The Classicist Writings of Thomas Walsingham
'Worldly Cares' at St Albans Abbey in the Fourteenth Century
Sylvia Federico provides a historical and literary reading of neglected works by the head of the St Albans scriptorium, alongside texts by his contemporary Chaucer. Her study illuminates their reception of the Latin classics and explores the idea of ‘humanism’ in the late Middle Ages.
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Far from being the author of genteel domestic comedies, Jane Austen was a deeply political writer. Based on a chapter-by-chapter reading of the novels, this groundbreaking study reveals her fiercely critical engagement with the issues of money, class, the militia and the Enclosure Acts.
Word for Word
A Translator's Memoir of Literature, Politics, and Survival in Soviet Russia
A Russian Jew, who lived in Germany, France and Palestine before her family settled in the USSR in 1933, Lilianna Lungina (1920–1998) became a celebrated literary translator, introducing Russian readers to the work of writers including Knut Hamsun, Heinrich Böll, Colette and Ibsen. Lilya lived through some of the most harrowing events of the 20th century, yet her memoir, as told to Oleg Dorman and illustrated with personal photographs, shows how misfortune can lead to ‘surprising and improbable happiness and richness’.
The Petty Demon
This decadent and very provocative novel by the symbolist writer and poet Fyodor Sologub (1863–1927) narrates the lurid story of Peredonov, a sadistic and generally repellent schoolmaster, descending into madness in his provincial town. Translated and introduced by SD Cioran, along with short critical essays. Slightly off-mint.
and Other Stories
This collection of six stories, first published in 1988, offers an introduction to the fiction of Boris Pilnyak (1894–1937), whose work – revolutionary in both style and subject matter – eventually led to his death sentence in Stalin’s USSR. Translated by Vera T Reck and Michael Green.
Russia’s magnificent literary tradition has immortalized many places, from the streets of Dostoyevsky’s St Petersburg to Tolstoy’s country estate. Starting in Moscow, this guidebook charts the city’s literary museums and writers’ houses before moving to St Petersburg, and then through the entire country. The authors provide an overview of Russian literature as well as an insight into the contemporary social and political landscape, and five specially commissioned maps show the locations of the sites. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World
A Story of Love, Work, Friendship, and Marriage
While Thomas Carlyle wrote great works of history, his wife looked after their Chelsea home, but professed to be happiest when ‘splashing off whatever is on my mind’. Jane Welsh Carlyle’s witty letters incorporated wry observations on London’s literati and made light of her unhappy marriage. Referencing 44 volumes of letters and journals, the author focuses her biography on the years 1843–49, the period of Jane’s ‘richest experience and development’.
An Anthology of Russian Literature Under Gorbachev
First published in 1990, this anthology brings together fiction by ten writers active during the Russian literary renaissance that began with Gorbachev’s reforming policies in the 1980s. The selection comprises four novellas and seven stories by writers including Mikhail Kuraev, Vladimir Makanin, Valery Popov and Tatyana Tolstaya. With an introduction and brief profiles of the authors.
Between the Sheets
Nine 20th Century Women Writers and Their Famous Literary Partnerships
Literary love affairs are often unconventional Faustian pacts – especially for women. Sylvia Plath stumbled into a marriage that may have driven her to suicide; Simone de Beauvoir procured mistresses for Jean-Paul Sartre; while Anaïs Nin allowed Hemingway to drain her finances. Based on letters, diaries and journals, this study surveys both the wreckage left by nine of these explosive, damaging yet somehow necessary liaisons, and the creative potential they unleashed.
All in a Day's Cricket
An Anthology of Outstanding Cricket Writing
From first-hand accounts of a time before the third stump was adopted to a disputed toss at the 2011 World Cup, this collection includes contributions by famous players, from Grace to Botham, and the greatest writers on the game, including Neville Cardus and CLR James.