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London: Cecil Woolf, 1975 Siegfried Sassoon praised Isaac Rosenberg's 'genius' and T.S. Eliot called him the 'most extraordinary' of the Great War poets. Rosenberg died on the Western Front in 1918 aged only twenty-seven, his tragic early death resembling that of many other well-known poets of that conflict. But he differed from the majority of Great War poets in almost every other respect - race, class, education, upbringing, experience and technique. He was a skilled painter as well as a brilliant poet. The son of impoverished immigrant Russian Jews, he served as a private in the army and his perspective on the trenches is quite different from the other mainly officer-poets. Jean Moorcroft Wilson focuses on the relationship between Rosenberg's life and work - his childhood in Bristol and the Jewish East End of London; his time at the Slade School of Art and friendship with David Bomberg, Mark Gertler and Stanley Spencer; and his harrowing life as a private in the British Army.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library., Cecil Woolf, 1975, Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2000. New condition in a New Dust Jacket (still sealed in the publisher's clear plastic shrink wrap). NO chips. NO tears. NO creases. A bright, shiny, clean, square, tight, hardcover copy. Sharp corners. NO owner's name or bookplate. NO remainder mark. An unusual perspective on the world of art and the heritage of the Holocaust. Explores ownership and provenance and tells the true story behind a lawsuit to recover a Degas landscape painting, "Landscape with Smokestacks." Traces the painting's travels from its prewar home in the Netherlands to the Art Institute of Chicago, where it is now on display. Although factual, the book reads like a captivating mystery. Trienens, an American lawyer for the defendant collector, "demonstrates the complexity that can surround Holocaust-related restitution cases.". Hardcover. New/New. 8vo. xiv, 122pp., Northwestern University Press, 2000, Garden City, New York: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., 1986. By FRANK RICH Published: April 3, 1986, Thursday IN comedies such as ''The Dining Room'' and ''The Middle Ages,'' the playwright A. R. Gurney Jr. has claimed John Cheever's territory for the stage. With rueful humor, if not exactly regret, Mr. Gurney writes about the decline and fall of the hapless white Anglo-Saxon Protestant in the second half of our century. But while there's much more to Cheever's fiction than artful social reportage, Mr. Gurney's plays have been a shade cautious. His writing, highly polished and enjoyable, has often seemed as polite as his characters are - at least until they knock back their requisite double martinis. Mr. Gurney his given us the telling details of reality without always finding a larger truth of his own. It's in this context that the playwright's new comedy at Playwrights Horizons, ''The Perfect Party,'' is a daring leap forward. While this work is still set in Cheever land, a WASP enclave in East Coast suburbia, it distorts that milieu in a manner that sometimes recalls the surreal Cheever (of ''The Swimmer'' or ''Bullet Park'') but more often suggests the emergence of a new and inventive Gurney style. ''The Perfect Party'' is hardly perfect - it lacks an ending, for instance - but it is surely Mr. Gurney's funniest, meanest and most theatrical play yet. What a pleasure it is to watch a veteran writer step out, at some risk, into the unexpected. The playwright's altered perspective on his material is not immediately apparent. The evening's setting is a lifelike study - previously a den and family room, it's anthropologically explained - complete with back issues of American Heritage, a VCR and Claude Bolling on the stereo. Mr. Gurney's protagonist, Tony (John Cunningham), is a 50-year-old professor of American studies, all dressed up in a tuxedo as he prepares to give ''a perfect party'' for nearly everyone he's ever known. Like past Gurney heroes, Tony is of two minds about his patrician lot and prerogatives. If he truly believes that ''people look and act their best in evening dress,'' he also cracks that his party may be the first major Protestant contribution to American culture ''since Cole Porter wrote 'Kiss Me, Kate.' '' Yet Tony and his party are not nearly as straight as they first seem. A woman named Lois (Charlotte Moore) arrives, announcing that she is a critic who has come to review the festivities for the Arts and Leisure section of ''a major New York newspaper.'' Given to grand pronouncements, Manhattan chauvinism and clipped diction, she declares that the party may be an attempt to ''re-create the multiplicity of America under one roof.'' Soon everyone joins her in speaking in highly lacquered epigrams that depart from the more naturalistic dialogue of past Gurney plays. Tony's wife (Debra Mooney) announces that if the WASP ruling class ''can no longer lead America,'' it must ''at least teach it how to entertain.'' When the party finally gets under way (offstage, in Act II), it proves a Wagnerian social event that is variously likened to everything from ''Gatsby'' to ''Citizen Kane'' to ''civilization itself.'' Mr. Gurney, however, has his own ideas. If his characters see the perfect party as a metaphor for the American dream or idealism (or its collapse), ''The Perfect Party'' seems a metaphor for the relationship between a playwright, his audience and his critics - with a strong statement about esthetics thrown in. As Lois notes early on, she hears not only ''the themes and rhythms'' of Cheever and John Updike in her host's ''casual discourse'' but also ''the insidious influence of Oscar Wilde.'' Bizarre as it may sound -and is - Mr. Gurney proceeds to blend the Cheeveresque aspects of ''The Perfect Party'' into his own version of ''The Importance