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Download E-books Marco Polo: The Incredible Journey PDF

By Robin Brown

Marco Polo is the best explorer the realm has ever obvious, but on his deathbed in 1324 he declared: 'I haven't advised the 1/2 these issues that I saw.' As a adolescence of seventeen, Marco begun his epic trip via Armenia, Arabia, India and China. but for hundreds of years many students easily didn't think his impressive tales. during this publication, Robin Brown rescues Marco Polo from the lampooned clown determine he grew to become, and divulges the utter forte of his bold adventures.

Born in Venice in 1254, Marco started his travels while his explorer father took him off into the nice unknown 'East'. a few two decades later, Marco again to Venice full of stories of the wonders he had obvious: black stones which burned with a shiny flame, coconuts, paper forex and crocodiles. whereas imprisoned in a Genoa penitentiary he composed a publication of his adventures, an outline of the area, with fellow prisoner, Rusticello. The paintings earned Marco Polo the name 'The Father of Geography' and Christopher Columbus even took a duplicate of it on his voyage to the recent international. however it additionally generated a lot controversy and, to many, Marco grew to become referred to as Marco of the hundreds of thousands - a teller of one million tall tales.

Marco's manuscript has lengthy considering that disappeared and it's from copies and translations that we will examine of his time because the ambassador of the ruthless dictator Kublai Khan, his travels to Vietnam, Java, India and Arabia, and his exploration of China. yet did this intrepid Venetian particularly turn into the 1st ecu to go the continent of Asia? Did he get away demise through providing to carry the Khan's daughter as a bride to the Caliph of Baghdad? Robin Brown examines the reality of Marco Polo's claims and offers us a totally new view of the fellow who made historical past happen.

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Download E-books Marilyn Monroe: Her Films, Her Life PDF

By Michelle Vogel

This e-book is basically a filmography interlaced with a posh biographical account of Marilyn Monroe's lifestyles and loves all through her occupation. A long advent explains her stressful adolescence and mysterious, unforeseen, a lot spoke of loss of life. backstage details, forged and workforce lists, field place of work grosses and pictures are given for every movie. there's a Foreword via Academy Award-winning actor (West facet tale) George Chakiris, who labored as a refrain dancer in of Monroe's greatest productions, gents want Blondes (1953) and there is no company Like express company (1954). it is a definitive summation of the Hollywood icon's occupation.

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Download E-books Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life PDF

By Jonathan Bate

Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, used to be one of many maximum writers of the 20th century. He used to be one in all Britain's most crucial poets, his paintings infused with fable; a love of nature, conservation, and ecology; of fishing and beasts in brooding landscapes.

With an equivalent present for poetry and prose, and with a soul as capacious as any poet in background, he used to be additionally a prolific kid's author and has been hailed because the maximum English letter-writer for the reason that John Keats. His magnetic character and insatiable urge for food for friendship, love, and existence additionally attracted extra scandal than any poet given that Lord Byron. His lifelong quest to return to phrases with the suicide of his first spouse, Sylvia Plath, is the saddest and such a lot notorious second within the public background of contemporary poetry.

Hughes left at the back of a extra whole archive of notes and journals than the other significant poet, together with millions of pages of drafts, unpublished poems, and memorandum books that make up a virtually whole list of Hughes's internal existence, which he preserved for posterity. popular student Jonathan Bate has spent 5 years within the Hughes records, unearthing a wealth of recent fabric. His publication bargains, for the 1st time, the total tale of Hughes's existence because it was once lived, remembered, and reshaped in his paintings. it's a ebook that honors, notwithstanding no longer uncritically, Hughes's poetry and the paintings of life-writing, approached by means of his biographer with an honesty answerable to Hughes's own.

