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Wilson, A. N. 1950-

Works: 276 works in 1,605 publications in 3 languages and 48,620 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Bibliographies  Domestic fiction  Sources 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, zxx, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Librettist, Compiler, Speaker
Classifications: PR6023.E926, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by A. N Wilson
C.S. Lewis : a biography by A. N Wilson( Book )

54 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a documented portrait of the well-known author
Jesus by A. N Wilson( Book )

35 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Swedish and held by 2,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a book that is as daring and unconventional as it is scholarly, A.N. Wilson, the celebrated biographer of Tolstoy and C.S. Lewis, searches for the elusive historical reality in the life of Jesus of Nazareth." "What are the facts about the life of Jesus, as opposed to the myths, or unprovable tenets of faith surrounding the miracles, death, and resurrection? How and when did Christianity become a separate religion from the Judaism into which Jesus was born? To what extent was his power over contemporaries political rather than religious? Wilson's answers to these questions will fascinate readers of every shade of faith or skepticism." "His starting point is an explanation of how one may sift through the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus to find the sort of eyewitness details that have the ring of everyday reality. He uses archaeological evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the most recent findings of New Testament scholarship to shed new light on the tumultuous religious and political situation in Israel that so influenced the life and teachings of Jesus. And, finally, he weaves all these strands into a gripping narrative leading to the crucifixion, a narrative that for all its learning contains strong elements of the literary detective story and the psychological novel." "Wilson's inquiry is not meant to validate any particular creed or version of Jesus Christ. Instead, he enables us to discover the man who became the central figure in western civilization, whose teachings survive in spite of the logical impossibilities of the religion, and whose words, reverberating still, contain a wisdom that has never ceased to trouble the world."--Jacket
Tolstoy by A. N Wilson( Book )

43 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the personal and artistic life of Tolstoy, and separates biographical facts from literary myths
The Victorians by A. N Wilson( Book )

41 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 2,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With his flair for dramatic stories and telling detail, A.N. Wilson singles out those writers, statesmen, scientists, philosophers, and soldiers whose lives illuminated the fervor of an age on the cusp of modernity. Here we meet the lofty and famous - Prince Albert, Darwin, Marx, Gladstone, Christina Rossetti, Gordon of Khartoum, Cardinal Newman, George Eliot, Kipling, and Disraeli. But we also meet the poor and the obscure - doctors ministering to cholera victims in the big cities; young women working as models for famous painters; the man who got the British hooked on cigarettes; the colonizers and colonized in Ireland, India, and Africa."--Jacket
Paul : the mind of the Apostle by A. N Wilson( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul? What fueled this act of inspired creativity? What would he think of what his church has become? The answers lie in Wilson's extraordinary biography, which lays bare the psychological journey of Christianity's true inventor
Victoria : a life by A. N Wilson( Book )

27 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of a momentous epoch in Britain's history -- and the world's
After the Victorians : the decline of Britain in the world by A. N Wilson( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The distinguished historian A.N. Wilson has charted, in vivid detail, Britain's rise to world dominance, a tale of how one small island nation came to be the mightiest, richest country on earth, reigning over much of the globe. Now in his much anticipated sequel to the classic The Victorians, he describes how in little more than a generation Britain's power and influence in the world would virtually dissolve. In After the Victorians, Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era, stretching from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the dawn of the Cold War in the early 1950s. He offers riveting accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world-altering upheaval of the Communist Revolution. He explains Britain's role in shaping the destiny of the Middle East. And he casts a bright new light on the World War II years: Britain played a central role in defeating Germany, but at a severe cost: the nation would emerge from the war bankrupt and fatally weakened, cut off from world politics, while America would assume the mantle of dominant global power, facing off against the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Wilson's perspective is not confined to the trenches of the battlefield and the halls of Parliament: he also examines the parallel story of the beginnings of Modernism, considering the novelists, philosophers, poets, and painters of the time to see what they reveal about the activities of politicians, scientists, and generals. Blending military, political, social, and cultural history of the most dramatic kind, A.N. Wilson offers an absorbing portrait of the decline of one of the world's great powers. The result is a fresh account of the birth pangs of the modern world, as well as a timely analysis of imperialism and its discontents."--Jacket
The life of John Milton by A. N Wilson( Book )

