Raintree County

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Raintree County by Ross Lockridge, Jr. Summary

For the first time in paperback--the epic, great American novel about love, tragedy, and the American Dream. Told in a series of flashbacks, this is the story of John Wickliff Shawnessy, who grows up to be the epitome of Civil War-era America. Originally published in 1948.

Raintree County

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Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Summary

The epic life of John Shawnessy, born in Indiana in the nineteenth century, as he pursues the American dream

Myth, Memory, and the American Earth

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Myth, Memory, and the American Earth by David D. Anderson Summary

Download or read Myth, Memory, and the American Earth book by clicking button below to visit the book download website. There are multiple format available for you to choose (Pdf, ePub, Doc).

Raintree county. L'albero della vita

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Il monumentale racconto di un singolo giorno a Raintree, immaginaria contea dell’Indiana, nel quale si intrecciano molti dei momenti salienti della storia americana. La vita di John Wickliff Shawnessy, insegnante cinquantenne e aspirante scrittore, si alterna alla Guerra civile, al dibattito sulla schiavitù, alla Rivoluzione industriale, in un’atmosfera sognante e vivida che minuto dopo minuto compone un classico da molti indicato come il vero “grande romanzo americano”, opera prima di un autore che Pablo Neruda paragonò a Melville, Whitman, Dreiser e Wolfe. Di questo fortunato romanzo venne realizzata nel 1957 una celebre versione cinematografica con Montgomery Clift ed Elizabeth Taylor dal titolo L’albero della vita.

Shade of the Raintree, Centennial Edition

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Shade of the Raintree, Centennial Edition by Larry Lockridge Summary

Raintree County, the first novel by Ross Lockridge, Jr., was the publishing event of 1948. Excerpted in Life magazine, it was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, won MGM's Novel Award and a movie deal, and stood at the top of the nation's bestseller lists. Unfortunately, Lockridge's first novel was also his last. Two months after its publication the 33-year-old author from Bloomington, Indiana, took his own life. His son Larry was five years old at the time. Shade of the Raintree is Larry’s search for an understanding of his father's baffling act. In this powerfully narrated biography, Larry Lockridge uncovers a man of great vitality, humor, love, and visionary ambition, but also of deep vulnerability. The author manages to combine a son's emotional investments with a sleuth's dispassionate inquiry. The result is an exhilarating, revelatory narrative of an American writer's life. With a new preface by the author, this 2014 paperback edition marks 100 years since the birth of Ross Lockridge, Jr.

LIFE

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LIFE by N.A Summary

LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 1

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Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 1 by Philip A. Greasley Summary

The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume One, surveys the lives and writings of nearly 400 Midwestern authors and identifies some of the most important criticism of their writings. The Dictionary is based on the belief that the literature of any region simultaneously captures the experience and influences the worldview of its people, reflecting as well as shaping the evolving sense of individual and collective identity, meaning, and values. Volume One presents individual lives and literary orientations and offers a broad survey of the Midwestern experience as expressed by its many diverse peoples over time.Philip A. Greasley's introduction fills in background information and describes the philosophy, focus, methodology, content, and layout of entries, as well as criteria for their inclusion. An extended lead-essay, "The Origins and Development of the Literature of the Midwest," by David D. Anderson, provides a historical, cultural, and literary context in which the lives and writings of individual authors can be considered.This volume is the first of an ambitious three-volume series sponsored by the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and created by its members. Volume Two will provide similar coverage of non-author entries, such as sites, centers, movements, influences, themes, and genres. Volume Three will be a literary history of the Midwest. One goal of the series is to build understanding of the nature, importance, and influence of Midwestern writers and literature. Another is to provide information on writers from the early years of the Midwestern experience, as well as those now emerging, who are typically absent from existing reference works.

Lee Marvin

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Lee Marvin by Robert J. Lentz Summary

Lee Marvin did not receive his first starring film role until he was 40, but in three short years--following the successes of Cat Ballou (for which he won the Academy Award as Best Actor), The Professionals and especially The Dirty Dozen--he was the most popular film actor in America. Marvin was a fascinating man, a loving husband and father, and one of the most natural, effective actors of his time. This is a comprehensive reference of the Oscar-winning actor's work. It includes biographical information on Marvin, an analysis of each of his 64 movies, chapters on his two television shows (M Squad and Lawbreaker), a listing of his television appearances, and a complete filmography (which includes video availability). The work is supplemented with dozens of photographs and film stills.

Shade of the Raintree

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Shade of the Raintree by Laurence S. Lockridge Summary

In 1948, Ross Lockridge's novel Raintree County was a number one bestseller and acclaimed literary work. Yet, at the height of his fame at age 33, Lockridge killed himself. In a brilliant biography, his son Larry seeks understanding. Simultaneous release with the re-publication by Penguin of the long unavailable Raintree County. Photos.