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Download E-books A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov PDF

This first full-length biography of Anglo- American poet and activist Denise Levertov (1923-1997) brings to lifestyles one of many significant voices of the second one half the 20 th century, whilst American poetry used to be a strong impact around the world. Drawing on exhaustive archival learn and interviews with seventy five associates of Levertov, in addition to on Levertov’s complete opus, Donna Krolik Hollenberg’s authoritative biography captures the whole complexity of Levertov as either girl and artist, and the dynamic global she inhabited. She charts Levertov’s adolescence in England because the daughter of a Russian Hasidic father and a Welsh mom, her adventure as a nurse in London in the course of WWII, her marriage to an American after the battle, and her flow to big apple urban the place she turned a massive determine within the American poetry scene. the writer chronicles Levertov’s position as a passionate social activist in risky occasions and her significance as a instructor of writing. eventually, Hollenberg indicates how the non secular measurement of Levertov’s poetry deepened towards the top of her existence, in order that her ultimate volumes hyperlink lyric belief with political and spiritual commitment.

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Download E-books The One: The Life and Music of James Brown PDF

By RJ Smith

The definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with interesting findings on his lifestyles as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the main leading edge musician of our time

Playing 350 indicates a yr at his height, with greater than 40 Billboard hits, James Brown used to be a blinding showman who remodeled American song. His existence offstage was once simply as vivid, and formerly no biographer has introduced an entire profile. The One attracts on interviews with greater than a hundred those who knew Brown in my opinion or performed with him professionally. utilizing those assets, award-winning author RJ Smith attracts a portrait of a guy whose twisted and notable existence is helping us to appreciate the track he made.

The One delves deeply into the tale of a guy who used to be raised in abject-almost medieval-poverty within the segregated South yet grew as much as earn (and lose) numerous fortunes. overlaying every thing from Brown's unconventional formative years (his aunt ran a bordello), to his position within the Black energy stream, which used "Say It Loud (I'm Black and Proud)" as its anthem, to his high-profile friendships, to his complex relatives existence, Smith's meticulous learn and glowing prose mix biography with a cultural background of a pivotal era.

At the center of The One is Brown's musical genius. He had the most important impact as an artist in the course of a minimum of 3 a long time; he evokes pity, awe, and revulsion. As Smith lines the legend's reinvention of funk, soul, R&B, and dad, he supplies this background a melody all its own.

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Download E-books Slipstream: A Memoir PDF

By Elizabeth Jane Howard

Born in London in 1923, Elizabeth Jane Howard used to be privately informed at domestic, relocating directly to short-lived careers as an actress and version, earlier than writing her first acclaimed novel, The appealing Visit, in 1950. She has written twelve very hot novels, such a lot lately Falling . Her Cazalet Chronicles became demonstrated as sleek classics and have been lately filmed via the BBC.She has been married thrice - to start with to Peter Scott, the naturalist and son of Captain Scott, and so much famously and tempestuously to Kingsley Amis. It was once Amis' son through one other marriage, Martin, to whom she brought the works of Jane Austen and ensured that he acquired the schooling that may be the grounding of his personal literary occupation. Her closest neighbors have incorporated a number of the maximum writers and thinkers of the day: Laurie Lee, Arthur Koestler and Cecil Day-Lewis, between others.

Slipstream brilliantly illuminates the literary international of the latter half the twentieth century, in addition to giving a hugely own perception into the lifetime of one in all our such a lot liked British writers. this may be probably the most expected, and mentioned, memoirs of the season.

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Download E-books Marcel Proust: A Life, with a New Preface by the Author (Henry McBride Series in Modernism and Modernity) PDF

Reissued with a brand new preface to commemorate the 1st ebook of À l. a. recherche du temps perdu 100 years ago, Marcel Proust portrays in considerable aspect the extraordinary life and occasions of 1 of the best literary voices of the 20 th century.
“An impeccably researched and well-paced narrative that brings vividly and credibly to lifestyles not just the author himself but additionally the altering global he knew.”—Roger Pearson, New York occasions e-book Review
“William C. Carter is Proust’s definitive biographer.”—Harold Bloom 
Named a amazing publication of 2000 by means of the New York occasions publication Review

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Download E-books You Can't Win PDF

By Jack Black

The favourite ebook of William Burroughs. A trip into the hobo underworld, freight hopping round the nonetheless Wild West, turning into a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting addicted to opium, doing stints in reformatory or escaping, frequently with the help of crooked law enforcement officials or judges. Our misplaced background revived.. With an creation by means of Burroughs. A BookSense seventy seven selection.

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