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Alexander, J. H. (John H.)

Works: 82 works in 346 publications in 2 languages and 7,350 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Drama  Records and correspondence  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PR5319, 823.7
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Most widely held works by J. H Alexander
The bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott( )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition of The Bride of Lammermoor restores the action to 1703, before the Union of Scotland and England in 1707 rather than after it, which is where Scott's revisions of 1830 placed it. At last the sense of instability and of impermanence which permeates the novel makes sense, for what was to come in the impending revolution. Love is doomed in this the most famous of Scott's plots. Edgar Ravenswood and Lucy Ashton are destroyed not just by the opposing political and religious allegiances of their families, but by the pervasive drive for power in a state where only power guarantees the ownership of real property. Yet the politics are only an aspect of a predetermining fate, seen in the symbols of the bull, the tower, the violated maiden, the raven, in the image of the revenging ancestor, in the traditional prophecies and in the second sight of the village witches. There is only safety in Lucy's contemptus mundi, seen in her song, "Look thou not on Beauty's charming", and when she commits herself to Edgar she is lost
A legend of the wars of Montrose by Walter Scott( )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 1,533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""I think this fellow Dalgetty is one of those horse-leeches, whose appetite for blood being only sharpened by what he has sucked in foreign countries, he is now returned to batten upon that of his own." Such is one character's view of the Scottish mercenary of the seventeenth century. Yet there is in Dugald Dalgetty's professional ethic, his blundering Latin, his loving care of his horse, and his own self-absorption, more genuine humanity than in the political and religious principles of Royalists and Covenanters alike. And the picture which emerges is not of violence imported into Scotland from Germany but of a country destroyed by uncompromising religious hatred, political bigotry, tribal feud and personal enmity. A Legend of the Wars of Montrose centres on one episode in the most bloody of Scotland's civil wars, Montrose's campaign for King Charles I in 1644-45; it is a short and savage tale."--BOOK JACKET
Kenilworth. With a port, of the author, pictures, of contemporary scenes and drawings reproduced from early editions together with an introd. and captions by Walter Scott( Book )

22 editions published between 1952 and 2017 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragic story of the secret marriage of Amy Robsart to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, favourite and potential consort of the Queen, is imbued with the drama of Tudor England, its exuberance of spirit, vigor of language, violence and treachery, ostentation and gaiety, shifts and stratagems, and above all, its pervading sense of transience. Steeped in and engrossed by historic England, Scott relished the opportunity to create a pageant of Elizabethan life. From the swashbuckling Lambourne to the Machiavellian Varney, from the vacillating Leicester to Amy and the Queen herself, Scott grasps something of the passions of Marlowe, the histrionics of Kyd and the cynicism of Marston. Kenilworth comes as close to the theatrical and the melodramatic as Rob Roy or The Bride of Lammermoor, and Scott's sheer zest in writing is there for any reader to enjoy
The siege of Malta and Bizarro by Walter Scott( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Siege of Malta and Bizarro are Scott's final works, written in Malta and Italy at the end of 1831 and the beginning of 1832. Although extracts from The Siege of Malta have been published, this is the first complete edition. Bizarro has not been available in print until now." "The Siege of Malta begins as a novel but ends as a historical account of the extraordinary defence of Malta by the Order of St John of Jerusalem and their Maltese helpers against much larger Muslim forces. It is an epic tale of endurance, resulting in inevitable defeat for some of the Knights, and for the rest, in the most hard-won of victories, setting the scene for the subsequent development of the Maltese nation." "In the novella Bizarro Scott takes up the story of a notorious Calabrian brigand of the early nineteenth century. Scott's fictionalised account draws on his experience of visiting Naples and its surroundings and his earlier knowledge of Neapolitan history to tell a tale of passion, murder and revenge with a level of violence rarely seen in his earlier work. Though incomplete, Bizarro shows Scott had not lost his power to tell a good story in this, his very last piece of fiction."--Jacket
Reading Wordsworth by J. H Alexander( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anne of Geierstein by Walter Scott( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anne of Geierstein (1829) is set in Central Europe in the fifteenth century, but it is a remarkably modern novel, for the central issues are the political instability and violence that arise from the mix of peoples and the fluidity of European boundaries." "With Anne of Geierstein Scott concludes the unfinished historical business of Quentin Durward, working on a larger canvas with broader brush-strokes and generally with more sombre colours. The novel illustrates the darkening of Scott's historical vision in the final part of his career." "This new edition is based upon the first edition but is corrected by recovering from the manuscript about 2000 readings lost in some cases by misreadings of what Scott had written, but in many others from the assumption that those who processed Scott's text knew better than he did. This is the first modern critical edition of what was in its day a remarkably successful novel."--BOOK JACKET
Tales of a grandfather : the history of France (second series) by Walter Scott( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scott drew on standard sources, but the interpretation of the material and the historical vision are his own. Modern readers will be especially engaged by his interpretation of the character of Joan of Arc. Readers will also be interested to compare Scott's treatment of history and its leading figures with his novels set in the same period and country, namely, Quentin Durward and Anne of Geierstein
Quentin Durward by Walter Scott( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Quentin Durward is a young Scotsman seeking fame and fortune in the France of Louis XI in the fifteenth century. He knows little and understands less, but Scott represents his ignorance and naivete as useful to 'the most sagacious prince in Europe' who needs servants motivated solely by the desire for coin and credit and lacking any interest in France which would interfere with the execution of his political aims. In Quentin Durward Scott studies the first modern state in the process of destroying the European feudal system." "By far the most important of Scott's sources for Quentin Durward is the splendid Memoirs of Philippe de Comines. Comines, who has more than a walk-on role in the novel itself, was trusted councillor of Charles the Bold of Burgundy until 1472, when Louis XI persuaded him to enter his service. Scott's contrasting portraits of Louis and Charles, crafty king and fiery duke, essentially derives from Comines, whose memoirs are generally regarded as the first example of modern analytical history rather than chronicle. But it is as a story that Quentin Durward succeeds, and it is one of Scott's most absorbing tales."--BOOK JACKET
Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Count Robert of Paris goes further back in time than any other of Scott's novels, to witness the uneasy alliance between the Byzantine empire and the ambitious western leaders of the First Crusade at the end of the eleventh century. The characters in this narrative range from an orang-utan to the historian Anna Comnena, who in the climactic scene encounters in single combat Brenhilda of Aspramonte, the warrior wife of Count Robert, pregnant with his child." "Condemned by Scott's printer as 'altogether a failure', Count Robert of Paris was prepared for publication by his son-in-law J. G. Lockhart and his publisher Robert Cadell. The process involved substantial cutting and re-writing, much of it quite unnecessary. What appeared was a bowdlerised, tamed and tidied version of what Scott had written and dictated. Scott's last full-length novel challenged the susceptibilities of his readers more directly than any other, and in that lay its fault in the eyes of the lesser men who condemned it. This edition is the first to have returned to the surviving portion of the manuscript and the extensive proofs."--BOOK JACKET
Castle dangerous by Walter Scott( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1306 during the Wars of Independence, English heiress Lady Augusta de Berkely has promised to marry Sir John de Walton if he can defend the strategically vital Castle of Douglas against Robert the Bruce and Sir James Douglas for a year and a day
The lay of the last minstrel : three essays by J. H Alexander( Book )

