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              Abigail Adams: Letters: Library of America #275

              Abigail Adams: Letters: Library of America #275 (Hardback, Annotated edition)

              By Adams, Abigail; Edited by Gelles, Edith

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              For the first time, a comprehensive one-volume collection of the remarkable letters of the politically astute First Lady who has been called an American Tocqueville. From virtually the moment she married the ambitious young lawyer John Adams in 1764, Abigail Smith Adams (1744 181...8)was on her own, raising and educating the couple's children, managing their farm and investments, and caring for anextendedweb of family and friends. Her frank and keenly observant letters to John and others in the 1760s and 1770s offer an unrivalled portrait of the American Revolution at the home front, revealing the emergence of one of the most talented and insightful correspondents of her age. In 1784, Adams and daughter Abigail joined John and their son John Quincy inEurope, opening a grand new field for her talents as social commentator and political advisor. Upon her return to America four years later, Adams became the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States, placing her at the very heart of the founding of the new nation. Now, joining George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Marshall, and husband John, Abigail Adams becomes the first woman from America s founding era to have a volume in The Library of America devoted entirely to her writings. Abigail Adams: Letters presents 450 texts including more than a hundred published here for the first time chosen and annotated by acclaimed Adams biographer Edith Gelles. Featuring letters to her husband and children and to such correspondents as Thomas Jefferson, Mercy Otis Warren, James and Dolley Madison, and Martha Washington, the collection showcases Adams s astute political sense and her understanding of the American Revolution; the presidential administrations and personalities of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison; and the beginning of the political career of her son, future president John Quincy Adams. It is published simultaneously with Jo
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              ISBN 9781598534658
              Released NZ 1 May 2016
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              Virgil Thompson: Music Chronicles 1940 - 1954

              Virgil Thompson: Music Chronicles 1940 - 1954 (Hardback)

              By Page, Tim; Thompson, Virgil

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              Revisit the Golden Age of classical music in America through the journalism of our greatest critic-composer: For fourteen crucial years in the middle of the twentieth century, Virgil Thomson surveyed the worlds of opera and classical music from his vantage as the nationally syndi...cated music critic for the New York Herald Tribune. An accomplished composer who knew music from the inside, Thomson communicated its joys and complexities to a wide readership in a clear and winning style, and his daily reviews and Sunday columns set a high-water mark in American cultural journalism. Thomson collected his newspaper pieces in four volumes: The Musical Scene (1945), The Art of Judging Music (1947), Music Right and Left (1951), and Music Reviewed: 1940-1954 (1966). Long unavailable to the general reader, all are gathered in this volume by Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page, together with a generous and judicious selection of Thomson's uncollected writings. Here is an all-access pass to the New York concert world at an especially eclectic and exciting time, when an unrivaled roster of great conductors--Koussevitzky, Toscanini, Mitropoulos, Bernstein--and legendary performers--Horowitz, Heifetz, Stern, Rubenstein--introduced some of the most memorable works of such modern masters as Copland, Messiaen, Milhaud, Britten, and Stravinsky.
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              ISBN 9781598533095
              Released NZ 19 Nov 2014
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              Frederick Law Olmsted
               

              Frederick Law Olmsted (Hardback)

              Edited by Beveridge, Charles

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              The biggest and best single-volume collection ever published of the fascinating and wide-ranging writings of a vitally important nineteenth century cultural figure whose work continues to shape our world today. Seaman, farmer, abolitionist, journalist, administrator, reformer, co...nservationist, and without question America s foremost landscape architect and urban planner, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 1903) was a man of unusually diverse talents and interests, and the arc of his life and writings traces the most significant developments of nineteenth century American history. As this volume reveals, the wide-ranging endeavors Olmstead was involved in cofounding The Nation magazine, advocating against slavery, serving as executive secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission (precursor to the Red Cross) during the Civil War, championing the preservation of America s great wild places at Yosemite and Yellowstone emerged from his steadfast commitment to what he called communitiveness, the impulse to serve the needs of one s fellow citizens. This philosophy had its ultimate expression is his brilliant designs for some of the country s most beloved public spaces: New York s Central Park, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Boston s Emerald Necklace, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, garden suburbs like Chicago s Riverside, parkways (a term he invented) and college campuses, the White City of the 1893 World s Columbian Exposition, and many others. Gathering almost 100 original letters, newspaper dispatches, travel sketches, essays, editorials, design proposals, official reports, reflections on aesthetics, and autobiographical reminiscences, this deluxe Library of America volume is profusely illustrated with a 32-page color portfolio of Olmsted s design sketches, architectural plans, and contemporary photographs. It also includes detailed explanatory notes and a chronology of Olmsted s life and design projects.
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              ISBN 9781598534528
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              Virgil Thomson: The State Of Music & Other Writings: Library of America #277

