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Empson, William 1906-1984

Works: 220 works in 1,245 publications in 5 languages and 30,318 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Poetry  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 )

296 editions published between 1930 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 3,390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents seven types of ambiguity based on the literary criticism of English scholar, William Empson. Defines the word "ambiguity" and offers examples of it in the writings of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Wordsworth, and T.S. Eliot
Milton's God by William Empson( Book )

64 editions published between 1961 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some versions of pastoral by William Empson( Book )

111 editions published between 1900 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The structure of complex words by William Empson( Book )

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

Collected poems by William Empson( Book )

79 editions published between 1920 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Shakespeare by William Empson( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,056 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 )

18 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Renaissance literature by William Empson( Book )

55 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on Renaissance drama including work by Kyd, Jonson, Webster and Shakespeare
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 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argufying : essays on literature and culture by William Empson( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 578 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 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 479 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 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 255 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 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The face of the Buddha by William Empson( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 150 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 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by William Empson( Book )

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

An album of modern poetry : an anthology read by the poets by Oscar Williams( Recording )

1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frost: Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening; The road not taken; My objection to being stepped on; Away!; Directive.--Stevens: So-and-so reclining on her couch; Mountains covered with cats.--Ransom: Captain Carpenter.--Moore: Spenser's Ireland.--Eliot: Journey of the Magi; Gerontion.--Muir: In love for long; The rider victory.--Williams: The yachts.--Jeffers: The bloody sire.--Millay: Recuerdo (We were very tired, we were very merry); Love is not all; Oh, sleep forever.--Graves: The legs; The naked and the nude.--Aiken: The room; Rimbaud and Verlaine.--MacLeish: The end of the world.--Reed: Naming of parts; Judging distances.--Rukeyser: Eyes of night-time.--Tate: Sonnets at Christmas.--Williams: The leg in the subway.--Auden: Musée des beaux arts; The unknown citizen.--Spencer: The inflatable globe.--Eberhart: The horse chestnut tree; The groundhog.--Spender: Ultima ratio regum; I think continually of those who were truly great.--Nash: Portrait of the artist as a prematurely old man; The sea-gull; I never even suggested it.--Moore: The noise that time makes.--Empson: Legal fiction.--Derwood: Elegy on Gordon Barber; With God conversing.--Barker: Three memorial sonnets for two young seamen; Sonnet to my mother; News of the world I; News of the world II; News of the world III.--Watkins: Discoveries; The healing of the leper.--Fuller: Meditation.--Masters: Anne Rutledge; Lucinda Matlock.--Bogan: The dream.--Kunitz: The science of the night.--Adams: Country summer.--Lowell: Where the rainbow ends.--Roethke: Elegy for Jane; The shimmer of evil; I knew a woman.--Schwartz: The heavy bear who goes with me.--Garrigue: The stranger; Forest.--Wilbur: Juggler; Advice to a prophet.--Cummings: Rain or hail; Except in your honour.--Rodgers: Neither here nor there; Directions to a rebel.--Denby: First warm days.--Honig: The gazebos.--Nemerov: The goose fish.--Herschberger: In panelled rooms; The huron.--Bennett: To Eliza, Duchess of Dorset.--Hughes: The thought-fox.--Thompson: A love for Patsy.--Merwin: Saint Sebastian; Leviathan
The complete poems by William Empson( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Essays on Shakespeare
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


エンプソン, ウィリアム

エンプソン, ウィリヤム


Milton's GodSome versions of pastoralThe structure of complex wordsCollected poemsEssays on ShakespeareUsing biographyEssays on Renaissance literatureThe complete poems of William EmpsonThe complete poems