Literature & Fiction
The British Library Stefan Zweig Collection
Catalogue of the Literary and Historical Manuscripts
From the age of 16, the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) was a passionate collector of literary and historical autograph manuscripts, and his collection of unique pieces included poems by Rilke and Baudelaire, drafts by Robespierre, Darwin and Dostoevsky and lecture notes by Nietzsche. The collection was donated to the British Library by Zweig’s heirs in 1986, and is catalogued in this volume with full descriptions, commentary and 74 reproductions of manuscript pages.
Robert Mannyng of Brunne
The Chronicle by Robert Mannyng of Brunne (fl.1288–1338) is a history of the British people in English verse; Part I is a translation of the French Roman de Brut of Wace (1155); Part II is from the Anglo-French chronicle of Peter of Langtoft. This scholarly edition of the text, with introduction, notes and glossary, aims to make the work more accessible and facilitate a reappraisal of Mannyng as an important translator of Anglo-French literature. No jacket.
An Exceptional Woman
The Writings of Heather Tanner
Heather Tanner (1903–1993) is best remembered as an environmental campaigner and the author of four exquisite books about Wiltshire and its countryside, illustrated by her husband, the artist Robin Tanner. This selection of her work, chosen by her friend Rosemary Devonald, draws on unpublished essays, letters and poems to offer new insight into the life of this remarkable woman, and into the ways and customs of a bygone rural society. Slightly off-mint.
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 Alzheimer's and his own impending death from pancreatic cancer.
The Lady in the Van
The Complete Edition
In 1974, Miss Shepherd parked her van in Alan Bennett’s front garden; and there she stayed until her death in 1989. Yet Miss Shepherd lives on as ‘the lady in the van’ in Bennett’s play and the film starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. Illustrated with colour photographs and David Gentleman’s sketches, this book contains the film script, along with a foreword by the director Nicholas Hytner, a new introduction by Bennett, and his original ‘Memoir’, first published in 1989.
Rooms of One's Own
50 Places that Made Literary History
Virginia Woolf famously said that to write, a woman must have a room of her own. This book explores the rooms of writers of both genders over the past two centuries, and reflects on the way their surroundings may have influenced their work. The result is an entertaining and richly informative tour that ranges from Dr Johnson’s London house to the Brontë parsonage at Haworth; from Dorothy Parker’s room in New York’s Algonquin Hotel to Dostoevsky’s St Petersburg apartment.
Priestess of Morphine
The Lost Writings of Marie-Madeleine in the Time of Nazis
In 1900, a teenage Jewish girl from a remote East Prussian village wrote a book of sensuous poetry that became a scandalous bestseller. Marrying into Prussian aristocracy, she lived as a respectable baroness while publishing morphine-fuelled verses and stories that pulsed with lesbian eroticism under the pseudonym Marie-Madeleine. This groundbreaking volume translates a selection of her writing for the first time, while probing the mysteries of her double life, her drug habit, and her death in a Nazi-run addiction clinic.
Essays on the Art of Angela Carter
Flesh and the Mirror
Since her death in 1992, Angela Carter’s reputation as a novelist has risen steadily. These essays explore her originality, daring and wit, providing an indispensible companion to the work. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Hermione Lee, Marina Warner and Ali Smith, who provides the introduction.
The Playwright and the Work
No playwright has captured the human predicament in the 20th century with the wit and insight of Samuel Beckett. This succinct, thorough and accessible introduction to the man, his work and his ideas surveys the plays, novels and poems, draws on interviews with theatrical colleagues such as Peter Hall and Peggy Ashcroft – and the author himself, who first met Beckett in 1961 – and includes a chronology and annotated bibliography.
The Secret Library
A Book-Lovers' Journey Through Curiosities of History
Oliver Tearle traces the history of Western civilization through its books, beginning in ancient Greece with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, but also the Batrachomyomachia attributed to him by Aristotle. Throughout this ‘secret library’ of history, Tearle looks for the obscure and even imaginary books which, like Homer's Battle of Frogs and Mice, existed alongside revered classics, and can shed new light on ages past.
A Literary Anthology
‘Histories’, wrote Alexander Pope, ‘are more full of the examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends’, and man’s best friend has a reputation for loyalty, companionship and playfulness. This collection of canine portraits from classic books will delight lovers of dogs and literature alike. Its vignettes range from Shakespeare to Dickens, from Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf, and from Dodie Smith’s Dalmatians to Jack London’s fearsome White Fang.
The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll
As well as the complete Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (with John Tenniel's original illustrations) and The Hunting of the Snark, this edition contains the whole bewildering range of Carroll's verses, puzzles, 'phantasmagoria' and stories, plus a miscellany of letters and prose pieces on topics that include women students, vivisection and dining-room etiquette.
A Bibliography 1997–2013
This is the first definitive bibliography of JK Rowling's work, from the beloved Harry Potter series to the adult fiction published under her own name and the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Compiled with the co-operation of Rowling herself, her agent and key publishing figures, it provides details of each English-language edition published in the UK and the USA. Including fascinating extracts from correspondence and archives, the book sheds new light on the author's career – and dispels many rumours.
Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric
We all use language to persuade other people, but some can do it more effectively than others. In this book, law professor Ward Farnsworth has produced a masterclass in eloquence, with passages drawn from some of the greatest writers and speakers of the English language. Organizing hundreds of these examples according to the devices they illustrate, from simple repetition to anticipating objections, he shows how to apply the powerful principles of classical rhetoric, one of the most ancient academic disciplines.
So Idle a Rogue
The Life and Death of Lord Rochester
Rake, libertine, satirist and poetic genius, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester was one of the brightest luminaries at the court of Charles II. A man of extraordinary contradictions, he was notorious for the obscenity of his amorous verses yet also wrote some of the most moving and lyrical love poetry in the language. This biography reveals the truth beneath the brilliant facade of an unhappy, immensely talented man who eventually wanted no part of the world, or himself.
This first full biography of Leonard Woolf (1880–1969) goes beyond his familiar role as husband of Virginia and member of the Bloomsbury set. Glendinning explores the many posts he filled during his long life, including colonial administrator, publisher, political writer and journal editor, and provides a full and lively portrait of a highly intelligent and complex man, who made significant contributions to the intellectual debates of his day.
Modernism and Democracy
Literary Culture 1900-1930
The emergence of Anglo-American modernist literature coincided with that of the mass democratic state, yet writers such as Yeats, Eliot and Pound were notoriously hostile towards modern democracy. Focusing on poetry, Potter reassesses the relationship between modernism and democracy by analysing the reactions of a wide range by writers, including women such as Gertrude Stein, HD and Mina Loy, and argues that the widespread scepticism about mass democracy was central to the work of modernist women writers.