11 editions published in 1978 in English and German and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scott and his influence : the papers of the Aberdeen Scott conference, 1982 by International Scott Conference( Book )

12 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two studies in romantic reviewing : Edinburgh reviewers and the English tradition : the reviewing of Walter Scott's poetry : 1805-1817 by J. H Alexander( Book )

18 editions published between 1817 and 1976 in 3 languages and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reception of Scott's poetry by his correspondents, 1796-1817 by J. H Alexander( Book )

17 editions published in 1979 in English and German and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tavern sages : selections from the Noctes Ambrosianae by John Wilson( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From 1822 until 1835 Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine carried the series of seventy-one largely imaginary conversations, set in William Ambrose's Edinburgh taverns, and hence called the Noctes Ambrosianae (Ambrosian Nights, or Nights at Ambrose's). The cahracters, including versions of Byron, James Hogg, and Thomas de Quincey, discuss a wide range of subjects with endless verve: they are uninhibited, frequently scurrilous, often imaginative and extremely funny. This new selection includes four complete noctes, one complete scene, and twenty-four brief extracts. The main authors are John Gibson Lockhart, William Maginn, and John Wilson. Among the host of topics covered are the contemporaneous literary, artistic and political scenes, the 1822 visit of George IV to Edinburgh, swimming in the Firth of Forth, and gargantuan feastings and potations. The Noctes are one of the major achievements of the Romantic period, fit companions to Byron's Don Juan. Often densely allusive, they need generous annotation for the modern reader. This selection is the first to provide comprehensive explanatory notes. Those who open this volume can be assured of a unique experience: much instruction, some indignation, and a great deal of excellent entertainment!
Marmion : studies in interpretation and composition by J. H Alexander( Book )

6 editions published in 1981 in English and German and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introductions and notes from the Magnum Opus by Walter Scott( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walter Scott's books : reading the Waverley novels by J. H Alexander( )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Prefatory Notes -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Resources -- 3 Style -- 4 Strategies -- 5 Mottoes -- 6 Intertexts -- 7 Novels -- 8 Envoi -- Index of Passages Discussed -- General Index
Scott in carnival : selected papers from the Fourth International Scott Conference, Edinburgh, 1991 by International Scott Conference( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Edinburgh edition of the Waverley novels : a guide for editors by David Hewitt( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Kenilworth. With a port, of the author, pictures, of contemporary scenes and drawings reproduced from early editions together with an introd. and captions
A legend of the wars of MontroseKenilworth. With a port, of the author, pictures, of contemporary scenes and drawings reproduced from early editions together with an introd. and captionsThe siege of Malta and BizarroAnne of GeiersteinTales of a grandfather : the history of France (second series)Quentin DurwardCount Robert of ParisCastle dangerous
Alternative Names
Alexander J. H. 1941-....

Alexander, John H.

Alexander, John H., D. Phil.

Alexander, John Huston 1941-

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