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Vickers, Brian

Works: 60 works in 631 publications in 6 languages and 17,544 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Prescriptions, formulae, receipts, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PR3543.M2, 822.33
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Most widely held works by Brian Vickers
In defence of rhetoric by Brian Vickers( Book )

57 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A spirited effort to restore the importance of rhetoric, this book examines its early development in the classical era, its triumph during the Renaissance, and its subsequent decline. While acknowledging rhetoric's general loss of prestige, the author asserts its value in modern times as an indispensable vehicle for style and thought in the work of Joyce, Orwell, Jarrell, and others, and concludes by surveying rhetoric's fragmentation and misapplication in the current critical theories of such thinkers as Jakobson and de Man."--Publisher description
Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon( Book )

39 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first extensive one-volume anthology of Bacon's writings since 1905. It includes the major English literary works on which his reputation rests: the Advancement of Learning (1605), the Essays (1597 and 1625), and the posthumously published New Atlantis (1626). In addition it reprints sixteen other works which are not otherwise available, which show Bacon's remarkable all-round abilities in politics, law, theology, and poetry. A special feature of the edition
The man of feeling by Henry Mackenzie( Book )

40 editions published between 1967 and 2009 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Mackenzie's popular novel of 1771, the sentimental hero's capacity for fine feeling reveals his true virtue. A series of episodes demonstrates Harley's benevolence in an uncaring world as he assists the down-trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success. The novel asks a series of vital questions: what morality is possible in a complex commercial world? Does trying to maintain it make you a saint or a fool? Can sentiment bond society or is it merely a luxury for the leisured classes?" "This edition reprints Brian Vickers's authoritative text, with a new introduction that discusses the novel in the context of the sentimental literature of which it is a pre-eminent example."--Jacket
Towards Greek tragedy : drama, myth, society by Brian Vickers( Book )

31 editions published between 1973 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Appropriating Shakespeare : contemporary critical quarrels by Brian Vickers( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last twenty years have seen an increasing fragmentation in Shakespeare studies, with the emergence of several critical schools, each with its own ideology, each convinced that all other approaches are deficient. In this important book, Brian Vickers argues that, in attempting to appropriate Shakespeare for their own purposes, each of these schools distorts the text by omission and misrepresentation. Two substantial opening chapters trace the derivation of current literary theory from the iconoclastic mood of l960s Paris. They show how an influential group of thinkers in the structuralist and post-structuralist tradition (Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Lacan, Althusser, Derrida, Foucault) promulgated a wholly negative concept of language, arguing that language cannot reliably represent reality; that literature cannot represent life; and that since no definitive reading is possible, all interpretation is misrepresentation. Vickers demonstrates that these attitudes have been decisively refuted, restates the central properties of language, and rehabilitates the notion of the author as creator of a literary work. At the core of the book he surveys the main conflicting schools in Shakespearian literary criticism - deconstructionism, feminism, new historicism, cultural materialism, and psychoanalytic, Marxist and Christian interpretations - describing the theoretical basis of each school, both in its own words and in those of its critics. Evaluating the resulting interpretations of Shakespeare, he shows that each is biased and fragmentary in its own way. Solidly researched, sharply argued and inevitably controversial, this book challenges many recent orthodoxies. As well as to theatre goers and readers of Shakespeare and Elizabethan drama, it will be of great interest to anyone concerned with modern literary theory
The artistry of Shakespeare's prose by Brian Vickers( Book )

32 editions published between 1868 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1968. This re-issues the revised edition of 1979. The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose is the first detailed study of the use of prose in the plays. It begins by defining the different dramatic and emotional functions which Shakespeare gave to prose and verse, and proceeds to analyse the recurrent stylistic devices used in his prose. The general and particular application of prose is then studied through all the plays, in roughly chronological order
Classical rhetoric in English poetry by Brian Vickers( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Occult and scientific mentalities in the Renaissance( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English Renaissance literary criticism( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This wide-ranging compilation of texts illustrates clearly the wide variety of criticism of English literature on offer during the Renaissance period by numerous critics
Essential articles for the study of Francis Bacon by Brian Vickers( Book )

17 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a long period of neglect and abuse it is a pleasure to report that the last thirty years have seen a great revival of interest in Bacon, a revival that has produced informed and detailed criticism both at the general level and as more specialized studies, the best of which are included in this volume. - Introduction
Shakespeare, co-author : a historical study of five collaborative plays by Brian Vickers( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No issue in Shakespeare studies is more important than determining what he wrote. For over two centuries scholars have discussed the evidence that Shakespeare worked with co-authors on several plays, and have used a variety of methods to differentiate their shares from his. In this wide-ranging study, Brian Vickers takes up and extends these discussions, presenting compelling evidence that Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus together with George Peele, Timon of Athens with Thomas Middleton, Pericles with George Wilkins, and Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen with John Fletcher."--Jacket
Francis Bacon by Brian Vickers( Book )

