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Picture-Book Professors: Academia and Children's Literature (Elements in Publishing and Book Culture)

by Melissa Terras

How is academia portrayed in children's literature? This Element ambitiously surveys fictional professors in texts marketed towards children, who are overwhelmingly white and male, tending to be elderly scientists. Professors fall into three stereotypes: the vehicle to explain scientific facts, the baffled genius, and the evil madman. By the late twentieth century, the stereotype of the male, mad, muddlehead, called Professor SomethingDumb, is formed in humorous yet pejorative fashion. This Element provides a publishing history of the role of academics in children's literature, questioning the book culture which promotes the enforcement of stereotypes regarding intellectual expertise in children's media. This title is also available, with additional material, as Open Access....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Teen & Young Adult, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 152 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England: Ravenous Natures (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine)

by Alanna Skuse

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as well as medical texts and personal accounts, it contends that early modern people possessed an understanding of cancer which remains recognizable to us today. Many of the ways in which medical practitioners and lay people imagined cancer – as a 'woman's disease' or a 'beast' inside the body – remain strikingly familiar, and they helped to make this disease a byword for treachery and cruelty in discussions of religion, culture and politics. Equal...

Genre: History, Europe, World, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Professional & Technical, Medical eBooks, Nonfiction, Professional Science, Science & Math, History & Philosophy, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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The Academic Book of the Future

by Rebecca E. Lyons

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence.What makes a book 'academic'? What spaces, physical and digital, can they be found in? How are they made, bought, and read? These questions are tackled by a cross-section of thirteen experts from the fields of bookselling, publishing, university libraries, and academic research in this volume of essays, which was produced in conjunction with the team from the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project as an accelerated publishing challenge for the first ever Academic Book Week. The topics include campus bookshops and bookselling, the role of national libraries, Open Access, the Research Excellence Framework, and publishing innovation. The approaches explore the realities of the present and venture all the way through to possible ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Performing Arts, Theater, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching, College & University, Professional & Technical, Professional Science, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Science & Math, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 120 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Rajeev Kinra

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or munshi, Chandar Bhan “Brahman” (d. c.1670), one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia.  Chandar Bhan’s life spanned the reigns of four different emperors, Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir (1658-1707), the last of the “Great Mughals” whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire’s power, territorial reach, and global influence.  As a high-caste H...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 394 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Why Kafka Is Not Kafkaesque

by Paul Johnston

Kafka's stories are famous for their mysterious, somewhat sinister character, but what do they really mean? This short, readable book gives you a chance to explore four of Kafka's best known works and understand better what his writing is all about. Whether you have never read Kafka or read him a long time ago, it offers you a thought-provoking way into his work. Kafka's writing can be funny as well as intriguing, but there is certainly much more to it than what is captured in the over-used word "Kafkaesque"....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 41 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson (American Philosophy Book 16)

by Naoko Saito

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Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 228 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Literature as Recreation in the Later Middle Ages

by Glending Olson

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Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory, Movements & Periods
Size: 246 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Job, Boethius, and Epic Truth

by Ann W. Astell

Calling into question the common assumption that the Middle Ages produced no secondary epics, Ann W. Astell here revises a key chapter in literary history. She examines the connections between the Book of Job and Boethius' s Consolation of Philosophy—texts closely associated with each other in the minds of medieval readers and writers—and demonstrates that these two works served as a conduit for the tradition of heroic poetry from antiquity through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. As she traces the complex influences of classical and biblical texts on vernacular literature, Astell offers provocative readings of works by Dante, Chaucer, Spenser, Malory, Milton, and many others.Astell looks at the relationship between the historical reception of the epic and successive imitative...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Bible & Other Sacred Texts, Judaism, Criticism & Theory, Movements & Periods
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Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Burn: Emotion on Fire

by Lia Lux

Emotion is one of the strongest urges, it can make you fall or motivate you to excel. In my case, it has sent me into overdrive. Thinking a thousand factors all at once, becoming engulfed in my feelings of rage, confusion, self-love, and even extreme sadness. My life has been quite the roller coaster ride and I have the poems to prove it. These are the people, places, and things that “BURN” the most....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory
Size: 46 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Poeticolors: Kaleidoscope

by Dwayne Gray

A book of carefully woven words inspired by most of our human emotions and some of the most common experiences that aims directly at relating to the many emotions we experience daily. In this Callaloo/ mixture of poems you are bound to find yourself. Find yourself, your surfaced emotions in "Poeticolors", and know that you are not alone in any emotion, good or bad, happy or sad....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Poetry, Criticism & Theory
Size: 108 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Franz Kafka: The Necessity of Form

by Stanley Corngold

In Stanley Corngold’s view, the themes and strategies of Kafka’s fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka’s work in light of "the necessity of form," which is also a merely formal necessity, Corngold uncovers the fundamental paradox of Kafka’s art and life. The first section of the book shows how Kafka’s rhetoric may be understood as the daring project of a man compelled to live his life as literature. In the central part of the book, Corngold reflects on the place of Kafka within the modern tradition, discussing such influential precursors of Cervantes, Flaubert, and Nietzsche, whose works display a comparable narrative disruption. Kafka’s distinctive narrative strategies, Corngold poin...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 334 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 04 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures

by Leona Toker

Vladimir Nabokov described the literature course he taught at Cornell as "a kind of detective investigation of the mystery of literary structures." Leona Toker here pursues a similar investigation of the enigmatic structures of Nabokov's own fiction. According to Toker, most previous critics stressed either Nabokov’s concern with form or the humanistic side of his works, but rarely if ever the two together. In sensitive and revealing readings of ten novels, Toker demonstrates that the need to reconcile the human element with aesthetic or metaphysical pursuits is a constant theme of Nabokov’s and that the tension between technique and content is itself a key to his fiction. Written with verve and precision, Toker’s book begins with Pnin and follows the circular pattern that is one of ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Specific Groups, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods
Size: 283 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Feminist Literary Theory: An Introductory Handbook (Textual Matters Literary Theory 1)

by Yonge Eglinton

Feminist Literary Theory: An Introductory Handbook is the first volume in the series Textual Matters. The book reviews the most important conversations in feminist literary criticism in an understandable language. It, also, presents feminist concepts with examples of well-known literary works in a tangible way. Although the book can be an easy and pleasant read for anyone interested in feminism and/or literary criticism, the main audience of this handbook is novice critics that would like to start engaging more seriously with literary analysis and criticism. Feminist Literary Theory: An Introductory Handbook has been designed to facilitate students’ reading and writing about literature. The pragmatic approach of this handbook makes readers feel literary theory can be accessible....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory
Size: 46 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 02 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Reading Women Writing)

by Amanda Anderson

Prostitute, adulteress, unmarried woman who engages in sexual relations, victim of seduction—the Victorian "fallen woman" represents a complex array of stigmatized conditions. Amanda Anderson here reconsiders the familiar figure of the fallen woman within the context of mid-Victorian debates over the nature of selfhood, gender, and agency. In richly textured readings of works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, among others, she argues that depictions of fallen women express profound cultural anxieties about the very possibility of self-control and traditional moral responsibility....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods
Size: 256 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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BEHIND THESE CLOSED DOORS: An Account In Poetry by Someone You Thought You Knew Anniversary Edition (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Book 1)

by Michelle Carter-Douglass

This book is a collection of poetry by an abuse and domestic violence survivor. Let no person dictate your destination and purpose in life. All trials and tribulations that you and I endure, bring us closer to appreciating our fellow peers and every living thing. This is my first book of poetry in print and all glory is to Almighty God....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Parenting & Relationships, Family Relationships, Criticism & Theory
Size: 64 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the Twentieth Century

by N. Katherine Hayles

From the central concept of the field—which depicts the world as a mutually interactive whole, with each part connected to every other part by an underlying field— have come models as diverse as quantum mathematics and Saussure’s theory of language. In The Cosmic Web, N. Katherine Hayles seeks to establish the scope of the field concept and to assess its importance for contemporary thought. She then explores the literary strategies that are attributable directly or indirectly to the new paradigm; among the texts at which she looks closely are Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Nabokov’s Ada, D. H. Lawrence’s early novels and essays, Borges’s fiction, and Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Professional Science, Science & Math, Physics, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods
Size: 232 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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The Golden Bracelet: The mysterious death of the fortune teller

by Alia Beydoun

*The Golden Bracelet Translated English Version.The novel revolves around the murder of a fortuneteller called Nareemar. The story contains fascinating details about the techniques used by charlatans and psychics. It also includes the religious, humanitarian, and legal ideologies of this topic. Plus, the novel highlights certain social issues taking place in Lebanon, as well as marriage disputes, social media, and dealing with depression and grief....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Teen & Young Adult, Mysteries & Thrillers, Criticism & Theory
Size: 109 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 28 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Language between God and the Poets: Ma‘na in the Eleventh Century (Berkeley Series in Postclassical Islamic Scholarship Book 2)

by Alexander Key

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. In the Arabic eleventh-century, scholars were intensely preoccupied with the way that language generated truth and beauty. Their work in poetics, logic, theology, and lexicography defined the intellectual space between God and the poets. In Language Between God and the Poets, Alexander Key argues that ar-Raghib al-Isfahani, Ibn Furak, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), and Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani shared a conceptual vocabulary based on the words ma‘na and haqiqah. They used this vocabulary to build theories of language, mind, and reality that answered perennial questions: how to structure language and reference, how to describe G...

