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1. The Actor's Art and Craft: William
2. Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom
3. William De Morgan: Arts and Crafts
4. The Origins of Modernism in Russian
5. William Morris Full-Color Patterns
6. William Morris Stained Glass Pattern
7. Arts & Crafts Block Prints
8. The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft
9. Arts & Crafts Design
10. William L. Price, Arts and Crafts
11. William Morris and the Arts and
12. William Morris: Artifacts/Glass
13. Start and Run a Craft Business
14. The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence
15. William Morris on Art and Socialism
16. A Peculiar Prophet: Will Willimon
17. The Brave Escape of Ellen and
18. Better Homes and Gardens Treasury
19. Two Tickets to Freedom: The True
20. The Poet's Holy Craft: William

1. The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
by William Esper, Damon Dimarco
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-04-08)
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William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor.

Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Important on Levels Far Beyond Acting.THE ACTOR'S ART AND CRAFT: A Critical Review.
Off and on for the past 15 years, I've worked as an educator: middle school, at-risk youth and, since 2009, adult literacy.

One of the things I teach is that your personal reading list can (and should) have three (3) types of books. The first, books that are used to educate.These could be academic or even technical books in a specific field of interest.The second are books that you'd read for pleasure with no intellectual expectation.And, the third are books that add value to your life as a human being.They may (or may not) have an overtly religious theme but you're affected in a way that inspires you to be a better person morally, ethically and spiritually.The great books can fall into all three categories.The writings of Dostoevsky and Tolkien fall into this category for me. However, there are books that fall into two categories: THE ACTOR'S ART AND CRAFT is just such an example.

THE ACTOR'S ART AND CRAFT is, on the surface, a book about acting based on Sanford "Sandy" Meisner's technique as taught by William Esper.The book was written in tandem with Damon DiMarco, a former student who wanted to chronicle the approach that actors like Kim Basinger, Kathy Bates, Jeff Goldblum, John Malkovich, Paul Sorvino and many, many others used under the direction of "Bill" Esper.

The book starts out with a freshman group of students who've been accepted into Esper's class, including a veteran stage actress and follows their progression as Esper lays out the building blocks of what it takes to develop this skill. But, like the students in Esper's class, the reader is also to learn something other than becoming "someone else."

Inherent in these techniques is the development of three (3) behavioral traits that are essential for success in life.1.A positive mental attitude and disposition.2. Focusing one's attention on a desired result.3.Expecting situations to work in one's favor.For me, this is the real meat and potatoes of the book.

Having had classes in theater and film as an undergraduate and, later working in the theater for several years, I was only aware of Stanislavsky's method, the most well-known and revered acting method, but Meisner's routine has some similarities, but branches off into areas of impulse and instinct.

If you're interested in acting and/or interested in overcoming fears that prevent you from putting your best foot forward, the practice described herein will give you the confidence and the encouragement to be the person you know yourself to be.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful gift for student's of Bill's and all aspiring actors
I was privileged to be a student for two years at Bill Esper's studio in the Times Square area in the 70s.He truly taught me how to work and I have never forgotten. I carried a type written paper of my notes and Bill quotes from his classes with me in my makeup kit for years. This book is like being in Bill's class and I am savoring it like a fine wine, taking my time, making my enjoyment last and last.

5-0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, inspiring, full of humanity
This book came around at a strange time in my life...which I suppose is still happening. Although I was never part of the BFA or MFA program at Rutgers, I did take a few acting classes there as well as get involved in some college theatre. Bill Esper was an icon even back then but I completely took for granted what it is he did and more importantly, who he is. Since getting out and pounding the pavement for some real work, I've had moments of brilliance, some of which has garnered me a handful of (minor) speaking roles on notable television shows. Gradually, I began to regress in my preparation and in my respect for the craft because in my mind, I didn't see it as a necessity anymore. After all, who needs an applicable technique when you've booked work on Law & Order, Fringe, etc.? I became increasingly arrogant and felt entitled to success, all because I've had a little taste of it, probably from luck or what have you. In the past two years or so, I've been making big investments on casting director/agent workshops, all designed to get you seen, as long as you're willing to pay the price. One night, not too long ago, we had to watch our playback auditions at one of these "classes". I was certain I had nailed it because I "felt good" about what I did. I was in for a rude awakening when I saw my work. I was stiff, lacking life...natural perhaps but uninteresting. In the past, I would always respond by preparing harder the next time and I would continue to take more acting seminars. This time, for whatever reason, I was willing to admit to myself that whatever technique I had was unfocused. That I was easily assuaged by complimentary notes by casting directors and peers so that I can move on with my life. I believe it was a good friend of mine who recommended me this book. And now I realize how naive and foolish I've been these past couple of years.

The Actor's Art and Craft taught me that while commercial success should be commended, it's not worth sacrificing your very being for it. After a while, from audition to audition, you start to make choices that you THINK people want to see, regardless of how inorganic. But like all forms of art, one must be dedicated in his/her pursuits and strive for the perfection of the craft. I've read a handful of other acting books, but none as engrossing as this one. It covers the first year of Meisner and that includes repetition work, activities, criminal action problems, having an objective. The format is such that you feel that you are in the classroom with Bill and the company he teaches. There are characters you can easily identify with because you probably know them in real life. Some of the students are new to the craft, others have been pursuing the arts for a while. For me, though, the highlights of this book are the beautifully simple yet poetic words from William Esper himself, his notes to the class, his views on how important it is to LIVE. Really LIVE. It surprised me that at times I was brought to tears by some of the quotations because they were really moving and cathartic. One in particular had to do with how disconnected our modern society can be, what with all the iPods, gadgets, social networking sites etc. Nobody lives in the moment anymore.

Esper and DiMarco have put together a wonderful book that attacks the myths of what the Meisner technique can do for someone. It's not about emoting, it's about doing as well as being. You can't control how you feel, however you can allow yourself to be AFFECTED by what is going on around you. He talks about the importance of the precipitating circumstance: the one event that causes the two (or more) people on stage to come together in this time, in this place. Of course, before all of that, he teaches the importance of being yourself, to unlearn what society has taught you, to empty the garbage so to speak. Only then can you truly be free to follow your instincts. There is so much more I'd like to talk about in detail as far as specific exercises but I suggest you read it yourself if you're serious about learning the craft, or even reinvigorating your passion for it. When you're out in the real world, you'll hear people throw around the word "Meisner" and "objective" as if they really understand what it all entails. Many of them probably do and that is commendable. But there is a large majority who don't REALLY get it. I was one of them. I hope to continue my studies now that I've been humbled, and I hope to acquire practical skills and technique that's based on higher principles.

