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Jurassic Park : a novel

Author: Michael Crichton
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An American bioengineering research firm erects a theme park on a Caribbean island, complete with living dinosaurs, and invites a group of scientists to be its first terrified guests.
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
Horror fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008.
Jurassic Park.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990
(OCoLC)555212262
Online version:
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008.
Jurassic Park.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990
(OCoLC)627115114
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Crichton
ISBN: 0394588169 9780394588162 0345370775 9780345370778 0712646868 9780712646864 9780345538987 0345538986
OCLC Number: 22511027
Awards: Winner of Nevada Young Readers' Award (Young Adult) 1993
Winner of South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (Young Adult) 1993
Winner of Iowa Teen Award 1995
Winner of Colorado Blue Spruce Award 1993
Description: xi, 399 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Denis Diderot (1713-84) was one of the most dazzling and attractive figures of the French Enlightenment. Known principally as the chief editor of the Encyclopedie, the great "bible" of the age, he was an incomparable polymath --
a dramatist, novelist, speculative philosopher, the founder of modern art criticism, and tireless correspondent. And his works, all of them informed by an uncannily modern sensibility, have influenced a staggering range of writers --
from Goethe and Schiller to Balzac, Stendhal, Heine, Marx, Freud, and Kafka. In this masterful biography, P. N. Furbank provides a probing yet sympathetic account of Diderot's life and a brilliant analysis of his work, drawing intriguing connections between many previously disjointed notions about the man and his achievement. The son of a cutler (though a hopeless craftsman himself), Denis Diderot rose, after an interestingly complicated youth, to become an intimate of all the eminent intellectuals of the Enlightenment. A close friend of Rousseau, Grimm, and d'Alembert, and a familiar figure in the literary salons of Paris, he also met and corresponded with David Hume, David Garrick, and Laurence Sterne. The support of yet one more remarkable acquaintance, Catherine the Great, led to what is perhaps the most amazing episode in this astonishing life; at the age of sixty, he traveled to St. Petersburg and, in debate with the Empress, drew up plans for the conversion of Russia into an ideal republic. A deeply subversive genius, Diderot spent much of his working life under the threat of exile. Consequently his daring and inventive novels did not begin to reach the public until a decade after his death, and in the case of his inexhaustibly strange masterpiece, Rameau's Nephew, not until two decades or more. These and others of his most original compositions (also unpublished in his life) reveal aspects of Diderot virtually unknown to his contemporaries and often misunderstood today. Furbank's absorbing book meticulously draws the various strands together as it brings to life its astounding subject.
Responsibility: by Michael Crichton.
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