Dylan Thomas: The Collected Letters (2 volume set)
Dylan Thomas was not only a gifted poet, but an expressive letter writer. Charming, funny and indiscreet, his correspondence offers an insight into his thoughts, feelings and opinions as he drank, begged and borrowed his way through his flamboyant life. Edited by Dylan Thomas expert Paul Ferris, this new, two-volume edition includes more than 100 previously unpublished letters. The volumes included in this set are: Dylan Thomas The Collected Letters Volume I: 1931-1939 (Read more...)Dylan Thomas The Collected Letters Volumes II: 1939-1953 (Read more...)
Jane Austen's England
A Walking Guide
A member of the Ramblers Association as well as the Jane Austen Society, Anne-Marie Edwards is an ideal guide to the landscapes Jane Austen would have known. The 15 walks she describes, with maps showing footpaths and bridleways, visit the ‘originals’ of locations in the novels, such as Godmersham House, the ‘Pemberley’ of Pride and Prejudice; the Bath Assembly Rooms; and the Cobb and ‘Granny’s Teeth’ at Lyme Regis, which feature in Persuasion.
Latin Psalter Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library
Because it formed the core of medieval devotional practice, the Book of Psalms was frequently copied as a separate volume for private reading. This study focuses on 13 examples, now in the collections of two Dublin libraries but with origins across Europe, which illustrate the diversity of such psalters’ design. Ranging from the lavishly decorated to the more austerely utilitarian, the manuscripts offer clues to the ways in which medieval readers scrutinized and engaged with the text.
The Art, Literature and Material Culture of the Medieval World
Transition, Transformation and Taxonomy
Reflecting contemporary approaches to the Middle Ages as a dynamic era of social, technological and political change, this volume of 18 essays explores the ideas of transition, transformation and taxonomy in subjects as varied as ethnic identity in medieval Córdoba, Old English poetry, the sculpture series of Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House, and Simon Semeonis’ 14th-century account of his pilgrimage from Ireland to Jerusalem.
Volume the First
From the age of eleven, Jane Austen was writing short pieces of fiction, poetry and drama, often parodying contemporary novels and often violent and risqué. She copied some of these stories into notebooks – ‘Volumes’ – for family and friends to read. This book presents a photographic facsimile of the first of the three surviving notebooks, offering a rare and sometimes quite shocking introduction to the young Austen, along with an introduction, ‘A Writer’s Apprenticeship’, by Kathryn Sutherland.
The Sunday Sessions
Philip Larkin Reading his Poetry
Recorded in February 1980, in the garage of Larkin’s friend John Weeks, the two Sunday Sessions tapes contain 26 poems from four collections: The North Ship, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows. The tapes were found in the garage in 2006 and have been recorded on a vinyl LP, as befitting Larkin’s love of records. 1 Vinyl: 60 mins
Writers and Their Work
In a combination of commentary and critique, Robert Miles explores how Jane Austen ‘creates the illusion of personality within her work’; addresses the issues of class, money and gender in the novelist’s cultural background; and discusses the contemporary conventions of the novel.
Writers and Their Work
Now the focus of much historical and feminist study, Aphra Behn (c1640-1689) was a prolific writer, famous for her novel Oroonoko and the play, The Rover. In this critical study, published in the Writers and Their Work series, Wiseman offers concise essays on the principal literary genres in which she worked.
The Best of AA Gill
For more than 20 years, readers turned to AA Gill’s columns every Sunday for his wit, perception and outrageously funny one-liners. Drawn from a range of publications including The Sunday Times, Vanity Fair and Tatler, this compilation presents some of the best of his restaurant reviews, travel journalism, TV criticism and feature articles. Among the collection are his excoriation of vegetarians, provocative reportage from Sudan and Haiti, and reflections on his father’s Alzheimers and his own impending death from pancreatic cancer.
An Anthology of Stories and Poems
‘Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs and patronizes human beings’, wrote Oliver Herford (1863–1935) – but far from taking offence, we have sung the praises of cats in poetry and prose since the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead asked, ‘Who is this Cat?’ This anthology is arranged by theme, from the ‘Fireside Phoenix’ to ‘Requiescat’, and includes writers and poets from Aesop to Jerome K Jerome – and many famous literary cats.
A Life of Contradiction
In addition to giving an account of Dostoyevsky’s eventful life, this biography studies his main novels and stories, and sets out to demonstrate their lasting accessibility and relevance. Judith Gunn describes his struggles with deadlines, debt, epilepsy, gambling and imprisonment; examines the ways in which his themes and characters have been reinterpreted in television shows including Columbo and The X-Files; and explores the strong and enduring connection between his work and modern media.
Classic Werewolf Stories
From Leitch Richie’s The Man-Wolf (1831) to Running Wolf (1920) by Algernon Blackwood, this collection of twelve short stories and two poems shows the great literary versatility of the werewolf, with celebrated authors including WB Yeats, Kipling and Saki unable to resist the lure of the lycanthrope.