What seems to animate many of the fairy tales is a heady freedom from the constraints of realism.
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Anne Curry’s purpose is not merely to act as a military analyst, but to explore the long cultural history of the battle’s meanings in subsequent British history.
Bruno Colson’s book is a wonder of research, and serves to shed light on the state of Napoleon’s mind.
Editor Jon Stallworthy’s preference in this superb anthology is for poems that question, or provoke questions about, war.
Award-winning historian Joel Williamson would seem to have the credentials to illuminate Elvis as a distinctly Southern phenomenon.
Entertaining yet incisive, The Conquest of Plassans remains a devastatingly acute reminder that religion and politics make surprisingly compatible bedfellows.
The Witch-Hunt Narrative is an extremely important book about an ongoing phenomenon that will not go away anytime soon.
Powell, the translator, a respected classicist, is noted for promulgating the theory that the Greek alphabet was designed precisely in order to capture epic poetry, provide some approximation of its sounds.
Unlike fellow apostate (and friend) Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne didn’t have the chutzpah to be a proto-existentialist — for him, it was better to cling to questionable moral pieties than plummet into sheer nothingness.
Helen Constantine’s new translation of Balzac’s “The Wild Ass’s Skin” serves this wonderful and weird book well. It is one of the great, black comic fables in world literature, a dazzlingly demented exploration of a society’s lack of imagination.