The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy
This science fiction and fantasy anthology explores a host of forgotten, unfinished or little-known works, from early examples of the genre such as Jules Verne’s unpublished (until 1994) novel Paris in the 20th Century to George Lucas’s pre-Star Wars film THX 1138 and Andrew MacLean’s 1990s TV series Space Island One. Over 70 essays and 150 illustrations explore works covering film, literature, art, music, fashion, architecture and pop culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
Chaos and Cosmos
Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century
Studying prose and poetry from the Romantic and Victorian eras alongside recent ecological writings, Heidi Scott discusses how the 19th-century literary concepts of chaos and microcosm have been adopted into ecology’s scientific epistemology.
The World Broke in Two
Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, EM Forster and the Year That Changed Literature
The beginning of 1922 found the four subjects of this study troubled by self-doubt, money worries, relationship difficulties and the intellectual challenge posed by James Joyce’s Ulysses. Investigating their friendships and rivalries, the book looks at their creative regeneration in works such as Eliot’s The Waste Land, Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Forster’s Passage to India and Lawrence’s important if underrated Kangaroo – works now recognized as landmarks of literary modernism. American-cut pages
A History of Despots Through Their Writing
From Mein Kampf to Mao’s Little Red Book, dictators have often sought to expound their ideology in print, while some have even turned their hand to creative writing. Starting with the Big Five of 20th-century tyranny – Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and Mao – this study also examines the memoirs of Enver Hoxha, the poetry of Serb warlords, the historical fiction of Saddam Hussein and the speeches of Fidel Castro to provide a chilling insight into the despotic mindset.
On the Nature of Poetry
An Appraisal and Investigation of the Art which for 4000 Years has Distilled the Spoken Thoughts of Mankind
To understand the nature of poetry and the power it exerts over heart and mind, Verity surveys the work of poets and the impact of their work, discussing and quoting lines by over 200 poets, from the anonymous author of Epic of Gilgamesh in around 2000 BCE to TS Eliot in the 20th century. Off-mint.
The Essential Essays, 1968–2002
James’s commentaries on 20th-century culture include reactions to WH Auden’s death, the media response to Germaine Greer’s writing and his thoughts on MGM musicals. This collection, originally published as As of This Writing, contains 49 essays, with postscripts penned in 2003 reflecting upon his earlier views.
Dear Mr Murray
Letters to a Gentleman Publisher
Founded in 1768 the publishing house John Murray remained a family business for seven generations, and its authors included many great names of English literature. This selection of their letters to the firm include Jane Austen complaining about delays in printing Emma, Byron protesting at the censorship of Don Juan, Darwin sketching out his plan for On the Origin of Species, and Freya Stark’s kindly warning about Patrick Leigh Fermor’s habitual procrastination.
Singing the New Song
Literacy and Liturgy in Late Medieval England
Starting with the medieval institution of the ‘song school’, Katherine Zieman presents a study of 14th- and early 15th-century liturgical practice and its relationship to literacy. Where many scholars have related increased literacy during this period to writing practices, Zieman focuses on the reading and singing of written liturgy, and argues that the performance of sacred texts played a vital role in learning and literacy.
Conversations with and About Beckett
The American drama and cultural critic Mel Gussow (1933–2005) first met Samuel Beckett in Paris in 1978 and over the following ten years spoke informally with the playwright and with some of his collaborators, including the actor Billie Whitelaw and director Mike Nichols. In these candid conversations Beckett offers glimpses of his method of writing and, in Gussow’s words, ‘the extreme difficulty and urgency of his creativity’. Slightly off-mint.
The Art of Survival
France and the Great War Picaresque
Libby Murphy argues that writers and artists during the First World War reactivated and re-imagined the picaresque hero of classic Spanish fiction, an exemplar of resourcefulness and self-preservation, as a counter to the culture of heroism. Among the literary works, cartoons and films discussed are the journalism of Georges de la Fouchardière, Le Feu by Henri Barbusse, and Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp.
The Essential Paradise Lost
John Milton’s Paradise Lost is considered one of the greatest works of English literature, yet is little read today, largely on account of its complexity. John Carey’s edition presents substantial extracts, including the work’s finest poetry, with linking passages that preserve its epic sweep while explaining the narrative, the ideas, and the protagonists’ motivations.
Julius Caesar's Bellum Civile and the Composition of a New Reality
Offering a fresh examination of Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Civili, the only first-hand account of the civil war by one of the protagonists, Ayelet Peer examines how Caesar viewed his own engagement in the war, his manipulation of events, and the ways in which he presented himself and his interpretation of the conflict.