WorldCat Identities

Fowler, Alastair

Overview
Works: 85 works in 461 publications in 1 language and 14,673 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Biography  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Dedicatee
Classifications: PR3551, 821.4
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Alastair Fowler
A history of English literature by Alastair Fowler( Book )

43 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 1,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spenser's images of life by C. S Lewis( Book )

26 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1967 book was compiled by Alastair Fowler from notes left by C.S. Lewis at his death. It is Lewis's longest piece of literary criticism, as distinct from literary history. It approaches The Faerie Queene as a majestic pageant of the universe and nature, celebrating God as 'the glad creator', and argues that conventional views of epic and allegory must be modified if the poem is to be fully enjoyed and understood
The New Oxford book of seventeenth century verse( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attempts to strike a balance between Metaphysical and Jonsonian poetry, as well as to make up for earlier neglect of popular verse
Kinds of literature : an introduction to the theory of genres and modes by Alastair Fowler( Book )

48 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Triumphal forms; structural patterns in Elizabethan poetry by Alastair Fowler( Book )

21 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent poetry: essays in numerological analysis by Alastair Fowler( Book )

13 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spenser and the numbers of time by Alastair Fowler( Book )

15 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of John Milton by John Milton( Book )

25 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of poems from John Milton. Milton worked in a range of styles, from the classical to the religious and from the lyrical to the epic
Conceitful thought : the interpretation of English Renaissance poems by Alastair Fowler( Book )

14 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance realism : narrative images in literature and art by Alastair Fowler( Book )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this exploration of narrative, Alastair Fowler surveys picturing and perspective from the fifteenth century to the beginning of the eighteenth and draws analogies between literature and visual art. Many critics have assumed that narrative before the novel either looked forward to it or was medieval and allegorical, and compare the rise of the novel with the introduction of single-point perspective in drawing and painting. But continuous realism did not arise as soon as perspective was discovered. In actuality, a distinctive sort of Renaissance realism, with its own conventions, was practised from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth century." "Renaissance Narrative in Literature and Visual Art shows that perspective only gradually came to dominate the western imagination and to become the default assumption for portrayal in the visual arts. The habit of an older, multipoint perspective long continued, accounting for 'anachronism', discontinuous realism, 'double time-schemes', and presentation of different moments as simultaneous - phenomena closely paralleled in narrative. In this history of the narrative imagination after single-point perspective, Alastair Fowler illuminates significant correlations between the depiction of objects and events in literature and art."--Jacket
Edmund Spenser by Alastair Fowler( Book )

14 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time's purpled masquers : stars and the afterlife in Renaissance English literature by Alastair Fowler( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time's Purpled Masquers first characterizes the Renaissance as a period of reform and of theological focus on nature, rather than of desacralization. It goes on to show how astronomical discoveries led to new hopes of access to the uncorrupted translunary spheres. Alastair Fowler then examines evidence for a widespread belief in stellification. Further chapters relate this belief to the long-standing association of posthumous fame with the stars, and survey traces of the hope of stellification in various cultural forms
Paradise lost by John Milton( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to write by Alastair Fowler( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to Write is an introductory guide to writing, aimed at people who think they can't write, or for whom writing is an ordeal. Broken down into short topic-based chapters on everything from beginning to revising, it demystifies the writing process by taking the reader through each stage necessary to bring a piece of writing to a decent finish. The book also offers a wealth of invaluable practical considerations, including when and where to write, when to printout and when to edit onscreen, what type of pen works well for revisions, and the hazards of the paperclip. The author is a seasoned writer whose encouraging but uncompromising guidance will delight as well as instruct. -- Publisher description
Literary names : personal names in English literature by Alastair Fowler( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why do authors use pseudonyms and pen-names, or ingeniously hide names in their work with acrostics and anagrams? How has the range of permissible given names changed and how is this reflected in literature? Why do some characters remain mysteriously nameless? In this ... book, Alastair Fowler explores the use of names in literature of all periods--primarily English but also Latin, Greek, French, and Italian--casting an unusual and rewarding light on the work of literature itself"--Jacket, p. [4]
The country house poem : a cabinet of seventeenth-century estate poems and related items by Alastair Fowler( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This major new collection of almost all the known estate poems of the seventeenth century draws on the literary, historical and artistic traditions of the period to clarify this much debated genre. The poems are mostly reproduced in their entirety and include ten from the Mildmay Fane manuscripts - an important, but so far unpublished source of such material. Full notes accompany the text, explaining difficult passages and relating them to their biographical, social and political contexts
Paradise lost by John Milton( Book )

23 editions published between 1968 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gedicht, voorzien van verklarende aantekeningen
Topics in criticism: an ordered set of positions in literary theory: by Christopher Butler( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1978 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Metaphysical lyrics & poems of the seventeenth century, Donne to Butler by Herbert John Clifford Grierson( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paradise lost by John Milton( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fowler's edition is an authoritative guide to one of Milton's major pieces of work and provides an unusual amount of critical commentary, in such a way as to engage with current thought about the poem
 
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The New Oxford book of seventeenth century verse
Alternative Names
Alastair Fowler British literary critic

Fowler, Alastair David Shaw 1930-

Languages
English (353)

Covers
Spenser's images of lifeThe New Oxford book of seventeenth century verseKinds of literature : an introduction to the theory of genres and modesTriumphal forms; structural patterns in Elizabethan poetryRenaissance realism : narrative images in literature and artTime's purpled masquers : stars and the afterlife in Renaissance English literatureParadise lostHow to write