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A Short Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted

A Short Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted

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Frederick Law Olmsted practiced the art of landscape architecture with a combination of elegance and practicality. He held a deep understanding of managing the human impact on the land. In addition to Central Park, the Biltmore Estate, and the "White City" of Chicago's World Fair, he set the ground rules for Yosemite National Park. He was also a writer, an innovator in war injury; and a business man. The Short Biographies series from Applewood's Benna Books imprint features short, intriguing, and entertaining biographies of world-renowned figures. Each beautiful hardcover book includes an interesting retelling of a single person's life, suitable for young adults and adults alike. These little gems will become beloved souvenirs of a favorite artist or a memorable trip to a museum.
Apocalypse: The Great East Window Of York Minster

Apocalypse: The Great East Window Of York Minster

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This is the tale of a medieval masterpiece. York Minster boasts one of the great artistic achievements of the Middle Ages - a stunning expanse of stained glass of unparalleled size and beauty in Britain. The Great East Window, created by the 15th-century glass painter John Thornton, contains over 300 glazed panels, including a remarkable sequence depicting that most inspiring and controversial Biblical text, the Revelation of St John. The four horsemen, the Archangel Michael and the dragon, the whore of Babylon, the coming of the new Jerusalem - all of the famous phantasmagorical images of John's vision are here in searing colour and detail. Specially commissioned as the Minster received a generous grant to clean and preserve this masterwork, Apocalypse reproduces the entire cycle in colour for the first time. Expert commentary by medieval stained glass expert Sarah Brown is supplemented by a chapter on the interpretation of the Apocalypse by theologian Paula Gooder and an introduction by the Dean of York.
Before They Were Belly Dancers

Before They Were Belly Dancers

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Focusing on Egypt during the period 1760 to 1870, this book fills in some of the historical blanks for a dance form often known today in the Middle East as raqs sharki or raqs baladi, and in Western countries as "belly dance." Eyewitness accounts written by European travelers, the major primary source for modern scholars, provide most of the research material. The author shapes these numerous accounts into a coherent whole, providing a picture of Egyptian female entertainers of the period as professionals in the arts, rather than as a group of unnamed "ethnic" dancers and singers. Analysis is given of the contexts of this dance--that was a legitimate performing art form in Egyptian society appreciated by a wide variety of audiences--with a focus on actual performances--and a re-creation of choreography.
BILLY BUDD, BARTLEBY, AND OTHE

BILLY BUDD, BARTLEBY, AND OTHE

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A new, definitive edition of Herman Melville's virtuosic short stories--American classics wrought with scorching fury, grim humor, and profound beauty

Though best-known for his epic masterpiece Moby-Dick, Herman Melville also left a body of short stories arguably unmatched in American fiction. In the sorrowful tragedy of Billy Budd, Sailor; the controlled rage of Benito Cereno; and the tantalizing enigma of Bartleby, the Scrivener; Melville reveals himself as a singular storyteller of tremendous range and compelling power. In these stories, Melville cuts to the heart of race, class, capitalism, and globalism in America, deftly navigating political and social issues that resonate as clearly in our time as they did in Melville's. Also including The Piazza Tales in full, this collection demonstrates why Melville stands not only among the greatest writers of the nineteenth century, but also as one of our greatest contemporaries.

This Penguin Classics edition features the Reading Text of Billy Budd, Sailor, as edited from a genetic study of the manuscript by Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr., and the authoritative Northwestern-Newberry text of The Piazza Tales.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

CARMILLA (REVISED)

CARMILLA (REVISED)

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Following a near fatal carriage collision, the beautiful young Carmilla is taken in by the narrator Laura and her father. The two young women become strangely attracted to each other, but there seems to be more to Carmilla than meets the eye. After her arrival in the village, local peasants begin to die and Laura falls ill and languishes. What is Carmilla's true identity, and can she be to blame?

A thrilling Victorian tale of horror and mystery and a major influence on Stoker's Dracula, Carmilla remains one of Sheridan Le Fanu's most enduring works. This Valancourt Books edition, the first-ever scholarly edition of Le Fanu's novella, follows the rare original text as it appeared serially in The Dark Blue in 1871-72 (including the original illustrations) and includes a new introduction and footnotes by Jamieson Ridenhour. Also featured in this edition is a wealth of contextual material, including texts by Yeats, Coleridge, Stoker, Padraig Pearse, and others, and the complete texts of Le Fanu's "The Child that Went with the Fairies" and F.G. Loring's "The Tomb of Sarah."

Carson's: The History of a Chicago Shopping Landmark

Carson's: The History of a Chicago Shopping Landmark

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Carson Pirie Scott and Company always enjoyed a sterling reputation in Chicago, even among the merchant princes of State Street. For more than one hundred years, in architect Louis Sullivan's stunning commercial masterpiece, Carson's stood shoulder to shoulder with retail icon Marshall Field's, establishing itself as an anchor of contemporary style. It was a place that brought the world to the Midwest, from Parisian fashion to the authentic ambiance of the Mediterrenea dance numbers and the Santa's Village displays. Relive the friendly shopping experience that has kept the Carson's name alive for over a century and a half.
Catato and Friends

Catato and Friends

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n this delightfully imaginative children’s book, by Renie B. Adams, Professor Peach inspires her students to envision a breed of hybrid creatures that are part plant and part animal. Readers of all ages will smile and giggle at the oddball "Plantanimals" the children create. CREATIVE CHILD 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD RECIPIENT Follow the story of doubtful and discouraged Freddy page by page as he witnesses the other children quickly fulfill their assignments. Helen has no trouble imagining how her pet otter would look with a belly painted with watermelon stripes—like a perfect Ottermelon! Clever Peter dreams up his Plantanimal without delay; when his mother said, “Peter, please! No sweets until those peas are gone,” he imagined them as Bumblepeas and watched them fly from home! With the encouragement of his good friends, Freddy overcomes his anxiety and hesitation and creates a charming Plantanimal of his own. You’ll enjoy meeting all of Renie’s creative Plantanimal creations, including Flamangos (flamingo + mango), Raspbear (raspberry + bear), Llama Bean (llama + lima bean), Piggle (pig + pickle), Brussels Trout (Brussels sprouts + trout), and many more, in her fun-to-read poems and beautifully rendered illustrations.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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This collectable hardcover edition will feature a beautiful cover and deluxe packaging, including purple interior text and illustrations!

Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket's back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world'' first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.

Chicago's first Crime King

Chicago's first Crime King

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Michael Cassius McDonald arrived in Chicago as a teenage scam artist who quickly sketched a blueprint for running the city through its criminal underworld. Chicago's original mob boss, he procured presidential pardons, stuffed mayoral ballot boxes and ope
CHIMERA

CHIMERA

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A National Book Award winner, this bawdy, comic trio of novellas finds John Barth injecting his signature wit into three tales many times told: that of Scheherazade, storyteller of the Thousand and One Nights; of Perseus, slayer of Medusa; and of Bellerophon, rider of Pegasus and slayer of the Chimera.