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Empson, William 1906-1984

Overview
Works: 225 works in 1,274 publications in 1 language and 30,365 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Literature  Records and correspondence  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PR6009.M7, 820.9
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Most widely held works by William Empson
The structure of complex words by William Empson( Book )

109 editions published between 1931 and 1995 in English and held by 1,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some versions of pastoral by William Empson( Book )

88 editions published between 1900 and 1986 in English and held by 1,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems by William Empson( Book )

79 editions published between 1920 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Shakespeare by William Empson( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,044 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 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Renaissance literature by William Empson( Book )

42 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 725 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 )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume of commemorative and celebratory essays, first published in 1974, concentrates on William Empson – the critic, the poet and friend. The papers range from the biographical to the academic, but what every one suggests is the impossibility of separating the man from his work and the ‘life’ from the ‘thought’. This book constitutes an important study of Empson, his work and his impact upon people and literary studies of our time. "--Provided by publisher
Argufying : essays on literature and culture by William Empson( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 574 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 529 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 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English pastoral poetry by William Empson( Book )

17 editions published between 1938 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

12 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 )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 181 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
Some versions of pastoral: a study of pastoral form in literature by William Empson( Book )

26 editions published between 1950 and 1995 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gathering storm by William Empson( Book )

7 editions published in 1940 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winston Churchill discusses the various political and military events in the years (1919-1940) preempting the Second World War
Poems by William Empson( Book )

6 editions published between 1934 and 1949 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected letters of William Empson by William Empson( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the correspondence of one of the foremost writers and critics of the 20th century, which shows him working out his ideas for his major books as well as giving a picture of his robust interactions with the likes of F.R. Leavis, Helen Gardner, Frank Kermode, Christopher Norris and I.A. Richards
The strengths of Shakespeare's shrew : essays, memoirs, and reviews by William Empson( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Empson and the philosophy of literary criticism by Christopher Norris( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the publication of Seven Types of Ambiguity in 1930 William Empson was quickly recognised as a critic of great originality and unique creative gifts and he has inspired a whole new method and style of approach in literary criticism. But this is the first full-length study of his work and it is an important part of Dr Norris's purpose to account for the gulf that has emerged between Empson's viewpoint and the development of his ideas by others, especially the American New Critics, and for the consequent failure of Empson's later books to generate the informed discussion they demand an
 
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Alternative Names
Empson, W. 1906-1984

Empson, W. (William), 1906-1984

Empson William

Empson, William Sir 1906-1984

William Empson britischer Dichter und Literaturkritiker

William Empson Brits literatuurcriticus (1906-1984)

William Empson poeta e critico letterario inglese

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

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Languages
English (588)

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Some versions of pastoralCollected poemsEssays on ShakespeareUsing biographyEssays on Renaissance literatureThe complete poems of William EmpsonSome versions of pastoral: a study of pastoral form in literatureSelected letters of William Empson