The Senecans

Four Men and Margaret Thatcher

Author: Peter Stothard

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co

ISBN: 0715651382

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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A year after the death of Margaret Thatcher, a young woman arrives to ask Peter Stothard, former Editor of The Times, some sharp questions about his memories of the Thatcher era. During her interview the offices from where he has long observed British politics are being flattened by wrecking balls. Forgotten stories return. From the destruction of a collapsing newspaper plant emerge portraits of ‘the Senecans’: a Hollywood screenwriter who wrote Thatcher’s speeches, a socialite former socialist who comforted her with flattery, a comic political columnist whom she admired but rarely read and a multi-millionaire film-producer whom she consulted but never acknowledged. The Senecans took their name from their taste for the work of Seneca, a philosopher, courtier and acquirer of massive wealth during the age of Emperor Nero. Blending memoir with ancient and modern politics in the manner of his acclaimed diaries On the Spartacus Road and Alexandria, Stothard sheds a sideways light on recent history. In finally identifying his interviewer he answers questions about his own literary and political journey.


Aurora Rising: Book One

Author: G. S. Jennsen

Publisher: Hypernova Publishing

ISBN: 0996014128

Category: Fiction

Page: 515

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SPACE IS VAST AND UNTAMED, AND IT HOLDS MANY SECRETS. Now two individuals from opposite ends of settled space are on a collision course with the darkest of those secrets, even as the world threatens to explode around them. The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power. Alexis Solovy is Earth Alliance royalty, her father a fallen war hero and her mother an influential military leader. But she seeks only the freedom of space and has made a fortune by reading the patterns in the chaos to discover the hidden wonders of the stars. Nothing about her latest objective suggests the secret it conceals will turn her life— not to mention the entire galaxy—upside down. But a chance encounter with a mysterious spy leads to a discovery which will thrust Alex into the middle of a galactic power struggle and a sinister conspiracy, whether she likes it or not. When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph or fall to ruin? Aurora Rising is an epic science fiction tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.

The Poetics of the Common Knowledge

Author: Don Byrd

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791416860

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 404

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The Poetics of the Common Knowledge focuses on Descartes, Hegel, Freud, and the information theorists, on the one hand, and the poets of the American avant-garde, on the other. This book is a call literally for a new poetry, a new making that manifests the possibility for sense-making in a postmodern condition without universals or absolutes. In such a poetry, fragmentation bespeaks not brokenness but the richness of the world apprehended without the habits of recognition.

Common Themes in Myth and Religion

A Developmental Reader

Author: Elinor Amlen

Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Pub


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 5188


This brief thematic reader for developmental reading students features high-interest topics for all ages of students presented at a sixth to tenth grade level. Abundant exercises accompany the readings.

Infinite variety

Antony and Cleopatra in renaissance drama and earlier tradition

Author: Marilyn L. Williamson

Publisher: Lawrence Verry Incorporated


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

View: 361


Shakespeare Survey

Author: Allardyce Nicoll

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521523462

Category: Drama

Page: 188

View: 2744


The first fifty volumes of this yearbook of Shakespeare studies are being reissued in paperback.

Texts and contexts

the Roman writers and their audience

Author: Kenneth Quinn

Publisher: Routledge/Thoemms Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

View: 7290


Trissino's Sophonisba and Aretino's Horatia

Two Italian Renaissance Tragedies

Author: Giovanni Giorgio Trissino

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

View: 3744


These are the first English translations of two of the most significant tragedies of the Italian Renaissance.

The hill and the labyrinth

discourse and certitude in Milton and his near-contemporaries

Author: John M. Steadman

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

ISBN: 9780520048775

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 185

View: 3979