Literature & Fiction
The Twentieth Century
The third book in the Reading and Studying Literature series for the Open University (module A230), this volume of essays, discussion topics and readings offers a fresh perspective on 20th-century writing in English. Part 1, on 20th-century cities, covers the period 1900–1950 in chapters on James Joyce’s Dubliners, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and poems and stories from New York’s Harlem Renaissance; Part 2, on migrant memory, discusses works by Sam Selvon, James Berry, Elizabeth Bishop, Brian Friel and WG Sebald.
Hugging the Shore
Essays and Criticism
‘Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea’, wrote John Updike in the preface to this collection of his essays. The novelist’s self-deprecating remark belies the range, depth and perception of these articles on his great predecessors Melville, Hawthorne and Whitman, and admired contemporaries such as Vladimir Nabokov, Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark. Slightly off-mint; Felt tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
On Further Reflection
60 Years of Writing
Actor, doctor, sculptor, TV personality, and director of film and opera, Jonathan Miller is a true polymath, yet his learning is worn lightly, his serious insights balanced by playful humour. All these qualities are evident in this collection of his writings from the past six decades, on subjects as diverse as drama, comedy, art history, mesmerism, neurology, psychology, how television changed after the Kennedy assassination, and how we see ourselves and the world.
The Rings Of Saturn
In the aftermath of a personal crisis Sebald, the celebrated German author, sets out on foot through the eerie, liminal landscape of coastal East Anglia. Deftly skirting the porous border between memoir, travelogue and fiction, the result is a haunting meditation on people and cultures past and present, on writers from Thomas Browne to Joseph Conrad, on fishing fleets, silkworms, a town that vanished beneath the sea, and the transience of human existence.
A Literary History
Covering the history of travel literature from its ‘prehistory’ in ancient Greece and Rome to the work of modern travellers such as Thesinger, Thubron, Fermor and Chatwin, Peter Whitfield identifies successive paradigms of travel, including exploration, pilgrimage, science and romanticism. After surveying - and quoting from - the great travellers of the past, he considers the challenges of our world of airports and theme parks, concluding that today’s travel writer must ‘keep alive the idea of the inner journey, the transforming experience’.
Adventures in the Strand
Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine
In 1891, the first issue of The Strand magazine appeared; it was an immediate and massive success, mainly due to the debut of Sherlock Holmes in its pages. In this study of the relationship between Holmes's creator and the magazine, Mike Ashley first sketches the early career paths of Conan Doyle, the publisher George Newnes and editor Greenhough Smith before exploring their extraordinary achievement and Doyle’s subsequent 40-year association with The Strand up to his death in 1930.
The Complete Works of Primo Levi
Although known to English-speaking readers mainly for his works about the Holocaust, Primo Levi (1919–1987) was a prolific writer of stories, essays, memoirs and poems on a wide range of subjects. This magnificent edition brings his entire published output together, with a revised translation of If This Is a Man by its original translator, new translations of the other works, and a short introduction by Toni Morrison.
The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in Britain, 1660-1789
With 14 essays by leading scholars, this Companion introduces the range, significance and complexity of women’s writing during the long 18th century. The book is in two parts; the first discussing women in print culture, including a study of how geographical location shaped women’s writing; the second part examines a representative selection from the wide range of genres in which women wrote, including poetry, drama, fiction, history, satire and travel writing.
Spinsters, Lesbians and Widows in British Women's Fiction, 1850s-1930s
Emma Liggins’s study examines diverse representations of the woman outside of heterosexual marriage and the ‘New Woman’ in fiction and autobiography, from Charlotte Bronte’s Villette to works by Winifred Holtby and Virginia Woolf.
These eight volumes contain the whole series of Arber's 30 reprints, published between 1868 and 1871, that aimed to promote the study of literature by providing cheap, accessible editions of works such as Milton's Areopagitica, More's Utopia and James I's Counterblaste to Tobacco. Reprinted in facsimile. No jackets.
