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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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ANTOINE LAVOISIER--who lived at the zenith of the Enlightenment and died at the hands of the Revolution--was himself a revolutionary. Closely followed by the burgeoning international scientific community, he competed with the best minds of his time of be the first to explain how chemical processes really work. Aided by a large fortune and his accomplished wife, he employed the most ingenious and expensive technology of his time in a series of innovative experiments that forever buried medieval alchemy and established a chemical language still in use today. Yet his personal triumph was short-lived, and the glory his achievement brought France could not protect him from the ravages of the Terror. Madison Smartt Bell, building on his celebrated trilogy about the eighteenth-century Haitian uprisings, dramatically re-creates this turbulent era of reason and revolution, and the works of a man who so thoroughly exemplified its spirit.

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"Novelist Bell (The Stone That the Builder Refused, etc.) knows a good story when he sees it: the life of French scientist Antoine Lavoisier (1743 — 1794) is full of suspense and intrigue set against a backdrop of war and revolution. Lavoisier, best known for having 'discovered' oxygen, was arguably one of the most brilliant scientific minds of the Enlightenment, helping to lay the foundation for our modern understanding of chemistry. He was also a wise investor, amassing a substantial personal fortune by buying into the privatized French tax system — which eventually placed him on the wrong side of the French Revolution and at the foot of the guillotine. This account works best as the story of a well-intentioned and honorable man caught up in events beyond the comprehension of his formidable intellect, and Bell uses his novelistic skills in the service of narrative and character to keep Lavoisier's story fresh. When Bell detours into the history of chemistry, the writing drags. This solid if uneven book will appeal most to readers interested in the vibrant life and tragic death of a key figure in the history of science. 8 illus. not seen by PW. Agent, Jane Gelfman. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In this history, Bell, a prolific novelist, recounts the fierce competition between Antoine Lavoisier and his rival, Joseph Priestly, to uncover the chemical processes involved in combustion. Bell not only makes these characters come alive, he also makes the competition and the consequent triumph of modern science over the vestiges of medieval alchemy as exciting as any novel. He includes an annotated bibliography.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

In this history, Bell, a prolific novelist, recounts the fierce competition between Antoine Lavoisier and his rival, Joseph Priestly, to uncover the chemical processes involved in combustion. Bell not only makes these characters come alive, he also makes the competition and the consequent triumph of modern science over the vestiges of medieval alchemy as exciting as any novel. He includes an annotated bibliography. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Building on his celebrated trilogy about the 18th-century Haitian uprisings, the author dramatically re-creates this turbulent era of reason and revolution, and the works of Antoine Lavoisier who so thoroughly exemplified its spirit.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393051551
Author:
Bell, Madison Smartt
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chemistry
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Chemical processes
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Great Discoveries
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.26x5.68x.85 in. .78 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393051551 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Novelist Bell (The Stone That the Builder Refused, etc.) knows a good story when he sees it: the life of French scientist Antoine Lavoisier (1743 — 1794) is full of suspense and intrigue set against a backdrop of war and revolution. Lavoisier, best known for having 'discovered' oxygen, was arguably one of the most brilliant scientific minds of the Enlightenment, helping to lay the foundation for our modern understanding of chemistry. He was also a wise investor, amassing a substantial personal fortune by buying into the privatized French tax system — which eventually placed him on the wrong side of the French Revolution and at the foot of the guillotine. This account works best as the story of a well-intentioned and honorable man caught up in events beyond the comprehension of his formidable intellect, and Bell uses his novelistic skills in the service of narrative and character to keep Lavoisier's story fresh. When Bell detours into the history of chemistry, the writing drags. This solid if uneven book will appeal most to readers interested in the vibrant life and tragic death of a key figure in the history of science. 8 illus. not seen by PW. Agent, Jane Gelfman. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Building on his celebrated trilogy about the 18th-century Haitian uprisings, the author dramatically re-creates this turbulent era of reason and revolution, and the works of Antoine Lavoisier who so thoroughly exemplified its spirit.
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