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The Wreck Of The Medusa

Autor: Jonathan Miles
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 1555848672
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A “thrilling . . . captivating” account of the most famous shipwreck before the Titanic—a tragedy that inspired an unforgettable masterpiece of Western art (The Boston Globe). In June 1816, the Medusa set sail. Commanded by an incompetent captain, the frigate ran aground off the desolate West African coast. During the chaotic evacuation a privileged few claimed the lifeboats, while 147 men and one woman were herded aboard a makeshift raft that was soon cut loose by the boats that had pledged to tow it to safety. Those on the boats made it ashore and undertook a two-hundred-mile trek through the sweltering Sahara, but conditions were far worse on the drifting raft. Crazed, parched, and starving, the diminishing band fell into mayhem. When rescue arrived thirteen days later, only fifteen were alive. Among the handful of survivors were two men whose bestselling account of the maritime disaster scandalized Europe and inspired promising artist Théodore Géricault, who threw himself into a study of the Medusa tragedy, turning it into a vast canvas in his painting, The Raft of the Medusa. Drawing on contemporaneously published accounts and journals of survivors, The Wreck of the Medusa is “a captivating gem about art’s relation to history” (Booklist) and ultimately “a thrilling read” (The Guardian).

The Raft Of The Medusa

Autor: Albert Alhadeff
Publisher: Prestel Pub
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Based on a controversial and politically charged event, The Raft of the Medusa is Gericault's most ambitious work. The painting depicts the wreck of a French government ship off the West African coast, and its passengers' desperate struggle to survive. Since its unveiling in 1819, this masterpiece has been both decried and admired for its unrelenting realism and for its unrelenting realism and for its ground-breaking portrayal of the ship's survivors. Here Alhadeff revises the standard reading of The Raft as a realistic depiction of a tragic event, highlighting instead the ambiguities Gericault has woven into the scene. These ambivalences, he argues, reveal as much about Gericault's artistic brilliance as they do about the advent of abolitionism in the turbulent society in which he lived. Elegantly written and illustrated with many details from the painting as well as rarely seen comparative works, this is a provocative new look at a work which remains central to the history of modernity in art.

Medusa

Autor: Jonathan Miles
Publisher: Pimlico
ISBN: 9781845952204
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In June 1816, the Medusa, flagship of a French expedition to repossess the colony of Senegal from the British, set sail but ran aground off the desolate West African coast. The evacuation of the frigate was chaotic and cowardly - 146 men and one woman were herded aboard a makeshift raft which was then abandoned in mid-ocean, cut loose by the convoy of lifeboats which had pledged to tow it to safety. The drifting raft carried those who survived to the very frontiers of human experience. Crazed, parched and starving, the diminishing band slaughtered mutineers, ate their dead companions and organized a tactical extermination of the weakest among them. Among the handful of survivors from the raft were two men whose written account of the tragedy catalogued the trail of government incompetence, indifference, and cover-up. Their book became a best-seller which rocked Europe and inspired the promising artist, Theodore Gericault. Reeling from an illicit affair with his attractive young aunt, he threw himself into an exhaustive study of the Medusa tragedy.Set in the politically fragile world of Restoration France, the murk of Georgian London and along the dangerous West African coast where the French were covertly regenerating the outlawed slave trade, Medusawitnesses error and outrage turned into a bestseller, and that bestseller transformed into one of the masterpieces of Western art.

Wreck Of The Medusa

Autor: Alexander McKee
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101666838
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“One of the strangest and most horrifying stories ever told.”—John Fowles, author of The French Lieutenant's Woman “First rate.”—Newsweek In July, 1816, a French frigate ran aground on a sandbar forty miles off the coast of Africa. Forced to abandon ship, 150 men and women embarked on an overloaded makeshift raft. After twelve days of riots, mutiny, murder, and, ultimately, cannibalism, only fifteen were alive.

Boon Island

Autor: Stephen A. Erickson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762790792
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The wreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early 18th century. Shortly after departing England with Captain John Deane at the helm, his brother Jasper and another investor aboard, and a skeleton crew, the ship encountered French privateers on her way to Ireland, where she then lingered for weeks picking up cargo. They eventually headed into the North Atlantic later in the season than was reasonably safe and found themselves shipwrecked on the notorious Boon Island, just off the New England coast. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another. The story contains mysteries that endure to this day, yet no contemporary non-fiction account of the story exists. In the hands of skilled storytellers Andrew Vietze and Stephen Erickson, this becomes a historical adventure-mystery that will appeal to readers of South and The Perfect Storm.

