The World of Raymond Chandler
In His Own Words
Despite his fame as an author of superlative crime fiction, Raymond Chandler (1888–1959) never wrote an autobiography. This volume fills the gap, setting passages of the novels and short stories alongside excerpts from Chandler's letters to friends, publishers and fellow authors. They reveal his insights on writing, language and style; his views on women, Los Angeles and his private eye Philip Marlowe; and his experiences in Hollywood working with such directors as Hitchcock and Billy Wilder. American-cut pages.
'Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.' This edition of Shakespeare's Henry V is a pocket-sized, hardback volume containing the complete and unabridged text of the play, an introduction, a glossary of Shakespearean vocabulary and a bibliography. Published in the Collector's Library series, the book is linen-bound, with gilt-edged pages and a silk marker.
Othello, The Moor of Venice
This edition of Othello, the great tragedy of 'the green-ey'd monster', is a pocket-sized, hardback volume containing the complete and unabridged text of the play, an introduction, a glossary of Shakespearean vocabulary and a bibliography. Published in the Collector's Library series, the book is linen-bound, with gilt-edged pages and a silk marker.
Shades of Difference
Mythologies of Skin Color in Early Modern England
Sujata Iyengar’s term ‘mythologies of color’ refers to a complex of early modern beliefs surrounding the significance of skin colour, whether white, black, red, green, yellow or transparent. She explores these cultural mythologies in their historical, geographical and literary contexts during the period when colonial expansion and the slave trade introduced Britons to more dark-skinned persons than they had previously encountered.
The Humanist Comedy
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, authors in the Western literary tradition have applied a sceptical or contrarian perspective to religious beliefs and practices by using the freedom ceded to comedy. This study, which ranges from Aristophanes through Erasmus and Molière to the Nobel Prize-winning José Saramago, charts the history of such humanist humour and its use as a means of making room for multiple points of view and easing the negotiation of differences.
Hail and Farewell!
Ave, Salve, Vale
In 1901, George Moore, the celebrated author of Esther Waters , returned to his native Dublin at the height of the Irish Literary Revival. First published in 1911, his monumental Hail and Farewell! profiles the movement’s leading figures, including WB Yeats, Lady Gregory and JM Synge, charts the development of the Abbey Theatre, and illuminates the literary, artistic and musical tastes of the period. This new edition provides notes explaining many references familiar to the book’s original readers but now obscure.
The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany
Reflecting on the appeal of Sherlock Holmes in 1946, the editor of The Baker Street Journal described Conan Doyle's creation as 'Galahad and Socrates, bringing high adventure to our dull existences and calm, judicial logic to our biased minds'. For fans old and new, this little book is full of all things Holmesian – from Sidney Paget's original illustrations in The Strand to Benedict Cumberbatch's modern interpretation of the great detective.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In this book from the Critical Lives series, Stephen Hart provides new insight into the life and work of the Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) and describes how the political struggles of Latin America influenced his writing, from One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) to Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004).
In Her Own Words
Her warm humour, sympathy, curiosity about human nature and eye for detail make the novels of Maeve Binchy (1940–2012) hugely appealing. These virtues are all shared by this selection of articles from The Irish Times, which chart her life from her early career as a waitress to the pains of old age. Whether meeting Samuel Beckett, reporting tragedies or recounting an amusing anecdote of small-town life, they are as compelling as her fiction. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
Ethics and Power in Medieval English Reformist Writing
In an in-depth study of the late medieval practice of fraternal correction of sin, Craun examines how it was constructed in pastoral writing and, looking particularly at Piers Plowman and The Book of Margery Kempe, how it was used by writers intent on reform.
Shakespeare: Staging the World
Staging the World
Shakespeare's plays still enthral us four centuries after they were written, but what fed his imagination? Beautifully illustrated with more than 200 paintings, sculptures, artefacts and documents, this catalogue of a joint British Museum-Royal Shakespeare Company exhibition explores the London of 1612, the Gunpowder Plot, English views of Venice, of Moors and of Jews, and the 'brave new world' beyond the Atlantic, bringing to life not just the texture of Shakespeare's times, but the ideas that were in the air.
WH Auden Prose
Volume Three: 1949-1955
The poet WH Auden was also a prolific and accomplished writer of prose. This volume includes every piece he wrote between 1949 and 1955 - more than 100 essays, reviews, introductions and lectures. Their variety of style and subject is almost inexhaustible, covering opera, ballet, cinema, poetry, cartoons, religion and politics, and writers as diverse as Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene and JRR Tolkien. Mendelson's introduction and notes place the pieces in their biographical and historical context.