If you're as jaded as I was, you may be rolling your eyes at this gushfest. But I know what I want from all this: when I'm on stage or in front of a camera, I want to feel truly alive. When I'm NOT on stage or in front of the camera, I want to realize how remarkable it is to BE alive. This book is my first step towards my own salvation and my admission of cynicism and laziness. I hope to study with him one day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good insight into the "Meisner" approach
I'm deeply interested in HONEST acting (with affectation, pushing and demonstrating) and this book gets you off and running.I think these are great techniques to use with actors, and can quickly separate the wheat from the chaff, and get to the heart of open, honest acting, BUT they are deceptively simple exercies, and you need to know what you are looking for when things go awry, and how to address them.This books goes much further in revealing the goals behind the exercises than does Sandy's book.I think it is truly enlightening.

That being said, my frustrations are this: 1.), Bill and Damon stop after the first year of (arguably) foundation work. In short, they stop before getting into the "next level stuff."I honestly hope they put together year 2 of this training technique and not keep all the "in depth" goodies to themselves.2.) My fear is that this approach discourages shaping a character that is an honest revelation of what is in the text.Not all instincts are ARTFUL instincts (another beef I have with Bill about encouraging actors to "let go" in real life - human nature is, by instinct, SELFISH), and not every actor inclination is going to be true to the text.Hopefully, an actor who is worth their salt will marry this approach with serving the text and a playwright worth their salt will have crafted a script that reveals vibrant characters, but as an ART form, I don't want to trust a performance to the whims of an actor who may, in any given moment, be struck with something funny their partner has done and runs with it.It may be engaging, but it won't necessarily be true to the play.That is my fear and question to Bill - how do you keep actors from running afoul of a simpler instinct?Perhaps your book on year 2 is the answer I await.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Sandy's book
For practitioners of the Meisner approach this is the best book out there.If you had the first year of training with a qualified teacher and didn't take very good notes, buy this book.Even if you took good notes - buy this book! ... Read more

2. Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom
by William and Ellen Craft
Paperback: 92 Pages (2009-12-04)
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Asin: 1438531001
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In 1848 William and Ellen Craft made one of the most daring and remarkable escapes in the history of slavery in America. With fair-skinned Ellen in the guise of a white male planter and William posing as her servant, the Crafts traveled by rail and ship--in plain sight and relative luxury--from bondage in Macon, Georgia, to freedom first in Philadelphia, then Boston, and ultimately England.

This edition of their thrilling story is newly typeset from the original 1860 text. Eleven annotated supplementary readings, drawn from a variety of contemporary sources, help to place the Crafts’ story within the complex cultural currents of transatlantic abolitionism.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom
This is a must read for all who are interested in the issue of Slavery in the US.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Daring Escape to Freedom!!!
Ellen and William Craft were a young (mid-20's) slave couple who made a daring escape to freedom.Light-skinned Ellen cut her hair short and dressed in the suit and tophat of a white planter.Since she was illiterate, her husband William made a sling for her arm, so she had an excuse not to sign hotel registers.And since she had a womanly voice, the couple devised a poultice tied around her jaw indicating she had a bad toothache and could not speak. William played the role of his white massa's slave.And the couple traveled by train, steamship, and wagon to their destination in the north.They soon became popular lecturers in the United States and Europe.This is a remarkable story of daring and bravery and should be read by everyone.Anyone who wants to introduce their children to good historical fiction should get them The Journal of Darien Duff, an Emancipated Slave, The Diary of a Slave Girl, Ruby Jo, and The Journal of Leroy Jones, a Fugitive Slave.

5-0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
I read this for a college history survey course before it was mistakenly announced that the book was out of print.The book was dropped from the syllabus, but I am glad I read it anyway.

The first and shortest part of the book is William Craft's powerful account of how he and his wife Ellen executed a daring escape from servitude in Georgia.Their plan was remarkable in its ingenuity: The almost white Ellen, outfitted with a master's clothes and a poultice on her face to prevent incriminating speech with strangers, and her husband William, disguised as a servant, escaped to freedom in the north.Travelling by rail, the pair exultantly crossed over into Canada and from thence headed for England.

The second part of the book is a third person summary of the couple's travels after their ambitious escape.It follows them from Georgia through the slave and free states, in which they were well received and protected (especially in Boston), up to Halifax and across the water to England.I found the final two thirds of the book the most enjoyable, as it treated of foreign travel, in which I have a keen interest.Both portions of the book are beautifully written and often gripping.I hope a few of my classmates read this before that announcement.This book is both pleasurable to read and historically vital.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Freedom you will get when you read this book.
This book is a captivating account of the injustices of slavery and a amazing story of two fugitives running for there freedom.This book is a great story that should be taught in schools and should not be ignored in American History classes.It opened my mind to the horrors slavery actually caused.It represents a part of our history that should never be repeated.5 plus stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unique Plot and Style for a traditional topic
While taking an African American literature course in college I was introduced to this novella written by William Craft.It is a must-read for American and African American history classes.The novella is a quick andeasy read, with the capacity for great discussion and in-depth analysis. Humor, suspense, mystery and action is all provided in this wonderful taleof escape and hypocrisey. ... Read more

3. William De Morgan: Arts and Crafts Potter (Shire Library)
by Rob Higgins, Christopher Stolbert Robinson
Paperback: 56 Pages (2010-02-23)
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William De Morgan designed and manufactured ceramics from 1870-1907, and lifelong friendships with William Morris and Edward Burne Jones placed him at the heart of the Arts and Crafts revolution. After designing stained glass for William Morris, De Morgan set up his own pottery works. His personal vision was for intense underglaze colours and shimmering lustres to show off his designs of fabulous animal, rich florals in the Morris tradition, and flowing Persian curves. Although the pottery was not a financial success, William De Morgan has left us a unique design legacy.

