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Title The Poltergeist in William Faulkner s Light in August
Author John P. Anderson
Publisher Universal-Publishers
Release Date 2002-09
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 187
ISBN 1581126166
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An analysis of Faulkner's novel Light in August based on the death of his daughter, Alabama. BACK COVER: This non-academic author exposes the poltergeist lurking in the cellar of Faulkner's uncanny and haunting novel Light in August as the ghost of Faulkner's first child Alabama. She was born prematurely and died tragically after only nine days, apparently in the clutches of fetal alcohol syndrome. Faulkner couldn't write anything substantial for 7 months and then started this disturbing novel. The author demonstrates how Faulkner's own grief experience shaped the characters and the action and how he grounded part of his personal poltergeist in this novel. The resulting novel is full of tension and alienation. Strangers occupy Faulkner's fictional Jefferson, Mississippi against the background of the culturally reft South post-Civil War. The author shows how Faulkner shrouded his intensely personal grief experience in a conceptual wardrobe borrowed from the philosopher and Nobel Prize winning Henri Bergson. Faulkner borrowed Bergsonian concepts of the life and death currents for the contrast in characters between those free in the present and those prisoners of the past. Lena Grove the young and pregnant country girl walking for weeks to find the father of her child bears the life current and Joe Christmas the orphan turned rapist and murderer the death current. The author demonstrates how Faulkner created the novel's other vivid characters using similar contrasts and how the plot strands tie together in a resonating whole. The author's detailed textual analysis of important passages brings this difficult novel into focus. Like the author's other books on Joyce and Faulkner, use of this analysis either as literary foreplay or afterplay will enhance your reading experience of Faulkner's novel.

Conrad S Victory by John Anderson

Title Conrad s Victory
Author John Anderson
Publisher Universal-Publishers
Release Date 2004-08
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 200
ISBN 1581125151
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is a detailed reader's guide to the power of Conrad's novel Victory. This non-academic author analyzes Conrad's format as a conflict between the life philosophies of Buddhist separation and Holy Spirit connection, a conflict played out dramatically in the emotional relationship of one man and one woman living on a remote south sea island. Anderson identifies the major themes as follows. Baron Axel Heyst, living alone to avoid emotional entanglements, nonetheless rescues Lena from a touring orchestra, and they escape to live together 24/7 on his remote island. Lena's connection to Heyst matures from initial interest to sexual love to selfless or spiritual love. But Heyst's response to her remains stuck in sexual possession. Given this failure of love connection, representatives of evil arrive on the island shortly thereafter. The victory of the title is Lena's victory over the fear of death that generates the selfish "me first" attitude in humans. Grounded in love for Heyst, she achieves a permanent and real sense of self and an ability to deal with evil. Finally the Holy Spirit force field powers her ultimate sacrifice for Heyst. He remains self-possessed, ultimately giving nothing of himself to Lena, but ironically without a secure sense of self or the ability to deal with evil. This author sees Conrad's large structure for Heyst's failure of the spirit as the biblical account of Mary Magdalene's part in the Resurrection of Christ. Heyst's failure to love Lena is his resurrection lost. This author also analyzes the sophisticated art of this novel as an unfolding from stem-cell metaphors into more specialized metaphors producing a powerful artistic victory.

