Answering questions about the film industry, this work takes listeners on a tour of English poetry, and gives them a handle on 350 years of opera with incomparable wit, style, clarity, and brevity. Here is all the crucial information on these subjects, distilled to its essence and served up with the consummate flair. Simultaneous release with the Ballantine hardcover reissue.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.71(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.57(d)|
About the Author
Judy Jones is a freelance writer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. William Wilson was also a freelance writer. Wilson went to Yale and Jones to Smith, but both have maintained that they got their real educations in the process of writing this book. William Wilson died in 1999.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to the Revised Edition||ix|
|Chapter 1||American Studies||2|
|Chapter 2||Art History||62|
|Chapter 8||Political Science||338|
|Chapter 12||World History||554|
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