By Richard Holmes
Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for e-book of the yr, this is often the 1st quantity of Holmes's seminal two-part exam of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one among Britain's maximum poets. Coleridge: Early Visions is the 1st a part of Holmes's vintage biography of Coleridge that without end reworked our view of the poet of 'Kubla Khan' and his position within the Romantic flow. brushed aside by way of a lot fresh scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Richard Holmes's Coleridge leaps out of the web page as a super, lively and perpetually upsetting determine who invades the mind's eye. this can be an act of biographical game which brings again to lifestyles Coleridge's poetry and encyclopaedic proposal, his inventive power and actual presence. he's brilliant and unforeseen. Holmes attracts the reader into the labyrinthine problems of his subject's character and literary energy, and faces us with profound questions on the character of creativity, the family among sexuality and friendship, the transferring grounds of political and non secular belief.
BONUS MATERIAL: This book version contains an excerpt from Richard Holmes's Falling Upwards.
By John O'Farrell
Following his highly renowned account of the former 2000 years, John O'Farrell now comes bang modern with a hilarious sleek historical past asking 'How the hell did we prove here?'
An completely Exasperated historical past of contemporary Britain informs, elucidates and laughs in any respect the unusual occasions, ridiculous characters and silly judgements that experience formed Britain's tale considering the fact that 1945; leaving the Twenty-First Century reader feeling superbly boastful for having the good thing about hindsight.
By Stella Tillyard
An intimate, certain portrayal of the lives of 4 eighteenth-century sisters--great-granddaughters of King Charles II who lived prosperous, public lives--is in keeping with diaries and letters and divulges the fun and tragedies they shared.
By Frederick Copleston
Conceived initially as a major presentation of the improvement of philosophy for Catholic seminary scholars, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume A heritage Of Philosophy has journeyed a long way past the modest function of its writer to common acclaim because the most sensible background of philosophy in English.
Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of massive erudition who as soon as tangled with A. J. Ayer in a fabled debate concerning the lifestyles of God and the potential of metaphysics, knew that seminary scholars have been fed a woefully insufficient nutrition of theses and proofs, and that their familiarity with so much of history's nice thinkers used to be decreased to simplistic caricatures. Copleston got down to redress the inaccurate by means of writing an entire background of Western philosophy, one crackling with incident and highbrow pleasure -- and person who supplies complete position to every philosopher, featuring his proposal in a superbly rounded demeanour and displaying his hyperlinks to people who went sooner than and to people who got here after him.
The results of Copleston's prodigious labors is a historical past of philosophy that's not likely ever to be handed. idea journal summed up the overall contract between students and scholars alike whilst it reviewed Copleston's A historical past of Philosophy as "broad-minded and target, finished and scholarly, unified and good proportioned... we can't suggest [it] too highly."
By Yvonne Kapp
Yvonne Kapp, most sensible recognized this present day for her biography of Eleanor Marx, used to be a amazing lady whose existence spanned almost the full 20th century. Time Will Tell charts her existence: ‘enfant negative’ in London, the literary editor of Vogue in France within the overdue Twenties, paintings for anti-fascist refugee committees in Nineteen Thirties’ London, study for the Amalgamated Engineering Union and the British clinical learn Council, then, in her later years, paintings as a translator and a biographer.
Kapp is a talented author at the information of relatives lifestyles and a great recorder of moving political and cultural styles. bills of the various encounters she had with numerous vital figures—Quentin Bell, Rebecca West, Paul Robeson, John Heartfield, Melanie Klein and Herbert Morrison, to call just a few—are expertly woven into the interesting tale of her personal lifestyles. this can be the autobiography of a girl who took factor with the dominant political routine of her age, with Fascism and with Communism, whereas while reflecting at the altering cultural and political weather in Britain in the course of her lifetime.
During this quantity fourteen senior economists describe their early advent to the examine of economics and their contribution to the improvement of educational economics in Britain.
With adventure overlaying a interval stretching from the mid Twenties to the past due Nineteen Sixties, the various individuals not just supply an perception into the position of college disciplines within the schooling procedure yet describe their adventure in wartime management, or as govt advisors. The interview structure of the paintings makes for accessibility and clarity in a occasionally arcane zone of labor.
By Alison Weir
A special ebook on Britain’s royal households through this good demonstrated well known historian.
Britain’s Royal households is a different reference booklet offering, for the 1st time in a single quantity, whole genealogical information of all individuals of the royal homes of britain, Scotland and nice Britain from 800AD to the current. Drawing on numerous experts, either historic and sleek, Alison Weir explores the royal genealogy in unparalleled intensity and gives a complete consultant to the background of today’s royal kinfolk.
By David Boucher
This quantity offers a many-faceted view of the Oxford thinker R. G. Collingwood. At its centre is his Autobiography, released in 1939, which has the prestige of a cult vintage for its compelling "story of his thought." Collingwood's paintings has loved renewed realization in recent times, with new variations of his nice philosophical works. This quantity republishes the Autobiography along a formerly unpublished account through Collingwood of a trip to the East Indies in 1938-1939. those writings are observed by means of 11 particularly written essays. numerous of those research elements of Collingwood's life--not simply the Autobiography, yet what he does not speak about in that paintings, from his adolescence to his professorship at Oxford. And the essays additionally learn features of his paintings on philosophy, politics, historical past, and archaeology, within the context of his life.
By Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes's Coleridge: Early Visions gained the 1989 Whitbread publication of the 12 months Prize. Coleridge: Darker Reflections, the long-awaited moment quantity, chronicles the final thirty years of his profession (1804-1834), a interval of household turmoil. His marriage foundered, his opium dependancy elevated, he quarreled bitterly with Wordsworth, and his son, Hartley (a proficient poet himself), turned an alcoholic. yet after a determined time of transition, Coleridge reemerged as a brand new type of philosophical and meditative writer, a very good and bold poet, and a lecturer of genius.
Holmes lines the improvement of Coleridge right into a legend one of the more youthful iteration of Romantic writers--the "hooded eagle among blinking owls"--and the effect he had on Hazlitt, De Quincey, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Walter Scott, Carlyle, and J. S. Mill, between others. And he rediscovers Coleridge's strength as a conversationalist and a ceaseless generator of rules. As Charles Lamb famous, "his face while he repeats his verses hath its historic glory, an Archangel a bit damaged."
Although Coleridge's later lifestyles used to be now not a contented one, it really is continuously interesting. As Holmes brings it vividly to existence in those pages, we suppose his hopeless heartaches, his moments of elation, his electrifying creativity and boundless strength, his unfailing skill to rescue himself from the darkest abyss. the result's a brilliantly lively, beautifully exact, wondrously provocative portrait of a rare artist and a good extra notable person.