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Lefebure, Molly

Overview
Works: 43 works in 201 publications in 2 languages and 7,360 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Educational films  Internet videos  War fiction  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, htt, Contributor
Classifications: PR4483, 821.7
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Molly Lefebure
The Coleridge connection : essays for Thomas McFarland by Richard Gravil( )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays, first published in 1990, written by a team of well-known Romanticists to celebrate the work of the great Coleridge scholar, Thomas McFarland. Contributors: Ian Wylie, Nicola Trott, Nicholas Roe, Molly Lefebure, Grevel Lindop, Tim Fulford, James Engell, Frederick Burwick, E.S. Shaffer, Anthony John Harding, Jonathan Bate, H.W. Piper, Robert Barth SJ, John Beer. 'Much more than a case history of one man's compulsion to create vicarious selves. It is an attempt to account for the variety of those selves, and for the different kinds of creative "symbiosis" which each relationship involved'. ' -Lucy Newlyn
Private lives of the ancient mariner : Coleridge and his children by Molly Lefebure( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fascinating new study of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Private Lives of the Ancient Mariner illuminates the poet's deeply troubled personality and stormy personal life through a highly original study of his relationships. In her last published work the celebrated Coleridgean scholar, Molly Lefebure, provides profound psychological insights into Coleridge through a meticulous study of his domestic life, drawing upon a vast and unique body of knowledge gained from a lifetime's study of the poet, and making skilful use of the letters, poems and biographies of the man himself and his family and friends. The author traces the roots of Coleridge's unarguably dysfunctional personality from his earliest childhood; his position as his mother's favored child, the loss of his status with the death of his father, and removal to the 'Bluecoat' school in London. Coleridge's narcissistic depression, flamboyance, and cold-hearted, often cruel, rejection of his family and of loving attachments in general are examined in detail. The author also explores Coleridge's careers in journalism and politics as well as poetry, in his early, heady 'jacobin' days, and later at the heart of the British wartime establishment at Malta. His virtual abandonment of his children and tragic disintegration under the influence of opium are included in the broad sweep of the book which also encompasses an examination of the lives of Coleridge's children, upon whom the manipulations of the father left their destructive mark. Molly Lefebure unravels the enigma that is Coleridge with consummate skill in a book that will bring huge enjoyment to any reader with an interest in the poet's life and times
Samuel Taylor Coleridge : a bondage of opium by Molly Lefebure( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coleridgean criticism has tended to divide itself into two opposing camps: prosecution and defence. The main charge of the prosecution is plagiarism, and the evidence of his unacknowledged borrowings from other authors is now virtually incontrovertible. But even the defence has failed to provide the true reason for this apparently unscrupulous dishonesty. Here was a man intellectually endowed beyond all his contemporaries, and who certainly did not need to pass off as his own the writing and thinking of others. So what is the explanation? Molly Lefebure, in this full and balanced biographical study of Coleridge, provides a wholly convincing answer. The really important factor, she considers, has been consistently underestimated and misunderstood: his drug addiction. His 'opium habit' is still being dismissed as neither so extensive nor so damaging as the poet himself contended. But now, and only now - with the full publication of a mass of immensely revealing new material in his collected letters and his early notebooks and with access to the unpublished notebooks - are we at last able to acknowledge and appreciate the agonised situation of this extraordinary being. His predicament was not simply a matter of sapped will. His imaginative powers and concentration were destroyed by the drug, his intellectual capacity fearfully eroded, his sense of truth hopelessly distorted - which is one of the major effects of morphine addiction. He was in fact a classic case of total drug reliance. All this is revealed and explained by Miss Lefebure with imaginative understanding and scientific detachment. She sees Coleridge's drug reliance as the key to many aspects of his life, and by drawing extensively upon the Notebooks, published and unpublished, she keeps us very close to her subject's complex and tortured mind - and to his suffering body. Often, indeed, the extracts from the Notebooks are heart-rending in their record of his many kinds of agony. Miss Lefebure is well qualified to write of drug addition, having served for years as private secretary to Professor Keith Simpson, the Home Office pathologist, head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Guy's Hospital, and having also worked first hand with drug addicts. She brings a new approach to her subject, new theories, fresh information. At the same time, it must be stressed that she is not to the smallest extent exploiting or sensationalising this side of Coleridge's story, or in any way denigrating him: on the contray, that he fought his addiction so long and so hard, and with an impressive degree of success, must, as she says, very greatly increase our respect for him. More-over, the book covers every aspect of his life (with, for instance, a detailed scrutiny of his disastrous relationship with the Wordsworths), up to his retreat into the Gillman home in Highgate in 1816. At all the points Miss Lefebure's book is balanced, revealing and most freshly written. It provides an important addition to our knowledge of this many-sided genius and to Coleridgean study. It is, furthermore, a remarkably close and stark portrait of drug addiction. (Inside cover)
The bondage of love : a life of Mrs. Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Molly Lefebure( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Hardy's world : the life, times and works of the great novelist and poet by Molly Lefebure( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A photographic exploration of the life of English author Thomas Hardy, looking at various aspects of the times in which he lived, and discussing some of his best-known works
Blitz! by Molly Lefebure( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War would change them forever ...When World War II broke out, no one could predict the impact it would have on their lives. As the conflict begins to take its toll, the lives of four families become entwined. The Duchamps, the Spurgeons, the Sowersbys and the Tooleys are all faced with personal struggles while the world around them is torn apart. Families become fragmented, love is found and the young are forced to grow up too quickly - but all are determined to remain defiant and united against the upheaval. An emotive and heartwarming novel, Blitz creates a vivid portrait of a courageous Britain under fire - strong, brave and in the end triumphantly alive
Thunder in the sky by Molly Lefebure( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1942, Lorna Washbourne must say goodbye to her beloved home in the peaceful East Anglian countryside, which is about to be demolished to make way for the US Eighth Army Air Force and its new airfield. War brings with it great change and Lorna and her friends find themselves called up to serve. Violetta is in the army while Megan and Bunty are sent to London: Megan, in the American Red Cross; Bunty, a clippie on the London buses. Lorna, with the most reason to want to leave behind the memories of her lost home, is conscripted to work there. Before long, she is drawn into the life of the airfield and its crews who fly their perilous bombing missions in preparation for D-Day
The English Lake District by Molly Lefebure( Book )

