Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer

By Jay Jorgensen

All approximately Eve. humorous Face. sundown Blvd. Rear Window. Sabrina. a spot within the solar. the 10 Commandments. ratings of iconic movies of the final century had something in universal: gown dressmaker Edith Head (1897–1981). She racked up an extraordinary 35 Oscar nods and four hundred movie credit over the process a fifty-year career.

Never earlier than has the account of Hollywood’s so much influential fashion designer been so completely revealed—because by no means earlier than have the Edith Head files of the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences been tapped. This unheard of entry permits this e-book to be a exceptional survey, bringing jointly a fantastic number of infrequent and never-before-seen sketches, dress try photographs, behind-the- scenes pictures, and ephemera.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

By Robert K. Massie

“[A] story of energy, perseverance and keenness . . . an exceptional tale within the fingers of a grasp storyteller.”—The Wall road Journal
The Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Peter the good, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with one other masterpiece of narrative biography, the intense tale of an imprecise German princess who grew to become some of the most impressive, robust, and eye-catching girls in historical past. Born right into a minor noble kin, Catherine reworked herself into empress of Russia by means of sheer selection. For thirty-four years, the govt., international coverage, cultural improvement, and welfare of the Russian humans have been in her palms. She handled household uprising, international wars, and the tidal wave of political swap and violence churned up by means of the French Revolution. Catherine’s relations, buddies, ministers, generals, fans, and enemies—all are right here, vividly dropped at lifestyles. heritage bargains few tales richer than that of Catherine the good. during this e-book, an forever interesting lady is again to life.
“[A] compelling portrait not only of a Russian titan, but additionally of a flesh-and-blood woman.”—Newsweek
“An soaking up, pleasant biography.”—Los Angeles Times
“Juicy and suspenseful.”—The ny occasions e-book Review
“A nice lifestyles, certainly, and irresistibly told.”—Salon
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Anton von Webern

By Malcolm Hayes

During this biography of 1 of the 20 th century’s maximum composers, Malcolm Hayes units Webern’s radical technical advances opposed to the Romantic inheritance of nineteenth-century Austro-Germany, tracing the advance of a guy and his music.

Born into the Imperial, musical historical past of Vienna, Webern turned captivated by way of Renaissance vocal tune, and this scholar ardour used to be to hang-out his compositions all his lifestyles. A scholar of Schoenberg, he additionally got here to take advantage of the twelve-note strategy, and mixed this together with his love of chamber tune to create a valid that's fullyyt his personal. regardless of a prolific cost of composition in his early years, Webern’s track output is small and has a tendency to severe brevity. Tragically, he used to be by accident shot and killed within the Allied career of Austria. His paintings has persevered to persuade musicians in the course of the 20th century and because.

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Orwell: The Life

By D. J. Taylor

At final, a clean, entire biography of the 20 th century's such a lot emblematic writer

In the final fifty years, Animal Farm and 1984 have bought over 40 million copies, and "Orwellian" is now a byword for a selected state of mind approximately lifestyles, literature, and language. D. J. Taylor's magisterial review cuts via George Orwell's iconic prestige to bare a sour critic who hid a profound totalitarian streak and whose growth during the literary global of the Thirties and Nineteen Forties was once characterised via the myths he outfitted round himself. yet even if as reluctant servant of the Raj in Nineteen Twenties Burma, mock down-and-outer in Paris and London, or Spanish Civil struggle soldier, the conditions of his lifestyles are sharply at odds with the picture Orwell so successfully stage-managed.

Drawing on formerly unseen fabric, Orwell is a strikingly human portrait of the author too usually embalmed as an earthly saint. this can be the biography we've got been ready for-as shiny, robust, and resonant as its amazing subject.