of Being Earnest.'' While the playwright isn't Wilde, his lines often have the whiplash snap of S. N. Behrman's, whether the subject be Meryl Streep or the role of cultural critics. What's more, Mr. Gurney's jokes build to a point. Though this writer is, as usual, charting the erosion of a privileged class in ''The Perfect Party,'' he is also championing the democracy that has followed in WASP society's wake. Mr. Gurney pleads for what he calls a ''generous perspective'' in all of American life, from foreign policy to the pursuit of success to the practice of theater. Just as the perfect party may not be an elaborately planned soiree but an impromptu get-together over take-out food, so Mr. Gurney argues for a theater liberated from any hidebound standards that might prohibit the mingling of styles and concerns as diverse as Wilde's and Updike's. Mr. Gurney's point may not be startling, and it doesn't need to be spelled out repeatedly, as it is in the weaker second act. But this play's declaration of artistic freedom is given added buoyancy by the fact that its author is practicing what he preaches, offering surprises and laughter in equal measure. ''The Perfect Party'' is also abetted by having secured its perfect director. As he has previously demonstrated this season in ''It's Only a Play'' and ''Loot,'' John Tillinger has a keen way with comedies that have a sharp, idiosyncratic edge and a critic as a major character. Miss Moore brings elegance and ice-cold wit to the critic of this occasion, even when wolfing down hors d'oeuvres in mid-putdown. As self-described ''minor characters,'' a Jewish couple who detect anti-Semitism in any ''perfect party,'' David Margulies and Kate McGregor-Stewart are delightfully screwy yet identifiable suburban neighbors. Mr. Cunningham amusingly presents Tony as a Darien descendant of Wilde's John Worthing, but he also serves as an earnest stand-in for the playwright. Mr. Gurney, like his party-throwing hero, wants to give life a shape of his own original design ''at least for an evening,'' and, in this evening, he does. WASP's at Play THE PERFECT PARTY, by A. R. Gurney Jr.; directed by John Tillinger; set design by Steven Rubin; costume design by Jane Greenwood; lighting design by Dan Kotlowitz; sound design by Gary Harris; production stage manager, Suzanne Fry. Presented by the Playwrights Horizons, artistic director, Andre Bishop; executive director, Paul S. Daniels; managing director, James F. Priebe, at 416 West 42d Street. TonyJohn Cunningham LoisCharlotte Moore SallyDebra Mooney WesDavid Margulies WilmaKate McGregor-Stewart . Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. As New/As New. Illus. by Some B/W Photos., Nelson Doubleday, Inc., 1986, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Free Pr, 2004. pp. 302, "In this original and compelling work, Time magazine Jerusalem bureau chief Rees explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of the internal divisions within each society, encapsulating them within lives they have affected. In exploring the origins of the Islamic movement Hamas and its competition with secular nationalist groups for the hearts and minds of the Palestinians, Rees talks to the family of a Palestinian killed by fellow Arabs on orders of the Palestinian Authority. He probes the conflicting loyalties of an Israeli-Arab politician fighting for equality in the Jewish state. On the Israeli-Jewish side, Rees interviews a psychiatrist treating elderly Holocaust survivors who had been mistreated by a Zionist establishment ashamed of their "weakness" in the face of oppression. He also profiles the ultra-Orthodox, anti-Zionist Neturei Karta movement and its open hostility to the Israeli state. Throughout these vignettes, Rees provides insight into the role that art and artists can play in humanizing the conflict, and does not allow the brutal nature of the conflict to blind him to the dark humor of both peoples. His deep sympathy for both sides infuses his book with real vitality. ". First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo., Free Pr, 2004, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A, 1991. Edition Unstated. Softcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Signed by the Editor. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed and inscribed by the author to the previous owner, Illustrated wraps, 300 pp., Index, Notes after each article. Top front corner creased a little bit as are first few pages, very slightly. Otherwise a very nice copy, clean, no writing or marks, binding tight. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 7 oz. Category: Jewish Art, Culture, Literature, Religion; Women, Women's Rights, Feminism; Books; Signed by the Editor. ISBN: 0814320929. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 005733. ., Wayne State University Press, 1991, U S A: Yale University Press. Near Fine/Very Good. 2003. First Edition. Cloth & Boards. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0300101651 Hardback Hardback. First Edition. Sixteen-year-old Richard Pipes escaped from Nazi-occupied Warsaw with his family in October 1939. Their flight took them to the United States by way of Italy, and Pipes went on to earn a college degrees, join the U.S. Air Corps, serve as professor of Russian history at Harvard for nearly forty years, and become advisor to President Reagan on Soviet and Eastern Euopean affiars. In this engrossing book, the eminent historian remembers the events of his own remarkable life as well as the unfolding of some of the twentieth century's most extraordinary political events. Pipes shows us the inner workings of Harvard University during its Golden Age, discusses the nature of Soviet Communism during the Cold War years, and describes from an insider's perspective the conflicts within the Reagan administration over American policies toward the USSR. He offers fascinating portraits of such cultural and political figures as Isaiah Berlin, Ronald Reagan, and Alexander Haig, as well as unique observations on his Polish homeland, Jewish heritage, and the process of assimilation into American culture. Perhaps most interesting of all, Pipes depicts his evolution as a historian and his understanding of how history is witnessed and how it is recorded. Illustrated. 