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Gill, Stephen

Works: 60 works in 440 publications in 2 languages and 14,864 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satire  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  History  Poetry  Psychological fiction  Handbooks, manuals, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PR4656, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Stephen Gill
William Wordsworth : a life by Stephen Gill( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the age of twenty-eight, William Wordsworth had neither a settled income nor the professional qualifications needed to secure one. He had no home, and he could not support the illegitimate child he had fathered during an impetuous love affair in France. The total sum of his achievements since he had left Cambridge consisted of one slim, anonymously issued volume of Lyrical Ballads. Recognition came slowly, but by age seventy, he was revered as a cultural icon, the Poet Laureate of England, and the most celebrated native of the Lake Country. Based on an intimate knowledge of the poet's manuscripts, on a fresh assessment of contemporary records, and a careful analysis of a wealth of new research, this vividly written volume presents the first serious biography of Wordsworth to appear in over twenty-five years. Stephen Gill, a leading authority on Wordsworth, reveals that, in many ways, this giant of English literature led a heroic life. Despite critical condemnation, numbing blows from the death of friends and family, including three of his own children, and his inability to earn a living as a writer in his early years, his dedication to his art did not waver. Moreover, Gill corrects the image of the older Wordsworth as a stodgy betrayer of his radical youth. While his politics certainly did change, and his poetic power waned from 1799 almost to his death in 1850, Wordsworth single-mindedly shaped his own life in submission to a power of imagination whose importance he never doubted. Offerring unparalleled insight into Wordsworth's poetic achievement, Gill illuminates what was most essential to Wordsworth himself: his life as a writer. -- Publisher's website
William Wordsworth by William Wordsworth( Book )

56 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Wordsworth's poem 'The Prelude' is a fascinating work, both as an autobiography and as a fragment of historical evidence from the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years. This volume gathers together 13 essays on 'The Prelude', and is useful as a companion for students and general readers of Wordsworth's greatest poem
The Cambridge companion to Wordsworth by Stephen Gill( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a wide-ranging account of one of the most famous Romantic poets. Specially commissioned essays cover all the important aspects of this multi-faceted writer; the volume examines his poetic achievement with a chapter on poetic craft, while other chapters focus on the origin of his poetry and on the challenges it presented and continues to present. This volume ensures that students will be grounded in the history of Wordsworth's career and his critical reception
Wordsworth and the Victorians by Stephen Gill( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Stephen Gill uses a large amount of anecdotal and biographical material to illustrate the various ways in which Wordsworth's reputation was diffused in the Victorian era
The prelude, 1799, 1805, 1850 : authoritative texts, context and reception, recent critical essays by William Wordsworth( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains three versions of William Wordsworth's poem about "the growth of a poet's mind," featuring the annotated texts of the 1805 and 1850 editions on parallel pages, and including the 1799 two-part version of the poem
The Salisbury Plain poems of William Wordsworth by William Wordsworth( Book )

21 editions published between 1975 and 1991 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope( Book )

20 editions published between 1932 and 2001 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Last Chronicle of Barset is the grand finale to the Barsetshire sereis of novels, Trollope's magnificent portrayal of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England. The plot focuses on Mr. Crawley, the fanatically proud curate of Hogglestock already known to readers of Framley Parsonage. Accused of theft and persecuted by the domineering Mrs. Proudie and her self-righteous followers, he is perhaps Trollope's only character conceived on a heroic scale, and his sufferings reach a tragic intensity. Other familiar characters on the Barsetshire landscape include Mr. Harding, whose old age is movingly described; Grace Crawley, who becomes romantically involved with Major Grantly; and Johnny Eames, who continues his pursuit of Lily Dale but becomes entangled in a dangerous flirtation with the intriguing Madalina Demolines. Lady Lufton, Mr. Robarts, the Greshams, and the Thornes also reappear to play their final part in the Barsetshire drama. - Back cover
Wordsworth's revisitings by Stephen Gill( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing was more important to Wordsworth than tracing the evidence that affinities had been preserved between all the stages of the life of man. Here the author explores the ways in which the poet attempted as an artist to maintain such continuities and shows how revisitings of various kinds are at the heart of his creativity. Habitually reviewing all of his work, both published and that still in manuscript, Wordsworth painstakingly revised at the level of verbal detail or recast it more largely. New poems frequently emerged from re-engagement with old, often serving as a sequel to or commentary from the maturer poet on his own earlier creation, and acts of self-borrowing and self-reference are plentiful. These linkings provide insights into the powerful vision the poet maintained that his imaginative creation was one evolving unity and reveal much about the obsessions and drives of the great poet Combining textual analysis, critical commentary, and biographical narrative, the author explores what binds Wordsworth's later, less well-known poems to his earlier work. At the center of the book is an account of the evolution of The Prelude from 1804 to 1839, in which it is argued that Wordsworth's masterpiece must be followed through all its versions, seen as a poem growing old alongside its creator
Our mutual friend by Margaret Tarner( Book )

