Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol

The Ultimate Unauthorized and Independent Reading Guide

Author: Alex Carmine

Publisher: Punked Books

ISBN: 1908375019

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol' was the most anticipated novel of 2009, and was the literary event of the year. Alex Carmine examines all the themes in depth, and provides a chapter-by-chapter analysis of 'The Lost Symbol'. From Alex's assessment of the novel, it is very much apparent that Dan Brown has not only been adhering to his own formula, but that he has also been following Joseph Campbell's concept of the hero's journey. We know that Dan Brown likes to play with the names of his characters, so Alex explores these in great detail. In this way, Alex reveals the name of the real American family upon whom the Solomons are based. Alex also shows that, following its development within 'The Da Vinci Code', Dan Brown's still very much in tune with his 'sacred feminine' side, with his stunning representation of womb envy. Dan Brown's fascinating depiction of masculinity within this novel is studied too. In addition to this, Alex explores the literary devices that Dan Brown employs, and the magical sleights of hand that he uses to make the reader look the wrong way. Indeed, one of the main arguments in this book is that Dan Brown has hidden much of the true meaning of 'The Lost Symbol' behind various veils of allegory, much as the Masons do with regards to their secrets, and like the Symbologist Robert Langdon, Alex reveals these meanings to you. However, Dan Brown is an author who also likes to reward his readers, so Alex examines the clues about the novel that he disseminated prior to publication via Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, Alex considers the various Masonic practices depicted within the novel, and bring to the fore the conspiracy theories that surround this mysterious fraternity. Alex Carmine's very close reading of the novel literally leaves no stone uncovered, and will transform your own interpretation of the text.
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Writing the Lost Generation

Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism

Author: Craig Monk

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587297434

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Members of the Lost Generation, American writers and artists who lived in Paris during the 1920s, continue to occupy an important place in our literary history. Rebelling against increased commercialism and the ebb of cosmopolitan society in early twentieth-century America, they rejected the culture of what Ernest Hemingway called a place of “broad lawns and narrow minds.” Much of what we know about these iconic literary figures comes from their own published letters and essays, revealing how adroitly they developed their own reputations by controlling the reception of their work. Surprisingly the literary world has paid less attention to their autobiographies. In Writing the Lost Generation, Craig Monk unlocks a series of neglected texts while reinvigorating our reading of more familiar ones. Well-known autobiographies by Malcolm Cowley, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein are joined here by works from a variety of lesser-known—but still important—expatriate American writers, including Sylvia Beach, Alfred Kreymborg, Samuel Putnam, and Harold Stearns. By bringing together the self-reflective works of the Lost Generation and probing the ways the writers portrayed themselves, Monk provides an exciting and comprehensive overview of modernist expatriates from the United States.
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The Lost Sister

Author: Russel D. McLean

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781429953405

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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In Russel D. McLean's The Lost Sister, a teenage girl is missing. Her godfather is a known criminal and her mother is hiding a dark secret. For Private Investigator J. McNee, what starts as a favor for a friend soon becomes a nightmare as he races to find the girl before it's too late.
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The Lost Girls

Demeter-Persephone and the Literary Imagination, 1850-1930

Author: Andrew D. Radford

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042022353

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

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The Lost Girls analyses a number of British writers between 1850 and 1930 for whom the myth of Demeter's loss and eventual recovery of her cherished daughter Kore-Persephone, swept off in violent and catastrophic captivity by Dis, God of the Dead, had both huge personal and aesthetic significance. This book, in addition to scrutinising canonical and less well-known texts by male authors such as Thomas Hardy, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence, also focuses on unjustly neglected women writers – Mary Webb and Mary Butts – who utilised occult tropes to relocate themselves culturally, and especially in Butts's case to recover and restore a forgotten legacy, the myth of matriarchal origins. These novelists are placed in relation not only to one another but also to Victorian archaeologists and especially to Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928), one of the first women to distinguish herself in the history of British Classical scholarship and whose anthropological approach to the study of early Greek art and religion both influenced – and became transformed by – the literature. Rather than offering a teleological argument that moves lock-step through the decades,The Lost Girls proposes chapters that detail specific engagements with Demeter-Persephone through which to register distinct literary-cultural shifts in uses of the myth and new insights into the work of particular writers.
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The Lost Boy

A Novella

Author: Thomas Wolfe

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807844861

Category: Fiction

Page: 95

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Grover Gant, a young boy who died of typhoid fever at the turn of the century, is portrayed through the eyes of family members
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The Lost Land

The Chicano Image of the Southwest

Author: John R. Chávez

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826307507

Category: History

Page: 207

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"Seeks to demonstrate that Chicanos, precisely because of their long-standing presence in the region, have developed their own images of the Southwest, many of which conflict sharply with Anglo-American views."--Raymund A. Paredes, University of California, Los Angeles "A boldly conceived, wide-ranging essay that grapples thoughtfully with complex and subtle issues."--David J. Weber
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The Lost Battalion

Author: Thomas Marvin Johnson,Fletcher Pratt

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803276130

Category: History

Page: 338

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Originaly publishied: 1st edition Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., c1938.
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An Illustrated Guide to The Lost Symbol

Author: John Weber

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439180655

Category: History

Page: 192

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Rich in world history and political power, veiled in secrecy, and rife with rituals and arcane symbols -- from art and architecture to the images that adorn our currency -- the Freemasons arose from ambiguous origins centuries ago to play a major role in drafting the initial documents of the United States, and even in constructing the intricate landscape of Washington, D.C., itself a virtual mystery by design. These puzzles lay the foundation for Dan Brown's serpentine thriller, The Lost Symbol, and also raise provocative questions. Why do some Masonic symbols remain obscured, while others are hidden in plain sight? Which presidents were the embodiments of Masonic ideals? What is the significance of the construction of the Library of Congress, Washington National Cathedral, the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the physical layout of Washington, D.C.'s roadways and cul-de-sacs? And to what secretive end do they all lead? Now millions of curious fans can follow Robert Langdon step-by-step, and discover for themselves the answers to the absorbing conundrums posed by The Lost Symbol in this comprehensive, fully illustrated, and intricately detailed tour of the arcana of Washington, D.C. It takes readers through the enigmatic codes, captivating trivia, unfathomable riddles, intriguing records, historic maps, ciphers, and conspiracies of the phenomenal bestseller. What's more, it reveals the fascinating details of a world of unknown locales, mysticism, intrigue, and secret societies -- all of which lie in the shadow of The Lost Symbol.
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The Lost Sunset

A Story of Love

Author: F.G. Mansour

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 145672035X

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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The greatest fear known to man is not the fear of receiving something dreadful, but of losing something beautiful. The Lost Sunset is not just a Love story, its a story about Love, told by three unlikely narrators, all of which must be discovered by the reader. The book tells the story of a man named James and a girl named Destiny, using them both as tools to illustrate the philosophies of Love and life. When James and Destiny meet, it seems as though both will finally find what they had each been looking for; but because of Jamess past, and Destinys present, circumstance becomes very circumstantial. Tragedy will also befriend James, changing his life forever. It's only through his interaction with a very mysterious girl that James is able to break out of his confused state. It is only with her, that we will see if James is able to let go of the past, accept the present, and build his future. The only question is whether or not any part of that will include Destiny.
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