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Davison, Peter 1926-

Works: 138 works in 1,039 publications in 3 languages and 15,704 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Political fiction  History  Science fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical drama  Diaries  Dystopian fiction  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator for written text, Other, Commentator, Annotator, wpr, wst, Creator
Classifications: PR6029.R8, 822.33
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Most widely held works about Peter Davison
Most widely held works by Peter Davison
Diaries by George Orwell( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Orwell was an inveterate keeper of diaries. Eleven diaries are presented here covering the period 1931-1949 from his early years as a writer up to his last literary notebook
A life in letters by George Orwell( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Appearing for the first time in one volume, these trenchant letters tell the eloquent narrative of Orwell's life in his own words. From his school days to his tragic early death, George Orwell, who never wrote an autobiography, chronicled the dramatic events of his turbulent life in a profusion of powerful letters. Indeed, one of the twentieth century's most revered icons was a lively, prolific correspondent who developed in rich, nuanced dispatches the ideas that would influence generations of writers and intellectuals. This historic work--never before published in America and featuring many previously unseen letters--presents an account of Orwell's interior life as personal and absorbing as readers may ever see. Over the course of a lifetime, Orwell corresponded with hundreds of people, including many distinguished political and artistic figures. Witty, personal, and profound, the letters tell the story of Orwell's passionate first love that ended in devastation and explains how young Eric Arthur Blair chose the pseudonym "George Orwell." In missives to luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, Cyril Connolly, and Henry Miller, he spells out his literary and philosophical beliefs. Readers will encounter Orwell's thoughts on matters both quotidian (poltergeists and the art of playing croquet) and historical--including his illuminating descriptions of war-shattered Barcelona and pronouncements on bayonets and the immanent cruelty of chaining German prisoners...Meticulously edited and fully annotated by Peter Davison, the world's preeminent Orwell scholar, the volume presents Orwell "in all his varieties" and his relationships with those most close to him, especially his first wife, Eileen. Combined with rare photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, George Orwell: A Life in Letters offers "everything a reader new to Orwell needs to know...and a great deal that diehard fans will be enchanted to have" (New Statesmen)." -- Publisher's description
George Orwell : a literary life by Peter Davison( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This account of Orwell's life is chiefly concerned with what influenced Orwell, his relations with publishers and editors, and the analysis of certain key experiences - the deposition that during the Spanish Civil War he was guilty of espionage and high treason; his work at the BBC; his interest in pamphlet literature; and his time as a war correspondent. There is a detailed assessment of his earnings from 1922 to 1945 and a fresh look at his attitudes to class, women, and religious belief. Special attention is paid to his essays
Nineteen eighty-four : a novel by George Orwell( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Nineteen eighty-four", one of the 20th century's great myth-makers takes a cold look at the future. Orwell's study of individual struggling - or not struggling - against totalitarianism remains a salutary lesson in any society
Contemporary drama and the popular dramatic tradition in England by Peter Davison( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Book encompassed : studies in twentieth-century bibliography by Peter Davison( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and German and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The techniques and approaches fostered in the first half of this century by what was called the 'New Bibliography' have spread throughout the world, developing and expanding in association with bodies such as the Bibliographical Society. The essays specially commissioned for this book take 'New Bibliography' into the twenty-first century. They survey bibliographic and textual studies in some thirty fields, and include discussions of major issues and developments. Areas covered include manuscript studies and the analysis of handwriting; the physical characteristics of the book - its paper, type, and binding; enumerative and descriptive bibliography: incunabula, cartography, book illustration, book catalogues, and the Stationers' Company; bibliographical developments in the history of science, and in many countries - France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the British provincial book trade, Japan and the Orient, Australia and New Zealand; developments in the theory and practice of editing texts (including biblical texts); the history of the book; and the implications of the computer for bibliography. An important feature of these essays is that each makes proposals for future research, ensuring the vitality of bibliography in the next half-century. Appearing at the time of the Bibliographical Society's centenary, the collection provides a landmark, taking stock of developments in what has become a vast and vital area of study, and mapping out its future parameters
Popular appeal in English drama to 1850 by Peter Davison( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Richard III by William Shakespeare( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shakespeare's Richard III presents difficult textual problems. There are some 2,000 verbal differences between the text of the first quarto (1597) and the version in the First Folio (1623). Although the narrative of the two plays is virtually identical, each has lines which are not found in the other, parts of the play are arranged differently and the quarto deploys fewer characters." "In the past editors have based an analysis of the quarto text on its conjectural relationship with the Folio. In this edition Peter Davison examines every quarto reading to establish a presumption of originality. He proposes that Shakespeare's company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, used a memorially reconstructed text of Richard III during a touring performance of the play, and that text provided the manuscript for the 1597 quarto. A lengthy introduction sets out the problem and the proposed solution. The text of the quarto is accompanied by a collation of variant readings and substantial textual notes." "An important element of this edition is the history of what happened to the text on tour. Using examples of touring practice of the past 400 years, the introduction shows how the actors' involvement helped to produce the text we have."--Jacket
Othello by Peter Davison( Book )

15 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even productions of Othello based on very different conceptions of the play can prove successful ad deeply moving. Among critics, however, Othello has roused furous critical disagreement, remarkable for the degree of animosity exposed. After an Introduction in which the problems of analysing this play are outlined, Peter Davison considers six critical approaches to Othello Genre, Historical and Social, Dramatic Convention and Decorum, Character and Psychological, the Play as Dramatic Poem, and Archetypal Criticism. In the second part of this study, Professor Davison offers his own, contextual approach. He takes into account the historical and social context in which the play was written, the context of the play in performance, and the context in which contemporary audiences see and read Othello. He also provides a guide for further reading
Nineteen eighty-four : the facsimile of the extant manuscript by George Orwell( Book )

19 editions published between 1949 and 1984 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sombere schildering van het leven in een totalitaire wereld
Hamlet by Peter Davison( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Character of Hamlet - Comedy of Hamlet - Relevance - Performance - Globe and Garrick versions - Olivier film, 1948 - Guilgud and Burton, 1934 and 1964 - Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965
The Dutch courtesan by John Marston( Book )

6 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play tells the story of two friends, the relaxed, pleasure-loving Freevill and the repressed Puritan Malheureux, and the turbulent relationship that both have with the passionate Dutch courtesan Franceschina. It explores the nature of human desire and the problems involved with trying to lead a "good," moral life when sexuality is so fundamentally a part of man's nature
Sheridan : comedies : The rivals, A trip to Scarborough, the school for scandal, the critic : a casebook by Peter Davison( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mass media and mass communication( Book )

11 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature and society( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture and mass culture( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art and changing civilization( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art and social life( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sociology of literature by Edward Shils( Book )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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George Orwell : a literary life
Alternative Names
Davison, P.H.

Davison, P.H. 1926-

Davison, P. H. (Peter Hobley)

Davison, P.H. (Peter Hobley), 1926-

Davison, Peter.

Davison, Peter 1926-

Davison, Peter H.

Davison, Peter H. 1926-

Davison, Peter Hobley

Davison, Peter Hobley 1926-

Hobley Davison, Peter 1926-

Питер Дэвисон

デイヴィソン, ピーター

ピーター・デイヴィソン イギリスの大学教授

English (281)

Japanese (2)

German (1)

A life in lettersGeorge Orwell : a literary lifeNineteen eighty-four : a novelThe Book encompassed : studies in twentieth-century bibliographyKing Richard IIIOthelloSheridan : comedies : The rivals, A trip to Scarborough, the school for scandal, the critic : a casebook