38 editions published between 1971 and 1988 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Harmon will inherit a fortune if he marries a girl whose peronality has been afffected by her wealth, and friends and events conspire to prove her true worth
Bleak house by George Lander( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With their estate entangled in an interminable legal case, the young wards of the court Richard Carstone and Ada Clare are taken into the benevolent care of the kindly John Jarndyce. Ada's companion, the gentle and good-hearted Esther Summerson, is devoted to the old man and, although she loves another, becomes betrothed to him. But behind Esther's supposed orphan past lies a dark secret that leads tragically to deceit, blackmail and murder. And as the endless lawsuit erodes their inheritance, the happiness that Richard and Ada have found in each other is brought into desperate jeopardy
William Wordsworth--the Prelude by Stephen Gill( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems and prefaces by William Wordsworth( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects poems by William Wordsworth, including "Lucy Gray; or, Solitude", "Tintern Abbey," and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge."
The Eustace diamonds by Anthony Trollope( Book )

22 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adam Bede by George Eliot( Book )

5 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stern and highminded hero, Adam Bede, loves the vain and selfish Hetty Sorrel, but their happiness is ruined when Hetty is seduced by a young squire
Selected poetry by William Wordsworth( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wordsworth's verse declares a belief in the power of poetry to teach by appealing to the imagination and to the 'grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which man knows, and feels, and lives, and moves'. His unique relationship with the poet and political activist Samuel Taylor Coleridge, formed in the political and social ferment of the 1790s, produced a revolution in literature, resulting in the joint volume, Lyrical Ballads (1798-1805) - a landmark in the history of English Romanticism. This selection, chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition, includes all Wordsworth's finest lyrics, and a large sample of The Prelude (1805), his extraordinary autobiographical poem in blank verse and the first truly great achievement of a new era in English poetry
The nether world; a novel by George Gissing( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in 1888, 'The Nether World' is a novel that depicts life amongst the poor in the Clerkenwell of the 1870s. Gissing's exposure of London's squalor and poverty is characterised by Zolaesque intensity and relentlessness
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Twist is a classic tale of a boy of unknown parentage born in a workhouse and brought up under the cruel conditions to which pauper children were exposed in the Victorian England. With this novel, Dickens did not merely write a topical satire on the workhouse system and the role of the 1834 New Poor Law in fostering criminality. He created a moral fable about the survival of good, a romance, and a gripping story in which he exploited suspense and violence more effectively than any of his contemporaries. The new Oxford World's Classics edition of Oliver Twist is based on the authoritative Clarendon edition, which uses Dickens's revised text of 1846. It includes his preface of 1841 in which he defended himself against hostile criticism, and includes all twenty-four original illustrations by George Cruikshank. Stephen Gill's groundbreaking introduction gives a fascinating new account of the novel. He also provides appendices on Dickens and Cruikshank, on Dickens's Preface and the Newgate Novel Controversy, on Oliver Twist and the New Poor Law and on thieves' slang
The major works by William Wordsworth( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Barton : a tale of Manchester life by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell( Book )

31 editions published between 1948 and 1992 in English and German and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Barton, the daughter of a mill hand, is determined to escape poverty, but her life is clouded by the mysterious disappearance of her aunt Esther and by her father's possible involvement in a murder
Short stories by D. H Lawrence( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected stories of an English author
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The Cambridge companion to Wordsworth
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William WordsworthThe Cambridge companion to WordsworthWordsworth and the VictoriansThe prelude, 1799, 1805, 1850 : authoritative texts, context and reception, recent critical essaysThe last chronicle of BarsetWordsworth's revisitingsOur mutual friendBleak house