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Zastrozzi: A Romance is a Gothic novel by Percy Bysshe Shelley first published in 1810 in London by George Wilkie and John Robinson anonymously, with only the initials of the author's name, as "by P. B. S.". The first of Shelley's two early Gothic novellas, the other being St. Irvyne, outlines his atheistic worldview through the villain Zastrozzi and touches upon his earliest thoughts on irresponsible self-indulgence and violent revenge. An 1810 reviewer wrote that the main character "Zastrozzi is one of the most savage and improbable demons that issued from a diseased brain". Shelley wrote Zastrozzi at the age of seventeen while attending his last year at Eton College, though it was not published until in 1810 while he was attending University College, Oxford; the novella was Shelley's first published prose work. In 1986, the novel was released as part of the Oxford World's Classics series by Oxford University. Nicole Berry translated the novel in a French edition in 1999. A German translation by Manfred Pfister was published in 2007.

Pietro Zastrozzi, an outlaw who seeks revenge against Verezzi, his half-brother Verezzi, Il Conte, imprisoned by Zastrozzi Julia, La Marchesa de Strobazzo, intended wife of Verezzi Matilda, the Contessa di Laurentini, seduces Verezzi in plan devised by Zastrozzi Bernardo, servant to Zastrozzi Ugo. servant to Zastrozzi Ferdinand Zeilnitz, servant to Matilda Bianca, servant to Zastrozzi Claudine, old woman in Passau, shelters Verezzi The Monk The Inquisitor The Superior, a judge The epigraph on the title page of the novel is from Paradise Lost by John Milton, Book II, 368–371: —That their God May prove their foe, with repenting hand Abolish his own works—This would surpass Common revenge. – Paradise Lost. Pietro Zastrozzi, an outlaw, his two servants and Ugo, disguised in masks, abduct Verezzi from the inn near Munich where he lives and take him to a cavern hideout. Verezzi is locked in a room with an iron door. Chains are placed around his waist and limbs and he is attached to the wall. Verezzi is able to flee his abductors, running away to Passau in Lower Bavaria.

Claudine, an elderly woman, allows Verezzi to stay at her cottage. Verezzi saves Matilda from jumping off of a bridge, she befriends him. Matilda seeks to persuade Verezzi to marry her. Verezzi, however, is in love with Julia. Matilda provides lodging for Verezzi at her mansion estate near Venice, her tireless efforts to seduce him are unsuccessful. Zastrozzi concocts a plan to torment Verezzi, he spreads a false rumour that Julia has died, exclaiming to Matilda: "Would Julia of Strobazzo's heart was reeking on my dagger!" Verezzi is convinced. Distraught and shattered, he relents and offers to marry Matilda; the truth is revealed. Verezzi is so distressed at his betrayal. Matilda kills Julia in retaliation. Zastrozzi and Matilda are arrested for murder. Matilda repents. Zastrozzi, remains defiant before an inquisition, he is tried and sentenced to death. Zastrozzi confesses that he sought revenge against Verezzi because Verezzi's father had deserted his mother, who died young, in poverty. Zastrozzi blamed his father for the death of his mother.

Zastrozzi sought revenge against not only his own father, whom he murdered, but against "his progeny for ever", his son Verezzi. Verezzi and Zastrozzi had the same father. By murdering his own father, Zastrozzi only killed his corporeal body. By manipulating Verezzi into committing suicide, Zastrozzi confessed that his objective was to achieve the eternal damnation of Verezzi's soul based on the proscription of the Christian religion against suicide. Zastrozzi, an outspoken atheist, goes to his death on the rack rejecting and renouncing religion and morality "with a wild convulsive laugh of exulting revenge"; the Gentleman's Magazine, regarded as the first literary magazine, published a favourable review of Zastrozzi in 1810: "A short, but well-told tale of horror, and, if we do not mistake, not from an ordinary pen. The story is so artfully conducted that the reader cannot anticipate the denouement." The Critical Review, a conservative journal with a "reactionary aesthetic agenda", on the other hand, called the main character Zastrozzi "one of the most savage and improbable demons that issued from a diseased brain."