De Morgan was unquestionably the art and crafts movement's most important potter. Today his work is part of some of the world's major art collection, and changes hands for very high prices. This is the only book available that looks at both the man and his works, covering his life, a brief history of the Arts & Crafts Movement, his relationship with William Morris and other Pre-Raphaelite Artists and his involvement in the Arts & Crafts Society.This title also details how these ceramics were made, and includes photographs of many rare or unknown designs, along with suggestions for further reading and suggested places to visit. ... Read more

4. The Origins of Modernism in Russian Architecture
by William Craft Brumfield
Hardcover: 400 Pages (1991-03-06)
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The dramatic transformation of Russian architecture from the 1880s to the 1917 revolution reflected the profound changes in Russian society as it entered the modern industrial age. William Craft Brumfield examines the extraordinary diversity of architectural styles in this period and traces the search by architects and critics for a "unifying idea" that would define a new architecture. Generously illustrated with archival materials and with the author's own superb photographs, this is the first comprehensive study by a Western scholar of a neglected period in European architectural and cultural history.Brumfield explores the diverse styles of Russian modernism in part by analyzing the contemporary theoretical debate about them:the relation between technology and style, the obligation of architecture to society, and the role of architecture as an expression of national identity. Steeped in controversy, Russian modernism at the beginning of the century foreshadowed the radical restructuring of architectural form in the Soviet Union during the two decades after the revolution. This authoritative work provides a new understanding of Russian architecture's last brief entrepreneurial episode and offers insight on our own era, when individual freedom and initiative may once again find expression in Russian architecture. ... Read more

5. William Morris Full-Color Patterns and Designs (Pictorial Archives)
by William Morris
Paperback: 48 Pages (1988-06-01)
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Asin: 0486256456
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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beautiful designs by one of Victorian era’s most influential designers. Modestly priced, copyright-free collection of richly detailed patterns, faithfully reproduced from rare 1890s publication. Superb designs for wallpapers, chintzes, velveteens, tapestries, tiles, carpets, more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars William Morris passion
This is a wonderful book with full-page colour illustrations of William Morris designs.Having done a Michele Hill workshop this book has added fuel to my passion for quilting using WM designs and fabrics.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing color reproductions
Anyone interested in good color and sharp outlines should definitely avoid this book!Reproductionsare sometimes dull and outlines often fuzzy.Very disappointing.I returned it immediately.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sampling of Morris' work
I truly like this book! It is a 9.5" X 12.5" book in size, with 41 pages, 40 of which have full page with exception of 1" border designs. Only one pattern (Rose Pattern) is narrower. Copyright free designs for personal use, important! and very useful at the copy shop, because the printing is so good that one can extract and enlarge copies at will, this book will not let you down in that respect.Dover gives you wallpaper, tile, fabric & carpet patterns by photograph, very clear, as well as several tapestry designs photographed.Have already enlarged and traced the Cherwell design as well as the Acanthus leaves design for a future tapestry pattern.Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!

Patterns are: Angel With Scroll(painting),Rose Pattern(tile),Daisy Pattern(tile), Daisy design(for wallpaper),Trellis design(w), Marigold(w), Vine(w), Acanthus(w), Apple(w), Ceiling Paper designed for St. James' Palace, Wallpaper(same), Wild Tulip(w), Bruges design(w), Pink Rose(w), Honeysuckle(chintz), Bird & Anemone(chintz), Strawberry Thief(c), Wandle(c), Rye(c), Acanthus(velvet), Cherwell(velvet),Velvet broche, St. James design for silk, Kennet design(s), Cross Twigs(s), Tulip & Rose for tapestry, Anemone(tapestry), Bird&Vine(t), Peacock&Dragon(t), Dove&Rose(t), Lily(t), various carpet designs. ... Read more

6. William Morris Stained Glass Pattern Book
by Carolyn Relei
Paperback: 64 Pages (1998-06-15)
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engaging designs, meticulously adapted from patterns created by influential Victorian artist and craftsman for fabrics, wall hangings, carpets, and other decorative projects, depict lovely florals and vines, exotic birds amid displays of lush garden flowers, perky daffodils and much more—all artfully displayed in circular, oval, and rectangular frames and easily adaptable as templates.
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7. Arts & Crafts Block Prints by William S. Rice 2011 Wall Calendar
by William S. Rice
Calendar: 12 Pages (2010-07-30)
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Born in Pennsylvania, William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963) moved to California in 1900, during the flowering of the Arts and Crafts movement. He distinguished himself as a teacher, painter, and printmaker, adopting block printing as his favorite medium. Rice designed, carved, and printed the blocks himself; each color print might require several blocks. Today his watercolors and prints are in many museum collections worldwide. The twelve prints reproduced in this calendar include flowers, birds, and landscapes.

Size: 12 x 13 in.; opens to 12 x 26 in. Printed on FSC certified paper with soy-based ink. ... Read more

8. The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (Carter G Woodson Honor Book (Awards))
by Cathy Moore
Hardcover: 48 Pages (2002-02)
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THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. On December 21, 1848, Ellen Craft and her husband take their first dangerous steps toward freedom as runaway slaves. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Book is Wonderful!
These On My Own books are great!This book is another fantastic installment.I've read other accounts of this story but this one is the most accessible and interesting.Try it! ... Read more

9. Arts & Crafts Design
by William H. Varnum, Timothy L. Hansen
Paperback: 256 Pages (1995-08-01)
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Asin: 0879056991
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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6 3/4 X 9 3/4 In, 256 Pp, 2 Color < Illustrations, 128 Black & White Photos, < 65 Line Drawings < Originally Published In 1916 When The < Arts and Crafts Movement Was In Its < Heyday, This Is A Virtual Textbook of < Materials, Color, Techniques and < Designs. Arts & Crafts Design Is A < Practical Guide To The Creation of < High-Quality, High-Style Furnishings < Through The Industrial Arts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Indispensable Resource!
Varnum's book is an absolute must for the beginning designer.I recommended it in my book Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the WorkshopKindergarten Chats And Other Writings.

There are many valid methods and formulas for unlocking the secrets of design, but their practical application can often be vague. This is where Varnum succeeds in a big way - his rules are simple and easy to apply in the real world. They lay down an essential foundation for the beginning designer.

As much as I like Varnum's book though, I must interject a word of warning here. The basic rules of design (such as Varnum's) cannot be ignored, but they cannot be adhered to as if set in stone either. If intuition is not allowed to play a part in the creative process, your designs will likely appear sterile and lifeless.Intuition that is not tempered with an understanding of the basic rules though will falter and fall short.The rules and intuition need one another, but in the end intuition must be allowed to rule the day.

Louis Sullivan (who was called "the Master" by Frank Lloyd Wright's) said:
"......formulas are dangerous things. They are apt to prove the undoing of a genuine art, however helpful they may be in the beginning to the individual. The formula of an art remains and becomes more and more rigid with time, while the spirit of that art escapes and vanishes forever. It cannot live in text-books, in formulas or in definition"

Louis Sullivan (1902) from:Kindergarten Chats And Other Writings

My suggestion for the beginning designer is to read and practice the rules such as Varnum's until they are fused into your very being - until your sub-consciousness "feels" the rules.
Then put the book down and never open it again - let your intuition rule.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arts& Crafts Restorationand Project Source
If you are restoring a Craftsman Bungalow home or furniture or are building new versions, and need DETAILS of "how they did it", then this book is a must.
It is written to a hands-on audinece, for people interested in creating items with the distinctive Arts& Crafts design detail.
Ceramics, jewelry, metal-smithing (copper) etc, are also covered in a very complete review of the Craftsman style esthetic. To the point of including color formulas for wood stains, ceramic glazes and building instructions for simple woodworking and metal fabrication projects.

