Samuel Beckett: Anatomy of a Literary Revolution

In this fascinating new exploration of Samuel Beckett’s work, Pascale Casanova argues that Beckett’s reputation rests on a pervasive misreading of his oeuvre, which neglects entirely the literary revolution he instigated. Reintroducing the historical into the heart of this body of work, Casanova provides an arresting portrait of Beckett as radically subversive—doing for writing what Kandinsky did for art—and in the process presents t...

The Muslim Bonaparte: (Princeton Modern Greek Studies)

The book is a good reading, however Fleming puts Ali Pasha much more in a Greek context rather than in an Albanian one. It seems that the Greek factor is overly emphasized as to attract more attention to the story of Ali Pasha. My trips in the area show that Ali Pasha is much more present among Albanians than Greeks. Yet my kudos go to the author for exploring such an intriguing figure as Ali Pasha. My two brief stays in Ioannina whe...

Nietzsche in Turin : an intimate biography

Nietzsche's writings have been interpreted, misinterpreted, translated, mistranslated and mutated to serve many individual interests - from the evils of the Third Reich to the man's only sister, 'editing' his work to suit her personal, social and political gains. Like Freud, Nietzsche has been used and abused as a platform in the creation of 'new' philosophies, some citing his work as inspiration, while others, in a fit of intellectu...

The Bibliography of Australian Literature: P-Z to 2000

The fourth and final volume of this major collaborative national project details all separately published works of creative literature by Australian writers whose last names begin with P through Z, from European arrival in Australia to the end of the 20th century. Regardless of genre or perceived literary merit, each entry contains a comprehensive bibliography, with details of the first edition as well as significant new or revised e...

The Correspondence of Erasmus: Letters 1658-1801 (1526-1527)

The letters in Volume 12 cover Erasmus' correspondence for all of 1526 and roughly the first quarter of 1527. This was a difficult period for Erasmus for various reasons, including two bouts of illness serious enough to cause him to draw up his first will in January 1527, and the fact that the Reformers were gaining more and more influence over religious policy in Basel, where he resided. Tension caused by Erasmus' open opposition to...

The Rest of It: Hustlers, Cocaine, Depression, and Then Some, 1976–1988

"Sharp and engaging, with tasteful anecdotes that anchor Duberman not in a historical lineage but firmly within his own personal journey. This highly intelligent book is not just another contribution to gay history; it is also an important pillar in the author's literary biography. A fascinating look into a significant period in the life of a much-loved literary figure." There are times when Duberman's political bent can get a bit te...

The Career of Cardinal Giovanni Morone (1509-1580)

Cardinal Giovanni Morone (1509-80) remains one of the most intriguing characters in the history of the sixteenth century Catholic Church - with neither his contemporaries nor subsequent scholars being able to agree on his motivations, theology or his legacy. Appointed Bishop of Modena in 1529 and created Cardinal in 1542 by Pope Paul III, his glittering career appeared to be in ruins following his arrest in 1557 on charges of heresy....

Pauline Jewett: A Passion for Canada

Although Judith McKenzie deals with Jewett's childhood and university years, much of this insightful story is devoted to her public life as a Member of Parliament for the federal Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party and as a university president. President of Simon Fraser University from 1974 to 1978, she was the first woman to be appointed president of a public coeducational post-secondary institution in Canada. Jewett faced m...

The Lives and Exploits of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Rogues and Murderers

For being a relatively short book, there is a lot of well-researched information provided here. Who doesn't love a good story about thieves, robbers and murderers? It's even more exciting when you know that you are reading non-fiction. I liked the author's approach to writing this book, looking at the surviving historical fact and then comparing it to literature and film, particularly when he was talking about the many incarnations o...

Plutarch's Lives: Exploring Virtue and Vice

"This intelligent, learned, and lucid book will undoubtedly (and deservedly) have an immediate and profound impact upon studies of the Lives. In its sensitive and nuanced attention to the texture and detail of Plutarch's writing, as well as its methodological reorientation, it raises the stakes substantially. No serious Plutarchan scholar (as they say) will want to be without this one."