264 pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions ,and all types of Academic Literature.) ., Yale University Press, 2003, Granta Books, UK, 2007. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good Condition. Available Now. Book Description: In wartime Berlin, Cioma Schonhaus discovered a way of turning his talent for graphic design to good use: he forged documents which helped save hundreds of Jewish lives. His first challenge involved painstakingly recreating each of the twelve long and 24 short feathers on German Imperial Eagle so that a pass stood up to scrutiny by Nazi officials. Many more forged documents were to follow, as the 20-year-old Schonhaus attempted to stay one step ahead of the authorities, who had him on their wanted list. Schonhaus is breathtakingly bold - he gets himself arrested for wandering onto a military airfield and manages to talk his way out; he makes a complaint about the drunken behaviour of a policeman harassing Jewish diners in a restaurant; he goes cycling with a girlfriend in the countryside at a time when Jews were subject to curfew and banned from riding bicycles. On his final 1000-mile flight from Germany, he is forced to abandon his plan to jump on a goods train bound for Switzerland as too dangerous, and is left with the option of swimming across the Bodensee, or pedalling all the way...As those around him are one by one deported to the concentration camps, his is an astonishing story of wartime survival. : Review: "A moving account of life in wartime Berlin... this remarkable : memoir would more than pass muster as a novel were it not true" -- Good Book Guide: "An extraordinary story...Granta deserve praise for bringing this : quirky gem to a British audience" -- Daily Telegraph: "Cioma Schonhaus has written a small, tight thriller which is also : the truth about his youth in wartime Berlin": -- The Scotsman: "It's an extraordinary tale, told with remarkable wit and bravado" -- Independent on Sunday: "Schonhaus is able to offer a fresh perspective and a distinctive : voice... savouring the thrills of his unique experience" -- Telegraph: "The sceptical might wonder at its authenticity... The writing : says otherwise: it has the understated, random improbability of truth" -- Guardian: "This terrific memoir tells a story of resistance and ingenuity in : Berlin during World War II" -- Metro: "Unexpected in tone and pleasure ... the outcome is an adventure : written with the same panache as many British wartime escape stories" -- Sunday Times : About the Author: Cioma Schonhaus was born in Berlin in 1922 of Russian immigrant parents. He studied graphic design and did numerous jobs in the early years of the war. From 1942-3 he remained in Berlin illegally, forging documents for other Jews. While on the Gestapo's wanted list, he escaped armed with papers he'd made himself by cycling into Switzerland, where he still lives today. Size: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm. 200 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Art & Design; ISBN: 1862079536. ISBN/EAN: 9781862079533. Inventory No: F245-1259. . 9781862079533, Granta Books, 2007, Bristol Classical Press, UK, 2013. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good Condition. 150 Pages. Cover and foredges are marked. The Acts of the Apostles is one of the very few surviving ancient texts to give us a picture of the world from the point of view of those outside the elite of the dominant culture. It offers a valuable perspective on the way the Roman Empire worked, and on civic life in the eastern provinces, which cannot be matched from any other source. Book Description: "The Acts of the Apostles" is one of the very few surviving ancient texts to give us a picture of the world from the point of view of those outside the elite of the dominant culture. It offers a valuable perspective on the way the Roman Empire worked, and on the civic life in the eastern provinces, which cannot be matched from any other source. Acts is also our only source for the beginning of the process by which Christianity was transformed from a Jewish sect into a new religion, with a well-established structure, its own sacred literature and a distinctive form of religious cult. This companion to the New English Bible translation takes Acts seriously as history, testing its accuracy against other sources, and uses it to give a clear picture of what life in the Roman Empire was like for at least one group of its subjects. : About the Author: Richard Wallace was Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Keele. Wynne Williams was Lecturer in Classics at the University of Keele. Size: 14.1 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm. 150 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; ISBN: 1853991414. ISBN/EAN: 9781853991417. Inventory No: V295-1194. . 