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Massimo Taparelli D'Azeglio - The Challenge Of Barletta (1833)
The author of this story followed the examples of many of his contemporaries in imitating the style of Manzoni's I Promessi Sposi; but the Fieramosca won a high place on its own merits.
Irving Bacheller - Eben Holden (1859)
Eben Holden was begun as a juvenile story, but when about ten chapters had been written the purpose was altered and it was recast for adult readers.
Wolcott Balestier - Benefits Forgot (1892)
This story, completed the year before its writer's death, and published the year following this event, appearing first serially in the Century Magazine, was the result of Mr. Balestier's study of Leadville, Colorado, visited by him in 1885.
John Banim - Boyne Water (1826)
The scenes of this tragic tale are laid in the time of the bitter civil war in Ireland between the partizans of King James II and his son-in-law, William of Orange.
Sabine Baring-Gould - Grettir The Outlaw (1860)
This story is a transcription of an Icelandic saga entitled Grettir the Strong. With only a Danish grammar of Icelandic available, Mr. Baring-Gould began the translation, first having to learn Danish.
Amelia Edith Barr - A Bow Of Orange Ribbon: A Romance Of New York (1886)
This book established Mrs. Barr's popularity and has remained the greatest favorite among her many novels. It was the second book she wrote, being preceded by Jan Vedder's Wife, also a story of New York under the Dutch.
James Matthew Barrie - A Window In Thrums (1889)
Much of this little story is acknowledged by the author to be autobiographical. Jess is drawn from Mr. Barrie's own mother, who was afterward more carefully pictured in his novel entitled Margaret Ogilvy; while Leeby is a portrait of his sister.
James Matthew Barrie - The Little Minister (1891)
This romance first appeared serially in Good Words in 1891, and was issued the same year in book form. It was dramatized by its author in 1897, and was received with great favor both in England and the United States. The scene of the tale is the market-town of Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland, about sixty miles north of Edinburgh, and designated as Thrums in the novel, much attention being paid to local coloring.
Anton Giulio Barrili - The Eleventh Commandment (1870)
Among the many pleasantly farcical tales by this author, none is more popular than the following, which has been dramatized for the Italian stage.
Arlo Bates - A Wheel Of Fire (1885)
The author planned and began this story, and then laid it aside as too painful. Upon his repeating the plot to Mr. Howells, however, he was encouraged to finish it. The comedy scenes between Elsie and Dr. Wilson were introduced largely to enliven the story and by contrast to heighten the pathos of the loneliness of Damaris.
Rene Bazin - The Ink Stain (1888)
This is the author's best-known work and was crowned by the French Academy. He is known as the Apostle of Home Life. The descriptions of French country life and the glimpses into that scholarly sanctuary, the National Library of Paris, have made this book very popular in translation.
Frances Courtenay Baylor - On Both Sides (1886)
This was its author's first book, and it immediately established her reputation as a writer of vivid and finished style. At the time of its publication no piece of fiction had so well presented the differences in English and American character, manners and social creeds.
William Beckford - Vathek: An Arabian Tale (1786)
This fantastic story, written in imitation of the One Thousand and One Nights, is not only an extraordinary story in itself but was written in extraordinary circumstances.
Cuthbert Bede - The Adventures Of Mr. Verdant Green (1853)
Cuthbert Bede was the pseudonym of the rector of Denton in Huntingtonshire, although he was not appointed to the living until six years after the publication of his first book.
Henry Ward Beecher - Norwood (1867)
This story of Village Life in New England was its author's only novel. Mr. Beecher had been for several years previously to the Civil War a regular contributor to the New York Ledger.
Aphra Behn - Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave (1658)
Among the many productions of the prolific pen of Mrs. Behn, this tale occupies a unique place. Most of her other works were exceedingly imaginative poems, or else novels and plays of a very light and somewhat coarse character, intended to amuse the fops and rakes of the court of Charles II.
Origin and History - Effigies of the Madonna
It is curious to observe, as the worship of the Virgin-mother expanded and gathered to itself the relics of many an ancient faith, how the new and the old elements, some of them apparently the most heterogeneous, became amalgamated, and were combined into the early forms of Art.
Symbols and Attributes of the Virgin Mary
The Star attribute, often embroidered in front of the veil of the Virgin, or on the right shoulder of her blue mantle, has become almost as a badge from which several well-known pictures derive their title, La Madonna della Stella.
The Madonna - Devotional and Historical Representations
The altar-pieces in a Roman Catholic church are always either strictly devotional subjects, or, it may be, historical subjects (such as the Nativity) treated in a devotional sense.
Titles of the Virgin Mary
Of the various titles given to the Virgin Mary, and thence to certain effigies and pictures of her, some appear to me very touching, as expressive of the wants, the aspirations, the infirmities and sorrows, which are common to poor suffering humanity, or of those divine attributes from which they hope to find aid and consolation.
The Virgin Without the Child - The Virgin Mary
The numerous—often most beautiful—heads and half-length figures which represent the Virgin alone, looking up with a devout or tender expression, or with the head declined, and the hands joined in prayer, or crossed over the bosom with virginal humility and modesty, belong to this class of representations.
Legends of the Madonna - L'Incoronata
The usual type of the Church triumphant is the CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN properly so called, Christ in the act of crowning his Mother. One of the most popular, significant, and beautiful subjects in the whole range of mediaeval Art.
Legends of the Madonna - The Virgin of Mercy
When once the Virgin had been exalted and glorified in the celestial paradise, the next and the most natural result was, that she should be regarded as being in heaven the most powerful of intercessors, and on earth a most benign and ever-present protectress.
Legends of the Madonna - The Mater Dolorosa
One of the most important of the devotional subjects proper to the Madonna is the Mourning Mother, the Mater Dolorosa, in which her character is that the mother of the crucified Redeemer.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
The last and the latest subject in which the Virgin appears alone without the Child is that entitled the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, and sometimes merely The Conception.
The Virgin Mary and Child Enthroned
There exists no proof, I believe, that the effigies of the Virgin with the infant Christ in her arms, which existed before the end of the fifth century, were placed before Christian worshippers as objects of veneration.
Legends of the Madonna - La Madre Pia Enthroned
When the enthroned Virgin is represented holding a book, or reading, while the infant Christ, perhaps, lays his hand upon it, she is then the Virgo Sapientissima, the most Wise Virgin, or the Mother of Wisdom, Mater Sapientice, and the book she holds is the Book of Wisdom.
Legends of the Madonna - Various Examples of Arrangement
As the belief in the superior power and sanctity of the Blessed Virgin grew and spread, the angels no longer attended her as princes of the heavenly host, guardians, or councillors. They became, in the early pictures, adoring angels, sustaining her throne on each side, or holding up the embroidered curtain which forms the background.
The Madonnas of Florence
To the first class belongs the antique and beautiful group of the Virgin and Child, enthroned between the two great archangels, St. Michael and St. Gabriel. It is probably the most ancient of these combinations.
Votive Madonnas
A votive Mater Misericordić, with the Child in her arms, is often standing with her wide ample robe extended, and held up on each side by angels. Kneeling at her feet are the votaries who have consecrated the picture, generally some community or brotherhood instituted for charitable purposes, who, as they kneel, present the objects of their charity.
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