Everything Explained That Is Explainable
On the Creation of the Encyclopædia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910–1911
With 29 volumes containing 40,000 entries, the vast eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was a high point of Edwardian optimism and is considered to mark the last stand of the Enlightenment. Boyles draws on letters and newspaper articles to trace the history of its production and to reveal the contribution of two American entrepreneurs in the spectacular revival of an ailing British publication. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
Oranges and Lemons
Rhymes from Past Times
In the earliest recorded version of the rhyme London Bridge, from 1744, the first line is 'London Bridge is broken down', no doubt referring directly to the decrepit state of the 12th-century crossing at that date. This diverting volume investigates the origins of nursery rhymes, playground songs and children's ditties from the mists of medieval folklore to the inventions of more modern authors.
The Word at War
World War Two in 100 Phrases
From 'concentration camps' to 'Germanophobia', the authors' selection of words and phrases born of the Second World War (and some left over from the First) has been arranged chronologically to follow the course of the conflict through its linguistic inventions. In each of the 15 chapters, they explore the derivations and the stories behind the popular terms and phraseology of the period – in European and Axis nations as well as Britain and the USA.
Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide
How to Read and What to Read Next
A guide to more than 350 major authors and 4,000 books with a short article on style, influences, settings, theme and salient works for each author. For the 12 main genres, directions are provided to similar books by other authors, books with similar themes and popular books.
Literary Invective from Amis to Zola
'Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the head with her own shin bone' – such was Mark Twain's regard for Jane Austen's writing prowess. Similarly acrimonious sentiments fill this entertaining compendium of literary backbiting, from Thomas de Quincey's low opinion of Homer to the cut and thrust of modern reviewing with Bevis Hillier v. AN Wilson.
The Greatest Books You'll Never Read
Bernard Richards's survey of unpublished masterpieces by the world's greatest writers spans Western literature from Virgil's Aeneid and its 57 truncated hexameters to García Márquez's We'll Meet in August, a novel in limbo during the author's final years. The book gives detailed, richly illustrated and anecdotal accounts of unfinished, never started or lost works, among them Shakespeare's lost play, the manuscripts in Hemingway's mislaid suitcase, and the unfinished novel found in the wreckage of the car in which Camus died.
Science Fiction Writers
Douglas Adams on Desert Island Discs, Ursula K LeGuin interviewed on Woman's Hour, Kurt Vonnegut talking on Third Ear in 1990.... Originally broadcast on BBC radio, these interviews feature ten of the really great science fiction writers talking about their art. The other seven writers are Isaac Asimov, Brian Aldiss, Doris Lessing, Michael Moorcock, JG Ballard, Arthur C Clarke (another Desert Islander) and Ray Bradbury. One CD: duration 73 minutes.
The Illustrated Book of Shakespeare's Verse
This collection of Shakespeare's poetry on the theme of love includes sonnets and extracts from the plays and long poems and is divided into four chapters: on first love; expressions of adoration and commitment; on sorrow and yearning; and reflections on the nature of love. The poems are accompanied by art works that echo their sentiment or mood, including paintings by artists such as Alma-Tadema, Frederick Leighton and John William Waterhouse.