at her. Maybe he was a psychopathic murderer.
Highsmith, Patricia (2003). Deep Water. New York, W.W. Norton.
In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder - one that soon comes true.
Highsmith, Patricia (1964). The Glass Cell. Garden City, N.Y., Published for the Crime Club by Doubleday.
Rife with overtones of Dostoyevsky, The Glass Cell, first published forty years ago, combines a quintessential Highsmith mystery with a penetrating critique of the psychological devastation wrought by the prison system. Falsely convicted of fraud, the easygoing but naïve Philip Carter is sentenced to six lonely, drug-ravaged years in prison. Upon his release, Carter is a more suspicious and violent man. For those around him, earning back his trust can mean the difference between life and death.
Highsmith, Patricia (2008). Ripley Under Ground. New York, W.W. Norton.
In this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling down--unless he takes decisive steps. In a mesmerizing novel that coolly subverts all traditional notions of literary justice, Ripley enthralls us even as we watch him perform acts of pure and unspeakable evil.
Highsmith, Patricia (2008). Ripley Under Water.. New York, W.W. Norton.
Highsmith's fifth Ripley novel, and her first since The Boy Who Followed Ripley, finds the sophisticated and amoral American expatriate being harassed by David Pritchard, a fellow American whose boorishness marks him as something of Ripley's alter-ego. Inexplicably familiar with all the incriminating details of Ripley's past, Pritchard is determined to expose him. He shadows Ripley's every move, first spying on him at home in France and then following him to Morocco. Tensions build on the return to Villeperce as Pritchard sets out to locate a body Ripley would prefer remain hidden in a nearby river. Not a suspense or mystery novel per se, this work borrows from both to create a disquieting exploration of the nuances of psychopathology that transcends genre. Fans of Highsmith and the enigmatic Ripley will not be disappointed.
Highsmith, Patricia (2008). Ripley's Game.. New York, W.W. Norton.
With its sinister humor and genius plotting, Ripley's Game is an enduring portrait of a compulsive, sociopathic American antihero. Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime - forgery, extortion, serial murder - Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game. In Ripley's Game, first published in 1974, Patricia Highsmith's classic chameleon relishes the opportunity to simultaneously repay an insult and help a friend commit a crime - and escape the doldrums of his idyllic retirement. This third novel in Highsmith's series is one of her most psychologically nuanced - particularly memorable for its dark, absurd humor - and was hailed by critics for its ability to manipulate the tropes of the genre. With the creation of Ripley, one of literature's most seductive sociopaths, Highsmith anticipated the likes of Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter years before their appearance.
Highsmith, Patricia (2001). The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith. New York, W.W. Norton.
Highsmith's growing posthumous reputation is based on her elegant literary thrillers, which rely on nuanced character study to build tension incrementally, as in Strangers on a Train (1950) or the classic Ripley novels. Highsmith's stories, which are less well known, are mostly nasty, brutish, and short and remarkably effective. Graham Greene calls them "quick kills," and the primary objective seems to be to shock the reader. This selection reprints five collections of short fiction from the 1970s and 1980s. The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder (1975) is entirely devoted to stories about long-suffering animals who seek revenge on their human tormentors, like the rat who mutilates a sleeping infant or the enraged chickens who escape from an automated hen house. Every story in the aptly titled Little Tales of Misogyny (1977) illustrates an offensive female stereotype, such as "The Breeder," who has so many children that her husband finally goes insane, or The Perfectionist," who never recovers from an overly ambitious dinner party.
Highsmith, Patricia (2001). Strangers on a Train.. New York, W.W. Norton.
A major new reissue of the work of a classic noir novelist. With the acclaim for The Talented Mr. Ripley, more film projects in production, and two biographies forthcoming, expatriate legend Patricia Highsmith would be shocked to see that she has finally arrived in her homeland. Throughout her career, Highsmith brought a keen literary eye and a genius for plumbing the psychopathic mind to more than thirty works of fiction, unparalleled in their placid deviousness and sardonic humor. With deadpan accuracy, she delighted in creating true sociopaths in the guise of the everyday man or woman. Now, one of her finest works is again in print: Strangers on a Train, Highsmith's first novel and the source for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1953 film. With this novel, Highsmith revels in eliciting the unsettling psychological forces that lurk beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.
Highsmith, Patricia (2002). This Sweet Sickness.. New York, W.W. Norton.
In This Sweet Sickness, David Kelsey has an unyielding conviction that life will turn out all right for him; he just has to fix The Situation: he is in love with a married woman. Obsessed with Annabelle and the life he has imagined for them, David prepares to win her over, whatever it takes.
Highsmith, Patricia (1988). The Tremor of Forgery.. New York, Atlantic Monthly Press.
An American writer is sent to Tunisia to gather material for a movie, but when his producer fails to show up, he stays on and works instead on a novel. Intimations of violence soon cast deep shodows, and he finds himself an accomplice to murder.
Highsmith, Patricia (1988). The Two Faces of January.. New York, Atlantic Monthly Press.
Three of them are waiting. Rydal Keener is waiting for something exciting to happen in his grubby little Athens hotel. At forty-odd, Chester MacFarland has been waiting much longer, expecting his life of stock manipulation and fraud to catch up with him. And Colette, Chester's wife, is waiting for something altogether different. After a nasty little incident in the hotel, they all wait together. As the stakes-and the tension-in their three-cornered waiting game mount, they learn that while passports and silence can be bought, other things can cost as much as your life.
Hill, John and Pamela Church Gibson (1998). The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.
Comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies is an indispensable guide to the study of film. Top international contributors provide an overview of the main disciplinary approaches to film studies, an explanation of the core concepts and methods involved in film analysis, a survey of the major issues and debates in the study of film, and critical discussion of key areas. Uniquely comprehensive, this book is suitable for any course on cinema or film studies.
Hillerman, Tony and Rosemary Herbert (1996). The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories. New York, Oxford University Press.
Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" launched the detective story in 1841. The genre began as a highbrow form of entertainment, a puzzle to be solved by a rational sifting of clues. In Britain, the stories became decidedly upper crust: the crime often committed in a world of manor homes and formal gardens, the blood on the Persian carpet usually blue. But from the beginning, American writers worked important changes on Poe's basic formula, especially in use of language and locale. As early as 1917, Susan Glaspell evinced a poignant understanding of motive in a murder in an isolated farmhouse. And with World War I, the Roaring '20s, the rise of organized crime and corrupt police with Prohibition, and the Great Depression, American detective fiction branched out in all directions, led by writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, who brought crime out of the drawing room and into the "mean streets" where it actually occurred.
In The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert bring together thirty-three tales that illuminate both the evolution of crime fiction in the United States and America's unique contribution to this highly popular genre. Tracing its progress from elegant "locked room" mysteries, to the hard-boiled realism of the '30s and '40s, to the great range of styles seen today, this superb collection includes the finest crime writers, including Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Ed McBain, Sue Grafton, and Hillerman himself. There are also many delightful surprises: Bret Harte, for instance, offers a Sherlockian pastiche with a hero named Hemlock Jones, and William Faulkner blends local color, authentic dialogue, and dark, twisted pride in "An Error in Chemistry." We meet a wide range of sleuths, from armchair detective Nero Wolfe, to Richard Sale's journalist Daffy Dill, to Robert Leslie Bellem's wise-cracking Hollywood detective Dan Turner, to Linda Barnes's six-foot tall, red-haired, taxi-driving female P.I., Carlotta Carlyle. And we sample a wide variety of styles, from tales with a strongly regional flavor, to hard-edged pulp fiction, to stories with a feminist perspective. Throughout, the editors provide highly knowledgeable introductions to each piece, written from the perspective of fellow writers and reflecting a life-long interest of this quintessentially American genre.
Hillier, Jim (1985). Cahiers du Cinema, Vol. 1: The 1950s - Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Wave. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.
