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The Book of Story Beginnings

The Book of Story Beginnings
Author: Kristin Kladstrup
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2013-02-12
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 076366409X

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"Offers mystery, adventure, and fantasy, as well as reflections on family, time travel, and stories. . . . Many readers will find something here to their liking." – Booklist Oscar Martin was fourteen when he mysteriously disappeared from his Iowa farmhouse in 1914. His sister claimed Oscar had rowed out to sea – but how was that possible? Nearly a century later, when Lucy Martin moves with her parents to that same Iowa farmhouse, she discovers the strange and dangerous Book of Story Beginnings, and soon Oscar himself reappears in a bizarre turn of events that sends the two distant relatives on a perilous journey. From a first-time author comes an intricate, spellbinding fantasy that lures you in and won’t let go.


Melusine; or, The Noble History of Lusignan

Melusine; or, The Noble History of Lusignan
Author: Jean d'Arras
Publisher: Penn State Press
Total Pages: 261
Release: 2015-06-26
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 0271059907

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Jean d’Arras’s splendid prose romance of Melusine, written for Jean de Berry, the brother of King Charles V of France, is one of the most significant and complex literary works of the later Middle Ages. The author, promising to tell us “how the noble and powerful fortress of Lusignan in Poitou was founded by a fairy,” writes a ceaselessly astonishing account of the origins of the powerful feudal dynasty of the Lusignans in southwestern France, which flourished in western Europe and the Near East during the age of the Crusades. The spellbinding story of the destinies of the fairy Melusine, her mortal husband, and her extraordinary sons blends history, myth, genealogy, folklore, and popular traditions with epic, romance, and Crusade narrative. Preceded by a substantial introduction, this translation, the first in English to be amply annotated, captures the remarkable range of stylistic registers that characterizes this extravagant and captivating work.


Noble Beginnings

Noble Beginnings
Author: Christine Marion Fraser
Publisher:
Total Pages: 343
Release: 1994
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780786203703

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The Book of the Incipit

The Book of the Incipit
Author: D. Vance Smith
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 317
Release:
Genre:
ISBN: 1452905207

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"Smith offers a theoretical understanding of beginning that departs from the structuralisms of Edward Said, the traditional formalisms of A. D. Nuttall, and most medievalist and modernist treatments of closure. Instead, he views a work's beginning as a figure of the beginning of the work itself, and the inception of language as the problem of beginning to which we continually return."--BOOK JACKET.


Reform and Cultural Revolution

Reform and Cultural Revolution
Author: James Simpson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 684
Release: 2004
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780199265534

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Ranging from the extraordinary burst of English literary writing under the reign of Richard II to the literature of the Reformation, this title challenges traditional assumptions and argues that the stylistic diversity enjoyed by late medieval writers was curtailed by the authoritarian practice of the 16th-century cultural revolution.