Marie Curie made pioneering discoveries in the field of radioactivity and discovered two elements, Radium and Polonium, the latter having acquired new notority over one hundred years after Curie’s discovery, when she named it in honour of her native Poland.
This second volume of Jane Goodall’s autobiography in letters covers the years of her greatest triumphs and her deepest tragedies. During this time she made many of her most important discoveries about chimpanzee behavior — including the dark discovery that like us, they wage war and commit murder. She gave birth to a son, Grub, but her marriage to his father, Hugo van Lawick, came to an end. When some Stanford University students working with her were kidnapped by guerrillas, she was thrust into an international controversy. She fell in love with and married Derek Bryceson. After surviving a plane crash with him, she realized that her life had been entrusted to her for a reason. A visit to an American laboratory where chimps were injected with HIV made that reason clear, and she began to dedicate herself not just to understanding chimpanzees but to saving them. Derek’s death in 1980 was a terrible blow, but afterward she threw herself even more relentlessly into the battle to save our closest relatives and to repair the health of the planet.
Easy to read, non-gossipy memoir of the last days between the gossip columnist and F. Scott Fitzgerald. An intimate viewpoint into the complex and infuriatingly bipolar writer's life and personality. Graham's take is fair and restrained, yet she does look into some reasons why Fitzgerald lived as he did. Also includes some insights on the creative collabouration between the two writers.
Keep-fit television personality Diana Moran, better known as The Green Goddess, tells her life story, which includes training originally as a personnel and welfare officer, producing the Devon County Show Theatre and working as a choreographer, model, journalist and presenter of fashion shows.
Na okładce dopisek: The Complexity of Abnormal Human Behaviour
What is it that turns someone into a cold blooded killer? It is more than evil, more than bad genes, more than horrible childhoods. In this volume the stories reveal the complexities of abnormal human behaviour. In some cases the reason appears to be psychosis or demonic voices, for other over-powering compulsions with deep psychological roots, and for some killing is foreplay to sex. The study includes Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, Robert Durst to name a few...
If you are looking for a definitive, "traditional" biography of Denzel Washington, this book is definately not it. Author Douglas Brode (who, it should be noted, is a well-respected writer of film and television personas) offers the reader a biographical filmography of sorts, which appeals more to film wonks and students of cinema than it does to the average Denzel fan. Strictly speaking, Brode just doesn't reveal exactly who Denzel Washington is off-screen; indeed, the first chapter, "Deconstructing Denzel," is as close as the reader gets to finding out about Denzel's past (included are brief mentionings of his youth, his pre-acting days and his time at Fordham University, where he got his first taste of "serious" acting). The rest of the book takes the film-by-film approach to Washington's career, squeezing Denzel's personal life into the extra spaces of the context in which each film is discussed.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most popular and successful movie stars in the world. He has been acting for many years but everyone noticed him when he starred in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and then Titanic, one of the biggest, most spectacular films ever made. Now he gets $20 million for each movie he makes! This is the story of his life in Hollywood and his love of acting. Why is he so successful? Read this book and find out!
For thousands of years we have recorded real lives-the lives of others, and of ourselves. For what purpose and for whom has this universal and timeless pursuit endured? What obstacles have lain in the path of biographers in the past, and what continues to confound biographers today? Above all, how is it that biographies and autobiographies play such a contested, popular role in contemporary Western culture, from biopics to blogs, from memoir to docudrama? Award-winning biographer and teacher Nigel Hamilton addresses these questions in an incisive and vivid narrative that will appeal to students of human nature and self-representation across the arts and sciences. Tracing the remarkable and often ignored historical evolution of biography from the ancient world to the present, this brief and fascinating tour of the genre conveys the passionate quest to capture the lives of individuals and the many difficulties it has entailed through the centuries. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to American Splendor, from cuneiform to the Internet, from commemoration to deconstruction, from fiction to fact-by way of famous biographical artists such as Plutarch, Saint Augustine, Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Johnson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lord Byron, Sigmund Freud, Lytton Strachey, Abel Gance, Virginia Woolf, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Julian Barnes, Ted Hughes, Frank McCourt, and many others - Nigel Hamilton's "Biography: a Brief History" will change the way you think about biography and real lives.