Selected Writings 1993-2013
Amit Chaudhuri is one of India's finest novelists writing in English today. This collection of his non-fiction, written for publications such as Granta and the Times Literary Supplement, displays all his characteristic elegance and quirky humour. Endlessly curious, he ranges over topics from a plane hijack to playing 'Cowboys and Indians' as a child in Bombay, and from Leonard Cohen to the strange resemblance between Walter Benjamin and a familiar type of Bengali intellectual.
The Charleston Bulletin Supplements
The Sussex farmhouse of Charleston was home to the painter Vanessa Bell and her family, and a regular haunt of their Bloomsbury Group friends. In 1923, her sons Quentin and Julian founded a family newspaper to record the comings and goings there. Who better, then, to write for it than their aunt Virginia? Charming, gossipy, irreverent and funny, her contributions are transcribed here for the first time, along with some 40 of Quentin's illustrations.
Dante's Divine Comedy
Dante's great poem, the first book written in Italian, begins with his descent through nine circles of Hell to the lake of ice where Lucifer is trapped for all eternity. In this edition of Longfellow's verse translation, the Inferno's 34 cantos are each preceded by a brief introduction and illustrated with a selection of artists' representations of the Last Judgement, the landscape of Hell and scenes from Dante's infernal voyage of self-discovery.
A Practical Linguistic Guide
A unique and engaging approach to the study of Early Modern English, this book provides students with a solid grounding for understanding the language of Shakespeare and its place within the development of English. Johnson covers all aspects of the playwright's language – vocabulary, grammar, sounds, rhetorical structure, etc. – and gives illuminating background information on the linguistic context of the Elizabethan age. The book includes practical exercises and activities, with suggestions for further work.
Exit, pursued by a bear
An A–Z Guide to Shakespeare's Plays, Poems and Stagecraft
In a simple A–Z format, this guide to the plays, poems and the world of Shakespeare explains all the terms used in Shakespearean study, from GCSE to degree level. It describes the role of every character, from non-speaking cameos to Hamlet, and gives half-page synopses of each play. Other entries cover Shakespeare's sources, literary terms, critics and editors, contemporary playwrights and actors; and there is a 'filmography' of film and TV productions.
Selected and Introduced by Judith Adamson
This anthology of articles, essays, reviews, poems and diary extracts was the last of Graham Greene's books to be published in his lifetime. The pieces, selected and introduced by Judith Adamson, are arranged chronologically, from 'Impressions of Dublin' in 1923 to three fragments of novels 'Out of the Dustbin' in 1988, and together they reflect Greene's engagement with so many facets of 20th-century history, life and literature.
Life in Shakespeare's London
The career of England's greatest playwright is inextricably linked with the history of its capital. Drawing on Shakespeare's works and other contemporary sources, Globe paints a vivid picture of Elizabethan London. It tells how James Burbage carried the timbers of his Shoreditch theatre across the river to build the Globe among the brothels of Bankside, how it burned down during a performance of Henry VIII, and how it rose again 300 years later.
English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700: Vol 18 Discovering,
Identifying and Editing Early Modern Manuscripts
The 18th volume of this annual scholarly periodical comprises 12 essays, including studies of manuscripts and letters of the Earl of Rochester; and a list of manuscripts by the 'Feathery Scribe'.
Who is Ozymandias?
And Other Puzzles in Poetry
Part of the pleasure of poetry is unravelling its mysteries. Who is Ozymandias? What is the Snark? Who is Crazy Jane? In this playful, perceptive book, the acclaimed poet John Fuller teases out the conundrums, double-entendres, red herrings and misleading titles of some of our best-loved poetry, from Shelley and Browning to Eliot and Bishop, to help us reach the rewards and revelations at its heart.
Faulks on Fiction
Great British Characters and the Secret Life of the Novel
In this literary and social history, bestselling novelist Sebastian Faulks celebrates the great fictional characters of English literature, and examines the way in which they have mapped the national psyche over the centuries. Written to accompany a BBC TV series, the book explores the enduring appeal of heroes from Robinson Crusoe to Sherlock Holmes, lovers from Mr Darcy to Lady Chatterley, snobs from Emma Woodhouse to Miss Jean Brodie, and villains from Fagin to Steerpike.
Testament of Youth
An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900–1925
In this elegiac memoir, Vera Brittain (1893–1970) recalls her experiences during the First World War, when she abandoned her Oxford studies to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, and saw the hopes of her generation turn to despair during a conflict in which she lost all the men she loved. With a foreword by her daughter Shirley Williams. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Case Notes
Conan Doyle's original anthology The Return of Sherlock Holmes contained 13 mysteries, and nine of them appear in this casebook in abridged form. As well as Watson's text, there are vital notes and pieces of evidence gathered by Holmes in the course of his investigations: marriage certificates, letters, newspaper clippings, maps and the handwritten will of Jonas Oldacre from 'The Adventure of the Norwood Builder'. Fifteen of these items are secured in special evidence bags for ease of removal and study. Slipcased.