The selections in this volume are drawn from the colorful first decade of Cahiers, 1951-1959, when a group of young iconoclasts racked the world of film criticism with their provocative views an international cinema--American, Italian, and French in particular. They challenged long-established Anglo-Saxon attitudes by championing American popular movies, addressing genres such as the Western and the thriller and the aesthetics of technological developments like CinemaScope, emphasizing mise en scène as much as thematic content, and assessing the work of individual filmmakers such as Hawks, Hitchcock, and Nicholas Ray in terms of a new theory of the director as author, auteur, a revolutionary concept at the time. Italian film, especially the work of Rossellini, prompted sharp debates about realism that helped shift the focus of critical discussion from content toward style. The critiques of French cinema have special interest because many of the journal's major contributors and theorists Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, Rivette, Chabrol were to become same of France's most important film directors and leaders of the New Wave.
Hillier, Jim (1986). Cahiers du Cinema, Vol. 2: 1960-1968 - New Wave, New Cinema, Reevaluating Hollywood. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.
In the turbulent sixties, the provocative French film journal Cahiers du Cinema was at its most influential and controversial. The first successes of the New Wave by major Cahiers contributors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, and Claude Chabrol focused international attention on the revitalization of French cinema and its relation to film criticism; and in the early 1960s the journal's laudatory critiques of popular American movies were attaining the greatest notoriety.
As the lively articles, interviews, and polemical discussions in this volume reveal, the 1960s saw the beginnings of significant new directions in filmmaking and film criticism changes in which the New Wave itself was a major factor. The auteur theory that the journal had championed in the 1950s began to be rethought and revalued. At the same time, along with a reassessment of American film, Cahiers began to embrace new, often oppositional forms of cinema and criticism, culminating in the political and aesthetic radicalism of the ensuing decade.
Hilton, Richard P. and Ken Kirkland (2003). Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California. Berkeley, University of California Press.
One of the most geologically complex and diverse states, California spent much of the age of dinosaurs under water. While most of the fossils found in the state are those of reptiles that lived in the sea (thalattosaurs, ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, and turtles), some are those of birds and pterosaurs that soared above it. Other fossils come from terrestrial animals that died and were washed into the ocean. These include turtles, crocodiles, lizards, and dinosaurs such as armored ankylosaurs, duck-billed hadrosaurs, and a variety of carnivorous dinosaurs.
Richard Hilton is the first to tell the story of the dinosaurs and reptiles of land, sea, and sky that lived in California and Baja California during the Mesozoic era (245 million-65 million years ago), in addition to the history of their discovery. Vibrantly illustrated with more than three hundred photographs, paintings, and drawings, this book provides geological and environmental details, describes the significance of the major fossils, and chronicles the adventures involved in the discovery, preparation, and publishing of the finds.
Hines, Thomas S. (2008). Burnham of Chicago, Architect and Planner, Second Edition. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Thomas S. Hines's book is at once both a biography of Burnham and a vivid portrait of the birth and growth of an American city. In commemoration of the historic anniversary of Burnham's Plan, this edition of Burnham of Chicago includes a new introduction by American history scholar, Neil Harris. In every sense this is the definitive biography.
Hiro, Dilip (2013). A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East. Northampton, MA, Interlink Publishing.
This dictionary surveys Middle Eastern politics, religion, and culture from the twentieth century to today. Topics covered include: Arab Spring, Arab-Israeli Wars, Biographies, Christianity and Christian Sects, Civil Wars, Country Profiles, Ethnic Groups, Government, Gulf Wars, Historical Places, History, Hostages, International Agreements and Treaties, Islam and Islamic Sects, Judaism and Jewish Sects, Languages, Literary Personalities, Military and Military Leaders, Nonconventional and Nuclear Weapons, Oil and Gas, Peace Process, Politics, Regional Conflicts, Religion, Terrorism, Tourist Destinations, United Nations, and much more.
Hiro, Dilip (1991). The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict. New York, Routledge.
"With his maps and photographs, his chronology and documentary appendixes, he succeeds in chronicling with powerful detail what, to contemporary eyes, is that conflict's cruel and utter futility."
- Lisa Anderson, New York Times Book Review
Hirsch, Foster (2001). The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir. New York, Da Capo Press.
The definitive take on one of today's reigning screen influences, film noir, this is an essential guide to the extraordinary genre that launched the careers of such luminaries as Burt Lancaster, Billy Wilder, Joan Crawford, Orson Welles, and Stanley Kubrick.
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell and Philip Johnson (1996). The International Style. New York, W.W. Norton.
Originaly published in 1932 as The International Style: Architecture Since 1922, this book featured to the american public the recent development of the Avant-Garde, in particular the European one. This book was understood as a manifesto and keeps all its historical interest for the knowledge of the architectural thought between the two world war.
Hitchens, Christopher (2007). God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. New York, Twelve.
Hitchens, one of our great political pugilists, delivers the best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos. The same contrarian spirit that makes him delightful reading as a political commentator, even (or especially) when he's completely wrong, makes him an entertaining huckster prosecutor once he has God placed in the dock. Hitchens's one-liners bear the marks of considerable sparring practice with believers. This is salutary reading as a means of culling believers' weaker arguments. Publisher's Weekly
Hitchens, Christopher (2001). Letters to a Young Contrarian. New York, Basic Books.
"Do justice, and let the skies fall." Christopher Hitchens borrows from Roman antiquity this touchstone for a career of confrontation, argument, and troublemaking. Part of the "Art of Mentoring" series, Letters to a Young Contrarian is a trim volume of about two dozen letters to an imaginary student of controversy. The letters are wonderfully engaging--Hitchens is an exceptional prose stylist--and from the outset they strike a self-reflective note. What Hitchens lionizes and illuminates in this book is not any particular disagreement, but a way of being perpetually at odds with the mainstream."Humanity is very much in debt to such people," he argues.
Hitchens's style is incendiary and sometimes flamboyant. He relishes the role of provocateur and fancies himself a gadfly to the drowsy American republic. One of his main strengths is his erudition, allowing him to range over vast landscapes of the humanities and politics in a single breath. But he is also sometimes glib and self-satisfied, and his penchant for referencing everything in sight can be distracting. Nonetheless, his arguments are forceful and morally important--and if the reader feels otherwise, there are few more fitting compliments to a professional dissident than dissent. -- Eric de Place
Hitchens, Christopher (2007). The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever. Philadelphia, PA, Da Capo.
Hitchens, an avowed atheist and author of the bestseller God Is Not Great, is a formidable intellectual who finds the notion of belief in God to be utter nonsense. The author is clear in his introduction that religion has caused more than its fair share of world problems. "Religion invents a problem where none exists by describing the wicked as also made in the image of god and the sexually nonconformist as existing in a state of incurable mortal sin that can incidentally cause floods and earthquakes." The readings Hitchens chooses to bolster his atheist argument are indeed engaging and important. Hobbes, Spinoza, Mill and Marx are some of the heavyweights representing a philosophical viewpoint. From the world of literature the author assembles excerpts from Shelley, Twain, Conrad, Orwell and Updike. All are enjoyable to read and will make even religious believers envious of the talent gathered for this anthology. What these dynamic writers are railing against often enough, however, is a strawman: an immature, fundamentalist, outdated, and even embarrassing style of religion that many intelligent believers have long since cast off. It could be that Hitchens and his cast of nonbelievers are preaching to the choir and their message is tired and spent. However, this remains a fascinating collection of readings from some of the West's greatest thinkers.
Hoagland, Edward (2002). Notes from the Century Before: A Journal from British Columbia. New York, Modern Library.
"Through days of poor weather and near disaster, in rough terrain, he takes the reader on an adventure embellished with vivid character portraits, local history, and excerpts from early journals," said Library Journal's reviewer of Hoagland's "extremely readable" travelog of a three-month sojourn into the wilds of British Columbia.