Genre: History, Middle East, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Education & Reference, Words, Language & Grammar, Religion & Spirituality, Islam, Other Eastern Religions, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 322 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Culture and Cognition: The Boundaries of Literary and Scientific Inquiry

by Ronald Schleifer

This groundbreaking book challenges the disciplinary boundaries that have traditionally separated scientific inquiry from literary inquiry. It explores scientific knowledge in three subject areas—the natural history of aging, literary narrative, and psychoanalysis. In the authors' view, the different perspectives on cognition afforded by Anglo-American cognitive science, Greimassian semiotics, and Lacanian psychoanalysis help us to redefine our very notion of culture.Part I historically situates the concepts of meaning and truth in twentieth-century semiotic theory and cognitive science. Part II contrasts the modes of Freudian case history to the general instance of Einstein's relativity theory and then sets forth a rhetoric of narrative based on the discourse of the aged. Part III exami...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Education & Reference, Words, Language & Grammar, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Science & Math, Behavioral Sciences, Criticism & Theory
Size: 294 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Poetics as a Theory of Everything

by Ira Livingston

Drawing on poetics and visual art as well as philosophy and the science of complex systems, Ira Livingston's Poetics as a Theory of Everything explores what our seemingly most artificial conceptual constructs (such as poems and metaphors) and even the most illegitimate offspring of the human brain (such as drug-induced hallucinations) can tell us about the natural processes that shape living creatures and other systems.Reviewers have described Livingston's previous books as "lucid, playful, and reader-friendly," "exhilarating and moving," and "high-level discursive performance art full of conceptual kicks."Poetics as a Theory of Everything begins by considering current obsessions with both sustainability and imminent apocalypse-- symptoms of the postmodern condition-- and follows them down...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Professional Science, Science & Math, Mathematics, Physics, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 284 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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The Young Philosophers: On Media

by Antheya

The young need to know. They are ever more curious about the world, yet the questions of profound significance to human nature and condition are rarely discussed in a manner they would understand and materialize in daily life through thinking and practical action. And that is exactly what youth inherently wants to do. These series of philosophical books represent an attempt to critically analyze reality from the perspective of the young minds, who brave to think their own thoughts!...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Catawampus

by Molly H. Whitney

Catawampus is a non-thematic poetry book comprised of various poems which are dark, funny and inspirational. Subjects in this book include relationships, pets, life changes and every day things. Many poetry books guide your mood as you read but Catawampus keeps you guessing. There's something in it for everyone....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Poetry, Religious & Inspirational, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 32 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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my wonderful life: Childrens stories

by RAVEN QUINN

Hi my name is Raven im 11 years old and this is my first e-book and I thank you for your time and support.
This is a short book about my family and me.with pictures for ages babies up to 2 and a half to 3. Thanks!...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People, Children's eBooks, Arts, Music & Photography, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Nonfiction, Family Life, Early Learning, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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Poeticolors: Kaleidoscope

by Dwayne Gray

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Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.80 / 5
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All you need to know about Keto: Plus 20 KETO friendly recipes (Keto diet Book 1)

by Jorian Kuiper

This book explains what is a keto diet and its connection to autophagy, how keto diet influence on our body, and lots more! This beautiful book is also packed with 20 healthy KETO recipes that can help improve your health in your day-to-day life. It is a great present for your friends, family or yourself!...

Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory, Movements & Periods
Size: 76 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Armed Professions: A Writer's Guide

by Clayton J. Callahan

A must have resource for writers who have a great idea for a tale of soldiers, spies or policemen, but have no experience as such. Written by a man who has spent his life wearing a uniform and carrying a gun in numerous capacities. This book gives you a clear understanding of what it's like in the world of armed professions....

Genre: History, Military, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 158 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Saving Cinderella: What Feminists Get Wrong About Disney Princesses And How To Set It Right

by Faith Moore

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Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Criticism & Theory
Size: 198 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Middlemarch for Book Clubs: Ideas for Reading and Discussion

by Rohan Maitzen

Everything you need for your book club to have a lively and well-informed discussion of George Eliot's beloved masterpiece! Includes biographical, historical, and literary contexts, discussion questions, and recommendations for further reading....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Classics, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods, Literary
Size: 55 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Fashion Figures: How Missy the Mathlete Made the Cut

by Melissa A. Borza

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Genre: Business & Investing, Business Life, Management & Leadership, Computers & Technology, Microsoft, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching, Parenting & Relationships, Literature Guides, Professional & Technical, Accounting & Finance, Professional Science, Science & Math, Education, Sexuality, Teen & Young Adult, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 109 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2019 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.70 / 5
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Frankenstein and the Critics: Includes unabridged FRANKENSTEIN 1818

by Various Artists

“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld my man completed ..."The summer of 1816 was by all accounts a cold and wet one. After the April 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, global temperatures dropped and a rainy, monsoon-like drizzle settled in over Northern Europe. In a holiday villa on the shores of Lake Geneva, a young English poet and his lover, the guests of another poet, discouraged from outdoor pursuits, sat discussing the callousness of nature and speculating about the fashionable subject of "galvanism." Was it possible to reanimate a corpse? The villa was Byron's. The other poet was Shelley. His fiancée, 19-year-old Mary Shelley (née Godwin), was in post-partum distress.   Byron, inspired by a book of supernatural tales, suggested that each member of the...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 210 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 October 2019 onward PDT/PST 

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