Abraham and his Son
The Story of a Story
The book of Genesis tells how Abraham obeyed God’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac, a brief story that has profoundly influenced the theology and rituals of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as art, music and literature down the ages. In his history of this enigmatic tale, Goodman explores its many versions, from Syriac hymns to Sartre and Bob Dylan, showing how each rewriting has addressed worries about Abraham’s unquestioning faith and God’s reasons for requiring the sacrifice.
Hanz Kuechelgarten, Leaving the Theater and Other Works
Early Writings, Essays, Book Reviews and Letters
Nikolai Gogol is one of the geniuses of Russian comic prose. This compilation of uncollected and previously untranslated writings ranges from his debut in 1829 to 1842, the year of his great novel Dead Souls. It presents him in many guises – as poet, playwright, essayist and book reviewer – rounding out our understanding of this enigmatic master of dark humour. The translator’s introduction sets these early works in their biographical and historical context.
The Book of the Play
Playwrights, Stationers, and Readers in Early Modern England
Focusing on the publication, marketing and readership of plays in the early modern period, this collection of nine essays opens fresh perspectives on the relationship between the cultures of print and performance and more broadly between drama and the public sphere. The essay topics include women as readers of printed drama, closet drama and the case of Tyrannicall-Government Anatomized, play-reading and the book trade, and black-letter typeface.
Lines in the Sand
The late AA Gill was widely acclaimed as one of the finest journalists of our time. This selection of recent pieces, made by Gill himself before his untimely death, shows him at his most perceptive, brilliant and funny. He tackles life-drawing, designs his own tweed, spends a day at Donald Trump’s university, and contemplates his cancer diagnosis. Above all, he addresses that most urgent of contemporary issues, the refugee crisis, reporting from Lampedusa, Lebanon and Calais with anger and compassion.
Travels with John Steinbeck
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck, travelling from New York to New Orleans to ‘see how the country looks and smells and sounds’. Half a century on, Dutch journalist and historian Geert Mak and his wife travel from Steinbeck’s home, retracing his journey through glistening suburbs, Midwestern prairies and rust-belt towns to see how Main Street, USA has changed, and what has become of the American Dream.
A tradition started by Leon Battista Alberti’s Apologi centum (1437), the philosophical Aesopic fable was an important genre in Renaissance literature. This volume presents Aesopic prose by Alberti, Bartolomeo Scala, Leonardo da Vinci and Bernadino Baldi, translated, with introduction and notes by David Marsh.
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 Dostoyevsky’s St Petersburg apartment.
The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries
This classic survey of tales about ‘the other-world of the Celtic race’ was first published in 1911; it is based both on Celtic literature and on oral traditions from the British Isles and Brittany, which Evans Wentz helped to record. As he seeks an ordering principle for these survivals of ancient beliefs he applies theories from anthropology, comparative religion and psychical research. This reprint features a new foreword by poet and Yeats scholar Kathleen Raine.
The Illustration of Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe has inspired artists as well as readers since it first appeared in 1719. Examining how the novel and the figure of Crusoe have been understood and interpreted by artists and engravers over time, Blewett analyses more than 100 illustrations (reproduced in black and white), from the frontispiece by an unknown artist in the first edition, to an illustration by NC Wyeth for an American edition from 1920.
A Literary Anthology
This anthology for cat-lovers brings together prose and poetry on house cats, hunters, kittens and big cats (The Tyger among them) as well as the most famous literary felines such as Kipling’s The Cat that Walked by Himself and the Cheshire Cat from Wonderland, along with their original illustrations.
West African Literatures
Ways of Reading
This study interweaves the analysis of West African fiction, drama and poetry with an exploration of the broader political, cultural and intellectual contexts within which West African writers work. Anglophone literatures form the central focus of the book, with comparative comments on vernacular literature, francophone writing and oral literatures and detailed discussion of selected francophone texts in translation (eg. Senghor, Tadjo, Beyala, BÔ and Sembene).
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.