A Train of Powder

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

ISBN: 9781566633192

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 309

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Written between 1946 and 1954, these accounts of four controversial trials explore the nature of crime and punishment, innocence and guilt, retribution and forgiveness. "Astonishing." Francine Prose."

The Meaning of Treason

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453207252

Category: History

Page: 450

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West’s acclaimed examination of traitors, this gripping profile takes readers inside World War II spy rings and gets to the heart of what it means to betray one’s country Throughout her career, Rebecca West dug into psyches, real and fictional, to try to understand the meaning of betrayal. In the aftermath of World War II, West was incensed when several wartime turncoats were tried with seeming indifference—and worse, sympathy—from the British public. In exploring these traitors’ origins, crimes, and motivations, West exposes how class division, greed, and discrimination can taint loyalties and redraw the relationships between individuals and their fatherland. A fascinating book, The Meaning of Treason combines the intrigue of a spy novel with West’s classic, careful dissection of man’s moral struggles.

The Birds Fall Down

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453207147

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Rebecca West’s gripping psychological mystery—part thriller, part historical novel—The Birds Fall Down takes readers inside the intrigue of revolutionaries preparing to overthrow an empire During early revolutionary stirrings in Russia, after an unexpected turn of events, Laura Rowan, the coddled granddaughter of an exiled British nobleman, becomes her grandfather’s sole companion on a fateful train ride. In France, a young revolutionary approaches Laura and her grandfather with information that will turn her world upside down, and their travels become a thrilling journey into the heart of the struggle against Tsarist Russia. In this suspenseful novel, West brings to life a battle between entitled imperials and the passionate, savvy communist revolutionaries who dare to face them.

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

A Journey Through Yugoslavia

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453207465

Category: Travel

Page: 1232

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Hailed as among the most important books of the twentieth century, Rebecca West’s magnum opus is a history, a travelogue, and a sociological study of Yugoslavia that examines how the past shapes the present In a breathtakingly wide-ranging journalistic work, West richly chronicles her travels throughout Yugoslavia in the 1930s, introducing vivid characters and illuminating details. More than a travelogue, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon connects the people and places West encounters to the long history of conflict that has formed national identities in the Balkans across a millennium of shifting alliances. West writes, “I had come to Yugoslavia because I knew that the past has made the present, and I wanted to see how the process works.” As profound, sad, and funny as when it was first published in 1941, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon interrogates the forces that continue to shape our modern world.

The Fountain Overflows

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Virago Press

ISBN: 9781844087167

Category: Families

Page: 408

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Rose Aubrey is one of a family of four children. Their father, Piers, is the disgraced son of an Irish landowning family, a violent, noble and quite unscrupulous leader of popular causes. His Scottish wife, Clare, is an artist, a tower of strength, fanatically devoted to a musical future for her daughters. This is the story of their life in south London, a life threatened by Piers's streak of tragic folly which keeps them on the verge of financial ruin and social disgrace . . .'A book bursting with love and vitality' DAILY EXPRESS

Survivors in Mexico

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453206779

Category: Travel

Page: 294

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A travelogue and historical exploration of Mexico from one of the twentieth century’s greatest travel writers Dame Rebecca West travels through Mexico and explores its people, history, religion, and culture in her unfinished work Survivors in Mexico, carefully stitched together by Bernard Schweizer in this posthumously published edition. West tackles the country’s broad historical legacy—the Spanish conquest and Mexican revolution, the muralist movement, race relations, and contemporary life—and delves into the personal, intimate lives of key figures such as Hernán Cortés, Montezuma, Dr. Atl, Diego Rivera, and Leon Trotsky. Conceived as a companion to West’s masterful classic Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, this book showcases the complexity of West’s character, addresses the paradoxes inherent in her work, and allows for a mature understanding of her ideology. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rebecca West featuring rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, McFarlin Library, at the University of Tulsa.

The Strange Necessity

Essays and Reviews

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453207309

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

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In this intellectually challenging collection of literary criticism, Rebecca West undertakes the question of art’s value, examining the works of her contemporaries and their places in history “The Strange Necessity,” one of the twelve essays collected here and first published in 1928, anchors West’s quest to understand why art matters and how aesthetics of every caliber can not only inspire but reveal the author’s inner world. Whether juxtaposing Ulysses’s prose with Pavlov’s research, or comparing Sinclair Lewis with actress and pianist Yvonne Printemps, West finds that a satisfying emotion overrides an artistic work’s form. Her intricately crafted essays reveal her experience in the literary circles of the twenties and thirties and the important role this question played in her own writing. West’s keenly observed criticism offers invaluable insight not only into her work but into her impressions of early twentieth century literature.

Believers

A Novella and Stories

Author: Charles Baxter

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679776532

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Captures the fleeting moments that forever shape an individual's life in eight pieces of short fiction that include "Reincarnation," "The Cure for Love," and the title novella in which the narrator describes his father's fall from grace. 17,500 first printing. Tour.

Out of Egypt

A Memoir

Author: André Aciman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312426552

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 339

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The son of a flamboyant Jewish clan recounts his family's move to turn-of-the-century Alexandria, the family's many colorful members, its pursuit of wealth and happiness, and its struggles with anti-Semitic and anti-Western nationalism. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Sunflower

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453206744

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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A beautiful actress of the 1920s faces painful decisions about her lovers and her future in Rebecca West’s posthumously published semi-autobiographical novel Star of the stage, Sunflower has everything but the attention she craves from her long-time—and married—lover, Lord Essington, a brilliant and intense man occupied with more intellectual thoughts. Eager for a more rewarding experience, Sunflower must decide whether another “great man,” the Australian Francis Pitt, will offer a more traditional relationship and happiness. Written during West’s own psychoanalysis and never finished, Sunflower ponders topics of the power struggle between the sexes, and a woman’s freedom to determine her romantic destiny. Drawn heavily from West’s own relationships with H.G. Wells and Lord Beaverbrook, this roman à clef gives a glimpse of the author’s own struggle to find a satisfying relationship.

