Terrific Tomes from Yale University Press
Tremendous output. True quality. Impressive range. These are just a few
of the phrases that come to mind when one reads a “library” of
exceptional books from Yale University Press.
“Gustav Mahler” by Jens Malte Fischer is a jam packed and incredibly
organized almost 800 pages on the great composer and also his life and
times. We are there with him in his early years, his time in Vienna as a
conductor, his personal life and failed marriage, his stints with the
Met in New York as well as the Philharmonic. Fischer also goes into
depth about the suffering Mahler felt from anti-Semitism in Austria.
“Vauxhall Gardens” by David Coke and Alan Borg is almost 500 pages long,
a coffee table treat of images and explanations, stories and analyses –
all carefully crafted to present a history of this “sweet spot” in
London. For almost 200 years until their closing in 1859, “the pleasure
gardens” occupied a special place in the life of Londoners. The authors
have written an important book and in their words a straightforward but
comprehensive work entirely based on new research. HIGHLY
“Empire to Nation: Art, History and the Visualization of Maritime
Britain 1768-1829” by Geoff Quilley probably has much appeal for a
specialized audience but even a general reader will find a lot to be
interested in. The book’s main focus is on the image of the sea in
British visual culture at a time when the country’s art and naval power
Frank McLynn’s “The Burma Campaign” ($35.00, 532 pages) is a novel and
detailed look at what its sub-title views as “disaster into triumph
1942-1945.” The author views that harrowing and heroic time through the
biographical lens of the four over the top Allied commanders.
Harold Bloom’s “The Shadow of a Great Rock” ($28.00, 341 pages) and
Nigel Warburton’s “A Little History of Philosophy” ($25.00, 288 pages)
are both special treats for the mind.
Bloom’s wondrous tome is billed as “A Literary Appreciation of the King
James Bible.” That it is and there is so much food for thought and ardor
here. MOST NOTABLE.
Warburton’s efforts are focused on stories in 40 brief but full chapters
on philosophers, the major philosophies, and fascinating stories of the
lives and deaths of philosophers from Socrates on.
NOURISHMENT FOR THE
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