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British writers( Book )

36 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in English and Italian and held by 2,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of critical essays covers writers who have made significant contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the 14th century to the present day
John Dryden by David Hopkins( )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,177 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
British writers( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers writers who have made significant contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the fourteenth century to the present day. Includes in-depth critical and biographical analysis
Aphra Behn by Susan Wiseman( )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 959 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
Caryl Churchill by Elaine Aston( )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 952 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
Seamus Heaney by Andrew Murphy( )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 942 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
Margaret Drabble by Glenda Leeming( )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 866 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
ELT journal( )

in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ELT Journal is a quarterly publication for all those involved in English Language Teaching (ELT), whether as a second, additional, or foreign language, or as an international Lingua Franca. The journal links the everyday concerns of practitioners with insights gained from relevant academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, education, psychology, and sociology
James Kelman by H. Gustav Klaus( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 802 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
Marina Warner by Laurence Coupe( )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 778 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
Poetry today : a critical guide to British poetry, 1960-1984 by Anthony Thwaite( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 777 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
Matthew Arnold by Kate Campbell( )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 767 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
Ben Jonson by J. B Bamborough( Book )

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

The imagist poets by Andrew Thacker( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study offers a lively account of the Imagist Poets, the first significant group of modernist poets writing in English. It discusses what their writing achieved, and analyses the theoretical claims of Imagism in relation to its poetic practice. It revises the received view of Imagism by drawing upon current re-readings of modernism in terms of gender and sexuality, cultural geography, and the idea of literary institutions and formations. The book shows the variety of practice within the Imagist group, and shifts the focus from seeing Imagism purely as the creation of Ezra Pound, by granting a much stronger focus to often overlooked figures such as Amy Lowell, F.S. Flint and John Gould Fletcher. It also examines the cultural formation of Imagism as a movement competing within the artistic avant-garde of London in the early twentieth century. --Book Jacket
Katherine Mansfield by Andrew Bennett( )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 704 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
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

Language teaching( )

in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salman Rushdie by Damian Grant( )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Salman Rushdie is one of the most widely discussed but also one of the most generally misunderstood of contemporary writers. This study seeks to provide a balanced view by approaching Rushdie's fiction in terms of its dual responsibility to the 'found' world of historical circumstance and to the 'made' world of the imagination. The novels are seen as characteristic texts for our times, negotiating between different (often conflicting) cultures, dissonant discourses, heterogeneous literary conventions, incommensurable conceptions of truth. As such, they offer special risks and rewards to the reader. The book also provides an account of the complex issues raised by the world-wide response to The Satanic Verses that has become known as the 'Rushdie affair'."--Jacket
Shakespeare by Charles Jasper Sisson( Book )

9 editions published between 1955 and 1971 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Middleton and his collaborators by Mark Hutchings( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Middleton and his Collaborators explores the career of one of the most prominent and versatile writers of the early seventeenth century. Throughout his working life Thomas Middleton worked in collaboration with several contemporaries, notably Thomas Dekker, William Shakespeare, and William Rowley. The book devotes chapters to each, and examines in detail Middleton and Dekkers's The Roaring Girl, his intertextual relations with Shakespeare, and arguably his masterpiece, The Changeling, written with Rowley." "This is the first study of Middleton to emphasize the significance of his collaborative relationships, and stresses in turn the intertextual elements of the plays, pageants, poems, and pamphlets. The portrait the emerges is of a politicized, theatrically-aware, multi-faceted writer whose chief skill lay in his ability to work in and across a range of genres, as his collaborative relationships and solo works alike demonstrate."--BOOK JACKET
 
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British writers
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John DrydenBritish writersAphra BehnCaryl ChurchillSeamus HeaneyMargaret DrabbleJames KelmanMarina Warner
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

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

Languages
English (262)

German (5)

Italian (1)