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The Life Of George Washington Volume 4

The Life Of George Washington Volume 4 – Washington Irving

„The Life Of George Washington“ is a monumental work on the life of one of the most famous American presidents. Originally published in five volumes between 1853 and 1859, it is a treasure chest of information on Washington and the Civil War. This work is presumeably the most intimate and fascinating biography of a man who worked his way from an Army commander to the first President of the United States. This is volume four out of five.

The Life Of George Washington Volume 4

The Life Of George Washington Volume 4

Format: Paperback.

The Life Of George Washington Volume 4.

ISBN: 9783849673338.

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Biography of George Washington (from Wikipedia):

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American statesman and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation’s establishment and came to be known as the „father of the country,“ both during his lifetime and to this day. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Life Of George Washington Volume 3

The Life Of George Washington Volume 3 – Washington Irving

„The Life Of George Washington“ is a monumental work on the life of one of the most famous American presidents. Originally published in five volumes between 1853 and 1859, it is a treasure chest of information on Washington and the Civil War. This work is presumeably the most intimate and fascinating biography of a man who worked his way from an Army commander to the first President of the United States. This is volume three out of five.

The Life Of George Washington Volume 3

The Life Of George Washington Volume 3

Format: Paperback.

The Life Of George Washington Volume 3.

ISBN: 9783849673321.

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Biography of George Washington (from Wikipedia):

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American statesman and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation’s establishment and came to be known as the „father of the country,“ both during his lifetime and to this day. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Life Of George Washington Volume 2

The Life Of George Washington Volume 2 – Washington Irving

„The Life Of George Washington“ is a monumental work on the life of one of the most famous American presidents. Originally published in five volumes between 1853 and 1859, it is a treasure chest of information on Washington and the Civil War. This work is presumeably the most intimate and fascinating biography of a man who worked his way from an Army commander to the first President of the United States. This is volume two out of five.

The Life Of George Washington Volume 2

The Life Of George Washington Volume 2

Format: Paperback.

The Life Of George Washington Volume 2.

ISBN: 9783849673093.

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Biography of George Washington (from Wikipedia):

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American statesman and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation’s establishment and came to be known as the „father of the country,“ both during his lifetime and to this day. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Biographia Literaria

Biographia Literaria – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coleridge, with his superior philosophical training and profundity of thought, became one of England’s greatest critics, despite his digressiveness and verbosity. The Biographia Literaria (1817), a collection of his literary life and opininions, is both autobiographical and critical. Intended as a mere preface to a collected volume of his poems, explaining and justifying his own style and practice in poetry, the work grew under his hands to a literary autobiography, including, together with many facts concerning his education and studies and his early literary adventures, an extended criticism of Wordsworth’s theory of poetry as given in the preface to the ‘Lyrical Ballads’ and a statement of Coleridge’s philosophical views.

Biographia Literaria

Biographia Literaria

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Biographia Literaria.

ISBN: 9783849673451.

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About the Biographia Literaria (from wikipedia)

In addition to his poetry, Coleridge also wrote influential pieces of literary criticism including Biographia Literaria, a collection of his thoughts and opinions on literature which he published in 1817. The work delivered both biographical explanations of the author’s life as well as his impressions on literature. The collection also contained an analysis of a broad range of philosophical principles of literature ranging from Aristotle to Immanuel Kant and Schelling and applied them to the poetry of peers such as William Wordsworth. Coleridge’s explanation of metaphysical principles were popular topics of discourse in academic communities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and T.S. Eliot stated that he believed that Coleridge was „perhaps the greatest of English critics, and in a sense the last.“ Eliot suggests that Coleridge displayed „natural abilities“ far greater than his contemporaries, dissecting literature and applying philosophical principles of metaphysics in a way that brought the subject of his criticisms away from the text and into a world of logical analysis that mixed logical analysis and emotion. However, Eliot also criticises Coleridge for allowing his emotion to play a role in the metaphysical process, believing that critics should not have emotions that are not provoked by the work being studied. Hugh Kenner in Historical Fictions, discusses Norman Fruman’s Coleridge, the Damaged Archangel and suggests that the term „criticism“ is too often applied to Biographia Literaria, which both he and Fruman describe as having failed to explain or help the reader understand works of art. To Kenner, Coleridge’s attempt to discuss complex philosophical concepts without describing the rational process behind them displays a lack of critical thinking that makes the volume more of a biography than a work of criticism. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Life And Voyages Of Christopher Columbus

The Life And Voyages Of Christopher Columbus – Washington Irving

Irving’s extensive work on Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous biographies in American history. The name of Washington Irving, prefixed to any work, is in itself a sufficient earnest of liberal sentiment and graceful composition. With generous principles and pure intellectual tastes, he unquestionably unites literary talents of no common order. The subject, also, which he has here chosen for the exercise of his powers, is one, if not of any real novelty, at least abounding both in romantic excitement and philosophical interest. It is a subject in many respects, congenial to his own poetical cast of feeling, his imaginative temperament, his amiable and enlightened spirit, and, above all, to his national enthusiasm as a citizen of that continent, of which the discovery has immortalised the fame of his hero. Endowed with such qualifications, and thus inspired by characteristic fondness for his design, it was easy to anticipate the degree of his success in its accomplishment; and it is needless to say, that he has produced a very amusing and elegant book. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings & Philosophy

