John the Baptist's Prayer or The Descent into Hell from the Exeter Book
Text, Translation and Critical Study
In this critical edition of the Anglo-Saxon poem commonly known as The Descent into Hell, Rambaran-Olm provides a substantial introduction, including a review of comparative studies and analogous literature, and her commentary offers a fresh interpretation of the poem, arguing the case for renaming it ‘John the Baptist’s Prayer’ to better reflect its central theme. Anglo-Saxon Studies 21.
On the day after the death of his mother, Roland Barthes (1915–1980) began keeping the notes that form Mourning Diary. These intensely personal reflections are described by Nathalie Léger in her foreword as ‘the hypothesis of a book’. Translated by Richard Howard; preface by Michael Wood.
The Portable Paradise
Baedeker, Murray, and the Victorian Guidebook
In a long essay, based on his 2005 lecture for the Royal Geographical Society at the London Library, Jonathan Keates reflects on Victorian guidebooks, not as repositories of practical information, but as evidence of what their original purchasers dreamed of.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Country Diaries
A Year in the British Countryside
Described by the Daily Mail as 'a delightfully addictive treasury', this anthology features many of the great diarists who wrote about life in the countryside, among them Gilbert White, Beatrix Potter, John Evelyn and Roger Deakin. The book is arranged as a year, from 1 January 1779, when 'a most dreadful Storm of Wind and Hail & Snow' awoke James Woodforde, to Richard Jeffries counting 2000 peewits in a field in Surbiton on 31 December 1881.
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.
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, including suggestions for further work.
As an actor Simon Callow has played the part of Dickens and performed Dickens's works; as a writer he focuses on the role of theatre in the life of the novelist, public speaker and self-styled 'Sparkler of Albion'. The result is an exuberant, passionate portrayal of Dickens and the 'abundant living' that he crammed into a relatively short life. 'Callow not only admires his subject', wrote David Edgar in the Guardian, 'but has got inside him'.
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.
The Greatest Books You'll Never Read
Bernard Richards's survey of unpublished masterpieces by the world's greatest writers spans Western literature from Virgil's Aeneid and its 57 truncated hexameters to García Márquez's We'll Meet in August, a novel in limbo during the author's final years. The book gives detailed, richly illustrated and anecdotal accounts of unfinished, never started or lost works, among them Shakespeare's lost play, the manuscripts in Hemingway's mislaid suitcase, and the unfinished novel found in the wreckage of the car in which Camus died.
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.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's plays have enthralled audiences since Elizabethan times, and his heroes and heroines, villains and jesters are among English literature's most enduring characters. Who can forget the reasoning of Portia, the scheming of Richard III, the wit of Beatrice and Benedick or the tragic vanity of King Lear? This compact, clearly presented one-volume edition includes all the comedies, histories and tragedies, along with his sonnets and longer poems such as Venus and Adonis. Archaic words are explained in a glossary.
The Most Dangerous Book
The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
On 2 February 1922 the owner of the Parisian bookshop Shakespeare and Company collected the first copies of James Joyce's Ulysses. All hell broke loose: the Sunday Express denounced it as 'infamously obscene', while the Dublin Review warned that to read it was a sin against the Holy Ghost. This account tells the painful, exhilarating story of how Joyce's masterpiece was conceived, written, published, banned and burned before taking its place among the greatest works of world literature.
His Life and Work
‘We know more about the life of Shakespeare than that of any of his literary contemporaries ... And the rest is there for all to see, in and between every line he ever wrote.’ This popular biography, written by the royal biographer and award-winning journalist Anthony Holden, sifts fact from legend and interweaves the poet’s own words to create an absorbing, vivid portrait of the man behind the genius. First published in 1999.
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.
One Equall Light
An Anthology of Writings by John Donne
Donne's contribution to English literature was surely as great in prose as in verse; but today his sermons, letters and other prose writings are relatively little read. To redress the balance, John Moses has compiled this selection of nearly 1,000 short extracts from the works of his illustrious predecessor as Dean of St Paul's. Three introductory chapters discuss Donne's meaning for us today, the distinctive characteristics of his work, and his reflections on death during his final years.
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.