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

Overview
Works: 57 works in 179 publications in 2 languages and 5,601 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Poetry  Dictionaries  Autobiographies  Fiction  History  Bildungsromans  Catalogs  Bibliographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Redactor, Collector, htt, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PR5823, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John J Espey
Ezra Pound's Mauberley : a study in composition by John J Espey( Book )

33 editions published between 1954 and 1974 in English and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

20 editions published between 1957 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this long-awaited biography, Wilde the legendary Victorian--brilliant writer and conversationalist, reckless flouter of social and sexual conventions--is brought to life. More astute and forbearing, yet more fallible than legend has allowed, Wilde is given here the dimensions of a modern hero. The author depicts Wilde's comet-like ascent on the Victorian scene and his equally dramatic sudden eclipse. He presents Wilde's Irish background, the actresses to whom he paid court, his unfortunate wife and lovers, his clothes, coiffures, and the decor of his rooms. The saga of his 1882 American tour is recounted with a wealth of new details; also his later impact on the bastions of the French literary establishment. The London of the Nineties, of Whistler and the Pre-Raphaelites, Lillie Langtry and the Prince of Wales, is evoked alongside Paris of the "belle époque" and the Greece, Italy and North Africa of Wilde's travels. This critical account of Wilde's entire oeuvre shows him as the proponent of a radical new aesthetic who was perilously at odds with Victorian society. After his period of success and daring, the fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas is followed by exposure, imprisonment, a few wretched years abroad and death in exile. The tragic end of Wilde's life leaves the reader with a sense of compassion and grief for the protagonist
Winter return by John J Espey( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 182 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." --
The other city by John J Espey( Book )

2 editions published in 1950 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author recounts his experiences growing up in China as the child of American missionaries in the early 20th century
Language, rhetoric, and style by Phillip Damon( Book )

7 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The anniversaries by John J Espey( Book )

3 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 169 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 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An observer by John J Espey( Book )

4 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ezra Pound's Mauberley by John J Espey( Book )

9 editions published in 1955 in English and Undetermined and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The empty box haiku by John J Espey( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minor heresies by John J Espey( Book )

9 editions published between 1945 and 1949 in English and German and held by 32 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 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and illustrations trace the adventures of Algernon the cat throughout his nine lives
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 )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2020 in Undetermined and English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author recounts his experiences growing up in China as the child of American missionaries in the early 20th century
Oscar Wilde, two approaches : papers read at a Clark Library Seminar, April 17, 1967 by Richard Ellmann( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales out of school by John J Espey( Book )

4 editions published between 1847 and 1947 in English and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names

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Languages
English (134)

German (5)