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Empson, William 1906-1984

Overview
Works: 239 works in 1,320 publications in 5 languages and 30,926 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Poetry  Biography  Literature  Records and correspondence  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PR6009.M7, 808.1
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Most widely held works by William Empson
Seven types of ambiguity by William Empson( Book )

314 editions published between 1930 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 3,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ambiguity involves "any verbal nuance, however slight, which gives room for alternative reactions to the same piece of langauge." The authors discusses seven classifications of differing complexity and depth of well-known literary works
Milton's God by William Empson( Book )

69 editions published between 1961 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some versions of pastoral by William Empson( Book )

113 editions published between 1900 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The structure of complex words by William Empson( Book )

110 editions published between 1931 and 1995 in English and held by 1,722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems by William Empson( Book )

70 editions published between 1920 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Shakespeare by William Empson( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the time of his death in 1984, the poet and critic William Empson was preparing and revising a collection of his essays on Shakespeare. This collection edited by David Pirie, is a book which the literary world has wanted for over half a century. Here, in a single volume, are major readings of Hamlet and Macbeth; a witty and sometimes impassioned defence of Falstaff, and a new piece on the architecture of the Globe theatre and other Renaissance playhouses, in which Empson explores the problems that the design of contemporary stages posed for a working playwright; there are also essays on the narrative poems, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the last plays. The essays demonstrate the subtlety and agility of Empson's mind, as well as his remarkable breadth of knowledge, while the almost racy wit of his informal prose style argues for a literary criticism which should never become solemn if it is to be truly serious
Using biography by William Empson( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Renaissance literature by William Empson( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the success in paperback of William Empson's Essays on Shakespeare (1986), this first volume of his Essays on Renaissance Literature (1993) now appears in an accessible format. The volume gathers Empson's passionate and controversial essays on John Donne in the context of contemporary science, and includes previously unpublished pieces on some of the most influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Edited and introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism. 'Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.' Eric Griffiths, The Times Literary Supplement 'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books
William Empson; the man and his work by Roma Gill( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

14 Empson's Poetry -- 15 William Empson -- 16 An Empson Bibliography
Argufying : essays on literature and culture by William Empson( Book )

22 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coleridge's verse; a selection by Samuel Taylor Coleridge( Book )

10 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faustus and the censor : the English Faust-book and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus by William Empson( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English pastoral poetry by William Empson( Book )

19 editions published between 1938 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems of William Empson by William Empson( Book )

9 editions published between 1949 and 1955 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The royal beasts and other works by William Empson( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete poems of William Empson by William Empson( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The face of the Buddha by William Empson( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book provides an engaging record of the author's reactions to the cultures and artworks he encountered during his travels, and presents experimental theories about Buddhist art that many authorities of today have found to be remarkably prescient. It also casts important new light on the author's other works, highlighting in particular the affinities of his thinking with that of the religious and philosophical traditions of Asia
The gathering storm by William Empson( Book )

7 editions published in 1940 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Empson : essays on renaissance literature by William Empson( Book )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the success in paperback of William Empson's Essays on Shakespeare (1986), this first volume of his Essays on Renaissance Literature (1993) now appears in an accessible format. The volume gathers Empson's passionate and controversial essays on John Donne in the context of contemporary science, and includes previously unpublished pieces on some of the most influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Edited and introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism. 'Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.' Eric Griffiths, The Times Literary Supplement 'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books
Poems by William Empson( Book )

6 editions published between 1934 and 1949 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Empson, W. 1906-1984

Empson, W. (William), 1906-1984

Empson William

Empson, William, 1906-

Empson, William Sir 1906-1984

William Empson britischer Dichter und Literaturkritiker

William Empson Brits literatuurcriticus (1906-1984)

William Empson poeta e critico letterario inglese

Уильям Эмпсон

ויליאם אמפסון

ויליאם אמפסון סופר בריטי

ويليام امبسون، 1906-1984

ਵਿਲੀਅਮ ਐਂਪਸਨ

ウィリアム・エンプソン

エンプソン, ウィリアム

エンプソン, ウィリヤム

燕卜荪

Languages
English (952)

Italian (17)

Japanese (13)

Chinese (1)

Danish (1)