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France, Peter 1935-

Works: 90 works in 444 publications in 5 languages and 13,701 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reference works  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography  Biographies  Records and correspondence  History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Narrator, Other, Honoree, Producer, Opponent
Classifications: PQ2040, 848.509
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Most widely held works by Peter France
The new Oxford companion to literature in French( Book )

21 editions published in 1995 in English and French and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys literature in French from all over the world, identifying writers from many countries, intellectual and cultural movements, and literary and theatrical genres
Selected poems by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by the modern Russian author reflect his faith in love and life and examine ethical and religious themes
The Oxford guide to literature in English translation( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This guide highlights the place of translation in our culture, encouraging awareness of the process of translating and the choices involved, making the translator more 'visible'. Concentrating on major writers and works, it covers translations out of many languages, from Greek to Hungarian, Korean to Turkish. For some works (e.g. Virgil's Aeneid) which have been much translated, the discussion is historical and critical, showing how translation has evolved over the centuries and bringing out the differences between versions. Elsewhere, with less familiar literatures, the Guide examines the extent to which translation has done justice to the range of work available
Diderot by Peter France( Book )

23 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in 5 languages and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rousseau, Confessions by Peter France( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poets of modern Russia by Peter France( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Racine's rhetoric by Peter France( Book )

24 editions published between 1965 and 1970 in English and French and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The twelve, and other poems by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhetoric and truth in France: Descartes to Diderot by Peter France( Book )

9 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politeness and its discontents : problems in French classical culture by Peter France( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a 1992 study of writing of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mainly in France, but also in Britain and Russia. Its focus is on the establishing and questioning of rational, 'civilized' norms of 'politeness', which in the ancien régime meant not just polite manners, but a certain ideal of society and culture. Within this general context, a series of familiar oppositions, between polite and rude, tame and wild, urban(e) and rustic, élite and popular, adult and child, reason and unreason, gives the initial impetus to enquiries which often show how these opposites interpenetrate, how hierarchies are reversed, and how compromises are sought. Polite society, like polite literature, needs and desires its opposite. The ideal is often the meeting of garden and wilderness, where the savage encounters the civilized and gifts are exchanged. Professor France points to the centrality, but also the vulnerability, in classical culture, of the ideal of 'politeness', and his discussion embraces revolutionary eloquence and enlightened primitivism, the value of hyperbole, and the essay as a form of polite sociability
Mapping lives : the uses of biography( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays on the problems and functions of biography - particularly those of writers, thinkers and artists - investigate a subject of enduring importance for those interested in culture
The reveries of the solitary walker by Jean-Jacques Rousseau( Book )

7 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rousseau's last great work, Reveries of the Solitary Walker is part reminiscence, part meditation, as the philosopher tries to come to terms with his isolation and to find happiness in solitude and nature
Greek as a treat : an introduction to the classics by Peter France( Book )

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

Enlightenment and emancipation( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Enlightenment has been represented in radically opposing ways: on the one hand, as the throwing off of the chains of superstition, custom, and usurped authority; on the other hand, in the Romantic period, but also more recently, as what Michel Foucault termed "the great confinement," in which "mind-forged manacles" imprison the free and irrational spirit. The debate about the "Enlightenment project" remains a topical one, which can still arouse fierce passions. This collection of essays by distinguished scholars from various disciplines addresses the central question: "Was Enlightenment a force for emancipation?" Their responses, working from within, and frequently across the disciplinary lines of history, political science, economics, music, literature, aesthetics, art history, and film, reveal unsuspected connections and divergences even between well-known figures and texts. In their turn, the essays suggest the need for further inquiry in areas that turn out to be very far from closed. The volume considers major writings in unusual juxtaposition; highlights new figures of importance; and demonstrates familiar texts to embody strange implications."--Publisher's website
Poetry in France : metamorphoses of a muse( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Racine, Andromaque by Peter France( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rape for Egypt : how the Europeans stripped Egypt of its heritage by Peter France( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diderot : les dernières années, 1770-84 : colloque du bicentenaire, 2-5 septembre 1984 à Edimbourg( Book )

14 editions published in 1985 in French and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hermits : the insights of solitude by Peter France( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former BBC personality, France (Greek as a Treat, Penguin, 1995) spends over half the year living in solitude on the Greek island of Patmos; his own taste of the hermetical life leads him to write this study of solitaries from the ancient Greeks to the present. France has chosen a representative group of hermits, and his simple discussions of such figures as Thoreau and Thomas Merton serve as good introductions for readers unfamiliar with their work. Chapters on lesser-known figures such as Charles de Foucald or groups such as the Russian startsy (spiritual fathers) are, likewise, excellent introductions, and a nice bibliography leads the reader to more in-depth sources. The final chapter highlights the contemporary poet Robert Lax in a fitting, parting interview. This well-written, rather personal exploration will entertain as well as inform. Readers interested in a more scholarly treatment would do well to consult France's bibliography. A good choice for public and academic collections.?Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., N.Y. --- From Library Journal
The Oxford history of literary translation in English by Peter France( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

But early modern English translation often finds its setting within far busier scenes of worldly life - on the London stage, as a bid for patronage, for purposes polemical, political, hortatory, instructional, and as a way of making a living in the expanding book trade. Translation became, as never before, a part of the English writer's career, and sometimes a whole career in itself. Translation was also fundamental in the evolution of the still unfixed English language and its still unfixed literary styles. Some translations of this period have themselves become landmarks in English literature and have exercised a profound and enduring influence on perceptions of their originals in the anglophone world; others less well-known are treated more comprehensively here than in any previous history. The entire phenomenon is documente
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The new Oxford companion to literature in French
Alternative Names
France, Peter

Peter France British philologist

Peter France Brits filoloog

Франс, Питер

English (236)

French (20)

Chinese (3)

Persian (1)

Spanish (1)

Selected poemsThe Oxford guide to literature in English translationRousseau, ConfessionsPoets of modern RussiaPoliteness and its discontents : problems in French classical cultureMapping lives : the uses of biographyThe reveries of the solitary walkerGreek as a treat : an introduction to the classics