Conrad S Lord Jim by John Anderson

Title Conrad s Lord Jim
Author John Anderson
Publisher Universal-Publishers
Release Date 2005
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 196
ISBN 1581124856
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This non-academic author explores Conrad's classic Lord Jim as a clinic in the psychology of the self, a novel whose characters are designed to reflect various degrees of integration of self-image and action and independence from the approval of others. Conrad's character construction anticipates the findings and theories of modern psychology, particularly those of psychological differentiation and to a lesser extent Jung and Freud. The main contrast in the clinic of the self is between the independent Marlow and the dependent Jim. After Jim fails to do his duty as First Mate on a ship named the Patna, he is judged by a court of inquiry and humiliated. Pathologically subject to shame because of the lack of any secure self, the dependent Jim attempts to hide by moving from port to port and finally into the jungle in out of the way Patusan. Crowned Lord Jim by the natives, he meets a seemingly inevitable fate because of his continuing need for approval from others. The independent Marlow helps Jim and in the process develops nuanced attitudes beyond conventional morality. Anderson sees the principal art of the novel as the connection Conrad forged between Jim and the Patna. Damaged by a submerged object while carrying Muslim pilgrims on their annual pilgrimage, the cause and effect of damage to the ship are metaphors for the cause and effect of Jim's psychic damage, damage that makes him susceptible to the pressure of opinions of others. Damaged early by the lack of a mother's nurture, Jim has no strong inner bulkheads to resist the pressure of the opinions of others. This author views the background of the novel, the background against which Conrad constructed Jim's life drama, to include the Garden of Eden myth and the attitudes towards free will in Islam and Christianity. As he did with works by Joyce, Faulkner and Flaubert, Anderson gives his analysis in a chapter by chapter and selected paragraph by paragraph reading of the novel.

Joyce S Finnegans Wake by John P. Anderson

Title Joyce s Finnegans Wake
Author John P. Anderson
Publisher Universal-Publishers
Release Date 2009-07-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 334
ISBN 9781599429014
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This second volume continues this non-academic author's ground-breaking word-by-word analysis of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Joyce's last blessing on mankind. In chapters 1.3 and 1.4, which are covered by this volume, the Kabbalah-based analysis peers into the darkness of the Egyptian Land of the Dead and corresponding Book of the Dead. These chapters are joined at the hip by Egyptian death-obsessed theosophy and increase the font on Joyce s principal subject matter the loss of human potential to fear and dependency. Joyce finds Kabbalah-cursed paralysis in ancient Egyptian religion as part of his effort to show the same paralysis in nearly all religions and to champion the independent individual. In these chapters, the search for meaning in the god/mankind relationship serves up several father and son stories. This selection is based on the fundamental importance in Egyptian religion of the story of father Osiris and son Horus, and the corresponding importance in Christian religion of Jesus as the son of god and the second person in the Trinity. These father and son stories include Attackler and Adversary, a tale framed by a dependency- demanding father god betraying the independent son god on the cross. The story of Abelbody is based on the premise that the real son of the god of this world was the arbitrary and violent Cain. Joyce s masterful synergism of style and content continues. In these two chapters sentences are wrapped up like mummies in parenthesis and parenthesis within parenthesis and slowed down by flow-interrupting dependent clauses. By contrast, the sentences at the end of chapter 1.4 display a new spirit. The unification aspect of the female psyche shows in long and open compound sentences joining many independent elements (much like Molly s soliloquy in Ulysses). In addition, the transition at the end of chapter 1.4 to the female in chapter 1.5 (covered in volume 3) is made by poetry at first doggerel and then dignified poetry. Like the aspect of female mentality that Joyce focuses on, poetry is based on partial connection and unification of the sounds, words and thoughts. Joyce's closing words nurture each other. The author's plan is to cover all of Finnegans Wake in subsequent volumes.

Flaubert S Madame Bovary by John P. Anderson

Title Flaubert s Madame Bovary
Author John P. Anderson
Publisher Universal-Publishers
Release Date 2004
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 229
ISBN 9781581125405
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This non-academic author has previously brought you reader's guides to the depths and subtle pleasures of works by Joyce and Faulkner. With this book he brings you to the ultimate pleasures of Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece. This author treats Madame Bovary as the Zen novel, working on the reader in the same way Zen works on a disciple. He shows how Flaubert uses a radically new style in order to create a literary breakthrough of a similar order as Zen and has composed the ultimate music of this novel in the counterpoint of style and plot. The style of the novel is grounded in Zen-like detachment and freedom whereas the plot is mired in desire, illusion and determinism. In the plot the inevitable demise of Madame Bovary is driven by her passionate nature and corresponding vulnerability to illusion. By contrast Flaubert's radical style is built on the philosophy of detachment. Flaubert finds a principal enemy of human freedom deep in the guts of mankind in the tapeworm of desire. The desire tapeworm feeds on freedom and excretes dissatisfaction. Emma or Madame Bovary is not free because she has the worm. Emma wants, Emma gets, but she is quickly dissatisfied and then the worm wants more. Emma could be a poster girl for our 21st century credit card society. Flaubert's novel shows through the fate of Emma Bovary the dangers of the worm. For those without freedom fate is in charge.

