Description : The acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman brings alive the life and world of Lincoln Steffens, the original Muckraker and father of American investigative journalism. Early 20th century America was a nation in the throes of becoming a great industrial power, a land dominated by big business and beset by social struggle and political corruption. It was the era of Sinclair Lewis, Emma Goldman, William Randolph Hearst, and John Reed. It was a time of union busting, anarchism, and Tammany Hall. Lincoln Steffens—eternally curious, a worldwide celebrity, and a man of magnetic charm—was a towering figure at the center of this world. He was friends with everyone from Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. As an editor at McClure’s magazine—along with Ida Tarbell he was one of the original muckrakers—he published articles that exposed the political and social corruption of the time. His book, Shame of the Cities, took on the corruption of local politics and his coverage of bad business practices on Wall Street helped lead to the creation of the Federal Reserve. Lincoln Steffens was truly a man of his season, and his life reflects his times: impetuous, vital, creative, striving. In telling the story of this outsized American figure, Justin Kaplan also tells the riveting tale of turn-of-the-century America.
Description : Kent proposes a general theory of genre classification arid applies this genetic model to American fiction written during the last half of the nineteenth century. Combining theory and application, Kent attempts to demonstrate that what we say about texts is related directly to our generic perception of them.
Description : A grunt’s-eye report from the battlefield in the spirit of The Red Badge of Courage and All Quiet on the Western Front—the only known account by a common soldier of the campaigns of Napoleon’s Grand Army between 1806 and 1813. When eighteen-year-old German stonemason Jakob Walter was conscripted into the Grand Army of Napoleon, he had no idea of the trials that lay ahead. The long, grueling marches in Prussia and Poland sacrificed countless men to Bonaparte’s grand designs. And the disastrous Russian campaign tested human endurance on an epic scale. Demoralized by defeat in a war few supported or understood, deprived of ammunition and leadership, driven past reason by starvation and bitter cold, men often turned on one another, killing fellow soldiers for bread or an able horse. Though there are numerous surviving accounts of the Napoleonic Wars written by officers, Walter’s is the only known memoir by a draftee, and as such is a unique and fascinating document—a compelling chronicle of a young soldier’s loss of innocence as well as an eloquent and moving portrait of the profound effects of war on the men who fight it. Professor Marc Raeff has added an Introduction to the memoirs as well as six letters home from the Russian front, previously unpublished in English, from German conscripts who served concurrently with Walter. The volume is illustrated with engravings and maps, contemporary with the manuscript, from the Russian/Soviet and East European collections of the New York Public Library. Honest, heartfelt, deeply personal yet objective, The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier is more than an informative and absorbing historical document—it is a timeless and unforgettable account of the horrors of war.
Description : This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Works of Joseph Conrad: 20 Novels & 26 Short Stories (Including Memoirs, Essays & Letters in One Single Edition)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. TABLE OF CONTENTS Novels Almayer's Folly An Outcast of the Islands The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' Heart of Darkness Lord Jim The Inheritors Typhoon & Falk The End of the Tether Romance Nostromo The Secret Agent The Nature of a Crime Under Western Eyes Chance Victory The Shadow Line The Arrow of Gold The Rescue The Rover Suspense: A Napoleonic Novel (unfinished) Short Stories Point of Honor: A Military Tale Falk: A Reminiscence Amy Foster To-morrow Karain, A Memory The Idiots The Outpost of Progress The Return Youth 'Twixt Land and Sea A Smile of Fortune The Secret Sharer Freya of the Seven Isles Gaspar Ruiz The Informer The Brute An Anarchist The Duel Il Conde The Warrior's Soul Prince Roman The Tale The Black Mate The Planter of Malata The Partner The Inn of the Two Witches Because of the Dollars Play One Day More Memoirs, Letters and Essays Collected Letters A Personal Record The Mirror of the Sea Notes on My Books Notes on Life & Letters Autocracy And War The Crime Of Partition A Note On The Polish Problem Poland Revisited Reflections On The Loss Of The Titanic Certain Aspects Of Inquiry Protection Of Ocean Liners A Friendly Place On Red Badge of Courage Biography & Critical Essays Joseph Conrad (A Biography) by Hugh Walpole Joseph Conrad, A Personal Remembrance by Ford Madox Ford The Making of an Author by Robert Lynd Tales of Mystery by Robert Lynd Joseph Conrad by John Albert Macy A Conrad Miscellany by John Albert Macy Joseph Conrad & The Athenæum by Arnold Bennett Joseph Conrad by Virginia Woolf Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) is regarded as one of the greatest English novelists. He wrote stories and novels, often with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an indifferent universe.