              Virgil Thomson: The State Of Music & Other Writings: Library of America #277 (Hardback)

              By Page, Tim; Thompson, Virgil

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              An unprecedented collection of polemical and autobiographical writings by America s greatest composer-critic.Following on the critically acclaimed 2014 edition of Virgil Thomson's collected newspaper music criticism, The Library of America andPulitzer Prize winning music critic T...im Page now present Thomson s other literary and critical works, a body of writing that constitutes America s musical declaration of independence from the European past. This volume opens with The State of Music (1939), the book that made Thomson s name as a critic and won him his 14-year stint at the New York Herald Tribune. This no-holds-barred polemic, here presented in its revised edition of 1962, discusses the commissions, jobs, and other opportunities available to the American composer, a worker in a world of performance and broadcast institutions that, today as much as in Thomson s time, are dominated by tin-eared, non-musical patrons of the arts who are shocked by the new and suspicious of native talent. Thomson s autobiography, Virgil Thomson (1966), is more than just the story of the struggle of one such American composer, it is an intellectual, aesthetic, and personal chronicle of the twentieth century, from World War I era Kansas City to Harvard in the age of straw boaters, from Paris in the Twenties and Thirties to Manhattan in the Forties and after. A classic American memoir, it is marked by a buoyant wit, a true gift for verbal portrait-making, and a cast of characters including Aaron Copland, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Paul Bowles, John Houseman, and Orson Welles. American Music Since 1910 (1971) is a series of incisive essays on the lives and works of Ives, Ruggles, Varese, Copland, Cage, and others who helped define a national musical idiom. Music with Words (1989), Thomson s final book, is a distillation of a subject he knew better than perhaps any other American composer: how to set English especially American English to music, in opera and art song. The volume is round
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              ISBN 9781598534672
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              Art In America 1945 - 1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism

              Art In America 1945 - 1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism (Hardback)

              Edited by Perl, Jed

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              Experience the creative explosion that transformed American art, in the words of the artists, writers, and critics who were there: In the quarter century after the end of World War II, a new generation of painters, sculptors, and photographers transformed the face of American art... and shifted the center of the art world from Paris to New York. Signaled by the triumph of abstraction and the ascendancy of painters such as Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, and Kline, this revolution generated an exuberant and contentious body of writing without parallel in our cultural history. In the words of editor Jed Perl, there has never been a period when the visual arts have been written about with more mongrel energy--with more unexpected mixtures of reportage, rhapsody, analysis, advocacy, editorializing, and philosophy. Perl has gathered the best of this writing together for the first time, interwoven with fascinating headnotes that establish the historical background, the outsized personalities of the artists and critics, and the nature of the aesthetic battles that defined the era. Here are statements by the most significant artists, and major critical essays by Clement Greenberg, Susan Sontag, Hilton Kramer, and other influential figures. Here too is an electrifying array of responses by poets and novelists, reflecting the free interplay between different art forms: John Ashbery on Andy Warhol, James Agee on Helen Levitt, James Baldwin on Beauford Delaney, Truman Capote on Richard Avedon, Tennessee Williams on Hans Hofmann, Jack Kerouac on Robert Frank. The atmosphere of the time comes to vivid life in memoirs, diaries, and journalism by Peggy Guggenheim, Dwight Macdonald, Calvin Trillin, and others. Lavishly illustrated with scores of black-and-white images and two 16-page color inserts, this is a book that every art lover will treasure.
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              ISBN 9781598533101
              Released NZ 22 Oct 2014
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              American Women's Suffrage: Voices From The Long Struggle For The Vote

              American Women's Suffrage: Voices From The Long Struggle For The Vote (Hardback)

