Author: Bax, Arnold
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England : Scolar Press
Arnold Bax (1883-1953) was an extraordinary figure. Growing up in a prosperous Hampstead family, devoted to cricket, he conformed outwardly to the role of English gentleman. His musical education was orthodox Edwardian; after a distinguished career he was appointed Master of the King's Musick, and spent his last years in retirement in Sussex. Behind this facade of respectability lurked a restless nomad, a musical individualist whose style is instantly recognisable from its highly personal combination of a brilliant orchestration, memorable melodic invention, and idiosyncratically tangy harmony. He was a pioneer on the British musical scene before and immediately after the First World War; symphonic poems, symphonies, ballets, chamber music and songs poured out in expression of his passionate individualism. Farewell, My Youth is Arnold Bax's autobiography, published in 1943 when the composer was sixty. The text concentrates on events in British music prior to 1914 in which Bax describes his childhood, his time at the Royal Academy of Music, his meeting with Elgar (1901) and his discovery of the poetry of Yeats. His lifelong commitment to Ireland exemplified one of many spiritual conflicts that at once inspired and tormented him, and was undoubtedly sublimated in some of his most powerful music. Arnold Bax also met Sibelius, Debussy, D'Indy and Schonberg, while his vivid vignettes of Beecham and British music of the period are minor classics of observation. The autobiography is thoroughly enhanced by a new introduction and notes by Lewis Foreman, who has expanded the text with Bax's previously uncollected writings. Over 100 photographs evoke the atmosphere of the period. This book is an important source on British music before the First World War, and a delightful and amusing read in its own right.
Author: Helen Hok-Sze Leung
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
A Queer Film Classic: Chen Kaige’s 1992 film about two male Peking opera stars and the woman who comes between them; its treatment of gender performance and homosexuality was unprecedented in Chinese film. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
Author: Carol Noe
“We have a homicide. We’ve fingerprinted the victim and identified her as your daughter, Angela Noe.” These are the words that changed a mother’s life forever. “How can you be sure it’s her?” “She has a tattoo on her left shoulder that says, ‘Free Bird.’” Carol Noe’s safe denial was smashed to pieces. Carol remembered how excited Angela was the day she got the Free Bird tattoo that represented her continual search for freedom. But Angela’s desire to be free had a dark side. At about age 14, she began to resist authority; she stayed out late or didn’t come home at all; and, soon, she was spiraling down a path of addiction. Despite family, friends, clergy, and therapists reaching out to help Angela, she continued her desperate slide into alcohol, drugs, and eventually a life of prostitution that ended with her tragic murder at the age of nineteen. Farewell, My Free Bird is a mother’s story of her daughter, Angela, and her life that was filled with turmoil before she was brutally murdered. However, it is not only a story of tragedy and loss. More importantly, it is a story of forgiveness: forgiveness made possible only by God’s faithfulness to Angela and her family. It is a testimony of how God can bring freedom for the captives; how He can heal the broken-hearted; and how He brings new life out of death. It is natural to wonder, Is God real? Does He answer prayer? Can He be trusted? Does He care about each of us and what we’re going through? All these questions are answered with a resounding “Yes!” in the pages of Farewell, My Free Bird.
Author: Rabindranath Tagore
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
The original Bengali novel Shesher Kavita (lit. Last Poem) was published in 1929. The author draws an amusing picture of an ultra-modern Bengali intellectual whose Oxford education, while giving him a superiority complex, has induced in him a craze for conscious originality which results in a deliberate and frivolous contrariness to all accepted opinion and convention. His aggressive self-complacence, however, receives a shock when as the result of an accidental meeting he falls in love with, and wins in return the heart of, a quite different product of modern culture – a highly educated girl of fine sensibility and deep feelings. This love being more or less genuine and different from his previous experience of coquetry, releases his own submerged depth of sincerity, which he finds hard to adjust to the habits of sophistry and pose, practised so long. In the process he manages to strike a new romantic attitude. The struggle makes of him a curiously pathetic figure – one who is being worked against his grain. The tragedy is understood by the girl, who releases him from his troth and disappears from his life. The last poem which she addresses to her lover gives evidence of the depth of feeling of which she was capable.
Author: Chantal Thomas, Moishe Black
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Agathe-Sidonie Laborde, Marie Antoinette's reader, recounts her memories of living at Versailles during the final days of the French revolution.
Author: Raymond Chandler
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Three early mystery novels--The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, and The High Window--introduce the world of harboiled 1930s private detective Philip Marlow, in an omnibus edition. 15,000 first printing.