Palestine and Egypt Under the Ottomans
Paintings, Books, Photographs, Maps and Manuscripts
After Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798, Western artists and archaeologists flocked to the region to record its wonders. This catalogue of the author's own remarkable collection of art and printed works spans the entire 400 years of Ottoman rule, and includes rare works by David Wilkie, Edward Lear and David Roberts. Featuring hundreds of images in full colour, it offers an unequalled glimpse of topography, villages, buildings and customs, many of which have now disappeared or changed beyond recognition.
A Portrait of its People at War
The American experience of the Vietnam War is widely known, but the Vietnamese people's own story of that brutal and drawn-out conflict is rarely told. This classic work of oral history, first published in 1986, brings together the accounts of ordinary people from both North and South Vietnam - soldiers, guerrillas, monks, opposition leaders, propaganda chiefs and village secretaries - to reveal the profound trauma and remarkable resilience of a nation in the grip of war and revolution.
Emerson was an unknown schoolteacher of 30 when he first visited England in 1833, but managed to secure introductions to Wordsworth, Coleridge and Carlyle, who became a lifelong friend. When he returned in 1847, he was a celebrated writer. These two visits form the basis of English Traits, a witty, affectionate portrait of a culture he admired profoundly but from which, as an American, he knew he must break free.
Across the Hellespont
A Literary Guide to Turkey
Turkey lies at the crossroads of history, and successive waves of conquerors – Hittites, Persians, Romans and Ottomans – have created a culture as rich and varied as any in the world. This collection of prose and verse ranges from the architectural glories of Istanbul to the mountains of Armenia, and includes writing by Homer, Herodotus, Goethe, Tennyson, Rose Macaulay and many others. Stoneman demonstrates that, while political circumstances may change, the lure of Turkey remains eternal.
His Life and Times
Virgil, the most famous of Roman poets, has fired the imagination of generations of writers, poets and readers. He has been the classic poet for two thousand years. In this biography, Peter Levi uses Virgil's poetry – the Eclogues, Georgics and the Aeneid – as well as historical and archaeological evidence to discard many of the myths surrounding Virgil's life and reveal the life of a poet whose powerful imagination helped shape the epic vision of modern man.
Travels through France and Italy
In 1763 Tobias Smollett left England for the Mediterranean in search of a climate that might restore his health. In this famous account of his travels, the cantankerous, perceptive and most learned Smelfungus described everything and criticized most of it – from the food and 'shockingly nasty' beds to the local inhabitants of Nice where he settled. With a foreword by Ted Jones and introduction by Thomas Seccombe.