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The <I>New York Times</I> London Journal: 144 Ruled Pages, with 3 Tip-in Photographs and Ribbon Marker
 

The New York Times London Journal: 144 Ruled Pages, with 3 Tip-in Photographs and Ribbon Marker

Dateline, London: Photographs of the British capital decorate this handsome journal, in a perfect travel size for a foreign correspondent (6 x 8 1/2 inches closed). Along with laminated photographic covers (with embossed silver lettering), vintage city map endpapers, and a ribbon marker, the book includes three tipped-in black and white photos from the New York Times archives, which act as informal section dividers. The cream pages are college ruled, with narrow side margins and wider ...... read more

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It has been the backdrop for some of history's greatest dramas, and was the birthplace of literature's greatest dramatist; it was once the seat of the world's mightiest empire and the most populous city on the planet, while the list of historical figures, notable personalities, and literary, artistic, musical, and dramatic talents who have called it home is simply staggering. London has survived devastating fires, plagues, sackings, conquests, bombings, and revolutions over its 2,000-year history, yet the fortitude of its people is one of the city's most defining characteristics, and it has come back stronger each time.

Here we celebrate the remarkably rich history of this world heritage city, its unique mélange of squalor and splendor (or is that splendour?), and its place at the very heart of culture in the English-speaking world.
 

 

   

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Theater of a City: The Place of London Comedy, 1598–1642  

Theater of a City: The Place of London Comedy, 1598–1642

Jean E. Howard.

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The commercial stage of 17th-century London depended on the demographic growth and commercial vibrancy of the city to fuel its own development, creating a particular synergy between the early modern ... ... read more

 
Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London  

Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London

Simon Webb.

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Although Britons may think of terrorism as a relatively recent phenomenon, it has been a feature of London life for more than 150 years. In this history, Simon Webb reveals the schemes—perpetrated by ... ... read more

 
Virginia Woolf  

Virginia Woolf

Mary Ann Caws.

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A leading figure in the Bloomsbury circle, whose brilliant, stylistically innovative novels of the 1920s—among them To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway—extended the boundaries of ... ... read more

 
Murder on the Home Front  

Murder on the Home Front

Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant & others. Geoffrey Sax, director.

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Based on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure (secretary to Britain's Home Office pathologist), this 2013 PBS Masterpiece Mystery! two-parter focuses on the nascent field of forensic science. Set in ... ... read more

 
The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas de Quincey  

The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas de Quincey

Robert Morrison.

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Author of the famed and scandalous Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Thomas de Quincey (1785–1859) enjoyed friendships with leading poets and men of letters in the Romantic and Victorian ... ... read more

 
 
Murder & Mayhem in North London  

Murder & Mayhem in North London

Geoffrey Howse.

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Delving into crime files covering 200 years of North London's darkest past, Geoffrey Howse uncovers long-forgotten cases that made the headlines in their day, as well as others still famous today. ... ... read more

 
Voices from the World of Samuel Pepys  

Voices from the World of Samuel Pepys

Jonathan Bastable, ed.

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Thanks to his Diary, Samuel Pepys has become one of the most fascinating characters of 17th-century Britain. Writing almost daily from 1659 to 1669, his life encompassed historical and social ... ... read more

 
Charles Dickens: A Celebration of His Life and Work  

Charles Dickens: A Celebration of His Life and Work

Charles Mosley.

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Heavily illustrated with captioned color reproductions of art, engravings, photos, and such ephemera as original title pages, this book from the author of Hans Christian Andersen: The Illustrated ... ... read more

 
London's Classic Restaurants: A Guide to London's Iconic Restaurants and Eateries  

London's Classic Restaurants: A Guide to London's Iconic Restaurants and Eateries

Cara Frost-Sharratt.

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London's diverse dining scene is constantly changing—establishments come and go every year, yet some have stood the test of time to become fixtures of the city, attracting diners not just year after ... ... read more

 
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