20 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Engelse dichter John Milton (1608-1674)
God's funeral by A. N Wilson( Book )

20 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By the end of the nineteenth century, almost all the great writers, artists, and intellectuals had abandoned Christianity; many had abandoned belief in God altogether. This was in part the result of scientific discovery, particularly the work of Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species and the controversy that followed. But the doubt about religion had many sources. A.N. Wilson demonstrates in this synthesis of biography and intellectual history that the real destruction of religions belief had been achieved well before Darwin's momentous publication. Yet despite the fact that the church had essentially become an edifice empty of faith, it survived into our century because so few of the fascinating, tortured people Wilson portrays could face the brutal consequences of their own logic. Whether or not God was dead, they still needed to believe, hence the great spiritual angst of their culture which is now echoed in ours.--Publisher description
The Elizabethans by A. N Wilson( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This account of the Elizabethan age evaluates the contributions of such figures as Francis Drake and William Shakespeare while exploring definitive events, from the declaration of religious liberty to the establishment of British imperialism. A time of exceptional creativity, wealth creation, and political expansion, the Elizabethan age was also more remarkable than any other for the Technicolor personalities of its leading participants. Apart from the complex character of the Virgin Queen herself, this work follows the stories of Francis Drake, a privateer who not only defeated the Spanish Armada but also circumnavigated the globe with a drunken, mutinous crew and without reliable navigational instruments; political intriguers like William Cecil and Francis Walsingham; and Renaissance literary geniuses from Sir Philip Sidney to Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. Most crucially, this was the age when modern Britain was born and established independence from mainland Europe, both in its resistance to Spanish and French incursions and in its declaration of religious liberty from the Pope, and laid the foundations for the explosion of British imperial power and eventual American domination
Hilaire Belloc by A. N Wilson( Book )

30 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hilaire Belloc is today most famous for his delightful nonsensical verse for children in Cautionary Tales and The Bad Child's Book of Beasts. It was this gift to see nonsense where others saw none which makes his eccentric life read like a novel." "Born of an English mother who decided to propose to his father while on vacation in France, Belloc shared his mother's sense of purpose. He briefly served in the French navy, walked from New York to San Francisco to be with the girl he loved and addressed crowds as a Liberal MP. As a writer his convictions, and the many quarrels that resulted, electrified English life, yet as a friend he was always loyal and generous." "Having had unprecedented access to all the Belloc archives, A.N. Wilson gives a riveting view of Belloc's life, his friendships and the movements of his mind in a biography that is unlikely to be surpassed."--Jacket
Eminent Victorians by A. N Wilson( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the lives of Prince Albert, Charlotte Bronte, William Ewart Gladstone, Cardinal Newman, Josephine Butler, and Julia Margaret Cameron, and describes their role in defining the Victorian era
The rise and fall of the House of Windsor by A. N Wilson( Book )

25 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readers with an interest in history (and perhaps a taste for the gothic) will be fascinated by Wilson's tracing of the present misery of the Windsors to the quarrels and eccentricities of elder generations, and perhaps to an even more ancient family curse, pronounced by a disappointed heir to the fortune. The author shows us how the constitutional crisis of Charles and Diana's impending divorce - de facto or official - is rooted in the bitter family struggle over the personal life of Edward VIII, who chose to marry a divorced American woman, and was forced to abdicate in 1936. From the glittering history of the Windsors to the tabloid exploits of the Duchess of York, and from Prince Charles's steamy telephone tapes to the ecclesiastical and political fallout of a royal divorce, A.N. Wilson fashions a dramatic narrative out of the strands of this all-too-human catastrophe. Can the Windsor dynasty survive? Or is there a new English revolution in the making?
Hitler by A. N Wilson( Book )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrates the dictator's rise and fall, describing how by the force of his personality, political fanaticism, and superior abilities as an orator he became the leader of Germany and led his country into the devastation of World War II
Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker by A. N Wilson( Book )

