Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

Author: Samira Ahmed

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1616959908

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9397


Discover New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed’s romantic, sweeping adventure through the streets of Paris told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, continents, and the lives of two young Muslim women fighting to write their own stories. Smash the patriarchy. Eat all the pastries. It’s August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet—American, French, Indian, Muslim—is at a crossroads. This holiday with her parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light. Two hundred years before Khayyam’s summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has “gifted” her with favored status in his harem. In the present day—and with the company of Alex, a très charmant teen descendant of Alexandre Dumas—Khayyam searches for a rumored lost painting, uncovering a connection between Leila and Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron that may have been erased from history. Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam’s lives intertwine, and as one woman’s long-forgotten life is uncovered, another’s is transformed.

Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb

Author: Joanne Hayle

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781536977189

Category:

Page: 78

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The poet Lord Byron became a star overnight, he was the toast of Regency society, adored by women who clamoured to meet him. When he met the married Lady Caroline Lamb, the niece of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, in 1812 scandalous passions were ignited. Regency England bore witness to their public displays of indifference and criticism while privately Byron and Caro carried out an intense affair that led to talk of an elopement. After Lord Byron ended their relationship, Lady Caroline Lamb's obessive behaviour, her improbable but public suicide attempt, substance abuse and questions about her sanity marked the rest of her life. She wrote as passionately as she felt, Glenarvon, was a fictional and melodramatic account of her relationship with the infamous Lord Byron. He wrote about and to her in his poems after his passions cooled, sometimes using hateful comments. Byron went on to marry and have several more lovers, male and female, scandal followed him wherever he went. So, was Lord Byron mad, bad and dangerous to know and when did Caroline coin this phrase? How did Caroline's husband, William Lamb, later Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria's first Prime Minister, react to such a public embarrassment? Were the rumours about Byron's passions true? Find out in this book about one of the most passionate affairs in English history and the resulting public and literary outbursts between two fiery and larger than life figures. Their compelling story could have been written in a regency romance novel.

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 147678518X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

View: 8306


From the multiple award-winning author of The Master and Brooklyn, an illuminating look at Irish culture, history, and literature through the lives of the fathers of three of Ireland’s greatest writers—Oscar Wilde's father, William Butler Yeats's father, and James Joyce's father—“Thrilling, wise, and resonant, this book aptly unites Tóibín’s novelistic gifts for psychology and emotional nuance with his talents as a reader and critic, in incomparably elegant prose” (The New York Times Book Review). Colm Tóibín begins his incisive, revelatory Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know with a walk through the Dublin streets where he went to university and where three Irish literary giants came of age. Oscar Wilde, writing about his relationship with his father stated: “Whenever there is hatred between two people there is bond or brotherhood of some kind…you loathed each other not because you were so different but because you were so alike.” W.B. Yeats wrote of his father, a painter: “It is this infirmity of will which has prevented him from finishing his pictures. The qualities I think necessary to success in art or life seemed to him egotism.” James’s father was perhaps the most quintessentially Irish, widely loved, garrulous, a singer, and drinker with a volatile temper, who drove his son from Ireland. “An entertaining and revelatory book about the vexed relationships between these three pairs of difficult fathers and their difficult sons” (The Wall Street Journal), Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know illustrates the surprising ways these fathers surface in the work of their sons. “As charming as [they are] illuminating, these stories of fathers and sons provide a singular look at an extraordi­nary confluence of genius” (Bookpage). Tóibín recounts the resistance to English cultural domination, the birth of modern Irish cultural identity, and the extraordinary contributions of these complex and masterful authors. “This immersive book holds literary scholarship to be a heartfelt, heavenly pursuit” (The Washington Post).

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Author: Ranulph Fiennes

Publisher: Hodder

ISBN: 9780340951699

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 436

View: 1221


Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond. In his autobiography he describes how he led expeditions all over the world and became the first person to travel to both poles on land. He tells of how he discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the North Pole - the expedition that cost him several fingers, and very nearly his life. His most recent challenge was scaling the north face of the Eiger, one of the most awesome mountaineering challenges in the world. Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes OBE, 3rd Baronet, looks back on a life lived at the very limits of human endeavour. 'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling' - Time Out

Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812214116

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 4825


Essays by Sandra Brown, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mary Jo Putney, and other romance writers refute the myths and biases related to the romance genre and its readers

Byron

Author: Jonathan David Gross

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742511620

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 252

View: 1591


The photographic essay The Lace Curtains of Berlin is a kind of archaeological experiment, studying studies things used by a certain group of people in order to investigate who they are. The people in question are the Berliners and the things studied are their lace curtains. Though oblivious to most people, the curtains send out messages and tell almost as much about the people behind them as many an anthropological study would. The Lace Curtains of Berlin is the graphic, non-fiction part of the Twin Projects: Berlin. The fiction part is the novel The Games. There is a character in the novel called Rainer-Werner Sprengberg who photographs lace curtains. These are "his" curtains. The 196 pictures shown in this book are only a very small sample of what is available. There are literally hundreds of different kinds. To those readers who will make it to Berlin, it's like an appetizer. To the majority who won't, it's the only chance to experience this wonderful example of textile poetry. You will need time to educate your eye. At first glance the curtains do not look beautiful. They seem ugly, tacky, sometimes even barbaric, the textile equivalent to sauerkraut with bratwurst. But take your time. Just walk around. It's a wonderful experience. With time you will learn to differentiate between them, to delight on the "variations on the same theme." You will rejoice when you discover a new type. Sometimes you will laugh out loud, other times you will want to cry even louder. Slowly your feelings toward the curtains will change. And here comes the scariest part: someday you will lose all your inhibitions and will start to love them. Because they transcend their tackiness! The lace curtains of Berlin are the proof that tackiness, when taken to extremes, can acquire a poetic dimension.

Encyclopedia of British Writers

Author: Christine L. Krueger

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438108702

Category: Authors, English

Page: 881

View: 8162


This concise encyclopedic reference profiles more than 800 British poets

Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron

Author: Stephanie Barron

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553907808

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2044


The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry’s wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon—otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself—but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier’s legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages.