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Spurling, John 1936-

Overview
Works: 56 works in 197 publications in 2 languages and 4,878 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Exhibition catalogs  Myths  Satire  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, zxx, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6003.E282, 842.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Spurling
Beckett: a study of his plays by John Fletcher( Book )

30 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graham Greene by John Spurling( Book )

14 editions published between 1973 and 1986 in English and Chinese and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ten thousand things : a novel by John Spurling( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the turbulent final years of the Yuan Dynasty, Wang Meng is a low-level bureaucrat, employed by the government of Mongol conquerors established by the Kublai Khan. Though he wonders about his own complicity wit this regime-the Mongols, after all, areinvaders-he prefers not to dwell on his official duties, choosing instead to live the life of the mind. Wang is an extraordinarily gifted artist. His paintings are at once delicate and confident; in them, one can see the wind blowing through the trees, the water rushing through rocky valleys, the infinite expanse of China's natural beauty. But this is not a time for sitting still, and as The Ten Thousand Things unfolds, we follow Wang as he travels through an empire in turmoil. In his wanderings, he encounters, among many memorable characters, other master painters of the period, including the austere eccentric Ni Zan, a fierce female warrior known as the White Tigress who will recruit him as a military strategist, and an ugly young Buddhist monk who rises from beggary to extraordinary heights. The Ten Thousand Things is rich with exquisite observations, and John Spurling endows every description-every detail-with the precision and depth that the real-life Wang Meng brought to his painting. But it is also a novel of fated meetings, grand battles, and riveting drama, and in its seamless fusion of the epic and the intimate, it achieves a truly singular beauty. A novel that deserves to be compared to the classic Chinese novels that inspired it, The Ten Thousand Things is nothing short of a literary event"--
Beckett the playwright by John Fletcher( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hill station : an unfinished novel, and an Indian diary by J. G Farrell( Book )

22 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Onafgemaakte roman spelend aan het einde van de vorige eeuw in India, gevolgd door beschouwingen over werk en persoon van de overleden schrijver
MacRune's Guevara by John Spurling( Book )

9 editions published between 1968 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Trojan War : sculptures by Anthony Caro by John Spurling( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British empire, part one : a play by John Spurling( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arcadian nights : the Greek myths reimagined by John Spurling( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ancient inhabitants of the small mountainous Mediterranean country. And the powerful myths of the Greeks, refined by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the great Greek dramatists, still resonate at the core of our culture. Taking as his starting point many of the famous tourist sites in the Peloponnese, where the stories are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, including tales of the doomed house of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks at Troy, murdered by his wife in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda
A book of Liszts : variations on the theme of Franz Liszt by John Spurling( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fictieve biografie van de pianist en componist Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
In the heart of the British Museum by John Spurling( Book )

5 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shades of Heathcliff ; &, Death of Captain Doughty by John Spurling( Book )

6 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Zenda : a novel by John Spurling( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ragged end by John Spurling( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Trojan War : sculptures by Anthony Caro by John Spurling( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arcadian nights : Greek myths reimagined by John Spurling( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Superhero characters such as Heracles and Perseus and legendary monsters like the Minotaur and Medusa underlie so much of modern storytelling in Western art, literature, drama and music. The classic Greek myths in which they appear, are violent stories of murder, power, revenge, love and traumatic family relationships. Ancient in origin they may be, but they are right up to date in terms of in their portrayal of human character, temperament and emotion. Taking as his starting point many of the famous tourist sites in the Peloponnese, where the stories took place, the author freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon including tales of the doomed house of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks at Troy, murdered by his wife in his palace bathroom), of the god Apollo, Theseus scourge of the minotaur, the Twelve Labours of Heracles and Perseus rescuer of Andromeda. Inspired by the great poets and playwrights - from Homer to Euripides - this exemplary recounting for a new generation of readers young and olds tells us much about human archetypes and the Greek people at the heart of Europe's economic crisis in a lively and contemporary style
Arcadian Nights : The Greek Myths Reimagined by John Spurling( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vibrant retelling of the central Greek myths by acclaimed novelist John Spurling, author of The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical FictionThe classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ancient inhabitants of the small mountainous Mediterranean country. And the powerful myths of the Greeks, refined by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the great Greek dramatists, still resonate at the core of our culture.Taking as his starting point many of the famous tourist sites in the Peloponnese, where the stories are set, John Spurling freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, including tales of the doomed house of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks at Troy, murdered by his wife in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda. In this vibrant, gripping, and often grisly retelling of the Greek myths, stories of murder, power, revenge, love, and traumatic family relationships are made new again for our time with wit and relish by a gifted author. Spurling has added scene, dialogue, and context, while always staying true to the spirit of the original myth
Jeff Wayne's musical version of Spartacus by Jeff Wayne( Recording )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hubbard's search by John Spurling( )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arcadian Nights by John Spurling( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A book of Liszts : variations on the theme of Franz Liszt
Alternative Names
Spurling, J

Languages
English (149)

Chinese (2)

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A book of Liszts : variations on the theme of Franz Liszt