Title Stephen King on the Big Screen
Author Mark Browning
Publisher Intellect Books
Release Date 2009
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 251
ISBN 9781841502458
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

and the first to consider in detail films like Creepshow, Sleepwalkers and 1408. The style, whilst critically rigorous, is designed to be accessible to discerning readers of King and fans of films based on his work." --Book Jacket.

Title National Union Catalog
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1973
Category American literature
Total Pages 86
ISBN UCSC:32106020979248
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Includes entries for maps and atlases.

American Gothic by Robert K. Martin

Title American Gothic
Author Robert K. Martin
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Release Date 1998-06-01
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781587293023
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In America as in Britain, the rise of the Gothic represented the other—the fearful shadows cast upon Enlightenment philosophies of common sense, democratic positivism, and optimistic futurity. Many critics have recognized the centrality of these shadows to American culture and self-identification. American Gothic, however, remaps the field by offering a series of revisionist essays associated with a common theme: the range and variety of Gothic manifestations in high and popular art from the roots of American culture to the present. The thirteen essayists approach the persistence of the Gothic in American culture by providing a composite of interventions that focus on specific issues—the histories of gender and race, the cultures of cities and scandals and sensations—in order to advance distinct theoretical paradigms. Each essay sustains a connection between a particular theoretical field and a central problem in the Gothic tradition. Drawing widely on contemporary theory—particularly revisionist views of Freud such as those offered by Lacan and Kristeva—this volume ranges from the well-known Gothic horrors of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to the popular fantasies of Stephen King and the postmodern visions of Kathy Acker. Special attention is paid to the issues of slavery and race in both black and white texts, including those by Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner. In the view of the editors and contributors, the Gothic is not so much a historical category as a mode of thought haunted by history, a part of suburban life and the lifeblood of films such as The Exorcist and Fatal Attraction.

Title The Faulkner Newsletter Yoknapatawpha Review
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1992
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN STANFORD:36105022086412
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Title Beloved
Author Toni Morrison
Publisher Vintage Books
Release Date 2004
Category Fiction
Total Pages 321
ISBN 9781400033416
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is haunted persistently by the ghost of the dead baby girl whom she sacrificed, in a new edition of the Nobel Laureate's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

Little Sister Death by William Gay

Title Little Sister Death
Author William Gay
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release Date 2015-10-13
Category Fiction
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9780571325733
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Little Sister Death is the stunning 'lost' horror novel of the late William Gay. Inspired by the famous 19th Century Bell Witch haunting of Tennessee, it follows the unravelling life of David Binder, a writer who moves his young family to a haunted farmstead to try and find inspiration for his faltering work... Beautifully written and structured, Little Sister Death is a loving and faithful addition to the field of classic horror writing, eschewing any notions of irony or post-modern tricks as it aims, instead, straight for your soul.