Richard III is accused of murdering his nephews (the 'Princes in the Tower') in order to usurp the throne of England. Since Tudor times he has been painted as the 'black legend,' the murderous uncle. However, the truth is much more complicated and interesting. Rather than looking at all the killings Richard III did not commit, this book focuses on the one judicial murder for which we know that he was responsible. On Friday 13 June 1483, William, Lord Hastings was hustled from a meeting of the Royal Council and summarily executed on Tower Green within the confines of the Tower of London. This book solves the mystery of this precipitate and unadvised action by the then Duke of Gloucester and reveals the key role of William Catesby in Richard's ascent to the throne of England. It explains his curious actions during that tumultuous summer of three kings and provides an explanation for the fate of the 'Princes in the Tower.'
When Michael Holroyd's life of Strachey first appeared in 1967, it was hailed as a landmark in contemporary biography. Drawing now on new material, published and unpublished, Holroyd has completely revised and rewritten his masterwork to tell the full story of this complex man and his world as it could not be told while many of Strachey's friends and lovers were still alive. And at the heart of the story is the poignant liasion between Strachey and the painter Dora Carrington. A panorama of the social, literary, political and sexual life of a generation, "LYTTON STRACHEY" reverberates in the mind like a great novel.
This "Very Short Introduction", written by a leading literary biographer, explains what biography does and how its works. It asks why we are so fascinated by the lives others, and what we expect when we come to read biography. It looks at biography's ethics, tactics, and challenges. It deals with many different kinds of biographical writing, from saints' lives and gossipy anecdotal writing to modernist experiments, psychobiographies, popular and public life stories. It asks whether biography is a branch of history or a branch of fiction, low voyeurism or moral education. At it finds some of the same key questions about value and purpose persisting in biography over many centuries.
The author of this book uses the plays and poems, as well as drawing on original material from leading contemporary figures, to create impressions of the many aspects of Shakespeare's life. This book draws together many of the facets of Shakespeare's literary genius to provide the reader with an overall view of his life and times.
Written with Sillitoe’s signature simplicity, this in-depth autobiography not only gives insight into the formative years and mental maturation of one of Britain’s most influential writers, but also tells a great story of an underprivileged man who, with perseverance, made the most of his particular fate.
The most comprehensive of its kind, Nursing Theorists and Their Work, 8th Edition provides an in-depth look at 39 theorists of historical, international, and significant importance. Each chapter features a clear, consistent presentation of a key nursing philosophy or theory. Case studies, critical thinking activities, and in-depth objective critiques of nursing theories help bridge the gap between theory and application.
An autobiographical memoir, set for the most part in London in the 1940s and 50s, by the author of "At the Jerusalem", "Trespasses" and "An English Madam: The Life and Work of Cynthia Payne". It is composed of fifty scenes or fragments of memory which describe Bailey's parents, relatives, friends and acquaintances.
Contents: Ludlow Castle; Calais; Capturing the crown; England's neighbours; The new king; Queen Margaret & King Henry; Edward's marriage; Dangerous years; Open rebellion; fluctuating fortunes; Edward's return; Edward resumes his reign; Invasion of France; Peace & prosperity; Last years; Edward's death.
"Gladstone and Disraeli" surveys and compares the careers of these two influential Prime Ministers. Stephen J. Lee examines how Gladstone and Disraeli emerged as leaders of the two leading parties and goes on to consider their time in power, analyzing many different aspects of their careers. Using a wide variety of sources and historiography, Lee compares and contrasts the beliefs of Gladstone and Disraeli, their effect on the economy, social reform, the Irish problem and parliamentary reform, and on foreign policy.
The book leaves the reader informed about each writer's main output, sensitive to the special character of his gifts and aware of the writer's place in the story of English literature as a whole. A lucid and readable guide, it is invaluable both to the student of English literature and to the general reader.
Charles I was a complex man whose career intersected with some of the most dramatic events in English history. He played a central role in provoking the English Civil War, and his execution led to the only republican government Britain has ever known. Historians have struggled to get him into perspective, veering between outright condemnation and measured sympathy. Richard Cust shows that Charles I was not ‘unfit to be a king’, emphasising his strengths as a party leader and conviction politician, but concludes that, none the less, his prejudices and attitudes, and his mishandling of political crises did much to bring about a civil war in Britain. He argues that ultimately, after the war, Charles pushed his enemies into a position where they had little choice but to execute him.