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  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • "The first book to belong permanently to literature. It created a man." - From the IntroductionFew men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually s
    "The first book to belong permanently to literature. It created a man." - From the IntroductionFew men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World. Written initially to guide his son, Franklin's autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.
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  • Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives

  • Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives
    Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives brings together scholars from disparate geographic regions, cultural perspectives, linguistic frameworks, and disciplinary backgrounds to explore what connects narrated lives in the Americas. By interweaving scholarship on Afro-diasporic subjectivities, gendered narratives, lives in translation, celebrity auto/biographies, and pedagogical approaches to teaching auto/biographical narratives, this volume argues that connections between the contrasting locations of the Americas may be found in a shared history of diasporic movement that causes a heightened awareness of the need to belong and to thereby define the self in relation to others. Read together, the essays in this collection suggest that identities across the Americas are constructed with an emphasis on intersubjectivity and relationality. This transnational approach to reading life writing beyond the borders of the Americas-pertinent to comparative American studies and hemispheric studies as well as life writing and auto/biography studies-also demonstrates an interdisciplinary, international, and multilingual model for collaborative research in the humanities and social sciences. The scholars included in this volume work in the fields of anthropology, sociology, history, literature, and education, and furthermore, this book marks the first time that many of these scholars have had their work translated into and published in English. This book was originally published as
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  • Mandela: The Authorized Biography

  • A biography of the South African leader by a long-time acquaintance draws on personal letters, documents, and interviews with hundreds of people to ch
    The life of Nelson Mandela is one the most extraordinary epics of the twentieth century. An almost forgotten prisoner on Robben Island 20 years ago, apparently doomed to a helpless existence as a victim of apartheid, he not only survived but almost single-handedly saved South Africa from potential chaos, to become one of the most widely admired leaders in the world. Mandela's myth is dazzling; in this magnificent biography Anthony Sampson penetrates it to show us the man himself. Sampson has known Mandela since 1951. He was given Mandela's complete cooperation, including access to 27 years' worth of unpublished correspondence from prison and may other private documents - even the original draft of Mandela's prison autobiography, long thought to be lost. He interviewed virtually every significant living figure associated with Mandela, from childhood schoolmates to Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie, to former president F.W. De Klerk, Mandela himself checked and annotated the manuscript, but Sampson was left free to make his own judgments about the man, which he has done with refreshing candor. The result is wonderfully revealing and objective."Mandela" is filled with new insights and information. We see how prison, which he and his fellow inmates turned into an unofficial university, gradually transformed Mandela from a headstrong activist into a reflective and consummately skilled statesman. We learn how the British and American diplomats cold-shouldered him when support was desperate
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  • Works on Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography

  • Works on Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography
    "Works on Paper" is a selection by one of today's leading biographers from his lectures, essays, and reviews written over the last quarter of a century-mainly on the craft of biography and autobiography, but also covering what Michael Holroyd describes a
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  • Sonia Kovalevsky: Biography and Autobiography

  • Sonia Kovalevsky: Biography and Autobiography
    This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, y
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  • Henry James and the Art of Auto/Biography

  • Henry James and the Art of Auto/Biography
    Henry James (1843-1916) has been widely acclaimed for the elegance of his prose, the incisiveness of his social comment, and the subtlety of his psychological analyses. Whereas James's tales and novels have been carefully studied over the past decades, hi
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  • Toussaint L'Ouverture: A Biography and Autobiography

  • Toussaint L'Ouverture: A Biography and Autobiography
    This is a biography of the famous Haitian leader Touissant L'Ouverture. From the preface: " "The life which is described in the following pages has both a permanent interest and a permanent value. But the efforts which are now made to effect the abolition
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  • Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions

  • Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions
    From the Buddha in ancient India to a nun in modern-day Los Angeles, "Lives Lived, Lives Imagined" crosses time, traditions, and cultures to present fascinating depictions of lives lived on the Buddhist path. Buddhist biographies come to life in many forms; they come from known poets and anonymous compilers; they are told by bards and even enacted by performers; they may also be autobiographies, either public or secret. Equally diverse have been the purposes they have served - as models for emulation, as origin stories for a particular community or lineage, or as narrative explications of doctrine. This book, a collection of papers presented at a conference at the University of Oxford, presents a multifaceted, multitradition portrait of Buddhist biographies. Part 1 deals with biographies of the Buddha, investigating Chinese and Pali sources and the Sanskrit dramatizations of Asvaghosa. Part 2 contains modern Buddhist life stories, including a rare autobiography from Burma. Part 3 explores the Tibetan tradition, including such well-known figures as Milarepa, Shakya Chogden, and Karmapa Mikyo Dorje. Together, these biographies and studies reveal the rich diversity of Buddhism's myriad incarnations over its long history and the dynamic scope of its thought and practice.
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  • Autobiography - Biography - Narration: Research Practice for Biographical Perspectives