Narrative Of The Most Extraordinary And Distressing Shipwreck Of The Whale Ship Essex

Autor: Owen Chase
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1944529047
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Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex is an account by first mate Owen Chase of the Essex, a whale ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts, that was sunk by a sperm whale in the Pacific Ocean near South American in 1820. Of the twenty-man crew, only eight survived the horrific ordeal; some men were stranded on an island, all remaining crew were forced to eat food tainted by seawater and drink their own urine, and finally, when members of the crew started dying, those still alive resorted to cannibalism until they were rescued. Narrative of the Whale-ship Essex inspired Herman Melville to write his enduring classic Moby-Dick in 1851; it also inspired the 2015 movie In the Heart of the Sea, based on the 2000 best-selling book of the same name.

The Mammoth Book Of Storms Shipwrecks And Sea Disasters

Autor: Richard Russell Lawrence
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 9780786714681
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No other natural environment can match the danger of a hostile sea. This remarkable new collection brings together over 60 eyewitness accounts of tragedy, error and survival on the high seas. It includes such modern-day incidents as the high-ocean dismasting of Kingfisher 2, Richard van Pham's 100 days adrift in 2002, the Kursk submarine disaster and the Exxon Valdez, as well as both legendary and lesser-known historical events like the HMS Proserpine catastrophe, the wreck of the Medusa, and the spectacular hurricanes that have buffeted the Caribbean island of Montserrat. The Mammoth Book of Storms, Shipwrecks and Sea Disasters offers white-knuckle accounts of disaster and endurance, evoking the addictive drama of The Perfect Storm.

Shipwreck

Autor: Gordon Korman
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780439164566
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Follows a group of six kids stranded on a deserted island as they embark on a quest for survival that tests their limits.

A World History Of Art

Autor: Hugh Honour
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 9781856694513
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Expanded to include the latest discoveries in prehistoric art as well as the most recent developments in non-Western and modern art, this is an up-to-date and wide ranging history of art.

The Survivors Of The Chancellor

Autor: Jules Verne
Publisher: Xist Publishing
ISBN: 1681957221
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A story about adventures, tragedy and mystery “Poets are like proverbs: you can always find one to contradict another.” - The Survivors of the Chancellor, Jules Verne The final voyage of a British sailing ship, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one of its passengers.

Keeping An Eye Open

Autor: Julian Barnes
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473513138
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‘Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting. But we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue... It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged.’ Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 101⁄2 Chapters. Since then he has written a series of remarkable essays, chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, Keeping an Eye Open contains Barnes’ essays on Géricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cézanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.

Medusa

Autor: J. B. Henry Savigny
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781846775512
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Two accounts of terrible shipwreck and the struggle for survival The wreck of the Medusa is one of the most famous and infamous shipwrecks from the great age of sailing ships. The Medusa was a French frigate which struck the Bank of Arguin, off the coast of Senegal in 1816 shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The vessel had to be abandoned and this was undertaken with such complete incompetence by the officers and crew that it resulted in the loss of over 150 lives in such appalling circumstances that it scandalised the general public of Europe and became an incurable embarrassment for the French government of the day. The event was even immortalised by a great artist of the period, and Gericault's 'Raft of the Medusa' endures to ensure it still remains widely known in all its horror two centuries later. The outrage of the Medusa gained particular notoriety because several of the survivors wrote harrowing accounts of their experiences of the events that took place. Two of these first hand narratives are included in this Leonaur edition making it a fascinating book for all those with an interest in sailing ships, voyages of times past and the perils of the sea.

Wreck Of The Medusa

Autor: Alexander McKee
Publisher: Signet Book
ISBN:
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The twelve-day ordeal of one hundred men and women stranded on a raft off the coast of Africa in 1816 exposes the madness at the heart of humanity, documenting the mutiny, murder, factional warfare, and cannibalism that occured during this nightmarish ordeal. Reprint.

A History Of The World In 10 1 2 Chapters

Autor: Julian Barnes
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307367584
File Size: 20,21 MB
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It's a hilariously revisionist account of Noah's ark, narrated by a passenger who doesn't appear in Genesis. It's a sneak preview of heaven. It encompasses the stories of a cruise ship hijacked by terrorists and of woodworms tried for blasphemy in sixteenth-century France. It explores the relationship of fact to fabulation and the antagonism between history and love. In short, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters is a grandly ambitious and inventive work of fiction, in the traditions of Joyce and Calvino, from the author of the widely acclaimed Flaubert's Parrot.

Realizations

Autor: Martin Meisel
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400856094
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In this richly illustrated study of the relationship of art, drama, and fiction in the nineteenth century, Martin Meisel illuminates the collaboration between storytelling and picturemaking that informed narrative painting, pictorial dramaturgy, and serial illustrated fiction. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Survivors Of The Chancellor

Autor: Jules Verne
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 177545262X
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Get set for pulse-pounding adventure on the high seas with the master of the early science fiction and action genres, Jules Verne. The novel The Survivors of the Chancellor is a fictional but remarkably well researched and detailed account of the passengers who survive the disastrous final voyage of the Chancellor, a British sailing vessel.