13 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhetoric revalued : papers from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric by Société internationale pour l'histoire de la rhétorique( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare; the critical heritage by Brian Vickers( Book )

65 editions published between 1974 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling student and researcher to read the material themselves
English science, Bacon to Newton by Brian Vickers( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventeenth-century England witnessed an unprecedented flourishing of natural philosophy, inspired by Francis Bacon's call for a new science based on observation and experiment, to be carried out in collective research projects, whose findings would be communicated in clear language. This anthology documents the effect of Bacon's ideas in the remarkably fruitful period following 1660. It includes his sketch of a scientific research institute in the New Atlantis (1627), which inspired the founding of the Royal Society in 1662, as acknowledged by Thomas Sprat in its History, excerpted here. Bacon's plea for an appropriate language for science also affected the Royal Society, as Sprat records, and gave birth to a number of schemes for man-made artificial languages, represented here by John Wilkins's Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language (1668). This reader gives full coverage to the dramatic understanding of nature achieved through experiments using newly developed scientific instruments: Robert Boyle's investigation of air pressure; Hooke and Henry Power's mastery of the microscope; and Isaac Newton's use of the prism to show that light is not homogeneous but composed of many different colours. The selections are accompanied by a general introduction, extensive notes, contemporary illustrations, a glossary of obsolete and technical terms and an updated bibliography
Returning to Shakespeare by Brian Vickers( Book )

9 editions published between 1898 and 1989 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the reign of King Henry the Seventh by Francis Bacon( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerry Weinberger reinterprets Francis Bacon's History and defines its importance to the rise of modern republicanism, liberalism, and the politics of progress. His introduction describes the background of Bacon's History, placing it in the context of Bacon's work and the sources he may have used. Weinberger comments on the changing reputation and interpretation of the History and discusses its significance as a work of early modern political philosophy. The text of the History follows, accompanied by extensive explanatory footnotes. Weinberger's annotations establish the relationship of the text to the surviving manuscript, the first printed edition, and the Latin translation. In addition, they show Bacon's differences from the earlier historians on whom he relied, explain obsolete words, and clarify matters of historical chronology and fact. In his interpretive essay, Weinberger discusses contemporary debates on how best to approach and understand the History. He suggests that Bacon's apparently contradictory work is a subtle and seamless picture of the modern state. The History is not just an account of the first Tudor monarch, Weinberger claims: it also presents Bacon's teachings about the moral and political ends of modern progress. At its deepest level, Bacon's work reopens the ageless questions of political philosophy
Counterfeiting Shakespeare : evidence, authorship, and John Ford's Funerall elegye by Brian Vickers( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brian Vickers examines the issue of what Shakespeare actually wrote, and how this is determined. Shakespeare's authorship has been claimed for two poems, 'Shall I die?' and A Funerall Elegye. Vickers shows that neither has the requisite stylistic and imaginative qualities. In other words, they are 'counterfeits', in the sense of anonymously authored works wrongly presented as Shakespeare's. He identifies John Ford as author of the Elegye
The merchant of Venice( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Merchant of Venice has always been regarded as one of Shakespeare's most interesting plays. Before the nineteenth century critical reaction is relatively fragmentary. However between then and the late twentieth century the critical tradition reveals the tremendous vitality of the play to evoke emotion in the theatre and in the study. Since the middle of the twentieth century reactions to the drama have been influenced by the Nazi destruction of European Jewry. The first volume to document the full tradition of criticism of The Merchant of Venice includes an extensive introduction which cha
William Shakespeare 1733-1752( Book )

9 editions published between 1975 and 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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In defence of rhetoric
Alternative Names
Brian Vickers British literary scholar

Vickers, B. W.

Vickers, B. W. 1937-

Vickers, B. W. (Brian W.)

Vickers, B. W. (Brian W.), 1937-

Vickers, Brian W. 1937-

Vickers, Brian William.

Vickers, Brian William 1937-

Francis BaconThe man of feelingAppropriating Shakespeare : contemporary critical quarrelsThe artistry of Shakespeare's proseOccult and scientific mentalities in the RenaissanceEnglish Renaissance literary criticismShakespeare, co-author : a historical study of five collaborative playsShakespeare; the critical heritage