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Messent, Peter B.

Overview
Works: 22 works in 220 publications in 2 languages and 11,269 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Handbooks and manuals  Humorous fiction  Satire  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Peter B Messent
New readings of the American novel : narrative theory and its application by Peter Messent( )

38 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 2,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Employing theoretical approaches drawn from Genette, Barthes, Iser, Ricouer, Bakhtin, and others, Messent provides an accessible and stimulating bridge between the European theoretical tradition and the American novelistic canon
The Civil War letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell : a chaplain's story by Joseph Hopkins Twichell( )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twichell writes about politics and slavery and the theological and cultural divide between him and his men. He tells of tending the helpless, burying the dead, and counseling the despondent. Alongside accounts of a run-in with slave hunters, a massive withdrawal of wounded soldiers from Richmond, and other extraordinary events, Twichell offers close-up views of his commanding officer, the "political general" Daniel Sickles, surely one of the most colorful and controversial leaders on either side."
Criminal proceedings : the contemporary American crime novel by Peter Messent( )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American crime novel has never been stronger nor more popular. This exciting new collection offers a comprehensive view of some of the most important developments in crime fiction. The contributors explore the significant new directions which the genre has recently taken and examine their importance in terms of American cultural self-definition as they tap into contemporary concerns about place, identity, gender, race, oppression and justice. In particular, the contributors focus on the ways in which new multicultural perspectives are now challenging the predominantly white, male tradition. The work of some of America's best crime writers is examined, including Patricia Cornwell, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosely and Barbara Wilson. The proliferation of sub-genres, such as court and police procedurals, is also examined
The Cambridge introduction to Mark Twain by Peter Messent( )

15 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This introduction provides a biography of the author and situates his works in the historical and cultural context of his times. Peter Messent gives readings of the best-known writings including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He pays particular attention to the way Twain's humour works and how it underpins his prose style. The final chapter provides up-to-date analysis of the recent critical reception of Twain's writing, and summarises the contentious and important debates about his literary and cultural position."--Jacket
Literature of the occult : a collection of critical essays by Peter Messent( Book )

