WorldCat Identities

Sampson, Denis 1948-

Works: 7 works in 58 publications in 1 language and 2,177 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Essays  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6063.A2176, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Denis Sampson
Outstaring nature's eye : the fiction of John McGahern by Denis Sampson( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Denis Sampson here situates McGahern's fiction in the tradition of symbolic realism. McGahern's distinctive style is grounded in concrete images of place - the streets of Dublin and the Roscommon-Leitrim countryside, in particular. Images of personal darkness are associated with an acute analysis of the repressive and deadening effects of Irish social forces on individuals, but McGahern's sensitive portraits are illuminated by a resilient and unsentimental sense of self. Many of his novels and short stories interweave the story of one family's history through two generations, and in its epic confrontations, the reader discovers a moral account of post-colonial Ireland. Ultimately, McGahern unveils the elemental patterns of change which govern individual and social life
Brian Moore : the chameleon novelist by Denis Sampson( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The found voice : writers' beginnings by Denis Sampson( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'The Found Voice: Writers' Beginnings' uses the means of literary biography and criticism to do something rarely attempted--to understand how a key creative period establishes the authoritative voice of a unique artist. The essays that explore this hidden process of the writer writing focus on some of the major writers of recent times: V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee, Alice Munro, William Trevor, and Mavis Gallant. The focus of investigation is a single work by each author, and many of them identify the book in which this turning point was reached. The writers have a somewhat different sense of what the voice is, "a true voice," "the voice in the mind," "the writing voice," etc., yet all of them accept the phrase "finding a voice" as a decisive and necessary process towards a unique style and vision, their raison d'etre as artists. These essays allow each one to define his or her sense of the process of writing, and their style is exploratory. Nevertheless, certain patterns emerge, of migration and cultural displacement, of linguistic self-consciousness, of memory and a reimagining of the first home, of absorbing and rejecting mentors and models. Crucially, the essays rely not just on what led up to the moment of creation but on a sense of the career that emerged from it. Most of the writers have written retrospectively in memoirs, interviews or essays about the pivotal work and its foundational significance. They are the best witnesses to the process, although their silence or their commentary is understood in terms of the many strands of the narrative that each essay presents" --
D.H. Lawrence's revision of E.M. Forster's fiction by Denis Sampson( )

3 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lawrence's revision of the fiction of his English comtemporary E. M. Forster is a key to the way in which Lawrence's imagination worked. He discovered in early 1915 that Forster was already producing a body of fiction which treated many of his own themes in a manner which resembled the visionary and prophetic mode he wished to create. This study demonstrates that Lawrence's motivation and method in the writing of many scenes in The Rainbow, Women in Love, The Lost Girl, Aaron's Rod, and St. Mawr are governed by his compulsive misreading of scenes, symbols, characters, settings, plots and motifs in Forster's fiction. It is evident that Lawrence needed to establish dominance over Forster in this manner in order to keep alive what he called his "passional inspiration."" --
Special John McGahern issue( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Brian Moore : the chameleon novelist
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