The Sealed Letter

Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447209737
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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'The Sealed Letter is a page-turner with a jaw-dropping ending' Stylist Helen Codrington is unhappily married. Emily 'Fido' Faithfull hasn't seen her once-dear friend for years. Suddenly, after bumping into Helen on the streets of Victorian London, Fido finds herself reluctantly helping Helen to have an affair with a young army officer. The women's friendship quickly unravels amid courtroom accusations of adultery, counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, and the appearance of a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life . . . Based on a real-life scandal that gripped England in 1864, Emma Donoghue's The Sealed Letter is a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal, and forbidden love.

Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Life Mask and The Sealed Letter
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
ISBN: 1443442844
Category: Fiction
Page: 1104
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Life Mask The Honourable Mrs. Damer is a young widow of eccentric tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lords—and the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as the Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre. In a time of looming war and terrorism, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones; and everyone wears a mask. The Sealed Letter Miss Emily “Fido” Faithfull is a “woman of business” and a spinster pioneer of the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her beloved cause by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen’s failing marriage to the stodgy Admiral Harry Codrington. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama more sensational than any Hollywood tabloid could invent—with stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life. Based on the details of a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a provocative historical drama that is strangely relevant to modern issues surrounding women, marriage, rights and roles.

Shakespeare's Letters

Author: Alan Stewart
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191563560
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 422
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Shakespeare's plays are stuffed with letters - 111 appear on stage in all but five of his dramas. But for modern actors, directors, and critics they are frequently an awkward embarrassment. Alan Stewart shows how and why Shakespeare put letters on stage in virtually all of his plays. By reconstructing the very different uses to which letters were put in Shakespeare's time, and recapturing what it meant to write, send, receive, read, and archive a letter, it throws new light on some of his most familiar dramas. Early modern letters were not private missives sent through an anonymous postal system, but a vital - sometimes the only - means of maintaining contact and sending news between distant locations. Penning a letter was a serious business in a period when writers made their own pen and ink; letter-writing protocols were strict; letters were dispatched by personal messengers or carriers, often received and read in public - and Shakespeare exploited all these features to dramatic effect. Surveying the vast range of letters in Shakespeare's oeuvre, the book also features sustained new readings of Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice and Henry IV Part One.

The Seal's Holiday Babies

Author: Tina Leonard
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373755422
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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A HERO'S SURPRISE Bridesmaids Creek, Texas, loves weddings. So favorite son Ty Spurlock hatches a plan to bring his single cowboy friends to town to woo the local ladies…as long as they stay away from Jade Harper. Ty secretly wants the gorgeous redhead for himself…even though he's about to leave town to join the Navy SEALs. Jade refuses to stand in the way of Ty's dream of being a SEAL…but she also can't hide her precious surprise—two precious surprises!—when her hero comes home for Christmas. The whole town is in on a secret that's about to rock Ty's world. Head over heels for his twin girls, he's ready to do the honorable thing. But how can Jade say yes to a man who was never meant to be tied down?

The SEAL's Christmas Twins

Author: Laura Marie Altom
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373754841
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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Leaving Conifer, Alaska, after his broken marriage, Navy SEAL Mason Brown returns after receiving word that his ex-wife has died in an accident and he is sharing custody of her twin baby girls with her sister Hattie Beaumont.

Statements, supported by evidence, of Wm. T.G. Morton on his claim to the discovery of the anaesthetic properties of ether submitted to the honorable the select committee appointed by the Senate of the United States

32d Congress, 2d session, January 21, 1853
Author: William Thomas Green Morton,United States. Congress. Senate Select committee on the Ether Discovery
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
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Egyptian Tales and Legends

Ancient, Christian, Muslim
Author: E.A. Wallis Budge
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486148602
Category: History
Page: 448
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Treasury of Egyptian folklore encompasses 36 beguiling stories. First part contains tales originally written in hieratic characters; second part documents Christian influence; third part recounts stories of Muslims who succeeded Copts.

Controlling Readers

Guillaume de Machaut and His Late Medieval Audience
Author: Deborah L. McGrady
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442668164
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) was the master poet of fourteenth-century France. He established models for much of the vernacular poetry written by subsequent generations, and he was instrumental in institutionalizing the lay reader. In particular, his longest and most important work, the Voir dit, calls attention to the coexistence of public and private reading practices through its intensely hybrid form: sixty-three poems and ten songs invite an oral performance, while forty-six private prose letters as well as elaborate illustration and references to it's own materiality promote a physical encounter with the book. In Controlling Readers, Deborah McGrady uses Machaut's corpus as a case study to explore the impact of lay literacy on the culture of late-medieval Europe. Arguing that Machaut and his bookmakers were responding to contemporary debates surrounding literacy, McGrady first accounts for the formal invention of the lay reader in medieval art and literature, then analyses Machaut and his bookmakers' innovative use of both narrative and bibliographical devices to try to control the responses of his readers and promote intimate and sensual reading practices in place of the more common public performances of court culture. McGrady's erudite and exhaustive study is key to understanding Machaut, his works, and his influence on the history of reading in the fourteenth-century and beyond.

Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends

Author: Lewis Spence
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486131343
Category: Social Science
Page: 448
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Superb, in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, Egyptian priesthood, numerous deities, alchemy, Egyptian art and magic, other fascinating topics. Includes over 50 photographs and illustrations.

Bible Code II

The Countdown
Author: Michael Drosnin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440650062
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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The Bible code-the ancient code encrypted in the Bible that may reveal our future-was made known to the world by investigative reporter Michael Drosnin. Now he reveals startling new predictions warning that we may have only three years to stop the countdown to Armageddon. This dramatic account opens on the morning of September 11, 2001, when Drosnin witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center-and then found the terrible event predicted in detail in the 3,000-year-old Bible code. But according to the code, September 11 was only the beginning. The Bible code says we are already in the "End of Days," the Apocalypse foretold by all three major religions of the West. Drosnin has traveled the globe to meet with world leaders to prevent the impending danger-and to search for the "Code Key," a long-buried ancient object that may completely unlock the Bible code, just in time to save our world.

Mama Tandoori

Author: Ernest van der Kwast
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641187567
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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Der Vater hegt keinerlei Zweifel: es wird ein Mädchen. Die Geburtsanzeige für Eva van der Kwast liegt bereits beim Drucker. Als dann sehr zur Bestürzung der Eltern in einer Klinik in Bombay 1981 der kleine Ernest das Licht der Welt erblickt, nimmt ein nicht ganz unbelastetes Verhältnis zwischen Sohn und Eltern seinen Lauf. In seinem autobiografisch gefärbten Roman präsentiert Ernest van der Kwast einen bunten Reigen von Charakteren, von Bollywood Star Onkel Sharma bis zu seiner Tante Jasleen, einer einstmals erfolgversprechenden Siebenkämpferin. Allen voran aber seine Mutter, die Matriarchin des Klans, geliebt und gefürchtet, eine Tyrannin mit dem Herzen einer Löwin. Eine Frau von eisernem Willen, beinahe absurder Gründlichkeit und bei aller Stärke erfüllt von einer tiefen Traurigkeit um ihren behinderten Sohn Ashirwad. Sie ist es, bei der alle Fäden der Geschichte zusammenlaufen. »Mama Tandoori« lässt einen Staunen, Nachdenken und Lachen - ein wunderbar witziges Famlienporträt, das mitten ins Herz trifft.

Mr. Collier's Letter Racks

A Tale of Art and Illusion at the Threshold of the Modern Information Age
Author: Dror Wahrman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199876371
Category: History
Page: 288
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Three hundred years ago, an unprecedented explosion in inexpensive, disposable print--newspapers, pamphlets, informational publications, artistic prints--ushered in a media revolution that forever changed our relationship to information. One unusually perceptive man, an obscure Dutch/British still life painter named Edward Collier, understood the full significance of these momentous changes and embedded in his work secret warnings about the inescapable slippages between author and print, meaning and text, viewer and canvas, perception and reality. Working around 1700, Collier has been neglected, even forgotten, precisely because his secret messages have never been noticed, let alone understood. Until now. In Mr. Collier's Letter Racks, Dror Wahrman recovers the tale of an extraordinary illusionist artist who engaged in a wholly original way with a major transformation of his generation. Wahrman shows how Collier developed a hidden language within his illusionist paintings--replete with minutely coded messages, witty games, intricate allusions, and private jokes--to draw attention to the potential and the pitfalls of this new information age. A remarkably shrewd and prescient commentator on the changes unfolding around him, not least the advent of a new kind of politics following the Glorious Revolution, Collier performed a post-modernist critique of modernity long before the modern age. His trompe l'oeil paintings are filled with seemingly disconnected, enigmatic objects--letters, seals, texts of speeches, magnifying glasses, title pages--and with teasingly significant details that require the viewer to lean in and peer closely. Wahrman does just that, taking on the role of detective/cultural historian to unravel the layers of deceptions contained within Collier's extraordinary paintings. Written with passionate enthusiasm and including more than 70 color illustrations, Mr. Collier's Letter Racks is a spell-binding feat of cultural history, illuminating not only the work of an eccentric genius but the media revolution of his period, the birth of modern politics, and the nature of art itself.

The Trail of the Cloven Hoof

Author: Arleton Eadie
ISBN: 1605434159
Category: Fiction
Page: 234
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This is #7 in the Dancing Tuatara Press series of obscure horror tales. Written by Arlton Eadie in 1935, it's a classic of the genre, and has a colorful history, as detailed by John Pelan in the introduction. This is not the heavily-edited, serialized version of the novel; it's the full-length text as originally written by Arlton Eadie.