THIS IS THE REAL THING!, Not a modern review, or opinion.
If you want a coffee table book with big color pictures,and not too many words, then move on to another selection.

If you need a concise beginner/intermediate source for Arts & Crafts era design elements, give this one a try....
Just in case you want to know a bit of why I have such a strong approval of this book, I have a background in art/architecture/design which started as I grew up in the Belmont Shores burb of Long Beach, CA...in a Craftsman Bungalow home. I have worked in the design trade for 20 years, with 2 Bungalow restoration projects currently in progress in California...it's an educated, and more importantly, an experienced opinion.

If you are a student or a trades person interested in the Arts & Crafts style, you will probably keep this book in reach as sourcebook.
Crafters, woodworkers, metal smith-ey, potters...will enjoy making one or two of the projects detailed in the chapters!

2-0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment. The best part is the cover design.
I was looking forward to an Arts and Crafts treat but, alas, received a thoroughly boring textbook full of questionable design theories and rules that are largely the author's pontifications. I have a university degree in art and am no stranger to professors, textbooks, theories, and rules. A really good professor needs no text.Thank God I didn't have Varnum as a professor!

Understand that Varnum wrote this text in 1916 and Hansen merely wrote the short preface to its reprint in 1995. This is an Industrial Arts Design textbook and not an art book, per se.

From start to finish this book is loaded with theoretical design minutia, formulae, and "rules," many of which have little obvious relevance to aesthetics. The text even includes test questions.

Aesthetics involves feelings and emotions, not cook-book formulae and rules. I am convinced that this book is the result of Varnum's inner need to organize the subject matter in his own mind rather than to impart knowledge and a "feel" for design to the reader or student.As such, it is both tedious reading and boring.I would rather suffer through another graduate statistics text than wade through Varnum's self-proclaimed rules, many of which are just Varnum's personal opinions and make no sense to me.

I give it a generous two stars because of the small pictures of furniture and fittings of the period scattered throughout the text. Save your money and buy one of the many good books on Stickley, Morris, Mackintosh, or the wonderful eras of Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, or Mission.

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10. William L. Price, Arts and Crafts to Modern Design
by George E. Thomas
Hardcover: 376 Pages (2000-03-01)
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Asin: 1568982208
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Architect George Howe thought there were three pioneers of American architecture: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William L. Price. Although history has borne out Howe's observation on Sullivan and Wright, Will Price still awaits discovery. Architect George Howe thought there were three pioneers of American architecture: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William L. Price. Although history has borne out Howe's observation on Sullivan and Wright, Will Price still awaits discovery. Price, a disciple of Frank Furness who practiced in Philadelphia from 1833 to 1916, established the architectural character of the two of the nation's greatest resorts, Atlantic City and Miami, thus shaping the architecture of the Roaring Twenties.Although his biggest and best-known projects, the Art Deco Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City and the Chicago Freight Terminal, are both destroyed, his arts and crafts utopian community in Arden, Delaware survive to attest to the vigor of his ideas and the leadership he exerted.Price left a legacy of exquisite houses, railway stations, and commercial structures stretching from Atlantic City to Chicago and from Canada to Florida taht were widely emulated and reacall the best works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.In addition, Price was accomplished writer and furniture designer whose work was regularly featured in Gustav Stickley's "The Craftsman."Price's role in shaping American architecture in uncovered in this lavishingly illustrated volume, which documents the architects complete works--including over 350 hotels, houses, and pieces of furniture--bringing to light this unknown American master. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Great Architect, less great book
William Price is indeed an overlooked architect.While I'm hesistant to call him a genius, his work has a breadth seldom seen in the work of his contemporaries.He was one of the last of the Philadelphia architects tocome from a background of manual training rather than an academicbackground, but clearly he was able to apply the lessons of contemporarypractice learned from books, and stretch into new areas of the Arts andCrafts movement and advanced design in reinforced concrete.

The authorspends an inordinate amount of time in the book describing howPhiladelphia, with a strong heritage of innovative industrial design isleft behind in the architectural world due to an academic bias of the pressbased in New York and Boston.While this is important to Price'sreputation, it has little to do with his actual work.The prose in thebook is repititious, reading as a series of loosely related lectures ratherthan a single thesis, and the book design does not help the reader.

Theillustrations, largely drawn from the firm's archive now held by theauthor, are very well produced, but could have been supplemented by morenew photography.A significant number of Price's buildings do survive, andcolor photography would bring out the great qualities of material, color,and texture that were so important to his work.

In summary, a book onPrice was long overdue, but one would have hoped that it would focus moreon the great qualities of his architecture. ... Read more

11. William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Home
by Pamela Todd
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2005-09-22)
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This is the definitive source book for anyone interested in living with Arts and Crafts style. In it, Pamela Todd celebrates William Morris's genius, presenting a thorough overview of his life and career, and showing how he envisaged and implemented schemes for interiors in his own homes and those of others. A series of 'Case Studies' explores six contemporary houses - from a modern London townhouse to a traditional Arts and Crafts home in Massachusetts - that have followed and adapted Morris's dicta, brilliantly demonstrating how the style can be applied to our environment today. The book concludes with a comprehensive style-sourcing section, as well as a gazetteer of places to visit for inspiration. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
What a find!Great history, very informative and the photography is outstanding. Such a wonderful book on the Arts & Craft movement. I would imagine it's a must-read for interior design students.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely details
If you appreciate anything to do with the Arts & Crafts movement, you'll really like this book -- even if you look only at the pictures. It's separated into sections on exteriors and gardens; interiors (architecture); decorative patterns (wallpapers and woven fabric); furniture; softer elements (curtains, rugs, carpets, etc.); finishing touches (ornament, tiles).

