By Lindsey R. Swindall

Paul Robeson: a lifetime of Activism and Art is the biography of an African American icon and an illustration of historian Lindsey R. Swindall's knack for thorough, special study and mirrored image. Paul Robeson was once, at issues in his existence, an actor, singer, soccer participant, political activist and author, probably the most diversely gifted participants of the Harlem Renaissance. Swindall facilities Robeson's tale round the argument that whereas Robeson leaned towards Socialism, a Pan-African standpoint is prime to realizing his existence as an artist and political recommend. Many past works on Robeson have centred totally on his involvement with the U.S. Communist celebration, paying little recognition to the wider African affects on his politics and paintings. With each one bankruptcy all for a decade of his lifestyles, this booklet gives us a clean examine his tale, and the ways that the struggles, successes and stories of his adolescence got here to form him as an artist, activist and guy in a while. Robeson’s tale is one now not easily of politics and protest, yet of a man’s lifelong evolution from an athlete to an entertainer to an indispensible guy of letters and African American concept. Swindall well outlines the occasions of Robeson's existence in a fashion that freshly offers him as a guy whose paintings used to be motivated by means of greater than simply his conditions, yet by means of a spirit rooted in commitment to the African's position in American paintings and politics.

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By Peter Ackroyd

Within the first in a brand new sequence of short biographies, bestselling writer Peter Ackroyd brilliantly conjures up the medieval international of britain and gives an incomparable creation to the good poet’s works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived an incredibly eventful existence. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 used to be taken prisoner in France and ransomed. via his spouse, Philippa, he received the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a profession at courtroom. His posts incorporated Controller of Customs on the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on a number of adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. but he was once additionally indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle.

He started to write within the 1360s, and is referred to now because the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the 1st instance of contemporary English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, ruled the final a part of his existence.

In his vigorous variety, Peter Ackroyd, essentially the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing this present day, brings us an eye-opening portrait, wealthy in drama and colourful old aspect, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.

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In this remarkable memoir, John F. Kennedy's closest consultant recounts in complete for the 1st time his adventure counseling Kennedy during the such a lot dramatic moments in American background. Illuminating, revelatory, and gripping, Counselor is the intense, long-awaited memoir from the striking guy who formed the presidency and the legacy of 1 of the best leaders the US has ever known.

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By Theresa Brown

Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invitations us to adventure not only an afternoon within the lifetime of a nurse yet the entire lifestyles that occurs in precisely at some point on a hectic educating hospital’s melanoma ward. within the span of twelve hours, lives will be misplaced, life-altering remedy judgements made, and goals fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Unfolding in actual time--under the watchful eyes of this devoted specialist and insightful chronicler of events--The Shift gives an unheard of view into the person struggles in addition to the bigger truths approximately medication during this kingdom. via shift’s finish, now we have witnessed whatever profound approximately wish and humanity.

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Folk singer and people song collector, author, painter, journalist, artwork critic, whalerman, sheep station roustabout, Marxist, and lots more and plenty extra - this is often the tale of A. L. (Bert) Lloyd's notable life.

A. L. Lloyd performed a key half within the folks track revival of the Fifties and 60s, yet that's merely a part of his tale. Dave Arthur files how Lloyd grew to become a member of the Communist celebration, forceful antifascist, alternate unionist and an immense a part of left-wing tradition from the early Nineteen Thirties to his loss of life in 1982. Following his go back from Australia as a 21-year-old, self-educated agricultural labourer, he used to be on the middle of crucial left-wing events and hugely revered for his wisdom in a number of fields.

Dave Arthur recounts the lifetime of an inventive, passionate and life-loving Marxist, and in so doing offers a social heritage of a turbulent 20th century.

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Drawing on formerly unpublished interviews with a few of those that knew Lawrence after Arabia, this e-book portrays the final years of 1 of the main unbelievable figures of the 20 th century and settles the explanations for his premature death

T. E. Lawrence came upon worldwide reputation for his management of the Arab insurrection in the course of global battle I, harassing the Turks from Medina to Damascus and getting ready the floor for the ultimate Allied offensive in 1918. He used to be hailed as a hero, yet little is understood in regards to the lifetime of this mysterious and charismatic guy after these occasions. This booklet is about his existence after Arabia. It surveys his carrier within the RAF and the Tank Corps as a trifling ranker, and info how he turned a professional within the know-how of the hot RAF. It examines the paintings he did for the 1929 Schneider Trophy Race, the advance of the recent RAF 2 hundred seaplane soft, and the improvement of its armor-plated offspring, the Armored aim Boat. It additionally investigates his literary endeavors and his tragically early demise, a tragic finish to a Renaissance guy of all skills, an educational, a skilled engineer, and a soldier. He also was provided exalted diplomatic positions via Churchill, implored via Nancy Astor to go into the fray because the Nazi danger grew, and socialized with E. M. Forster, George Bernard Shaw, and the Cliveden set.

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By Francine Prose

“Matching wonderful prose to lovely works of art, Prose responds to every picture as a second of theatrical revelation, sensual or religious, and regularly both.” — Boston Sunday Globe

In Caravaggio, big apple Times bestselling writer Francine Prose (Goldengrove, analyzing like a Writer) deals a charming account of the lifestyles and paintings of 1 of the best painters of all time. —“Called “racy, intensely imagined, and hugely readable” by means of the New York occasions booklet evaluate, Caravaggio comprises 8 pages of colour illustrations, and is certain to attract artwork fanatics drawn to considered one of history’s actual innovators. Caravaggio is one other enticing access within the HarperCollins’ “Eminent Lives” sequence of biographies via uncommon authors on canonical figures.

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By Brian Fleming

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty is an unsung hero in his local eire. in the course of the German profession of Rome from 1942 to 1944, he ran an get away association for Allied POWs and civilians, together with Jews. He positioned hundreds of thousands in security and used to be referred to as `the Pimpernel of the Vatican'. while the Allies entered Rome he had stored over 6,000 lives.

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As a daring and proficient baby, Branwell Bronte's promise appeared boundless to the 3 adoring sisters over whom his rule used to be whole. yet as an grownup, the precocious flame of genius distorted and burned low. With neither the power nor the assets to counter rejection, not able to promote his work or submit his books, Branwell turned a spectre within the Bronte tale, in pathetic distinction with the miraculous achievements of his sisters.

Daphne du Maurier concentrates all her biographer's ability at the shadowy determine of Branwell Bronte, and no reader may possibly fail to be intensely moved through Branwell's ultimate retreat into laudanum, alcohol - and loss of life

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Alfred Hitchcock: A existence in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the grasp of Suspense and the main well known movie director of all time.

In a profession that spanned six many years and produced greater than 60 motion pictures – together with The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock set new criteria for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his lifestyles and awesome paintings, tough perceptions of Hitchcock because the “macabre Englishman” and sexual obsessive, and divulges in its place the inventive craftsman, trickster, provocateur, and romantic.

With insights into his relationships with Hollywood legends – comparable to Cary provide, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and beauty Kelly – in addition to his 54-year marriage to Alma Reville and his inspirations within the mystery style, the publication is stuffed with an analogous darkish humor, cliffhanger suspense, and revelations which are synonymous with some of the most recognized and misunderstood figures in cinema.

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