20 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this bold new life - the first single-volume biography of Charles Darwin in twenty-five years - A.N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and God's Funeral, goes in search of this celebrated but contradictory figure. Darwin was described by his friend and champion Thomas Huxley as a symbol. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a brilliant naturalist, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius: he longed to have a theory that explained everything. But was Darwin's 1859 masterwork, On the Origin of Species, really when it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of nature's grand plan? Charles Darwin is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book that isn't afraid to challenge Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary ideas, and the wider Victorian age. -- from dust jacket
The Book of the People : How to Read the Bible by A. N Wilson( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A renowned historian, biographer, and novelist provides a deeply personal, literary, and historical exploration of the Bible
Prince Albert : the man who saved the monarchy by A. N Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than six decades, Queen Victoria ruled a great empire at the height of its power. Beside her for more than twenty of those years was the love of her life, her trusted husband and father of their nine children, Prince Albert. While Victoria is seen as the embodiment of her time, its values, and its paradoxes, it was Prince Albert, A.N. Wilson expertly argues, who was at the vanguard of Victorian Britain's transformation into a vibrant and extraordinary center of political, technological, scientific, and intellectual advancement. Far more than just the product of his age, Albert was one of its influencers and architects. A composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist, and bibliophile, Albert, more than any other royal, was truly a "genius." Wilson contends that it is impossible to understand nineteenth century England without knowing the story of this gifted and visionary leader. In this sweeping biography, Wilson demonstrates that there was hardly any aspect of British national life that Albert did not touch. He lived only forty-two years, yet in that time he fathered the royal dynasties of Germany, Russia, Spain, and Bulgaria. Through Victoria, Albert and her German advisers pioneered the idea of the modern constitutional monarchy. When he was made chancellor of the University of Cambridge in his late twenties, it was considered a purely honorific role; but within months, Albert proposed an extensive reorganization of university life in Britain that would eventually make it possible to study science, languages, and modern history at British universities--a revolution in education that has changed the world. Drawn from the Royal Archives, including Prince Albert's voluminous correspondence, this brilliant and ambitious book offers fascinating, never-before-known details about the man and his time. A superb match of biographer and subject, [this book] at last gives this important historical figure the reverence and recognition that is long overdue."--
Incline our hearts by A. N Wilson( Book )

26 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian, an orphan, yearns for a world beyond his aunt and uncle's prejudices. Then he meets Raphael, and a sinister slant is added to this comic and touching account of Julian's coming-of-age
Betjeman : a life by A. N Wilson( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Betjeman was by far the most popular poet of the twentieth century; his collected poems sold more than two million copies. As poet laureate of England, he became a national icon, but behind the public man were doubts and demons. The poet best known for writing hymns of praise to athletic middle-class girls on the tennis courts led a tempestuous emotional life. For much of his fifty-year marriage to Penelope Chetwode, the daughter of a field marshal, Betjeman had a relationship with Elizabeth Cavendish, the daughter of the Duke of Devonshire and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. Betjeman, a devout Anglican, was tormented by guilt about the storms this emotional triangle caused. Betjeman, published to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the poet's birth, is the first to use fully the vast archive of personal material relating to his private life, including literally hundreds of letters written by his wife about their life together and apart. Here too are chronicled his many friendships, ranging from "Bosie" Douglas to the young satirists of Private Eye, from the Mitford sisters to the Crazy Gang. This is a celebration of a much-loved poet, a brave campaigner for architecture at risk, and a highly popular public performer. Betjeman was the classic example of the melancholy clown, whose sadness found its perfect mood music in the hymns of a poignant Anglicanism."--Publisher's website
Dante in love by A. N Wilson( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a passionate account of the influential European poet that sets his life against a background of the political turbulence of the 13th century, placing his work in a context of such contemporaries as Giotto, Aquinas, and Pope Boniface VIII
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C.S. Lewis : a biography
JesusTolstoyThe VictoriansPaul : the mind of the ApostleAfter the Victorians : the decline of Britain in the worldThe life of John MiltonGod's funeralThe Elizabethans
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윌슨, A. N 1950-

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ウィルソン, A. N

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