Each has plenty of detail: you see the overall effect (the entire wall of wallpaper) and the specific design (a zoom in on the wallpaper's design). Even if you care about only one element (you're into fabric for instance) you'll get plenty out of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars For Lovers of Arts and Crafts Homes
William Morris changed people's attitudes towards architecture and interior decoration when Victorian excess was at it's height.I love the use of wood in an Arts and Crafts house.For others who feel this way, this book is a treat.At the back are two useful sections: Where to See Arts and Crafts Homes and a listing of Specialist Supplies for anyone renovating an Arts and Crafts Home.
You might also want to read The William Morris Stained Glass Pattern Book and The Life and Works of William Morris.Take a look also at Craftsman Homes: Architecture and Furnishings of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
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12. William Morris: Artifacts/Glass
by Gary Blonston, William Morris
Hardcover: 133 Pages (1996-05-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars America's Premier Glass Artist
William Morris' Artifacts/Glass is inspiring, impressive, and visionary whether you are interested in glass or just interested in fine art.The photographs of Morris' work are beautiful, and the photographs of Morris' working on glass are just as beautiful!He's as nice a man as he is talented and creative, an inspired artist and thoughtful person.You won't regret having this glass art book in your collection of fine art books. ... Read more

13. Start and Run a Craft Business (Start & Run a)
by William G. Hynes
Paperback: 190 Pages (2002-03-01)
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3-0 out of 5 stars good, but brief
I checked this book out because I'm interested in the possibility of selling knit goods.I found it to be good as an introduction to craft business.It covers everything from selecting and producing crafts to places to sell and managing small business.However, it covered each topic very briefly, not getting into much detail.For an overview of craft business, it was good at getting me thinking about possibilities.If, however, I pursue the idea more seriously, I'll have to read more books, as this one would be rather insufficient alone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Craft People Looking to Sell Their Products
This book covers the A-Z of starting and running a craft business. It does not cover how to make crafts but it does give a long list of the types of crafts people can market. This book has helpful suggestions for beginners who want to start a craft business, as-well-as, seasoned professionals who want to expand or improve their craft business. The information in the chapters on production, getting loans, and market research are extremely helpful. Also included are helpful tips on how to pick the best craft shows. The author, William Hynes, shows his extensive knowledge of the craft business and shares his knowledge in an easy to read, straight-forward manner.

3-0 out of 5 stars barbara brabec's book is better
i bought this book and barbara brabec's book.They both have the same kind of information, but spend the extra $ for her book as she dedicates a few hundred more pages to these subjects. ... Read more

14. The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence of the 'Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft, Vol. 1 (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII series)
by William L. McGee
Paperback: 280 Pages (2000-11-01)
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The first volume in William L. McGee's acclaimed Pacific war trilogy is a detailed history of the revolutionary World War II landing craft and the unsung heroes who manned them. Exhaustive research, hundreds of interviews, and a point-blank writing style capture the very essence of the amphibious assignments in the World War II 'Gator Navy.

From the Back Cover
The primary objective of Volume I is to provide a close-up look at the most prevalent of the revolutionary World War II shore-to-shore landing craft and the unsung heroes that manned them:

  • Puts the reader aboard the landing craft specifically designed and built to speed assault troops directly to the beach.
  • Provides a brief history of amphibious warfare from the Revolutionary War to the 1942 Guadalcanal and North Africa campaigns.
  • Profiles the famed "Green Dragons," the high-speed destroyer transports that filled a pressing Marine Corps need for ship-to-shore delivery prior to the availability of the new landing craft.
  • Focuses on the "Earlybird" Flotilla Five LCTs, LSTs and LCIs and their crews -- from landing craft design and construction, to amphibious training and crew and flotilla formations, to on-the-job warfare training in the Southern Solomons -- all in preparation for their first invasion of enemy-held territory, Operation TOENAILS.
308 pp, 110 b&w photos, plus appendices, notes, bibliography and index.

Other books in this series:
Vol. II, THE SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville, Pacific War Turning Point

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5-0 out of 5 stars gift for my dad
Gave this book to my Dad for his 86th birthday.He served in WW II in amphibian LCT 5 in Pacifics.he really was thrilled with this book.Arrived in great shape and in timely manner.

"Amphibians Are Coming! describe miracles -- bringing LSTs and other landing vessels into high production in a short time; bringing together untrained officers and men to perform tasks which should have taken months of training; making all this work under unbelievable combat conditions.
--Mel Barger, author, "Large Slow Target"

"If your children or grandchildren have ever asked, `What did you do in the war?' point them to McGee's books. Throughout you will find yourself saying, `Yup, that was us,' and I guarantee you'll have renewed respect for the guy you see in the mirror every morning."
--Howard Clarkson, USS LCI National Association

"Your books brought tears to my eyes. A `must read' for all sea services veterans and their descendants."
--Charles C. Espy, Lt (jg), USNR, SS Thomas Nelson, Armed Guard C.O.

"To say Bill McGee is a serious naval historian is an understatement. As they say in the Navy, well done!"
--W. C. Hilderbrand, Capt, CEC, USN (Ret), CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation

"Amphibians Are Coming! is a `must read' for all Armed Guard and merchant mariners and their families. --C.A. Lloyd, Chairman, USN Armed Guard Veterans of WWII

"Having experienced a full measure of life at sea during WWII, I find your military histories detailed, vivid, accurate. They capture the essence of that war."
--Anthony P. Tesori, USNR, Gunnery Officer, LST-340

"One of the best books I've ever read on WWII. I was impressed with the scholarly effort the author put forth. I'm a former Marine and didn't know the kind of detail that occurred in that sector of the campaign, but I sure do now."
--Jim Comiskey, author, "Academic Innovations"

"I heard about this book from my cousin, John A. McNeill Sr, skipper of the LCT-159 of the Solomons campaign. I was a sailor on USS LSM-342 which evolved out of the LCT in 1943 and first hit the beaches in the Philippines in 1944. Thank you for this great history of the `Gator Navy."
--Royce McNeill, LSM-342

"Having done my own research for the famed `Green Dragons'--the history of the Four Stack APD (Destroyer Transports) in WWII--I consider your Amphib's book a must read for anyone interested in the history of our great amphibious navy that was so instrumental in winning WWII."
--Curt Clark, Secretary, The Four Stack APD Veterans

"A masterful job in dealing with the wide range of Amphibians. You included just the right amount of detail to make the book very readable."
--Alfred J. Ormston, Skipper, LCI-334

"My father, a Flotilla Five veteran, pulled rank and read the book first. It's filled with many personal accounts of the pioneering men of Flotilla Five and gave me an idea of what life was like in those days of the war in the South Pacific. For my father, it brought back many memories."
--Richard Fox, Webmaster, LCT Flotillas of WWII

"Excellent reading."
--"Frenchy" Maurais, Duty Yeoman, USS McCawley (aka "Wackymac")

"Truly comprehensive."
--Robert M. Carr, Skipper, LCT-364

"I went into the Amphib fleet after I saw the Missouri go out of commission in 1955. I'm fascinated with small craft of the Navy and thank you for the wonderful contribution you are making to keep this history alive."
--Herbert Fahr Jr, President, 1998-2000, USS Missouri (BB-63) Association

"Every `amphib' needs to have all three volumes of William McGee's series, Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII so the next generation can read and learn what their loved ones went through."
--Royce N. McNeill, USS LSM-LSMR Association