Hoberman, J. (2011). An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War. New York, NY, The New Press. Village Voice film critic Hoberman offers the first installment of a projected three-volume chronicle of American films during the cold war years 1946-1956. Since Hoberman sees politics "filtered through the prism of Hollywood movies - their scenarios, back stories and reception," he begins with 1950's Destination Moon, which anticipated the "space race" and called for a lunar military base, echoing a National Security Council proposal for a massive rearmament to counter the Soviet atom bomb. Onscreen antifascist heroism and more atomic associations mushroom through the early chapters. Surveying such anticommunist films as The Red Menace and The Iron Curtain, Hoberman covers witch hunts, House Committee on Un-American Activities tactics, racial dramas such as Pinky, message movies, the blacklist, protests, propaganda, HUAC humiliations, and the "Cold War's key fictional text," Orwell's 1984, all capped by a trenchant analysis of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. With exhaustive research into linkages between headlines and Hollywood, Hoberman skillfully probes movie metaphors and underlying themes in all film genres to show how cinema mirrored world events.
Hoberman, J. (2003). The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties. New York, New Press.
Hoberman reminds readers that the '60s marked the first time in American history when "movies might be political events, and political events were experienced as movies." But the book's power lies in its assessment of how new and forceful the heady combination of politics and visual mass media was, as politicians began to stress their images in addition to their words, and the restrictive Hays Code, which had tightly governed mass media content, loosened. Although the book contains much political analysis, it's a rare history that also reveals the era's sensibilities. Hoberman does so by employing language of the time (when discussing Gordon Park Jr.'s Superfly, he describes the protagonist's "incredible pad" and his "mockery of the honky police") and by using a plethora of sources: Norman Mailer's contemporary writings, popular magazines like Life, the political news of the time, box office stats, etc. Hoberman's usual epigrammatic wit (Easy Rider is, even in 1968, a costume movie") is on display here, making his long sections of political examinations more bearable.
Hoberman, J. and Jonathan Rosenbaum (1991). Midnight Movies. ew York, N.Y., Da Capo Press.
A comprehensive and in-depth look at the subculture movies of the past three decades. Here is the complete history of cult films, their makers, and their audience; an examination of how films become "midnight movies," and what keeps audiences coming back to see them over and over; an exploration of the connections between subversive film and the subcultures from which it emerges. Supplemented with a new afterward detailing the accommodation of midnight movies into the mainstream and speculating on the future of the genre.
Hobsbawm, Eric J. (2000). Bandits. New York, New Press: Distributed by W.W. Norton.
First published in 1969, the now-classic Bandits inspired a whole new field of historical study and brought its author popular acclaim. Bandits transcend the label of criminals; they are robbers and outlaws elevated to the status of avengers and champions of social justice. Some, like Robin Hood, Rob Roy, and Jesse James, are famous throughout the world, the stuff of story and myth. Others, from Balkan haiduks and Indian dacoits to Brazilian congaceiros, are known only to their own countries' people. In his celebrated study of these fascinating figures, now updated with a new introduction, Eric Hobsbawm spans four hundred years and four continents, setting these folk heroes against the ballads, legends, and films they have inspired.
Hochschild, Adam (2011). To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. WWI remains the quintessential war-unequaled in concentrated slaughter, patriotic fervor during the fighting, and bitter disillusion afterward. Many opposed it and historians mention this in passing, but Hochschild has written an original, engrossing account that gives the war's opponents (largely British) a prominent place. These admirable activists include veteran social reformers like the formidable Pankhursts, who led violent prosuffrage demonstrations from 1898 until 1914, and two members of which enthusiastically supported the war while one, Sylvia, opposed it, causing a permanent, bitter split. Hochschild vividly evokes the jingoism of such leading men of letters as Kipling, Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and John Galsworthy. By contrast, he paints vivid, painful portraits of now obscure civilians and soldiers who waged the bitter, often heroic, and ultimately unsuccessful, antiwar struggle.
Hoffman, Bruce (2015). Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947. New York, Knopf.
"Terror works - at least sometimes - and there is no better proof than the success of the Israeli underground during the British Mandate in Palestine. In Anonymous Soldiers, Bruce Hoffman, the dean of counterterrorist scholars, explores the history and methods that would become the template for terrorist movements of the present day. This book will become a classic on the shelf of those who seek to understand and fight against non-state actors, who were themselves inspired by the Israeli example." -Lawrence Wright.
"Anonymous Soldiers is the best comprehensive study of the Jewish extremists' terror/guerrilla campaign against the British in Palestine in the years 1939-1947. It is also a fine case study of a modern insurgency and counter-insurgency, with lessons for all students of terrorist/urban guerrilla wars around the globe. Hoffman is properly mindful of what motivated both the Jews and the British and of the decision-making processes at each turn in the bloody saga. And it is based on a very thorough trawl through the British and American archives, making it a lasting contribution to the historiography of British Mandate Palestine. Henceforward, few will be able to avoid the conclusion that the extremists' bloodletting was a primary cause of Britain's decision to leave, indeed, abandon, Palestine." -Benny Morris
Hoffman, Bruce (1998). Inside Terrorism. New York, Columbia University Press.
Hoffman traces the history of terrorism from its roots in the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution, to Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network. Along the way, he examines the rise of subnational groups like al-Qaeda and Japan's Aum sect and takes a closer look at the way terrorists are able to exploit media coverage.
Hoffman, Daniel and Leo Braudy (1979). Harvard Guide to Contemporary American Writing. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
A collection of essays by major scholars.
Hofmann, Hans, Sara T. Weeks, et al. (1967). Search for the Real, and Other Essays. Cambridge, Mass., M.I.T. Press.
In his search for the real (as he titled his book, "The Search for the Real and Other Essays" ) Hofmann produced a new type of landscape, one that is composed, not of trees and land, but of the tension between its space, form, color and planes.
The key to Hofmann's paintings is his passion for nature, whether perceived on location, from memory, or imagination. He incessantly probed natural elements, focusing on volume, and geometric forms in positive and negative spaces. It was the object, he said, that creates the negative or positive space, not, as traditionally conceived, that an object is placed in a space. If an object creates space, then it is light that creates form. Similarly, light makes color in nature, but color creates light in painting.
Hofmann's life, physically and aesthetically, spanned from Post-Impressionism to the New York School. He hobnobbed as an equal with the likes of Picasso and Matisse, and numerous other major artists in each generation, including the Abstract Expressionists, while exhibiting in prestigious and avant-garde venues. His work was generally well received, but he was never a leader of a particular movement. Hofmann was known as a synthesist because he brought together traditional methods and avant-garde concepts concerning the nature of painting, largely based on Cezanne, Kandinsky, and Picasso's Synthetic Cubism. Because teaching dominated much of his creative life, his art was often critically measured against his theories. With his European sensibilities and his newly adopted American spirit, this exhibition provides an ample reminder that Hofmann's work exemplifies a fusion of multiple aspects of 20th century art.
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von (1963). Selected Plays and Libretti. New York, Pantheon Books.
It is clear that Hofmannsthal's drama's achieve several goals. First, they are works of literature. They are full of wonderfully composed verse and prose, and they often draw upon historical works for the theater. Secondly, they reflect the time at which they were written. Hofmannsthal often parodies aspects of his own society, as we see in such plays as Der Schwierige. Finally, they express a metaphor for life that was dear to Hofmannsthal. The question: what type of being is man? Hofmannsthal answered: an actor, a player of games, and a dreamer.
Hofstadter, Richard (1955). The Age of Reform; from Bryan to F. D. R. New York, Knopf.
This book is a landmark in American political thought. It examines the passion for progress and reform that colored the entire period from 1890 to 1940 -- with startling and stimulating results. it searches out the moral and emotional motives of the reformers the myths and dreams in which they believed, and the realities with which they had to compromise. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Hogg, Ian V. and John S. Weeks (2000). Military Small Arms of the 20th Century. Iola, WI, Krause Publications.