9781853991417, Bristol Classical Press, 2013, Hong Kong: Orchid Press, 2008. First Edition. Soft Cover. As New/n/a. Norman Mailer, author of such masterpieces as The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night and The Executioner's Song, died in November 2007 at the age of 84, shortly following the publication of his last novel, The Castle in the Forest. By nature, Mailer was larger than life, and his writing will continue both to disturb and to offer emancipation to his readership. Mailer remains one of the most emblematic literary figures of our time, a fact that cannot be dissociated from the quasi-religious mission he had consciously undertaken from the beginning of his career: to become a prophet, a self-appointed messiah, of his times and of his country. In this penetrating new study, Gwendolyn Chabrier begins her exploration of Mailer's life and work from the perspective of the flowering of Jewish literature in the West in the twentieth century. Dr Chabrier then examines Mailer's relationship with, among other major influences in his life, his mother, his wives, the women's rights movement, his university years, politics, the black community, anti-semitism and racism. Based on a number of personal interviews with Mailer, as well as many years' research, this is an essential book for all who wish a deeper understanding of this iconic American author, his life and goals. 220 pp., extensive endnotes and bibliography. 20 x 13 cm.., Orchid Press, 2008, New York. 1993. Penguin Books. Unrevised & Unpublished Proofs. Very Good In Wrappers. 114 pages. paperback. 0140178627. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 17435. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This collection of a novella and three offbeat short stories includes ‘Proofs’, a literary thriller which explores the conflict between fact and fiction in life and literature. Also included are ‘Noel, Noel’, ‘Desert Island Disks’ and ‘Conversation Piece’. ‘More a series of philosophical and existential studies than dramatic fiction, the stories consistently offer the observations of one keenly aware of the wealth of sights and sounds surrounding us. ‘Proofs’ interweaves physical disability with an ideological dilemma, as a dedicated Italian Marxist and peerless proofreader finds himself at a double loss when his eyesight begins to fail just at the historical moment when events in Eastern Europe announce the collapse of the Soviet Union. A member of a Communist splinter group, he struggles against the inevitable, engaging in a nightlong but ultimately inconclusive debate with a comrade, a priest, over the brutal methods of both Marxism and Catholicism, and denying his increasing visual impairment until he's almost blind. Replaced in his job, he attempts a return to the Italian Communist party only to find it no longer exists. The brief, quixotic ‘Desert Island Discs’ describes a series of requests to a unique sound archive--including a belch, the neigh of a horse escaping an ambush, the musical laugh of a woman enjoying her lover, and the cheery whistle of a lad in a painted Crucifixion scene--while ‘A Conversation Piece’ presents a wry view of Talmudic scholars in a nit-picking discussion of the story of Abraham and Isaac, disrupted finally by the comments of a boy and woman with their own perspectives on the subject.- KIRKUS REVIEWS. George Steiner is regarded as a polymath and often credited with recasting the role of the critic by exploring art and thought unbounded by national frontiers or academic disciplines. He advocates generalisation over specialisation, and insists that the notion of being literate must encompass knowledge of both arts and sciences. Steiner, who is Jewish, rejects Jewish nationalism and is a critic of Israel. Central to Steiner's thinking, he has stated, ‘is my astonishment, naïve as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to love, to build, to forgive, and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate.’ George Steiner's career spans half a century and he has published ground-breaking essays and books that address the anomalies of contemporary Western culture, issues of language and its ‘debasement’ in the post-Holocaust age. His field is primarily comparative literature and his work as a critic has tended toward exploring cultural and philosophical issues, particularly dealing with translation and the nature of language and literature. Steiner's first published book was TOLSTOY OR DOSTOEVSKY: AN ESSAY IN CONTRAST (1960), which was a study of the different ideas and ideologies of the Russian writers Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. THE DEATH OF TRAGEDY (1961) originated as his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford and examined literature from the ancient Greeks to the mid-20th century. His best-known book, AFTER BABEL (1975), was an early and influential contribution to the field of translation studies. It was adapted for television in 1977 as The Tongues of Men and was the inspiration behind the creation in 1983 of the English avant-rock group News from Babel. Several works of literary fiction by Steiner include three short story collections, ANNO DOMINI: THREE STORIES (1964), PROOFS AND THREE PARABLES (1992), A cinq heures de l'après-midi (2008) and The Deeps of the Sea (1996), and his controversial novella, THE PORTAGE TO SAN CRISTOBAL OF A.H. (1981). Portage to San Cristobal, in which Jewish Nazi hunters find Adolf Hitler (A.H.) alive in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of World War II, explored ideas on the origins of European anti-semitism first expounded by him in his 1971 critical work IN BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE. Steiner has suggested that Nazism was Europe's revenge on the Jews for inventing conscience. Cheyette sees Steiner's fiction as ‘an exploratory space where he can think against himself.’ It ‘contrasts its humility and openness with his increasingly closed and orthodox critical work.’ Central to it is the survivor's ‘terrible, masochistic envy about not being there – having missed the rendezvous with hell’. NO PASSION SPENT (1996) is a collection of essays on topics as diverse as Kierkegaard, Homer in translation, Biblical texts and Freud's dream theory. ERRATA: AN EXAMINED LIFE (1997) is a semi-autobiography and GRAMMARS OF CREATION (2001), based on Steiner's 1990 Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow, explores a range of subjects from cosmology to poetry. ISBN: 0140178627.