9 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural, geographic, historical and tourist guide to the land of the poets; John Peel, Wordsworth and Ruskin
Evidence for the Crown; experiences of a pathologist's secretary by Molly Lefebure( Book )

12 editions published between 1955 and 1975 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder on the home front by Molly Lefebure( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At 12 o'clock on a Spring day in a London Coroner's Court, famed forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks young journalist Molly Lefebure if she might like to become his secretary. Recalling the "horror of secretarial work and secretarial young ladies", she turns him down, resolving to stick to twelve-hour days covering "everything from Boy Scout meetings to the blitz". By 3 o'clock that afternoon, curious about exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door, Molly has changed her mind. It is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure. "Miss Molly" becomes Dr Simpson's right-hand woman, following him to crime scenes, courtrooms and mortuaries, taking notes, collecting evidence and witnessing the most shocking of sights
The Coleridge connection : essays for Thomas McFarland ; edited by Richard Gravil and Molly Lefebure( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cumbrian discovery by Molly Lefebure( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cumberland heritage by Molly Lefebure( Book )

3 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder with a difference; studies of Haigh and Christie by Molly Lefebure( Book )

8 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true story of morgues, murderers and mystery in the Blitz by Molly Lefebure( Book )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 1941. There may be a 'war of chaos' in the skies over London, but 'the perpetual war against the underworld of crime' must nevertheless continue on the streets below. Eschewing her journalistic post, Molly Lefebure accepts an offer to become a secretary for the famed forensic pathologist, Dr Keith Simpson. It is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure and 'Miss Molly' becomes Dr Simpson's right-hand woman, following him to crime scenes, courtrooms and mortuaries, taking notes, collecting evidence and witnessing the most
The Lake poets( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tucked away in arguably the most lovely corner of Great Britain, a poetic revolution took place around the turn of the 19th century that did much to define the nature of modern poetry. This program focuses on the literary development of William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. Expert commentary is provided by some of the greatest authorities on British romanticism. The late poet laureate Ted Hughes reads from the works of Wordsworth -- Container notes
The illustrated Lake poets by Molly Lefebure( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scratch & Co.; the great cat expedition by Molly Lefebure( Book )

2 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scratch Sharp leads the members of the Royal Feline Geographical Society on an expedition to climb the "Highest Known Peak."
The loona balloona by Molly Lefebure( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rival lunar expeditions from the Kingdom of Cats, one traveling by rocket and the other by balloon, arrive in the same vicinity on the moon at about the same time--or do they?
The hunting of Wilberforce Pike : (another Scratch & Co. story) by Molly Lefebure( Book )

7 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and French and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Coleridge connection : essays for Thomas McFarland
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Alternative Names
Molly Lefebure britische Schriftstellerin

Molly Lefebure British writer

Molly Lefebure Brits auteur (1919-2013)

Molly Lefebure escriptora britànica

Molly Lefebure escritora británica

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Languages
English (165)

French (2)