This new edition of Ian Hoggs classic is this centurys ultimate reference work on the subject of military small arms. It has been fully updated and expanded (by 64 pages) to cover all small arms in military service during the 20th century and now includes many arms listings and photographs that did not appear in earlier editions.
Recognized internationally as the leading authority on military small arms, author Ian Hogg was given free rein on this edition; he has delivered the ultimate reference edition for all interested in the history of these arms. Arms coverage includes: Pistols, Submachine Guns, Bolt-Action Rifles, Automatic Rifles, Machine Guns, Anti-Tank/Materiel Rifles and Ammunition. Small arms of 46 countries are covered. Over 800 photographs and illustrations.
Holiday, Billie and William Dufty (2006). Lady Sings the Blues. New York, Harlem Moon.
Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir, updated with an insightful introduction and a revised discography, both written by celebrated music writer David Ritz.
Hollander, Anne (1989). Moving Pictures. New York, Knopf.
Art historian Hollander explores the premise that paintings, prints, and movies move us similarly by virtue of their narrative element, which evokes our memories and feelings and invites our psychological participation. We respond to the depiction of glimpses of human life, to the realization that we cannot see "everything at once" and to the "dynamic relationship between the original visual ideas and how the rendering of light and spatial composition translates them" and "keeps them moving" into our awareness. This is the appeal of cinema, the newest form of narrative; there is thus a continuum from the paintings and graphic arts of 15th-century northern Europe to the "proto-cinematic arts" of the present. A thoughtful offering for art and cinema collections.
Hollander, John (1993). American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century. New York, Library of America: Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by Viking Press.
This landmark two-volume anthology gathers over 1,000 poems by nearly 150 poets to reveal the remarkable beauty and astonishing diversity of the distinctly American tradition of poetry that arose in the nineteenth century. Includes generous selections by Poe, Whitman, Emerson, Dickinson, Melville, Whittier, and Longfellow, alongside poems only now achieving full recognition, like Jones Very's mystical sonnets and the exquisite fin-de-siecle verse of Trumbull Stickney. A special section is devoted to American Indian poetry in period translations. Throughout are favorite recitation pieces like "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," "Casey at the Bat," and "Little Orphan Annie," and popular ballads, hymns, and songs like "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Contains newly researched biographical sketches of each poet, a year-by-year chronology of poets and poetry from 1800 to 1900, and extensive notes.
Holling, Holling Clancy (1941). Paddle-to-the-Sea. Boston, Houghton Mifflin.
A young Indian boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness carves an Indian figure in a 12-inch canoe that he names Paddle-to-the-Sea. Wishing that he could undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean, the boy sends the toy carving instead. Paddle-to-the-Sea begins on a snow bank near a river that eventually leads him to the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, Paddle's journey is fraught with danger including wild animals, saw mills, fishing nets, and a shipwreck. Paddle receives help staying on course from people who read the message carved on his canoe ("Put me back in the water. I am Paddle-to-the-Sea"). Four years later, Paddle has reached his destination, and readers have experienced an incredible story complete with geography, nature, drama, and adventure.
Holmes, George (1988). The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe. Oxford [England]; New York, Oxford University Press.
Covering a thousand years of history, this richly illustrated volume tells the story of the creation of Western civilization in Europe and the Mediterranean. Written by noted scholars and based on the latest research, it offers the most authoritative account of life in medieval Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the coming of the Renaissance.
Exploring a period of profound diversity and change, the contributors focus on all aspects of medieval history from the empires and kingdoms of Charlemagne and the Byzantines to the new nations which fought the Hundred Years War; from the expression of religion in the great monasteries and cathedrals to the mixed ambitions of the Crusades; and from the cultural worlds of chivalric knights, popular festivals, and new art forms to the social catastrophe of the Black Death. Divided between the Mediterranean world and northern Europe, the six chapters in this book demonstrate the movement of the center of gravity in European life from the Mediterranean to the north. With over two hundred illustrations, including dozens in color, the volume also contains comprehensive reference material in maps, genealogies, a chronology, lists of further reading, and a full index.
Holmes, George (1997). The Oxford History of Italy. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.
The name Italy evokes history and splendor. Toga-clad Romans, sweeping vistas of vineyards and olive groves, the majesty of a Papal mass, Dante's Comedia, and Leonardo's haunting Mona Lisa. Few nations can boast as rich an artistic and cultural legacy, and yet, the concept of Italy as a single, autonomous political entity is a young one, dating back a mere 125 years. Fragmented both by North-South rivalries and foreign invasions, the peninsula struggled for nearly 1500 years after the fall of the Roman Empire to become a cohesive whole.
Now, in The Oxford History of Italy, two millennia of political turmoil and artistic glory are brought to life. Written by twelve leading scholars, this attractively designed volume paints a vivid portrait that ranges from the first hints of a nascent Italian consciousness (which often clashed with Rome's authority in the first century), to the Fascist struggles of the twentieth. We discover how the sack of Rome in 410 by the Goths created an enormous power vacuum, filled only by the proliferation of city-states and the ascendancy of the Pope. The book examines the artistic explosion of the Renaissance, illuminates the legacy of the Medici family and the great Italian masters--Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael--and visits ports such as Venice and commercial centers such as Milan, which prospered in the aftershock of the Black Death and the Great Schism. And the contributors explore the succeeding economic and political troubles of the following centuries: sharp depressions, inter-state wars, foreign invasions first by Spain, then by Austria and France. Not until the 19th century upsurge in nationalist fervor, fueled by Garibaldi's victorious war against the Habsburg overlords, was Italy's future as an independent nation guaranteed. Yet even today, Italy's political atmosphere is stormy: from the lingering Fascist sentiments, to the growing Northern separatist movement, to the rampant corruption that rocks the government and topples Prime Ministers with shocking regularity, Italy remains in a state of flux. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of pictures--including 24 pages of color plates.
Holmes, John Clellon (1977). Go. New York, Thunder's Mouth Press.
The novel that launched the beat generation's literary legacy describes the world of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neil Cassady. Drafted two months before Jack Kerouac began On The Road, Go is the first and most accurate chronicle of the private lives lived by the Beats before they became public figures. In honest, lucid fictional prose designed to capture the events, emotions, and essence of his experience among the Beats, Holmes describes an individualistic post-World War II New York where crime is celebrated, writing is revered, and parties, booze, discussions, drugs, and sex punctuate life. The most tentative and conservative of the Beats, Holmes's intelligent and sensitive voice also details the pressures and regrets that his lifestyle gave birth to. With portraits of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neil Cassady, William Burroughs, this first novel about the Beat Generation gives us a peek into what it meant to be a Beat before the term had ever been used. "Still one of the best novels about the Beat Generation, brilliant and important." - The Los Angeles Free Press"
Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1991). The Common Law. New York, Dover Publications.
Great legal classic by noted Supreme Court Justice. Lucid, accessible coverage, from a historical perspective, of liability, criminal law, torts, bail, possession and ownership, contracts, successions, many other aspects of civil and criminal law. Indispensable reading for lawyers, political scientists, interested general readers. New introduction by Sheldon M. Novick.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell and Richard A. Posner (1992). The Essential Holmes: Selections from the Letters, Speeches, Judicial Opinions, and Other Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., has been called the greatest jurist and legal scholar in the history of the English-speaking world. In this collection of his speeches, opinions, and letters, Richard Posner reveals the fullness of Holmes' achievements as judge, historian, philosopher, and master of English style. Thematically arranged, the volume covers a rich variety of subjects from aging and death to themes in politics, personalities, and law. Posner's substantial introduction firmly places this wealth of material in its proper biographical and historical context.