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New York: Hart Pub Co, 1968. 420 pages. Book is in fine condition, tight, appears unread. ~~ The story behind the deliberate obstruction placed in the way of attempts to save the Jewish people from Hitler's "final solution," with detailed documentation from worldwide interviews with participants, research in archives around the world, as well as classified and official papers that had never been published before Morse's exhaustive study. No single volume has documented this dark period in its historical relationship to America as thoroughly and passionately. . Trade Paperback. Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall., Hart Pub Co, 1968, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. A complete history of the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, discussing its social, political, philosophical, ideological, military, etc. doctrines and developments, it's historical underpinnings, the impact of National Socialism on both Germany and Europe, Hitler's leadership style, the fate of Europe's Jews, much more. Issued or reviewed by Saturday Review Book Club. Hardcover with price-clipped dust jacket, contains photo plates, chronology, glossary, references, indexed, 535pp. A nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free archival plastic protector.. Third Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall., Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971, Bonanza Books, New York:. Hardcover with dustjacket. Fair condition. Damage to bottom of book by spine. The dustjackethas chips and tears. This unparalleled collection of 362 photographs, assembled from archives all over the world, illuystrates the complexity of the SS organization and the diversitiy of its activities. ISBN: 0517287332., Bonanza Books, New York:, Athens: Kastaniotis Editions, 1998.. First edition. Text in English. Large softcover. Very good in original pictorial wrappers. Ink signature on front free endpaper otherwise clean and unmarked. 472pp. Illustrated.., Athens: Kastaniotis Editions, 1998., Brooklyn, New York: Zone Books, 2008. 175 pages. Square and solid with minor wear on covers.Less than 20 inside pages have highlighting or underlining.. 4th Printing. Trade Paperback. Very Good - Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall., Zone Books, 2008, New York. 1993. Penguin Books. Unrevised & Unpublished Proofs. Very Good In Wrappers. 114 pages. paperback. 0140178627. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 17435. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This collection of a novella and three offbeat short stories includes ‘Proofs’, a literary thriller which explores the conflict between fact and fiction in life and literature. Also included are ‘Noel, Noel’, ‘Desert Island Disks’ and ‘Conversation Piece’. ‘More a series of philosophical and existential studies than dramatic fiction, the stories consistently offer the observations of one keenly aware of the wealth of sights and sounds surrounding us. ‘Proofs’ interweaves physical disability with an ideological dilemma, as a dedicated Italian Marxist and peerless proofreader finds himself at a double loss when his eyesight begins to fail just at the historical moment when events in Eastern Europe announce the collapse of the Soviet Union. A member of a Communist splinter group, he struggles against the inevitable, engaging in a nightlong but ultimately inconclusive debate with a comrade, a priest, over the brutal methods of both Marxism and Catholicism, and denying his increasing visual impairment until he's almost blind. Replaced in his job, he attempts a return to the Italian Communist party only to find it no longer exists. The brief, quixotic ‘Desert Island Discs’ describes a series of requests to a unique sound archive--including a belch, the neigh of a horse escaping an ambush, the musical laugh of a woman enjoying her lover, and the cheery whistle of a lad in a painted Crucifixion scene--while ‘A Conversation Piece’ presents a wry view of Talmudic scholars in a nit-picking discussion of the story of Abraham and Isaac, disrupted finally by the comments of a boy and woman with their own perspectives on the subject.- KIRKUS REVIEWS. George Steiner is regarded as a polymath and often credited with recasting the role of the critic by exploring art and thought unbounded by national frontiers or academic disciplines. He advocates generalisation over specialisation, and insists that the notion of being literate must encompass knowledge of both arts and sciences. Steiner, who is Jewish, rejects Jewish nationalism and is a critic of Israel. Central to Steiner's thinking, he has stated, ‘is my astonishment, naïve as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to love, to build, to forgive, and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate.’ George Steiner's career spans half a century and he has published ground-breaking essays and books that address the anomalies of contemporary Western culture, issues of language and its ‘debasement’ in the post-Holocaust age. His field is primarily comparative literature and his work as a critic has tended toward exploring cultural and philosophical issues, particularly dealing with translation and the nature of language and literature. Steiner's first published book was TOLSTOY OR DOSTOEVSKY: AN ESSAY IN CONTRAST (1960), which was a study of the different ideas and ideologies of the Russian writers Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. THE DEATH OF TRAGEDY (1961) originated as his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford and examined literature from the ancient Greeks to the mid-20th century. His best-known book, AFTER BABEL (1975), was an early and influential contribution to the field of translation studies. It was adapted for television in 1977 as The Tongues of Men and was the inspiration behind the creation in 1983 of the English avant-rock group News from Babel. Several works of literary fiction by Steiner include three short story collections, ANNO DOMINI: THREE STORIES (1964), PROOFS AND THREE PARABLES (1992), A cinq heures de l'après-midi (2008) and The Deeps of the Sea (1996), and his controversial novella, THE PORTAGE TO SAN CRISTOBAL OF A.H. (1981). Portage to San Cristobal, in which Jewish Nazi hunters find Adolf Hitler (A.H.) alive in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of World War II, explored ideas on the origins of European anti-semitism first expounded by him in his 1971 critical work IN BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE. Steiner has suggested that Nazism was Europe's revenge on the Jews for inventing conscience. Cheyette sees Steiner's fiction as ‘an exploratory space where he can think against himself.’ It ‘contrasts its humility and openness with his increasingly closed and orthodox critical work.’ Central to it is the survivor's ‘terrible, masochistic envy about not being there – having missed the rendezvous with hell’. NO PASSION SPENT (1996) is a collection of essays on topics as diverse as Kierkegaard, Homer in translation, Biblical texts and Freud's dream theory. ERRATA: AN EXAMINED LIFE (1997) is a semi-autobiography and GRAMMARS OF CREATION (2001), based on Steiner's 1990 Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow, explores a range of subjects from cosmology to poetry. ISBN: 0140178627.

