Dante in Love
Author: A. N. Wilson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
For William Butler Yeats, Dante Alighieri was "the chief imagination of Christendom." For T. S. Eliot, he was of supreme importance, both as poet and philosopher. Coleridge championed his introduction to an English readership. Tennyson based his poem "Ulysses" on lines from the Inferno. Byron chastised an "Ungrateful Florence" for exiling Dante. The Divine Comedy resonates across five hundred years of our literary canon. In Dante in Love, A. N. Wilson presents a glittering study of an artist and his world, arguing that without an understanding of medieval Florence, it is impossible to grasp the meaning of Dante's great poem. He explains how the Italian states were at that time locked into violent feuds, mirrored in the ferocious competition between the Holy Roman Empire and the Papacy. He shows how Dante's preoccupations with classical mythology, numerology, and the great Christian philosophers inform every line of the Comedy. Dante in Love also explores the enigma of the man who never wrote about the mother of his children, yet immortalized the mysterious Beatrice whom he barely knew. With a biographer's eye for detail and a novelist's comprehension of the creative process, A. N. Wilson paints a masterful portrait of Dante Alighieri and unlocks one of the seminal works of literature for a new generation of readers.
Author: Jennifer Sage
Isabel has had some very unusual experiences when it comes to men. In fact, they typically tend to steer completely clear of her. One lousy tornado and a few storms and she is dubbed 'lighting girl' by all. However, on the eve of her 22nd birthday things change literally, overnight. When Isabel wakes up in a dream with a man not fit for human consumption she can't believe it. And upon waking things go even more haywire. Never could she have imagined the world that she sees once the 'blinders' are off. Abandoned by the very person who sent these gifts to her to see the world for what it is, she is naturally skeptical of it all. Her men problems before were laughable. Enter two of the most gorgeous creatures she had ever laid eyes upon. Add a curse and a requirement to pick one in the next 9 days. Make that nights, since she can only reach them in her dreams. Oh, and it just so happens if she picks the wrong one then the veil between all the magical realms could be destroyed and create ultimate chaos and death. Both men want to seduce her and make her his, but only one will lead to restoring the realms, and her heart. So heavy the burden, so great the stakes. Will she even survive the war that has already begun to rage between the worlds before her choice is made? There are the waking hours too, that are contending for her fate. And very little help is on her side....
Author: Jennifer Sage
Angels do not have wings. But they do have fangs and some curse like sailors.The Guardians, a once Mortal group of warriors, exist to hunt the Shadow Demons in our forgotten world. Their bloodline allows them at the time of their death to rise and fight in the war that rages all around, unseen by human eyes.For over a thousand years, Keltor, one of the oldest warriors, has fought after losing everything he loved at the hands of a Demon. He has taken no comfort except in his vengeance against the beings that stole his heart and life. Then one day, it begins to pound in his chest again when he sees her, the Keeper.Elizabeth is a human that suddenly begins to see things that shouldn't exist. The story that she couldn't write is now right in front of her eyes, literally. As is a breathtakingly gorgeous, leather clad warrior with a heavy brogue that is completely off limits per the laws of the new world she is thrust into.She is a Keeper, a balance between the light and dark who has within her the power to tilt the scales one way or another in this war with her choices. Somehow she made it thirty years in this world hidden from both sides. An epic struggle for her soul begins as she learns who she is and tries to accept that it's the Keeper's pull attracting her to Keltor, nothing more.A warrior that lost his heart long ago, a woman that has never really known her own. Each Guardian only gets one Mate and when they are found, there is nothing in the Seven Hells or the Heavens that could keep them apart.Is it the magic of the Keeper's soul, or is she His?
