The Mask of Apollo

A Novel

Author: Mary Renault

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480432911

Category: Fiction

Page: 371

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This novel of ancient Greece, featuring Plato and a young actor, by the bestselling author of the Novels of Alexander the Great, is “a shining light” (Hilary Mantel, Man Booker Award–winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies). In the fourth century BC, Nikeratos is an actor, a devotee of Plato, and a friend of Dion of Syracuse. Their relationship gives Nikeratos rare proximity to the Greek political stage at a moment when ambitions are about to collide. In Syracuse, the young tyrant Dionysios the Younger rules, but Dion is determined to bring democracy and strength to the city. In an effort to curb Dionysios’s excesses, Dion has Plato pose as a tutor—only to learn that the corrupt youth won’t be so easily contained. With a combination of erudition and storytelling force, Renault immerses the reader in intrigue and crafts a vibrant Syracuse that leaps off the page. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author.

The Mask of Circe

Author: Henry Kuttner,C. L. Moore

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1626814031

Category: Fiction

Page: 107

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"[A] pomegranate writer: popping with seeds—full of ideas." —Ray Bradbury From on high of Mount Olympus comes an adventure in mythology, penned by a Hugo-nominated master of the genre. Jay Seward remembered a former life in a land of magic, gods, and goddesses—a time when he was Jason of Iolcus, sailing in the enchanted ship Argo to steal the Golden Fleece from the serpent-temples of Apollo. But one night the memories became startlingly real, as the Argo itself sailed out of the spectral mists and a hauntingly beautiful voice called: "Jason...come to me!" And suddenly he was on the deck of the Argo, sailing into danger and magic.

Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Author: Jonathan Cross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351564129

Category: Music

Page: 196

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Hailed at its premiere at the London Coliseum in 1986 as the most important musical and theatrical event of the decade, The Mask of Orpheus is undoubtedly a key work in Harrison Birtwistle's output. His subsequent stage and concert pieces demand to be evaluated in its light. Increasingly, it is also viewed as a key work in the development of opera since the Second World War, a work that pushed at the boundaries of what was possible in lyrical theatre. In its imaginative fusion of music, song, drama, myth, mime and electronics, it has become a beacon for many younger composers, and the object of wide critical attention. Jonathan Cross begins his detailed study of this 'lyric tragedy' by placing it in the wider context of the reception of the Orpheus myth. In particular, the significance of Orpheus for the twentieth century is discussed, and this provides the backdrop for an examination of Birtwistle's preoccupation with the story in a variety of works across his creative life. The sources and genesis of The Mask of Orpheus are explored. This is followed by a close reading of the work's three acts, analysing their structure and meaning, investigating the relationship between music, text and drama, drawing on Zinovieff's textual drafts and Birtwistle's compositional sketches. The book concludes by suggesting a range of contexts within which The Mask of Orpheus might be understood. Its central themes of time, memory and identity, loss, mourning and melancholy, touch a deep sensibility in late-modern society and culture. Interviews with the librettist and composer round off this important study.

The Masks of Tragedy

Essays on Six Greek Dramas

Author: Thomas G. Rosenmeyer

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292749732

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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"What matters about a play is not the extent to which it is like any other play, but the way in which it is different," writes Thomas G. Rosenmeyer. "This is, I suggest, how the ancient audiences received the performances.... My purpose, then, in writing these essays is twofold: ... to devote enough space to the discussion of each play to allow its special tone and texture to emerge without hindrance and at leisure ... and to include in one collection analyses of plays so different from one another that the accent will come to rest on the variety of the tragic experience rather than on any one narrowly defined norm." Greek tragedy is a vehicle for many different ideas and many different intentions. From the wealth of material that has come down to us the author has chosen six plays for analysis. He reminds us that the plays were written to be seen and heard, and only secondarily to be studied. The listeners expected each play to have a specific objective, and to exhibit its own mood. These the author attempts to recover for us, by listening to what each play, in its own right, has to say. His principal concern is with the tragic diction and the tragic ideas, designed to release certain massive responses in the large theater-going group of ancient Athens. In exploring the characters and the situations of the plays he has chosen, the author transports his reader to the world of fifth-century B.C. Greece, and establishes the relevance of that world to our own experience. The essays are not introductory in nature. No space is given, for instance, to basic information about the playwrights, the history of Greek drama, or the special features of the Attic stage. Yet the book addresses itself to classicists and nonclassicists alike. The outgrowth of a series of lectures to nonspecialists, its particular appeal is to students of literature and the history of Western thought. Parallels are drawn between the writings of the philosophers and the tragedies, and attention is paid to certain popular Greek beliefs that colored the tragic formulations. Ultimately, however, the approach is not historical but critical; it is the author's intention to demonstrate the beauty and the craftsmanship of the plays under discussion.

The Face of Apollo

Author: Fred Saberhagen

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9780312866235

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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Jeremy Redthorn agrees to help a beautiful stranger by putting on the Mask of Apollo, and now he must face Hades, the Lord of the Underworld; Thanatos, the embodiment of death, and Hephaestus, the smith who creates the gods' magical technology

Dieses Buch liebt dich

Author: PewDiePie

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644566216

Category: Humor

Page: 240

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Dieses Buch ist schlau und attraktiv. Dieses Buch wird dich umhauen. Dieses Buch liebt dich. «Dieses Buch liebt dich» ist eine Sammlung von inspirierenden, wunderschön illustrierten Weisheiten. Wenn du sie befolgst, wird dein Leben einfacher, besser und schlichtweg lebenswerter sein - versprochen! Stell dir vor, was für ein entspannter Mensch du sein könntest, würdest du dir dieses Motto zu eigen machen: «Wenn du nie etwas versuchst, wirst du auch niemals scheitern!» Denk nur an all die vielen nutzlosen und unerreichbaren Ziele, die du einfach aufgeben könntest. Weg mit der Gitarre! Vergiss deine Träume! Akzeptiere deine wunderbare Mittelmäßigkeit. «Dieses Buch liebt dich» bietet jedem etwas – oder zumindest allen, die bereit sind, aufzugeben und sich einfach keine Gedanken mehr zu machen. Wenn du nicht mehr weiterweißt, denk daran: «Sei nie du selbst. Sei eine Pizza. Jeder liebt Pizza.» PewDiePie ist der erfolgreichste YouTuber der Welt – mit 37 Millionen Abonnenten und 9 Milliarden Klicks. Er ist Schwede und lebt in Brighton. PewDiePie wurde auf den Planeten Erde geschickt, um Weisheit zu verbreiten, gesunden Menschenverstand zu lehren und uns in der altehrwürdigen Kunst der Inspiration zu unterweisen. PewDiePie möchte dich einfach glücklich machen. PewDiePie liebt dich sogar noch mehr, als dieses Buch es tut – reicht dir das nicht?


Writing Plural Worlds in Contemporary U.S. Poetry

Innovative Identities

Author: J. Keller

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023062376X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

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This book reveals how poets within the U.S. multi-ethnic avant-garde give up the goal of narrating one comprehensive, rooted view of cultural reality in favour of constructing coherent accounts of relational, local selves and worlds.



The Masks of Orpheus

Seven Stages in the Story of European Music

Author: Wilfrid Mellers

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719024566

Category: Music

Page: 174

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The Masks of Mary Renault

A Literary Biography

Author: Caroline Zilboorg

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826263179

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Born Eileen Mary Challans in London in 1905, Mary Renault wrote six successful contemporary novels before turning to the historical fiction about ancient Greece for which she is best known. While Renault's novels are still highly regarded, her life and work have never been completely examined. Caroline Zilboorg seeks to remedy this in The Masks of Mary Renault by exploring Renault's identity as a gifted writer and a sexual woman in a society in which neither of these identities was clear or easy. Although Renault's life was anything but ordinary, this fact has often been obscured by her writing. The daughter of a doctor, she grew up comfortably and attended a boarding school in Bristol. She received a degree in English from St. Hugh's College in Oxford in 1928, but she chose not to pursue an academic career. Instead, she decided to attend the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, where she trained to be a nurse. With the outbreak of the Second World War, she was assigned to the Winford Emergency Hospital in Bristol and briefly worked with Dunkirk evacuees. She went on to work in the Radcliffe Infirmary's brain surgery ward and was there until 1945. It was during her nurse's training that Renault met Julie Mullard, who became her lifelong companion. This important lesbian relationship both resolved and posed many problems for Renault, not the least of which was how she was to write about issues at once intensely personal and socially challenging. In 1939, Renault published her first novel under a pseudonym in order to mask her identity. It was a time when she was struggling not only with her vocation (nursing and writing), but also with her sexual identity in the social and moral context of English life during the war. In 1948, Renault left England with Mullard for South Africa and never returned. It was in South Africa that she made the shift from her early contemporary novels of manners to the mature historical novels of Hellenic life. The classical settings allowed Renault to mask material too explosive to deal with directly while simultaneously giving her an "academic" freedom to write about subjects vital to her—among them war, peace, career, women's roles, female and male homosexuality, and bisexuality. Renault's reception complicates an understanding of her achievement, for she has a special status within the academic community, where she is both widely read and little written about. Her interest in sexuality and specifically in homosexuality and bisexuality, in fluid gender roles and identities, warrants a rereading and reevaluation of her work. Eloquently written and extensively researched, The Masks of Mary Renault will be of special value to anyone interested in women's studies or English literature.