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Penguin UK, 2003. Paperback. New. 'Now as I've drunk a draught of corn-ripe ale, By God it stands to reason I can strike On some good story that you all will like' In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition within a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight's account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend, to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. Rich and diverse, The Canterbury tales offers us an unrivalled glimpse into the life and mind of medieval England. Nevill Coghill's masterly and vivid modern English verse translation is rendered with consummate skill to retain all the vigour and poetry of Chaucer's fourteenth-century Middle English. SKU: MM-40017531; EAN: 9780140424386, Penguin UK, 2003, New York. 1993. Penguin Books. Unrevised & Unpublished Proofs. Very Good In Wrappers. 114 pages. paperback. 0140178627. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 17435. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This collection of a novella and three offbeat short stories includes ‘Proofs’, a literary thriller which explores the conflict between fact and fiction in life and literature. Also included are ‘Noel, Noel’, ‘Desert Island Disks’ and ‘Conversation Piece’. ‘More a series of philosophical and existential studies than dramatic fiction, the stories consistently offer the observations of one keenly aware of the wealth of sights and sounds surrounding us. ‘Proofs’ interweaves physical disability with an ideological dilemma, as a dedicated Italian Marxist and peerless proofreader finds himself at a double loss when his eyesight begins to fail just at the historical moment when events in Eastern Europe announce the collapse of the Soviet Union. A member of a Communist splinter group, he struggles against the inevitable, engaging in a nightlong but ultimately inconclusive debate with a comrade, a priest, over the brutal methods of both Marxism and Catholicism, and denying his increasing visual impairment until he's almost blind. Replaced in his job, he attempts a return to the Italian Communist party only to find it no longer exists. The brief, quixotic ‘Desert Island Discs’ describes a series of requests to a unique sound archive--including a belch, the neigh of a horse escaping an ambush, the musical laugh of a woman enjoying her lover, and the cheery whistle of a lad in a painted Crucifixion scene--while ‘A Conversation Piece’ presents a wry view of Talmudic scholars in a nit-picking discussion of the story of Abraham and Isaac, disrupted finally by the comments of a boy and woman with their own perspectives on the subject.- KIRKUS REVIEWS. George Steiner is regarded as a polymath and often credited with recasting the role of the critic by exploring art and thought unbounded by national frontiers or academic disciplines. He advocates generalisation over specialisation, and insists that the notion of being literate must encompass knowledge of both arts and sciences. Steiner, who is Jewish, rejects Jewish nationalism and is a critic of Israel. Central to Steiner's thinking, he has stated, ‘is my astonishment, naïve as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to love, to build, to forgive, and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate.’ George Steiner's career spans half a century and he has published ground-breaking essays and books that address the anomalies of contemporary Western culture, issues of language and its ‘debasement’ in the post-Holocaust age. His field is primarily comparative literature and his work as a critic has tended toward exploring cultural and philosophical issues, particularly dealing with translation and the nature of language and literature. Steiner's first published book was TOLSTOY OR DOSTOEVSKY: AN ESSAY IN CONTRAST (1960), which was a study of the different ideas and ideologies of the Russian writers Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. THE DEATH OF TRAGEDY (1961) originated as his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford and examined literature from the ancient Greeks to the mid-20th century. His best-known book, AFTER BABEL (1975), was an early and influential contribution to the field of translation studies. It was adapted for television in 1977 as The Tongues of Men and was the inspiration behind the creation in 1983 of the English avant-rock group News from Babel. Several works of literary fiction by Steiner include three short story collections, ANNO DOMINI: THREE STORIES (1964), PROOFS AND THREE PARABLES (1992), A cinq heures de l'après-midi (2008) and The Deeps of the Sea (1996), and his controversial novella, THE PORTAGE TO SAN CRISTOBAL OF A.H. (1981). Portage to San Cristobal, in which Jewish Nazi hunters find Adolf Hitler (A.H.) alive in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of World War II, explored ideas on the origins of European anti-semitism first expounded by him in his 1971 critical work IN BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE. Steiner has suggested that Nazism was Europe's revenge on the Jews for inventing conscience. Cheyette sees Steiner's fiction as ‘an exploratory space where he can think against himself.’ It ‘contrasts its humility and openness with his increasingly closed and orthodox critical work.’ Central to it is the survivor's ‘terrible, masochistic envy about not being there – having missed the rendezvous with hell’. NO PASSION SPENT (1996) is a collection of essays on topics as diverse as Kierkegaard, Homer in translation, Biblical texts and Freud's dream theory. ERRATA: AN EXAMINED LIFE (1997) is a semi-autobiography and GRAMMARS OF CREATION (2001), based on Steiner's 1990 Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow, explores a range of subjects from cosmology to poetry. ISBN: 0140178627.