The Publication of Plays in London
1660–1800, Playwrights, Publishers, and Market
Based on the Panizzi Lectures given by the authors at the British Library, this groundbreaking study concerns approximately 1,530 published plays that were professionally performed in London between 1660 and 1800. The book covers a host of ‘nitty-gritty issues’ within the realms of playwrights, publishers and readers, including costs and prices, formats, playwrights’ remuneration, editions, collections and reprints, and illustrations in play books.
Shakespeare's Legal Language
The law is a central theme in many of Shakespeare's plays and every play makes some reference to legality or justice. Shakespeare displays considerable interest in the capacity of legal language to convey matters of social, moral and intellectual substance and his use of legal language reveals a familiarity with legal terminology. In this A-Z guide to his legal references, over 100 entries explore early modern social life, legal thought and the interaction of these within Shakespearean drama.
Women's Writing in Stuart England: The Mothers' Legacies of
Dorothy Leigh, Elizabeth Joscelin and Elizabeth Richardson
The form in which 17th century women chose to give maternal advice, the 'mother's legacy' reflects the Stuart preoccupation with meditating upon death and the significance with which deathbed blessings or pronouncements were imbued. The three presented here, with introductions and notes, include Elizabeth Joscelin's legacy, written shortly before her death in childbirth and published, with certain changes, by a chaplain in 1624. This edition reproduces Joscelin's own manuscript for the first time.
The Parson's Daughter
Jane Austen was a clergyman's daughter, related to other clergy, born and brought up in a parsonage, and many of the attitudes expressed in her novels reflect this directly or indirectly. In this full- length biography, Irene Collins pays particular attention to Austen's early life and influences in order to understand 'the depth and spontaneity of her religious commitment', and presents the novelist as a woman whose 'lively and practical' religion enhanced her understanding of human nature.
Compiled with access to the poet's own collection of books and manuscripts, this volume presents a meticulously researched listing of the work of WH Davies (1871-1940), from The Soul's Destroyer (1905) to the posthumously published Young Emma (1980). With an index of first lines and detailed chronology. No jacket.
This meticulously detailed bibliography of the work of Julian Symons (1912–1994) covers the many genres in which he wrote, from crime fiction and poetry to biography and literary studies, and includes both books and contributions to periodicals. There is a preface by HRF Keating, a chronology and Symons's 'Autobiographical Notes' are reprinted in full from Contemporary Authors' Autobiography (Detroit, 1986). No jacket.
Science Fiction Writers
Douglas Adams on Desert Island Discs, Ursula K LeGuin interviewed on Woman's Hour, Kurt Vonnegut talking on Third Ear in 1990.... Originally broadcast on BBC radio, these interviews feature ten of the really great science fiction writers talking about their art. The other seven writers are Isaac Asimov, Brian Aldiss, Doris Lessing, Michael Moorcock, JG Ballard, Arthur C Clarke (another Desert Islander) and Ray Bradbury. One CD: duration 73 minutes.
Criticism and Debates
Combining classic critical essays with new voices and perspectives, this students' text highlights topics such as gender, sexuality, nationhood and language that feature in current debates on medieval literature. Routledge Criticism and Debates in Literature series.
Charles Dickens is without doubt a literary giant. The most widely read author of his own generation, his works remain incredibly popular today. Part of the Writers' Lives series, this study combines a biographical approach with a close reading of the novels, to give a short, lively yet sophisticated introduction to Dickens's work and the personal and social contexts in which it was written.
The Red Badge of Courage
A Facsimile Edition of the Manuscript (Two volumes)
Published in 1895, this famous novel by Stephen Crane (1871-1900) describes a young soldier embroiled in the American Civil War. It quickly became renowned for its realism and psychological insight and is now a classic of American literature. This edition presents a photographic facsimile of Crane's manuscript, with drafts and a discarded chapter (Vol II), accompanied by an introduction to its history and publication and a full listing of alterations (Vol I). Bound in red linen and slip-cased.
Literary Studies and the Pursuits of Reading
In these twelve essays, critical discussion is combined with historical investigations into cultural practices and representations of reading, with topics ranging from 15th-century carnival plays to ‘reading on the edge of oblivion’ in JM Coetzee’s Age of Iron.
The Roar of the Crowd
A Sporting Anthology
The anonymous 16th-century ode The Bewties of the Fute-ball gives us some insight into the early game, and Dickens's description of Epsom Downs Racecourse brings the bustle and excitement of Derby Day in the 1850s vividly to life. This literary collection selects the responses of celebrated writers, including PG Wodehouse, Walter Scott, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Lessing, to sports as diverse as cricket, boxing and fishing.