Holoman, D. Kern (1989). Berlioz. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.
In this beautifully written book, Holoman, professor of music at the University of California, presents a comprehensive account of the life and works of the romantic composer whose brilliant music and eccentric life style dazzled and disconcerted his contemporaries. Without overemphasizing the sensational aspects of Hector Berlioz's turbulent personal life (1803-1869), the author skillfully weaves together autobiographical details and musical analysis, examining in depth the composer's working methods and artistic development, and giving penetrating insights into some of his best-known works, including the Symphonie fantastique and Harold in Italy. He also treats in depth Berlioz's many other accomplishments and demonstrates how his skills as a conductor, music critic, orchestra builder and concert producer placed him in the forefront of musical life in 19th-century Europe.
Holzer, Harold (editor) (2009). The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy From 1860 to Now. New York, The Library of America.
Abraham Lincoln has achieved an unrivaled preeminence in American history, culture, and myth. Here, for the bicentennial of his birth, Lincoln and his enduring legacy are the focus of nearly 100 major authors and important historical figures from his time to the present. Edited by celebrated Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, this collection gathers fascinating writing from a variety of genres to illuminate the Lincoln we know and revere. It enables readers to rediscover Lincoln anew through the eyes of some of our greatest writers, including Winston Churchill, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, U. S. Grant, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Victor Hugo, Henrik Ibsen, Karl Marx, Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Booker T. Washington, H. G. Wells, Walt Whitman, Garry Wills, and many others. The Lincoln Anthology includes illustrations and a detailed chronology of Lincoln's life.
Holroyd, Michael (1988). Bernard Shaw. New York, Random House.
When Michael Holroyd's multivolume life of Bernard Shaw was published, it was hailed as a masterpiece, and William Golding predicted that it would take its place "among the great biographies." Now the biography is available for the first time in a lively and accessible abridgment by the author. This is the quintessence of Shaw. The narrative has a new verve and pace, and the light and shade of Shaw's world are more dramatically revealed as Holroyd counterpoints the private and public Shaw with inimitable insight and scholarship.
Playwright, wit, socialist, polemicist, vegetarian, and irresistible charmer, Bernard Shaw was the most controversial literary figure of his age, the scourge of Victorian values and middle-class pretensions. Born in Dublin in 1856, he grew up there, a lonely child in an unsettling menage à trois. His father, George Carr Shaw, had turned to drink, and his mother was muse to a Svengali-like music teacher whom she followed to London. The young Shaw, anxious to escape his heritage, also left for London to reinvent himself as the legendary G.B.S. – novelist, lover, politician, music critic, and finally playwright. From his first passionate affair with a beautiful middle-aged widow, he moved on to flirtations and liaisons with young actresses and socialists before finally settling into marriage in 1898.
At the turn of the century, Shaw was in his prime, a theatrical impresario and author of those great campaigning plays – Man and Superman, Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma, and John Bull's Other Island--that used laughter as an anesthetic for the operation he performed on British society. By 1914 the author of Pygmalion was the most popular writer in England, and increasingly recognized throughout Europe and America. Though ready with advice to others on how to stay married, he fell painfully in love with two of the most dazzling actresses of the age, Ellen Terry and Mrs. Patrick Campbell.
The reluctant recipient of a Nobel Prize for literature and an Academy Award for his screenplay for Pygmalion, Shaw became an international icon between the two world wars, feted from China and Soviet Russia to India and New Zealand, though still contriving to provoke the establishment in the United States, South Africa, and Ireland. In old age he was vigorous and prolific, espousing many new and quixotic causes. He revealed himself increasingly as conjurer, fabulist, and seer through his powerful late works, including Saint Joan, the Chekhovian Heartbreak House, the modernist fantasy Back to Methuselah, and the imaginative dream plays and political extravaganzas.
Covering almost a century, from 1856 to 1950, this unparalleled life of Shaw presents the magnificent double portrait of an age and of a man who was born fifty years too soon.
Holt-Giménez, Eric (2017). A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat. New York, Monthly Review Press.
Drawing from classical and modern analyses, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism explains the political economics of why – even as local, organic, and gourmet food have spread around the world—billions go hungry in the midst of abundance, obesity is a global epidemic, and environmental pollution is increasing. Holt-Giménez offers emblematic accounts – and critiques – of past and present-day struggles to change the food system, from “voting with your fork,” to land occupations. We learn about the potential and the pitfalls of organic and community-supported agriculture, certified fair trade, microfinance, land trusts, agrarian reform, cooperatives, and food aid. We also learn about the convergence of growing social movements using the food system to challenge capitalism. How did racism, classism, and patriarchy become structural components of our food system? Why is a rational agriculture incompatible with the global food regime? Can transforming our food system transform capitalism?
Homans, Jennifer (2010). Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet. New York, Random House.
Homans brings her intimate experience as a dancer and her discerning dance critic's eye to her fascinating and exquisitely detailed history of ballet, an art that combines rigor and idealism. Homans begins with how the Renaissance belief in the transforming power of art engendered the first ballets, which were performed in the sixteenth-century French court of King Henri II and Catherine de Medici, thus launching ballet's long association with state governments. Louis XIV then established ballet's core rules and conventions, including the five 'true' or noble positions. Homans thoroughly and conversantly tracks ballet's flourishing in France, robust flowering in Russia, and exuberance in the U.S., emphasizing the progression from elaborate artifice to profound expressiveness. Homans also warmly profiles pivotal ballet masters, choreographers, and dancers, including the pioneering ballerina Marie Taglioni in La Sylphide (1832), 'the first modern ballet,' and the essential Balanchine. Most arrestingly, Homans assesses ballet's grace under terror during the French and Russian revolutions, the world wars, and the cold war. Homans brings her glorious landmark study of ballet's ideals and enchantment to a somber close as she asks why this strong and supple 'art of belief,' which triumphed over catastrophe and adversity, is now in danger of extinction.
Homer and Robert Fitzgerald (1992). The Iliad. New York, Knopf: Distributed by Random House. The Iliad narrates several weeks of action during the tenth and final year of the Trojan War, concentrating on the wrath of Achilles. It begins with the dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon, and ends with the funeral rites of Hector. Neither the background and early years of the war (Paris' abduction of Helen from King Menelaus), nor its end (the death of Achilles and the Trojan Horse), are directly narrated in the Iliad. The Iliad and the Odyssey are part of a larger cycle of epic poems of varying lengths and authors; only fragments survive of the other poems, however.
The Iliad focuses mainly on Achilles and his rage against king Agamemnon, the Greek commander-in-chief, who has taken an attractive slave and spoil of war Briseis from Achilles. Achilles, the greatest warrior of the age, follows the advice of his mother and withdraws from battle in revenge and the allied Achaean (Greek) armies nearly lose the war.
In counterpoint to Achilles' pride and arrogance stands the Trojan prince Hector, son of King Priam, with a wife and child, who fights to defend his city and his family. The death of Patroclus, Achilles' dearest friend or lover, at the hands of Hector, brings Achilles back to the war for revenge, and he slays Hector. Later Hector's father, King Priam, comes to Achilles disguised as a beggar to ransom his son's body back, and Achilles is moved to pity; the funeral of Hector ends the poem.
The poem is a poignant depiction of the tragedy and poignancy of friendship and family destroyed by battle. The first word of the Greek poem is "Μηνιν" ("mēnin", meaning "wrath"); the main subject of the poem is the wrath of Achilles; the second word is "aeide", meaning "sing "; the poet is asking someone to sing; the third word is "thea", meaning "goddess "; the goddess here being the "Mousa" or "muse "; a literal translation of the first line would read "Wrath, sing goddess, of Peleus' son Achilles" or more intelligibly "Sing, goddess, the wrath of Peleus' son Achilles ".
Homer and Robert Fitzgerald (1998). The Odyssey. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus's encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics.
