For Beginners is thrilled to announce FIVE new 2013 titles.
Gender & Sexuality For Beginners (available NOW)
Greek Mythology For Beginners (available NOW)
Ben Franklin For Beginners (available NOW)
The History of Opera For Beginners (available Nov. 26, 2013)
Paul Robeson For Beginners (available Dec. 24, 2013)
The History of Opera For Beginners> is an illuminating book that starts with the radical assumption that opera is simply music, rather than the highbrow, inaccessible art form that many assume it to be. Not fluent in German or Italian? No worries—author Ron David explains the differences between Italian and German Opera and why you don’t have to study a new language to enjoy it.
The History of Opera For Beginners is the ideal introduction into the beautiful poetics of opera. Written in short, humorous, and informative chapters, this guide is laced with some of the opera world’s juiciest anecdotes, and is sure to make anyone a true believer in the art form.
Paul Robeson, despite being one of the greatest Renaissance figures in American history, still remains in relative anonymity. An exceptional scholar, lawyer, athlete, stage and screen actor, linguist, singer, and civil rights and political activist, he performed brilliantly in every professional enterprise he undertook. Few humans have achieved his levels of excellence in one field, much less several. Any serious treatment of civil rights history and radical politics as well as American sports, musical, theatrical, and film history must consider the enormous contributions of Paul Robeson.
And yet, Paul Robeson remains virtually unknown by millions of educated Americans. People typically know him for only one, if any, of the major successes of his life: the concert singer best known for “Old Man River,” the star of Shakespeare’s Othello on Broadway in the early 1940s, the political activist blacklisted for his radical views and activism during the era of McCarthyism in the 1950s.
Paul Robeson For Beginners is here to demystify and bestow light and long overdue credence to the life of this extraordinary American.
“If you would not be forgotten,
as soon as you’re dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading,
or do things worth the writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
Benjamin Franklin would seem to be the teller – and quite arguably the protagonist – of the Great American Success Story. As America’s prototypical polymath, he excelled – and even defined – a number of professions including printer, writer, postmaster, scientist, inventor, public citizen, politician, and diplomat.
He was a cornerstone in the foundation of the United States. He discovered practicable uses for electricity. He was America’s first great satirist. He founded the University of Pennsylvania. He invented bifocals. He was a legendary ladies’ man. He was all of these things... and he was so much more.
Ben Franklin For Beginners, written and illustrated by Tim E. Ogline, opens the book on Benjamin Franklin and tells the story of his life and times with wry wit and whimsical drawings
For Beginners® is a documentary, graphic nonfiction book series.
For Beginners® is the graphic nonfiction series that deconstructs complex ideas and makes them accessible to the everyday reader. Every book in the series serves one purpose: to present the works of great thinkers and subjects alike in a straightforward, accessible manner. With subjects ranging from philosophy, to politics, to art and beyond, the For Beginners series covers a range of topics in a humorous comic book-style. Every book takes a comprehensive approach that respects the intelligence of its audience.
Dedicated to Glenn Thompson, the inventor and the inspiration for the series.