Books by Paul LeValley         Paul LeValley


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paullevalley.com/school

Genealogy web site
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Lalique--Day and NightArt Follows Nature: A Worldwide History of the Nude.  Berkeley: Edition One Books, 2016.  572 p. hardbound signed and numbered edition of 500.  $99.90 plus postage.

More than twenty years in the making, these chapters have appeared as a regular column in Naturally magazine.  Some faithful readers have called the author one of the greatest art historians living today.  This is the first history of the nude from a nudist perspective.  It is the first in full color.  And it is the first to include the whole world; it is especially remarkable for its strong coverage of India and other non-Western civilizations.  Look at the illustrated table of contents, and read sample pages.

Art books are expensive; so is this one.  But think of it this way: At 572 pages with more than 700 full-color illustrations, you are getting 7 beautiful nude pictures for a dollar.  Where else can you find a bargain like this?  The book comes in a hardbound signed and numbered limited edition of only 500 copies.  So order yours quickly.  Order form

You can also listen to a 40-minute interview with a reviewer.

Here are the back cover blurbs:

TWENTY YEARS IN THE MAKING

For more than two decades, Paul LeValley delighted readers of Naturally magazine with his series on the nude in art history—the longest-running column in the history of the American naturist press.  Now, for the first time, they are all gathered together, with many additional artworks added.

SCHOLARLY YET FASCINATING

Thoroughly researched, the pages bristle with fresh examples and lively commentary.

NO OTHER BOOK LIKE IT

Only a few great books have been written on the nude in art.  This is the first comprehensive one in color—more than 700 illustrations.  And this is the first book on the topic written from a naturist perspective.

THOROUGHLY ORIGINAL

Paul LeValley thinks for himself.  Not only does he introduce us to lots of beautiful yet unfamiliar artworks, but he also explains how they fit into the world and time in which they were created.  These works still resonate today.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS INCLUDED

Learn about the art and culture of Egypt, India, China, Greece, the Middle East, American Indians, and Africa—plus every period in the Western tradition, from Medieval to present.

A LEARNED GUIDE

Paul LeValley, Ph.D. has taught Art History (mostly India) at Florida State University, as well as interdisciplinary Humanities at Florida A & M University and Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.  He has traveled in more than 60 countries, and seen many of the artworks up close.



The Orfalinda TrilogyThe Orfalinda Trilogy and Other Early Writings.  PublishAmerica.  2004.  182 p. paperback.  $15 includes postage.

Hardcover limited edition for rare book collectors:  The publisher reverted to doing only paperbacks just six weeks after the hardbound edition was published.  Only 25 copies were ever printed.  Numbered and signed by the author, they sell for $30, postage included.  They have a separate ISBN number, and are available nowhere else.

Most of these short stories and poems were written in the 1960s and '70s--with a section of more recent essays added at the end.  Here are the back cover blurbs:

In the set of title stories, a quiet teacher gets romantically involved with two Mexican-American former students—mother and daughter.  (Oh my!)  The final selection finds the author delivering the keynote address at a nudist convention.  (Oh my, oh my!)  Actually, it's all quite tastefully done.  Sandwiched between are provocative poems, Jehovah's Christmas monologue, Boy Scouts around the campfire, royal genealogy, and America's social classes skewered.  With wise and witty commentary, the mature author looks back on "the very best of my juvenilia."  The writing is concise, thoughtful, powerful.

Paul LeValley (1942-  ) grew up on a farm near Morrice, Michigan.  After teaching several years at Saginaw High School, he now occasionally teaches World Humanities at Florida A & M University, or Art of India at Florida State University.  He has traveled in more than 60 countries, and published over 70 scholarly articles across four continents.

Click here for the full table of contents and some samples of the text.



History of MorriceHistory of Morrice Michigan.  Tallahassee: by the author.  First edition 2001.  Second edition 2013.
 100 p. paperback.  $20 includes postage.

The second edition is now available--with 20 pages of pictures and maps, plus the complete village census records 1880-1940.  To read a very short version, click here.  That will lerad you to the censuses.  Or you can order a full paper copy of everything for your bookshelf.








Family ValuesNaturists: Upholders of Strong Family Values.  Tallahassee: Tallahassee Naturally.  First edition 1997.  Second edition 2001.  Third edition 2007.  Fourth edition 2017.  12 p. paperback.  It is published with two different covers: one specific to Florida and one for everywhere else.  $3.50 includes postage.  ($2.75 in quantities of 10 or more).

This booklet does not belong on your bookshelf, but in the files of each of your county commissioners and state legislators.  Over two thousand copies have been hand-delivered across the nation.  For brief excerpts, click here.







OTHER WORKS IN PROGRESS

Greeks meet the GymnosophistsSeekers of the Naked Truth: Collected Writings on the Gymnosophists and Related Shramana Religions.  Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, forthcoming 2017.

    In 326 BCE, Alexander the Great met in India a group of naked philosophers whom he called Gymnosophists.  Though the group went extinct shortly after that, European (and middle-eastern) thinkers kept writing fabulous tales about these naked ascetics for the next two thousand years.  All of the basic sources are being gathered here--as well as essays on the topic that the author has published over the years in hard-to-find scholarly journals across four continents.  For the table of contents, click here.






Five Thousand Years.  3 volumes.
    This high school World History textbook was begun in 1972, then largely neglected for thirty years while the author pursued advanced degrees and college teaching.  Some parts of the manuscript can be found at http://www.paullevalley.com/school.  For the table of contents, click here.


LeValley family history.
    This has been an ongoing project for more than forty years.  Some of the information is posted at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~levalley.  The author has long made all information available to family members at cost ($5) on computer disc.  Some day, when he feels his memory beginning to slip, he will press the print button.  But we're not there yet.
    These files were written in WordPerfect 8.  If your computer cannot handle that, they can be sent in Rich Text or other formats.


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