Smile of Discontent

Humor, Gender, and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

Author: Eileen Gillooly

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226294018

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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Like sex, Eileen Gillooly argues, humor has long been viewed as a repressed feature of nineteenth-century femininity. However, in the works of writers such as Jane Austen, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, and Henry James, Gillooly finds an understated, wryly amusing perspective that differs subtly but significantly in rhetoric, affect, and politics from traditional forms of comic expression. Gillooly shows how such humor became, for mostly female writers at the time, an unobtrusive and prudent means of expressing discontent with a culture that was ideologically committed to restricting female agency and identity. If the aggression and emotional distance of irony and satire mark them as "masculine," then for Gillooly, the passivity, indirection, and sympathy of the humor she discusses render it "feminine." She goes on to disclose how the humorous tactics employed by writers from Burney to Wharton persist in the work of Barbara Pym, Anita Brookner, and Penelope Fitzgerald. The book won the Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Award given by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.

City of Discontent

An Interpretive Biography of Rachel Lindsay

Author: Mark Harris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504023994

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 424

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Winner of the 1991 New American Writing Award. Originally published in 1952, this poignant, romantic biography of the poet Vachel Lindsay (1879–1931) is well worth a second chance. From early on, Lindsay was a wanderer, tramping hundreds of miles along country roads, visiting small towns, never holding a job, writing poems of uplift and defiance, and giving them, or his drawings, away on the streets, selling them for food or declaiming them on the lecture circuit. Always poor and, in later life, plagued by illness, Lindsay died at 52, leaving a legacy of virile, jazzy poems that, although out of style with academics, continue to bring pleasure to readers.

Scraps of Paper

Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Publisher: Kathryn Meyer Griffith


Category: Poetry

Page: 192

View: 6416

Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night, doesn’t return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back. But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play. Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why…but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer. *** murder, murder mystery, thriller, suspense, ghosts, romance, homicide, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, investigation,small town, cozy mystery, mystery

The Summer of Our Discontent: An Allegorical Satire - Chapter 2

Author: Edward C

Publisher: Edward C

ISBN: 1304572943

Category: Fiction

Page: 7

View: 472

In this second chapter of an exhilarating political satire, a powerful political strategist Will meets with the President and learns of a dark secret. Is the President telling the truth, or is he using Will as a tool to set up a presidential defense against the Summer of Our Discontent?

Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello

Her Life and Times

Author: Cynthia A. Kierner

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080788250X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

View: 7367

As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two continents for her particular grace and sincerity. Yet, as mistress of a large household, she was not spared the tedium, frustration, and great sorrow that most women of her time faced. Though Patsy's name is familiar because of her famous father, Cynthia Kierner is the first historian to place Patsy at the center of her own story, taking readers into the largely ignored private spaces of the founding era. Randolph's life story reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity and shows that women were able to venture beyond their domestic roles in surprising ways. Following her mother's death, Patsy lived in Paris with her father and later served as hostess at the President's House and at Monticello. Her marriage to Thomas Mann Randolph, a member of Congress and governor of Virginia, was often troubled. She and her eleven children lived mostly at Monticello, greeting famous guests and debating issues ranging from a woman's place to slavery, religion, and democracy. And later, after her family's financial ruin, Patsy became a fixture in Washington society during Andrew Jackson's presidency. In this extraordinary biography, Kierner offers a unique look at American history from the perspective of this intelligent, tactfully assertive woman.

The Semester of Our Discontent

Author: Cynthia Kuhn

Publisher: Henery Press

ISBN: 1635110106

Category: Fiction

Page: 246

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Agatha Award Winner: “An engaging heroine, a college setting that will have you aching to go back to school, and a puzzler of a mystery.” —Laura DiSilverio, national bestselling author of the Readaholics Book Club Mysteries English professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University—until she finds one of her colleagues dead. When she herself is suspected of involvement—by everyone from the chancellor to the detective working the case—she has no choice but to assign herself the role of amateur detective. More attacks on professors follow, and the only connection is a curious symbol at each of the crime scenes. Putting her scholarly skills to the test, Lila gathers evidence, but her search is complicated by an unexpected nemesis, a suspicious investigator, and an ominous secret society. Rather than earning an “A” for effort, she receives a threat featuring the mysterious emblem and must act quickly to avoid failing . . . and becoming the next victim. This Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel is “a pitch-perfect portrayal of academic life with a beguiling cast of anxious newbies, tweedy old troublemakers and scholars as sharp as they’re wise” (Catriona McPherson, author of the Dandy Gilver series). “Kuhn is phenomenal at conveying the tension-filled atmosphere that inundates higher institutions, where one’s fate rests entirely on a few out-of-touch, pompous faculty members.” —Kings River Life Magazine “A very intricate, cool story featuring the depth of an institution where everyone is dying to climb the ladder of success.” —Suspense Magazine