The reviewer dismissed the novella: "We know not when we have felt so much indignation as in the perusal of this execrable production. The author of it cannot be too reprobated. Not all his'scintillated eyes,' his'battling emotions,' his'frigorific torpidity of despair'... ought to save him from infamy, his volume from the flames."Zastrozzi was republished in 1839 in The Romancist and Novelist's Library: The Best Works of the Best Authors, Volume 1, No. 10, published in London by John Clements. The novel contains autobiographical components. Eustace Chesser, in Shelley and Zastrozzi, analysed the novella as a complex psychological thriller: "When I first came across Zastrozzi I was struck by its resemblance to the dream material with which every psychoanalyst is familiar, it was not a story told with the detachment of a professional writer for the entertainment of the public. Whatever the conscious intention of the young Shelley, he was in fact, he was opening the floodgates of the unconscious and allowing its fantasies to pour out unrestrainedly.

He was betraying, the emotional problems that agitated his adolescent mind."Real experiences and actual people were projected on fictional events and characters. Subconscious conflicts are resolved in the writing process. Patrick Bridgwater, in Kafka, Gothic an

Joseph Ruskin

Joseph Ruskin was an American character actor. Ruskin was born in Massacuhsetts. After graduating high school in Cleveland, he served in the U. S. Navy and studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University and began acting at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Although he gained his greatest recognition in television and film, he continued to appear on stage throughout his career. Ruskin appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits, called "Production and Decay of Strange Particles", he appeared in the film Smokin' Aces. He played in The Time Tunnel episode, "Revenge of the Gods," as well as two separate, two-part Mission: Impossible episodes: "Old Man Out" and "The Slave", he had a non-credited voice role of one of the Kanamits in The Twilight Zone episode, "To Serve Man", a season after playing the genie in another episode, "The Man in the Bottle". Ruskin appeared in the Hogan's Heroes episode "The Gestapo Takeover". In 1960, Ruskin appeared as Reed Benton in the TV western series Lawman in the episode titled "The Escape of Joe Killmer."

His film appearances include The Magnificent Seven, Prizzi's Honor, Indecent Proposal and Smokin' Aces. In Star Trek: The Original Series, Ruskin played the part of Galt in "The Gamesters of Triskelion", an episode of the second season aired on January 5, 1968, he appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He appeared as this character in two episodes of DS9, "The House of Quark" and "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places", which aired in October 1994 and October 1996, respectively. In between these episodes, he was cast as a Cardassian informant in the third season episode "Improbable Cause". Following this, Ruskin appeared in his only Star Trek film role, cast as a Son'a officer in Star Trek: Insurrection, he made an appearance in Star Trek: Voyager in the episode "Gravity", first airing on February 3, 1999, in which he played a Vulcan master. Ruskin's final Star Trek appearance was in Star Trek: Enterprise, he appeared as a "Suliban" doctor in the pilot episode "Broken Bow", which aired on September 26, 2001.

Ruskin became a board member of the Screen Actors Guild in 1976 and served on its board until 1999. He became the first Western Regional Vice President of Actors' Equity Association in 1979. For his dedication and service Actors Equity gave him its Lucy Jordan Award in 2003 and Patrick Quinn Award in 2013. SAG bestowed its Ralph Morgan Award in 2011. Ruskin died on December 2013 at a hospital in Santa Monica, California, he is survived by his wife Barbara and three step-daughters. Joseph Ruskin on IMDb Joseph Ruskin at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are a team of American film and music video directors who received critical acclaim for their feature film directorial debut, Little Miss Sunshine. The married couple directed the romantic comedy-drama Ruby Sparks, the biographical sports drama Battle of the Sexes, their most recent directing project is the Netflix comedy series, Living With Yourself, starring Paul Rudd, which premiered on October 17, 2019. Dayton was born in Alameda County and grew up in Grass Valley, California. After graduating from Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, California, he attended the UCLA Film School, studying film and television in the late 1970s, they have three children together. Valerie is the daughter of Paula Forbes, a supervising painter, Jim Faris, a film editor; as a pair and Faris have directed and produced music videos, documentaries and films. They have directed music videos for bands such as Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, R. E. M.. Their 1996 video for "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins won six MTV Video Music Awards.