In the Prayse of Writing
Early Modern Manuscript Studies
Published in honour of Peter Beal, the renowned scholar of scribal culture, these 14 essays cover topics including the English verse of Robert Fabyan, the Countess of Cumberland's Prayse of Private Life and the practice of letter-locking with silk floss.
The Medieval Romance of Alexander
Jehan Wauquelin's The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander The Great
Nigel Bryant presents the first English translation of Wauquelin’s The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander, a compendium of stories about Alexander the Great written in medieval French in the mid 15th century. No jacket.
The Expo Files
and Other Articles by a Crusading Journalist
Now best known as the author of the bestselling Millennium Trilogy crime novels, as a professional journalist Stieg Larsson was an untiring crusader for democracy and equality. While editor of the journal Expo he researched the extreme right both in Sweden and internationally. This book brings together his essays and articles on right-wing extremism, racism, violence against women, homophobia and honour killings. Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson; introduction by Tariq Ali.
A Love Letter From a Stray Moon
In this mesmerizing prose poem Jay Griffiths creates a fictionalized portrait of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the devastating accident that left her unable to bear children, and her love for Diego Rivera. It is also about Kahlo's sense of rebellion and, in the words of Griffiths herself, 'the revolutionary fire at the heart of art'.
English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
Was it a betrayal of the modern movement to be in love, as John Piper was, with old churches? Harris finds the engagement of artists and writers with the English countryside during the interwar years ‘an expression of responsibility – towards places, people and histories too valuable and too vulnerable to go missing from art’. Among the now much-admired figures discussed are Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Gertrude Hermes, John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier, and the book features carefully chosen quotations and reproductions of their works.
The Middle English Mirror
An Edition Based on Bodleian Library MS Holkham Misc. 40
Kathleen Marie Blumreich introduces and provides a glossary for this edition of the anonymous Middle-English translation of Robert de Gretham’s Anglo-Norman Miroir or Les Évangiles des Domnées (ca 1250–1300) – a collection of 60 homilies avowedly written for a woman of rank who read too much secular literature, but also directed at a wider audience.
The Latin Chronicle of the Kings of Castile
One of the principal narrative sources for the history of the kingdom of Castile during the reigns of Alfonso VIII (1158–1214) and Fernando III (1217–1252), the Latin Chronicle covers an eventful and important period in peninsular history. Translated, with an introduction and notes.
Pietro Alighieri's Comentum Super Poema Comedie Dantis
Pietro Alighieri (fl.1335–1365), the son of Dante, was a leading scholar and judge. Edited by Massimiliano Chiamenti, this is a critical edition of the third and final draft of his Commentary on Dante’s Divine Comedy. The Latin text is accompanied by a substantial introduction (in English).
Words Derived from Old Norse in Early Middle English
Studies in the Vocabulary of The South-West Midland Texts
Richard Dance presents etymological and contextual studies of the lexical terms originally derived from Old Norse that are found in the principal early Middle English texts from the South-West Midlands, including Ancrene Wisse and Layamon’s Brut.
Poetry, Politics, and Cultural Change in Jacobean Scotland
In this study of the Scottish courtier-poet Alexander Montgomerie (c.1550–1598), Lyall combines biographical investigation with a careful reading of the verse, revealing the effect of Montgomerie’s difficulties as a Catholic on his development of a new poetic.
Albert the Great
A Selectively Annotated Bibliography (1900–2000)
This is the first comprehensive bibliography and research guide to the literature on the great Dominican, Albertus Magnus (d.1280). Organized by category (Life and Works, Theology, Albert’s Sources etc), some 2,500 entries include articles and monographs as well as texts, editions and translations of Albert’s works.
Words of Love and Love of Words
In the Middle Ages and The Renaissance
Originating with early-twelfth-century poets in southern France, the theme of courtly love spread throughout Europe to become the dominant issue of public discourse. These 21 essays explore how this new idea of love had an impact on aspects of culture from poetry and the love of words to religious ideas.
Li Livres Dou Tresor
Brunetto Latini (ca 1220–1294) was a prominent figure in Florentine politics during a period of bourgeois rather than princely government. Dating from his exile in France, the ‘Treasure’ is a compilation of texts for people in government, written in the vernacular. The French text is edited and introduced by Spurgeon Baldwin and Paul Barrette.
Chaucer and Array
Patterns of Costume and Fabric Rhetoric in Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde and Other Works
In this study Dr Hodges explores patterns of costume and fabric rhetoric used by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales (the Knight’s, Clerk’s and Miller’s tales), Troilus and Criseyde and other works, including The Tale of Sir Thopas.