Title Paperbound Books in Print
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1966
Category Paperbacks
Total Pages 86
ISBN UOM:39015085501818
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Saturday Review by Anonim

Title Saturday Review
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1983
Category Literature
Total Pages 86
ISBN IND:30000080743564
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

Title Under the Volcano
Author Malcolm Lowry
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2000-02-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780141190679
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

One of the twentieth century's great undisputed masterpieces, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano includes an introduction by Michael Schmidt in Penguin Modern Classics. It is the fiesta 'Day of the Dead' in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac. In the shadow of the volcano, ragged children beg coins to buy skulls made of chocolate, ugly pariah dogs roam the streets and Geoffrey Firmin - ex-consul, ex-husband, an alcoholic and a ruined man - is living out the last day of his life. Drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him, the consul has become an enduring tragic figure. As the day wears on, it becomes apparent that Geoffrey must die. It is his only escape from a world he cannot understand. His story, the image of one man's agonised journey towards Calvary, became a prophetic book for a whole generation. Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) was born and died in England. Between school and studying English at St Catherine's College, Cambridge he spent five months at sea as a deckhand, an experience which gave him the material for his first novel, Ultramarine (1933). After marrying in Paris, he moved to New York where he completed In Ballast to the White (1936). Under The Volcano was begun in Hollywood, coloured by a short stay in the Mexico that it describes, and eventually finished in Dollarton, British Columbia. If you enjoyed Under the Volcano, you might like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned, also available in Penguin Classics. 'A Faustian masterpiece' Anthony Burgess

Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy

Title Wisconsin Death Trip
Author Michael Lesy
Publisher UNM Press
Release Date 2000
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 148
ISBN 0826321933
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Consists chiefly of excerpts from the Badger State banner, Black River Falls, Wis., for the years 1885-1900 and of photos. taken by Charles Van Schaick from 1890 to 1910.

The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch

Title The Good Apprentice
Author Iris Murdoch
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-10-31
Category Fiction
Total Pages 576
ISBN 9781407019758
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives. Stuart's step-brother Edward Baltram is tormented by guilt because he has, he believes, killed his best friend. He dreams sometimes of redemption, sometimes of suicide. Funny, compelling and extremely moving, THE GOOD APPRENTICE is about guilt ridden despair, and the difficult problem of how to try to be good - and the various magical devices which console those who are sensible enough not to try.

The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt

Title The Indian Clerk
Author David Leavitt
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2010-08-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 496
ISBN 1596918403
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Indian Clerk takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world. A literary masterpiece, it appeared on four bestseller lists, including the Los Angeles Times, and received dazzling reviews from every major publication in the country.

The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons

Title The House Next Door
Author Anne Rivers Siddons
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2007-07-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781416553441
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The house next door to the Kennedys appears to be haunted by an all-pervasive evil, and the couple watches as a succession of owners becomes engulfed by the sinister force, until the Kennedys set out to destroy the house themselves.

The Long Home by William Gay

Title The Long Home
Author William Gay
Publisher MP Publishing
Release Date 2011-11-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 301
ISBN 9781849821001
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling, William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine - until he learns of it first-hand. Gay's remarkable debut novel, 'The Long Home', is also the story of Amber Rose, a beautiful young woman forced to live beneath that evil who recognizes even as a child that Nathan is her first and last chance at escape. And it is the story of William Tell Oliver, a solitary old man who watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to do anything about it. Set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s, 'The Long Home' will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude , longing, and the deliverance that is always just out of reach.

Mann Doctor Faustus by Michael Beddow

Title Mann Doctor Faustus
Author Michael Beddow
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1994-09-29
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 108
ISBN 0521375924
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Doctor Faustus, his last major novel, Thomas Mann attempted to interpret and judge Germany's role in European culture and history since the Reformation. Through the figures of the solitary avant-garde composer, Adrian Leverkühn, and his often bemused biographer Serenus Zeitblom, Mann explores Germany's self-understanding and self-assertion. The novel intermingles fiction and history in a narrative that combines complex psychological analysis, virtuoso stylistic parody and vivid evocation of atmosphere and milieu. Michael Beddow analyses the structure of the plot and explores the significance of its chief historical, theological, psychological and musical themes. He considers Mann's understanding and modification of the Faust tradition, his thematic and formal indebtedness to Nietzsche and his interest in Adorno's neo-Marxism. The study concludes with an account of the work's generally hostile reception in defeated Germany.