Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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Visions of adventure: N.C. Wyeth and the Brandywine artists

Publishing Date: 2000

Classification: 700

Call Number: 759.13

This collection contains examples of the work of Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and four other exceptional painters from the Brandywine school of illustration, which opened in 1900. The 45-plus color illustrations, selected from magazines and books published throughout the 20th century, are accompanied by commentary discussing each work and illustrator. Five sections present chivalry, pirates, the American Indian, the frontier, and the art of illustration a personal journey. Edited by art collector Dell in association with Walt Reed, who has chronicled the history of American illustration in several books and articles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) - (Book News)

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Gielgud: a theatrical life

By Croall, Jonathan

Publishing Date: 2001

Classification: 700

Call Number: 792.028 CRO

Chronicles the nearly 80 year career of John Gielgud in film, radio, television, and theater. In researching Gielgud's life, Croall interviewed more than 100 of the actor's friends and colleagues, including actors Alec Guinness and Peter Ustinov, playwrights Edward Albee and Christopher Fry, director Peter Brook, and designer Jocelyn Herbert. Coverage includes Gielgud's childhood, his Shakespearean acting, his achievements as a director and manager, and his influences. Croall is editor of the National Theater's magazine, StageWrite . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) - (Book News)

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Shakespeare's Globe: a theatrical experiment

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 700

Call Number: 792.95

"From 1997 Shakespeare's Globe flourished once more on London's South Bank after an absence of four hundred years. The playhouse is now a major attraction for theater goers, scholars, tourists, teachers and students of all ages, who come to experience Shakespeare'seare's plays and those of his contemporaries performed in their original conditions. The team of artists and education specialists who made this happen come together here to reflect on their ten-year experiment. Principal actors, designers, musicians and Globe education staff engage with international scholars in a lively debate about the impact of this extraordinary building. Featuring an in-depth interview with former Artistic Director Mark Rylance and a contribution from Patrick Spottiswoode, Founder and Director of Globe Education, the book highlights the complex relationship between designer, composer, actor and audience that give energy to this thrShakespearianperian centre." - p. i.

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Forests: the shadow of civilization

By Harrison, Robert Pogue

Publishing Date: c1992

Classification: 800

Call Number: 809.9336 HAR

"As Western civilization cleared its space in the midst of the forests, it projected into the sylvan darkness its secret and innermost anxieties; in the forest's shadow we find enchantment, terror, and irony. In this wide-ranging exploration of the role of forests in Western thought, Robert Pogue Harrison enriches our understanding not only of the forest's place in the cultural imagination of the West, but also of the ecological dilemmas that now confront us so urgently." "Harrison offers a richly detailed account of how the governing institutions of the West--from religion to law, family to city--established themselves in opposition to the forests, where the distinctions of civilization go astray. In sources ranging from Gilgamesh and the myths of ancient Greece and Rome to twentieth-century writers like Conrad, Sartre, and Beckett, Harrison finds the forest to be an enigma and paradox: a place of lawlessness, yet a haven for the unjustly treated; a place of profanity yet sacred ground; a world of darkness and obscurity, yet a stage for revelation." "The word forest derives from the Latin for outside. Harrison comes to terms with the radical nature of this outsidedness and the way it grounds human life on the earth. What, he asks, does it mean to "be at home" while estranged from the physical world in which we dwell?" "Consistently insightful and beautifully written, this work is especially compelling at a time when the forest, as a source of wonder, respect, and meaning, disappears daily from the earth."--BOOK JACKET.

Come on all you ghosts

By Zapruder, Matthew

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.6 ZAP

A third collection of poems mixes humor with themes of love and loss and draws upon past personal experiences in a search for self-revelation. - (Baker & Taylor)

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The world of Christopher Marlowe

By Riggs, David

Publishing Date: 2005

Classification: 800

Call Number: 822.3 RIG

"The World of Christopher Marlowe is the story of the troubled genius, raised in the stench and poverty of Canterbury's abattoirs, who revolutionized English drama and poetry, challenging and scandalizing English society before he was murdered in his prime. David Riggs, a prizewinning Elizabethan scholar, evokes the atmosphere and texture of Marlowe's life in Elizabethan England, from his birth (in 1564, the same year as Shakespeare's) to his ties to the London underworld and his triumphs on the stage." "Ben Jonson celebrated Marlowe's "mighty line," which brought lightness and musicality to English verse. Though he was the greatest dramatist the English had ever known, Marlowe lived on the margins of London life, among prostitutes and thieves, and attracted a new class of theatergoers with a repertory that spoke to their most urgent concerns - class conflict, erotic desire, religious dissent." "Among the scenes of conflict and intrigue that inspired him, Marlowe would find his way into the spy rings that dominated the Elizabethan state, and their influence would loom over his life and work from the time he left Cambridge University. His undercover missions brought him into contact with Roman Catholic conspirators who were plotting to kill the queen, while his private deliberations led him to an idea even more threatening to the monarchy - atheism. No one knows to this day whether his murder was the act of a sovereign power or the result of a tavern brawl." "In a period of eight years, Christopher Marlowe's masterpieces, Dr. Faustus, Tamburlaine the Great, and The Jew of Malta, transformed the Elizabethan stage into a place of astonishing creativity. Shakespeare mourned his passing: "Dear shepherd, now I find thy saw of might/Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight.""--BOOK JACKET.

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Shakespeare: a life

By Honan, Park

Publishing Date: 1998

Classification: 800

Call Number: 822.33 HON

A biography of Shakespeare, the 16th century English actor, playwright and wise investor--investing first in the Globe Theater, where he became director, later in the Blackfriars Theater. While tracing Shakespeare's career, the author analyzes his plays, particularly the tragedies, and describes the carnival atmosphere which surrounded their performance.

