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Ousby, Ian 1947-

Overview
Works: 39 works in 344 publications in 5 languages and 10,578 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Dictionaries  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography‡vDictionaries  Bio-bibliography  Pastoral fiction  Romance fiction  Guidebooks  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR4745, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Ian Ousby
The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English by Ian Ousby( Book )

107 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Substantially enlarged and updated, this new edition of The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English confirms its status as the most authoritative survey of its subject now available in a single volume. Its coverage of novelists, poets, playwrights and their works embraces both the established classics of English literature and a wealth of contemporary figures from all over the English-speaking world, such as Saul Bellow, Adrienne Rich, Les Murray, Wole Soyinka, R.K. Narayan, Janet Frame, Mordecai Richler, Joseph Brodsky, J.M. Coetzee and Ben Okri." "Under Ian Ousby's editorship over a hundred contributors provide detailed biographical and critical articles, not only about writers and works of literature, but also about the critics, philosophers, historians and biographers who have influenced or reacted to literature. Substantial coverage is given to popular genres such as science fiction, detective novels and children's literature, with entries on, for example, Dr. Seuss, Margaret Mahy, Roald Dahl, Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, P.D. James and Nicolas Freeling." "Other entries range widely over literary groups and movements, critical schools, genres, poetic forms, critical concepts, rhetorical terms, literary terms, theatres and theatre companies. There are also substantive articles on subjects such as copyright, libraries and the English language." "With a superb range of illustrations and a comprehensive cross-referencing system, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English is both an outstanding reference book, and a delightful companion for anyone who enjoys reading."--Jacket
Bloodhounds of heaven : the detective in English fiction from Godwin to Doyle by Ian Ousby( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 1,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The road to Verdun : World War I's most momentous battle and the folly of nationalism by Ian Ousby( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A powerfully immediate and controversial account of one of the longest and bloodiest engagements of World War I. In mid-February 1916, the Germans launched a surprise major offensive at Verdun, an important fortress in northeast France. By mid-March, more than 90,000 French troops had been killed or wounded. The fighting continued for seven long months, with casualties on both sides mounting in astonishing numbers. By the end of the year, the battle had claimed more than 700,000 victims. The butchery had little impact on the course of the war, and Verdun soon became the most potent symbol of the horrors of the war in general, and of trench warfare in particular. Ian Ousby offers a radical, iconoclastic reevaluation of the meaning and import of this cataclysmic battle in The Road to Verdun. Moving beyond the narrow focus of most military historians, he argues that the French bear a tremendous responsibility for the senseless slaughter. In a work that merges intellectual substance and great battle writing, Ousby shows that the roots of the disaster lay in the French national character--the grandiose, even delusional way they perceived themselves, and their relentless determination to demonize Germans, which began in the debacle of the Franco-Prussian War. Ousby analyzes the generals' battle plans, and provides a graphic, gripping account of the deprivations and inhumane suffering of the troops who manned the trenches. His incisive, moving descriptions make it painfully clear why the influential French critic and poet Paul Valéry called Verdun "a complete war in itself, inserted in the Great War." In telling the story of Verdun, Ousby demonstrates that the confrontation marked a critical midpoint in Franco-German hostility. The battle not only carried the burden of history, but with the presence on the battlefield of France's future leaders--including Pétain and de Gaulle--it fed an increasingly venomous enmity between France and Germany, and lay the groundwork for World War II.--Publisher description
Occupation : the ordeal of France, 1940-1944 by Ian Ousby( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this riveting new history of the Nazi occupation of France, Ian Ousby uncovers a reality more complex, more human, and ultimately more moving than the myths and legends that have emerged after the event. Resistance came late. DeGaulle's appeal in 1940 for France to fight on went largely unheard, and the Occupation was fourteen months old before the first German soldier was killed by resistants. As the Second World War dragged on the Germans' initial correctness gave way to brutality and exploitation, but it was not until defeats outside of France sealed the fate of the Third Reich that the Resistance truly made its presence felt, and even then it was never as universal as the French like to imagine
A reader's guide to fifty American novels by Ian Ousby( Book )

