“Each of Adams’s 40 photographs presented here is accompanied by an engaging narrative that explores the technical and aesthetic problems presented by the subject and includes reminiscences of the places and people involved.”
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Adams, Ansel: The Camera1980
An instructive guidebook on photography and equipment, by someone who knew what he was talking about, and had the portfolio to prove it.
Adams, Ansel: The Negative1981
“Anchored by a detailed discussion of Adams’ Zone System and his seminal concept of visualization, The Negative covers artificial and natural light, film and exposure, and darkroom equipment and techniques.”
Adams, Douglas: Mostly Harmless1992
The fifth novel in Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. …That is correct.
Adams, Douglas: The Salmon of Doubt2002
“This bittersweet collection comprises letters, fragments of ideas for books, films and TV, ruminations on a diverse array of subjects and a good bit of a final unfinished novel.”
Andersen, Hans Christian: Fairy Tales
translator: Marte Hvam Hult1835–72
A collection of Andersen’s classic fairy tales (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” etc.), which were originally published between 1835 and 1872.
Appiah, Kwame Anthony: The Honor Code2010
“Over the last few centuries, new democratic movements have led to the emancipation of women, slaves, and the oppressed. But what drove these modern changes, Appiah argues, was not imposing legislation from above, but harnessing the ancient power of honor from within.”
Aristotle: Poetics (and On Poets)ca 335 BCE
An explication and defense of literary arts, especially tragedies; “the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory.”
Asimov, Isaac: Foundation1951
A sci-fi novel, first in the Foundation series, told as a sequence of vignettes of the progress of a genius scientist’s Plan to curtail the dark ages following the fall of an immense Galactic Empire.
Asimov, Isaac: Foundation and Empire1952
“Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets…?”