No Way But This

in search of Paul Robeson

Author: Jeff Sparrow

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1925548147

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr. Paul Robeson was a prize-winning scholar and the greatest footballer of his era, even before he ascended to global superstardom as a singer, Hollywood actor, and activist. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson stunned audiences with ‘Ol’ Man River’ and Othello, as his passion for social justice led him from Jazz Age Harlem to the mining towns of Wales, from the frontiers of the Spanish Civil War to Stalin’s Russia. Charismatic, eloquent, and handsome, he had everything — and then lost it all for the sake of his principles. Jeff Sparrow traces Robeson’s troubled life and stellar career, in a story that traverses the arc of the twentieth century and illuminates the fissures of today’s fractured world. From Black Lives Matter to Putin’s United Russia, Sparrow visits the places Robeson lived and worked, exploring race in America, freedom in Moscow, and the legacies of communism and fascism in Europe. Part travelogue, part biography, this is a tale of political ardour, heritage, and trauma — a luminous portrait of a remarkable man, and an urgent reflection on the crises that define us now.

Shakespearean Illuminations

Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg

Author: Marvin Rosenberg

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874136579

Category: Drama

Page: 371

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Topics in this collection include discussions of acting the "Big Four, " as well as studies on politics, language, and history.


Author: Michael N. Raskin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465325395

Category: Fiction

Page: 225

View: 7404


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Grammatical Theory

Its Limits and Its Possibilities

Author: Frederick J. Newmeyer

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226577197

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 192

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Newmeyer persuasively defends the controversial theory of transformational generative grammar. Grammatical Theory is for every linguist, philosopher, or psychologist who is skeptical of generative grammar and wants to learn more about it. Newmeyer's formidable scholarship raises the level of debate on transformational generative grammar. He stresses the central importance of an autonomous formal grammar, discusses the limitations of "discourse-based" approaches to syntax, cites support for generativist theory in recent research, and clarifies misunderstood concepts associated with generative grammar.

Reflections Behind the Retina

Author: John Guzman

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465309454

Category: History

Page: 607

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Reflections Behind the Retina is an account of actual events during the civil war in El Salvador. A series of short stories records the political restrictions and rules of engagement placed on the U.S. military, as well as the dangers faced from the Salvadoran left and right political camps. The official denial by the United States government of the combat role and deaths of U.S. military personnel is exposed throughout the text. A brief Salvadoran military history prepares the reader for what follows. Except for national leaders, the names of the characters in the text have been changed.

A Beleaguered City and Other Tales of the Seen and the Unseen

Author: Margaret Oliphant

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847674917

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Edited and introduced by Jenni Calder. Haunted by a sense that the living and the dead are separated by no more than a narrow and disputed borderland, the tales that Margaret Oliphant liked to call her stories of the seen and the unseen are now recognised as among the most remarkable explorations of the supernatural to appear in Victorian times. A prolific writer with many novels to her name, Margaret Oliphant could produce her few supernatural tales only when they came to me. And they came with the twilight uncertainties and the philosophical depth of The Library Window, or with the extraordinary vision of purgatory imagined as modern city life mixed with metaphysical terror in The Land of Darkness or in A Beleaguered City, her extraordinary short novel of the returning dead. Like the old Scottish ballads where the dead and the living rub shoulders, these remarkable tales are among Oliphants finest work, mixing the subtlety of Henry James with the uncanny strangeness of George MacDonald or David Lindsay.

Stretcher Bearer!

Fighting for life in the trenches

Author: Charles Horton

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 0745957110

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 8253


Among the thousands of men who suffered in the trenches during World War I, some did not even have the protection of a weapon. Members of the Royal Army Medical Corps were there not to take lives, but to save them. Many chose this difficult and dangerous work because of their principles – including volunteer Charles Horton, who went through the horrors of Passchendaele, Ypres and the Somme, fighting to get the injured away from the guns, to the safety of the field hospitals and beyond. In 1970, Horton wrote down his memories. This is a wonderful authentic account of one man’s struggle to survive – and to keep others alive. With the approval of Horton’s family, author Dale le Vack has edited Horton’s journals for clarity, and added more text to provide background. The result is a superb memoir of one of the darkest periods in history.