Patricians:

Sinful Seven

Author: Ryan Browning

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496932781

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

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Nothing is more desirable than power, but nothing is more offensive. Henry Williams founded Muse Industries to develop cybernetic implants designed to obsolete human frailty. Cybertechnology revolutionized the world, propelling the Williams family to the highest strata of society. Governments, business, and people demanded cybernetic implants with an insatiable thirst. Power breeds envy, creating silent enemies seeking to destroy the business magnate. In a world unable to enforce international laws, corporations wage a shadow war of espionage and sabotage. A failed attempt to abduct Henry’s daughter, Julia, alerted him to a conspiracy against his company. Seven powerful families compete against the Williams’ expanding wealth and influence. Surrounded by enemies, Henry must discern friends from foes in order to protect his daughter. Business is warfare that ensures only the strong or cunning survive.

Masks of Authority

Fiction and Pragmatics in Ancient Greek Poetics

Author: Claude Calame

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801438929

Category: History

Page: 248

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Exploring a variety of literary texts representing different poetic genres, Claude Calame, an internationally known classicist, draws the lineaments of a real history of the means used by ancient Greek poets to create in their works a fictional authorship. In this collection of essays, he shows that they made of their poems, through various discursive strategies, texts to be performed, with the collective, ritual, and pragmatic values implicit in the ideas of craft and performance. How is it possible to distinguish between the external context and reception of a discursive work and the elaborate poetic effects produced in the text itself by means of language? Clearly, the partly fictional figure of the author "constructed" by the text is not the same as the biographical author. In ancient Greece, moreover, the person of the composer of a poem was often distinct from the person of its performer.Important examples in Masks of Authority include some of the Homeric Hymns, didactic poetry by Hesiod, a bucolic poem of Theocritus, performed poetry by Sappho and mimetic poems by Callimachus, Attic tragedy and comedy in masked performances (Sophocles and Aristophanes), an iconographic inscription, an authoritative scientific discourse by Hippocrates, and an initiatory commentary to an Orphic theogony. The result is a selective history of Greek poetics from the perspective of its authorial devices and social functions, its place between oral and written traditions.


Notices of Engravers, and Their Works

Being the Commencement of a New Dictionary, which it is Not Intended to Continue, Containing Some Account of Upwards of Three Hundred Masters, with More Complete Catalogues of Several of the More Eminent Than Have Yet Appeared, and Numerous Original Notices of the Performances of Other Artists Hitherto Little Known

Author: William Young Ottley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Engravers

Page: 216

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Masks of Difference

Cultural Representations in Literature, Anthropology and Art

Author: David Richards

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521479721

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 348

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David Richards examines historical anthropological discourse--specifically writings about and depictions of "savage" peoples by conquering races--as a form of textual practice. Masks of Difference provides detailed readings of individual representations, both artistic and literary, of colonization, including Florida (1564-90) and Scotland (1814), together with extended surveys. What emerges is a composite picture of anthropological representation as a textual genre in its own right, embracing literature, literary theory and colonial/postcolonial studies.

Refiguring the Spiritual

Beuys, Barney, Turrell, Goldsworthy

Author: Mark C. Taylor

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527772

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Mark C. Taylor provocatively claims that contemporary art has lost its way. With the art market now mirroring the art of finance, many artists create works solely for the purpose of luring investors and inspiring trade among hedge funds and private equity firms. When art is commodified, corporatized, and financialized, it loses its critical edge and is transformed into a financial instrument calculated to maximize profitable returns. Joseph Beuys, Matthew Barney, James Turrell, and Andy Goldsworthy are artists who differ in style, yet they all defy the trends that have diminished art's potential in recent decades. They understand that art is a transformative practice drawing inspiration directly and indirectly from ancient and modern, Eastern and Western forms of spirituality. For Beuys, anthroposophy, alchemy, and shamanism drive his multimedia presentations; for Barney and Goldsworthy, Celtic mythology informs their art; and for Turrell, Quakerism and Hopi myth and ritual shape his vision. Eluding traditional genres and classifications, these artists combine spiritually inspired styles and techniques with material reality, creating works that resist merging space into cyberspace in a way that overwhelms local contexts with global networks. Their art reminds us of life's irreducible materiality and humanity's inescapability of place. For them, art is more than just an object or process—it is a vehicle transforming human awareness through actions echoing religious ritual. By lingering over the extraordinary work of Beuys, Barney, Turrell, and Goldsworthy, Taylor not only creates a novel and personal encounter with their art but also opens a new understanding of overlooked spiritual dimensions in our era.