WorldCat Identities

Orel, Harold 1926-

Overview
Works: 65 works in 437 publications in 1 language and 13,787 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Poetry  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR4742, 823.8
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Most widely held works about Harold Orel
 
Most widely held works by Harold Orel
Personal writings : prefaces, literary opinions, reminiscences by Thomas Hardy( Book )

11 editions published between 1966 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irish history and culture : aspects of a people's heritage( Book )

15 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The final years of Thomas Hardy, 1912-1928 by Harold Orel( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Hardy's epic-drama; a study of The dynasts by Harold Orel( Book )

20 editions published between 1963 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Victorian short story : development and triumph of a literary genre by Harold Orel( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Scottish world : history and culture of Scotland by Harold Orel( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Popular fiction in England, 1914-1918 by Harold Orel( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While Englishmen were dying by the thousands on the battlefields of Europe, their friends and relations on the home front were reading books of humor, tales of espionage and adventure, colorful romances, and historical swashbucklers. Harold Orel's penetrating book explains why escapist fiction dominated the popular literary market in England throughout the Great War. A large factor, he shows, was the view of publishers, reviewers, booksellers, libraries, literary groups, and the general reading public that escapist fiction was a useful diversion from the inescapable horrors of war." "Orel begins with a survey of the British literary world and its attitudes toward the novel at the outbreak of the war. Within a broad social, cultural, and economic context he depicts the "fiction industry" at a time of extraordinary upheaval, before the triumph of Modernism, when the attitudes and esthetics of writers, the tastes of readers, and the economics of the marketplace were undergoing rapid transformation." "Subsequent chapters offer detailed studies of fifteen of the most touted novels of the period and the ways they reflected--or, more often, failed to reflect--the radical changes taking place as they were being written." "The writers examined include George Moore, Norman Douglas, Frank Swinnerton, Compton Mackenzie, Mary Webb, Joseph Conrad, Wyndham Lewis, John Buchan, Alec Waugh, H.G. Wells, and Arnold Bennett. Many of their novels during these years avoid mention of the war that was reshaping their world, or allude to it only obliquely. The book concludes with a review of changes in the publishing world in 1918, the last year of the Great War." "In its comprehensive coverage of a wide range of once popular but now neglected novels, Orel's authoritative study fills a gap in the cultural and literary history of early twentieth-century England."--Jacket
Thomas Hardy's personal writings: prefaces, literary opinions, reminiscences by Thomas Hardy( Book )

37 editions published between 1966 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

' ... Thomas Hardy's Personal Writings is an informative book, and a superlatively well-edited one. Professor Orel has been generous in his inclusions, meticulous in his texts, and thorough in his annotations. Anything that one is likely to want to read of Hardy's occasional prose is here, and what is not here is carefully described in an annotated appendix. The book takes it place at once with Richard Purdy's bibliography as a standard, useful, trustworthy work in the library of essential Hardy scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement ' ... these essays certainly deserve to be much better known.' Raymond Williams, Guardian
Victorian literary critics : George Henry Lewes, Walter Bagehot, Richard Holt Hutton, Leslie Stephen, Andrew Lang, George Saintsbury, and Edmund Gosse by Harold Orel( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kipling, interviews and recollections( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews met en meningen over de Engelse schrijver Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Gilbert and Sullivan : interviews and recollections( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extracts from reminiscences by contemporaries of Gilbert and Sullivan. Includes a new preface
British poetry 1880-1920; Edwardian voices by Paul L Wiley( Book )

4 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unknown Thomas Hardy : lesser-known aspects of Hardy's life and career by Harold Orel( Book )

12 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The literary achievement of Rebecca West by Harold Orel( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Rudyard Kipling by Harold Orel( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Thomas Hardy's poetry( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of critical essays on the poetry of English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy covers Hardy and the art of poetry, Hardy and other poets, and a detailed views of specific texts. Includes an introduction addressing the relationship between Hardy's life and his poetry
The Brontës : interviews and recollections by Harold Orel( Book )

14 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology contains autobiographical commentaries by the Brontes themselves, but because these are so scarce they are supplemented by first-hand statements made not only by various inhabitants of Haworth, but by those who met members of the Bronte fami
The historical novel from Scott to Sabatini : changing attitudes toward a literary genre, 1814-1920 by Harold Orel( Book )

17 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Walter Scott, in theory and practice, established a rationale for the writing of historical novels. He identified the relative importance of the roles to be played by real men and women of the past, and discussed the significance of language, the importance of research as opposed to the claims of the imagination, and the proper use of strong passions in his fictional characters. Some of his contemporaries and successors thought that they could surpass his achievement by being more faithful to the 'facts' of history, or by moralizing about more up-to-date issues, but their efforts proved less successful. Not until Robert Louis Stevenson redefined the possibilities inherent in the genre - beginning in the 1880s - did the historical romance attract a wider audience. The resurgence of this type of fiction, called by some 'The New Historical Novel', attracted the impressive storytelling talents of Sir Walter Besant, Richard Doddridge Blackmore, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Stanley John Weyman, Anthony Hope, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, and Rafael Sabatini. The Armistice that concluded the Great War brought to an abrupt end this amazing forty-year vogue for costume novels. The story of how and why they became so popular is well worth reviewing
The world of Victorian humor by Harold Orel( Book )

5 editions published between 1961 and 2016 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Gilbert and Sullivan : interviews and recollections
Alternative Names
Orel, Harold

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English (267)

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Thomas Hardy's personal writings: prefaces, literary opinions, reminiscencesGilbert and Sullivan : interviews and recollectionsThe Brontës : interviews and recollectionsThe historical novel from Scott to Sabatini : changing attitudes toward a literary genre, 1814-1920