"I was on LCT-146 that was transported to Noumea, New Caledonia on LST-399 as narrated in your book. I am still in close contact with a navy buddy who was on LST-398 that transported his LCT-145 as narrated on page 162 in your book. I would like a copy of your book sent to him as a gift."
--Howard Breckenfeld, USN

"Amphibians Are Coming! is a long-awaited dream since it deals with my kind of war. You've brought great pride and joy to thousands who were there and to future generations who will learn how America fought in World War II."
--John A. McNeill Sr., USNR, Officer-in-Charge, LCT-159

"Your book reminded me of how easy it was to lose one's life then. Your story of the ship's gun crew firing at planet Venus gave me a chuckle. Some gun crews were really trigger-happy and dangerous."
--Paul Clodfelter, First Special Naval Construction Battalion

"Being an `old amphib', I never really knew how much I didn't know about the new landing crafts' humble beginnings. I look forward to Volume II and highly recommend not only amphib sailors read it, but all those interested in the Navy and WWII. Great stuff!"
--Bill Bartz, Capt., USNR-R, President, ACU Veterans Group

5-0 out of 5 stars "Dad, What did you do in the war?"
If your children or grandchildren have ever asked, "What did you do in the war?" then point them to this book.

Bill McGee, a prolific author and veteran of naval service in the South Pacific, has written a book that will do any "Amphibian" proud. He has managed by dint of exceptional research and extensive interviews to perfectly blend the historical development of naval amphibious forces with humorous anecdotal references. You will find yourself chuckling and nodding in the affirmative as you recall your own moments of terror, mind-numbing boredom and outrageous pranks.

McGee tells his story by following the formations of the Flotilla 5 LCTs, LSTs and LCIs from the formation of their crews in the states through their training--or lack thereof--crossing the Pacific, and their arrival and operations in the Solomon Islands group. It is a compelling story of "green" crews, "green" officers, "green" dragons and "green" camouflage.

Throughout this book, you will find yourself saying, "Yup, that was us." Read this book and I will guarantee that you will have a renewed respect for the guy you see in the mirror every morning.

5-0 out of 5 stars A welcome and informative addition to World War II studies.
William McGee's The Amphibians Are Coming! is a deeply engaging biographical history of World War II ship-to-shore landing craft and their crews. A brief history of amphibious warfare from the American Revolution to the 1942 Gudalcanal and North African campaigns is provided. Specifically designed and built to speed assault troops ashore under enemy fire, these landing crafts were used extensively in both the European and Pacific theaters. The Amphibians Are Coming! also profiles the famed "Green Dragons", the high-speed destroyer transports that filled a pressing Marine Corps need for ship-to-shore delivery prior to the availability of the new and more effective landing craft. Here is also the story of the "Earlybird" Flotilla Five LCTs, LSTs, and LCIs and their crews. McGree ranges from landing craft design and construction to amphibious training and flotilla formations, then concludes with the on-the-job warfare training in the southern Solomons. The Amphibians Are Coming! is a welcome and informative addition to personal, academic, and communitylibrary World War II history and reference collections. ... Read more

15. William Morris on Art and Socialism
by William Morris
Paperback: 208 Pages (1999-08-09)
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For the Victorian sage William Morris, the subjects of art and society were inseparable. This outstanding collection of 11 lectures and an essay, delivered between 1881 and 1896, illustrates Morris’s conviction that the primary human pleasure lies in making and using items of utility and beauty. Selections include: "Art: A Serious Thing," "Art Under Plutocracy," "Useful Work vs. Useless Toil," "The Dawn of a New Epoch," "Of the Origins of Ornamental Art," "The Society of the Future," and "The Present Outlook of Socialism." Introduction. Biographical Note.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Eleven Essays: Draw Your Own Conclusions
In WILLIAM MORRIS, Norman Kelvin edits eleven essays given by Morris over a period of several years, most of which deal with his view that art ought to somehow be above the sordid details of life.Several of his essays also relate to Morris' late in life conversion to Socialism.

English prose writers of the mid and late nineteenth century tended to focus on the humanistic ideals of the age.For Matthew Arnold, these ideals related to culture in the abstract.For John Henry Newman, it was to establish the parameters of the Anglican Church.And for William Morris, it was the fixing of art as a bulwark against what he saw as the crass commercialization that accompanied and followed the Industrial Age.Morris envisioned art as an entity that was absolutely essential for human progress.Ever since the first caveman etched the first wall painting on his cave wall, humanity had a very nearly unbroken line of artistic creation that empowered both artist and art lover.Morris simply could not accept that any age could exist in which art was not paramount in the minds of all who dared to call themselves cultured.This unbroken line of artistic supremacy showed the first cracks, oddly enough, in the Renaissance, an era that most Eurocentric cultures termed the very height of prominence in art.Morris saw that the Renaissance created the paradox that art was then deemed so unworldly magnificent that there was no way for future generations of art and artists to go but downhill.By the time that Morris was old enough to realize this, he was despairing that perhaps it was too late to set matters aright.Nevertheless, he spent his entire adult life attempting to check what he saw as the artistic nihilism of what he termed the Century of Commerce.

Even as a child, Morris saw, however imperfectly, the flaws that he would later label as the decline in art.He saw part of the solution as a hearkening back to the past when knight errantry was inexorably intermingled with art.By the time he was eight, Morris had read the many novels of Walter Scott which portrayed the Middle Ages as some impossibly virtuous era when battling knights battled for reasons of art as least as often as they did for trapped damsels.At fourteen he enrolled in Marlborough College, where he absorbed an impressive amount of facts related to the history of architecture and medieval history.He was known as one who could spin extemporaneously short and long tales of the magic world of Spenser's fairy world.

He considered art too important to be left to the ignorant tendencies of manufacturers and other capitalists who saw art only in terms of how that art might lead to profit.In 1855, Morris founded a loose brotherhood of like-minded individuals who were determined to preserve what they saw as the inviolate sanctity of art freed from the grubbiness of profit-seekers.This brotherhood collectively wrote, edited, and published a monthly journal called the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, which was to be a forum for their views on the primacy of art.The journal was well-written and included occasional pieces by the renowned artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.John Ruskin and Alfred Lloyd Tennyson lauded it publically. Despite these plaudits, the journal folded within one year even though Morris contributed out of his own pocket considerable sums.

Morris' views on art were not limited to one two or even three spheres of artistic expression.His early association with the Pre-Raphaelites headed by Rossetti convinced him that he had a promising future as a canvas artist.It did not take him long to learn that desire did not equate with talent and by 1859, that part of his obsession with art had ended.However, his sessions with Rossetti led to his meeting Jane Burden, a breathtakingly beautiful model who often was the subject of Rossetti's paintings.Morris married her where both lived in a house that he personally built from scratch.This Red House needed impromptu additions that Morris was only too glad to provide personally.As he was busy designing and building Red House, he evolved an artistic vision that he would retain for life:all art had to be subservient to utility and simplicity.The beauty of such art would reside in these latter qualities rather than in the nouveau-riche mode that he despised.

