A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre Book

A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-12-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476622798

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A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre Excerpt :

Edward Bulwer-Lytton—who coined the terms “the great unwashed” and “the pen is mightier than the sword”—is best remembered for persuading Dickens to change the ending of Great Expectations; but Lord Lytton was a prolific and influential novelist in his own right, inspiring Edgar Allan Poe, H. Rider Haggard and Madame Blavatsky, among others. His radicalism was applauded by William Godwin, the father of both Mary Shelley and the anarchist movement, and his ideas about power foreshadowed those of Friedrich Nietzsche. Fascinated by crime, Bulwer-Lytton was an outspoken critic of his society, both in his novels and throughout his political career. Equally fascinated by paranormal phenomena, he wrote two of the most important occult fantasies in English literature and set the agenda of the Society for Psychical Research. His historical romance The Last Days of Pompeii has inspired several movies and a star-studded television series, while his stately home at Knebworth has provided brooding Gothic backdrops for many other films. This book covers Bulwer-Lytton’s novels in detail, exploring their influence on writers and film makers and, via Richard Wagner’s operatic adaptation of Rienzi, the catastrophe of Adolf Hitler.

A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre Book

A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-11-30
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786499489

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A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre Excerpt :

Edward Bulwer-Lytton--who coined the terms "the great unwashed" and "the pen is mightier than the sword"--is best remembered for persuading Dickens to change the ending of Great Expectations; but Lord Lytton was a prolific and influential novelist in his own right, inspiring Edgar Allan Poe, H. Rider Haggard and Madame Blavatsky, among others. His radicalism was applauded by William Godwin, the father of both Mary Shelley and the anarchist movement, and his ideas about power foreshadowed those of Friedrich Nietzsche. Fascinated by crime, Bulwer-Lytton was an outspoken critic of his society, both in his novels and throughout his political career. Equally fascinated by paranormal phenomena, he wrote two of the most important occult fantasies in English literature and set the agenda of the Society for Psychical Research. His historical romance The Last Days of Pompeii has inspired several movies and a star-studded television series, while his stately home at Knebworth has provided brooding Gothic backdrops for many other films. This book covers Bulwer-Lytton's novels in detail, exploring their influence on writers and film makers and, via Richard Wagner's operatic adaptation of Rienzi, the catastrophe of Adolf Hitler.

Samuel Beckett l   vre carrefour l   uvre limite Book

Samuel Beckett l vre carrefour l uvre limite


  • Author : Marius Buning
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : 9042003472

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Samuel Beckett l vre carrefour l uvre limite Excerpt :

ISBN 9042003375 (paperback) NLG 55.00 From the contents: Beckettissimo: Beckett virtuose de l'echo: 'fin de partie' et l'essence du bouddhisme (Emmanuel Jacquart).- Staging of institutional tensions in Beckett's plays (Juergen Siess).- Postmodern staging of 'waiting for Godot' (Mariko Hori Tanaka).- Staging himself, or Beckett's late style in the theatre (S.E. Gontarski). figure.

A Dark and Stormy Knit Book
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A Dark and Stormy Knit


  • Author : Anne Canadeo
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-01-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451644821

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A Dark and Stormy Knit Excerpt :

In the sixth novel in the series that is “sure to hook cozy fans” (Publishers Weekly) the Black Sheep Knitters must work to solve the mystery of the disappearance of their friend—and figure out who is trying to kill her before it’s too late. Knitting graffiti, in Plum Harbor? Maggie Messina doubts it could ever happen in her quiet village. Until the new parking meters on Main Street are found covered with cat-faced cozies. In the dark of night, the mysterious Knit Kats have struck again! The infamous gang of stitching graffiti artists are totally harmless, and their pranks all in good fun. Or so Maggie and her friends think. Until a yarn-covered corpse is discovered a few days later—the tangles identical to Knit Kat handiwork. These threads of evidence should be easy to follow. But the clever Knit Kats hide behind a website and secret identities. The murderer could be anyone. A familiar face in town, even a copy Kat. But when Maggie’s assistant, Phoebe, becomes the prime suspect, the knitting friends know the police have dropped a few stitches. With no time to rest on their needles, the Black Sheep set out to unmask the crafty killer. No simple task, when all Knit Kats look the same in the dark.

