Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific


Tim Flannery takes us on an enthralling journey through some of the most diverse and spectacular environments on Earth.

Twenty-five years ago, as a young curator of mammals from the Australian Museum in Sydney, he set out to research the fauna of the Pacific Islands. Starting with a survey of one of the most inaccessible islands in Melanesia – Woodlark, in the Trobriands Group – that young scientist found himself ghost-whispering, snake wrestling, Quadoi hunting and plunged waist-deep into a…

Octavia E. Butler (Modern Masters of Science Fiction)


I began writing about power because I had so little, Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler’s life as an African American woman–an alien in American society and among science fiction writers–informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler’s career. Drawing on Butler’s personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites,…

The New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the Life of Giambattista Vico Wri…



In this study of Vico’s original autobiography, Professor Verene discusses its place in the history of autobiography generally and shows it to be the first work of modern intellectual autobiography which uses a genetic method. The author views the autobiography as a work in which Vico applies the principles of human history discussed in his “New Science”, making the telling of his own life an application and verification of his own philosophy. He places Vico’s autobiography within the…

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