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Beecher, Donald

Works: 188 works in 524 publications in 4 languages and 14,461 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Humor  Comedy plays  Sources 
Roles: Editor, Author, Translator, Other, Composer, Creator, Author of introduction, Musician, Contributor
Classifications: RC543, 823.3
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donald Beecher
Renaissance comedy : the Italian masters by Donald Beecher( )

32 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 2,996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pleasant nights by Giovanni Francesco Straparola( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 2,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned today for his contribution to the rise of the modern European fairy tale, Giovan Francesco Straparola (c. 1480-c. 1557) is particularly known for his dazzling anthology The Pleasant Nights. Originally published in Venice in 1550 and 1553, this collection features seventy-three folk stories, fables, jests, and pseudo-histories, including nine tales we might now designate for 'mature readers' and seventeen proto-fairy tales. Nearly all of these stories, including classics such as 'Puss in Boots, ' made their first ever appearance in this collection; together, the tales comprise one of the most varied and engaging Renaissance miscellanies ever produced. Its appeal sustained it through twenty-six editions in the first sixty years. This full critical edition of The Pleasant Nights presents these stories in English for the first time in over a century. The text takes its inspiration from the celebrated Waters translation, which is entirely revised here to render it both more faithful to the original and more sparkishly idiomatic than ever before. The stories are accompanied by a rich sampling of illustrations, including originals from nineteenth-century English and French versions of the text. As a comprehensive critical and historical edition, these volumes contain far more information on the stories than can be found in any existing studies, literary histories, or Italian editions of the work. Donald Beecher provides a lengthy introduction discussing Straparola as an author, the nature of fairy tales and their passage through oral culture, and how this phenomenon provides a new reservoir of stories for literary adaptation. Moreover, the stories all feature extensive commentaries analysing not only their themes but also their fascinating provenances, drawing on thousands of analogue tales going back to ancient Sanskrit, Persian, and Arabic stories. Immensely entertaining and readable, The Pleasant Nights will appeal to anyone interested in fairy tales, ancient stories, and folk creations. Such readers will also enjoy Beecher's academically solid and erudite commentaries, which unfold in a manner as light and amusing as the stories themselves
Ariosto today : contemporary perspectives by Massimo Ciavolella( )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 1,664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso is one of the masterpieces of the Renaissance, a work which, many argue, signaled the apogee of Renaissance fancy on the precipice of irony and decline. This collection of essays brings together twelve noted Italian and American scholars to provide a complete picture of Ariosto and all his works, covering topics such as historical criticism relating to Ariosto's place and time; philological investigations into the varying literary styles of the author, especially outside of the Furioso; Ariosto's extrinsic relationships with other literary traditions; and formal and thematic excavations of the immanent aesthetics of the Furioso. Each essayist acknowledges the fact that Ariosto's creations are charged with allusions and allegiances variously inviting recognition or demanding the status of record. This reading of his works reveals that Ariosto was not a writer who believed, as it was previously thought, that literature is something escapist or fantastic in nature, but one who, in writing and re-writing his works, tried to re-interpret literary tradition while incorporating the new literary instruments that were available to him at the time: Ariosto's literary production is an integration of tradition and invention. This new reading of his work will be essential to any Italianist's library."--Publisher description
Taking exception to the law : materializing injustice in early modern English literature by Grant Williams( )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores how a range of early modern English writings responded to injustices perpetrated by legal procedures, discourses, and institutions. From canonical poems and plays to crime pamphlets and educational treatises, the essays engage with the relevance and wide appeal of legal questions in order to understand how literature operated in the early modern period. Justice in its many forms (legal, poetic, divine, natural, and customary) is examined through insightful and innovative analyses of a number of texts, including The Merchant of Venice, The Faerie Queene, and Paradise Lost. A major contribution to the growing field of law and literature, this collection offers cultural contexts, interpretive insights, and formal implications for the entire field of English Renaissance culture"--Jacket
Adapted brains and imaginary worlds : cognitive science and the literature of the Renaissance by Donald Beecher( )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The literary discipline is based on principles of structure and language, is concerned with interpreting the emotions in characters comprising humanity in all its variety reacting to the provocations of their imaginary worlds, and encompasses our cognitive and affective reactions to those representations. So much of what we take from reading, though, is not linked to language: linguistic prompts merely set in motion the associations, memories, and images through which we generate meaning and emotionalize experience. Reading, if it is to understand how and why our minds complete fictive worlds, must take an interest in what the emotions are, where they originate, and what they are for. The cognitive sciences offer valuable perspectives on the feeling brain, perspectives which reveal much about the emotions of imaginary persons and the feelings they arouse in readers. This work aims to connect textual interpretation and brain science. In so doing, it furthers the understanding of literary experience and opens up new approaches to literature in general through philosophical insights into the human brain. Each of the book's eleven chapters sets out to bring a relevant cognitive perspective into the spotlight: memory, the emotions, the self, intentionality, laughter, crying, conversion experience, the psychology of suspense, criminal deviancy, binary ethics--the narrative brain in perceptual and imaginative modes--by analyzing these experiences and emotions in relevant works of Renaissance literature. The texts are both minor but characteristic and canonical, from The Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolphus and The Moral Philosophy of Doni, to Spenser's Faerie Queene and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure."--
Satisfaction all around = (Les Contens) by Odet de Turnèbe( )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and French and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise on lovesickness by Jacques Ferrand( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scruffy scoundrels = Gli straccioni by Annibal Caro( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comparative critical approaches to Renaissance comedy( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impresario (untitled) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barnabe Riche, his farewell to military profession by Barnabe Rich( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scruffy scoundrels : a new English translation of Gli Straccioni in a dual-language edition by Annibal Caro( )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Annibal Caro's 'Scruffy Scoundrels' presents a new English translation of 'Gli straccioni' in a dual-language edition with a new introduction and notes. This play provides a comic look at the chaos and corruption of Rome in the 16th century as powerful families attempted to effect reform"--
Rosalind : Euphues' golden legacy found after his death in his cell at Silexedra (1590) by Thomas Lodge( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three sisters by Leone de' Sommi( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eros and Anteros : the medical traditions of love in the renaissance( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le veglie di Siena = The night games of Siena by Orazio Vecchi( )

7 editions published in 2004 in 3 languages and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ars reminiscendi : mind and memory in Renaissance culture( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The deceived : a new English translation of Gl'Ingannati in a dual-language edition( )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first modern English translation and dual-language edition of a Renaissance Italian comedy of intrigue, involving twins and mistaken identities, believed to be a source for Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night.' Includes introduction, bibliography, plot summary, notes"--
The dialogue of Solomon and Marcolphus( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and English, Middle and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical approaches to English prose fiction, 1520-1640( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A treatise on lovesickness
Ariosto today : contemporary perspectivesA treatise on lovesicknessBarnabe Riche, his farewell to military professionRosalind : Euphues' golden legacy found after his death in his cell at Silexedra (1590)
Alternative Names
Beecher, D. A.

Beecher, D. A. 1942-

Beecher, D.A. (Donald A.)

Beecher, Donald A. 1942-

Beecher Donald Allen

Beecher Donald Allen 1942-....