The Piano on Film Book

The Piano on Film


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2022-02-22
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476643885

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The Piano on Film Excerpt :

Since the early days of silent film accompaniment, the piano has played an integral part in the history of cinema. Film's fascination with the piano, both in soundtracks and onscreen as a status symbol and icon of popular romanticism, offers a revealing opportunity to chart the changing perception of the instrument. From Mozart to Elton John, this book surveys the cultural history of the piano through the instrument's cinematic functions. Composer biopics, such as A Song to Remember, romantic melodramas like the Liberace vehicle Sincerely Yours, and horror films such as The Hands of Orlac, along with animated cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry demonstrate just how pervasive the cinematic image of the piano once was during a period when the piano itself began its noticeable decline in everyday life. By examining these depictions of the piano onscreen, readers will begin to understand not only the decline of the piano but also the decline of the idealistic culture to which it gave birth in the nineteenth century.

A Green and Pagan Land Book

A Green and Pagan Land


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2017-12-20
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476670508

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A Green and Pagan Land Excerpt :

British literature often refers to pagan and classical themes through richly detailed landscapes that suggest more than a mere backdrop of physical features. The myth-inspired writings of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Algernon Blackwood, Aleister Crowley, Lord Dunsany and even Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows informed later British films and television dramas such as The Owl Service (1969-70), Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), The Wicker Man (1973), Excalibur (1981) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). The author analyzes the evocative language and esthetics of landscapes in literature, film, television and music, and how “psycho-geography” is used to explore the influence of the past on the present.

Terrors of the Flesh Book

Terrors of the Flesh


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-07-17
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476640785

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Terrors of the Flesh Excerpt :

The horror and psychological denial of our mortality, along with the corruptibility of our flesh, are persistent themes in drama. Body horror films have intensified these themes in increasingly graphic terms. The aesthetic of body horror has its origins in the ideas of the Marquis de Sade and the existential philosophies of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, all of whom demonstrated that we have just cause to be anxious about our physical reality and its existence in the world. This book examines the relationship between these writers and the various manifestations of body horror in film. The most characteristic examples of this genre are those directed by David Cronenberg, but body horror as a whole includes many variations on the theme by other figures, whose work is charted here through eight categories: copulation, generation, digestion, mutilation, infection, mutation, disintegration and extinction.

Movie Magick Book

Movie Magick


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2018-10-22
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476633756

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Movie Magick Excerpt :

“Magick” as defined by Aleister Crowley is “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” This book explores expressions of movie magick in classic occult films like Hammer’s adaptation of Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out and modern occult revival movies. These films are inspired by the aesthetics of fin de siècle decadence, the symbolist writings of Villiers de l’Isle Adam, Wagnerian music drama, the Faust legend, the pseudo-science of theosophy, 1960s occult psychedelia, occult conspiracy theories and obscure aspects of animation.

Dirk Bogarde Book

Dirk Bogarde


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2019-10-16
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 199
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476678030

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Dirk Bogarde Excerpt :

English actor Dirk Bogarde dominated the films in which he starred. Exploring the tension between his matinee idol appeal and his own closeted sexuality, this book focuses on the wide variety of genres in which he worked, and the highly charged interaction between his life and his roles. Beginning with an expose of gay life in post-war Britain and his relationship with partner/manager, Anthony Forwood, each chapter explores Bogarde's performances by genre--his juvenile delinquent movies, his military roles, his contribution to Basil Dearden's overtly gay thriller Victim (1961), and his "outsider" roles in such films as The Servant (1963), The Fixer (1968) and Despair (1978). Bogarde's "camp" cinema, espionage thrillers and various roles as artists are also examined, along with the misogyny of the Doctor films and his later television work.

