On Beauty

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Author: Umberto Eco
Publisher: MacLehose Press
ISBN: 9780857050205
Size: 37.31 MB
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On Beauty by Umberto Eco


Original Title: On Beauty

On Beauty is neither a history of art, nor a history of aesthetics, but Umberto Eco draws on both these disciplines to define the ideas of beauty that have informed us from the classical world to modern times. In terms of form and style, On Beauty has been conceived for a vast and diverse readership. Packed with examples from painting, sculpture, architecture, film, photography, the decorative arts and literature, it offers a rich and intelligent panorama of this huge subject. In On Beauty Eco is at his most captivating and eclectic: we read not only of Botticelli and Michelangelo but of how much the fashion of the 1960s owes to ancient Egyptian dress, and how ancient Roman and eighteenth-century hairstyles have much in common. It makes the familiar new, and sheds a brilliant light on the unfamiliar. On Beauty is illustrated in full colour throughout and produced to the highest standards.

On Beauty

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Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141920165
Size: 16.83 MB
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On Beauty by Zadie Smith


Original Title: On Beauty

Zadie Smith's On Beauty is a funny, powerful and moving story about love and family Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family. 'The novel I didn't want to finish, I was enjoying it so much' John Sutherland, Evening Standard 'Thrums with intellectual sass and know-how' Literary Review 'Delightfully entertaining . . . filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle' Alex Clark, Daily Telegraph 'My novel of the year . . . Delicious' Liz Jones, Evening Standard 'Satirical, wise and sexy' Washington Post 'Heartstopping' The Times Literary Supplement 'A triumph, Smith's comedy shines' Daily Mail 'Ambitious, hugely impressive, beautifully observed' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and also edited a short-story anthology, The Book of Other People.

On Beauty And Being Just

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Author: Elaine Scarry
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400847354
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On Beauty And Being Just by Elaine Scarry


Original Title: On Beauty And Being Just

Have we become beauty-blind? For two decades or more in the humanities, various political arguments have been put forward against beauty: that it distracts us from more important issues; that it is the handmaiden of privilege; and that it masks political interests. In On Beauty and Being Just Elaine Scarry not only defends beauty from the political arguments against it but also argues that beauty does indeed press us toward a greater concern for justice. Taking inspiration from writers and thinkers as diverse as Homer, Plato, Marcel Proust, Simone Weil, and Iris Murdoch as well as her own experiences, Scarry offers up an elegant, passionate manifesto for the revival of beauty in our intellectual work as well as our homes, museums, and classrooms. Scarry argues that our responses to beauty are perceptual events of profound significance for the individual and for society. Presenting us with a rare and exceptional opportunity to witness fairness, beauty assists us in our attention to justice. The beautiful object renders fairness, an abstract concept, concrete by making it directly available to our sensory perceptions. With its direct appeal to the senses, beauty stops us, transfixes us, fills us with a "surfeit of aliveness." In so doing, it takes the individual away from the center of his or her self-preoccupation and thus prompts a distribution of attention outward toward others and, ultimately, she contends, toward ethical fairness. Scarry, author of the landmark The Body in Pain and one of our bravest and most creative thinkers, offers us here philosophical critique written with clarity and conviction as well as a passionate plea that we change the way we think about beauty.

Eva Scrivo On Beauty

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Author: Eva Scrivo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451642822
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Eva Scrivo On Beauty by Eva Scrivo


Original Title: Eva Scrivo On Beauty

Eva Scrivo has worked with thousands of women over the years and knows firsthand that beauty is a learned skill that is within everyone’s grasp. Approaching beauty as a whole and each person as an individual, Eva Scrivo on Beauty opens your eyes to a world of possibilities and provides the tools for attaining the looks and confidence you've always dreamed of. This is a definitive guide to gorgeous hair, glowing skin, beautiful makeup, a healthier body, more positive self-image, and a stronger fashion sense. By debunking common myths, simplifying professional techniques, translating industry terms, and sharing insights gained from years of experience, Eva Scrivo on Beauty not only teaches you the rules, it shows when to break them in order to create your own personal style. Consider this book and its author to be a beauty support system and lifestyle coach—a source of inspiration and a place to find both knowledge and encouragement. Eva Scrivo on Beauty gives you the virtual experience of sitting in Eva’s chair at her salon and provides guidance on topics such as: Designing the right haircut for your features and lifestyle. Selecting hair color to complement your skin tone and add dimension to your cut. How to give yourself a salon-worthy blowout. Understanding what part of your beauty routine can be done at home and when to invest in the services of a skilled professional. Finding and effectively communicating with a good stylist. How the right eyebrow shape and color can change your entire face. Effective beauty routines for the morning, nighttime, and in between. Beauty foods that nourish your hair and skin. Overcoming the negative impact that stress has on your looks. Making smart fashion choices to pull it all together. And much more!

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