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Empson, William 1906-1984

Overview
Works: 306 works in 1,407 publications in 5 languages and 31,265 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Biography  Literature  Records and correspondence  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Other, Creator
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 1900 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 3,308 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 )

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

The structure of complex words by William Empson( Book )

112 editions published between 1931 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some versions of pastoral by William Empson( Book )

108 editions published between 1900 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Shakespeare by William Empson( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,047 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
Collected poems by William Empson( Book )

27 editions published between 1935 and 1985 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using biography by William Empson( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Empson; the man and his work by William Empson( Book )

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

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

21 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 573 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 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 467 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 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Renaissance literature by William Empson( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 375 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 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems of William Empson by William Empson( Book )

5 editions published between 1949 and 1955 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems by William Empson( Book )

49 editions published between 1920 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The face of the Buddha by William Empson( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 199 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
Essays on Renaissance literature by William Empson( Book )

28 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 186 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
Some versions of pastoral by William Empson( Book )

1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Milton's GodThe structure of complex wordsSome versions of pastoralEssays on ShakespeareCollected poemsUsing biographyEssays on Renaissance literatureThe complete poems of William Empson
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

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