|Louise Jordan Miln a pen name for author Mrs. George Crichton Miln|
|In a Shantung Garden ~ copyright 1924 by Frederick A. Stokes
Co.~ this edition published by A.L. Burt Co., NY.
This is the story of what happened to a young American business man who went to Shantung to accomplish a certain delicate mission for his father's New York firm. And then falls in love with a beautiful Chinese girl and all the problems that it brought in that era. It has 351 pages
Mr. & Mrs. Sen
The delightful Mrs. Sen and her children, Ruby and Ivy, are the central figures in this new story of Mrs. Miln's which treats dramatically of the results of marriage between East and West. Children of an English mother and a wealthy Chinese father, who died when they were very young, Ruben and Ivy are faced with difficult and often heart-breaking problems. In spite of her beauty Ivy hates her Chinese body and her Chinese name and is bitterly ashamed of her parents' marriage. But Ruben, passionately Chinese in spirit yet in appearance entirely English, worships the memory of his father and adores his mother....". "Pathetic situations, romance and tragedy".
Mr. Wu 1920 A. L. Burt Company Publishers [Lon Chaney / M-G-M / Photoplay edition]
314 pages, illustrated with 4 black and white plates from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture featuring Lon Chaney, no ads. "The complete novel from which the photoplay was screened"
The Purple Mask ~ 1921 ~ Hodder and Stoughton publishers
based upon Mr Matheson Lang's adaptation of the French play entitled "Le Chevalier au Masque" by Jean Manoussi and Paul Armont
Louise Jordan Miln was a pen name for author Mrs. George Crichton Miln
|John Milton 1608-1674|
|Minor Poems ~ Late English Classics - Nelson ~ edited by
William Alan Neilson president of AMITH College for school use.
Online eText Editions http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/note/index.shtml
John Milton (1608-1674): Widely considered among the five greatest poets in the English language, John Milton was born and educated in London, the son of a musical composer. His early schooling took place at the St. Paul's School. From this prestigious beginning, Milton made his way to Cambridge, where he studied at Christ's College from which he took a BA in 1629 and an MA in 1632. While his studies were those of a future clergyman, Milton began early to read and write poetry in Latin, Italian, and English. Upon his graduation, Milton returned to the home of his father where for several years he studied widely focusing on languages (Greek, Latin, and Italian) and theology, especially the early church fathers. During these years he also became more serious and capable in his poetic output. A dramatic masque Comus was performed in 1634 although not published (and then anonymously) in 1637. Dating also to 1637, his great pastoral elegy, Lycidas, held by most critics to be among the greatest examples of that form, expresses his grief over the loss of a college friend, Edward King. In this work, the attentive reader can begin to discern the great Christian faith that lies at the heart of Milton the poet and which serves as the core of his most celebrated works. The end of Lycidas, especially, resounds with a powerful expression of faith in resurrection and redemption. After the completion of Lycidas, Milton's poetic output slowed to a trickle for the next twenty years. From 1637 until 1639 he travelled in Europe, mostly in Italy. Upon his return, his attentions were consumed first by his employment as a tutor and later by the political turmoil of the English Civil War. In 1641 he began publishing pamphlets against the episcopal church and what he perceived as the unfinished English Reformation. Areopagitica, his famous defense of a free press, appeared in 1644. During this period in which Milton's influence was growing, another force worked against him. During the mid-1640s, he began to notice the deterioration of his eyesight. This decay continued until he was completely blind in 1651. After the execution of Charles I, Milton became involved in the Commonwealth government of Oliver Cromwell, serving as Latin secretary to the Council of State. He served faithfully in these duties through the period, publishing a number of political works as circumstances demanded. Upon the restoration of the monarchy, Milton was arrested, fined, and released. It was during the period after his fall from public power that John Milton made his most celebrated contribution to English literature and Western culture. Although he had reputedly penned parts of his greatest work, Paradise Lost, as early as 1642, the epic's completion came no earlier than 1663. It was not published until 1667. Paradise Lost begins just after the revolt of Satan against God. It then follows Satan's actions against Adam and Eve, leading to the Fall. During the course of the work's ten books of blank verse, backstory, including a narrative of the battle between the loyal and rebellious angels, is provided. One common criticism of the work is that it creates in Satan too heroic a character. Milton offered in Paradise Regained a sequel that provided much more hope. This shorter work deals with Christ's temptation in the wilderness. Milton's argument between the two is that while paradise was lost due to the failure of Adam and Eve to resist temptation, it was regained (partially) through Christ's successful resistance. Having penned the works on which his reputation would rest, Milton finished his life with a few miscellaneous prose works, including a history of Britain and a discussion of the logic of Peter Ramus. He died of gout in 1674 and was buried next to his father in St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, London.