Robert Fitzgerald's much-acclaimed translation, fully possessing as it does the body and spirit of the original, has helped to assure the continuing vitality of Europe's most influential work of poetry. This edition includes twenty-five new line drawings by Barnaby Fitzgerald.
Honderich, Ted (1995). The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.
Philosophy can be intriguing--and at times baffling. It deals with the central problems of the human condition--with important questions of free will, morality, life after death, the limits of logic and reason--though often in rather esoteric terms. Now, in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, readers have the most authoritative and engaging one-volume reference work on philosophy available, offering clear and reliable guidance to the ideas of all notable philosophers from antiquity to the present day, and to the major philosophical systems around the globe, from Confucianism to phenomenology.
Here is indeed a world of thought, with entries on idealism and empiricism, ethics and aesthetics, epicureanism and stoicism, deism and pantheism, liberalism and conservativism, logical positivism and existentialism--over two thousand entries in all. The contributors represent a veritable who's who of modern philosophy, including such eminent figures as Isaiah Berlin, Sissela Bok, Ronald Dworkin, John Searle, Michael Walzer, and W. V. Quine. We read Paul Feyerabend on the history of the philosophy of science, Peter Singer on Hegel, Anthony Kenny on Frege, and Anthony Quinton on philosophy itself. We meet the great thinkers--from Aristotle and Plato, to Augustine and Aquinas, to Descartes and Kant, to Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, right up to contemporary thinkers such as Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, Luce Iragaray, and Noam Chomsky (over 150 living philosophers are profiled). There are short entries on key concepts such as personal identity and the mind-body problem, major doctrines from utilitarianism to Marxism, schools of thought such as the Heidelberg School or the Vienna Circle, and contentious public issues such as abortion, capital punishment, and welfare. In addition, the book offers short explanations of philosophical terms (qualia, supervenience, iff), puzzles (the Achilles paradox, the prisoner's dilemma), and curiosities (the philosopher's stone, slime). Almost every entry is accompanied by suggestions for further reading, and the book includes both a chronological chart of the history of philosophy and a gallery of portraits of eighty eminent philosophers, from Pythagoras and Confucius to Rudolf Carnap and G.E. Moore. And finally, as in all Oxford Companions, the contributors also explore lighter or more curious aspects of the subject, such as "Deaths of Philosophers" (quite a few were executed, including Socrates, Boethius, Giordano Bruno, and Thomas More) or "Nothing so Absurd" (referring to Cicero's remark that "There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it"). Thus the Companion is both informative and a pleasure to browse in, providing quick answers to any question, and much intriguing reading for a Sunday afternoon. An indispensable guide and a constant source of stimulation and enlightenment, The Oxford Companion to Philosophy with appeal to everyone interested in abstract thought, the eternal questions, and the foundations of human understanding.
Hooper, David and Ken Whyld (1996). The Oxford Companion to Chess. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.
Ranging from the earliest myths to the present, the Companion offers full coverage of all aspects of over-the-board play and correspondence chess, and other forms of telechess. Fully cross-referenced throughout, the 2,600 entries take the reader from laws and strategies to details of the representation of chess in philately, literature, art, theatre, and film.
Hooper, John (2015). The Italians. New York, Viking.
A compact but comprehensive study of the people of Italy. The author puts his finger on the vast diversity of the country through his descriptions of their linguistics, cultures, foods, economies and even journalism. A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people.
Hopkins, H. Joseph and Jill McElmurry (2013). The Tree Lady. New York, NY, Beach Lane Books. Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she'd live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.
Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city.
Part fascinating biography, part inspirational story, this moving picture book about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity is sure to resonate with readers young and old.
Hopkins, Henry; Mimi Jacobs, et al. (1981). 50 West Coast Artists: A Critical Selection of Painters and Sculptors Working in California. San Francisco, Chronicle Books.
Presents a critical selection of some of America's most influential sculptors and painters. The book includes a representative work chosen by the artist, along with a statement by the artist about the work. Includes brief autobiographies in which the artists elaborate on their early training, the evolution of their ideas, and the technical development of their art. Expressive portraits of the artists by photographer Mimi Jacobs accompany and complement each work.
Horgan, John (1997). The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age. New York, Broadway Books.
Scientific American columnist Horgan here interviews an impressive array of scientists and philosophers, who seem sharply divided over the prospects and possibilities of science. Among the pessimists, molecular biologist Gunther Stent suggests that science is reaching a point of incremental, diminishing returns as it comes up against the limits of knowledge; philosopher Thomas Kuhn sees science as a nonrational process that does not converge with truth; Vienna-born thinker Paul Feyerabend objects to science's pretensions to certainty and its potential to stamp out the diversity of human thought and culture. More optimistic are particle physicist Edward Witten, pioneer of superstring theory (which posits a universe of 10 dimensions); robotics engineer Hans Moravec, who envisions superintelligent creative robots; and physicist Roger Penrose, who theorizes that quantum effects percolating through the brain underlie consciousness. Other interviewees are Francis Crick, Noam Chomsky, David Bohm, Karl Popper, Murray Gell-Mann, Sheldon Glashow, Ilya Prigogine and Clifford Geertz.
Horgan, Paul (1984). Of America, East & West: Selections from the Writings of Paul Horgan. New York, Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
Published in celebration of Pulitzer Prize winning author Paul Horgan's 80th birthday, this volume is a rich selection from among the author's twoscore books in history, biography, short story, novel, and essay, as chosen by the author. History selections are from Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History, which won the Pulitzer and the Bancroft History prizes, presenting all four aspects of this master-history -- the Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and United States eras of the Rio Grande.
Biography is represented by passages from Citizen of New Salem, his account of Lincoln's early years; from Josiah Gregg and His Vision of the Early West; from Lamy of Santa Fe: His Life and Times, his Pulitzer Prize biography; and from Encounters with Stravinsky. There are also notebook pages from his work on the writer's craft, Approaches to Writing, and an essay, "Preface to an Unwritten Book."
The short story is represented by "National Honeymoon" and "The Peach Stone." From Mr. Horgan's impressive roster of novels, there are selections from No Quarter Give, and A Distant Trumpet; from the "Richard trilogy", Things As They Are, Everything to Live For, and The Thin Mountain Air; and the complete text of his novel of the Depression, Far from Cibola.
Horkheimer, Max (1972). Critical Theory; Selected Essays. New York, Herder and Herder.
These essays, written in the 1930s and 1940s, represent a first selection in English from the major work of the founder of the famous Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt. Horkheimer's writings are essential to an understanding of the intellectual background of the New Left and to much current social-philosiphical thought, including the work of Herbert Marcuse.
Horkheimer, Max, Theodor W. Adorno, et al. (2002). Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments. Stanford, Calif., Stanford University Press.
A major study of modern culture, Dialectic of Enlightenment for many years led an underground existence among the homeless Left of the German Federal Republic until its definitive publication in West Germany in 1969. Originally composed by its two distinguished authors during their Californian exile in 1944, the book can stand as a monument of classic German progressive social theory in the twentieth century.
Horn, Jane and Janet Kessel Fletcher (1996). Cooking A to Z: The Complete Culinary Reference Source. Santa Rosa, CA, Emeryville, CA, Cole Group.
This newly revised classic covers basic cooking techniques and terms from al dente to zest, then demonstrates their use in more than 800 exceptional recipes ranging from adobo to zabaglione.
Hornblower, Simon and Antony Spawforth (1998). The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.
Unrivaled in scope and scholarship, The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization is an indispensable guide to the richly textured history of ancient Greece and Rome. From military history to architecture, ancient law to mythology, the sciences to the arts, these meticulously detailed entries breathe life into the people, places and events that shaped the development of classical civilization. Filled with both essay length articles and short quick reference entries, this extraordinarily thorough yet accessibly written book is a treasury of information on classical civilization. Arranged alphabetically, fully cross-referenced, and graced with a beautiful selection of full color plates, The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization will certainly become an essential resource for anyone interested in learning more about the cradle of western civilization.
