This biography traces Milne’s life, influence and legacy.
In 20th century American literature, few individuals stand as tall as Ernest Hemingway. He singlehandedly defined Modernist fiction with his short, simple, declarative writing style.
His years in Paris during the 1920s were his “apprenticeship,” when he made the transition from newspaper writer to bona fide fiction writer and from an unknown to a celebrity. He also rubbed elbows with some of the most important intellectuals, artists and writers of his generation. While his first marriage did not survive Paris, some of his best and most representative fiction emerged from the experience.
This is the story of some of Hemingway’s most important years.
Paris was a Mecca for artists in the early 20th century. Anyone who wrote, sculpted, acted, drew, painted, composed, or philosophized was drawn to the bustling, European city. World War I was over, and the future, which had been so uncertain for Europe, now seemed bright.
For nearly a decade, F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and wrote in the City of Lights. This is the story of those productive years in Paris, France.
Gertrude Stein came from unassuming beginnings in Pennsylvania to become a central figure in the birth and development of Modern Art. She was friends with many of the leading painters and writers of multiple generations, as well as being on the sidelines of several of the 20th century’s most profound events, namely both world wars.
Her writing evolved from juvenilia to dense, repetitive, experimental, prose, and then finally to an autobiographical phase near the end of her life. She waited many years for the mainstream of society to recognize her genius, but when they did, her fame was almost unmatched.
This biography looks at the life, times and career of Gertrude Stein.
It was a coincidence of history that brought together one of America’s fastest-growing religious movements and its most famous humorist. Christian Science, which became the First Church of Christ, Scientist, started from nothing in 1866 and by the turn of the century had become a force to be reckoned with. Hannibal, Missouri’s Mark Twain had also made his mark, becoming a celebrated international figure with several bestselling novels under his belt. With his background in journalism, Twain felt it was his duty to offer his observations and opinions on the substance of Christian Science and the character of its founder, Mary Baker Eddy. His essays on the subject, assembled together in 1907 as Christian Science, represent both the most humorous and insightful look at Eddy and her church.
Despite the potent, even venomous criticism of Twain, the momentum that the church had established leading up the new century could not be stopped. By 1910, there were hundreds of Christian Science churches dotted across the country, with a growing international presence as well. Twain may have feared what he saw as a power and money-hungry movement that was capturing the attention of people he knew; even his daughter Clara eventually counted herself among its members.
This book provides insight into Twains troubled relationship with religion—and Christian Science in particular.