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Richard Burton: Prince of Players

By Michael Munn

From the depths of a small mining village in Wales to a celeb of Hollywood's silver monitor, Richard Burton broke each rule in his quest for the yankee Dream. Burton made convinced that he sipped the cup of existence at its fullest. two times married to Elizabeth Taylor, he's now published to were one among Marilyn Monroe's mystery fanatics. the main points of those licit and illicit relationships with Hollywood's so much iconic stars will titillate and surprise either beginners to Burton's tale and people already acquainted with his repute. Munn's biography covers every little thing from Burton's early days at the London degree, to his superstar functionality in Broadway's Camelot, to his wild nights in Hollywood with the likes of Errol Flynn, Peter O'Toole, and Frank Sinatra. Burton was once identified for his aura, his explosive mood, his over the top carousing, and, certainly, his wonderful command of degree and reveal. This first-ever examine the true Richard Burton is a must-read for any follower of movie, heritage, and the increase of star in America.

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Life of Black Hawk, or Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak: Dictated by Himself (Penguin Classics)

A rediscovered, defiant paintings of local American literature, awarded right here at the a hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of its first publication

Upon its booklet in 1833, this unflinching narrative by means of the vanquished Sauk chief Black Hawk was once the 1st completely adverse account of frontier hostilities among white settlers and local americans. Black Hawk, a posh, contradictory determine, relates his lifestyles tale and that of his humans, who have been pressured from western Illinois in what was once referred to as the Black Hawk struggle. the 1st released account of a sufferer of the yank conflict of extermination, this bright portrait of Indian existence stands as a tribute to the writer and his impressive humans, in addition to a useful ancient document.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes by means of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 In 1955, Garcia Marquez used to be operating for El Espectador, a newspaper in Bogota, while in February of that 12 months 8 team contributors of the Caldas, a Colombian destroyer, have been washed overboard and disappeared. Ten days later one in all them became up, slightly alive, on a abandoned seashore in northern Colombia. This booklet, which initially seemed as a chain of newspaper articles, is Garcia Marquez's account of that sailor's ordeal.

Translated by way of Randolf Hogan.

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Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell

By Simon Heffer

There have been few extra debatable British politicians of the twentieth-century than Enoch Powell. there have been few extra incredible, and but, when being an MP for thirty-seven years, his ministerial profession lasted an insignificant fifteen months. His impact besides the fact that was once huge, immense no longer least as a harbinger of Thatcherism.

There was once even more to him even though: he was once a Professor of Greek on the age of twenty-five: a brigadier on the age of thirty-two: he used to be additionally a poet, biblical student and committed family members man.

The note 'definitive' is hackneyed yet in describing this biography it may be used legitimately. not just used to be Simon Heffer capable of interview Enoch Powell he used to be additionally given entry to Powell's gigantic inner most archive.

'In destiny, someone who are looking to learn Enoch Powell will commence here'. Bruce Anderson, Spectator

First released in 1998, this biography has been out of print for a few years. call for for it despite the fact that continues to be consistent and Faber reveals is chuffed to satisfy that call for.

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Edith Cavell

By Diana Souhami

Edith Cavell used to be born on 4th December 1865, daughter of the vicar of Swardeston in Norfolk, and shot in Brussels on twelfth October 1915 by way of the Germans for sheltering British and French squaddies and assisting them break out over the Belgian border. Following a standard village youth in nineteenth century England, Edith labored as a governess within the united kingdom and overseas, earlier than education as a nurse in London in 1895. To Edith, nursing was once an obligation, a vocation, yet mainly a carrier. through 1907, she had travelled so much of Europe and develop into matron of her personal health center in Belgium, the place, below her management, a ramshackle health facility with few employees and little association turned a version nursing institution. whilst conflict broke out, Edith helped infantrymen to flee the warfare via giving them jobs in her medical institution, discovering garments and organizing secure passage into Holland. In all, she assisted over 200 males. whilst her mystery paintings used to be found, Edith was once wear trial and sentenced to loss of life by way of firing squad. She uttered simply one hundred thirty phrases in her defence. A religious Christian, the night earlier than her dying, she requested to be remembered as a nurse, no longer a hero or a martyr, and prayed to be healthy for heaven. while information of Edith's demise reached Britain, military recruitment doubled. After the struggle, Edith's physique was once lower back to the united kingdom via educate and each station by which the coffin handed used to be crowded with mourners. Diana Souhami brings one of many nice War's most interesting heroes to existence during this biography of a hardworking, brave and self sufficient girl.

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