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Butler, Marilyn

Works: 142 works in 597 publications in 5 languages and 10,213 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction  Horror fiction  Satire  Gothic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Novels  Satirical literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Commentator for written text
Classifications: PR4034, 823.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Marilyn Butler
Jane Austen and the war of ideas by Marilyn Butler( Book )

56 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of Jane Austen's art in the light of the intellectual ferment of her times argues that she represents a conservative reaction against more permissive, individualistic, and personally expressive types of fiction of earlier years
Romantics, rebels, and reactionaries : English literature and its background, 1760-1830 by Marilyn Butler( Book )

47 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marilyn Butler places the Romantics into their proper historical setting. She relates the events and developments of the time--the French and American Revolutions, the Napoleonic Wars, the expansion of agriculture, trade, and industry, growing economic and social pressures--to the cultural forces which shaped these writers. She reveals common factors which engaged the separate efforts of so many truly individual creative minds, and the fierce personal and artistic politics of an age in the midst of profound change. She shows that the literature produced during this dynamic, restless time is nowhere near as homogenous as is generally assumed, and she illuminates the ways in which these various experimental works reflected radically new sensibilities and aspirations.--From publisher's description
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catherine Morland meets all the trappings of Gothic horror and imagines the worst. Disaster does eventually strike, as it does in the real world as distinct from the romantic one, but without spoiling the wonderful atmosphere of this story
Maria Edgeworth: a literary biography by Marilyn Butler( Book )

14 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley( Book )

33 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shelley's enduringly popular and rich gothic tale confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism and science, topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and humankind's ability to act as creator of the modern world. This new edition, based on the harder and wittier 1818 version of the text, draws on new research and examines the novel in the context of the controversial radical sciences developing in the years following the Napoleonic Wars, and shows the relationship of Frankenstein's experiment to the contemporary debate between champions of materialistic science and proponents of received religion
The works of Mary Wollstonecraft by Mary Wollstonecraft( Book )

40 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peacock displayed : a satirist in his context by Marilyn Butler( Book )

13 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burke, Paine, Godwin, and the revolution controversy( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Blake by Robin Hamlyn( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to accompany the largest Blake exhibition ever mounted, this book "closely examines Blake's vision, personal mythology, political views, and highly idiosyncratic painting techniques."--Jacket
Romantic atheism : poetry and freethought, 1780-1830 by Martin Priestman( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring links between Romanticism and the first burst of outspoken atheism in Britain, Priestman examines the major Romantic poets in their most intellectually radical periods, and many contemporary poet-intellectuals and controversialists. Above all, he conveys Romantic atheism's excitement and dramatic appeal to new developments in politics, science and comparative mythology
Mapping mythologies : countercurrents in eighteenth-century poetry and cultural history by Marilyn Butler( Book )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this groundbreaking work of revisionary literary history, Marilyn Butler traces the imagining of alternative versions of the nation in eighteenth-century Britain, both in the works of a series of well-known poets (Akenside, Thomson, Gray, Collins, Chatterton, Macpherson, Blake) and in the differing accounts of the national culture offered by eighteenth-century antiquarians and literary historians. She charts the beginnings in eighteenth-century Britain of what is now called cultural history, exploring how and why it developed, and the issues at stake. Her interest is not simply in a succession of great writers, but in the politics of a wider culture, in which writers, scholars, publishers, editors, booksellers, readers all play their parts. For more than thirty years, Marilyn Butler was a towering presence in eighteenth-century and romantic studies, and this major work is published for the first time"--
Castle Rackrent ; and, Ennui by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of four generations of Rackrent heirs: the dissipated spendthrift Sir Patrick O'Shaughlin, the litigious Sir Murtagh Rackrent, the cruel husband and gambling absentee Sir Kit Rackrent, and the generous but improvident Sir Condy Rackrent. The work is largely satirical exposing Anglo-Irish landlords and their overall mismanagement of the estates they owned at a time when the English and Irish parliaments were working towards formalizing their union through the Acts of Union
The novels and selected works of Maria Edgeworth by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature as a heritage, or, Reading other ways by Marilyn Butler( Book )

13 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a poor cousin, Fannie Price, comes to live at the estate of the sophisticated Bertram family, she suffers from the condescension of her haughty relatives and from the hopeless love she bears for their youngest son. Life becomes even more complicated when she is forced into a rivalry with a charming and vivacious newcomer. Fannie will have to question her most cherished beliefs about herself and her world as she struggles to make a home for herself. Displaying Austen's characteristic irony and perception, Mansfield Park delivers a scathing attack on social conventions that earned it a reputation as her most controversial novel
Jane Austen by Marilyn Butler( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Definitive, concise, and very interesting ... From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the Very Interesting People series provides authoritative bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures - people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. Each book in the series is based upon the biographical entry from the world-famous Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The Very Interesting People series includes the following titles: 1. William Shakespeare by Peter Holland 2. George Eliot by Rosemary Ashton 3. Charles Dickens by Michael Slater 4
The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft by Mary Wollstonecraft( )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seven volume set of books containing all the known published writings and translations of Mary Wollstonecraft, who is generally recognised as the mother of the feminist movement. She was also an acute observer of the political upheavals of the French revolution and advocated educational reform
The works of Mary Wollstonecraft / Of the importance of religious opinions by Mary Wollstonecraft( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected novels and memoirs of William Godwin by William Godwin( )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This 1818 novel is set in a former abbey whose owner, Christopher Glowry, is host to visitors who enjoy his hospitality and engage in endless debate. Among these guests are figures recognizable to Peacock's contemporaries, including characters based on Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Mr. Glowry's son Scythrop (also modelled on a famous Romantic, Peacock's friend Percy Bysshe Shelley) locks himself up in a tower where he reads German tragedies and transcendental philosophy and develops a "passion for reforming the world." Disappointed in love, a sorrowful Scythrop decides the only thing to do is to commit suicide, but circumstances persuade him instead to follow his father in a love of misanthropy and Madeira. In addition to satire and comic romance, Nightmare Abbey presents a biting critique of the texts we view as central to British Romanticism." "This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a range of illuminating contemporary documents on the novel's reception and its German and British literary contexts. A selection of Peacock's critical and autobiographical writings is also included."--Jacket
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Romantics, rebels, and reactionaries : English literature and its background, 1760-1830
Alternative Names
Evans, Marilyn 1937-2014

Marilyn Butler British literary critic

Marilyn Butler Brits literatuurcritica (1937-2014)

Romantics, rebels, and reactionaries : English literature and its background, 1760-1830Northanger AbbeyFrankenstein, or, The modern PrometheusThe works of Mary WollstonecraftBurke, Paine, Godwin, and the revolution controversyWilliam BlakeCastle Rackrent ; and, EnnuiMansfield ParkJane Austen