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Book Title: The Sun Stalker|
The author of the book: Gordon Parks
Edition: Ruder-Finn Press
Date of issue: February 1st 2003
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 330 KB
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Reader ratings: 6.5
ISBN 13: 9780964095281
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This novel puts painter J.M.W. Turner into historical context (French Revolution, Napolean, British royalty) etc. and gives a picture of the Royal Academy's position in English society c, 1800. I found the book after visiting the Turner exhibit at the Met last summer where I was entranced by the loose atmospheric style so different from his peers. The book includes reproductions of several of his most beautiful paintings. Having said all that, Parks' style tends to the theatrical (no wonder) and, because he is trying to be faithful to the biographical facts, has many gaps and starts. I don't really care for this genre. Give me a good novel or a good biography, rather than attempting both in one.
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Read information about the authorGordon Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life Magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft.
Parks is remembered for his activism, filmmaking, photography, and writings. He was the first African-American to work at Life magazine, and the first to write, direct, and score a Hollywood film. He was profiled in the 1967 documentary "Weapons of Gordon Parks" by American filmmaker Warren Forma. Parks was also a campaigner for civil rights; subject of film and print profiles, notably Half Past Autumn in 2000; and had a gallery exhibit of his photo-related, abstract oil paintings in 1981. He was also a co-founder of Essence magazine, and one of the early contributors to the "blaxploitation" genre.
Parks also performed as a jazz pianist. His first job was as a piano player in a brothel. His song "No Love," composed in another brothel, was performed over a national radio broadcast by Larry Funk and his orchestra in the early 30s. He composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1953) at the encouragement of black American conductor Dean Dixon and his wife, pianist Vivian and with the help of composer Henry Brant. In 1989, he composed and choreographed Martin, a ballet dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Beginning in the 1960s, Parks branched out into literature, writing The Learning Tree (1963), several books of poetry illustrated with his own photographs, and three volumes of memoirs.In 1981, Parks turned to fiction with Shannon, a novel about Irish immigrants fighting their way up the social ladder in turbulent early 20th-century New York. Parks' writing accomplishments include novels, poetry, autobiography, and non-fiction including photographic instructional manuals and filmmaking books. Parks also wrote a poem called "The Funeral".
Parks received over 20 honorary doctorates in his lifetime. He died of cancer at the age of 93.
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