Personal Poems, Complete Volume IV., the Works of Whittier: Personal Poems

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Publisher: tredition

ISBN: 3842496419

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

View: 2432

This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

The Inn of Discontent

And Other Fantastic Plays

Author: Percival Wilde

Publisher: N.A



Page: 157

View: 5408


The Smile

If You Can Do Nothing Else, You Can Smile,

Author: Samuel Silas Curry

Publisher: N.A


Category: Expression

Page: 150

View: 3882


Jenny and the Jaws of Life

Short Stories

Author: Jincy Willett

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466807539

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 2523

In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own mortality; and abominable children desperately try to grow up with grace. With a unique voice and dry humor, Willett gives us a new insight into human existence, showing us those specific moments in relationships when life suddenly becomes visible. Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, Jenny and the Jaws of Life is being brought back due to popular demand. It's a timeless collection filled with a certain freshness and wit that ring just as loudly today.

Iman's Isle - A Tale of Lost Treasures

Author: S. A. Davis


ISBN: 0615149367

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 5411

Some treasures cannot be stolen, only lost. And if lost, may be impossible to recover. Journey to an island paradise, the heavenly city of Casilda, and the hideous pit called Marheon and observe the creatures that dwell there and in between. Explore the struggle of good against evil, with humanity caught in the middle, and know that some unseen forces desire the destruction of humans, while others strive for their salvation. Reviewers' comments: "A Good Read!," "A clever spin on a classic story!," "A unique and instant classic!," "A great character driven book that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!"

The Last Wife of Henry VIII

A Novel

Author: Carolly Erickson

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429969407

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 6828

Author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette Courageous, attractive, romantic, intelligent, Catherine Parr became the sixth wife of Henry VIII. Her story, as Carolly Erickson re-creates it, is page-turning drama: from the splendors of the Field of the Cloth of Gold to the gory last years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. Catherine Parr attracted the king's lust and, though much in love with the handsome Thomas Seymour, was thrown into the intrigue-filled snake pit of the royal court. While victims of the king's wrath suffered torture and execution, Catherine persevered—until, at last, she came within the orbit of the royal fury. King Henry toyed with her, first ordering her arrested, then granting her clemency. She managed to evade execution, but she knew that the king had his wandering eye fixed on wife number seven. She was spared by his death and married the attractive but dangerously unbalanced Seymour. Her triumph was shadowed by rivalry with the young Princess Elizabeth, whose lands and influence the lecherous Seymour coveted. Catherine won the contest, but at great cost. In The Last Wife of Henry VIII, critically acclaimed author Carolly Erickson brings this dramatic story of survival and redemption to life.

Republic of Letters

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 5705


The Trials of Bill and Monica

Author: John Gordon Gray

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496942388

Category: Drama

Page: 58

View: 8188

"The Trials of Bill and Monica" is centered on the affair that rocked the White House during Bill Clinton's second term of office. It is dubbed a "historico-tragi-comedy" and contains elements of all three genres. It is written in Shakespearean verse and has many playful allusions to Shakespeare plays. The play roughly follows the main events in the scandal, though certainly in no slavish manner. The sequence and timing of events are at times compressed or altered, and the characters are a mixture of history and invention. The clearest departure from history lies in the fate of Monica, which is allegorical. Several characters, including Bemona, the mother of Monica, are entirely fictional. The events that form the basis of play are part of recent American history. They led to a debate in Congress on impeachment of the president and were subjected to the tasteless microscope of the Starr Report. They form a fitting subject for dramatic treatment; especially, "The Trials of Bill and Monica" will appeal to those who combine some acquaintance with Shakespeare, those with an interest in contemporary American politics, and those who love a bit of wordplay.