Red House, as with his earlier Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, had to be sold after only a few years due to limitations of Morris' capital.He and his wife found a more economical boarding house in London.His fortunes soon changed for the better due to the reformation of the Anglican Church by the Oxford Movement headed by Newman, who argued persuasively that the liberal non-ritual traditions of the church were inadequate to meet the changing needs of an English population that sought a return to the ritual and sacrament tradition of pre-eighteenth century church history.Suddenly there was a need for skilled artisans to produce exactly those artifacts for which Morris had a special talent.

While Morris was busy hammering out a wide assortment of crafts, he did not cease his decades long writings based on his fascination with the glories of past ages.Beginning with the publication of the popular poem "Defense of Guenevere" in 1858, his name was continually in the public's eye.Morris followed with the equally lauded poem "The Earthly Paradise," which dealt with life in the age of Chaucer.He later would write prose tales of Viking and Icelandic origin: the Grettis Saga (1869), the Volsunga Saga (1870), and Sigurd the Volsung (1876).

Morris was often asked to lecture on the primacy of art.He used these occasions to note that art need not be limited to canvas painting or sculpture.It should also include handicraft art, an area that would later prove a source of considerable profit for his manufacturing firm Kelmscott Manor House.One of his most anthologized of lectures was his The Beauty of Life (1882), which contained the core values of the primacy of art.Later in life, Morris assumed the world view of the committed Socialist.His perception of the inutility of commercialized art for capitalist purposes blended well with the Socialist thrust that all aspects of individual profit were too damaging to the souls of those who sought to remain above such grubby interests.His writings following his conversion to Socialism often reflect his aversion to the realities of the need for profit to engender the growth of any technological nation-state.Morris' life then was a function of his desire to place art on a pedestal where it could be admired by those who saw themselves as the inheritors of a culture that had been in decline for decades.Morris was determined to halt this decline.It is ironic that he envisioned the coming century as one that would exemplify his cherished hopes related to art.The viciousness of both world wars and the fragmentation of art would surely have filled him with despair.

William Morris spent the greater part of his adult life to preserve art from what he saw as the inevitable and corrosive encroachment of creeping capitalism.His early writings do not harp on the rhetoric of Marxist ideology; it took his later years of reading Marx to enable him to refine his position linking the dissolution of art with the baneful effects of life-denying industrialism.His overarching theme in many of his writings is that art and human life are commingled in a manner that suggests that the one cannot exist independently of the other.

"Beauty" by itself does not refer merely to that which the human mind finds aesthetically pleasing.Rather, it is a union of art and life.The art is the object that the human mind and hand creates out of base elements.When the times are right, the artist lives in an environment conducive to the fruition of that art as an immortal expression of all that is noblest within the human soul.Up until the Renaissance, all times in all cultures were fruitful in that sense.From the Renaissance until Morris' own day, art has devolved from a unique and original flowering of the mind of the artist to a time when art is now perceived only as a pale imitation or "pretense" of what it used to be.It is almost irrelevant--at least from Morris' point of view--whether the art under discussion is of one type or another.He uses the term interchangeably throughout most of the essay.

The flip side of the art/beauty equation is how their fusion impacts on human life in general.Morris sees human beings as sentient creatures who need more than the basic drives of food and shelter to survive.He notes that even in Paleolothic times Cro-Magnon artists managed to evade saber-toothed tigers and mastodons long enough to etch on their cave walls the first primitive attempts to record their nascent desires to establish a paradigm of humanistic thought.Art has invigorated all cultures in all epochs precisely because it allowed human beings to picture a mode of thought external to the harsh realm of gritty existence.This realm was of the mind even if the body was needed to grope toward it.Art was consistently viewed as a model of beauty toward which one could approach but never quite attain.As the world's collective civilizations rose and fell, so roughly did their art.This pattern of rise and fall maintained a reasonably consistent dance of symmetry.Morris sees a tipping point occurring in the Renaissance.What caused the human side of the equation to change was its corresponding "life" side.Morris envisions the Renaissance as a period of such geometric growth of art that a pinnacle had been reached.Art presumably could go no higher.There was no longer a reason for artists to create new art.All that remained was for future generations of artists to modify, to codify, or otherwise to re-invent the same artistic wheel.There was no place for art to go but downhill.And since, in Morris' view, art and man march in lockstep, as art declines so must man.If art has come to be seen as no more than an effete reflection of its past eons of glory, so must man devolve into his brutish atavistic past.It is this dual de-evolution of man and art that Morris was determined to halt. His solution was first to change man's view of both himself and the world about him.The problem with man's desensitization was a serious one but not an irrevocable one.Man was capable of a spiritual regeneration but only if man could alter his view of himself and his environment.This alteration was to begin with his own living quarters.Morris notes his foundational dictum: Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.If this philosophy were to be widely accepted, then all else needed for the reviving of man and art must follow.History has not yet borne out the wisdom of Morris' dictum.

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16. A Peculiar Prophet: Will Willimon And The Craft Of Preaching
Paperback: 161 Pages (2004-10)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Look Into Post Liberal Preaching
This is kind of the third book in a series of titles on post liberal preaching.William Willimon published two books talking about his style of preaching, but this book is from the perspective of some of his students as well as some of the most accomplished preachers in Christianity.The book talks about what makes Willimon's preaching unique and powerful.The dynamics of the elements are helpful for other preachers to use in their sermons as well.Probably, the best part of the book is the sermon's from Willimon himself.There are some great material in these lessons that is worth the price of the book itself.There are still a lot of people out there that have questions about this style of preaching, and it cannot be done well without an understanding of the narrative sermon.Post Liberal builds on the narrative approach.Really, the post liberal sermon is more of a philosophy of preaching.The view that one has of the Word, of the power of God, and the ability of the word to speak to people.The book will talk about some of these elements, like being theological, being bold, being confident in the call of God to preach his word.This is a great deeper read on preaching.It is not some much, step one, step two, but a model or paradigm for preaching the word of God to this style of church culture.It is well worth your time if you are looking for some fresh wind for your sermons.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended Read
I found this book very insightful. Reading sermons by a pastor who clearly takes the issue of discipleship seriously enough to produce sensible, accurate, and biblical discourse is very refreshing. Reading these sermons will unveil many long-accepted, church-constructed, social norms that have been rather insidious.

The editors have done a worthy task to select sermons topics that are cross-sectional representations as well phenomenological at the same time. In addition to this type of biblical discourse, this book offers serious critique on each sermon. Each critique deconstructs the sermon text to highlight the author's rationale in a way that is both flattering and helpful.

