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HUMANITIES 2012
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Just Words
Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America



Focusing on Lillian Hellman's infamous 1980 libel suit against Mary McCarthy for her scornful comments on The Dick Cavett Show, this book explores the roles of truth and lying in American public life and considers why civil discourse seems beyond our reach.

2011   376 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300167122
$65.00
 
The Puritan Origins of the American Self
With a New Preface



Mr. Bercovitch's subject is the development of the concept of American identity; his method is comparatism to specify the uniqueness of that development; and his discussion, centering upon the interaction of language, myth, and society, explores the Puritan achievement in its broadest cultural context.

2011   304 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300172416
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Whispering City
Rome and Its Histories



In this one-of-a-kind book, historian Richard Bosworth draws upon his expertise in Italian pasts to explore the many layers of history found within the Eternal City.

2011   358 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300114713
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Moon
A Brief History



From the acclaimed author of Bears, an entertaining, often surprising cultural examination of Earth’s moon, through history, science, and literature, from ancient times to the present.

2011   304 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300177695
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300152128
$27.00


The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs


This entertaining volume is devoted exclusively to English-language proverbs that originated in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Witty and wise, the 1,400 entries in the book illuminate a wide range of the experiences and perplexities of modern life.

2012   312 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300136029
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When London Was Capital of America


In this first-ever portrait of eighteenth-century London as the capital of America, Julie Flavell re-creates the famous city’s heyday as the center of an empire that encompassed North America and the West Indies.

2011   320 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300178135
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300137392
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Fruitlands
The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia



This is the first definitive account of Fruitlands, one of history’s most unsuccessful—but most significant—utopian experiments. It was established in Massachusetts in 1843 by Bronson Alcott (whose ten-year-old daughter Louisa May, future author of Little Women, was among the members) and an Englishman called Charles Lane, under the watchful gaze of Emerson, Thoreau, and o...

2011   344 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300177909
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300140415
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Conversions
Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America



This powerful work explores the parallel disruption of two families—one in seventeenth-century Holland, the other in America today—when a beloved family member converts to another religion.

New Directions in Narrative History
2011   320 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300167016
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Conversions
Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America



This powerful work explores the parallel disruption of two families—one in seventeenth-century Holland, the other in America today—when a beloved family member converts to another religion.

New Directions in Narrative History
2013   320 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300192445
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Sunday
A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl



Through a fascinating blend of stories and analysis, historian Craig Harline examines Sunday—from its ancient beginnings among the early Christians to brunch and football in America today.  

2011   480 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300167030
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Fandom Unbound
Otaku Culture in a Connected World



A groundbreaking, richly detailed look at the future of cultural production and distribution in the digital age

2012   352 pp.
PB-with Flaps ISBN: 9780300158649
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The Encyclopedia of New York City
Second Edition



Everything you've ever wanted to know about the nation's most fascinating city is in this new edition of this acclaimed, authoritative, and entertaining one-volume encyclopedia.

2010   1584 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300114652
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What Ever Happened to Modernism?


A personal, penetrating, and polemical account of what Modernism is, this book explores the literature, fine art, and music that it has inspired—and how contemporary literary writing has failed it.

2011   224 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300178005
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300165777
$28.00
 
Making Way for Genius
The Aspiring Self in France from the Old Regime to the New



Examining the lives and works of Germaine de Stael, Stendahl, and Georges Cuvier, historian Kathleen Kete creates a groundbreaking cultural history of ambition in post-Revolutionary Napoleonic and Restoration France.

2012   256 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300174823
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The Age of Doubt
Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty



By analyzing the parallel battles over faith and reason in the nineteenth century and ours, scholar Christopher Lane makes a case for the benefits of religious uncertainty.

2012   248 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300188073
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The Age of Doubt
Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty



By analyzing the parallel battles over faith and reason in the nineteenth century and ours, scholar Christopher Lane makes a case for the benefits of religious uncertainty.

2011   248 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300141924
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Modernism


In this wide-ranging and original account of Modernism, Michael Levenson presents a new understanding of the movement, the surrounding culture, and the relationship between individual artists and the audiences that both supported and opposed them.