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Delacorte Press, 2014-08-05. Hardcover. Used:Good. Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service., Delacorte Press, 2014-08-05, New York: Fiction Publishing Company, 1965. 160 pp. Digest format. Light wear with a faint date stamp on the front cover. This issue contains: Instead of the Saint by Leslie Charteris; Miss Phipps Considers the Cat by Phyllis Bentley; Up on the Mountain by Hal Ellson; Bed Time Story by Robert L. Fish; The Gambler Hated Rats by J. Jefferson Farjeon; and A Lonely Lovely Lady by Rufus King; along with the usual features.. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. 12mo., Fiction Publishing Company, 1965, New York. 1993. Penguin Books. Unrevised & Unpublished Proofs. Very Good In Wrappers. 114 pages. paperback. 0140178627. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 17435. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This collection of a novella and three offbeat short stories includes ‘Proofs’, a literary thriller which explores the conflict between fact and fiction in life and literature. Also included are ‘Noel, Noel’, ‘Desert Island Disks’ and ‘Conversation Piece’. ‘More a series of philosophical and existential studies than dramatic fiction, the stories consistently offer the observations of one keenly aware of the wealth of sights and sounds surrounding us. ‘Proofs’ interweaves physical disability with an ideological dilemma, as a dedicated Italian Marxist and peerless proofreader finds himself at a double loss when his eyesight begins to fail just at the historical moment when events in Eastern Europe announce the collapse of the Soviet Union. A member of a Communist splinter group, he struggles against the inevitable, engaging in a nightlong but ultimately inconclusive debate with a comrade, a priest, over the brutal methods of both Marxism and Catholicism, and denying his increasing visual impairment until he's almost blind. Replaced in his job, he attempts a return to the Italian Communist party only to find it no longer exists. The brief, quixotic ‘Desert Island Discs’ describes a series of requests to a unique sound archive--including a belch, the neigh of a horse escaping an ambush, the musical laugh of a woman enjoying her lover, and the cheery whistle of a lad in a painted Crucifixion scene--while ‘A Conversation Piece’ presents a wry view of Talmudic scholars in a nit-picking discussion of the story of Abraham and Isaac, disrupted finally by the comments of a boy and woman with their own perspectives on the subject.- KIRKUS REVIEWS. George Steiner is regarded as a polymath and often credited with recasting the role of the critic by exploring art and thought unbounded by national frontiers or academic disciplines. He advocates generalisation over specialisation, and insists that the notion of being literate must encompass knowledge of both arts and sciences. Steiner, who is Jewish, rejects Jewish nationalism and is a critic of Israel. Central to Steiner's thinking, he has stated, ‘is my astonishment, naïve as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to love, to build, to forgive, and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate.’ George Steiner's career spans half a century and he has published ground-breaking essays and books that address the anomalies of contemporary Western culture, issues of language and its ‘debasement’ in the post-Holocaust age. His field is primarily comparative literature and his work as a critic has tended toward exploring cultural and philosophical issues, particularly dealing with translation and the nature of language and literature. Steiner's first published book was TOLSTOY OR DOSTOEVSKY: AN ESSAY IN CONTRAST (1960), which was a study of the different ideas and ideologies of the Russian writers Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. THE DEATH OF TRAGEDY (1961) originated as his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford and examined literature from the ancient Greeks to the mid-20th century. His best-known book, AFTER BABEL (1975), was an early and influential contribution to the field of translation studies. It was adapted for television in 1977 as The Tongues of Men and was the inspiration behind the creation in 1983 of the English avant-rock group News from Babel. Several works of literary fiction by Steiner include three short story collections, ANNO DOMINI: THREE STORIES (1964), PROOFS AND THREE PARABLES (1992), A cinq heures de l'après-midi (2008) and The Deeps of the Sea (1996), and his controversial novella, THE PORTAGE TO SAN CRISTOBAL OF A.H. (1981). Portage to San Cristobal, in which Jewish Nazi hunters find Adolf Hitler (A.H.) alive in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of World War II, explored ideas on the origins of European anti-semitism first expounded by him in his 1971 critical work IN BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE. Steiner has suggested that Nazism was Europe's revenge on the Jews for inventing conscience. Cheyette sees Steiner's fiction as ‘an exploratory space where he can think against himself.’ It ‘contrasts its humility and openness with his increasingly closed and orthodox critical work.’ Central to it is the survivor's ‘terrible, masochistic envy about not being there – having missed the rendezvous with hell’. NO PASSION SPENT (1996) is a collection of essays on topics as diverse as Kierkegaard, Homer in translation, Biblical texts and Freud's dream theory. ERRATA: AN EXAMINED LIFE (1997) is a semi-autobiography and GRAMMARS OF CREATION (2001), based on Steiner's 1990 Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow, explores a range of subjects from cosmology to poetry. ISBN: 0140178627.