How I wish all pastors submitted themselves to such critique. I was discipled as a result of reading this book, and I submit that most others would be as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too bad the analysis doesn't match the preaching
This book works from an interesting premise-take selected sermons by a noted and popular preacher about main themes in his work, then have someone write analysis.Some of the sermons are brilliant as in Easter is an Earthquake, the opening sermon and one of the best I've ever read.However the sermons are a bit uneven as is the analysis.

It's worth the price of the book-especially used- for the opening sermon.Recommend with reservations ... Read more

17. The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft (Graphic History)
by Lemke, DonaldB.
Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-01-01)
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Tells the story of Ellen and William Craft's unique escape from slavery in Georgia to freedom in Pennsylvania. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Escape, Graphically
I think this series is a very good one.I use them with my ESOL students as they learn English and American History.The story itself is a good one and told very well.Recommended. ... Read more

18. Better Homes and Gardens Treasury of Christmas Crafts & Foods
Hardcover: 384 Pages (1980-08)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Treasury for the Holidays
This is an unusual book, every page full of instructions for beautiful crafts or mouth-watering holiday recipes, as well as many pages containing gorgeous photos of either the finished craft projects or the ready-to-eat food that looks as good as it tastes. The recipes are mostly for the average cook, but some are easier and some a bit more difficult to prepare.

While I've had my copy of this book approximately two decades, I find it as interesting to read now as I did then; a timeless and wonderful book to peruse during the holidays. Something for everyone can be found within these pages. Although this book does contain many different nativity scene projects done with different techniques, and requiring different skill levels to complete, there are an abundance of other craft projects so that nobody need feel left out.

Amazon.com no longer sells this new, however many third party sellers have copies available in any condition, including new, most of them at very reasonable prices. If you love crafts and cooking, this is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Homes and Gardens Treasury of Christmas Crafts and Foods
Thank you for a good product that is not flawed or missing pages and is in very very good condition for such an old book.I also appreciate the quick delivery by mail.Thanks for keeping my trusts with sellers like you that do not steal my limited spending money.Only on a pension, I thank you for your very reasonable pricing.God bless. herlinda ... Read more

19. Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of Ellen and William Craft, Fugitive Slaves
by Florence B. Freedman
Paperback: 96 Pages (1989-09)
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Traces the search for freedom by a black man and wife who traveled to Boston and eventually to England after their escape from slavery in Georgia. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Adventurous Book
I liked this book because you never knew what was coming next. The slavery part was a little sad, but it was at the same time cool because the story was about the escape of slaves. It has suspense because you didn't know if they would get caught or get to safety.

4-0 out of 5 stars verysad

4-0 out of 5 stars TWO TICKETS TO FREEDOM
Joseph Bailey
Reading 03
April22, 03

Florence B. Freedman's Two Tickets to Freedom book is magnificent! It was as if she was Ellen Craft being zapped into the book as she was writing it! Ellen and William had to be on their tiptoes in alert so they could escape their slavemaster. With Ellen posing to be a white man as her slave, they escape to Boston only to find they have to go to Canada! This true story is amazing because it takes you back to 1848 in Macon, Georgia. Many people help them but when law is passed that fines anyone that helps a slave for 1000 dollars, will they make it? "Tickets for myself and my slave." Ellen says on the trip. Some people get suspicious..........

4-0 out of 5 stars A story of real people like you and me...
Two Tickets to Freedom is the true story of a fugitive slave couple that travel the road to freedom in disguise -- Ellen (by all appearances white) dressed as a slave master and William posing as "his" slave.Their encounters both encourage them and cause them untold fear as they meet abolitionists and slave traders along the way.Faithful to the Lord, they trust solely in His deliverance along the way and on several occasions narrowly miss being caught and returned to slavery.

The book continues with the story of their life in the "free" states under the fugitive slave law, their contribution to the freedom movement, and their escape to England where they could be truly free.Finally, Two Tickets to Freedom tells of their return to The United States at the end of the Civil War and the reality of "freedom" in a now "free" land.

The book was a wonderful experience for me, having read The Underground Railroad by William Still.Two Tickets to Freedom tied together names, places, and events that I had previously read about in sketches.And these people were real people.

I was disappointed with the book in one way.The book promised initially to be written with careful descriptions and appropriate references, making it an easy read aloud for children with a wide range of cognitive abilities.As the book progressed, it became easier to read and flowed easily.Nearing the end, however, the words became more difficult, the concepts more difficult to understand, and the subject a bit harder to recognize.The topic of racial prejudice could have been approached more effectively had the book flowed a little more carefully at the end.And I would love to have had a bit more information about the life of Ellen and William Craft as they began again in Georgia.

Overall, I really liked the story and feel it is a valuable addition to a child's collection ofbooks on American history. ... Read more

20. The Poet's Holy Craft: William Gilmore Simms and Romantic Verse Traditions
by Matthew C. Brennan
Hardcover: 168 Pages (2010-04-30)
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The Poet's Holy Craft represents the first full-length analysis and interpretation of William Gilmore Simms's poetry. Matthew C. Brennan demonstrates the comprehensiveness of Simms's romanticism by examining Simms's poetics, his experimental sonnets, and his deep affinity to William Wordsworth, which especially shows in Simms's pioneering attitudes toward nature and ecology.

The poetic career of antebellum Charleston writer William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) constitutes a cautionary tale of how ambition worthy of John Keats and talent comparable to any American poet before Walt Whitman could not alone guarantee a toehold in the literary canon. Although praised in his lifetime by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and William Cullen Bryant, Simms as a poet faced virtual erasure until a recent revival of scholarship. Building on the work of James Everett Kibler, Brennan argues that Simms exhibits the influence of British romanticism earlier than do his canonic contemporaries Henry W. Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. Brennan's reappraisal maps Simms's early imitation of neoclassicism and George Lord Byron, and his slightly later absorption of Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Gothicism. Through study of Simms's letters, reviews, extant lectures, manuscripts, and drafts, Brennan delineates his subject's romantic poetics and offers new insights into his revision process. Brennan finds in Simms an interest in experimentation with the forms and themes of the romantic sonnet that supersedes that of even the British romantics. Noting Simms's deep affinity to Wordsworth, and to a lesser degree Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Brennan portrays Simms as remarkably in advance of Thoreau, although from a Southern context, in the environmental concerns that present themselves in his contemplative poetry and in his life and work at his home, Woodlands plantation.

In short The Poet's Holy Craft offers a corrective that rescues Simms from the long shadow cast on his literary legacy by his Confederate affiliations and illumines his original contributions to the romantic verse tradition. ... Read more

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