The Chemistry of Powder And Explosives

Author: Dr. Tenney L. Davis

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 178625896X

Category: Science

Page: 338

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The present volume contains in one binding the whole contents of Volume I, first published in May, 1941, and the whole contents of Volume II which was published in March, 1943. The book was primarily for chemists. The writing of it was commenced in order that a textbook might be available for the use of students in the course in powder and explosives which the author gave for about twenty years (nearly every year since the first World War) to fourth-year and graduate students of chemistry and of chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[...] The aim of the book has been to describe as clearly and interestingly as possible, and as fully as seemed profitable the modes of behavior, both physical and chemical, of explosive substances, whether these modes find practical application or not. Historical material has been included where it was thought that it contributed to this end, and has not been included elsewhere or for any other reason. It is a fact that a knowledge of the history of ideas, of persons, or of things produces something of the same sympathetic understanding of them that living with them and working with them does.-Print ed.

Life After Life

A Novel

Author: Kate Atkinson

Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books

ISBN: 0316230804

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

This Real Night

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453207066

Category: Fiction

Page: 265

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In the second installment of Rebecca West’s Saga of the Century trilogy, Rose Aubrey, her sisters, and her cousin stand on the brink of adulthood and a new era for women They have put down their schoolbooks and put up their hair, but a talented musician and her kin ponder what being a young woman on one’s own will entail. Abandoned by their feckless father, Rose and her family must move beyond their comfortable drawing room to discover a world of kind patrons, music teachers, and concert hall acclaim, but also domestic strife, anti-Semitism, and social pressure to marry. Set before World War I, Rebecca West’s intimate, eloquent family portrait brings to life a time when women recognized their own voices and the joys of living off one’s own talents.

Rebecca West

A Saga of the Century

Author: Carl Rollyson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781583489970

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 476

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Rebecca West's wide-range writing career, as a novelist, journalist, travel and history writer and biographer, made her one of the most feted and feared woman of her day. Despite the acclaim she attracted throughout her life, her books were often best sellers, though her work has undeservedly fallen out of fashion. Rollyson has had exclusive access to West's vast archive of letters, diaries, journals and manuscripts; interviewed her friends and family, many of whom speak out for the first time. He reveals new details about her affairs with H.G. Wells (by whom she had a son); the press magnate, Lord Beaverbrook; the renowned journalist, John Gunther; the Nuremberg judge, Francis Biddle; Charlie Chaplin and others. In a life of extremes, she was seen as a feminist, an evil mother, an ardent anti-Communist, and a gossip. When she died on the Ides of March 1983, aged 90, she was a Dame of the British Empire and had finally made it to the screen in Reds, a heroine of her age.

Harriet Hume

A London Fantasy

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453207422

Category: Fiction

Page: 287

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In this modern fairy tale, Rebecca West transports her reader with a tale of the polar opposites of mind and spirit, love and power Harriet Hume’s unchanging beauty and commitment to her art stand in stark contrast to Arnold Condorex’s more worldly goals. After a romantic tryst, she discovers that she can read his mind, but Arnold, with his sights set on moving up in the world, quickly parts from the mysterious lady. As they encounter each other over the years, Harriet’s intuitive powers continue to unsettle Arnold, opening his eyes to the darker elements of his political and financial aspirations, even as he remains drawn to her. Beautifully drawn and filled with magical touches, West’s fantasy explores innate and learned gender roles, as her characters uncover the mystery surrounding their otherworldly connection.

The New Meaning of Treason

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453206892

Category: History

Page: 374

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Rebecca West’s gripping chronicle of England’s World War II traitors, expanded and updated for the Cold War era In The Meaning of Treason, Rebecca West tackled not only the history and facts behind the spate of World War II traitors, but the overriding social forces at work to challenge man’s connection to his fatherland. As West reveals in this expanded edition, the ideologically driven amateurs of World War II were followed by the much more sinister professional spies for whom the Cold War era proved a lucrative playground and put Western safety at risk. Filled with real-world intrigue and fascinating character studies, West’s gripping narrative connects the war’s treasonous acts with the rise of Communist spy rings in England and tackles the ongoing issue of identity in a complex world.

Moonpowder

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9781423100119

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

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Even though Eli Treebuckle is the "fixer of all things fixable," one thing he cannot fix is his bad dreams, until one night when Mr. Moon appears and asks him to come fix the Moonpowder factory, where sweet dreams are created.

Night Probe!

Author: Clive Cussler

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553394924

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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American agent Dirk Pitt's deep-sea mission to recover a lost treaty by which Canada was sold to the United States is countered by the British and the Soviets.

The Thinking Reed

Author: Rebecca West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453206825

Category: Fiction

Page: 431

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A thoughtful romantic novel of love found, lost, rekindled, and redefined Isabelle, a wealthy American widow, arrives in France to restart her life and discovers she has her choice of eligible suitors. Torn between a placid liaison with a southerner and a tortuous affair with a Frenchman, Isabelle’s plans suddenly take an unexpected turn that will ultimately lead her to a love that will force her to reconsider the implications of her affluent existence. With her signature wit and wisdom, West presents a captivating ode to marriage’s depth and the romance of the bond between husband and wife.