George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings & Philosophy – George Willis Cooke

A whole generation, on either side of the Atlantic, used to fall sobbing at the name of Little Nell, which will hardly bring tears to the eyes of any one now, though it is still apparent that the child was imagined with real feelings, and her sad little melodrama was staged with sympathetic skill. When all is said against the lapses of taste and truth, the notion of the young girl wandering up and down the country with her demented grandfather, and meeting good and evil fortune with the same devotion, till death overtakes her, is something that must always touch the heart. It is preposterously overdone, yes, and the author himself falls into pages of hysterical rhythm, which once moved people, when he ought to have been writing plain, straight prose; yet there is in all a sense of the divinity in common and humble lives, which is the most precious quality of literature, as it is almost the rarest, and it is this which moves and consoles. It is this quality in Dickens which Tolstoy prizes and accepts as proof of his great art, and which the true critic must always set above any effect of literary mastery. „The Old Curiosity Shop“ makes strong appeal to a youthful imagination, and contains little that is beyond its scope. Dickens’s sentiment, however it may distress the mature mind of our later day, is not unwholesome, and, at all events in this story, addresses itself naturally enough to feelings unsubdued by criticism. His quality of picturesqueness is here seen at its best, with little or nothing of that melodrama which makes the alloy of „Nicholas Nickleby“ and „Oliver Twist“ —to speak only of the early books. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Writings Against The Manichaeans And The Donatists

The Writings Against The Manichaeans And The Donatists – St. Augustine of Hippo

This volume gives a fair sample of Augustin’s controversial powers. His nine years’ personal experience of the vanity of Manichæism made him thoroughly earnest and sympathetic in his efforts to disentangle other men from its snares, and also equipped him with the knowledge requisite for this task. No doubt the Pelagian controversy was more congenial to his mind. His logical acuteness and knowledge of Scripture availed him more in combating men who fought with the same weapons, than in dealing with a system which threw around its positions the mist of Gnostic speculation, or veiled its doctrine under a grotesque mythology, or based itself on a cosmogony too fantastic for a Western mind to tolerate.[25] But however Augustin may have misconceived the strange forms in which this system was presented, there is no doubt that he comprehended and demolished its fundamental principles;[26] that he did so as a necessary part of his own personal search for the truth; and that in doing so he gained possession, vitally and permanently of ideas and principles which subsequently entered into all he thought and wrote. In finding his way through the mazes of the obscure region into which Mani had led him, he once for all ascertained the true relation subsisting between God and His creatures, formed his opinion regarding the respective provinces of reason and faith, and the connection of the Old and New Testaments, and found the root of all evil in the created will. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Mark Twain

A lengthy historical novel written because Joan of Arc was Clemens‘ favorite historical character. He stated: „It means more to me than anything I have ever undertaken.“ Clemens devoted twelve years to researching and writing this novel. Harper’s Magazine serialized it first in three monthly installments (April 1895-April 1896) without his name. He used the pseudonym Sieur Louis de Conte to prevent the work’s not being taken seriously under his own name, while the name of the translator, Jean Francois Alden, is referred to as a pun on John Alden. This edition contains many of the fine drawings that had appeared in the periodical. (From „A Centennial For Tom Sawyer“)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.

ISBN: 9783849674526.

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Biography of Mark Twain (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called „The Great American Novel“. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Mark Twain – His Life and Work

Mark Twain – His Life and Work – William Montgomery Clemens

There was something so purely American in the humor of Mark Twain, that his work soon made for him a place in native literature. As a representative of American life and character his name extended even beyond the confines of the continent of Europe, into all lands and among all peoples. In Paris one cannot purchase a Bible at the book stall, but one may find „Roughing It“ at every corner. In Rome, „The Innocents Abroad“ is one of the staples in the book marts. In Hongkong you will find Mark Twain. Everywhere they read him. The career of Mark Twain is a romance. His life is a curious medley of pathos and poverty, with an occasional laugh to help along over the rough places. In this modest volume the author does not attempt to analyze the humor of Mark Twain. There is romance, and adventure, and thrilling interest surrounding the life of the prince of humorists, and the author has endeavored to gather together some of these interesting facts. Mark Twain’s satire and wit speak for themselves. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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An Autobiography: The Story of My Life and Work

An Autobiography: The Story of My Life and Work – Booker T. Washington

Mr. Washington, more than any other writer or lecturer, has solved the „race problem.“ The historical value of the book, and its uplifting influence give “The Story Of My Life And Work“ a prominent place in modern literature. It is a volume for the family library along with the Life of Franklin, Emerson’s Essays and the great autobiographies. There is no greaterstimulus for self-help, for Mr. Washington forged his way to the front by his own efforts.

An Autobiography: The Story of My Life and Work

An Autobiography: The Story of My Life and Work

Format: Paperback.

An Autobiography: The Story of My Life and Work.

ISBN: 9783849674748.

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Biography of Booker T. Washington (from Wikipedia):

Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.

Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. They were newly oppressed in the South by disenfranchisement and the Jim Crow discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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