Author: Christopher Simon Sykes
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Drawing on exclusive and unprecedented access to David Hockney’s extensive archives, notebooks, and paintings, interviews with family, friends, and on Hockney himself, Christopher Simon Sykes provides a colorful and intimate portrait of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Born in 1937, David Hockney grew up in a northern English town during the days of postwar austerity. By the time he was ten years old he knew he wanted to be an artist, and after leaving school he went on to study at Bradford Art College and later at the Royal College of Art in London. Bursting onto the scene at the Young Contemporaries exhibition, Hockney was quickly heralded as the golden boy of postwar British art and a leading proponent of pop art. It was during the swinging 60s in London that he befriended many of the seminal cultural figures of the generation and throughout these years Hockney's career grew. Always absorbed in his work, he drew, painted and etched for long hours each day, but it was a scholarship that led him to California, where he painted his iconic series of swimming pools. Since then, the most prestigious galleries across the world have devoted countless shows to his extraordinary work. In the seventies he expanded his range of projects, including set and costume design for operas and experiments with photography, lithography, and even photocopying. Most recently he has been at the forefront the art world's digital revolution, producing incredible sketches on his iPhone and iPad, and it is this progressive thinking which has highlighted his genius, vigor and versatility as an artist approaching his 75th birthday. In this, the first volume of Hockney’s biography, detailing his life and work from 1937 - 1975, Sykes explores the fascinating world of the beloved and controversial artist whose career has spanned and epitomized the art movements of the last five decades. "The timing couldn't be better for this enjoyable and well-sourced book, which — like Hockney's own work — is both conversational and perceptive." —Los Angeles Times "To read Christopher Simon Sykes' David Hockney is to marvel at the artistic gifts of the eccentric Yorkshireman who rose from a sometimes pinched childhood to hobnob with poet Stephen Spender and novelist Christopher Isherwood, to party with Mick Jagger and Manolo Blahnik." —The Plain Dealer "Prodigiously entertaining." —Financial Times “A chatty, knowledgeable, insider's biography, full of anecdotes.” —The Guardian
I Love Dick
Author: Chris Kraus, Eileen Myles, Joan Hawkins
Publisher: MIT Press
In I Love Dick, published in 1997, Chris Kraus, author of Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, and Video Green, boldly tore away the veil that separates fiction from reality and privacy from self-expression. It's no wonder that I Love Dick instantly elicited violent controversies and attracted a host of passionate admirers. The story is gripping enough: in 1994 a married, failed independent filmmaker, turning forty, falls in love with a well-known theorist and endeavors to seduce him with the help of her husband. But when the theorist refuses to answer her letters, the husband and wife continue the correspondence for each other instead, imagining the fling the wife wishes to have with Dick. What follows is a breathless pursuit that takes the woman across America and away from her husband and far beyond her original infatuation into a discovery of the transformative power of first person narrative. I Love Dick is a manifesto for a new kind of feminist who isn't afraid to burn through her own narcissism in order to assume responsibility for herself and for all the injustice in world and it's a book you won't put down until the author's final, heroic acts of self-revelation and transformation.
Songy of Paradise
Author: Gary Panter
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Fantagraphics is proud to present a major, all-new book by Gary Panter. Songy of Paradise is an inspired interpretation of John Milton’s retelling of the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan after being baptized by John the Baptist and fasting for forty days and nights in the Judaean Desert. Panter’s version doesn’t rely on Milton’s words, but faithfully follows the structure of Milton’s Paradise Regained, with one notable exception: Jesus has been replaced by a hillbilly, Songy, who is on a vision quest before being tempted by a chimeric Satan figure. Gary Panter is one of America’s preeminent artists, designers, and cartoonists, whose work defined the L.A. punk scene and the vibrant work of the television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Songy of Paradise presents Panter’s singular vision in an ornate, hardcover format that does justice to Panter’s densely packed pages, with a stunning two-color stamping on cloth covers. It will be an art object, a brilliant literary experiment, and the most eye-popping graphic novel of 2017.
Dante (Parte Prima)
Author: Jennifer Sage
Publisher: Dunwich Edizioni
Dante è il secondo Guardiano della Luce. Un Immortale fortemente legato alla sua terra, l’Italia, dove opera per distruggere i Demoni. Dopo più di mille anni passati a combattere, trova piacere unicamente nell’arte, nelle sue amanti e, naturalmente, nell’uccidere le Ombre che si aggirano tra gli ignari Mortali. Conosce poco del vero amore; anche in vita era uno spirito libero che combatteva per chiunque gli riempisse le tasche e godeva del sesso quando poteva. Per lui non è cambiato molto da allora, a parte l’aver perso la compassione per la razza umana. Prima di incontrare lei, la sua anima antica ignorava cosa significasse amare qualcuno più di se stessa. Giovanna è un’artista. Da cinque anni vive a Roma. Ha smesso di usare il suo vero nome dopo essere sfuggita alla morte e alla distruzione trovate negli antri più tenebrosi dell’anima del marito. Quando finalmente inizia a rilassarsi e ad abbracciare una nuova vita, nonostante gli incubi che ancora affliggono i suoi sogni, incontra un uomo in grado di cambiare ogni cosa. Ma fatica ad accettarlo per via della macchia che le oscura l’anima. Giovanna non desidera nient’altro che realizzare la sua arte e vivere una vita tranquilla. Finché non incontra lui. E tutto ciò che credeva di sapere di se stessa inizia a cambiare. Compresi i suoi occhi, che si stanno velando di Ombre. Zaqar, un’anima perduta a cui è stata strappata ogni cosa, cerca di riemergere dalle tenebre. La ragione ha abbandonato questa creatura celeste. Il sangue cerchia i suoi occhi, una volta limpidi, e fluisce liberamente mentre lui attua la sua vendetta. Il Principe era qui agli inizi e sarà qui fino alla fine dei giorni. Le sue motivazioni, che al principio erano pure, sono completamente mutate. Lui e il suo destino hanno alterato il corso della storia e di questo mondo. Non sapete nulla del vostro mondo. Ma state per conoscerlo. ATTENZIONE: ci sono scene di comportamenti sadici nel libro che potrebbero urtare la sensibilità di chi ha subito episodi di violenza domestica. Tale violenza non è tollerata dall’autrice, ma era necessaria per caratterizzare la depravazione dell’antagonista. Il romanzo contiene sia linguaggio esplicito sia scene sessuali che lo rendono inadatto ai lettori di età inferiore ai 18 anni.