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|Mrs. Molesworth (Mary Louisa Molesworth) 1839-1921|
Cuckoo Clock 1916 ~ J.B. Lippincot Co. full-page colour plates
by Maria L Kirk. The illustrations are full page colour plates.
An 1877 copy is illustrated by Walter Crane.
Molesworth: Author of The Cuckoo Clock, The Tapestry Room, The
Carved Lions and dozens of other wonderful children’s books, Mrs Molesworth
was one of the most popular and well thought of writers for children at
the end of the nineteenth century. She presented children with great sympathy
and insight, showing both a deep understanding of childish problems and
sorrows, and a lively appreciation of fun and mischief.
Mary Louisa Molesworth: "In the late 19th century, boys had adventure stories, filled with action and intrigue, to instruct them in how to be good, smart, and strong. Girls had Mrs. Molesworth. Mary Louisa Molesworth typified late Victorian writing for girls. Aimed at girls too old for fairies and princesses but too young for Austen and the Brontës, books by Molesworth had their share of amusement, but they also had a good deal of moral instruction. The girls reading Molesworth would grow up to be mothers; thus, the books emphasized Victorian notions of duty and self-sacrifice. Molesworth's stories were formulaic: The heroine of the story, usually a middle-class girl, would learn the value of helping girls less fortunate than herself. The prolific Molesworth was a sentimentalist often criticized for the "cuteness" of her child characters, characterized by lisping and babyish grammar in books such as The Cuckoo Clock (1877) and Robin Redbreast: A Story for Girls (1900). Despite the critics' objections, such lisping would become popular in much of the writing for children that followed.
Mary Louisa Molesworth: Scottish writer, daughter of Major-General Stewart, of Strath, N.B., was born in Rotterdam on the 29th of May 1839, and was educated in Great Britain and abroad. In, 1861 Miss Stewart married Major R. Molesworth. Her first novels, Lover and Husband (1869) to Cicely (1874), appeared under the pseudonym of Ennis Graham. Mrs Molesworth is best known as a writer of books for the young, such as Tell Me a Story (1875), Carrots (1876), and The Cuckoo Clock (1877).
The Ghost Stories of Mrs. Molesworth: an unorthodox view ~ Commenttary by Mario Guslandi
|John Ames Mitchell January 17, 1845.- June 29, 1918|
|The Last American: A Fragment From the Journal of Khan-Li, Prince
of Dimph-Yoo-Chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy ~ 1889, Stokes
Online eText Edition: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=7485
Life's Fairy Tales - MDCCCXII 1892
Ames Mitchell: The Man Who Created Life
John Ames Mitchell was born in New York City on January 17, 1845. He died in Ridgefield, Connecticut on June 29, 1918 after a "stroke of apoplexy". His parents were Asa Mitchell and Harriet Ames. Both families had genealogies that could be traced proudly back through hundreds of years and many generations of distinguished achievers. At his death he was survived by his wife, Mary Mott Mitchell. He had displayed a gift for art at a very early age. He began his education at Phillip Exeter Academy and went on to further studies at Harvard Scientific School. There is no evidence that he graduated from Harvard. Records indicate he attended Harvard for only two years before launching himself into the study of architecture abroad. He then returned to the U.S.A. and worked as an architect in Boston for six years. Their he decided that perhaps architecture wasn't his calling and he returned to France. At th Atelier and the Ecole Des Beaux Arts he studied painting an etching. He felt this was more suited to his skills, having his worked during his architectural career as an illustrator of books. While in Paris he received an honorable mention for some of his etchings at the Paris Exposition.
Returning to the United States again he began to feel the need for more experts in the area of black and white drawing. This was one of the compelling forces that drove him to start LIFE MAGAZINE as a forum for art, humor and literature. Against the advice of friends he took his entire life savings, ten thousand dollars, and started publishing. His first issue hit the newsstands in January of 1883. He was going against the conventional wisdom of the day which told him that no respectable family would have a "joke" magazine in its home. That was something to be relegated to barber shops and low class persons. He overcame this stigma and eventually the magazine began to thrive. Mr. Mitchell resided for a time in Washington Square, in what is now the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village. This was his first of several homes in New York City. As his fortunes improved he would move to better houses in better neighborhoods. In fact he even purchased a vacation home in Ridgefield, Connecticut where he spent a great deal of his time.
