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Alexander, Peter (Peter F.)

Overview
Works: 40 works in 133 publications in 2 languages and 3,369 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Drama  Biographies  Poetry  Tragedies (Drama)  Records and correspondence  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR2754, 822.33
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Peter Alexander
Alan Paton : a biography by Peter Alexander( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Paton is best remembered as the author of Cry, the Beloved Country, the most lyrical and moving plea for racial reconciliation to have come out of South Africa this century. His reputation, however, extends far beyond the fields of fiction and literature, for in addition Paton was a teacher, prison reformer, and politician whose achievements have ensured him a lasting place in the troubled history of his country. This is a rich and fascinating story, told against the backdrop of profound political changes in a country that still struggles to achieve the harmony Paton strove for; Paton's own greatness can now be seen for the first time to arise from moral struggles no less profound
Roy Campbell : a critical biography by Peter Alexander( Book )

14 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The name of Roy Campbell is surrounded by legends, some true, some false, many invented by the man himself. This, the first biography of the poet, traces Campbell's life from birth in 1901 to his sudden death in a car crash in 1957 - childhood in South Africa, student days at Oxford, the start of his poetic career, and his turbulent involvement in the fashionable literary scene of the 1920s. His wife's friendship with the dominating Vita Sackville-West was the cause of much unhappiness and a lasting bitterness which found expression in Campbell's verse. The author describes Campbell's love for Spain and the bullfight and his romantic celebration of the Man of Action, his conversion to Roman Catholicism, his narrow escapes from death in the Spanish Civil War, and his exceptional life thereafter in England and abroad, when his reputation as a heavy-drinking belligerent grew and famous scenes with renowned literary figures ensured that his image even today remains controversial
Leonard and Virginia Woolf : a literary partnership by Peter Alexander( Book )

16 editions published in 1992 in English and Dutch and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new study of the relationship of Leonard and Virginia Woolf is based on two controversial assumptions: that 'Bloomsbury' never existed and that Virginia Woolf does not deserve her reputation as one of the greatest figures of English literary history. Aiming to restore perceptions of Leonard and Virginia Woolf to a more realistic level, without undermining their considerable achievements, Peter Alexander focuses on the surprising literary influence which Leonard and Virginia had on each other and the difficult yet fruitful partnership which they forged. Clearly, Leonard Woolf had a profound effect on Virginia's writing, not merely in caring for her and providing the circumstances in which she could write, but in offering her a model of sensibility so different from her own that she was continually reacting against it, or (more damagingly) trying to emulate it. For her part, Virginia stimulated Leonard into writing novels, provided him with compelling subject matter through her prejudiced reactions to himself, and ultimately influenced not only the course of his writing, but even the style of his late autobiography. Making extensive use of both unpublished and recently published material, including Leonard Woolf's letters and Virginia Woolf's early journals, this illustrated book combines the intellectual energy of a critical study with the excitement and narrative drive of a groundbreaking biography
William Plomer : a biography by Peter Alexander( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Plomer (1903-73) was a novelist and literary figure of reputation, author of the powerful novel of miscegenation Turbott Wolfe, founder of the magazine Voorslag, principal reader for the Publisher Jonathan Cape, and a homosexual. Here, Alexander paints a fascinating portrait of this man, from his beginnings in turn-of-the-century South Africa to his rise to literary and publishing prominence in England in the 1930s and 40s. Dealing frankly with all areas of Plomer's private and professional life and the central role his homosexuality played in them, this book looks at his success at bringing such authors as Vladimir Nabokov and Ian Fleming to prominence, his work as editor of Francis Kilvert's diaries, his librettos for several of Benjamin Britten's operas, including Gloriana, and his other literary works, which include five novels and ten volumes of verse
The selected poems of Roy Campbell by Roy Campbell( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragedies by William Shakespeare( Book )

9 editions published between 1958 and 1986 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the texts of thirteen tragedies by sixteenth-century playwright William Shakespeare, including "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth," "Hamlet," and "Othello."
Les Murray : a life in progress by Peter Alexander( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Les Murray is one of Australia's finest poets, and a noted critic and essayist. He is also an original and controversial political thinker. Peter F. Alexander's biography reveals how this complex man endured the harshest and most anti-intellectual of childhoods to develop into one of the most famous poets writing in English today." "Peter Alexander deals in absorbing and intimate detail with Murray's poverty-stricken upbringing on a New South Wales dairy farm, the terrible death of his mother when he was twelve, his miserable schooling, and his decision to become a poet. Then follow the wild years at Sydney University, the mental breakdown that led to Murray's discovery of the interior of his country, and his salvation through marriage to the beautiful Valerie Morelli. The biography details Murray's dedication to poetry, his slow but steady rise to fame, and his role in the invigorating poetic wars that convulsed Australian writers for three decades. The book climaxes with Murray's breakdown of the late 1980s and the near-death experience that at last brought him escape from depression. This is a story that places Les Murray where he belongs, at the centre of his country's literary life through the second half of the twentieth century."--Jacket
Collected works by Roy Campbell( Book )

in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Paton : selected letters by Alan Paton( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa today : a multi-disciplinary snapshot of the continent in 1995( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected works by Roy Campbell( Book )

7 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The diary of Iris Vaughan by Iris Vaughan( Book )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Shakespeare, the complete works by William Shakespeare( Book )

5 editions published between 1951 and 1979 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the works of William Shakespeare, along with an analysis of the nature and authority of the early documents, a list of the canon and chronological order of composition, an essay on Shakespeare's language, and a bibliography
The poetry of Coleridge by Peter Alexander( Recording )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summary of the life and works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
African trade unions and the South African, 1934-47 : the recognition debate reassessed by Peter Alexander( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the granite kingdom : critical essays on Charles Causley( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in Shakespeare by Peter Alexander( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For contents, see Author Catalog
Hamlet : father and son ; the Lord Northcliffe lectures, University College, London, 1953 by Peter Alexander( Book )

1 edition published in 1955 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected works by Roy Campbell( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The earliest voyages round the world. by Peter Alexander( Book )

2 editions published between 1916 and 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alan Paton : a biography
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Les Murray : a life in progress
Alternative Names
Alexander, P. F.

Alexander, P. F. 1949-

Alexander, P. F. (Peter F.)

Alexander, Peter

Alexander, Peter F.

Alexander, Peter F. 1949-

Alexander, Peter Fraser 1949-

Languages
English (104)

Dutch (1)