WorldCat Identities

Raby, Peter

Overview
Works: 65 works in 324 publications in 3 languages and 9,515 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Handbooks and manuals  History  Fiction  Biographies  Drama  Short stories, French  Biographical fiction  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PR5824, B
Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works by Peter Raby
The Cambridge companion to Harold Pinter by Peter Raby( Book )

50 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This companion provides an introduction to one of the world's leading and most controversial writers, and examines the wide range of his works. Harold Pinter, whose output in many genres and roles continues to grow, has written for the theatre, radio, television, and screen, in addition to being a highly successful director and actor. Includes photographs from key productions, chronology, checklist of works, and bibliography
The Cambridge companion to Oscar Wilde by Peter Raby( Book )

50 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although intended a general overview, this introduction to one of the theatre's most important and enigmatic writers also offers some of the latest thinking on the dramatist and his impact on the 20th century
Alfred Russel Wallace : a life by Peter Raby( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography of Wallace traces the development of one of the most remarkable scientific travelers, naturalists, and thinkers of the nineteenth century. Peter Raby reveals his subject as a courageous, unconventional explorer and a man of exceptional humanity. He draws more extensively on Wallace's correspondence than has any previous biographer and offers a revealing yet balanced account of the relationship between Wallace and Darwin. Wallace lacked Darwin's advantages. A largely self-educated native of Wales, he spent four years in the Amazon in his mid-twenties collecting specimens for museums and wealthy patrons, only to lose his finds in a shipboard fire in the mid-Atlantic. He vowed never to travel again. Yet two years later he was off to the East Indies on a vast eight-year trek where he discovered countless species and identified the point of divide between Asian and Australian fauna, 'Wallace's Line.' After his return, he plunged into numerous controversies and published regularly until his death at the age of ninety, in 1913. He penned a classic volume on his travels, founded the discipline of biogeography, promoted natural selection, and produced a distinctive account of mind and consciousness in man
Lady Windermere's fan ; Salome ; A woman of no importance ; An ideal husband ; The importance of being earnest by Oscar Wilde( Book )

31 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and French and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilde's drama combines epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation. This collection of his plays includes 'Lady Windermere's Fan', 'Salome', 'A Woman of No Importance', 'An Ideal Husband' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
The importance of being earnest : a reader's companion by Peter Raby( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the world's great comedies, an amazing success given that the play seems particularly concerned with subtle details of manners and mores set in a quite specific era, and in a most distinct milieu. Since the first production was staged in 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been one of the most frequently performed plays in the modern English language repertory. Peter Raby provides a resourceful and entertaining analysis of Wilde's celebrated play in The Importance of Being Earnest: A Reader's Companion. Far and away the most elaborate and informed study of the play, Raby hits all the requisite elements: genesis, structure and style, characters, and Wilde's historical and societal importance, among other aspects. He thoroughly explores the impact of the play on London's social values, providing frequent notes about Wilde and his times. His discussion of the origins and social context of the play is especially rewarding, including such tidbits as Wilde's financial pressures, characters' vocabulary and speech habits, and the way in which a response to a cucumber sandwich is a telling social gesture. So too does he make the reader aware of those attributes that render Wilde's writing so delightful: the quick elegance of his language, his masterful use of symmetry, his visual awareness and acute powers of description. Raby's keen interpretation and perception provide not just insight into a radiant work, but understanding of how a play aimed entirely at the money-making medium of the London stage managed to achieve - and maintain - such a high level of artistic accomplishment
Bright paradise : Victorian scientific travellers by Peter Raby( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses travellers such as Sir Joseph Banks, Heinrich Barth, Henry Walter Bates, George Bentham, Margaret Brooke, Hugh Clapperton, Captain James Cook, Charles Darwin, General Sir Rufane Donkin, Francis Galton, Sir Joseph Hooker, Sir William Hooker, Alexander von Humboldt, Thomas Henry Huxley, Sir Harry Johnston, Mary Kingsley, John Lander, Richard Lander, Sir Charles Lyell, Marianne North, Richard Owen, Mungo Park, Captain James Ross, Richard Spruce, Alfred Russel Wallace, Charles Waterton, and others
Samuel Butler : a biography by Peter Raby( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar Wilde by Peter Raby( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and Chinese and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The government inspector. by Peter Raby( Book )

2 editions published between 1972 and 1977 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic comedy of Russian provincial life. A penniless young traveller is mistaken for a government inspector whose arrival is expected with panic by the corrupt local officials. He is bribed and feted and finally betrothed to the Mayor's daughter. After he has left with his pockets full of money, the mistake is discovered and the arrival of the real inspector is announced
Fair Ophelia : a life of Harriet Smithson Berlioz by Peter Raby( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in 1800 into an Irish theatrical family, Harriet Smithson became famous when she played Ophelia and Juliet on the Paris stage. Hector Berlioz was present, and fell in love with the romatic image she seemed to personify. She became the inspiration for some of his greatest music, and eventually his wife. This book tells of Harriet's life and career whilst providing a commentary on the theatrical and cultural history of her time
Aubrey Beardsley and the nineties by Peter Raby( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar Wilde in context by Kerry Powell( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concise and illuminating articles explore Oscar Wilde's life and work in the context of the turbulent landscape of his time
The three musketeers : adapted from Alexandre Dumas' novel by Peter Raby( Book )

4 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of Alexander Dumas' novel set in the court of Louis XIII of France. The adventures of D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis as they fight for King and country
The government inspector : an adaptation by Peter Raby( Book )

2 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lives of Shakespearian actors( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ernest Pontifex, or, The way of all flesh : a story of English domestic life by Samuel Butler( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfred R. Wallace, l'explorateur de l'évolution, 1823-1913 by Peter Raby( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in French and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfred Russel Wallace : a life by Peter Raby( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unknown masterpiece ; and, Gambara by Honoré de Balzac( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A New York Review Books Original One of Honore de Balzac's most celebrated tales, "The Unknown Masterpiece" is the story of a painter who, depending on one's perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental genius--or both. The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cezanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's words, a "fable of modern art." Published here in a new translation by poet Richard Howard, "The Unknown Masterpiece" appears, as Balzac intended, with "Gambara," a grotesque and tragic novella about a musician undone by his dreams
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.43 (from 0.27 for The import ... to 0.91 for Alfred R. ...)

The Cambridge companion to Oscar Wilde
Alternative Names
Raby, Peter 1939-

Raby, Peter H. 1939-

Raby, Peter Humfrey

Raby, Peter Humfrey 1939-

レイビー, ピーター

Languages
English (243)

French (2)

Chinese (1)

Covers
The Cambridge companion to Oscar WildeAlfred Russel Wallace : a lifeLady Windermere's fan ; Salome ; A woman of no importance ; An ideal husband ; The importance of being earnestThe importance of being earnest : a reader's companionBright paradise : Victorian scientific travellersAubrey Beardsley and the ninetiesLives of Shakespearian actorsErnest Pontifex, or, The way of all flesh : a story of English domestic life