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

Works: 250 works in 1,122 publications in 3 languages and 16,204 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Biography  Satire  Biographies  Bildungsromans  History  Black humor  Records and correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Commentator, Redactor, ed, pre
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 )

88 editions published between 1977 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the authorized biography of E.M. Forster
Diderot : a critical biography by P. N Furbank( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 939 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 and Schiller to Balzac, Stendhal, Heine, Marx, Freud, and Kafka. In this masterful biography, P.N. Furbank provides a probing yet sympathetic account of Diderot's life and a brilliant analysis of his work, drawing intriguing connections between many previously disjointed notions about the man and his achievement. The son of a cutler (though a hopeless craftsman himself), Denis Diderot rose, after an interestingly complicated youth, to become an intimate of all the eminent intellectuals of the Enlightenment. A close friend of Rousseau, Grimm, and d'Alembert, and a familiar figure in the literary salons of Paris, he also met and corresponded with David Hume, David Garrick, and Laurence Sterne. The support of yet one more remarkable acquaintance, Catherine the Great, led to what is perhaps the most amazing episode in this astonishing life; at the age of sixty, he traveled to St. Petersburg and, in debate with the Empress, drew up plans for the conversion of Russia into an ideal republic. A deeply subversive genius, Diderot spent much of his working life under the threat of exile. Consequently his daring and inventive novels did not begin to reach the public until a decade after his death, and in the case of his inexhaustibly strange masterpiece, Rameau's Nephew, not until two decades or more. These and others of his most original compositions (also unpublished in his life) reveal aspects of Diderot virtually unknown to his contemporaries and often misunderstood today. Furbank's absorbing book meticulously draws the various strands together a it brings to life its astound subject
Selected letters of E.M. Forster by E. M Forster( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italo Svevo; the man and the writer by P. N Furbank( Book )

22 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
Mallarmé on fashion : a translation of the fashion magazine, La dernière mode, with commentary by Stéphane Mallarmé( )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1874, Stephane Mallarme, the great French poet, undertook a highly idiosyncratic project--the publication of a fashion magazine called La Derniere Mode (The Latest Fashion)--that he almost single-handedly compiled. Using a variety of feminine and masculine pseudonyms to theorize about fashion and to advise on popular vacation destinations, home furnishings, and entertainment, Mallarmé created a spectacularly original work. The distinguishing feature of Mallarme's magazine is that it explores the nature of fashion from the inside. While it is a genuine fashion magazine, it also satirizes the entire genre. Various theories have been entertained about the work: it has been viewed as a prose poem, a hoax, and a cynical money-making venture. Furbank and Cain, however, argue that such guesses are hopelessly off the mark. Complete with the original artwork and a contextualizing introduction and commentary, this is the definitive translation of one of French literature's greatest enigmas
Maurice; a novel by E. M Forster( Book )

44 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in pre-World War I England, this novel concerns the coming of age of two young men who meet at Cambridge and fall in love. Maurice and Clive strugggle with the desires of their hearts and the rigid constraints of society
Samuel Butler, 1835-1902 by P. N Furbank( Book )

31 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is not a story and other stories by Denis Diderot( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 603 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 )

11 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

35 editions published between 1968 and 1995 in English and held by 469 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 political biography of Daniel Defoe by P. N Furbank( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 409 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
A tour through the whole island of Great Britain by Daniel Defoe( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 380 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
The prince's tale and other uncollected writings by E. M Forster( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A passage to India by E. M Forster( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 304 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
A critical bibliography of Daniel Defoe by P. N Furbank( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Furbank and Owens's Critical Bibliography completes their project to reform the Defoe canon. It lists the works which they consider as certainly or probably by Defoe, clearly distinguishing these two categories
Reflections on the word "image" by P. N Furbank( Book )

11 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 288 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 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The life story of Marie Madeleine Jodin opens an exciting new perspective on the world of eighteenth-century women, European court theatres, and, most strikingly, entails the remarkable discovery of a previously unknown French Feminist. In 1790, Jodin, a protegee of Denis Diderot and a former actress, published a treatise entitled Vues legislatives pour les femmes (Legislative Views for Women), which can lay claim to being the first signed, female-authored manifesto of the French Revolutionary period, and which reveals Jodin's wide reading in women's history and feminist writing since ancient times."
Behalf by P. N Furbank( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He concludes that there is seemingly no substitute for what one might call "politics proper" and that this form of politics is by nature on behalf of someone or something not itself - a politics that is, incurably, philanthropic and, being so, is exposed to all the snares and temptations with which philanthropy is plagued."--Jacket
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Maurice; a novel
Diderot : a critical biographyMallarmé on fashion : a translation of the fashion magazine, La dernière mode, with commentaryMaurice; a novelThis is not a story and other storiesThe life and adventures of Martin ChuzzlewitA political biography of Daniel DefoeA tour through the whole island of Great BritainThe prince's tale and other uncollected writings
Alternative Names
Furbank, Nick.

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 (378)

Spanish (24)

Italian (2)