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Sarah Bartlett Churchwell is a professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London, UK. Her expertise is in 20th- and 21st-century fiction.
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Fascist Mythologies
The History and Politics of Unreason in Borges, Freud, and Schmitt (New Directions in Critical Theory, 79)
Federico Finchelstein - 2022-07-05 (first published in 2015)
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For fascism, myth was reality-or was realer than the real. Fascist notions of the leader, the nation, power, and violence were steeped in mythic imagery and the fantasy of transcending history. A mythologized primordial past would inspire the heroic overthrow of a debased present to achieve a violently redeemed future. What is distinctive about fas...
Sarah Churchwell
Such a great feeling - I’m looking forward to sharing it soon! Meanwhile this is a terrific book that I was lucky to read early. Mythmaking is central to how fascism works but still underexamined. FF offers great insight into why fascism needs myths👇      source
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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2009-02-01 (first published in 2005)
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The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency.When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. This monumental and brillian...
Sarah Churchwell
@StigAbell That’s a terrific book. I also love Wills’s Lincoln at Gettysburg if we’re reading classics.      source
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Lincoln at Gettysburg
The Words that Remade America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)
Garry Wills - 2006-11-14 (first published in 1992)
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In a masterly work, Garry Wills shows how Lincoln reached back to the Declaration of Independence to write the greatest speech in the nation’s history.The power of words has rarely been given a more compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln was asked to memorialize the gruesome battle. Instead he gave the whole nation “a new ...
Sarah Churchwell
@StigAbell That’s a terrific book. I also love Wills’s Lincoln at Gettysburg if we’re reading classics.      source
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Palace of the Peacock
Wilson Harris - 2022-02-08 (first published in 1960)
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The visionary masterpiece, tracing a riverboat crew's dreamlike jungle voyage ...'An exhilarating experience ... Makes visions real and reality visions ... Genius.' Jamaica Kincaid'A masterpiece: I love this book for its language, adventure and wisdoms.' Monique Roffey'Revel in the inviolate, ever-deepening mystery of Wilson Harris's work.' Jeet Th...
Sarah Churchwell
This book is a stone cold masterpiece, thrilled it’s being reissued. One I’ve thought before about bringing to my friends at @BacklistedPod …      source
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Winifred Watson - 2008-04-01 (first published in 1938)
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Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met b...
Sarah Churchwell
@chiggi @georgettedaily @johnmitchinson @PhilipHensher Oh what a treat you have in store! Truly you must read it at once. Miss Pettigrew is just divine, my favorite book about female friendship by a country mile, wonderfully funny and kind.      source
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A Countess Below Stairs
Eva Ibbotson - 2007-05-10 (first published in 1981)
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After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian Countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep h...
Sarah Churchwell
@AmandaPCraig Thanks to the splendid @mrstrefusis I have belatedly been initiated into the joys of Eva Tibbotson and loved, loved, loved The Secret Countess. If only my teenaged self could have read that book. Thank you for your intro. Which next, please? xx      source
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald - 2021-01-01 (first published in 1925)
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Here is a novel, glamorous, ironical, compassionate – a marvelous fusion into unity of the curious incongruities of the life of the period – which reveals a hero like no other – one who could live at no other time and in no other place. But he will live as a character, we surmise, as long as the memory of any reader lasts.It is the story of this Ja...
Sarah Churchwell
@robinince @Janeannie Thank you, and doesn’t it just. - I can definitely recommend re-re-re-re-re-reading etc. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it and I still find new phrases. Astonishing that such a short book can contain such multitudes.      source