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Courier Corporation
While imprisoned, Wilde wrote this long letter of recrimination to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. It offers fascinating insights into Wilde's life in prison and the background and psychology of a notorious affair.
Author: Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power. A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax. In this conclusion to her groundbreaking trilogy, Cusk unflinchingly explores the nature of family and art, justice and love, and the ultimate value of suffering. She is without question one of our most important living writers.
Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei arrive in the Southern Water Tribe amid protests of Gilak's imprisonment. While the leaders hold council to solidify Malina and Hakoda's unification plans, Gilak breaks free and leads a powerful rebellion! In the face of these two opposing tribes, Katara will have to make peace with her nostalgia and distrust to save the home she loves from being permanently torn apart. Written and drawn by the creative team behind the best-selling The Search, The Rift, and Smoke and Shadow, Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, this is the ultimate continuation of Avatar and the perfect companion to Legend of Korra!
What is Ancient Philosophy?
Author: Pierre Hadot, Michael Chase
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Pierre Hadot shows how the various schools, trends, and ideas of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy all strove to transform the individual s mode of perceiving and being in the world. For the ancients, philosophical theory and the philosophical way of life were inseparably linked. Hadot asks us to consider whether and how this connection might be reestablished today."
Why Bob Dylan Matters
Author: Richard F. Thomas
“The coolest class on campus” – The New York Times When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, a debate raged. Some celebrated, while many others questioned the choice. How could the world’s most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter who wouldn’t even deign to attend the medal ceremony? In Why Bob Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers this question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. Dylan’s Nobel Prize brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the spotlight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological. Today, through his wildly popular Dylan seminar—affectionately dubbed "Dylan 101"—Thomas is introducing a new generation of fans and scholars to the revered bard’s work. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas’s famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. Asking us to reflect on the question, "What makes a classic?", Thomas offers an eloquent argument for Dylan’s modern relevance, while interpreting and decoding Dylan’s lyrics for readers. The most original and compelling volume on Dylan in decades, Why Bob Dylan Matters will illuminate Dylan’s work for the Dylan neophyte and the seasoned fanatic alike. You’ll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.
La Belle Sauvage
Author: Philip Pullman
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his d�mon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .
Relishing their newfound feelings for each other, Korra and Asami leave the Spirit World . . . but find nothing in Republic City but political hijinks and human vs. spirit conflict! A pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. What's more, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal all-out brawl at the city's borders--where hundreds of evacuees have relocated! In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other--but first, they've got to get better at being a team and a couple! Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Irene KohT.M.N.T., Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, Secret Origins: Batgirl, Afrina and the Glass Coffin) and with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of The Legend of Korra!
Author: Reiner Stach
Publisher: Princeton University Press
This is the acclaimed central volume of the definitive biography of Franz Kafka. Reiner Stach spent more than a decade working with over four thousand pages of journals, letters, and literary fragments, many never before available, to re-create the atmosphere in which Kafka lived and worked from 1910 to 1915, the most important and best-documented years of his life. This period, which would prove crucial to Kafka's writing and set the course for the rest of his life, saw him working with astonishing intensity on his most seminal writings--The Trial, The Metamorphosis, The Man Who Disappeared (Amerika), and The Judgment. These are also the years of Kafka's fascination with Zionism; of his tumultuous engagement to Felice Bauer; and of the outbreak of World War I. Kafka: The Decisive Years is at once an extraordinary portrait of the writer and a startlingly original contribution to the art of literary biography.