Stag at Bay

Author: Victoria Gordon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780373026906
Category: Fiction
Page: 191
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Picturing Animals in Britain, 1750-1850

Author: Diana Donald
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300126792
Category: Art
Page: 377
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From fine art paintings by such artists as Stubbs and Landseer to zoological illustrations and popular prints, a vast array of animal images was created in Britain during the century from 1750 to 1850. This highly original book investigates the rich meanings of these visual representations as well as the ways in which animals were actually used and abused. What Diana Donald discovers in this fascinating study is a deep and unresolved ambivalence that lies at the heart of human attitudes toward animals. The author brings to light dichotomies in human thinking about animals throughout this key period: awestruck with the beauty and spirit of wild animals, people nevertheless desired to capture and tame them; the belief that other species are inferior was firmly held, yet at the same time animals in stories and fables were given human attributes; though laws against animal cruelty were introduced, the overworking of horses and the allure of sport hunting persisted. Animals are central in cultural history, Donald concludes, and compelling questions about them - then and now - remain unanswered.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil

Author: John McGrath
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147252957X
Category: Drama
Page: 216
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Written during the 1970s, John McGrath's winding, furious, innovative play tracks the economic history and exploitation of the Scottish Highlands from the post-Rebellion suppression of the clans to the story of the Clearances: in the nineteenth century, aristocratic landowners discovered the profitability of sheep farming, and forced a mass emigration of rural Highlanders, burning their houses in order to make way for the Cheviot sheep. The play follows the thread of capitalist and repressive exploitation through the estates of the stag-hunting landed gentry, to the 1970s rush for profit in the name of North Sea Oil. Described by the playwright as having a "ceilidh?? format, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil draws on historical research alongside Gaelic song and the Scots' love of variety and popular entertainment to tell this epic story. A totally distinctive cultural and theatrical phenomenon, the play championed several new approaches to theatre, raising its profile as a means of political intervention; proposing a collective, democratic, collaborative approach to creating theatre; offering a language of performance accessible to working-class people; producing theatre in non-purpose-built theatre spaces; breaking down the barrier between audience and performers through interaction; and taking theatre to people who otherwise would not access it. The play received its premiere in 1973 by the agit-prop theatre group 7:84, of which John McGrath was founder and Artistic Director, and toured Scotland to great critical and audience acclaim.

The Rendezvous and Other Stories

Author: Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393344444
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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A collection of startlingly vivid short stories from Patrick O'Brian, author of the highly acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series. Patrick O'Brian has emerged, in the opinion of many, as one of the greatest novelists now writing in English. His fame rests mainly on the achievement of the epic Aubrey/Maturin novels, but few readers know that O'Brian first made his reputation as a writer of short fiction. Collected here for the first time are twenty-seven stories that O'Brian wishes to preserve: stories of uncommon lyricism and beauty that will confirm his rightful place in the front rank of short-story writers as well as of novelists. Although the tone of this collection ranges effortlessly from the humorous to the dramatic, the most characteristic and memorable stories often have to do with a glimpse of savage, destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization. The threatened chaos may be psychological, as in "On the Wolfsberg," or it may be lurking in the natural world, as in "A Passage of the Frontier," or, as in the dark masterpiece "The Chian Wine," it is suddenly discovered in the ancient, irrational impulses of human nature. The setting may be the marshes of western Ireland, the Pyrenees, or the claustrophobic confines of a clockmender's house, but each story is a showcase for Patrick O'Brian's fresh and meticulous prose; each story reaffirms his sympathetic understanding of human passion and suffering. This collection proves that O'Brian is not simply the master of a genre, but an author who will long be honored as one of our most eminent literary figures.

The Encyclopaedia of sport & games

Author: Henry Charles Howard Suffolk and Berkshire (Earl of),Hedley Peek,Frederick George Aflalo
Publisher: N.A
Category: Games
Page: N.A
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Frederick the Great

A Life in Deed and Letters
Author: Giles MacDonogh
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312272661
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 448
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A fascinating look at Frederick the Great reveals the often misunderstood king as not only a feared conqueror, but also a patron of the arts and a progressive lawmaker who helped make Berlin one of Europe's great capital cities. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

The Custer Reader

Author: Paul Andrew Hutton
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806134659
Category: History
Page: 585
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Here is Custer as seen by himself, his contemporaries, and leading scholars. Combining first-person narratives, essays, and photographs, this book provides a complete introduction to Custer's controversial personality and career and the evolution of the Custer myth.

Sporting Magazine

Or, Monthly Calendar of the Transactions of the Turf, the Chase and Every Other Diversion Interesting to the Man of Pleasure, Enterprize, and Spirit
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Hunting
Page: N.A
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The Prussian Officer and Other Stories

Author: David Herbert Lawrence
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140187809
Category: Fiction
Page: 255
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Stories deal with the relationship of an officer and his aide, a young soldier, a country vicar, an amateur archaeologist, two rivals, young sisters, and death

Selected Short Stories

Author: D. H. Lawrence
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486111040
Category: Fiction
Page: 128
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Seven of the best Lawrence stories, each turning on some facet of sexual feeling, attitude, or convention: "The Prussian Officer," "The Shadow in the Rose Garden," "The White Stocking," "Daughters of the Vicar," "The Christening," more.

Highland Fling

Author: Katie Fforde
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312317689
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Taking a business trip to Scotland after a fight with her boyfriend, financial assistant Jenny Porter works to save a troubled textile mill and helps in a variety of local causes, including a mobile food stand and a troubled romance. 10,000 first printing.


Author: Anya M. Shetterly
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0030619130
Category: Rome (Italy)
Page: 242
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