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The Ladies’ Paradise – A Realistic Novel

The Ladies’ Paradise is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was first serialized in the periodical Gil Blas and published in novel form by Charpentier in 1883.
The novel is set in the world of the department store, an innovative development in mid-nineteenth century retail sales. Zola models his store after Le Bon Marché, which consolidated under one roof many of the goods hitherto sold in separate shops. The narrative details many of Le Bon Marché’s innovations, including its mail-order business, its system of commissions, its in-house staff commissary, and its methods of receiving and retailing goods.

Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French novelist, journalist, playwright, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. According to the literary critic Kornelije Kvas, Zola uses the fresco-painting technique and he “amasses the details and facts of reality”. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J’Accuse…! Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.

Translated by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly.

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Per mano

Per mano (Dal diario di Melissa. Primavera 2020) è il il diario pieno di candore e fantasia, di una bambina che vive l’esperienza del lockdown durante la primavera 2020, dovuto alla pandemia.

Cristiano Benci, ribattezzato “ Cri Cri” nasce il 28-luglio-1975 a Grosseto. Vive in una villetta sita nella campagna maremmana, nel comune di Campagnatico. Si è diplomato geometra durante l’anno scolastico1995/1996, presso l’istituto tecnico per geometri “Alessandro Manetti” di Grosseto. Arruolato nel 12° scaglione dell’anno 1996 ha svolto il servizio militare presso il 2° CE.RI.MOT di Lenta, un centro di rifornimento e motorizzazione, sperso tra i boschi e le risaie del Vercellese. Durante la sessione 2000 ha superato l’esame per l’abilitazione di geometra. Ha due figlie, Anastasia e Melissa, la prima nata nel 2000 e la seconda nata nel 2012.

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Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author is an Italian play by Luigi Pirandello, written and first performed in 1921. An absurdist metatheatrical play about the relationship among authors, their characters, and theatre practitioners, it premiered at the Teatro Valle in Rome to a mixed reception, with shouts from the audience of “Manicomio!” (“Madhouse!”) and “Incommensurabile!” (“incomprehensible!”), a reaction to the play’s illogical progression. Reception improved at subsequent performances, especially after Pirandello provided for the play’s third edition, published in 1925, a foreword clarifying its structure and ideas.
The play had its American premiere in 1922 on Broadway at the Princess Theatre and was performed for over a year off-Broadway at the Martinique Theatre beginning in 1963.

Luigi Pirandello (28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre.” Pirandello’s works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays, some of which are written in Sicilian. Pirandello’s tragic farces are often seen as forerunners of the Theatre of the Absurd.

Translated by Edward Storer.

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Arrowsmith

Arrowsmith is a novel by American author Sinclair Lewis, first published in 1925. It won the 1926 Pulitzer Prize (which Lewis declined). Lewis was greatly assisted in its preparation by science writer Paul de Kruif, who received 25% of the royalties on sales, although Lewis was listed as the sole author. Arrowsmith is an early major novel dealing with the culture of science. It was written in the period after the reforms of medical education flowing from the Flexner Report on Medical Education in the United States and Canada: A Report to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1910, which had called on medical schools in the United States to adhere to mainstream science in their teaching and research.

Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American writer and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States (and the first from the Americas) to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.” His works are known for their critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars.
He is also respected for his strong characterizations of modern working women. H. L. Mencken wrote of him, “If there was ever a novelist among us with an authentic call to the trade … it is this red-haired tornado from the Minnesota wilds.”

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