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xxviii, 132 pages ; 23 cm
This edition features a shrewd, annotated abridgment of Mary Wollstonecrafts A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) accompanied by an array of texts that help situate the Vindication in its political, historical, and intellectual contexts. Included are key selections from Wollstonecrafts other writings; from closely related works by Burke, Paine, Godwin, Rousseau, Macaulay, Talleyrand, and Brockden Brown; and from the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and de Gouges Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen (1791).
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781603849395 20160612
Green Library
ESF-13-03
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xxix, 361 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Includes: Autobiography-- 1726-- Journal of a Voyage-- Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind-- The Kite Experiment-- Poor Richard's Maxims-- The Internal State of America-- Speech in the Constitutional Convention at the Conclusion of its Deliberations.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199554904 20160528
Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific, and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire eighteenth century. Franklin's achievements range from inventing the lightning rod to publishing Poor Richard's Almanack to signing the Declaration of Independence. In his own lifetime he knew prominence not only in America but in Britain and France as well. This volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war, and the status of women. Nearly sixty years separate the earliest writings from the latest, an interval during which Franklin was continually balancing between the puritan values of his upbringing and the modern American world to which his career served as prologue. This edition provides a new text of the Autobiography, established with close reference to Franklin's original manuscript. It also includes a new transcription of the 1726 journal, and several pieces which have recently been identified as Franklin's own work.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199554904 20160528
Green Library
ESF-13-03
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xxx, 445 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Book 1: we reach the same end by discrepant means-- on idleness-- on punishing cowardice-- on fear-- to philosophize is to learn how to die-- on educating children-- that it is madness to judge the true and the false from our own capacities-- on the cannibals-- judgements on God's ordinances must be embarked upon with prudence-- on solitude-- on prayer-- on the length of life. Book 2: on the inconstancy of our actions-- on drunkenness-- on conscience-- on the affection of fathers for their children-- on cruelty-- in defence of Seneca and Plutarch-- on three good wives-- on the resemblance of children to their fathers. Book 3: on repenting-- on three kinds of social intercourse-- on some lines of Virgil-- on coaches-- on the lame-- on experience.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140446029 20160528
To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write, and in the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and, above all, himself. "On Some Lines of Virgil" opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes. In "On Experience" he superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war. These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140446029 20160528
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xxvi, 240 p. ; 20 cm.
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xxxix, 283, [1] p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Christine de Pizan (c.1364 1430) was France's first professional woman of letters. Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine has a dreamlike vision where three virtues Reason, Rectitude and Justice appear to correct this view. They instruct her to build an allegorical city in which womankind can be defended against slander, its walls and towers constructed from examples of female achievement both from her own day and the past: ranging from warriors, inventors and scholars to prophetesses, artists and saints. Christine de Pizan's spirited defence of her sex was unique for its direct confrontation of the misogyny of her day, and offers a telling insight into the position of women in medieval culture. THE CITY OF LADIES provides positive images of women, ranging from warriors and inventors, scholars to prophetesses, and artists to saints. The book also offers a fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140446890 20160528
Green Library
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lxv, 281 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Green Library
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xv, 103 p. ; 22 cm.
This new edition contains Donald Cress's completely revised translation of the Meditations (from the corrected Latin edition) and recent corrections to Discourse on Method, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining the clear and accessible style of a classic teaching edition.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780872204218 20160528
Green Library
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xlix, 254 pages ; 20 cm
  • Response to the most illustrious poetess Sor Filotea de la Cruz
  • First I dream
  • Romances
  • Redondillas
  • Epigrams
  • Decimas
  • Sonnets
  • Villancico
  • Theater, sacred and profane: Loa for el divino Narciso ; Fragment from Los empenos de una casa.
  • RESPONSE TO THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS POETESS SOR FILOTEA DE LA CRUZ
  • FIRST I DREAM
  • ROMANCES : Prologue to the Reader
  • In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru
  • While by Grace I Am Inspired
  • REDONDILLAS : A Philosophical Satire
  • EPIGRAMS : Satiric Reproach
  • Which Reveals
  • A Much-Needed Eyewash
  • A Bit of Moral Advice
  • Demonstration to a Sergeant
  • DECIMAS : She Assures that She Will Hold a Secret
  • Accompanying a Ring
  • A Modest Gift
  • She Describes in Detail
  • SONNETS : She Attempts to Minimize the Praise
  • She Laments Her Fortune
  • Better Death
  • Spiritedly, She Considers the Choice
  • She Distrusts, as Disguised Cruelty
  • One of Five Burlesque Sonnets
  • She Answers Suspicions
  • Which Recounts How Fantasy Contents Itself
  • She Resolves the Question
  • VILLANCICO : Fragment from "Santa Catarina"
  • THEATER, SACRED AND PROFANE : Loa for El Divino Narciso
  • Fragment from Los Empenos de Una Casa.
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648-1695) wrote her most famous prose work, La Respuesta a Sor Filotea, in 1691 in response to her bishop's injunction against her intellectual pursuits. A passionate and subversive defense of the rights of women to study, to teach, and to write, it predates by almost a century and a half serious writings on any continent about the position and education of women. Moreover, notes Ilan Stavans in his introduction, it has become "a cornerstone of Hispanic-American identity ... at once a chronicle of the tense gender relations in the Western Hemisphere, a rich portrait of the social behavior that prevailed more than a century before independence from Spain was gained in 1810, and the very first intellectual autobiography written by a criolla in a hemisphere known for its solipsism, introversion, and allergy to public confessions. Also included in this wide-ranging selection is a new translation of Sor Juana's masterpiece, the epistemological poem "Primero Sueno, " as well as revealing autobiographical sonnets, reverential religious poetry, secular love poems (which have excited speculation through three centuries), playful verses, and lyrical tributes to New World culture that are among the earliest writings celebrating the people and the customs of this hemisphere.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140447033 20160919
Green Library
ESF-13-03
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xxxvii, 355 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
This is an account of the slave trade by a native African, former slave. Olaudah Equiano recounts his kidnapping at the age of ten in Africa, his service as the slave of an officer in the British Navy and his years of labour on slave ships until he was able to purchase his freedom in 1766. As a free man on a Central American plantation, he supervised slaves. Increasingly disgusted by their treatment, he returned to England in 1771. In England he worked for the resettlement of blacks in Sierra Leone, married an English woman and became a leading and respected figure in the anti-slave movement. This narrative is an autobiography and a treatise on religion, politics and economics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140434859 20160528
Green Library
ESF-13-03
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xiv, 105 p. ; 22 cm.
A revised translation of "Meditations" (from the corrected Latin edition), and corrections to "Discourse on Method", this text aims to get closer to Descartes' original work, while maintaining the clear and accessible style of the teaching edition.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780872201736 20160527
Green Library
ESF-13-03
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367 p. 18 cm.
In "The Book of the Courtier" (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the essential virtues for those at Court. In a lively series of imaginary conversations between the real-life courtiers to the Duke of Urbino, his speakers discuss qualities of noble behaviour - chiefly discretion, decorum, nonchalance and gracefulness - as well as wider questions such as the duties of a good government and the true nature of love. Castiglione's narrative power and psychological perception make this guide both an entertaining comedy of manners and a revealing window onto the ideals and preoccupations of the Italian Renaissance at the moment of its greatest splendour.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140441925 20160528
Green Library
ESF-13-03