Horne, Alistair (2006). A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962. New York, New York Review Books.
Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers were driven into exile. Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror and state torture.
The war made headlines around the world, and at the time it seemed like a French affair: Now, this brutal and intractable conflict looks less like the last colonial war than the first postmodern one-a full-dress rehearsal for the sort of amorphous struggle that convulsed the Balkans in the 1990s and that is now ravaging Iraq, and in which religion, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism assume previously unimagined degrees of intensity.
Originally published in 1977, A Savage War of Peace was immediately proclaimed by experts of varied political sympathies to be the history of the Algerian War, a book that not only does justice to its Byzantine intricacies, but that does so with intelligence, assurance, and unflagging momentum. It is these qualities that make A Savage War of Peace not only essential reading for anyone who wishes to investigate this dark stretch of history but a lasting monument of the historian's art.
Horwitt, Sanford D. (1992). Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky, His Life and Legacy. New York, Vintage Books.
This is an important account of a "complex and idiosyncratic" urban populist who insisted that power was the keystone of social change. Horwitt expands on the work done by P. David Finks in The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky to produce a comprehensive appraisal of Alinksy's "colorful confrontational tactics" as a community organizer and his influence on a "succeeding generation of social activists." Streetwise yet reflective, Alinsky was a true believer in the possibility of American democracy as a means of attaining social justice "for ordinary people." Horwitt has done an especially good job discussing Alinsky's youth and personal life.
Horwitz, Tony (2002). Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before. New York, H. Holt.
Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the 18th century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. When Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, a third of the globe remained blank. By the time he died in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the world was substantially complete.
Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He also relives Cook's adventures by following in the captain's wake to places such as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef to discover Cook's embattled legacy in the present day. Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook's vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farmboy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in British history.
Hoste, Jim (2008). Mathematica Demystified. New York, McGraw-Hill.
Take full advantage of all the powerful capabilities of Mathematica with help from this hands-on guide. Filled with examples and step-by-step explanations, Mathematica Demystified takes you from your very first calculation all the way to plotting complex fractals. Using an intuitive format, this book explains the fundamentals of Mathematica up front. Learn how to define functions, create 2-D graphs of functions, write basic programs, and use modules. You'll move on to 3-D graphics, calculus, polynomial, linear, and differential equations, dynamical systems, and fractals. Hundreds of examples with concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce learning.
Hosier, John and Yehudi Menuhin (1977). Instruments of the Orchestra. London, Oxford University Press, Music Department.
Hosking, Geoffrey A. (2011). Russia and the Russians: A History. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Hosking follows Russia's history from the Slavs' first emergence in the historical record in the sixth century C.E. to the Russians' persistent appearances in today's headlines. The second edition covers the presidencies of Vladimir Putin and Dmitrii Medvedev and the struggle to make Russia a viable functioning state for all its citizens.
Hourani, Albert Habib (2002). A History of the Arab Peoples. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Hourani (Emeritus Fellow, St. Anthony's College, Oxford) is the author of several well-known books on the Middle East, including Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age (Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1983) and The Emergence of the Modern Middle East (Univ. of California Pr., 1980). This work, the first full-scale single-volume history of the Arabic-speaking peoples of the Islamic world in several decades, begins with Islam's rise in the 7th century and carries the rich and imposing story of Arab civilization to the late 1980s. In broad, sweeping strokes, Hourani moves easily from mosque to marketplace, from sultan to imam, from nomad to city-dweller, from Mohammed to Sadat. He dwells on the Ottoman Empire and on the European colonialism that followed, and concludes with a discussion of the modern resurgence of Islam that offers hope to thousands of Muslims and appears so threatening to Westerners. Written by a master historian, this work is now the definitive study of the Arab peoples. - Roger B. Beck, Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston
Houston, Brant, Len Bruzzese, et al. (2002). The Investigative Reporter's Handbook: A Guide to Documents, Databases, and Techniques. Boston, Bedford/St. Martin's.
Howard, Leon (1961). Herman Melville. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.
Howells, William Dean (1982). Novels 1875-1886. New York, Literary Classics of the United States Distributed to the trade by Viking Press.
Edwin H. Cady, editor. Four novels by America's most influential man of letters at the turn of the century, which explore the conflicts of private life and social institutions with unflinching realism. Contains A Foregone Conclusion and Indian Summer, dramas of complex romantic entanglements set in Italy, A Modern Instance, the first full-scale study of infidelity and divorce in American fiction, and The Rise of Silas Lapham, a brilliantly skeptical portrait of American business and new money. "For those of us who are still able to read novels for pleasure, this is a marvelous book." - Gore Vidal, The New York Review of Books
Howells, William Dean (1989). Novels 1886-1888. New York, N.Y., Literary Classics of the United States: Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by the Viking Press.
Don L. Cook, editor. The Minister's Charge, April Hopes, Annie Kilburn. Our foremost champion of literary realism, Howells merges social commentary and social comedy in his examination of contrasts in New England life in the 19th century: Christian ideals and commercial success; the rituals of courtship and the realities of love; a community's democratic aspirations and its class divisions. Surprisingly modern in their psychological motivations, frequently uncertain in their actions, Howells' characters reflect their creator's sense of the complexity and vigor of what he called "poor Real Life." "Essential." - Library Journal."A much neglected writer worth discovering or revisiting." - Wall Street Journal
Hoyle, Edmond, Albert H. Morehead, et al. (1991). The New Complete Hoyle: The Authoritative Guide to the Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Chance.. New York, Doubleday.
Since 1746, when Edmund Hoyle published his first rule book for games, his name has been synonymous with authority. Now the book that set the standard for all others has been revised, updated, and expanded. The new edition details rules for more than 350 games of skill, from duplicate bridge to charades. 100 line drawings and charts.
Hugard, Jean and Frederick Braue (1999) The Royal Road to Card Magic. Mineola, N.Y., Dover Publications.
With this book, anyone can develop a versatile repertoire of first rate card tricks. The authors, both noted authorities on magic, present complete, easy to understand explanations of basic techniques and over 100 complete tricks. More than 120 line cuts make explanations easy to follow, so that even beginners can develop professional-level skill.
Hughes, Adam T. (2010) Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes. New York, DC Comics.
Presents a collection of comic book covers from the artist's DC Comics series featuring such comic book characters as Catwoman, Wonder Woman, and other superheroes, as well as an interview with the Eisner Award winner.
Hughes, Langston (1958). The Langston Hughes Reader. New York, G. Braziller.
No other writer in America has been as "on-the-mark" with the pulse of Black America than Langston Hughes. Sometimes humerous, often touching, but, most often, hard-hitting and reflective, Hughes wrote from his experience as well as the experiences of what it is to be black in America. All of his significant works are here: the Simple Stories," the epic "Montage to a Dream Deferred," poems designed chiefly for children, plus articles and speeches made in his later years.
Hughes, Langston (1967). The Panther & the Lash; Poems of Our Times. New York, Knopf.
Hughes died in Polyclinic Hospital in New York, on May 22, 1967, of complications after surgery. His collection of political poems, The Panther and the Lash (1967), published posthumously, reflected the anger and militancy of the 1960s. The book had been rejected first by Knopf in 1964 as too risky.
Hughes, Langston (1993). The Big Sea: An Autobiography. New York, Hill and Wang.
Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet--at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."
Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best--simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer, Mark Twain."
Hughes, Langston (1993). I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey. New York, Hill and Wang.
In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s. His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.
Hughes, Langston; Arnold Rampersad, David Roessel, Christa Fratantoro, editors (2015). Selected Letters of Langston Hughes. New York, NY, Knopf.
