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British writers( Book )

40 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in English and Italian and held by 2,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Supplement XI
British writers( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graham Greene -- Arthur Koestler -- Samuel Beckett -- William Golding -- Lawrence Durrell -- Patrick White -- Angus Wilson -- Dylan Thomas -- Anthony Burgess -- Muriel Spark -- Iris Murdoch -- Doris Lessing -- Paul Scott -- Philip Larkin -- John Fowles -- Peter Shaffer -- John Osborne -- Ted Hughes -- Harold Pinter -- V.S. Naipaul -- David Storey -- Edward Bond -- Tom Stoppard
Caryl Churchill by Elaine Aston( )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short study traces the scope and development of Caryl Churchill's theatre from her early writing for radio and television, through her stage career of the 1970s and 1980s, to her recent major success, the Skriker
Margaret Drabble by Glenda Leeming( )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Margaret Drabble is a writer whose subject matter and technique have developed profoundly since the early sixties: this book draws together the different aspects of her narrative practice, and looks at the increasing flexibility of her narrative methods, both in terms of the kinds of narrator used and in the structuring of plot events. The often distanced and ironic narration is discussed, and shown to reinforce Drabble's recurrent themes - themes that include the effect of early family influence and heredity on free choice, the inexorable pressure of social changes, and the role of accident in destabilizing the confident individual. In the later novels people move in a world where they and others may be victims of a callous society, but may equally be guilty of condoning or promoting society's worst trends. This study describes how the narrative increasingly becomes ambiguous, offering then withholding support for the behaviour of the characters, and challenging the reader to think again."--BOOK JACKET
John Dryden by David Hopkins( )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a concise introduction, drawing on the latest research, to the life and work of the most celebrated English poet of the late seventeenth century. It is unusual in stressing not only the poet's responses to the events, personalities, and ideas of his own day, but also the way in which his work engages (in a far more speculative and pluralistic way than is often supposed) with human issues and dilemmas of permanent concern: the relation of human to animal and inanimate nature; the forces, internal and external which serve to ennoble, enrich and confound human endeavour; the capacities and limits of human reason; the relations between the sexes. Dryden emerges from this study as, simultaneously, a 'man of his times' and a writer with important things to say to us all."--BOOK JACKET
James Kelman by H. Gustav Klaus( )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most powerful and provocative writers to have emerged in Britain in recent years, James Kelman has engendered a good deal of criticism over his use of 'bad' language. This text examines his work, exploring the social and political issues that he raises
Aphra Behn by Susan Wiseman( )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aphra Behn has emerged as a central literary figure in early feminist studies and as such, this new edition of Wiseman's critical study covers the considerable revision of critical appreciation of her work that has occurred in the past few years. During a writing career from the Restoration (1660) to the so-called Glorious Revolution (1688-89) Aphra Behn was prolific in all the commercial genres of her time and treated the most controversial issues of her day: sexual and cultural difference, slavery, politics and money. This study brings together an analysis of the full range of her work in poetry, prose and drama, giving full textual and contextual analysis of her best-known plays and prose: The River, Oroonoko, Love letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister. It also offers extended treatment of plays such as The Lucky Chance and The City Heiress in relation to the sexual and national politics of the Restoration and a critical evaluation of Behn's hitherto relatively neglected political and erotic poetry."--Jacket
Marina Warner by Laurence Coupe( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Marina Warner is such a widely celebrated writer that it is a source of some wonderment that this is the first full-length study of her work. Perhaps that is because she is so hard to characterize. For example, she is an English writer yet she has an international perspective on her country. Again, she is a novelist whose work is rooted in traditional forms such as legend, romance and fairy tale yet who is wholly contemporary in her thinking. Other paradoxes come to mind. While her numerous works of scholarship are taken seriously within the academy, she has resolutely remained an independent writer who only recently accepted an affiliation to a university. Again, her vision is secular, yet in both her critical and creative writing she returns again and again to the idea of the sacred or supernatural. Above all, she has an equally strong sense of myth and of history, their interaction being the basis of her fiction and the focus of her scholarship. In sum, she is a wonderfully ambitious and challenging writer whose contribution needs assessing, book by book - which is precisely what this pioneering Writers and their Work achieves."--BOOK JACKET
Seamus Heaney by Andrew Murphy( )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this second edition of his popular volume on Heaney, Andrew Murphy offers an accessible and wide-ranging study of the poet's work, charting the trajectory of Heaney's career and placing his work within its various contexts. Seamus Heaney is one of the foremost poets of his generation and his work is highly prized by scholars and general readers alike. It is a measure of his success as a writer, and of the high-esteem in which he is held, that he has been appointed to professorships at both Harvard and Oxford and that he was, in 1955, awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature. The appeal of Heaney's poetry lies in its gracefulness, its meticulous attention to the sound and structure of language, and the range of topics engaged by the poet, from the precise particularity of the local and the familial to greater political, social and cultural themes. Heaney's poetry is seen within the framework of the Irish poetic tradition and the poet is also located within his crucial social and political context as a writer from the North of Ireland, who seeks a fruitful engagement with the conflicts affecting his homeland. Heaney emerges from this clearly written study as a complex and multi-faceted figure, passionately engaged by poetry and politics alike."--Jacket
Matthew Arnold by Kate Campbell( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Poet, school inspector, civil servant and critic: this study examines the interrelationship of Arnold s different activities in tracing his evolution as a publicist to the publication of Culture and Anarchy in 1869. Kate Campbell shows how his critical concerns and attitudes first appear in his poetry and private writing, even though he reinterprets the immense task of modern poetry as a critical programme. This book demonstrates in particular how his work in education leads to his use of indirect methods of political influence - methods that he has observed in politics, literature and journalism. As a publicist he uses such means to promote his objectives of culture and state. Accordingly, Matthew Arnold overturns the view of Arnoldian detachment as it argues his implication in the new cultural politics of the 1860s."--Jacket
Katherine Mansfield by Andrew Bennett( )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a new introduction to Katherine Mansfield's short stories focusing on the question of the connection between life and writing in her work. This book offers a new introduction to Katherine Mansfield's short stories informed by recent biographical, critical and editorial work on her life and on her stories, letters and notebooks. The study focuses on the question of the connection between life and writing in Mansfield's work: it explores her engagements with issues of personal identity and elaborates her theory and practice of a poetics of impersonation whereby the identity of the author is merged with those of her characters. Bennett argues that Mansfield's multiple and unstable identities and identifications are bound up with issues of colonialism, nationality, gender, and sexuality, and that they may be said to be embedded within the very texture of her prose. Mansfield's impersonations, in their engagement with a 'queer' aesthetics, with strangeness and surprise, with hatred, with an unsettling of personal identity and with the uncertainties of national and sexual identification, constitute the risk and the achievement of Katherine Mansfield's writing
ELT journal( )

