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· The Great Nadar. The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley · Words and the First World War. Language, Memory, Vocabulary, by: Julian Walker · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (09) · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (08) · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (07) · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (06) · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (05) · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (04) · BRONTË FAMILY DINING TABLE COMES BACK TO HAWORTH · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (03) · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (02) · HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN

The Great Nadar. The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley

A dazzling, stylish biography of a fabled Parisian photographer, adventurer, and pioneer.

A recent French biography begins, Who doesn’t know Nadar? In France, that’s a rhetorical question. Of all of the legendary figures who thrived in mid-19th-century Paris—a cohort that includes Victor Hugo, Baudelaire, Gustave Courbet, and Alexandre Dumas—Nadar was perhaps the most innovative, the most restless, the most modern.

The first great portrait photographer, a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph, and the prime mover behind the first airmail service, Nadar was one of the original celebrity artist-entrepreneurs. A kind of 19th-century Andy Warhol, he knew everyone worth knowing and photographed them all, conferring on posterity psychologically compelling portraits of Manet, Sarah Bernhardt, Delacroix, Daumier and countless others—a priceless panorama of Parisian celebrity.

Born Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, he adopted the pseudonym Nadar as a young bohemian, when he was a budding writer and cartoonist. Later he affixed the name Nadar to the façade of his opulent photographic studio in giant script, the illuminated letters ten feet tall, the whole sign fifty feet long, a garish red beacon on the boulevard. Nadar became known to all of Europe and even across the Atlantic when he launched “The Giant,” a gas balloon the size of a twelve-story building, the largest of its time. With his daring exploits aboard his humongous balloon (including a catastrophic crash that made headlines around the world), he gave his friend Jules Verne the model for one of his most dynamic heroes.

The Great Nadar is a brilliant, lavishly illustrated biography of a larger-than-life figure, a visionary whose outsized talent and canny self-promotion put him way ahead of his time.

Adam Begley is the author of Updike. He was the books editor of The New York Observer for twelve years. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement. He lives with his wife in Cambridgeshire.

“Irresistible. . . . A richly entertaining and thoughtful biography. . . . Begley seems wonderfully at home in the Second Empire, and shifts effortlessly between historical backgrounds, technical explanation, and close-up scenes, brilliantly recreating Nadar at work.” —Richard Holmes, The New York Review of Books

The Great Nadar
The Man Behind the Camera
By Adam Begley
Arts & Entertainment
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Paperback
Jul 10, 2018
256 Pages
$16.00
Published by Tim Duggan Books
ISBN 9781101902622

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Words and the First World War. Language, Memory, Vocabulary, by: Julian Walker

“The experiences could be understood only as being of such extremity that they stood beyond written words; it was not a failure of language, but a view that, for the individual, language, particularly written words, and the enormity of the experience were not matched.”

First World War expert Julian Walker looks at how the conflict shaped English and its relationship with other languages. He considers language in relation to mediation and authenticity, as well as the limitations and potential of different kinds of verbal communication.

Walker also examines:
– How language changed, and why changed language was used in communications
– Language used at the Front and how the ‘language of the war’ was commercially exploited on the Home Front
– The relationship between language, soldiers and class
– The idea of the ‘indescribability’ of the war and the linguistic codes used to convey the experience

‘Languages of the front’ became linguistic souvenirs of the war, abandoned by soldiers but taken up by academics, memoir writers and commentators, leaving an indelible mark on the words we use even today.

Julian Walker is a writer, researcher, artist and educator. He is an Honorary Research Associate at University College, London, UK. He is the co-author of Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War (2016), the author of The Roar of the Crowd (2016) and Trench Talk (2012) among many others.  His website is www.julianwalker.net

Writes: Lexicology, First World War, Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology, World History, Heritage

Author of : Words and the First World War, Team Talk, Discovering Words in the Kitchen, Discovering Words

“This is a substantial book, dense but always accessible, covering both time and space. Gratifyingly, it sidesteps an all too common error that entraps books on words, of becoming no more than a padded dictionary.” – The Daily Telegraph

Words and the First World War
Language, Memory, Vocabulary
By: Julian Walker
Published: 28-12-2017
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 416
ISBN: 9781350001923
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Illustrations: 50 bw images
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Prize: £14.99

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HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (09)

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Hans Hermans © photos: History of  Britain

(Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford 2014)

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BRONTË FAMILY DINING TABLE COMES BACK TO HAWORTH

Sketch_EmilyBrontë_dining_room_of_the_parsonage2The Brontë Society is thrilled to welcome home one of the most evocative and significant literary artefacts of the 19th century, the Brontë family’s dining table.

The purchase of the mahogany table was made possible thanks to a grant of £580,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.  The table witnessed the creation of ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Jane Eyre’.

 

# More on the website of the Brontë Society

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HANS HERMANS PHOTOS: HISTORY OF BRITAIN (03)

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Hans Hermans © photos: History of  Britain (Stonehenge 2014)

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