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Espey, John J. (John Jenkins) 1913-2000

Overview
Works: 40 works in 159 publications in 2 languages and 5,557 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Fiction  Biography  Autobiographies  Biographies  Bildungsromans  Catalogs  Bibliography  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Redactor, Contributor
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Ezra Pound's Mauberley : a study in composition by John J Espey( Book )

38 editions published between 1954 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotated index to the Cantos of Ezra Pound : cantos I-LXXXIV by John Hamilton Edwards( Book )

21 editions published between 1957 and 1974 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winter return by John J Espey( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Subtle, tongue-in-cheek novel from Espey, the American writer and linguist whose most recent book, Strong Drink, Strong Language (1990) -- much of which appeared in the 1940's in The New Yorker -- was a nonfictional take on the boyhood he spent in China. Here, the story is set in two separate times -- the 1950's and shortly after WWI -- with the older story's resolution in the later one. Tom Lloyd heads east from California at the onset of winter, to Wyoming and Iowa, on a mission to resolve old family matters. His eccentric parents act as if a drive across the country is going into combat, and wonder whether Tom, who is 37, can manage it. Tom is an engaging narrator, the son of retired Presbyterian missionaries to Shanghai, and the reminiscences of China are rich here. But the novel's charm comes from this 'fine family' he's part of, now fallen on hard times through the misadventures of a mysterious grandfather. Espey is all attitude, genteel distance. Tom himself, though incomparably shrewd about emotions and motivations, seems barely able to operate a car, 'turning on the motor' rather than starting the engine, and floundering about with bemused gas-station attendants as he crosses the country. When the cold settles, he engages in his secret, preacher kid's vice of swilling from flasks of Teacher's. But, with a certain wry resolve, he accomplishes his mission. We learn that the Lloyds were not so well regarded in Dalton, Iowa, because of their hifalutin ways. When they returned to Shanghai, some thought it good riddance. Tom meets an adolescent flame (old hurts are healed), and he enacts a sort of revenge upon a wrong done him -- and the family -- in boyhood. Then he's on his way again, Teacher's in hand. Flawlessly executed, whimsical, and odd -- rather like Glenway Wescott but without his dark heart." --
Language, rhetoric, and style by Phillip Damon( Book )

7 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The other city by John J Espey( Book )

2 editions published in 1950 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The anniversaries by John J Espey( Book )

3 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memories of a lifetime flicker through the mind of the founder of a wealthy Pasadena family - an old man celebrating his 80th birthday
A checklist of trade bindings designed by Margaret Armstrong by Charles B Gullans( Book )

5 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An observer by John J Espey( Book )

4 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two schools of thought : some tales of learning and romance by Carolyn See( Book )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Margaret Armstrong and American trade bindings : with a checklist of her designed bindings and covers by Charles B Gullans( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The empty box haiku by John J Espey( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nine lives of Algernon by John J Espey( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and illustrations trace the adventures of Algernon the cat throughout his nine lives
Ezra Pound, ein Versuch in der Tonsetzung-Erarbeitet am Mauberley-Zyklus by John J Espey( Book )

4 editions published in 1963 in German and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minor heresies by John J Espey( Book )

8 editions published between 1945 and 1949 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Decorative Designers, 1895-1932 : an essay by Charles B Gullans( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minor heresies, major departures : a China mission boyhood by John J Espey( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in Undetermined and English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author recounts his experiences growing up in China as the child of American missionaries in the early 20th century
Tales out of school by John J Espey( Book )

4 editions published between 1847 and 1948 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches from the Culing American Boarding School. The incidents are factual but the characters are fictitious
Ezra Pound's Memberley : a study in composition by John J Espey( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decorated cloth in America : publishers' bindings, 1840-1910 by Sue Allen( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strong drink, strong language by John J Espey( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Espey spent his very American, if hardly typical, childhood in Shanghai, as the youngest member of a Presbyterian missionary family. Young John was much at home, and as much at sea, in China as in America." --
 
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Winter return
Alternative Names

controlled identityHighland, Monica

Espey, J. 1913-2000

Espey, J.J. 1913-2000

Espey, John.

Espey, John 1913-2000

Espey, John J.

Espey, John Jenkins 1913-

John Espey American writer and scholar

Languages
English (127)

German (4)

Covers
Minor heresies, major departures : a China mission boyhood