Dealing with the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global, this book explores questions such as: What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?
Pearl Buck was raised in China by her American parents, Presbyterian missionaries from Virginia. Blonde and blue-eyed she looked startlingly foreign, but felt as at home as her Chinese companions. Pearl Buck would eventually rise to eminence in America as a bestselling author. This biography recounts her upbringing in China.
Begins with a letter the author writes to his unborn daughter. He adds one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerising intensity that have become his trademark.
Covering Geoffrey Chaucer's life and work, David Wallace considers the influence and enduring appeal of his body of writing, exploring the wide ranging geography and iconic characters in his stories, and discusses how Chaucer's own experiences contributed to his literature.
The Work of Literature presents a fresh approach to the question of the value of literature, posing and responding to questions about the way we read and write about literature, its value to individuals and society, how it is best approached by readers and critics, and how it retains its power to give pleasure over decades and centuries.
A guide to writing fiction by the Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little.Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction.
Derek Johns was Jan Morris's literary agent for twenty years, and Ariel is a literary life, an appreciation of the work and achievements of someone who besides being a delightful writer is known to many as a generous, affectionate, witty and irreverent friend.
The second volume in his autobiographical quartet based on the seasons, Winter is an achingly beautiful collection of daily meditations and letters addressed directly to Knaugsaard's unborn daughterIt is strange that you exist, but you don't know anything about what the world looks like.
The works of Mervyn Peake have fascinated readers for several years. His Gormenghast sequence of novels are serialized to great acclaim by the BBC stands. This book traces the recurrent motifs through Peake's works (islands, animals, and loneliness) and explores Peake's play, "The Wit to Woo".
This book takes a global perspective, tracing the development of children's literature from ancient stories such as Aesop's Fables and the Indian Panchatantra, to the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, to the highly collectable Ladybird books of the 20th century, and up to modern classics and bestsellers such as the Harry Potter series.
Dealing with the cultural history of the Fin de Siecle, this is an anthology of non-literary writings from 1880-1900. It includes sections on Degeneration, Outcast London, The Metropolis, The New Woman, Literary Debates, The New Imperialism, Socialism, Anarchism, Scientific Naturalism, Psychology, Psychical Research, Sexology, and Racial Science.
Romantic poetry deals with the tensions, hopes and fears of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as felt by a disparate group of men and women. This revised and expanded second edition shows how to use some developments in literary theory to think and write about Romantic poetry.
Intends to introduce readers to the best work in the world of art, culture, and thought - whether that means literature, painting, wrestling, philosophy, or cooking - in an attractive vehicle that's free from the bugbears of condescension, mustiness, and jargony obfuscation.
Features long articles, interviews, and book reviews, as well as poems, comics, and a two-page vertically-oriented Schema spread, more or less unreproduceable on the web. This title gives people and books the benefit of the doubt.
A monthly magazine where length is no object. It features long articles, interviews, and book reviews, as well as poems, comics, and a two-page vertically-oriented Schema spread, more or less unreproduceable on the web.
What were people reading about as Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? How did the events around the industrial revolution influence the literary output of British writers and thinkers? This title presents a digest of significant and representative works of literature published in English by British authors from 1474 to 2001.
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides biographies of Britain's fascinating historical figures - people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. This work talks about John Ruskin.
This introductory study explores Margaret Atwood's versatility as a writer and her use of a variety of novel forms. Atwood's writing from the 1970s to the 1990s is analyzed in order to indicate the significant continuities beneath her constant shifts of emphasis.
This book introduces you to the life and works of Dostoyevsky. Explore the range and versatility of this thought-provoking and compelling writer, focusing on his concern with writing as a means of understanding the human condition.
This guide helps readers find their way into the writing of one of today's most popular writers. Her work plunges people into the heart of stories, involving them in the process and the pleasure of storytelling. In her fiction, Margaret Atwood dismantles universal truths and leads readers to seek their own answers to the riddles of life.
In Dying Modern, renowned literary critic Diana Fuss argues that as death has been increasingly shunted off-stage, out of the public eye, poets have taken up the task of reckoning with dying, loss, absence, and grief.
This textbook explores the language of metaphor. Combining insights from relevance theory and functional linguistics, Goatley provides a powerful model for understanding how metaphors work in real communication.
By the time she eventually caught the train back to Penzance two days later they had fallen in love and Eric had declared that he was determined to marry her...'Before her death in 2002, Mary Wesley told her biographer Patrick Marnham: `after I met Eric I never looked at anyone else again.