This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes's journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and-above all-literary. His letters range from those written to family members, notably his father (who opposed Langston's literary ambitions), and to friends, fellow artists, critics, and readers who sought him out by mail. These figures include personalities such as Carl Van Vechten, Blanche Knopf, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps, Vachel Lindsay, Ezra Pound, Richard Wright, Kurt Weill, Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, and Muhammad Ali. The letters tell the story of a determined poet precociously finding his mature voice; struggling to realize his literary goals in an environment generally hostile to blacks; reaching out bravely to the young and challenging them to aspire beyond the bonds of segregation; using his artistic prestige to serve the disenfranchised and the cause of social justice; irrepressibly laughing at the world despite its quirks and humiliations.
Hughes, Langston, Arnold Rampersad, et al. (2001). The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Volume 1. Columbia, University of Missouri Press.
Volume 1 includes the complete texts of four books of verse by Hughes, including his first book, The Weary Blues (1926), and his second, Fine Clothes to the Jew (1927), as well as other poems published by him during and after the Harlem Renaissance. The Weary Blues announced the arrival of a rare voice in American poetry. A literary descendant of Walt Whitman ("I, too, sing America," Hughes wrote), he chanted the joys and sorrows of black America in unprecedented language. A gifted lyricist, he offered rhythms and cadences that epitomized the particularities of African American creativity, especially jazz and the blues.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren (1999). A High Wind in Jamaica. New York, New York Review Books. A High Wind in Jamaica is not so much a book as a curious object, like a piece of driftwood torqued into an alarming shape from years at sea. And like driftwood, it seems not to have been made, exactly, but simply to have come into being, so perfectly is its form married to its content. The five Bas-Thornton children must leave their parents in Jamaica after a terrible hurricane blows down their family home. Accompanied by their Creole friends, the Fernandez children, they board a ship that is almost immediately set upon by pirates. The children take to corsair life coolly and matter-of-factly; just as coolly do they commit horrible deeds, and have horrible deeds visited upon them. First published in 1929, A High Wind in Jamaica has been compared to Lord of the Flies in its unflinching portrayal of innocence corrupted, but Richard Hughes is the supreme ironist William Golding never was. He possesses the ability to be one moment thoroughly inside a character's head, and the next outside of it altogether, hilariously commenting.
Hughes, Robert (1993). Barcelona. New York, Vintage Books.
Barcelona is Robert Hughes's monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain. Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history; tells the stories of its kings, poets, magnates, and revolutionaries; and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range from Antoni Gaudi's sublimely surreal cathedral to a postmodern restaurant with a glass-walled urinal. The result is a work filled with the attributes of Barcelona itself: proportion, humor, and seny -- the Catalan word for triumphant common sense.
Hughes, Robert (1993). Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America. New York, Oxford University Press.
Hughes, Time magazine's art critic and author of The Fatal Shore and Barcelona, here takes on three subjects: the current state of American culture and politics; the arguments for and against multiculturalism in schools and colleges; and what he regards as the declining standards of American art and museums. On the first topic, he attacks Americans for having become a culture of complainers, symbolized by their growing claims to be victims of this or that injustice and their demands for the expansion of rights without concern for duties and obligations. On the second issue, he argues for a sound multiculturalism but rejects Afrocentrism and political correctness that rules out dead, white European males such as Plato and Dante. On the third subject, he sees the decline of American art symbolized by the Mapplethorpe controversy, which elevated a minor photographer into the limelight, and politicaly correct art that believes expressiveness, not quality, is enough.
Hughes, Robert (2011). Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History. New York, Alfred A. Knopf.
A sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome -- as city, as empire, and, crucially, as an origin of Western art and civilization, two subjects about which Hughes has spent his life writing and thinking.
Hugo, Victor (1987). Les Miserables: Complete and Unabridged. New York, New York, Signet Classics. Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saintlike bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes under the name of M. Madeleine a successful businessman, benefactor and mayor of a northern town. To save an innocent man, Valjean gives himself up and is imprisoned in Toulon. He escapes and adopts Cosette, an illegitimate child of a poor woman, Fantine. Cosette grows up and falls in love with Marius, who is wounded during a revolutionary fight. Valjean rescues Marius by means of a flight through the sewers of Paris. Cosette and Marius marries and Valjean reveals his past. - The story has been filmed several times and made into a musical by the composer Claude-Michel Schonberg and the librettist Alain Boublil, opening in 1980 in Paris. The English version was realised in 1985 and the Broadway version followed two years later.
Hugo, Victor and John Sturrock (1978). Notre-Dame of Paris. Harmondsworth; New York, Penguin.
Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre-Dame in Paris is mocked and shunned for his appearance. Esmeralda is the beautiful gypsy dancer who has pity upon him. This old tale mourns the passing of the medieval Paris that the author loved.
Human Kinetics [Organization] and Thomas W. Hanlon (2009). The Sports Rules Book. Champaign, IL, Human Kinetics.
From alpine skiing to wrestling, and all sports in between, The Sports Rules Book is an all-inclusive resource covering 54 sports. Quickly glean information on each sport's origin and history, basic procedures, terminology, equipment, competitive playing areas, scoring systems, player positions and primary features, common rule violations and their consequences, and, where applicable, officials' signals.
Humphrey, Doris and Charles Humphrey Woodford (2008). New Dance: Writings on Modern Dance. Highstown, NJ, Princeton Book Company.
A guided tour into the world of modern dance, this collection of essays, transcribed talks, and notes reveals the guiding principles of American modern dance founder Doris Humphrey. The main elements of composition-including form, content, and execution-are thoroughly examined in a question-and-answer format, providing an intimate look at the movement in the founder's own words. Examining Humphrey's unique combination of physics and philosophy, the book shows how one woman revolutionized the landscape of American dance.
Hurston, Zora Neale (1995). Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings. New York, Library of America: Distributed to the U.S. by Penguin Books.
Cheryl A. Wall, editor. Contains Mules and Men, the first book of African-American folklore written by an African-American; Tell My Horse, which deals with Jamaican obeah and Haitian voodoo in the 1930s; Hurston's controversial 1942 autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, presented here for the first time as she intended, in a text that restores passages previously omitted; and 22 essays covering subjects from religion and music to Jim Crow and American democracy to Harlem slang, including several pieces available nowhere else.
Hurston, Zora Neale (1995). Novels and Stories. [New York], Library of America: Distributed to trade in the U.S. by Penguin Books.
Cheryl A. Wall, editor. These groundbreaking works, suffused with the culture and traditions of African-Americans and the poetry of black speech, are the reason Zora Neale Hurston is now recognized as one of the most significant modern American writers. This volume includes her acclaimed 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, along with Jonah's Gourd Vine; Moses, Man of the Mountain; Seraph on the Suwanee; and a rich selection of short stories."The greatest pleasure of Hurston's writing is that you never know what she'll say next or how she'll say it." - Newsweek
Huxley, Aldous (2002). Island. New York, Perennial.
In Island, his last novel, Aldous Huxley transports us to a Pacific island where, for 120 years, an ideal society has flourished. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is under way to take over Pala, and events begin to move when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and - to his amazement - give him hope.
Huxley, Aldous (2004). Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited. New York, HarperCollins.
When the novel Brave New World first appeared in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future.
In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley uses his knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy. He scrutinizes threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion, and explains why we have found it virtually impossible to avoid them. Brave New World Revisited is a trenchant plea that humankind should educate itself for freedom before it is too late.
Huxley, Aldous (2004). The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell. New York, Perennial Classics.
Two classic complete books -- The Doors of Perception (originally published in 1954) and Heaven and Hell (originally published in 1956) -- in which Aldous Huxley, author of the bestselling Brave New World, explores, as only he can, the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. These two astounding essays are among the most profound studies of the effects of mind-expanding drugs written in the twentieth century. These two books became essential for the counterculture during the 1960s and influenced a generation's perception of life.
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