Landscapes of the Passing Strange
Reflections from Shakespeare
This collaboration pairs lines by Shakespeare with 70 photographs of landscapes reflected in antique bottles. Michael Witmore, who chose the texts, discusses the playwright’s visual imagination, while artist Rosamund Purcell tells how the distressed glass transforms sky, trees and human forms into something rich and strange.
'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).
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.
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.
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.
John Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Plot Sermon
A Parallel-Text Edition
Discovered in the summer of 1992, MS Royal 17.B.XX is a scribal manuscript of Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Plot Anniversary sermon, corrected in his own hand. An invaluable contribution to Donne scholarship, this volume not only introduces the sermon in its textual and cultural contexts, but presents a photographic facsimile of the manuscript, with a complete transcription for each page, keyed to the earliest printed source (1649) and to the Potter and Simpson edition (1962). Slightly off-mint.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
Manuscript, Print, and Political Culture in Revolutionary England
Focusing on the relationship between the manuscript evidence of Milton’s thinking and its public representation in his printed works, Fulton explores the reading notes and political notes in the poet’s Commonplace Book.
Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound
Christopher Ricks presents a study of the poets Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht and Robert Lowell, exploring the relationship of each poet’s work to that of their great predecessors, TS Eliot and Ezra Pound.
The Pèlerinage Allegories of Guillaume de Deguileville
Tradition, Authority and Influence
The profoundly influential 14th-century French pilgrimage allegories of Guillaume de Deguileville are discussed here in nine essays (four in French) offering new insights into the allegories’ circulation, cultural context and their impact on European literary history.
The Science of the Eye and the Birth of Modern French Fiction
With close textual exegesis of works of French realism, detective fiction, science fiction and the fantastic, Andrea Goulet examines the novel within the context of 19th-century scientific discourse, specifically, the epistemological debates of optics.
Boswell's London Journal
‘Friday 19 November 1762... When we came upon Highgate Hill and had a view of London, I was all life and joy.’ Fresh from Scotland and lodging in Downing Street, 22-year-old James Boswell revelled in London - its theatres, coffee houses and conversation, sexual adventures and freedom. His journal is a vivid portrayal of the city's high-life and low-life, rich and poor, and of his new acquaintances, from prostitutes to the great Dr Johnson.
A Tale of a Tub
The Battle of the Books
Described by Frank Ellis as ‘an amazing comic book’, Jonathan Swift’s story of Peter (Catholic), Martin (Anglican) and Jack (Dissenter) and their inheritance (a jacket apiece) is a satire on ‘the numerous and gross Corruptions in Religion and Learning’. Swift also takes aim at religious fanaticism and the contemporary debate about the Ancient and Moderns in two accompanying works: The Battle of the Books and The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit. This complete edition includes Sir Andrew Fontaine’s original illustrations (1710).
Alice's Adventures Under Ground
The Original Manuscript
In 1864, two years after telling young Alice Liddell the tale of the white rabbit, Lewis Carroll wrote down the story for her. In Carroll's hand and with his own drawings, that 90-page manuscript – the forerunner of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – is now one of the British Library's treasures. After an illustrated introduction by Sally Brown telling the story of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the Liddell sisters and the origins of Alice, this book presents a facsimile of the original manuscript.
A Literary History of Subversion and Control
The 25 contentious publications discussed in this book illustrate how the censorship of literature has developed in the United Kingdom and United States, which both claim an ancient tradition of free expression. Ranging from medieval translations of the Bible to Marjane Satrapi’s recent Persepolis, they include works now considered masterpieces, such as Joyce’s Ulysses, which were banned because they challenged the orthodoxies of their time.