10 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crime fiction handbook by Peter Messent( )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Crime Fiction Handbook presents a comprehensive introduction to the origins, development, and cultural significance of the crime fiction genre, focusing mainly on American British, and Scandinavian texts. Provides an accessible and well-written introduction to the genre of crime fiction. Moves with ease between a general overview of the genre and useful theoretical approaches. Includes a close analysis of the key texts in the crime fiction tradition. Identifies what makes crime fiction of such cultural importance and illuminates the social and political anxieties at its heart. Shows the similarities and differences between British, American, and Scandinavian crime fiction traditions
A companion to Mark Twain( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This broad-ranging companion brings together respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. * One of the most broad-ranging volumes to appear on Mark Twain in recent years * Brings together respected Twain critics and a number of younger scholars in the field to provide an overview of this central figure in American literature * Places special emphasis on the ways in which Twain's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience * A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism.-Amazon
The short works of Mark Twain : a critical study by Peter Messent( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain and male friendship : the Twichell, Howells, and Rogers friendships by Peter Messent( Book )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Biographies of America's greatest humorist abound, but none have charted the overall influence of the key male friendships that profoundly informed his life and work. Combining biography, literary history, and gender studies, Mark Twain and Male Friendship presents a welcome new perspective as it examines three vastly different friendships and the stamp they left on Samuel Clemens's life." "With accessible prose informed by impressive research, the study provides an illuminating history of the friendships it explores, and the personal and cultural dynamic of the relationships. In the case of Twain and his pastor, Joseph Twichell, emphasis is put on the latter's role as mentor and spiritual advisor and on Twain's own waning sense of religious belonging. Messent then shifts gears to consider Twain's friendship with fellow author and collaborator William Dean Howells. Fascinating in its own right, this relationship also serves as a prism through which to view the literary marketplace of nineteenth-century America. A third, seemingly unlikely friendship between Twain and Standard Oil executive H.H. Rogers focuses on Twain's attitude toward business and shows how Rogers and his wife served as a surrogate family for the novelist after the death of his own wife." "As he charts these relationships, Messent uses existing work on male friendship, gender roles, and cultural change as a framework in which to situate altered conceptions of masculinity and of men's roles, not just in marriage but in the larger social networks of their time. In sum, Mark Twain and Male Friendship is not only a valuable new resource on the great novelist but also a lively cultural history of male friendship in nineteenth-century America."--Jacket
Mark Twain by Peter Messent( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an overview of Mark Twain's work and a close critical analysis of his major texts, and includes chapters on Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee and Puddn'head Wilson. Using recent cultural and literary theory to re-examine Twain's travel-writing and fictions, and written in a refreshingly jargon-free and accessible manner, Peter Messent begins by discussing one of Twain's oddest but most comic short stories, 'The Stolen White Elephant'. This tale of an elephant on the loose, causing havoc wherever it goes, and hunted by the logical but myopic Detective Blunt, serves as a revealing point of entry to Twain's narratives as a whole, with their stress on shifting perspective, incongruity and constant undecideability
Ernest Hemingway by Peter Messent( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This re-reading of Hemingway's work makes selective use of contemporary theory to explore four key areas. An analysis of Hemingway's impressionistic style shows how it operates as a response to the static and harmful conditions of modernity. The second chapter argues that a recognition of coherent subjectivity as a myth vies in the fiction with an urge to represent the self as autonomous. The third chapter looks at the instabilities of sexual and gender roles in Hemingway. The final chapter examines the sense of geography in the work with reference to America, Spain and Africa. It ends with a revisionist reading of The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. By the author of New Readings of the American Novel
The letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell by Mark Twain( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains the complete texts of all known correspondence between Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) and Joseph Hopkins Twichell. Theirs was a rich exchange. The long, deep friendship of Clemens and Twichell - a Congregationalist minister of Hartford, Connecticut - rarely fails to surprise, given the general reputation Twain has of being antireligious. Beyond this, an examination of the growth, development, and shared interests characterizing that friendship makes it evident that, as in most things about him, Mark Twain defies such easy categorization or judgment. From the moment of their first encounter in 1868, a rapport was established. When Twain went to dinner at the Twichell home, he wrote to his future wife that he had "got up to go at 9.30 PM, & never sat down again - but [Twichell] said he was bound to have his talk out - & I was willing - & so I only left at 11." This conversation continued, in various forms, for forty-two years - in both men's houses, on Hartford streets, on Bermuda roads, and on Alpine trails. The dialogue between these two men - one an inimitable American literary figure, the other a man of deep perception who himself possessed both narrative skill and wit - has been much discussed by Twain biographers. But it has never been presented in this way before: as a record of their surviving correspondence; of the various turns of their decades-long exchanges; of what Twichell described in his journals as the 'long full feast of talk" with his friend, whom he would always call "Mark."--Jacket
Selected tales by Henry James( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The nineteen stories in this selection span James's career, from brief tales to loner works, exploring his concernswith the old world and the new, money, fame and art ... In his introduction, John Lyon explores the rich diversity of James's tales and his intricate use of language. This edition also includes further reading, a chronology and notes"--Publisher's description
The American claimant by Mark Twain( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comedy of mistaken identities
A Companion to Mark Twain by Peter Messent( )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an overview of Mark Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. It places especial emphasis on the ways in which the author's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience
Mark Twain: Modern novelists by Peter Messent( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Thirties : politics and culture in a time of broken dreams( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Gender matters by Peter Messent( )

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

Stieg Larsson : "The girl with the dragon tattoo" (2005) by Peter Messent( )

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

The dynamics of reading ; "The portrait of a lady" and "The house of mirth" ; A medley of voices by Peter Messent( )

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

 
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The Cambridge introduction to Mark Twain
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The Civil War letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell : a chaplain's storyCriminal proceedings : the contemporary American crime novelThe Cambridge introduction to Mark TwainA companion to Mark TwainThe short works of Mark Twain : a critical studyMark Twain and male friendship : the Twichell, Howells, and Rogers friendshipsMark TwainSelected tales