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Hamlet: a user's guide

By Pennington, Michael

Publishing Date: 1996

Classification: 800

Call Number: 822.33 PEN

Written by a British actor who has performed in Hamlet many times throughout his thirty-year career, this "user's guide" offers an intensely practical chronicle of how the drama actually works on stage, first scene by scene, then character by character. Michael Pennington opens and closes his book with a more personal account of his own encounters with the play and with a variety of approaches to Shakespeare in production. In all, this serious but lively and witty book will surely be of immense value to teachers, students, actors and directors. For everyone else it enriches the Hamlet experience with the professional insight that only a leading actor can provide. - (Blackwell North Amer)

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Why be happy when you could be normal

By Winterson, Jeanette

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 800

Call Number: 823.914 WIN

This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother by the author of "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit"--winner of the Whitbread First Novel award and the inspiration behind the award-winning BBC television adaptation "Oranges."

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Dead Mountain: the true story of the Dyatlov Pass incident

By Eichar, Donnie

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 914.743 EIC

The author delves into the mystery of what happened to nine experienced hikers who died in 1959 in the Russian Ural Mountains. Eichar retraces the hikers' journey and provides an account, aided by access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, government records, and dozens of interviews.

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Scott of the Antarctic

By Huxley, Elspeth

Publishing Date: 1978, c1977

Classification: 900

Call Number: 919.89 HUX

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From mist and stone: the folklore of the Celts and Vikings

By Stone, George M.

Publishing Date: c2005

Classification: 900

Call Number: 936 STO

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Solving Stonehenge: the new key to an ancient enigma

By Johnson, Anthony

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 936.2319 JOH

From the Publisher: A completely new and convincing solution to the key puzzles of Stonehenge. As Anthony Johnson reveals in this astonishing book, patient detective work and detailed computer analysis of clues hidden within this famous monument can be made to yield remarkable new insights into how the earthwork and stone circle were conceived and laid out. The story begins with a reappraisal of over 250 years of fieldwork, excavation, and speculation, including John Wood's highly accurate but often overlooked survey of 1740. It is the most important record of Stonehenge ever made, and the only reliable plan of the monument before the fall of several major stones and their subsequent re-erection in the twentieth century. The prehistoric engineering skills involved in the construction of Stonehenge have long been recognized, but Johnson presents for the first time tangible evidence to show that locked within the symmetry of the stones are precise formulae that determined their numbers, spacing, and relationships. He explains how the Neolithic surveyors set out the fifty-six Aubrey Holes, four Station Stones, and the thirty stones in the Sarsen Circle; and the significance of the horseshoe arrangement of massive trilithons at the heart of the monument. The implications are far reaching, demonstrating that the people who designed Stonehenge in all its phases of construction, spanning over 1,000 years, employed simple and elegant geometric rules. Elaborate sightline theories, alignments, and astronomical computations are questioned, allowing the rationale behind Stonehenge and other prehistoric sites, some of which conformed to the same model, to be reassessed. 135 illustrations, 35 in color.

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The Bog people: iron-age man preserved

By Glob, P. V.

Publishing Date: 1997, c1969

Classification: 900

Call Number: 936.3 GLO

"One spring morning two men cutting peat in a Danish bog uncovered a well-preserved body of a man with a noose around his neck. Thinking they had stumbled upon a murder victim, they reported their discovery to the police, who were baffled until they consulted the famous archaeologist P.V. Glob. Glob identified the body as that of a two-thousand-year-old man, ritually murdered and thrown in the bag as a sacrifice to the goddess of fertility." "Written in the guise of a scientific defective story, this classic of archaeological history - a best-seller when it was published in England but out of print for many years - is a thoroughly engrossing and still reliable account of the religion, culture, and daily life of the European Iron Age."--Jacket.

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Churchill: a life

By Gilbert, Martin

Publishing Date: 1991

Classification: 900

Call Number: 941.084 GIL

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The life of Edward the Black prince, 1330-1376: the flower of knighthood out of all the world

By Sedgwick, Henry Dwight

Publishing Date: 1993

Classification: 900

Call Number: 942.037 SED

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Hitler's charisma: leading millions into the abyss

By Rees, Laurence

Publishing Date: [2013], 2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 943.086 REE

Explores the circumstances and events that contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler, noting his early character flaws and how he rallied a small group of like-minded political and social outcasts in history-shaping ways.

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The dream king: Ludwig II of Bavaria: with a chapter on Ludwig and the arts

By Blunt, Wilfrid

Publishing Date: 1970

Classification: 900

Call Number: 943.3 BLU

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General Ulysses S. Grant: the soldier and the man

By Longacre, Edward G.

Publishing Date: 2006

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7 LON

"Despite his reputation for rash decisions, brutal tactics, and intemperate behavior, Ulysses S. Grant was the only Union general who could win the war for Lincoln. Grant's aggressive strategies, swift movements and uncompromising battlefield attacks were praised in the North, feared in the South, and reviled by many of his own associates and staff. General Grant is, perhaps, one of the most controversial, enigmatic, and misunderstood generals in our nation's history." "In this new biography of Grant, acclaimed Civil War historian, Edward G. Longacre, examines Grant's early life and his military career for insights into his great battlefield successes as well as his personal misfortunes. He concentrates on Grant's boyhood and early married life, especially his years in Missouri and Illinois following his 1854 resignation from the army. He examines Grant's moral, ethical, and religious views; his conflicting attitudes toward his profession; and his relationships with wartime superiors and subordinates."--BOOK JACKET.

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Mary Surratt: an American tragedy

By Trindal, Elizabeth Steger

Publishing Date: 1996

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7092 TRI