Montgomery Clift, Queer Star

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Montgomery Clift, Queer Star by Elisabetta Girelli Summary

Strikingly beautiful and exceptionally talented, Montgomery Clift was at the peak of his fame in 1956 when a devastating car crash nearly destroyed his face. While this traumatic event robbed him of his heartthrob status and turned him into a somewhat disturbing, socially alienated character, author Elisabetta Girelli argues that Clift had always combined on-screen erotic ambiguity with real-life sexual nonconformity. In Montgomery Clift, Queer Star she maps the development of Clift's subversive image over the span of his entire career, approaching Clift as a queer signifier who defied normative cultural structures. From the sexually ambivalent "beautiful boy" of his early films, to the seemingly asexual, transgressive, and often distressed man of his last years, Girelli argues that Clift shows remarkable consistency as a star: his presence always challenges established notions of virility, sexuality, and bodily "normality." Girelli's groundbreaking analysis uses queer theory to assess Clift's disruptive legacy, engaging with key critical concepts such as the closet, performativity, queer shame, crip theory, and queer temporality. She balances theoretical frameworks with extensive close readings of his performances and a consideration of how Clift's personal life, and public perceptions of it, informed his overall image as a deviant star and man. Montgomery Clift, Queer Star offers a comprehensive critical assessment of Clift through classic texts of queer criticism, as well as new interventions in the field. Scholars of gender and film, performance studies, queer and sexuality studies, and masculinity studies will appreciate this compelling study.

The best of Hollywood

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The best of Hollywood by Massimo Giraldi,Enrico Lancia,Fabio Melelli Summary

Il y a bien longtemps, les puissants studios Hollywoodiens créaient, en même, temps que les films, les stars qui en étalent les protagonistes. Ces personnages de rêve sortaient tout droit des mains des producteurs, des metteurs en scène, des photographes et, des maquilleurs qui les avaient, façonnés, tout en exaltant leur charme mystérieux et ravageur. Aujourd'hui, les temps ont changé, et les productions hollywoodiennes remisé définitivement le glamorous touch dans les antiquités. Pourtant, même s'il est plus informel, le charisme des stars actuelles reste irrésistible, tout comme l'est notre désir de nous évader dans l'obscurité complice des salles obscures... Ce splendide volume rassemble les portraits photographiques des 100 stars les plus lumineuses qui aient jamais brillé au firmament de Hollywood. L'une après l'autre, elles défilent sur papier, glacé, fixées à ;jamais par l'objectif des plus grands photographes, ou en "arrêt sur image" de films célèbres qui ont donné corps à nos rêves de spectateurs. Le sourire intemporel de Marilyn est aussi inoubliable que le regard glacial de Bette Davis, dans Eve, un de ses rôles-culte. Mais que dire aussi de la blondeur solaire de Cameron Diaz ou de la splendeur brune de l'allusive Demi Moore ? L'aplomb tranquille et élégant de Cary Grant symbolise l'esprit d'une époque, de la même façon que le charme gitan d'un Johnny Depp laisse sourdre quelque chose de la nôtre. La photo d'Orson Welles, rugissant, en dit, long sur sa débordante et titanesque personnalité, tout comme nous séduisent les visages de Jessica Lange et de Susan Sarandon, par le brio de leur personnalité intelligente et émancipée. Complétées de filmographies et de fiches biographiques et artistiques, élaborées par les trois auteurs de l'ouvrage, ces images parcourent encore une fois la grande histoire de Hollywood, si étroitement mêlée à celle des stars d'Outre-Atlantique. Entre mémoire cinéphile et goût avoué pour le " jeune " cinéma, elles proposent et renouvellent des visages qui font désormais partie de notre imaginaire : les regards et les sourires de ce rêve éveillé qu'est le cinéma américain.

Dictionnaire du Cinéma américain

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Dictionnaire du Cinéma américain by Encyclopaedia Universalis Summary

Le cinéma est américain par excellence.En 350 articles empruntés à l’Encyclopædia Universalis, ce dictionnaire en explore les richesses. De Bud ABBOTT à Fred ZINNEMANN, les réalisateurs ont la part belle dans notre sélection.Les producteurs, scénaristes et compositeurs, les studios et bien sûr les comédiennes et comédiens qui incarnent si brillamment l’histoire de Hollywood complètent la distribution.Sous la conduite des meilleurs guides (Marc Cerisuelo, André-Charles Cohen, Alain Garel, Joël Magny...), le Dictionnaire Universalis du cinéma américain est le compagnon idéal de tous les cinéphiles, confirmés ou débutants.

A Question of Quality

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A Question of Quality by Louis Filler Summary

The subjects treated in this symposium have one major characteristic in common, that they have recently, or relatively recently, enjoyed high popularity among readers. Also, they have received from substantial to torrents of comment.