By Ned Rorem
An impressive selection of essays, critiques, and reflections on lifestyles, tradition, artwork, love, and music—always lyrical, witty, and openly provocative—from the most acclaimed modern American composersTime journal has known as Ned Rorem the world's most sensible composer of artwork songs. yet his genius doesn't result in the area of classical song. Rorem has an extraordinary present for writing, in addition, and the broad acclaim that has greeted his memoirs, essay collections, and released diaries attest to this truth. An Absolute reward is a cornucopia of Roremisms—essays, reports, and reviews on an unlimited array of attention-grabbing topics, from tune to movie to drama to intercourse. the following are also candid diary entries, showing the frankness and memorable perception for which Rorem is understood. even if he's lambasting or celebrating the world's nice musical works and their creators (and, in response to Stephen Sondheim, he's the best writers approximately tune that i've got ever read), delivering intensely own musings on dying and love, or brilliantly dissecting the artist's craft, Ned Rorem is often interesting, continually provocative, and significantly unique.
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Dana graduates from Harvard Law School and opens an office in Boston. 1841 Having experienced firsthand how commercial seamen live and seen how they are exploited, Dana specializes in maritime law. He publishes The Seaman舗s Friend (also known as The Seaman舗s Manual), a guide to sailors舗 rights; he intends the book to be an advertisement for his law practice. Dana and Sarah Watson are married. The Deerslayer, the first of James Fenimore Cooper舗s Leatherstocking Tales, and Emerson舗s Essays are published.
Rather, the broad-shouldered twenty-five-year-old sported an open-collared, white shirt with a large, bowed, sailor-style tie. His curly hair hung at a length much longer than was customary for men of the time. This unconventional image captured a significant and pivotal moment in Dana舗s life. In 1840 he was not only embarking on a career as a lawyer舒Richard Henry Dana Jr. was also on the verge of literary success for the book he had just written. He called his true sea-faring adventure Two Years Before the Mast.
Com/classics Š Two Years Before the Mast was first published in 1840. 舡 Except for the afterword, the current edition follows the text of the 1840 edition. Š This edition舗s Appendix is from The Seaman舗s Friend: Containing a Treatise on Practical Seamanship, with Plates; A Dictionary of Sea Terms; Customs and Usages of the Merchant Service; Laws Relating to the Practical Duties of Master and Mariners, by Richard H. Dana Jr. (first published in 1841). Š Published in 2007 by Bames & Noble Classics with new Introduction, Travel Log Notes, Biography, Chronology, Appendix, Inspired By, Comments & Questions, and For Further Reading.
Absolute Gift: A New Diary by Ned Rorem