2011   336 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300111736
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The Future of History


A master historian explores the literary art of history and the future of teaching, researching, and writing about the past.

2012   192 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300181692
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300169560
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Iphigenia in Forest Hills
Anatomy of a Murder Trial



The prizewinning journalist turns her attention to a sensational murder trial in an unusual neighborhood in Queens, and discovers the elements of Greek tragedy.

2011   168 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300167467
$25.00
 
The Words of Others
From Quotations to Culture



In this lively gambol through the history of quotations, Gary Saul Morson traces our enduring fascination with the words of others and explores how the "shortest literary genre" shapes our culture, our language, and our thought.

2011   352 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300167474
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Elizabeth and Hazel
Two Women of Little Rock



Who were the two fifteen-year-old girls from Little Rock—one black, one white—in one of the most unforgettable photographs of the civil rights era? From what worlds did they come? What happened to them? How did the picture affect their lives?

2012   320 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300187922
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Elizabeth and Hazel
Two Women of Little Rock



Who were the two fifteen-year-old girls from Little Rock—one black, one white—in one of the most unforgettable photographs of the civil rights era? From what worlds did they come? What happened to them? How did the picture affect their lives?

2011   320 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300141931
$26.00


Modernist America
Art, Music, Movies, and the Globalization of American Culture



Contrary to popular belief, the cultural relationship between the United States and the world has been reciprocal, says Richard Pells. Modernist America brilliantly explains why George Gershwin's music, Cole Porter's lyrics, Jackson Pollock's paintings, and Orson Welles's storytelling were so influential, and why these and other artists and entertainers simultaneously represent both an A...

2012   512 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300181739
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300115048
$35.00
 
Black Gotham
A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City



Black Gotham is a fascinating look at a little-known segment of American history: African-American elites in New York City in the nineteenth century, told through Carla Peterson's intriguing account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her ancestors.

2012   446 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300181746
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300162554
$32.00


Together
The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation



The highly respected author of The Craftsman now explores how we can create a better society by learning to truly listen and cooperate with others, even when our interests are conflicting.

2012   336 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300116335
$28.00
 
The Shameful Peace
How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation



A fresh investigation of the fate of Picasso, Cocteau, Messiaen, and dozens of other French artists and intellectuals who lived and worked under Nazi occupation.

2010   296 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300163995
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300132908
$35.00


Boredom
A Lively History



In the first book to argue for the benefits of boredom, Peter Toohey proves that one of our most maligned emotions is, in fact, a necessary and constructive part of the human experience.

2012   224 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300181845
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Cloth ISBN: 9780300141108
$26.00
 
The Daily You
How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth



An acclaimed media expert documents a marketing revolution in the making, showing how new media advertisers are stealthily defining who we are, how much we matter, and what we see and do.

2012   256 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300165012
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The Daily You
How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth



An acclaimed media expert documents a marketing revolution in the making, showing how new media advertisers are stealthily defining who we are, how much we matter, and what we see and do.

2013   256 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300188011
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Nights Out
Life in Cosmopolitan London



In this lively book Judith Walkowitz shows how London’s sophisticated and subversive Soho district became a showcase for a new twentieth-century cosmopolitan identity.

2012   432 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300151947
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Childism
Confronting Prejudice Against Children



A seminal volume on prejudice against children for parents, teachers, psychologists, social workers, policy-makers—anyone concerned with the crucial subject of child welfare.

2012   368 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300173116
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Childism
Confronting Prejudice Against Children



A seminal volume on prejudice against children for parents, teachers, psychologists, social workers, policy-makers—anyone concerned with the crucial subject of child welfare.

2013   368 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300192407
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OTHER SECTIONS IN OUR HUMANITIES 2012 CATALOG:


Eugene O'Neill
The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Literature
Literary Studies & Criticism
Poetry
Books & Reading
Letters, Diaries & Memoirs
Biography
Jewish Lives
Icons of America
Little Histories/Why X Matters
Rethinking the Western Tradition
Philosophy
Theater & Film
Music & Dance