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New York. 1993. Penguin Books. Unrevised & Unpublished Proofs. Very Good In Wrappers. 114 pages. paperback. 0140178627. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 17435. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This collection of a novella and three offbeat short stories includes ‘Proofs’, a literary thriller which explores the conflict between fact and fiction in life and literature. Also included are ‘Noel, Noel’, ‘Desert Island Disks’ and ‘Conversation Piece’. ‘More a series of philosophical and existential studies than dramatic fiction, the stories consistently offer the observations of one keenly aware of the wealth of sights and sounds surrounding us. ‘Proofs’ interweaves physical disability with an ideological dilemma, as a dedicated Italian Marxist and peerless proofreader finds himself at a double loss when his eyesight begins to fail just at the historical moment when events in Eastern Europe announce the collapse of the Soviet Union. A member of a Communist splinter group, he struggles against the inevitable, engaging in a nightlong but ultimately inconclusive debate with a comrade, a priest, over the brutal methods of both Marxism and Catholicism, and denying his increasing visual impairment until he's almost blind. Replaced in his job, he attempts a return to the Italian Communist party only to find it no longer exists. The brief, quixotic ‘Desert Island Discs’ describes a series of requests to a unique sound archive--including a belch, the neigh of a horse escaping an ambush, the musical laugh of a woman enjoying her lover, and the cheery whistle of a lad in a painted Crucifixion scene--while ‘A Conversation Piece’ presents a wry view of Talmudic scholars in a nit-picking discussion of the story of Abraham and Isaac, disrupted finally by the comments of a boy and woman with their own perspectives on the subject.- KIRKUS REVIEWS. George Steiner is regarded as a polymath and often credited with recasting the role of the critic by exploring art and thought unbounded by national frontiers or academic disciplines. He advocates generalisation over specialisation, and insists that the notion of being literate must encompass knowledge of both arts and sciences. Steiner, who is Jewish, rejects Jewish nationalism and is a critic of Israel. Central to Steiner's thinking, he has stated, ‘is my astonishment, naïve as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to love, to build, to forgive, and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate.’ George Steiner's career spans half a century and he has published ground-breaking essays and books that address the anomalies of contemporary Western culture, issues of language and its ‘debasement’ in the post-Holocaust age. His field is primarily comparative literature and his work as a critic has tended toward exploring cultural and philosophical issues, particularly dealing with translation and the nature of language and literature. Steiner's first published book was TOLSTOY OR DOSTOEVSKY: AN ESSAY IN CONTRAST (1960), which was a study of the different ideas and ideologies of the Russian writers Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. THE DEATH OF TRAGEDY (1961) originated as his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford and examined literature from the ancient Greeks to the mid-20th century. His best-known book, AFTER BABEL (1975), was an early and influential contribution to the field of translation studies. It was adapted for television in 1977 as The Tongues of Men and was the inspiration behind the creation in 1983 of the English avant-rock group News from Babel. Several works of literary fiction by Steiner include three short story collections, ANNO DOMINI: THREE STORIES (1964), PROOFS AND THREE PARABLES (1992), A cinq heures de l'après-midi (2008) and The Deeps of the Sea (1996), and his controversial novella, THE PORTAGE TO SAN CRISTOBAL OF A.H. (1981). Portage to San Cristobal, in which Jewish Nazi hunters find Adolf Hitler (A.H.) alive in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of World War II, explored ideas on the origins of European anti-semitism first expounded by him in his 1971 critical work IN BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE. Steiner has suggested that Nazism was Europe's revenge on the Jews for inventing conscience. Cheyette sees Steiner's fiction as ‘an exploratory space where he can think against himself.’ It ‘contrasts its humility and openness with his increasingly closed and orthodox critical work.’ Central to it is the survivor's ‘terrible, masochistic envy about not being there – having missed the rendezvous with hell’. NO PASSION SPENT (1996) is a collection of essays on topics as diverse as Kierkegaard, Homer in translation, Biblical texts and Freud's dream theory. ERRATA: AN EXAMINED LIFE (1997) is a semi-autobiography and GRAMMARS OF CREATION (2001), based on Steiner's 1990 Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow, explores a range of subjects from cosmology to poetry. ISBN: 0140178627.

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Publishing year: 1993
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