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Furbank, P. N. (Philip Nicholas) 1920-2014

Works: 257 works in 1,091 publications in 3 languages and 15,337 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biographies  Satire  Romance fiction  Bildungsromans  History  Black humor 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, ed, pre, Commentator
Classifications: PR6011.O58, 823.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by P. N Furbank
E.M. Forster : a life by P. N Furbank( Book )

95 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the authorized biography of E.M. Forster
Selected letters of E.M. Forster by E. M Forster( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diderot : a critical biography by P. N Furbank( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Denis Diderot (1713-84) was one of the most dazzling and attractive figures of the French Enlightenment. Known principally as the chief editor of the Encyclopedie, the great "bible" of the age, he was an incomparable polymath - a dramatist, novelist, speculative philosopher, the founder of modern art criticism, and tireless correspondent. And his works, all of them informed by an uncannily modern sensibility, have influenced a staggering range of writers - from Goethe
Italo Svevo; the man and the writer by P. N Furbank( Book )

21 editions published in 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biographical and critical analysis of Svevo's major writings
This is not a story and other stories by Denis Diderot( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diderot has been admired as a novelist, philosopher, and encyclopedist, but he is less well known as a writer of short fiction. This volume presents his five remarkable philosophical tales including "This Is Not a Story," "On the Inconsistency of Public Opinion Regarding Our Private Action," and "Supplement to Bougainville's Voyage," as well as "The Two Friends From Bourbonne" and "Conversation of a Father with His Children: or the Danger of Setting Oneself Above the Law," both of which are here translated into English for the first time. -- Publisher description
The canonisation of Daniel Defoe by P. N Furbank( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens( Book )

33 editions published between 1968 and 1995 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the center of Martin Chuzzlewit -- the novel Angus Wilson called "one of the most sheerly exciting of all Dickens stories"-- is Martin himself, very old, very rich, very much on his guard. What he suspects (with good reason) is that every one of his close and distant relations, now converging in droves on the country inn where they believe he is dying, will stop at nothing to become the inheritor of his great fortune. Having unjustly disinherited his grandson, young Martin, the old fellow now trusts no one but Mary Graham, the pretty girl hired as his companion. Though she has been made to understand she will not inherit a penny, she remains old Chuzzlewit's only ally. As the viperish relations and hangers-on close in on him, we meet some of Dickens's most marvelous characters -- among them Mr. Pecksniff (whose name has entered the language as a synonym for ultimate hypocrisy and self-importance); the fabulously evil Jonas Chuzzlewit; the strutting reptile Tigg Montague; and the ridiculous, terrible, comical Sairey Gamp. Reluctantly heading for America in search of opportunity, the penniless young Martin goes west, rides a riverboat, and is overtaken by bad company and mortal danger -- while the battle for his grandfather's gold reveals new depths of family treachery, cunning, and ruthlessness. And in scene after wonderful scene of conflict and suspense, of high excitement and fierce and hilarious satire, Dickens's huge saga of greed versus decency comes to its magnificent climax
A tour through the whole island of Great Britain by Daniel Defoe( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1748. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LETTER VI. CONTAINING A Description of the greatest Part of the Principality of Wales. Thought I should not pay the Principality the Respect it so well deserves, if I did not begin a Letter with the Description of it; it being the Country of that brave People, who had an original Right to the whole Island, and made so noble a Stand in Defence of their Liberties and Independency; and, at last, rather than submit to a foreign Yoke, chose to be free in this remote and inaccessible Part of it. But here let me premise, that Wales is represented in the British Parliament by .24 Members. The Counties and Towns which return them will be particulariz'd in the general List, which I shall present you with at the End of my Tour thro' this Southern Part of the Island (a). The two first Counties which border West upon Monmouthshire are Brecknock and Glamorgan, and are ery mountainous on the East Side, which gives a (.} See at the Conclusion of Vol. III. Traveler Traveler a terrible Apprehension of the Country he is this way entering into, and an Expectation of meeting with nothing that is agreeable; but he is not long before he is undeceived, and finds the Reward of his Trouble. In that Part of Monmouthjhire which joins the two Counties, begins the Rising of the Hills. Kyrton-Beacon, Tumbcrlow, Blorench, Penvail, and Skirridan, are some of the Names of these horrid Mountains, and are all in this Shire; and I could not but fansy myself in View of Mount Brennus, Little-Barnard, and Great-Barnard, among the Æps. We now entered South Wales; which contains the Shires of Glamorgan, Brecknock, Radnor, Caermarthen, Pembroke, and Cardigan. Brecknock/hire is a mere inland County, as Radnor is; the Englijh jestingly (and I think not very improperly) call it Break-neck-J
A political biography of Daniel Defoe by P. N Furbank( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Furbank and Owens attempt to disentangle the story of Daniel Defoe's political career, as journalist, polemicist, political theorist and secret agent. They argue that this remarkable career calls for a good deal of rethinking, not least because biography and bibliography are here inextricably intertwined
Unholy pleasure, or, The idea of social class by P. N Furbank( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maurice; a novel by E. M Forster( Book )