23 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and Chinese and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces novels by Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Henry James, William Dean Howells, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Norman Mailer, J.D. Salinger, Ralph Ellison, and Saul Bellow
Cambridge guide to fiction in English by Ian Ousby( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive survey of fiction from the classics of English literature to the best of the moderns. More than 2000 entries provide information on novelists from all countries where English is written - Britain and Ireland, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Philippines; summaries of the major novels; trends such as realism, naturalism, modernism, magic realism; particular types of novel from the Gothic novel to the campus novel; and popular genres from detective fiction to spy fiction and science fiction. A wide-ranging and authoritative Introduction surveys the history and theory of fiction. An aid for students and teachers of literature as well as all readers of fiction
The Englishman's England : taste, travel, and the rise of tourism by Ian Ousby( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The correspondence of John Ruskin and Charles Eliot Norton by John Ruskin( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary Britain : and Ireland by Ian Ousby( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The road to Verdun : France, nationalism and the First World War by Ian Ousby( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Verdun was the largest, the longest and the bloodiest battle between the French and Germans in the First World War, lasting from February 1916 until the end of the year and claiming more than 700,000 casualties. For the French in particular, it was always more than just a battle, being rather (in Paul Valery's words) 'a complete war in itself, inserted in the Great War'." "Ian Ousby's new book gives an account of the generals' planning and the troops' suffering. At the same time it goes beyond the narrow horizons of military history by locating the experience of Verdun in how the French had thought about themselves, their nation and their relations with their eastern neighbour since the debacle of the Franco-Prussian War. Verdun emerges as the mid-point in the cycle of Franco-German hostility, carrying both the burden of history and - if only by the presence on the battlefield of men like Petain and de Gaulle, France's two leaders in the next war - the seeds of the future."--BOOK JACKET
Cambridge paperback guide to literature in English by Ian Ousby( Book )

11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compact version of the authoritative and acclaimed Cambridge Guide to Literature in English. Over 4000 entries provide quick and easy reference to writers and works from the classics of English literature to the best of modern writing; literature in English from around the world; novelists, poets, playwrights, critics, journalists, essayists; literary concepts, rhetorical terms, movements, groups; and detective writing, science fiction, children's literature
Guilty parties : a mystery lover's companion by Ian Ousby( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty Parties tells the whole story, accompanied by dozens of special features packed with information to surprise even the most avid fan. Classic puzzles like the locked-room mystery are analyzed and the Ten Commandments for the detective novel 1930s-style defined. Want to know what bean-shooters, roscoes, Chicago overcoat, nippers and buttons are? Look them up in the hard-boiled dictionary. Discover the stories of pulp fiction and film noir, or read about today's feisty female private eyes. Complete with a world round-up of current crime novels, full lists of Edgars, Daggers and other prizes, a detailed chronology and ideas for further reading, here is the perfect guide to crime and mystery writing, with 195 illustrations, 31 in color
England by Ian Ousby( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Plumptre's Britain : the journals of a tourist in the 1790s by James Plumptre( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burgundy by Ian Ousby( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wordsworth companion to literature in English by Ian Ousby( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crime and mystery book : a reader's companion by Ian Ousby( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Occupation : the ordeal of France, 1940-1944 by Ian Ousby( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bloodhounds of heaven : the detective in english fiction from Godwin to Doyle by Ian Ousby( Book )

14 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy( Book )

2 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bathsheba Everdene is courted by three young men: an adventurer, a young farmer who becomes bailiff of the farm she inherits, and a neighboring farmer
 
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The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
Alternative Names
Ian Ousby British historian

Ousby, Ian Vaughan Kenneth 1947-2001

ウーズビー, イーアン

Languages
English (304)

Chinese (3)

German (1)

Japanese (1)

Dutch (1)

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The road to Verdun : World War I's most momentous battle and the folly of nationalismOccupation : the ordeal of France, 1940-1944Cambridge guide to fiction in EnglishThe Englishman's England : taste, travel, and the rise of tourismThe correspondence of John Ruskin and Charles Eliot NortonLiterary Britain : and IrelandThe road to Verdun : France, nationalism and the First World WarCambridge paperback guide to literature in English