in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An international journal for teachers of English to speakers of other languages."
Poetry today : a critical guide to British poetry, 1960-1984 by Anthony Thwaite( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the most authoritative and up to date survey of contemporary British poetry. It is the third version of a successful survey that first appeared in 1973, and provides a succinct and accessible overview of British poets, movements and themes. The study begins with the poetry of Robert Graves and considers such influential figures as John Betjeman, W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, but much of the book focuses on the work of poets who have come into prominence recently, including Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Glyn Maxwell, Sean O'Brien, and the 1995 Nobel prize winner for literature Seamus Heaney. Anthony Thwaite has completely updated and expanded his earlier version
Ben Jonson by J. B Bamborough( Book )

8 editions published between 1959 and 1971 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language teaching( )

in English and Undetermined and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ronald Firbank and John Betjeman by Jocelyn Brooke( Book )

5 editions published between 1962 and 1963 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare by Charles Jasper Sisson( Book )

9 editions published between 1955 and 1971 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British medical bulletin by British Council( )

in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British Medical Bulletin is a multidisciplinary publication, which comprises high quality reviews aimed at generalist physicians, junior doctors and medical students in both developed and developing countries
Compton Mackenzie by Kenneth Young( Book )

4 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Alethea Hayter( Book )

2 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The famous love story of the Brownings which continued, rather than ended, with their elopement and uniquely happy marriage, has tended to obscure Elizabeth Barrett Browning's achievement as a poet. When Wordsworth died, her claims to succeed him as Poet Laureate were seriously canvassed; and during her lifetime her work was considered to rank higher than that of her husband. Today, it is for the "Sonnets from the Portuguese" that Mrs. Browning is principally but unjustly known. Many other poems better demonstrate her command of striking and original imagery, her daring poetic experiments, her very excellent mind; while Aurora Leigh undoubtedly contains the finest passages she ever wrote. In this illuminating essay Miss Hayter frees Elizabeth Barrett Browning once and for all from "her legend of invalidism and ringlets". -- From publisher's description
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British writers British writers
British writersCaryl ChurchillMargaret DrabbleJohn DrydenJames KelmanAphra BehnMarina WarnerSeamus Heaney
Alternative Names
BC (British Council)

Britanskiĭ sovet

British Council

British Council Deutschland

British Council for Relations with Other Countries

British Council Germany

British Council in Deutschland

British Council (Lisboa)

Britská rada

Consejo Británico

Conselho Británico das Relações Culturais

Great Britain. British Council

İngiliz Kültür Heyeti

Instituto Británico

Majlis al-Thaqāfī al-Barīṭānī

Moʻatsah ha-Briṭit

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