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October 21, 1967, Washington, D.C. 20,000 to 200,000 protesters are marching to end the war in Vietnam, while helicopters hover overhead and federal marshals and soldiers with fixed bayonets await them on the Pentagon steps. Among the marchers is Norman Mailer. From his own singular participation in the day's events and his even more extraordinary perceptions comes a classic work that shatters the mould of traditional reportage. Intellectuals and hippies, clergymen and cops, poets and army MPs crowd the pages of a book in which facts are fused with techniques of fiction to create the nerve-end reality of experiential truth. The Armies of the Night uniquely and unforgettably captures the Sixties' tidal wave of love and rage at its crest and a towering genius at his peak.
Historical and international in scope, a unique anthology traces the course of literary journalism and nonfiction prose from its origins in the eighteenth century to today, from Daniel Defoe to Joseph Mitchell to Richard Ben Cramer. 15,000 first printing.
Interprets Mailer's fiction in much the same way as Freud analyzed the meaning of dreams in The Interpretation of Dreams. Applies the theories of human development and personality elaborated by such post-Freudians as Otto Fenichel, Melanie Klein and Erik Erikson and considers Mailer's own use in his fiction of the hypotheses of Freud and of Wilhelm Reich.
Wherever There Are People There Will Be A Literature. A Literature Is The Record Of Human Experience, And People Have Always Been Impelled To Write Down Their Impressions Of Life. They Do So In Diaries And Letters, In Pamphlets And Books, And In Essays, Poems, Plays, And Fiction. In This Respect American Literature Is Like Any Other, Though It Displays Many Characteristics That Are Similar And Many That Are Dissimilar To The Literary Tradition Of Other Nations. American Literature Has Witnessed Several Trends And Movements:" Puritan/Colonial (1650 1750)" Revolutionary/Age Of Reason (1750 1800)" Romanticism (1800 1860)" American Renaissance/Transcen-Dentalism (1840 1860)" Realism (1855 1900) (Period Of Civil War And Post-War Period)" The Moderns (1900 1950)" Harlem Renaissance (Parallel To Modernism) (1920S)" Postmodernism (1950 To Present)The Present Volume Concentrates On The American Literature Of 19Th And 20Th Centuries And Includes Critical Papers On Authors Widely Prescribed In The Indian Universities. As We Are Aware, The Beauty Of Any Literary Work Is That It Leads To Fresh Interpretation Every Time When Viewed From A Different Angle. The Scholarly And Critical Analysis Presented On The Works Of Several American Literary Masters Such As Emerson, Hawthorn, Poe, Whitman, Hemingway, O Neill, Miller, Morrison, Walker, Etc., By Experts In The Field Of English Literature Would Unquestionably Enable The Readers Gain A New Insight Into The Interpretation Of Literary Works. While Serving As An Additional Resource To The Teachers Of American Literature, This Volume Is Expected To Assist The Students And Researchers In The Domain Of American Literature.
David Carr was an addict for more than twenty years -- first dope, then coke, then finally crack -- before the prospect of losing his newborn twins made him sober up in a bid to win custody from their crack-dealer mother. Once recovered, he found that his recollection of his 'lost' years differed -- sometimes radically -- from that of his family and friends. The night, for example, his best friend pulled a gun on him. 'No,' said the friend (to David's horror, as a lifelong pacifist), 'It was you that had the gun.' Using all his skills as an investigative reporter, he set out to research his own life, interviewing everyone from his parents and his ex-partners to the policemen who arrested him, the doctors who treated him and the lawyers who fought to prove he was fit to have custody of his kids. Unflinchingly honest and beautifully written, the result is both a shocking account of the depths of addiction and a fascinating examination of how -- and why -- our memories deceive us. As David says, we remember the stories we can live with, not the ones that happened.
An exploration of the many forms of the ancient myth of the Wild Hunt and its influence in pagan and early Christian Europe • Recounts the myriad variations of this legend, from the Cursed Huntsman and King Herla to phantom armies and vast processions of sinners and demons • Explains how this belief was an integral part of the pagan worldview and was thus employed by the church to spread Christian doctrine • Reveals how the secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions for soul travel and prophecies of impending death Once upon a time a phenomenon existed in medieval Europe that continuously fueled local lore: during the long winter nights a strange and unknown troop could be heard passing outside over the land or through the air. Anyone caught by surprise in the open fields or depths of the woods would see a bizarre procession of demons, giants, hounds, ladies of the night, soldiers, and knights, some covered in blood and others carrying their heads beneath their arms. This was the Wild or Infernal Hunt, the host of the damned, the phantom army of the night--a theme that still inspires poets, writers, and painters to this day. Millennia older than Christianity, this pagan belief was employed by the church to spread their doctrine, with the shapeshifters' and giants of the pagan nightly processions becoming sinners led by demons seeking out unwary souls to add to their retinues. Myth or legend, it represents a belief that has deep roots in Europe, particularly Celtic and Scandinavian countries. The first scholar to fully examine this myth in each of its myriad forms, Claude Lecouteux strips away the Christian gloss and shows how the Wild Hunt was an integral part of the pagan worldview and the structure of their societies. Additionally, he looks at how secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions through cult rituals culminating in masquerades and carnival-like cavalcades often associated with astral doubles, visions of the afterlife, belief in multiple souls, and prophecies of impending death. He reveals how the nearly infinite variations of this myth are a still living, evolving tradition that offers us a window into the world in which our ancestors lived.
A history of the twentieth century which covers all the ideas, people, great events, literary and artistic movements, scientific discoveries which have shaped the twentieth century. Terrible Beauty presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative. Beginning with four seminal ideas which were introduced in 1900 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative. From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the 'Big Bang' to the Counterculture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, and Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them, and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live. Terrible Beauty, endlessly stimulating and provocative, affirms that there was much more to the twentieth century than war and genocide.

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