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Books

Paperwork

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism
Citino Book Cover

David J. Citino’s Paperwork is a collection of previously published essays, pieces of memoir, and poetry set within the borders of Ohio. A native of Cleveland, Citino has lived in Ohio all his life. Citino’s prose casts light on his poetry, and his poetry helps the reader understand his prose. The whole becomes a meditation on thirty years of serious writing and reading by someone very much the product of his environment. Citino’s work attempts to show the impact and relevance that poetry and prose can have on an individual and makes a case for poetry from his own perspective.

 


The Passing of Starr Faithfull

| Filed under: True Crime
Passing Book Cover

In this true crime reprint, Jonathan Goodman focuses his masterful detective skills on a criminal case that has inspired John O’Hara’s Butterfield 8, which became a major feature film. His account of the international scandal and media brouhaha surround “this mystery with the wonderful name”—the inexplicable death of young and beautiful Staff Faithfull in 1931—provides an authentic tale of the Jazz Age.

 


A Passion for the Land

| Filed under: Biography
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A Passion for the Land begins with a fast-moving narrative of Seiberling’s early life and a vivid description of the physical environment that stimulated his lifelong interests in nature and wilderness. Author Daniel Nelson provides a detailed examination of the congressman’s role as a dedicated environmentalist, covering Seiberling’s efforts to pass path-breaking legislation during the 1970s and the equally important period of defensive activity during the 1980s.

 


The Passion of Meter

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism
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The Passion of Meter is the first extended critical study of Wordsworth’s metrical theory and his practice in the art of versification. Until now, relatively little attention has been paid to the relationship between Wordsworth’s attempt to incorporate into his poetry the language of “common life” and the highly complex and decidedly conventional metrical forms in which he presents this language. O’Donnell provides a detailed treatment of what Wordsworth calls the “innumerable minutiae” that the art of the poet depends upon and of the broader vision to which those minutiae contribute. Beginning with a reassessment of Wordsworth’s frequently misrepresented prose comments about meter, O’Donnell argues that these comments-considered in light of Wordsworth’s practice and within their 18th-century context are more unorthodox and challenging than previously thought. In emphasizing the physical body of the poem as the site of a dynamic tension between conflicting passions – “the passion of sense” and “the passion of meter.”

 


The Pattern in the Web

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism
Web Book Cover

Charles Williams has achieved considerable reputation for his novels. He has been recognized as a brilliant theologian and a sensitive literary critic. But Williams himself wished most to be remembered as a poet, and trusted his future literary reputation to the two-volume series of poems on the Arthurian theme, Taliessin Through Logres and The Region of the Summer Stars. The emphasis in this study is on the quality of these poems as poetry and only secondarily upon their religious content. Although essentially Christian, they are placed within the context of the multifaceted, many-changing forms of recurring myths. Thus they represent one of the few attempts in the twentieth century to encapsulate and age-old and ever-recurring “pattern in the web” in a brilliant structure that is thoroughly modern.

 


Pattern of Circles

| Filed under: Autobiography & Memoirs, Diplomatic Studies, European & World History
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Pattern of Circles is a success story, for its author and his country. John E. Dolibois was born December 4, 1918, in Luxembourg. His mother died weeks later, and he was raised by an older sister until she left for Akron, Ohio, with her American husband. In 1931 John came to Akron with his father and thus began a fascinating life journey.

 


Peace and Persistence

| Filed under: Religion
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In the first half of the 20th century, American society mobilized for the three great wars: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. During this tumultuous period the Brethren in Christ joined other pacifists in opposing participation in the mobilizations. Like the Amish, Mennonites, and Church of the Brethren—other groups descended from sixteenth-century European Anabaptists—the Brethren in Christ held nonresistant pacifism as a fundamental aspect of their identity. They carried out their peace witness, however, not as an isolated community but as one integrated economically, technologically, and culturally into American society.