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This book contains a collection of Edward Thomas's essays including How I Began, Chalk Pits, Tipperary, Swansea Village, and The Friend of the Blackbird. It was originally published posthumously in 1929 and is here being republished with a new introductory biography on the author. Edward Thomas was an accomplished writer and his work included essays, travelogues, topographical descriptions, reviews, critical studies and biographies. He was killed in action in the First World War in 1917.
The Colbeck collection was formed over half a century ago by the Bournemouth bookseller Norman Colbeck. Focusing primarily on British essayists and poets of the nineteenth century from the Romantic Movement through the Edwardian era, the collection features nearly 500 authors and lists over 13,000 works. Entries are alphabetically arranged by author with copious notes on the condition and binding of each copy. Nine appendices provide listings of selected periodicals, series publications, anthologies, yearbooks, and topical works.
Since its generic inception in 1516, utopia has produced visions of alterity which renegotiate, subvert, and transcend existing places. Early in the twentieth century, H. G. Wells linked utopia to the World State, whose post-national, post-Westphalian emergence he predicated on English national discourse. This critical study examines how the discursive representations of England’s geography, continuity, and character become foundational to the Wellsian utopia and elicit competing response from Wells’s contemporaries, particularly Robert Hugh Benson and Aldous Huxley, with further ramifications throughout the twentieth century. Contextualized alongside modern theories of nationalism and utopia, as well as read jointly with contemporary projections of England as place, reactions to Wells demonstrate a shift from disavowal to retrieval of England, on the one hand, and from endorsement to rejection of the World State, on the other. Following Huxley’s attempts to salvage the residual traces of English culture from their abuses in the World State, England’s dissolution in the throes of alterity takes increasing precedence over the visions of a post-national world order and dissents from the Wellsian utopia. This trend continues in the work of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, J. G. Ballard, and Julian Barnes, whose future scenarios warn against a world without England. The Nationality of Utopia investigates utopia’s capacity to deconstruct and redeploy national discourse in ways that surpass fear and nostalgia.
More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 4 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.
Covers writers who have made significant contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the fourteenth century to the present day. Includes in-depth critical and biographical analysis.
This book uses models of 'world literature' to present this 'quintessentially English' writer as a pioneering figure in an Anglophone Welsh literary tradition, a controversial reading that contributes to the present-day reconfiguration of cultural relations between Wales, England, Scotland
In his lifetime, Edward Thomas was known as a critic, essayist and author of numerous prose books. But today he is most valued for the 144 poems - some of the most memorable of our century - written in just two years, shortly before Thomas's death at Arras in 1917 aged thirty-nine.
Essays on writers from Albania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Discusses authors who played significant roles in the growth, development and preservation of their respective literatures during an extraordinarily inventive and creative time period. As many of these authors had limited exposure in the West, these essays provide a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of Eastern Europe and its literary tradition.
Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers, 1900-1960.
With an introduction by Simon Callow Judgements about the quality of works of art begin in opinion. But for the last two hundred years only the wilfully perverse (and Tolstoy) have denied the validity of the opinion that Shakespeare was a genius. Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? And what makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? Exploring Shakespeare's life, including questions of authorship and autobiography, and charting how his legacy has grown over the centuries, this extraordinary book asks how Shakespeare has come to be such a powerful symbol of genius. Written with lively passion and wit, The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of our greatest poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, has shown how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how the man himself became a truly global phenomenon. 'The best modern book on Shakespeare' Sir Peter Hall
Edward Thomas volunteered when he was 37 years old and a father of three and was killed, as an artillery officer, during the first hour of the Arras offensive, on April 9th, 1917. In the two years before his death, he wrote the 144 poems which ensured a place for him among the poets of his generation. Though all his poems had been written under storm's wing, Thomas was not a war poet in the sense that Owen, Sassoon or Rosenberg were war poets. Before he turned to poetry in December 1914, he had written and published about thirty prose books of different kinds: country books and nature studies, literary biographies and travel accounts, several short stories, one autobiographical novel and one autobiographical fragment. He was also a reviewer of contemporary poetry, literary editor and anthologist. There is a popular notion that Thomas's friendship with the American poet Robert Frost made him a poet; an equally mistaken view places Thomas among the Georgian poets, while at the same time it fails to mention the powerful impact of the poetry of William Butler Yeats and Thomas Hardy. Edward Thomas: A Mirror of England surveys the whole of Edward Thomas's achievement, not only in verse, explaining the ways in which Thomas's poetry continues to appeal to new generations of readers, while exerting great influence on new generations of poets. Wisniewski discusses Thomas's place in the English line of 20th century poetry, stemming from Thomas Hardy; he sheds new light on the literary friendship between Thomas and Robert Frost; he analyzes his nature books and provides new assessment of his role as critic. Wisniewski argues against those who insist on placing Thomas's poetry in the context of Georgian poetry, and in doing so provides new interpretations of well-known poems by Thomas. The book fully discusses the role the Great War played in making Thomas a poet and in a final chapter focuses on the best known poems by Thomas. Almost thirty years after Andrew Motion's study, The Poetry of Edward Thomas, A Mirror of England offers a fresh and timely reappraisal of one of England's major poets. With scholarly thoroughness and lucidity Wisniewski reveals an accessible and complex poet in ways which will bring Edward Thomas once again to whoever is interested in poetry.
Known as the "poets' poet," Edward Thomas is a model of literary composition for successful authors, and this collection gathers together Thomas's letters and poems, many of which have never before been published. The correspondence between Thomas and the eminent poets whom he counted as friends—including Walter de la Mare, W. H. Hudson, Gordon Bottomley, Robert Frost, Eleanor Farjeon, John Freeman, Edward Garnett, Jesse Berridge, and J. W. Haines—adds insight into the literary achievements of this stunning author.

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