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Mayer, Robert 1948-

Works: 9 works in 59 publications in 1 language and 5,027 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Film adaptations  Action and adventure fiction  Adventure stories  Fiction  Biography  Biographies  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PR858.H5, 823.509358
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Mayer
History and the early English novel : matters of fact from Bacon to Defoe by Robert Mayer( )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 2,619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new study of the origins of the English novel argues that the novel emerged from historical writing. Examining historical writers and forms frequently neglected by earlier scholars, Robert Mayer shows that in the seventeenth century historical discourse embraced not only "history" in its modern sense, but also fiction, polemic, gossip, and marvels. Mayer thus explains why Defoe's narratives were initially read as history. It is the acceptance of the claims to historicity, the study argues, that differentiates Defoes fictions from those of writers like Thomas Deloney and Aphra Behn, important writers who nevertheless have figured less prominently than Defoe in discussions of the novel. Mayer ends by exploring the theoretical implications of the history-fiction connection. His study makes an important contribution to the continuing debate about the emergence of what we now call the novel in Britain in the eighteenth century
A critical study of Daniel Defoe's verse : recovering the neglected corpus of his poetic work by Andreas Karl Ewald Mueller( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph is the first book-length study of Daniel Defoe as a poet and it addresses a long-standing gap in Defoe scholarship. It offers detailed readings of Defoe's verse productions in relation to their historical and literary contexts, and investigates Defoe's poetic theory and practice. In reaction to the common view of Defoe as, first and foremost, a novelist, the author argues that he was England's leading poet during the first decade of the eighteenth century
Eighteenth-century fiction on screen( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighteenth-century fiction on screen offers an extensive introduction to cinematic representations of the eighteenth century, mostly derived from classic fiction of that period, and sheds new light on the process of making prose fiction into film. The contributors provide a variety of theoretical and critical approaches to the process of bringing literary works to the screen. They consider a broad range of film and television adaptations, including several versions of Robinson Crusoe; three films of Moll Flanders; American, British, and French television adaptations of Gulliver's Travels, Clarissa, Tom Jones, and Jacques le fataliste; Wim Wender's film version of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprentice Years; the controversial film of Diderot's La Religieuese; and French and Anglo-American motion pictures based on Les Liaisons dangereuses among others. This book will appeal to students and scholars of literature and film alike
Walter Scott and fame : authors and readers in the romantic age by Robert Mayer( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Walter Scott and Fame is a study of correspondences between Scott and socially and culturally diverse readers of his work in the English-speaking world in the early nineteenth century. Examining authorship, reading, and fame, the book is based on extensive archival research, especially in the collection of letters to Scott in the National Library of Scotland. Robert Mayer demonstrates that in Scott's literary correspondence constructions of authorship, reading strategies, and versions of fame are posited, even theorized. Scott's reader-correspondents invest him with power but they also attempt to tap into or appropriate some of his authority. Scott's version of authorship sets him apart from important contemporaries like Wordsworth and Byron, who adhered, at least as Scott viewed the matter, to a rarefied conception of the writer as someone possessed of extraordinary power. The idea of the author put in place by Scott in dialogue with his readers establishes him as a powerful figure who is nevertheless subject to the will of his audience. Scott's literary correspondence also demonstrates that the reader can be a very powerful figure and that we should regard reading not just as the reception of texts but also as the apprehension of an author-function. Thus, Scott's correspondence makes it clear that the relationship between authors and readers is a dynamic, often fraught, connection, which needs to be understood in terms of the new culture of celebrity that emerged during Scott's working life. Along with Byron, the study shows, Scott was at the centre of this transformation."--Publisher's description
Historical boundaries, narrative forms : essays on British literature in the long eighteenth century in honor of Everett Zimmerman( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These essays examine the connections between the early modern British novel and related narratives including historiography, utopias, autobiography, romance, and accounts of crime and piracy. They also investigate literary forms of particular importance during the long eighteenth century such as fables, travel narratives, gothic fiction, and satire, as well as one architectural form: the cottage ornee. The volume concludes with an essay on Coetzee's complex novel Foe. All of the essays are related to the career-long interests of Professor Everett Zimmerman (1936-2003) and are collected here in his honor."--BOOK JACKET
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600's, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island
History and the Early English Novel by Robert Mayer( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History, Humphrey Clinker, and the novel by Robert Mayer( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Notes of a baseball dreamer : a memoir by Robert Mayer( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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History and the early English novel : matters of fact from Bacon to Defoe
A critical study of Daniel Defoe's verse : recovering the neglected corpus of his poetic workEighteenth-century fiction on screenHistorical boundaries, narrative forms : essays on British literature in the long eighteenth century in honor of Everett ZimmermanRobinson CrusoeNotes of a baseball dreamer : a memoir
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