Music for the Superman Book

Music for the Superman


  • Author : David Huckvale
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2017-06-09
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476627113

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Music for the Superman Excerpt :

 Friedrich Nietzsche regarded himself as the most musical philosopher—he played the piano, wrote his own compositions and espoused a philosophy encouraging all to dance for joy. Central to his life and his ideas were the music and personality of Richard Wagner, whom he both loved and loathed at different times of his life. Nietzsche had considerable influence on composers, many of whom employed Wagnerian sonorities to set his words and respond to his ideas. This book explores Nietzsche’s relationship with Wagner, the influence of his writings on the music of Strauss, Mahler, Delius, Scriabin, Busoni and others, his place in Thomas Mann’s critique of German Romantic music in the novel Doctor Faustus and his impact on 20th-century popular music.

Handbook of the English Novel  1830   1900 Book

Handbook of the English Novel 1830 1900


  • Author : Martin Middeke
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2020-05-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 686
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110376715

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Handbook of the English Novel 1830 1900 Excerpt :

Part I of this authoritative handbook offers systematic essays, which deal with major historical, social, philosophical, political, cultural and aesthetic contexts of the English novel between 1830 and 1900. The essays offer a wide scope of aspects such as the Industrial Revolution, religion and secularisation, science, technology, medicine, evolution or the increasing mediatisation of the lifeworld. Part II, then, leads through the work of more than 25 eminent Victorian novelists. Each of these chapters provides both historical and biographical contextualisation, overview, close reading and analysis. They also encourage further research as they look upon the work of the respective authors at issue from the perspectives of cultural and literary theory.

It was a Dark and Stormy Night Book
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It was a Dark and Stormy Night


  • Author : Scott Rice
  • Publisher : Penguin Group USA
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 122
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:49015001306183

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It was a Dark and Stormy Night Excerpt :

Present entries for the most atrocious opening sentence to hypothetical bad novels

Hawke Book
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Hawke


  • Author : Ted Bell
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 0743466705

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Hawke Excerpt :

British naval hero Lord Alexander Hawke returns to the same Caribbean waters where his parents were murdered--this time on a secret mission for America to find a highly classified stealth submarine that has mysteriously disappeared.

The Dog at Clambercrown Book

The Dog at Clambercrown


  • Author : Jocelyn Brooke
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2017-10-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781509855827

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The Dog at Clambercrown Excerpt :

The Dog at Clambercrown takes its name from a mysterious pub - seductive and frightening, never visited, only heard of – that fascinates Brooke’s child narrator in this beautiful and utterly original work of autobiographical fiction. Both a journey through Europe and a return to the forbidden kingdoms of a Kentish childhood, the novel interweaves past and present as Brooke, responding to the magical potency of “Abroad”, summons the obsessions and terrors of his youth, and conjures an almost pagan vision of the English countryside – even as he sits down to tea with the Sicilian mafia. First published in 1955, The Dog at Clambercrown epitomises what Anthony Powell termed as Brooke’s unique genre of “reminiscence lightly touched with fiction”. Disarmingly clever, deliciously opinionated and irrepressibly amusing, this neglected classic of gay literature is ripe for rediscovery. ‘One of the most interesting and talented of contemporary writers’ – Anthony Powell ‘He is subtle as the devil’ – John Betjeman ‘Here is a writer possessed by the magic—the voodoo—of childhood’ – New Statesman

Night Photography and Light Painting Book

Night Photography and Light Painting


  • Author : Lance Keimig
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-15
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317964612

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Night Photography and Light Painting Excerpt :

Lance Keimig, one of the premier experts on night photography, has put together a comprehensive reference that will show you ways to capture images you never thought possible. This new edition of Night Photography presents the practical techniques of shooting at night alongside theory and history, illustrated with clear, concise examples, and charts and stunning images. From urban night photography to photographing the landscape by starlight or moonlight, from painting your subject with light to creating a subject with light, this book provides a complete guide to digital night photography and light painting.