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A Political Biography Of Jonathan Swift

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Now most famous as the author of "Gulliver's Travels", Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was one of the most important propagandists and satirists of his day. Modern readers have difficulty placing him on the political spectrum. He rejected political parties as factions but supported the Whigs and then the Tories. He defended the exclusive privileges of (Anglican) Church of Ireland, yet he was an eloquent champion of liberty. Insisting he was English, he became a celebrated Anglo-Irish patriot. This study seeks to contextualize Swift within the political arena of his day.Swift's politics reveal two profound influences. War and his Irish upbringing shaped the High Church but pro-Revolution political stance that gave him points of contact with both Tories and Whigs without identifying him with either. Struggling to define himself politically without compromising his independence, Swift expressed passions more extravagant than his positions. Usually angered by a human situation rather than animated by an ideology, he invented memorable voices under the pressure of events. They reveal as much about his developing relationship to the political fray as his particular statements about the Church, the Glorious Revolution, or Ireland. That is why Swift's politics still command our attention.


Scarlett Johansson : The Illustrated Biography

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Born in 1985 in New York, young Scarlett Marie Johansson has already achieved a cinematic career of stellar proportions, swiftly becoming an icon to both genders.

Ubiquitous as the face of Calvin Klein, L'Oreal and Reebok, and described as the new Marilyn Monroe by "Vogue" magazine, she's also proved her mettle as a quality thespian, starring in movies as diverse as literary, intelligent Woody Allen features, gung-ho action romps like Michael Bay's "The Island", and of course alternative, hip fare like the film which made her name known the world over, Sofia Coppola's much-lauded "Lost In Translation".

Searching for the essence of her luminous star quality, this book takes a critical look at her work, and traces her transformation from talented child actress to Hollywood icon.

About the Author

Chris Roberts has written about music and film for 15 years, and is currently a regular contributor to UK broadsheet the Guardian and leading film monthly Uncut magazine. His previous books include Idol Worship (Harper Collins, 1997), and Lou Reed: Stories Behind the Songs (Carlton 2003).


The Gurgle Of Little Feet A Whimsical Autobiography Of One Child

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ABOUT THE BOOK: This book of stories is for adults, including parents, children who can read at any level, and any adult who works with children. Adults reading this book will rediscover the beautiful way children perceive the world, which is very new to children. The child's perception may be quite illogical. Adults reading this book will also re-experience the misunderstandings of children's actions which may lead to conflict or adult punishment of the child. Hopefully, adults reading this book will find a cathartic release for their suffering at the hands (or voices) of supervising parents or other adults. Children reading this book alone will find validation for their perception and actions. Ideally, adults may read them to children, in a family or school setting. In the events described, all from the child's viewpoint at the age when it happened, the children will see things that adults miss, and adults will see things the child would miss, giving a rich opportunity for sharing. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tom Ross was born in 1940 in Wheeling, West Virginia, and grew up in a small community with his two younger sisters. At age 10 he was diagnosed with generalized torsion dystonia, a sometimes painful muscular condition that led to two brain surgeries and later confined him to a wheelchair. During college he served as a preacher in local churches. He went into the Union Theological Seminary after college, and interned in Queens under the Reverend Richard Boeke. Tom taught at Clark College, a historically black college in Georgia. Shortly after Dr. King's assassination with the belief that white professors should cede leadership and teaching positions at African-American colleges, Tom moved to Berkeley. Tom has been a participant in both the civil rights and disability rights movements.



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