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The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico

by Benedetto Croce

My reasons for believing that a new exposition of Vico's philosophy is required may easily be inferred from the observations on the effects of his work and the biographical notes which form respectively the...


Jane Austen and Her Times

by G. E. Mitton

PRELIMINARY AND DISCURSIVE CHILDHOOD THE POSITION OF THE CLERGY HOME LIFE AT STEVENTON THE NOVELS LETTERS AND POST SOCIETY AND LOVE-MAKING VISITS AND TRAVELING CONTEMPORARY WRITERS A TRIO OF NOVELS THE NAVY...


Robert Falconer

by George MacDonald

Robert Falconer, school-boy, aged fourteen, thought he had never seen his father; that is, thought he had no recollection of having ever seen him. But the moment when my story begins, he had begun to doubt whether...


Honore de Balzac

by Albert Keim & Louis Lumet

Honoré de Balzac, 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850, was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed...


You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

by Rachel Corbett

The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters. Paris, 1902: Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin has just completed The Thinker. Rainer Maria Rilke is a delicate young...


Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

by Aileen Kwun & Bryn Smith

Twenty Over Eighty is a collection of insightful, intimate, and often irreverent interviews with twenty architecture and design luminaries over the age of eighty. Revealing conversations with leaders from a...


The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley II

by Florence A. Thomas Marshall

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She...


The Color of Being/El Color del Ser: Dorothy Hood, 1918-2000

by Susie Kalil, Barbara Rose & William G. Otton

Born in Bryan, Texas, and raised in Houston, Dorothy Hood won a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1930s, then worked as a model in New York to earn money for classes at the Art Students...


The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

by Sebastian Smee

Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive...


I Saw Him Standing There

by Mike Powell

Imagine if John Lennon was still alive.

What music would he be creating?

Would he still be doodling and drawing images he sees all around him?

Sadly at the young age of forty, his life was cruelly snatched...


Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933 - 1953

by Peter Simpson

For two decades in Christchurch, New Zealand, a cast of extraordinary men and women remade the arts. Variously between 1933 and 1953, Christchurch was the home of Angus and Bensemann and McCahon, Curnow and...


Frank & Charli: Woodstock, True Love, and the Sixties

by Frank Yandolino

Stories of Remarkable People and Enduring Love in the Time of Woodstock

In the 1960s and '70s, Frank Yandolino rode the hippie counterculture movement alongside visionaries like Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang,...


Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott

by Joyce Scott

The remarkable story of “outsider” artist Judith Scott, who was institutionalized for more than thirty years before being reunited with her sister

From birth, fraternal twins Judith and Joyce Scott lived...


Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises

by Lesley M. M. Blume

An account of the making of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the larger-than-life people that inspired it, and the vast changes it wrought on the literary world


Falling: A Daughter, a Father, and a Journey Back

by Elisha Cooper

Elisha Cooper spends his morn­ings creating children’s books and his afternoons playing with his two daughters. But when he discovers a lump in five-year-old Zoë’s midsection as she sits on his lap at...


Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

by Ashleigh Wilson

When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity-some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line.

Whiteley had arrived in Europe in...


Summary of It's a Long Story: by Willie Nelson | Includes Analysis

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It’s a Long Story by Willie Nelson | Includes Analysis

 

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It’s a Long Story: My Life is country singer Willie Nelson’s memoir. The book chronicles his life as a musician, songwriter, and social...


Summary of The War of Art: by Steven Pressfield | Includes Analysis

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Summary of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield | Includes Analysis

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Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles is a book dedicated to helping...


Summary of Andy Warhol was a Hoarder: by Claudia Kalb | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Andy Warhol was a Hoarder by Claudia Kalb | Includes Analysis

 

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Claudia Kalb’s Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Greatest Personalities offers 12 short...


Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece: A Connoiseur's Search for Lost Art in America

by Fred R. Kline

A single sketch becomes an all-consuming quest to understand and identify a work by Leonardo da Vinci himself—the first new drawing by the great master to have surfaced in over a century.

Fred Kline is a well-known...