Biography

Anne Sexton

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Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters By Lois Ames, Anne Sexton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618492428
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Published: Ecco - October 1st, 2004

Anne Sexton was both praised and condemned for the confessional style of her poetry. Her openness and frank expression of emotions makes her work some of the most disturbing and equally brilliant that I have read. In this collection of her personal letters, Sexton's direct method of expression adds to the powerful image of a woman on the edge. Her letters pick up where her poetry let off, making the letters a powerful way for readers to delve deeper into the life and experience of Anne Sexton. This collection of letters further serves as a testament to the poet herself. By being able to read Sexton's private letters, we are able to see Anne, the woman behind the creation of some of the most powerful and disturbing images in poetry. Accentuated with photos and mamorabilia this collection is a must read for anyone who has ever puzzled over the works and life of this amazing poet. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell


Will in the World

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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare By Stephen J. Greenblatt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393327373
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2005

A marvelous cultural biography that illuminates the times and events that shaped the life of William Shakespeare. This is not a biography in the strictest sense, as so little is known about the Bard's life. It is more of a biography by inference. It is, however, compellingly written, and a wonderful read. Warning: Do not buy this book for anyone who strongly believes that the plays were written by anyone but William Shakespeare. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


Shakespeare

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Shakespeare: A Life By Park Honan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780192825278
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 27th, 2000

This is a splendid, fascinating biography of William Shakespeare. The author skillfully utilizes a wealth of fresh information to illuminate the complexities of Shakespeare's life and world. While this book is meticulously researched and unencumbered by the free ranging philosophizing of many other Shakespeare biographies, the material is presented in an immensely engaging and informative way. Highly recommended for scholars and laymen alike, this is the most complete, accurate and up-to-date narrative of Shakespeare's life and times available. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


An Imperfect God

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An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America By Henry Wiencek Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374529512
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 3rd, 2004

People can learn.

George Washington certainly learned... a lot. In An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America by Henry Wiencek, readers can nearly plot the curve. Students of Washington know that, when he died in 1799, he specified in his will that all his slaves be given freedom and generations of his admirers have ultimately excused, rationalized, or explained away an entire lifetime of full participation in the evil practice. And too often the issue gets largely ignored as if it somehow doesn't square with the mythical image of the Founding Father.

Henry Wiencek will have none of it. His book is an unflinching, comprehensive, and groundbreaking story of Washington's journey from slave master to emancipator, from routine buyer and seller of human beings to a man absolutely convinced that the whole institution was dehumanizing to all parties.

Wiencek examines Washington's life from ambitious and anxious youth, to military prominence, to national leadership in war and peace, and finally to an exalted retirement.

At every stage of his life Washington was involved with slavery and questions of race, and the author proves expert at examining old and new evidence that is simultaneously exciting, distressing, and frequently surprising. (The on again-off again story of General Washington's attitude about the use of black soldiers during the revolution is likely to produce a book or two.)

What emerges is a very human individual with a reassuring capacity to learn and an unusual determination to act. Washington's decision to free his slaves had almost no impact on the immediate history of his era. Except within his family and among other Virginia planter classes, it was largely unknown or simply ignored.

Henry Wiencek has delivered a serious study of George Washington's moral transformation on the evil question of slavery in America. The scholarship that backs the work is impressive, the writing is provocative and stimulating in the best sense, and Washington gets fair treatment. A generation ago this kind of biography might have been controversial in spite of the above strengths.

But, like Washington, we seem to have learned - and like him, we can do better. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


Command Performance

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Command Performance: An Actress In The Theater Of Politics By Jane Alexander Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306810442
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Published: Da Capo Press - May 10th, 2001

Jane Alexander is a renowned stage and film actress who always cared passionately about the role of the arts in America. When President Clinton appointed her head of the National Endowment for the Arts, she became tireless in pressing for national funding and support of the arts in the Republican Gingrich-ruled Congress of the early 1990's. In her new memoir, Command Performance, she offers a personal account as well as a keen historical and political perspective of how our government is controlled and manipulated by the powers that be. Appalling ignorance and exceptional dedication are portrayed in equal measures, as she dissects the labyrinths of governmental action and inaction. I came away feeling great admiration for this dedicated artist, as well as gaining greater understanding of our political systems. This is an eye-opening account. ~ Reviewed by Barbara Morrow


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