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

Works: 259 works in 1,106 publications in 3 languages and 15,543 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Biography  Biographies  Romance fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bildungsromans  Bibliography  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, pre, ed, Commentator
Classifications: PR6011.O58, 823.912
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Most widely held works by P. N Furbank
E.M. Forster : a life by P. N Furbank( Book )

71 editions published between 1977 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

27 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 927 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
Italo Svevo; the man and the writer by P. N Furbank( Book )

22 editions published in 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biographical and critical analysis of Svevo's major writings
Samuel Butler, 1835-1902 by P. N Furbank( Book )

30 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 724 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 569 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 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 378 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 )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 329 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
Maurice; a novel by E. M Forster( Book )

39 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 326 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
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 316 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 299 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 295 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 287 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

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

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 237 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
Behalf by P. N Furbank( Book )

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

"In Behalf P.N. Furbank argues that in thinking about society and politics one needs to start from the proposition that every human being contains within himself or herself the entire potentiality of the human species and that it is therefore wrong to regard cultural differences as innate."
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 196 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
Selected letters of E.M. Forster by E. M Forster( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A tour through the whole island of Great Britain
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Furbank, Nick.

Furbank Nick 1920-2014

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Furbank, P. N. (Philip Nicholas)

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P. N. Furbank British writer

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Diderot : a critical biographyThis is not a story and other storiesA tour through the whole island of Great BritainA political biography of Daniel DefoeMaurice; a novelUnholy pleasure, or, The idea of social classA passage to IndiaA critical bibliography of Daniel Defoe