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Echoes of Two CulturesArthur Milton YoungEchoes of Two Cultures tells of the transmission of two cultures through legend, and how the ideals and moralities of ancient Greece and Rome have inspired and informed successive civilizations to the present day.

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Hard TimesVasily SleptsovThis is the first English translation of an important Russian social novel (published in 1865) that enjoyed great popularity in its day, the period of Tsar Alexander's great reforms. Sleptsov deals with complex political issues such as the abolition of serfdom, political repression, women's rights, and the conflict between liberalism and radicalism among intellectuals. Highly readable, it provides important historical insights on the political and social climate of a volatile and transformative period in Russia history.

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Homewood BooksJohn Edgar WidemanThese two novellas and collection of short stories--Hiding Place (1981), Sent for You Yesterday (1984), and Damballah (1981)--share characters, events, and locales, and are set in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, where Wideman was raised.
Johnstown GirlsKathleen GeorgeThe Johnstown Girls is a heartrending tale of twin sisters separated by the 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Kathleen George masterfully blends a factual history of the flood into her story of two sisters, whose search for each other over the course of one hundred years unfolds after their lives were sent careening down different paths.

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Legend Builders of the WestArthur Milton YoungClassical mythology came west from Greece, bearing the thoughts, feelings, and distilled experiences of ancient peoples that have, in turn, been formed by the skilled hands of artists into tangible creations of beauty and significance. Young examines nine legends-Perseus and Andromeda; Demeter and Persephone; Pyramus and Thisbe; Pygmalion and Galatea; Daedalus and Icarus; Atlanta and Hippomenes; Philemon and Baucis; Echo and Narcissus; and Pomona and Vertumnus-explaining the legends themselves and tracing their dissemination through centuries and civilizations and across various art forms.

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Out of This FurnaceThomas BellOur all-time bestselling title, this classic and powerful novel spanning three generations of a Slovak immigrant family. It has been adopted for course use in more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide.

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Rebecca Harding Davis ReaderJean PfaelzerRebecca Harding Davis was a prolific writer who published chiefly in popular periodicals over the latter half of the nineteenth century. In tales that combine realism with sentimentalism and in topical essays, Davis confronted a wide range of current issues, most notably women's problems. This valuable anthology enriches the American literary canon reprinting much of Davis's writing for the first time.
Shadows on a Wall Hilary MastersAs a novel deeply concerned with the relationship of politics and art, this work follows the story of department store founder E. J. Kaufmann and his interactions with Mexican painter Juan O’Gorman. The narrative describes the unexpected events that led Kaufmann to commission murals from this avid Marxist and, ultimately, his failure to use them.

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Troy and Her LegendArthur Milton YoungYoung provides a “biography” of the greatest of the classical legends, the story of the fall of Troy. Young's text is beautifully illustrated with examples of art inspired by the legend, from literature, painting, ceramics, tapestry, sculpture, and the opera, with fresh interpretations of their meaning. In deepening our knowledge of classic texts and their changing interpretations over time, Young argues, we enhance our understanding both of the classics and of the successive civilizations they have influenced.

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Valley of DecisionMarcia DavenportPittsburgh author Marcia Davenport’s absorbing and complex chronicle of a family’s fortunes from the economic panic of 1873 through the dramatic rise of American industry and trade unionism, through waves of immigration, class conflict, natural disaster, World War I, to Pearl Harbor.

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