These are the facts of Mr. Mitchell's life But they do not begin to tell the whole story of John Ames Mitchell. Perhaps one of the most important things to know about him was his extreme humanity. He went out of his way to help newcomers. Even when someone's work wasn't up to his standards his manner of rejecting them was unfailingly kind and encouraging. He was known to employ phrases such as, Do you think, Mr. , that this is the very best thing that you ever did?", or, "Really, Mr. that doesn't altogether steal my heart away." Beginning a rejection with such kindness generally inspired the young hopeful to go on to great heights. Another thing not generally known about him was his extreme love for children. He took a great interest in French orphans at the time of W.W.I. He also was inspired to create, con currently with Horace Greely of the New York Tribune, the Fresh Air Fund. This charity, which continues today, takes needy inner-city children and sends them on summer vacations in the country. One odd thing was his strong, almost violent opposition to the development and use of medicines, serums and vaccines for use in the treatment and prevention of disease. He was of the firm conviction that sanitation~best medicine, cure and preventative. This may have been due to his strong stance against the use of animals, especially dogs, which he loved, in research. He was a staunch anti-vivisectionist long before that became the well known cause it is today. Mitchell was a man with strong opinions and he was never shy about voicing them. As a result of his vociferous campaigning on different issues in almost every issue of the magazine, he, (and the magazine) were frequently at the center of lawsuits. Most of the time he emerged from these frays as the winner and this increased his popularity as a champion of causes that affected the whole of society.
In addition to his formidable
skills as a painter, drawer, architect and editor he also published fourteen
books. Some of these were fiction, some were collections of his essays
and some were collections of drawings. In his novels, and to a large extent,
his other books, the major criticism seems to have been that he was somewhat
over sentimental and romantic. Even in his general attitude toward day-to-day
living he was called childish and sentimental. Of course, no mortal is
perfect. Mr. Mitchell was known to have a lot of his own prejudices and
deeply held beliefs. These went hand-in-hand with his unabashed flag-waving
patriotism. Careful reading of his works shows a complex man with many
lofty ideas and admirable sensibilities. He was considered by virtually
everyone who knew him to be a very kind, considerate man with a strong
sense of justice and what was "right". An article such as this one can
not hope to completely detail the life of such a remarkable man and there
is no comprehensive biography about him. The material at our disposal comes
from items such as newspaper stories, obituaries, A Catalogue of the Officers
and Students at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University files, The
Oxford Companion to American Literature, A Reader's Encyclopedia of American
Literature, The National Cyclopedia of American Biography and many other
|Gone With The Wind ~ 1936: MacMillan ~
Inscription: Signature: "Joan Burroughs Pierce" Gone With The Wind
|Margaret Mitchell ~ Author of the best-selling novel of all time, Margaret Mitchell was born Nov. 8, 1900 in Atlanta to a family with ancestry not unlike the O’Hara’s in Gone With the Wind. Her mother, Mary Isabelle “Maybelle” Stephens was of Irish-Catholic ancestry. Her father, Eugene Muse Mitchell, an Atlanta attorney, descended from Scotch-Irish and French Huguenots. The family included many soldiers - members of the family had fought in the American Revolution, Irish uprisings and rebellions and the Civil War. The imaginative child was fascinated with stories of the Civil War that she heard first from her parents and great aunts, who lived at the family’s Jonesboro rural home, and later, from grizzled (and sometimes profane) Confederate veterans who regaled the girl with battlefield stories as Margaret, astride her pony, rode through the countryside around Atlanta with the men.“She was a great friend of my cousin,” recalled Atlanta resident Mrs. Colquitt Carter. “My cousin always said that when Peggy would spend the night, she would get up in the middle of the night and write things. She was always obsessed with expressing herself.” The family lived in a series of homes, including a stately home on Peachtree Street beginning in 1912. Young Margaret attended private school, but was not an exceptional student. When, on one memorable day, she announced to her mother that she could not understand mathematics and would not return to school, Maybelle dragged her daughter to a rural road where plantation houses had fallen into ruin. “It’s happened before and it will happen again,” Maybelle sternly lectured the girl. “And when it does happen, everyone loses everything and everyone is equal. They all start again with nothing at all except the cunning of their brain and the strength of their hands.” Chastened, Margaret Mitchell returned to school, eventually entering Smith College in the fall of 1918, not long after the United States entered World War I. Her fiancé, Clifford Henry, was killed in action in France. In January 1919, Maybelle Mitchell died during a flu epidemic and Margaret Mitchell left college to take charge of the Atlanta household of her father and her older brother, Stephens. Although she made her society debut in 1920, Margaret was far too free-spirited and intellectual to be content with the life of a debutante. She quarreled with her fellow debs over the proper distribution of the money they had raised for charity, and she scandalized Atlanta society with a provocative dance that she performed at the debutante ball with a male student from Georgia Tech. By 1922, Margaret Mitchell was a headstrong “Flapper” pursued by two men, an ex-football player and bootlegger, Berrien “Red” Upshaw, and a lanky newspaperman, John R. Marsh. She chose Upshaw, and the two were married in September. Upshaw’s irregular income led her to seek a job, at a salary of $25 per week, as a writer for The Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine where Marsh was an editor and her mentor. “There was an excitement in newspapering in the 1920’s, famed editor Ralph McGill recalled. Margaret Mitchell, he said, “was a vibrant, vital person – excited, always, and seeking excitement. And this excitement, I think, was a sort of a hallmark of the 20’s.” The Upshaw marriage was stormy and short lived. They divorced in October 1924, and less than a year later, she married Marsh. The two held their wedding reception at their new ground-floor apartment at 979 Crescent Avenue – a house which Margaret affectionately nicknamed “The Dump.” Only months after their marriage, Margaret left her job at the Journal to convalesce from a series of injuries. It was during this period that she began writing the book that would make her world famous. Gone With The Wind was published in June 1936. Margaret Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her sweeping novel in May 1937. The novel was made into an equally famous motion picture starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. The movie had its world premiere at the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta Dec. 15, 1939 with Margaret Mitchell and all of the stars in attendance. On Aug. 11, 1949, while crossing the intersection of Peachtree and 13th – only three blocks from “The Dump”, Margaret Mitchell was struck by a speeding taxi. She died five days later and is buried in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery with other members of her family.|
|Ferenc Molnar 1878 Budapest - 1952 New York - Pseudonym of Ferenc Neumann|
|Husbands and Lovers: Dialogues 1924 ~ Bony and Liveright
~ Stories of a young student in early 1900's Budapest. Adapted to a 3-hour
TV serial in 1970 by Granada TV. It starred Francis Wallis and Toby Robins.