38 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maurice Hall is a young man who grows up confident in his privileged status and well aware of his role in society. Modest and generally conformist, he nevertheless finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, whom he encounters at Cambridge, and through Alec, the gamekeeper on Clive's country estate, Maurice gradually experiences a profound emotional and sexual awakening. A tale of passion, bravery and defiance, this intensely personal novel was completed in 1914 but remained unpublished until after Forster's death in 1970. It offers a powerful condemnation of the repressive attitudes of British society, and is at once a moving love story and an intimate tale of one man's erotic and political self-discovery." "The introduction, by David Leavitt, explores the significance of the novel in relation to Forster's own life and as a founding work of modern gay literature. This edition reproduces the Abinger text of the novel, and includes new notes, a chronology and further reading
A passage to India by E. M Forster( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better, Forster's book explores, with unexampled profundity, both the historical chasm between races and the eternal one between individuals struggling to ease their isolation and make sense of their humanity
The prince's tale and other uncollected writings by E. M Forster( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twentieth century poetry : critical essays and documents by Graham Martin( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behalf by P. N Furbank( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Furbank proceeds to consider the question of what it means to act "on behalf" of others. He notes that the apparent strength of "politics of the person"--The ground of feminist, black, and gay politics, with its insistence that everyone should speak with his or her own distinctive voice unmediated by representation or action on behalf of others - is its freedom from the taint of philanthropy. But he argues that this freedom comes at a high price, which is no less than that of involving the term "politics" in self-contradiction
Marie Madeleine Jodin, 1741-1790 : actress, philosophe, and feminist by Felicia Gordon( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The varied and fascinating documentation concerning Jodin, which has only recently been discovered, provides a window on the world of eighteenth-century women. While memoirs and biographies of aristocratic women and upwardly mobile salonieres such as Mme. Geoffrin and Mme. Roland are legion, chronicles of the lives of individual women lower down the social ladder are fewer in number. A contemporary of Mary Wollstonecraft and Olympe de Gouges, Jodin argued for the social reform of working-class women, particularly prostitutes, to render them worthy to exercise the rights of citizenship."--Jacket
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A tour through the whole island of Great Britain
Alternative Names
Furbank Nick 1920-2014

Furbank P. N.

Furbank, P. N. 1920-

Furbank, P. N. (Philip Nicholas)

Furbank, Philip N.

Furbank, Philip N. 1920-

Furbank, Philip Nicholas

Furbank, Philip Nicholas 1920-2014

P. N. Furbank British writer

P. N. Furbank escritor británico

English (318)

Spanish (23)

Italian (2)

Diderot : a critical biographyThis is not a story and other storiesThe life and adventures of Martin ChuzzlewitA tour through the whole island of Great BritainA political biography of Daniel DefoeUnholy pleasure, or, The idea of social classMaurice; a novelA passage to India