Another of their videos that found significant success was for the 1990 Extreme song "More Than Words". They directed a number of sketches for the 1995-1998 HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show. In 1998, they established Bob Industries. Through this company the pair directed commercials for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Sony, GAP, Target, IKEA, Apple Computer, ESPN; the two directed a 1999 commercial for the Volkswagen Cabrio, titled Milky Way, whose soundtrack consisted of the 1972 Nick Drake song "Pink Moon", and, credited with initiating a massive revival of interest in Nick Drake's music. They began to be offered feature films to direct at around this time. In 2001, they began to work on the film Little Miss Sunshine; the film won the Audience Award at the 2006 Sydney Film festival and an ovation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2006, the pair were announced as the directors of a planned screen adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel The Abstinence Teacher for Warner Independent Pictures.

In 2007 Perrotta wrote a screenplay with input from Faris. However, by 2012 they had left the project, it was taken over by director Lisa Cholodenko, their next film was Ruby Sparks in 2012. Dayton and Faris directed Battle of the Sexes, about the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, with Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs; the film stars Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman. Little Miss Sunshine Ruby Sparks Battle of the Sexes Living With Yourself The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years Gift Jonathan Dayton on IMDb Valerie Faris on IMDb "Jonathan Dayton". ASG. 1998–2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017. and "Valerie Faris". ASG. 1998–2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017. Bob Industries official site

Edgar Bundy

Edgar Bundy was an English painter. Bundy learned some of his craft at the studio of Alfred Stevens. Bundy specialised in historical paintings in oil and watercolour in a detailed and narrative style, a genre, popular in the Edwardian time Bundy lived in, he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1915 and at the Paris Salon in 1907. In the Tate Gallery is his Royal Academy painting of 1905 entitled The Morning of Sedgemoor depicting the Duke of Monmouth's rebels resting in a barn before the battle. Influences in Bundy's work include Pre-Raphaelites such as John Millais, William Morris and the works of John Ruskin, his daughter Dorothy married the painter Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly in 1924 21 paintings by or after Edgar Bundy at the Art UK site Profile on Royal Academy of Arts Collections

Golden Boy (Manitoba)

The Golden Boy is a statue perched facing North on the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Canada, it is arguably Manitoba's best known symbol. It stands 5.25 metres tall from the toe to 4.27 metres from head to toe. It weighs 1,650 kilograms, the top of his torch is 77 metres above ground; the statue was purchased by the Manitoba Government from France. It was sculpted by Georges Gardet of Paris in 1918, cast in bronze by the Barbidienne Foundry, it was placed in a ship's hold for transport to Canada. However, the ship was commandeered for service in World War I, so the statue remained in the ship's hold for the remainder of the war travelling back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean; the statue landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was shipped by train to Winnipeg where it was placed atop the Legislative Building on November 21, 1919. In the 1940s the bronze statue was painted gold, before its first gilding with twenty-four carat gold in 1951. In 1966, the government of the Province of Manitoba had an electric lamp installed into the torch of the statue.

The light on its torch was first lit on December 1966 to mark Canada's centennial. In 2002, the statue needed repair due to rust on its iron supports and was lowered to the ground for a complete overhaul and re-gilding; the general contractor of the restoration project, Alpha Masonry, was tasked with the job of bringing the statue down. On February 9, 2002, the Golden Boy returned to the ground in a custom made aluminum cage after having been on top of the Manitoba Legislative Building for 83 years; the statue was prepared for the re-gilding by Bristol Aerospace with a custom manufactured paint from Germany. In August 2002, the statue was re-gilded with 23.75 k gold leaf in a climate-controlled enclosure in full view of the public. The Golden Boy was returned to the Manitoba Legislative Building and re-installed on the dome on September 5, 2002, rededicated by Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, during her 2002 Golden Jubilee tour of Canada; the new gilding is expected to last about 25 to 30 years.

The company ISIS Canada installed new devices to monitor the stress and movement on the support shaft of the Golden Boy. In the course of a refurbishment, it was discovered the cable supplying power to the lamp contributed to the erosion of the statue; the Golden Boy is now lit at night by floodlights. The Golden Boy was modelled after the 16th century sculpture of the Roman messenger god of trade and commerce, Mercury by Giovanni da Bologna; the sheaf of wheat in its left arm represents the fruits of labour while the torch in its right hand represents a call to youth to join his eternal pursuit of a more prosperous future. The statue faces in the direction of Manitoba's north, pointing towards the region to symbolize its importance as a provider of important natural resources and economic opportunity. "Manitoba Golden Boy" is a traditional fiddle tune in the statue's honour. The chorus includes the following: He’s the symbol of success At the gateway to the west And he’s our legendary pride and joy.

The Golden Boy — online tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building, includes image