a double life
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Courtier, poet, soldier, diplomat - Philip Sidney was one of the most promising young men of his age. Son of Elizabeth I's deputy in Ireland, nephew and heir to her favourite, Leicester, he was tipped for high office - and even to inherit the throne. But Sidney soon found himself caught up in the intricate politics of Elizabeth's court and forced to become as Machiavellian as everyone around him if he was to achieve his ambitions. Against a backdrop of Elizabethan intrigue and the battle between Protestant and Catholic for predominance in Europe, Alan Stewart tells the riveting story of Philip Sidney's struggle to suceed. Seeing that his continental allies had a greater sense of his importance that his English contamporaries, Philip turned his attention to Europe. He was made a French baron at seventeen, corresponded with leading foreign scholars, considered marriage proposals from two princesses and, at the time of his tragically early death, was being openly spoken of as the next ruler of the Netherlands.
The life of Guy de Roumegouse is one of imposture, of playing roles, and of being constantly untrue to himself. In retirement in the south of France, he begins to write his memoirs, and in doing so confronts the betrayals and dislocations that have shaped and warped his life. At the heart of Guy's duplicity is the repression of his homosexuality during a time when the Vichy government controlled all in war-torn France. At an age when this young man was supposed to experience a sexual awakening, he instead went into hiding both physically and emotionally. This fictional memoir is elegantly crafted and told in a prose as cold and paradoxical as its narrator.
Most of us don't live in neat conventional families but the myth of the nuclear family is extremely powerful. Bittman and Pixley analyse the facts and the myths of family life in the 1990s.
A Double Life traces the life and times of Alyque Padamsee, godfather of Indian advertising and patriarch of English theatre in India. Padamsee takes the reader backstage with him on an exciting, and sometimes hilarious, trip as he unfolds scenes from a career that has encompassed the launch of some of India's most successful brands, such as Liril and Kama Sutra, and blockbuster theatre productions like Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Drawing on extensive interviews and unpublished letters, as well as his own encounters with Mailer, this authoritative biography of the eminent novelist, journalist and controversial public figure chronicles his entire career and his self-conscious effort to create a distinctive identity for himself.
The little known story of the inseparable brother and sister, lights of the Romantic circle, privately haunted by madness Wordsworth thought that if there were such a thing as a good man, it would be Charles Lamb, while Hazlitt believed Mary Lambto be the only sensible woman he knew. The couple's literary reputation rested partly on the famous Tales from Shakespeare. And yet there was an unhappier side: Charles was an alcoholic and Mary, in an attack of insanity, stabbed their mother to death. This fascinating account reaches to the heart of early nineteenth century London, meeting its eccentrics and its literary giants. It also visits the city's darker corners, where poverty stalks rented rooms and madhouses conceal terrible abuse.
Her mother said she would learn everything the hard way. The choices she made would always lead her back to the emotionally unstable existence she had come from. Life experience begged her to take another road. With every bad choice, the road became tougher to travel. After falling in love with a contractor whom she came to realize was leading a double life, she was facing the edge of sanity. She could allow him to send her over, or she could face her fears. She discovered that what lives in the dark, grows in the dark. After warning her to stay out of his business and to stop investigating him, he confessed, This is what I do; I become a regular in many bars. I shmoo people, I buy drinks, dinner, whatever it takes and before you know it; someone has a job for me. She did not know however, they were all women. He used their emotions against them. It is not certain how far back Zach realized his powers. He grew up in an affluent town. He began to observe his friends, attempting to absorb just what made them rich. With his looks, charm and the affluent mannerisms he had acquired, he discovered he could scam his way through life. He would set his trap, becoming indispensable, vanish, and wait. His prey was wealthy female developers. He had the patience of a saint. While waiting to snare one, he would do the same with another. They began to chase him. He was now in control, and the games began. Sometimes it did not work, while other times; it worked too well. Then he would juggle. He always had Desiree to come home to. They were all a part of his game and yes, he was dancing. She could not stop him and she could not fix him. She found out on her own, the hard way.
'Better the Devil you do know than...' A member of the Bride does penance for doubting the need for Satan's incarceration in this creative non-fiction account of Lucifer -- The Son of the Morning -- and his role in Man's destiny from creation until the birth of a once and future savior. Descriptive overviews of the Bible and invaluably enticing cross-references of biblical themes, people, places and events provide evidence for why it might be good to know more about The Devil You Don't! 'HE'S OUT THERE AND HE ISN'T IMPRESSED'