The untold story behind one of America’s greatest dramas
In early 1957, a low-budget black-and-white movie opened across the United States. Consisting of little more than a dozen men arguing in a dingy room, it was a failure at the box office and soon faded from view.
Today, 12 Angry Men is acclaimed as a movie classic, revered by the critics, beloved by the public, and widely performed as a stage play, touching audiences around the world. It is also a favorite of the legal profession for its portrayal of ordinary citizens reaching a just verdict and widely taught for its depiction of group dynamics and human relations.
Reginald Rose and the Journey of “12 Angry Men” tells two stories: the life of a great writer and the journey of his most famous work, one that ultimately outshined its author.
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AWARD WINNING TITLES & AUTHORS
Cathay, the slim volume of poems that Ezra Pound “translated” from classical Chinese in 1915, has long been considered one of Pound’s crowning achievements and a cornerstone of modernism itself. Because Pound himself did not know Chinese and relied upon notes left behind by the American scholar Ernest Fenollosa to compose his own idiosyncratic versions, the collection has also been controversial from the start, spawning a century of fierce debate over the merits and flaws of Pound’s translations, modernism’s problematic engagement in cultural appropriation and Orientalism, and the practice and goals of translation itself. Enter this groundbreaking new critical edition, which, for the first time, presents Pound’s lapidary, moving poems alongside the original source material he drew upon to create Cathay. Read more.
Emphasizing the revolutionary potential of the “dark proletariat” in 1930s African American literature, James Edward Ford III’s research shows how antiracist writers forged a creative path where there appeared to be no way forward. With adroit close readings of writing by W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright, Thinking through Crisis also connects Depression-era struggles with the long history of political activism. This book adds a capacious, imaginative account to the history of radical writing and thought.
2021 Ruth Benedict Prize, Association for Queer Anthropology
The book is an impressively rich and nuanced ethnographic account of the everyday lives of hijras, what is often translated as one of India’s “trans” populations. Throughout twenty-four months of fieldwork, Saria followed hijras as they attended ceremonies, begged in trains, engaged in sex work, and spent time in their homes.
2021 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences
The AAIS Book Prize Committee found Hijras, Lovers, Brothers compelling, ethnographically rich, theoretically insightful, and elegantly written.
French Voices Award for Excellence in Publication and Translation
Stiegler’s book reorients Foucault's genealogy of neoliberalism by emphasizing the Darwinian (or Spenserian) rhetoric of adaptation as it arose in the Lippmann-Dewey debates. It forms a critique of the neoliberal imperative to “adapt,” and has served as a key text in resistance to reforms. According to philosopher and academic Perry Zurn: "This book is cleanly and compellingly written, deeply researched, crisply conceived, and flawlessly executed. It offers an intriguing new genealogy for the development of neoliberalism”. Stiegler’s work covers a well-trodden subject from a new and fascinating approach, and its clear prose is accessible to scholars and non-specialists alike.