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Jenkyns, Richard

Overview
Works: 34 works in 209 publications in 4 languages and 9,511 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Richard Jenkyns
A fine brush on ivory : an appreciation of Jane Austen by Richard Jenkyns( )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is it about Jane Austen's writing that brings such pleasure? There are good, even great novelists who are not good storytellers, and there are highly gifted storytellers who write thoroughly bad books. Jane Austen was both a very good storyteller and a great novelist. How did she do it? Richard Jenkyns's study delights in Austen's craft, wit, and pathos. His deep reading of the novels illuminates the subtlety, depth, and innovation that lie within them. He explores the development of her style, storytelling, and characterization, her technical prowess, and her place in comparison with her contemporaries."--Jacket
Westminster Abbey by Richard Jenkyns( )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Westminster Abbey is both an appreciation of an architectural masterpiece and an exploration of the building's shifting meanings: we hear the voices of those who have described its forms, moods and ceremonies, from Shakespeare and Voltaire to Dickens and Henry James; we see how rulers have made use of it, from medieval kings to modern prime ministers. In this book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns teaches us to look at this microcosm of history with new eyes."--BOOK JACKET
The Victorians and ancient Greece by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

28 editions published between 1980 and 1984 in English and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical literature : an epic journey from Homer to Virgil and beyond by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The writings of the Greeks and Romans form the bedrock of Western culture. Inventing the molds for histories, tragedies, and philosophies, while pioneering radical new forms of epic and poetry, the Greeks and Romans created the literary world we still inhabit today. Writing with verve and insight, distinguished classicist Richard Jenkyns explores a thousand years of classical civilization, carrying readers from the depths of the Greek dark ages through the glittering heights of Rome's empire. Jenkyns begins with Homer and the birth of epic poetry before exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from the Greek dark ages. Later, in Athens's classical age, Jenkyns shows the radical nature of Sophocles's choice to portray Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior, how Aeschylus developed tragedy, and how Herodotus, in 'inventing history, ' brought to narrative an epic and tragic quality. We meet the strikingly modern figure of Virgil, struggling to mirror epic art in an age of empire, and experience the love poems of Catullus, who imbued verse with obsessive passion as never before. Even St. Paul and other early Christian writers are artfully grounded here in their classical literary context. A dynamic and comprehensive introduction to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns's Classical Literature is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the classics and the extraordinary origins of Western culture."--Publisher website
The Legacy of Rome : a new appraisal by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The achievements of the Roman world have profoundly affected European and world civilization. The original Legacy of Rome, edited by Cyril Bailey, was published in 1923 and has been widely a read and enjoyed. Nearly seventy years on, this new edition, illustrated with 24 pages of plates, offers an entirely fresh assessment of the influence of ancient Rome on the literature, art, culture, thought, and governance of later times. Fourteen contributors from a variety of disciplines each bring their individual knowledge and experience to the subjects discussed. Classical scholars consider the influence of Virgil, Horace, Ovid, pastoral, satire, and rhetoric. Historians assess Rome's impact through the ages, and textual transmission. Art, architecture, law, drama, and language are also individually discussed. The varied approach and content of this new appraisal witness to the richness of the civilization which forms such a large part of our heritage today
Three classical poets--Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

17 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work explains how to read three quite different ancient poets. In a close and sensitive reading of Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal, the author delineates the uniqueness of the poet's individual voice in relation to poetic traditions. His book constitutes a challenge to the view that one method will suffice for the interpretation of ancient poetry. He seeks to demonstrate that we can have no substitute for flexible and humane judgment, liberated from critical dogma, if we are to understand the great writers of the past
Dignity and decadence : Victorian art and the classical inheritance by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The starting point for Richard Jenkyns's latest work is his contention that the Victorian age, which we think of as the great age of Gothic, was so shot through with the influence of the classical past that we should instead think of Victorian art and architecture as the continuing flow forward of two stylistic streams--the Gothic and the classical, side by side. In advancing his argument Jenkyns turns our accepted notions of the Victorians upside down, presenting Ruskin as an admirer of Greek statuary, the Houses of Parliament as a classical rather than a Gothic composition, and Thomas Woolner, the only sculptor among the original Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, as a neo-Hellenic carver and poet. Jenkyns moves effortlessly between the general and the particular and is refreshingly unafraid to make judgments. Here are some of the best descriptions of Victorian painting, sculpture, and architecture to have appeared in recent years. From the very gradual changes throughout the paintings of Leighton and Alma-Tadema, to the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, the 'aesthetic scripture' of Pater, and even the advertisements for Beecham's pills, Jenkyns shows how what had been merely eclectic became a distinctive fin-de-siecle style and eventually began to point the way for Modernism. These are grand themes, presented by a masterly guide. Above all Jenkyns is entertaining: Dignity and Decadence is one of the most illuminating and enjoyable books about the Victorians yet to appear
Virgil's experience : nature and history, times, names, and places by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book studies Virgil's ideas of nature, history, sense of nation, and sense of identity, combined with the study of attitudes towards nature throughout antiquity. Blending literature with history, and in the case of Lucretius, philosophy, it offers a vision and an interpretation of the culture of the 1st century B.C. as a whole. It argues that Lucretius and Virgil affected a revolution in Western sensibility; claiming that a book about poetry should be a book about life, it combines scholarship and precision with a sense of the importance of literature and its capacity to enhance our understanding of our past and of ourselves
God, space & city in the Roman imagination by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study is a unique exploration of the relationship between the ancient Romans' visual and literary cultures and their imagination. Drawing on a vast range of ancient sources, poetry and prose, texts, and material culture from all levels of Roman society, it analyses how the Romans used, conceptualized, viewed, and moved around their city. Jenkyns pays particular attention to the other inhabitants of Rome, the gods, and investigates how the Romans experienced and encountered them, with a particular emphasis on the personal and subjective aspects of religious life. Through studying interior spaces, both secular (basilicas, colonnades, and forums) and sacred spaces (the temples where the Romans looked upon their gods) and their representation in poetry, the volume also follows the development of an architecture of the interior in the great Roman public works of the first and second centuries AD
Classical epic : Homer and Virgil by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical literature : a Pelican introduction by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In short, engaging chapters, Richard Jenkyns illuminates the most enduring and influential works of the classical world, from the Homeric epics to the golden age of Latin poetry, and explores their unparalleled and continuing influence on Western literature
El legado de Roma : una nueva valoración by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in Spanish and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virgil's Experience by Richard Jenkyns( )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book studies Virgil's ideas of nature, history, sense of nation, and sense of identity, combined with the study of attitudes towards nature throughout antiquity. Blending literature with history, and in the case of Lucretius, philosophy, it offers a vision and an interpretation of theculture of the 1st century B.C. as a whole. It argues that Lucretius and Virgil affected a revolution in Western sensibility; claiming that a book about poetry should be a book about life, it combines scholarship and precision with a sense of the importance of literature and its capacity to enhanceour underst
God, space, et city in the Roman imagination by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God, space, and city in the Roman imagination by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain and the development of classical taste by Richard Jenkyns( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Victorian and the Ancient Greece by Richard Jenkyns( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernal and the nineteenth century by Richard Jenkyns( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Rezension von:] Sparrow, John: The Collected Lapidaria. - York : Stone Through Books, 2006 by Richard Jenkyns( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A fine brush on ivory : an appreciation of Jane Austen
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Westminster AbbeyThe Legacy of Rome : a new appraisalDignity and decadence : Victorian art and the classical inheritanceVirgil's experience : nature and history, times, names, and placesClassical epic : Homer and VirgilVirgil's Experience
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Richard Jenkyns Brits classicus

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