              By Ware, Susan

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              In their own voices, the full story of the women and men who struggled to make American democracy whole

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              Released NZ 7 Oct 2020
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              Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos: A Library of America Boxed Set

              Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos: A Library of America Boxed Set (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Contains 2 hardbacks)

              By Eiseley, Loren; Edited by Cronon, William

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              A modern Thoreau explores the mysteries of the universe in this deluxe collector's boxed set. To read Loren Eiseley (1907 1977) is to renew a sense of wonder at the miracles and paradoxes of evolution and the ever-changing diversity of life. At the height of a distinguished caree...r as a bone-hunter and paleontologist, Eiseley turned from fieldwork and scientific publication to the personal essay in six remarkable books that are masterpieces of prose style. Weaving together anecdote, philosophical reflection, and keen observation with the soul and skill of a poet, Eiseley offers a brilliant, companionable introduction to the sciences, paving the way for writers like Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now for the first time, the Library of America presents his landmark essay collections in a definitive two-volume set. Beginning with the surprise million-copy seller The Immense Journey (1957), Eiseley produced an astonishing succession of books that won acclaim both as science and as art. Here, for the first time in a single collector s edition, are all of Eiseley s beloved, thought-provoking, sometimes darkly lyrical essay collections, from The Immense Journey to the posthumous The Star Thrower (1978). Eiseley s subjects are wide-ranging, curious, and meticulously realized: the role of flowering plants in evolution; a disturbing insect, seen in childhood; the questions raised by a newfossil; a forgotten episode in the history of science. Beginning with close observation and vivid detail, Eiseley is fearless and imaginative in pursuit of the cosmological dimensions of thephenomena he describes.
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              ISBN 9781598535051
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2017
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              John Updike: The Collected Stories: A Library of America Boxed Set
               

              John Updike: The Collected Stories: A Library of America Boxed Set (Hardback, Contains 2 hardbacks)

              By Updike, John; Edited by Carduff, Christopher

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              From his first collection, The Same Door, released in 1959, to his last, My Father's Tears, published fifty years later, John Updike was America's reigning master of the short story, our second Hawthorne, as Philip Roth described him. His evocations of small-town Pennsylvania lif...e, and of his own religious, artistic, and sexual awakening, transfixed readers of The New Yorker and of the early collections Pigeon Feathers (1962) and The Music School (1966). In these and the works that followed--the formal experiments and wickedly tart tales of suburban adultery in Museums and Women (1972) and Problems (1979), the portraits of middle-aged couples in love and at war with aging parents and rebellious children in Trust Me (1987) and The Afterlife (1994), and the fugue-like stories of memory, desire, travel, and unquenched thirst for life in Licks of Love (2000) and My Father's Tears (2009)--Updike displayed the virtuosic command of character, dialogue, and sensual description that was his signature. Here, in two career-spanning volumes, are 186 unforgettable stories, from Ace in the Hole (1953), a sketch of a Rabbit-like ex-basketball player written when Updike was a Harvard senior, to The Full Glass (2008), the author's toast to the visible world, his own impending disappearance from it be damned. Based on new archival research, each story is presented in its final definitive form and in order of composition, established here for the first time. This unprecedented collection of American masterpieces is not just the publishing event of the season, it is a national literary treasure.
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              Raymond Carver: Collected Stories (LOA #195): Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? / What We Talk About When We Talk About Love / Cathedral / stories from Where I'm Calling From / Beginners / other stories
               

              Raymond Carver: Collected Stories (LOA #195): Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? / What We Talk About When We Talk About Love / Cathedral / stories from Where I'm Calling From / Beginners / other stories (Hardback, Definitive ed.)

              By Carver, Raymond; Edited by Stull, William; Carroll, Maureen

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              Carver transformed the American short story in the 1970s and 80s with spare, intense, often disturbing dramas. Gathering for the first time all Carver's stories, this volume provides the first comprehensive overview of Carver's career.

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              Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters (LOA #180)
               

              Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters (LOA #180) (Hardback)

              Edited by Giroux, Robert; Selected by Schwartz, Lloyd

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              This collection of one of Americas great poets contains all the poetry that Bishop published in her lifetime, an extensive selection of unpublished poems and drafts, and all her published poetic translations as well as her essential published prose.

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