This book explores the conflicted relationship writers have with their public image, particularly when they have written about their personal lives. DAmore analyzes the autobiographical works of Norman Mailer, John Edgar Wideman, and Dave Eggers in light of theories of authorship, autobiography, and celebrity. Jonathan D Amore is a lecturer in the Department of English at St. Michael s College in Colchester, Vermont, where he teaches courses in writing, life narratives, and American literature.
Springing from the author´s first-hand experience as an ambulance driver and Red Cross worker during World War I, this autobiographical first novel is noteworthy for its vivid and colorful evocation of France at that time and for its passionate indictment of war.The author´s disillusionment with war for a time turned him toward socialism and against capitalism. Ultimately, after being labeled ´´pro-German´´ and ´´pacifist´´, the author concluded that the quasi-religion of Marxism turned loose more brutal aggression than ´´poor old Capitalism ever dreamed of´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Woodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001315/bk_adbl_001315_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Compiled and performed by James Carroll Jordan, this is an entertaining take on Mark Twain´s early writing. Taking inspiration from Roughing It, Twain´s semi-autobiographical travelogue, Jordan presents the story much as Mark Twain may have done himself in his days on the lecture circuit in the 19th century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Carroll Jordan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000223/bk_summ_000223_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kate Chopin, one of the great literary writers of 19th-century American fiction, was a woman ahead of her time. From the early 1890s, Chopin was writing short stories, articles, and translations which appeared in periodicals and magazines regionally based in St. Louis - she was perceived as a ´´local color´´ writer, but her literary qualities were discounted. Much of her writing was autobiographical. She took into account her ancestry of Irish and French descent, and her years with Creole and Cajun influences in Louisiana. When her novel, The Awakening, was published in 1899, with themes of sexual and social independence for women, it was met with negative criticism and banned in several states. Chopin, discouraged by the criticism and realizing that she had not been accepted as the legitimate author she knew she was, turned to short story writing almost exclusively for the rest of her life. Volume 1 includes the following short stories: ´´Beyond The Bayou´´; ´´Ma´Ame Pelagie´´; ´´Desiree´s Baby´´; ´´A Respectable Woman´´; ´´The Kiss´´; ´´A Pair of Silk Stockings´´; ´´The Locket´´; and ´´A Reflection´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kitty Hendrix. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001834/bk_mike_001834_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative:Mailer, Wideman, Eggers. Auflage 2012 J. D´Amore
In five autobiographical vignettes, Charlayne Woodard tells the moving and inspirational tale of her African-American family through three generations of love, struggle, and triumph. A one-woman tour de force. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlayne Woodard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000040/pf_latw_000040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James MacGregor Burns’s stunning trilogy of American history, spanning the birth of the Constitution to the final days of the Cold War. In these three volumes, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner James MacGregor Burns chronicles with depth and narrative panache the most significant cultural, economic, and political events of American history. In The Vineyard of Liberty, he combines the color and texture of early American life with meticulous scholarship. Focusing on the tensions leading up to the Civil War, Burns brilliantly shows how Americans became divided over the meaning of Liberty. In The Workshop of Democracy, Burns explores more than a half-century of dramatic growth and transformation of the American landscape, through the addition of dozens of new states, the shattering tragedy of the First World War, the explosion of industry, and, in the end, the emergence of the United States as a new global power. And in The Crosswinds of Freedom, Burns offers an articulate and incisive examination of the US during its rise to become the world’s sole superpower - through the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the rapid pace of technological change that gave rise to the ´´American Century.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Ashby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017311/bk_adbl_017311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Throughout his long and influential career, Michael Fellman has explored the tragic side of American history. Best known for his path-breaking work on the American Civil War and for an interdisciplinary methodology that utilizes social psychology, cultural anthropology, and comparative history, Fellman has delved into issues of domination, exploitation, political violence, racism, terrorism, and the experiences of war. Incorporating essays written over the past thirty years - two of them previously unpublished, and the others not widely available - Views from the Dark Side of American History reveals some of the major personal and scholarly concerns of his career and illuminates his approach to history, research, applied theory, and analysis. Each essay includes a thought-provoking preface and afterword that situate it in its time and explore its intellectual and political contexts. Fellman also grapples with the personal elements of developing as a historian - the people with whom he argued or agreed with, the settings in which he gave or published the papers, and the subjective as well as historical issues that he addressed. The collection encourages history students, historians, and general readers of history to think through the layers of their historical engagement and to connect their personal experiences and social commitments to their explorations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Fisher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001685/bk_acx0_001685_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1550-51, Bartolomé de las Casas and Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, in the Valladolid Debate, attempted to settle the issue of whether or not Native Americans should have been enslaved, given sanction by the Pope. Both carefully argued their sides, las Casas stating emphatically, through his ´´Apología´´, that Native Americans were not all uncivilized and that only Canaanite tribes could be enslaved. What ensued was a heated, good-versus-evil argument that settled nothing and still allowed the Catholic Church and the Spanish government to condone and support the continued enslavement of native peoples. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Logan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039554/bk_acx0_039554_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With Mormonism on the verge of an unprecedented cultural and political breakthrough, an eminent scholar of American evangelicalism explores the history and reflects on the future of this native-born American faith and its connection to the life of the nation. In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith’s early initiates was a 23-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church’s origin and development, explains how Mormonism came to be one of the fastest-growing religions in the world by the turn of 21st century, and ably sets the scene for a 2012 presidential election that has the potential to mark a major turning point in the way this ´´all-American” faith is perceived by the wider American public - and internationally. Mormonism started as a radical movement, with a profoundly transformative vision of American society that was rooted in a form of Christian socialism. Over the ensuing centuries, Bowman demonstrates, that vision has evolved - and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots clad in ´´magic underwear”. Even today, the place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate on both sides of the political divide. Polls show widespread unease at the prospect of a Mormon president. Yet the faith has never been more popular. Today there are about 14 million Mo... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Deakins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002875/bk_rand_002875_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.