Lord of the World, by Robert Hugh Benson

Lord of the World is a dystopian sci-fi book by Robert Hugh Benson, which was first published in 1907. It centres on the Antichrist and the end of the world, and has been called prophetic by the current Pope and the previous one. Whilst the whole Antichrist matter is one for Christians, it is true that Benson, like Jules Verne, did accurately predict some technological advances, such as weapons of mass destruction, passenger air trav...

Last Post, by Ford Madox Ford

Last Post is a novel by Ford Madox Ford, first published in 1928. It is the fourth and final book in the Parade's End series of books about Christopher Tietjens and his life, with World War I as the backdrop. This book is set during a few hours of a day in June, where Tietjens is making a living as a dealer of old furniture. The series has taken the reader from before the war, to during it, and this final novel explores the legacy of...

No More Parades, by Ford Madox Ford

No More Parades is a novel by Ford Madox Ford, first published in 1925. It is the second in the Parade's End series of four novels, which chronicles the life of a member of the British gentry before, during and after World War I. Carrying on where Some Do Not... ended, Tietjens is now involved in the war, although not on the frontline. The book also covers his ongoing marital woes. This book is followed by A Man Could Stand Up.

Some Do Not..., by Ford Madox Ford

Some Do Not... is a novel by Ford Madox Ford, first published in 1924. It is the first in the Parade's End series, which chronicles the life of a member of the British gentry before, during and after World War I. In 'Some Do Not...', Christopher Tietjens, a government statistician, and his friend Vincent Macmaster, an aspiring literary critic, are visiting the English countryside. Whilst there Tietjens meets a suffragette, Valentine ...

The Woman of Mystery, by Maurice Leblanc

The Woman of Mystery, also known as The Shell Shard, is the eighth book in the Arsene Lupin series by Maurice Leblanc. This book wasn't originally part of the series and in this 1916 edition, Lupin doesn't even feature in it. He was written into the story in the 1923 edition.

In Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus

In Praise of Folly is an essay by Desiderius Erasmus, first printed in June 1511. It is a satirical attack on superstitions and other traditions of European society as well as on the Western Church. In Praise of Folly starts off with a satirical speech, in which Folly praises herself; it then takes a darker tone in a series of orations, as Folly praises self-deception and madness and moves to a satirical examination of pious but supe...

Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography

This book is filled with spectacular nature photographs that will delight any enthusiast. It’s pulled together by the California Academy of Sciences where they have an annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. The book is a collection of the winning photographs. The first image is of a polar bear just as she’s about to break the surface of the water looking directly through the camera lens with a soft pink glow of the ...

Jazz Internationalism: Literary Afro-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Black Music
Jazz Internationalism

"Indispensable to African American literary and cultural studies, jazz studies, and internationalist leftist studies. Its discussion of how jazz is called forth as a form of utopianism as well as social and political criticism in radical African American writing marks an important step in the contemporary critical reconsideration of how conventionally discrete areas of history and culture may be seen in intersectional terms."--Gary E...

Building the Black Arts Movement: Hoyt Fuller and the Cultural Politics of the 1960s
Building the Black Arts Movement (New Black Studies Series)

"Jonathan Fenderson's Building the Black Arts Movement is a brilliant study of one of the key figures of the Black Arts and Black Power movements. Fenderson's account of Fuller is also a history of Black Arts and Black Power in Chicago that in turn illuminates the ideological, aesthetic, and institutional development of black political and cultural radicalism in the 1960s and 1970s."--James Smethurst, author of The Black Arts Movemen...

Regina Mingotti: Diva and Impresario at the King's Theatre, London
Regina Mingotti: Diva and Impresario at the King's Theatre, London

Regina Mingotti was the first female impresario to run London's opera house. Born in Naples in 1722, she was the daughter of an Austrian diplomat, and had worked at Dresden under Hasse from 1747. Mingotti left Germany in 1752, and travelled to Madrid to sing at the Spanish court, where the opera was directed by the great castrato, Farinelli. It is not known quite how Francesco Vanneschi, the opera promoter, came to hire Mingotti, but...