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Untold Stories


Alan Bennett’s first collection of prose since Writing Home takes in all his major writings over the last ten years. The title piece is a poignant family memoir with an account of the marriage of his parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. Bennett, as always, is both amusing and poignant, whether he’s discussing his modest childhood or his work with the likes of Maggie Smith, Thora Hird and John Gielgud. Also included are his much…

Lucretius on Creation and Evolution: A Commentary on de Rerum Natura, Book …



Lucretius’ account of the origin of life, the origin of species, and human prehistory is the longest and most detailed account extant from the ancient world. It gives an anti-teleological mechanistic theory of zoogony and the origin of species that does away with the need for any divine aid or design in the process, and accordingly it has been seen as a forerunner of Darwin’s theory of evolution. This commentary locates Lucretius in both the ancient and modern contexts, and treats Lucretius’…

Encyclopedia of Greco-Roman Mythology (World Mythology)



The myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome permeate Western civilization to this day. This easy-to-use guide presents the myths and legends in A-Z format, complete with a “topic finder” that enables the reader to locate specific entries quickly and efficiently. Cross-references appear with each entry, and an extensive bibliography is provided. This volume includes maps of cultural regions and migrations, genealogies of major characters, photographs, and line drawings. An interesting…

Homage to Adrienne Fontainas: Passionate Pilgrim for the Arts (Belgian Fran…



The twenty-two essays in this volume are contributed by Belgian, French, and American scholars to honor the memory and work of Adrienne Fontainas (1929-2010). The interdisciplinary scholarship this community of international scholars has produced is of lasting importance in underlining the significant role of Brussels from 1870 to 1914. A leading European scholar and bibliophile, Adrienne Fontainas served as Vice President of the International Association of Bibliophiles and membre d’honneur…