Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Hardcover. Good. Set of 9. The set is missing vol. I. Volume titles are: "Rome", "Great Britain and Ireland I", "Great Britain and Ireland II", "Great Britain and Ireland III", "Great Britain and Ireland IV", "Continental Europe", "America I", "America II". Many of the books have their spines broken, but it appears that all of the pages are still intact. Volume II has a large tear through pages v-36 and the tear continues throughout the book in a small form. There is a small pin hole on the back cover. All of the books have minor shelf damage around the edges. The spines of the covers have faded.
Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. This was Rand's fourth, longest and last novel, and she considered it her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing. As indicated by its working title The Strike, the book explores a dystopian United States where leading innovators, ranging from industrialists to artists, refuse to be exploited by society. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry, while society's most productive citizens, led by the mysterious John Galt, progressively disappear. Galt describes the strike as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the "minds" that drive society's growth and productivity; with their strike these creative minds hope to demonstrate that the economy and society would collapse without the profit motive and the efforts of the rational and productive. The novel's title is a reference to the mythical Titan, Atlas, who in the novel is said to hold the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. The character of Francisco d'Anconia at one point is asked what sort of advice someone would give to Atlas, and Francisco says he'd tell Atlas "to shrug" (with Atlas being a metaphor for the champions of industry who keep the world in place). The novel includes elements of mystery and science fiction, and it contains Rand's most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction, a lengthy monologue delivered by the strike's leader, John Galt. The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is "the role of man's mind in existence. " The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of Objectivism. It advocates the core tenets of Rand's philosophy of Objectivism and expresses her concept of human achievement. In doing so it expresses many facets of Rand's philosophy, such as the advocacy of reason, individualism, the market economy and the failure of government coercion. Atlas Shrugged received largely negative reviews after its 1957 publication, but achieved enduring popularity and consistent sales in the following decades. In the wake of the late 2000s recession sales of Atlas Shrugged have sharply increased, according to The Economist magazine and The New York Times. The Economist reported that the fifty-two-year-old novel ranked #33 among Amazon. com's top-selling books on 13 January, 2009....
Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of Janie Crawford, a black woman in the American South in the 1930's, as she sets out to make her own fortune.
Married off to a respectable, but boring, man, young Janie finds herself wishing for something else...and who should appear on the horizon but a sharp young man named Jody Starks. From there, she moves on again when the world reminds her that she can, and finds herself with another young man who treats her right. Three marriages for a woman in the thirties is quite a scandalous feat.
The dialogue of Hurston's great work is given in a compelling and accurate southern dialect, while her prose is masterfully presented.
Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine Books, 1953) by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel that presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed. Written in the early years of the Cold War, the novel is a critique of what Bradbury saw as issues in American society of the era. Bradbury combined two of his early short stories, "The Pedestrian" and "Bright Phoenix," into The Fireman, a novella published in the February 1951 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. Bradbury's publisher at Ballantine Books then suggested that he expand the work to make into a novel—Fahrenheit 451. ...
Collecting the Harlem Renaissance
One of the most influential - and certainly most iconic - cultural revolutions in American history, the Harlem Renaissance offers a compelling repertoire for both seasoned and novice book collectors. We've put together a beautiful gallery of high points to help start your collection here.
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