Molnár was born in Budapest as Ferenc Neumann into a well-to-do
Jewish family. His father was a famous physician. At the age of eighteen
Molnár started a career in journalism and then studied law in Budapest
and Geneva. He joined the editorial staff of the Budapest newspaper Budapesti
napló and changed his German name, to be known as a Hungarian writer.
Molnár, born in Budapest, studied criminal law in Geneva. He was attracted to society and culture and made weekend visits to Paris to sample the city’s theatres and restaurants. He sent reports of these visits to several Budapest newspapers, and was appointed to the Budapesti Napló. Here, his literary ambitions were encouraged and he was sent abroad to cover big international stories. His first novel was published in 1901 and the Director of the National Theatre promptly commissioned him to write a play similar to the French farces then in vogue. The Lawyer, a big success, was followed by The Devil, a darker piece inspired by his obsession with a young actress following the failure of his first marriage. This earned him international fame; the famous Italian actor Ermete Zacconi saw it, signed up the rights, had an adaptation made and took it on tour around the world. By 1908, New York had four productions of The Devil running simultaneously. Molnár quickly became one of the leading playwrights of the time. Liliom followed in 1909, The Guardsman in 1910 and The Wolf in 1912. A celebrated war correspondent during the First World War, by the 1920s his most popular plays were being staged around Europe and in America. Criticised by the Hungarian press for writing un-nationalistic theatre, he left Budapest for Vienna, where he lived until emigrating with his third wife to the United States in 1939. He lived until his death at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952), probably the greatest playwright to come out of Hungary, was celebrated all over the world at the height of his fame in the 1920s and 30s, but is now best remembered in the West for the play - Liliom - on which Rodgers - Hammerstein's Carousel is based, and for adaptations of his farce The Play's the Thing by P.G.Wodehouse and Tom Stoppard (the latter as Rough Crossing). Theatre buffs will also remember Judi Dench, Leo McKern and Edward Woodward in a West End production of The Wolf, a National Theatre production of The Guardsman with Diana Rigg for Molnár's centenary and a new musical at the Donmar Warehouse last year based on The Guardsman. In his native Hungary, Molnár has been a neglected figure for years, thanks to the banning of his plays by the communist regime, but a strong revival has sprung from Budapest, his home city, and the time has surely come for theatre directors worldwide to look anew at Molnár's plays with their Freudian and farcical slants on everyday social and romantic situations.
Well-known adaptations of Molnar's work:
P.G. Wodehouse adapted Game of Hearts from a text by Molnár, and also The Play's the Thing. Tom Stoppard adapted a Molnár play, Rough Crossing in 1985, and The Guardsman was adapted for radio in 1947 by Arthur Miller. Several of Molnár's plays and novels were adapted for the screen, among them No Greater Glory (1934), a tale of of schoolboys and their war games, Liliom, filmed three times, and The Swan, filmed two times.
Billy Wilder's satirical film One, Two, Three, about Coca-Cola, a raging capitalist, and Communism was based on Molnár's play EGY, KETTO, HÁROM from 1930. Wilder made the film in Germany. Originally Molnár's single act play took place in the office of a frenzied capitalist, Mr. Norrison, but Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond practically left none of the dialogue intact in their screenplay..
LILIOM, perhaps Molnár's most enduring play, failed first but it soon soon gained international success. It was produced in 1909 and become later familiar as the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (1944).
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