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Hardboiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories Oxford University Press USA Bill Pronzini


5th July 2013 Literature & Fiction 31 Comments
What are the ingredients of a hard-boiled detective story? "Savagery, style, sophistication, sleuthing and sex," said Ellery Queen. Often a desperate blond, a jealous husband, and, of course, a tough-but-tender P.I. the likes of Sam Spade or Philop Marlowe. Perhaps Raymond Chandler summed it up best in his description of Dashiell Hammett's style: "Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it....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." Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime ...
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Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon: Himalayan Foothill Folktales Oxford University Press USA Kirin Narayan


24th March 2013 Literature & Fiction 23 Comments
Oral tales establish relationships between storytellers and their listeners. Yet most printed collections of folktales contain only stories, stripped of the human contexts in which they are told. If storytellers are mentioned at all, they are rarely consulted about what meanings they see in their tales. In this innovative book, Indian-American anthropologist Kirin Narayan reproduces twenty-one folktales narrated in a mountain dialect by a middle-aged Indian village woman, Urmila Devi Sood, or "Urmilaji." The tales are set within the larger story of Kirin Narayan's research in the Himalayan ...
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Locating Privacy in Tudor London Oxford University Press USA Lena Cowen Orlin


31st December 2012 History Books 2 Comments
Locating Privacy in Tudor London asks new questions about where private life was lived in the early modern period, about where evidence of it has been preserved, and about how progressive and coherent its history can be said to have been. The Renaissance and the Reformation are generally taken to have produced significant advances in individuality, subjectivity, and interiority, especially among the elite, but this study of middling-sort culture shows privacy to have been an object of suspicion, of competing priorities, and of compulsory betrayals. The institutional archives of civic ...
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"A New Kind of War": America’s Global Strategy and the Truman Doctrine in Greece Oxford University Press USA Howard Jones


28th December 2012 History Books 13 Comments
America's experience in Greece has often been cited as a model by those later policymakers in Washington who regard the involvement as a "victory" for American foreign policy. Indeed, President Johnson and others referred to Greece as the model for America's deepening involvement in Vietnam during the mid-1960's. Greece became the battlefield for a new kind of war--one that included the use of guerrilla warfare, propaganda, war in the shadows, terror tactics and victory based on outlasting the enemy. It was also a test before the world of America's resolve to protect the principle of ...
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The Revolutions in Europe 1848-1849: From Reform to Reaction Oxford University Press USA R. J. W. Evans


20th December 2012 History Books 14 Comments
This collection of essays provides a new introduction to the revolutions of 1848. In that year Europe's traditional order broke down dramatically across much of the continent. Here, well-known experts in the field provide both a vivid account of the events themselves and a compelling analysis of their profound impact on the development of modern European politics. `a fresh, lively and stimulating set of essays.' English Historical Review Robert Evans is Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford. Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann is Professor of Modern History, University ...
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The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government’s Relations to Slavery Oxford University Press USA Don E. Fehrenbacher


12th December 2012 History Books 12 Comments
William Lloyd Garrison argued--and many leading historians have since agreed--that the Constitution of the United States was a proslavery document. Garrison called it "a covenant with death, and an agreement with hell." But in The Slaveholding Republic, one of America's most eminent historians, Don E. Fehrenbacher, argues against this claim, in a wide-ranging, landmark history that stretches from the Continental Congress to the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Fehrenbacher ranges from sharp-eyed analyses of the deal-making behind the "proslavery clauses" of the constitution, to colorful ...
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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 2: Purgatorio Oxford University Press USA Dante Alighieri


3rd December 2012 Literature & Fiction 11 Comments
The second volume of Oxford's new Divine Comedy presents the Italian text of the Purgatorio and, on facing pages, a new prose translation. Continuing the story of the poet's journey through the medieval Other World under the guidance of the Roman poet Virgil, the Purgatorio culminates in the regaining of the Garden of Eden and the reunion there with the poet's long-lost love Beatrice. This new edition of the Italian text takes recent critical editions into account, and Durling's prose translation, like that of the Inferno, is unprecedented in its accuracy, eloquence, and closeness to Dante's ...
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Beyond the Boundaries: Life and Landscape at the Lake Superior Copper Mines 1840-1875 Oxford University Press USA Larry Lankton


12th November 2012 History Books 9 Comments
Spanning the years 1840-1875, Beyond the Boundaries focuses on the settlement of Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, telling the story of reluctant pioneers who attempted to establish a decent measure of comfort, control, and security in what was in many ways a hostile environment. Moving beyond the technological history of the period found in his previous book Cradle to the Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines (OUP 1991), Lankton here focuses on the people of this region and how the copper mining affected their daily lives. A truly first-rate social history, ...
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Black Puritan Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes 1753-1833 Oxford University Press USA John Saillant


26th October 2012 History Books 3 Comments
Born in Connecticut, Lemuel Haynes was first an indentured servant, then a soldier in the Continental Army, and, in 1785, an ordained congregational minister. Haynes's writings constitute the fullest record of a black man's religion, social thought, and opposition to slavery in the late-18th and early-19th century. Drawing on both published and rare unpublished sources, John Saillant here offers the first comprehensive study of Haynes and his thought. "In Haynes we have a significant but neglected figure whose life and writings link theology, republicanism, and abolitionism in ways that ...
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The Kanteletar: Lyrics and Ballads after the Oral Tradition by Elias L??1/2nnrot Oxford University Press USA Elias L??1/2nnrot


26th October 2012 Literature & Fiction 14 Comments
This is the first appearance in English of The Kanteletar (1840-1), the companion volume to the Finnish national epic poem The Kalevala. Based on Finnish oral tradition, The Kanteletar (roughly "zither-daughter", a kind of muse) is a selection from a treasury of nearly seven hundred lyrics and ballads that celebrate the everyday life of a rural society at work and play. The ballads range from a beautiful sequence of legends about the Virgin Mary, through the grim tales of Elina, to a hilarious account of a dragon that refuses to devour its victims. Text: English Original Language: Finnish ...
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