Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose? Most puzzling of all: How can this mystery ever be solved, with all the evidence long since melted? The snowman appears everywhere on practically everything -- from knickknacks to greeting cards to seasonal sweaters we plan to return. Whenever we see big snowballs our first impulse is to deck them out with a top hat. Humorist and writer Bob Eckstein has long been fascinated by this ubiquitous symbol of wintertime fun -- and finally, for the first time, one of the world's most popular icons gets his due. A thoroughly entertaining exploration, The History of the Snowman travels back in time to shed light on the snowman's enigmatic past -- from the present day, in which the snowman reigns as the King of Kitsch, to the Dark Ages, with the creation of the very first snowman. Eckstein's curiosity began playfully enough, but soon snowballed into a (mostly) earnest quest of chasing Frosty around the world, into museums and libraries, and seeking out the advice of leading historians and scholars. The result is a riveting history that reaches back through centuries and across cultures -- sweeping from fifteenth-century Italian snowballs to eighteenth-century Russian ice sculptures to the regrettable "white-trash years" (1975-2000). The snowman is not just part of our childhood memories, but is an integral part of our world culture, appearing -- much like a frozen Forrest Gump -- alongside dignitaries and celebrities during momentous events. Again and again, the snowman pops up in rare prints, paintings, early movies, advertising and, over the past century, in every art form imaginable. And the jolly snowman -- ostensibly as pure as the driven snow -- also harbors a dark past full of political intrigue, sex, and violence. With more than two hundred illustrations and a special section of the best snowman cartoons, The History of the Snowman is a truly original winter classic -- smart, surprisingly enlightening, and quite simply the coolest book ever.
NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING MICHAEL FASSBENDER 36 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE Soon the first snow will come A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Outside, he sees her favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. And then he will appear again Detective Harry Hole soon discovers that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. And when the snow is gone... When a second woman disappears, Harry’s worst suspicion is confirmed: a serial killer is operating on his home turf. ...he will have taken someone else
The Snowman audio ebook is based on the much-loved and iconic children's book, The Snowman, written by Raymond Briggs. This enchanting ebook tells the story of a small boy's magical friendship with a snowman one winter's night and is illustrated with beautiful images from the original Snowman film. On Christmas Eve 2012, the Snowman's 30th anniversary, the much-anticipated sequel, The Snowman and the Snowdog, was broadcast on Channel Four. Watched by 11 million people, it is set to become a family festive favourite for many years to come.
Beloved children's author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers. One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose... just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life! He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special. Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.
Reflections on Vision and Meaning in Life and Literature
Author: Benjamin Newman
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Category: Literary Criticism
In 'Hamlet and the Snowman,' personal reflections of the author are joined with literary criticism in a common endeavor - a search to arrive at vision and meaning in life and literature. In the course of that effort, literary classics by Anderson, Shakesp
This fascinating account of how two young Americans turned traitor during the Cold War is an “absolutely smashing real-life spy story” (The New York Times Book Review). At the height of the Cold War, some of the nation’s most precious secrets passed through a CIA contractor in Southern California. Only a handful of employees were cleared to handle the intelligence that came through the Black Vault. One of them was Christopher John Boyce, a hard-partying genius with a sky-high IQ, a passion for falconry, and little love for his country. Security at the Vault was so lax, Boyce couldn’t help but be tempted. And when he gave in, the fate of the free world would hang in the balance. With the help of his best friend, Andrew Daulton Lee, a drug dealer with connections south of the border, Boyce began stealing classified documents and selling them to the Soviet embassy in Mexico City. It was an audacious act of treason, committed by two spoiled young men who were nearly always drunk, stoned, or both—and were about to find themselves caught in the middle of a fight between the CIA and the KGB. This Edgar Award–winning book was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film starring Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn—a true story as thrilling as any dreamed up by Ian Fleming or John le Carré. Before Edward Snowden, there were Boyce and Lee, two of the most unlikely spies in the history of the Cold War.
Having been fired from his job and now ensnared in ethical misconduct, Dr. Joseph Doyle, a former high school hockey player, wants a chance to rebuild his career in clinical psychology. But opportunities are few and far between for psychologists on professional probation. When Art Bowen offers Joe a job as Dakota Citys lone therapist, Joe is back on the ice. Or so he thinks. What Joe doesnt know is that he will be in a face off against an oversized fiberglass snowman. While it may sound strange for a psychologist to be in competition with a snowman, this is no ordinary snowman. Snowman, as he is affectionately called, has personal charisma, and unlike Joe, he knows how to beat the stigma that stands between people and mental health services in this small town.
Informed by WW2 propaganda, Frank Frazetta's earliest work is still as artistically nuanced and socially complex as it is innocent. Now, for the first time ever, witness the first complete story from a modern master with Frank Frazetta's The Adventures of the Snow Man! The Adventures of the Snowman first appeared in Tally Ho comics in December of 1944 when Frazetta was only 15 years old. This is the first time it has been repinted.
An enchanting interpretation of the magical wintertime song, including a special recording by Kenny Loggins. Featuring spectacular art by Wade Zahares, and the CD, with the title song and two others, the picture book will captivate young readers.
From all appearances, Harold the Snowman looks just right. He has coal for a mouth, the customary pipe, a cozy scarf, and he stands tall at just the right height. But if you look closer, you’ll see that Harold is shivering from the cold wind coming off the snow. You may even notice rivers of tears streaming from poor Harold’s eyes. Harold is scared—but why? Can a snowman really be afraid of — snow? An incredible thing happens to Harold, something that makes him stop crying. A friend is just what Harold needs, and there’s no better friend to a snowman in need than jolly old Saint Nick. Santa spies the sad snowman from way high above, quickly diverts his trip, and lands his sleigh next to Harold. As Harold catches his breath, dear old Santa Clause tells Harold something important. Harold may not be afraid of the snow after all. There may be something very important that can warm Harold’s frightened heart. Can you guess what it is?