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Butler, Marilyn

Works: 100 works in 532 publications in 3 languages and 9,668 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Romance fiction  Bildungsromans  Novels  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels  Horror comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PR5397, 823.7
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Most widely held works by Marilyn Butler
Jane Austen and the war of ideas by Marilyn Butler( Book )

53 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,599 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 )

44 editions published between 1981 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,267 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
Maria Edgeworth: a literary biography by Marilyn Butler( Book )

12 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frankenstein : the 1818 text, contexts, nineteenth-century responses, modern criticism by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley( Book )

35 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 732 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
Peacock displayed : a satirist in his context by Marilyn Butler( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Blake by William Blake( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 390 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
Castle Rackrent ; and, Ennui by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thady Quirk, steward to the decaying estate of the Rackrent family, narrates a story of four generations of a dying dynasty in Castle Rackrent. This volume also includes Ennui, the entertaining confessions of the Earl of Glenthorn, a bored aristocrat. Both novels offer a darkly comic and satirical expose of the Irish class system
William Blake by Robin Hamlyn( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Blake is one of the most influential, but also one of the most perplexing, of all British artists. Probably best known for his verses of the hymn "Jerusalem" and his poem "The Tyger," he produced an enormously varied range of visual work - including prints, illuminated books, drawings, and paintings - appealing to a more diverse audience than perhaps any other artist." "This illustrated volume, published to accompany the largest Blake exhibition ever mounted, closely examines Blake's vision, personal mythology, political views, and highly idiosyncratic painting techniques. An analysis of Blake's life-long interest in the Gothic, both as a source of his own distinctive style and as an ideal of spiritual and artistic integrity, leads into a study of his life during the 1790s, when his radical political interests and innovative printmaking techniques came together to form a totally new visionary art. This is followed by an investigation into the sources from which he developed his ideas, language, and images - including an explanation of the key characters that populated his imaginative universe. Finally, the culmination of Blake's highly original vision, his major illuminated books, including Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, Europe, and Jerusalem, are unveiled. Throughout, a wealth of reproductions bring Blake's vision to life." "In two opening essays, Peter Ackroyd, author of the definitive biography of the artist, introduces Blake the man, exploring the apparent contradictions of his complex personality, and Marilyn Butler, an expert on the poetry of the era, casts new light on Blake in the context of the social, cultural, and literary environment of his time."--BOOK JACKET
The novels and selected works of Maria Edgeworth by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 150 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 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mapping mythologies : countercurrents in eighteenth-century poetry and cultural history by Marilyn Butler( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 140 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"--
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 137 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
The novels and selected works by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

43 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jane Austen by Marilyn Butler( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 67 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
An essay on Irish bulls by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On poetry : contributions to the "Analytical Review", 1788-1797 ; with index to the Works of Wollstonecraft by Mary Wollstonecraft( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Mary Wollstonecraft by Mary Wollstonecraft( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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

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Chinese (4)

Italian (1)

Romantics, rebels, and reactionaries : English literature and its background, 1760-1830Frankenstein : the 1818 text, contexts, nineteenth-century responses, modern criticismBurke, Paine, Godwin, and the revolution controversyWilliam BlakeCastle Rackrent ; and, EnnuiWilliam BlakeMansfield ParkJane AustenAn essay on Irish bulls