  • Autobiography - Biography - Narration: Research Practice for Biographical Perspectives
    The articles that make up this volume are related to the multidimensional aspects of the narrative- biographical research. Individual authors, positioning themselves between their source areas of knowledge (pedagogy, psychology, anthropology, sociology and literary studies) and a transdisciplinary auto/biographical research plane, pick up as their starting point the processual perspective of the socio-cultural world, whose central element is the active subject as the creator of his/her own biography. Such assumptions (expressed explicitly and implicitly) have provided the basis for reports on the Authors' own research projects and a framework for ordering the purely theoretical aspects of narrative-biographical studies.
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  • Alexander Scourby & Paul Wilkes & Audrey Glynn-Merton - A Film Biography

  • In his lifetime, Thomas Merton was hailed as a prophet and censured for his outspoken social criticism. For nearly 27 years he was a monk of the auste
    In his lifetime, Thomas Merton was hailed as a prophet and censured for his outspoken social criticism. For nearly 27 years he was a monk of the austere Trappist order, where he became an eloquent spiritual writer and mystic as well as an anti-war advocate and witness to peace. Merton: A Film Biography offers an engaging profile of this 20th century religious philosopher who wrote more than 60 books about some of the most pressing social issues of our time, including his immensely popular autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain. The film weaves together Mertons writing and scenes from significant places in his life-including his birthplace in Prades, France; his monastery in Kentucky; and his final journey through the East to Bangkok, Thailand, where he died. Insightful interviews with his friends and colleagues including the Dalai Lama, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, publisher Robert Giroux, and musician Joan Baez, bring us the most comprehensive portrait of this man whose presence in the world touched millions of people and whose words and thoughts still have profound impact and relevance today. A brilliant and creative masterpiece! I doubt one could find a more profitable hour with equal beauty, interest, and inspiration. -M. Basil Pennington An extraordinary, warm and intimate close-up. -National Catholic Reporter
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  • Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography, and Life History

  • Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography, and Life History
    "This book serves as a window into the rich and revealing lives and self-representations of the particular individuals who have produced the life histories. In so doing, it makes very important broader points about the use of life histories in social s
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  • John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Biography and Autobiography) (Paperback)

  • John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Biography and Autobiography) (Paperback)
    New in paperback, " John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star" is the most authoritative and comprehensive account of the finest classical actor of the twentieth century. This entertaining but critical biography charts the ups and downs of Gielgud's long and glittering career, from his young ground-breaking Hamlet to his later success in plays by Pinter, Storey, Bond and Bennett, and his recognition as a major movie star following his role in "Arthur." It also reassesses his complex relationship with his great rival Laurence Olivier and throws fresh light on his personal relationships and the turbulent episodes of his private life that threatened to shatter his career. For this biography Jonathan Croall's exhaustive research has included over a hundred new interviews with key people from his life and career, including Peter Brook, Kenneth Branagh, Alec Guinness, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins, and it draws on several hundred letters to and from Gielgud that have never been published, including correspondences with Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham, Siegfried Sassoon, Edith Evans and Edward Gordon Craig. What emerges is an intimate, complex and often startling portrait of this great actor and much-loved man. Gielgud's interpretations of Shakespeare's great roles made Shakespeare's plays a commercial success on London's West End for the first time. He was also hugely influential as a director and an actor-manager and worked extensively in film and television later in life. Since J
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  • The Auto-Biography of Goethe: Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life

  • The Auto-Biography of Goethe: Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life
    The playwright and critic John Oxenford (1812 77) had an acute aptitude for languages. Although he translated both Moliere and Calderon into English, he specialised in German translations and set high standards, not least with his rendering of several wor
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  • Crystal Clear: The Autobiographies of Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg

  • Crystal Clear: The Autobiographies of Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg
    Crystal Clear takes you behind the scenes in the life of one of the most prominent scientists of the twentieth century, William Lawrence Bragg (WLB) - an innovative genius, who together with his father, William Henry Bragg (WHB) founded and developed a whole new branch of science, X-ray Crystallography. The main body of the text contains the hitherto unpublished autobiographies of both WLB and his wife, Alice. Alice Bragg was a public figure in her own right. She was Mayor of Cambridge and National Chairman of the Marriage Guidance Council among other roles. She and WLB were as different as chalk and cheese. Their autobiographies complement each other to give a rounded picture of the real personalities behind their public appearance. They write of their travels, their family life, their friends and their joys and sorrows. They write most of all about each other. Their younger daughter, Patience Thomson, provides anecdotes and vignettes, bringing her parents to life. She has also included extracts from previously unpublished letters and from articles which Alice Bragg wrote for National newspapers. The result is an unusual insight into the lives of two distinguished people. The two accounts reveal a fascinating interaction between these two characters, neither of whom could have achieved on this scale without the other. There is an underlying love story here which humanises and transforms. This is a unique book, adopting an original viewpoint, which will take the reader far be
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