By Andre Maurois
By Andre Maurois
By William Arctander O'Brien
By Lyndall Gordon
By Jared S Buss
"Willy Ley has been a secret between spaceflight historians for a few years. His function as technological know-how author, recommend, and popularizer is understood to many yet understood by means of few. This ebook unpacks that story."--Roger D. Launius, affiliate director of collections and curatorial affairs, nationwide Air and house Museum
"Ley lit the fireplace of interplanetary enthusiasm within the hearts of generations of younger area cadets. lengthy late, this biography establishes the main points and the ups and downs of his career."--Tom D. Crouch, writer of Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated heritage of Balloons and Airships
"Beyond improving the interesting and plenty of contradictory elements of Ley's amazing lifestyles, Buss has supplied a precious case examine of the complicated dating among technological know-how popularization, mass media, and medical advocacy within the 20th century."--Asif A. Siddiqi, writer of The pink Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet mind's eye, 1857-1957
Willy Ley encouraged younger rocket scientists and would-be astronauts world wide to visualize a way forward for interplanetary shuttle lengthy earlier than area shuttles existed. this is often the 1st biography of the technology author and rocketeer who anticipated and boosted the increase of the distance Age.
Born in Germany, Ley grew to become fascinated about beginner rocketry until eventually the sector was once taken over through the Nazis. He fled to the USA, the place he solid a brand new lifestyles as a guns professional and journalist in the course of international battle II and as a rocket researcher after the conflict. As America's greatest authority on rockets, missiles, and house shuttle, he authored books and medical articles, whereas additionally on a regular basis writing for technological know-how fiction pulp magazines and publishing what he termed romantic zoology--a mix of zoology, cryptozoology, background, and mythology. He even consulted for television's Tom Corbett, area Cadet and the Disney software Man in Space, exciting audiences with a romanticized view of what spaceflight will be like.
Yet as astronauts took heart degree and clinical intellectuals similar to Wernher von Braun turned influential throughout the house race, Ley misplaced his star prestige. With an old style kind of well known writing and whimsical views inspired by way of romanticism and technological know-how fiction, he was once missed through more youthful historians. This ebook returns Willy Ley to his rightful position because the energizer of an era--a time whilst scientists and technology popularizers combined ranks and shared the highlight in order that our far-fetched, tremendous goals may perhaps develop into the truth of tomorrow.
Jared S. Buss is adjunct professor of background at Oklahoma urban neighborhood College.
By Zygmunt Bauman
By Russell Fraser
By Edward Wakeling,Rhona Lewis
By John Berryman
This is the one biography through a number one American poet of the good American author, Stephen Crane. John Berryman initially wrote this booklet in 1950 for the celebrated "American males of Letters" sequence, and revised it twelve years later. This variation reproduces the later version.
In Stephen Crane, Berryman assesses the writings and lifetime of a guy whose paintings has been some of the most robust affects on sleek writers. As Edmund Wilson acknowledged in The New Yorker, "Mr. Berryman's paintings is a vital one, and never simply simply because in the intervening time it stands alone...We usually are not most probably quickly to get something larger at the severe and mental sides." it truly is Berryman's specific perception into Crane as a poet that makes this ebook unique.
By Ernest J. Lovell
Here is the 1st biography of Thomas Medwin—literary adventurer, rascal, pupil, self assurance guy, profitable fortune hunter, and bemused speculator on a grand scale in previous Italian oil work. Poet, novelist, translator of Aeschylus, cousin and boyhood pal of the poet Shelley, he used to be a guy of fiery mood, fierce hatreds, and enduring loves.
Although an intimate good friend of Lord Byron, he was once so risky (or disreputable) that his Lordship warned Teresa Guiccioli, his final mistress, to not be on my own in Medwin's corporation. Later, Medwin brought Byron's daughter to her destiny husband, Lord Lovelace, and so decided the poet's line of descent.
Friend of Washington Irving, gentleman of the old fashioned, ignored Boswell of the 19th century, Medwin pronounced the conversations of Byron, Shelley, Trelawny, Hazlitt, Canova the sculptor, and others. His existence and adventures illuminate little-known features of the nineteenth-century literary, army, social, and publishing world—in England, India, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany.
Medwin served as midwife to the phrases of a lifeless man—Lord Byron—who lower back to snicker and sneer on the dwelling from the Captain's pages. The Conversations of Lord Byron hence grew to become the main arguable booklet of the day, dealing with a dozen variations, in six nations, and being translated into French, German, and Italian. It aroused the wrath, indignation, or enthusiastic curiosity of such contributors as Goethe, girl Byron, girl Caroline Lamb, the Countess Teresa Guiccioli, John Cam Hobhouse (later Lord Broughton), Sir Walter Scott, John Murray, and Washington Irving. Medwin, whose lengthy and adventurous existence prolonged from the increase and flowering of the Romantic interval to the mid-Victorian Age (which he considered as a dreary decline from the nice heights of his youth), used to be a power of the 1st importance in settling on the early public photograph of Byron and the recognition of Shelley.
This usually a laugh tale, as engrossing as a singular, is drawn from all of the on hand bills, together with many very important assets by no means ahead of released. In impact a brand new contribution to the biographical learn of Byron and Shelley, it clarifies Medwin's family members not just with those poets but in addition with many different very important and engaging figures of the day.
By Cornelia Brooke Gilder