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Hossick, Malcolm

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Most widely held works by Malcolm Hossick
Jane Austen : a Concise Biography by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

31 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This installment of the Famous Authors series offers overviews of Jane Austen''s life and works. The video profiles Austen''s family and their connections to England''s society. Austen, born in 1775 and raised in the rectory _of Steventon, had five brothers and a sister, all known for their cleverness and humor. She had no formal education but was well-read and came to admire Fanny Burney, Samuel Johnson, and Henry Fielding. Austen spent much time in Bath with her sister _Cassandra and family, and the social manners and conventions of her time became the substance of her satiric and ironic writing
James Joyce : Ulysses by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program from the Famous Authors series traces James Joyce's life from his childhood and university days in Ireland, during which he was strongly religious, through his time in Paris where he denounced Catholicism, studied medicine, and began writing poetry, articles, and book reviews. The film introduces viewers to the city of Dublin, the background of Ulysses, Dubliners, and his other works. Joyce made a spotty living writing and teaching, but often struggled with money and drinking
Henry James : a Concise Biography by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

25 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This overview of Henry James' life and literature from the Famous Authors series begins with James' comfortable boyhood in New York, during which his father moved James and his brother around and back and forth from Europe frequently for the sake of education. He eventually went to Harvard to study law and began writing, but felt uncomfortable with American culture and left for England, where he spent most of the rest of his life
William Shakespeare : poet and dramatist, 1564-1616 by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

39 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using old maps, contemporary drawings, paintings, portraits and other archive materials to examine Shakespeare's early years in Stratford throughout his literary career in London
F. Scott Fitzgerald : a Concise Biography by Jean-François Vallée( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This overview of the biography and writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald from the Famous Authors series traces Fitzgerald⁰́₉s life and influences from his birth in St. Paul, Minnesota, to his university days at Princeton and literary celebrity and frivolity in New York, to his status as social purveyor of modernists in Paris, and his tumultuous marriage to the talented but troubled Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and following alcoholic spiral
Emile Zola : a Concise Biography by Etienne Carjat( Visual )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Turkish and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program from the Famous Authors series, the audience is offered an overview of the life and work of Emile Zola, starting with an introduction to the writer's parents and his important boyhood friendship with Paul Cezanne. The film discusses Zola's attachment to themes of nature and liberty. Eventually he was hired by the French publisher Hachette and began gaining social and literary success in Paris. The program also discusses the Dreyfus Affair, in which Zola courageously and publicly defended a Jewish military officer wrongly accused of treason
Marcel Proust : a Concise Biography( Visual )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Turkish and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program from the Famous Authors series introduces the audience to the high society and cultural advancements of Paris in which Proust lived from childhood on. The film walks through Proust's life while highlighting significant influences, connections to his major novel, The Remembrance of Things Past, and possible models for his characters. This masterpiece draws heavily on the author's life, but the film illuminates how it is essentially different than autobiography
Robert Burns : a concise biography by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program from the Famous Authors series offers an overview of Robert Burns⁰́₉ life and major works, including occasional poems, reflective poems, dramatic poems, and lyrics. Beginning with a reading of ⁰́To a Mouse, ⁰́₊ the video introduces Burns parents, William and Agnes Burns, who, though poor farmers, supported the writer⁰́₉s education and surrounded him with Scottish folk songs. As he grew older, Burns rebelled against traditional Scottish values of chastity and modesty in both his life and his poetry, and engaged in a debate group with friends. After some personal scandal and the literary success of his first book of poems, Burns moved from the family farm to Edinburgh and used social connections to gain a position as an exciseman and to his literary advantage. His various love affairs and a life-long search for intellectual equals left Burns unsatisfied
Thomas Hardy : a Concise Biography by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program from the Famous Authors series offers an overview of the biography and works of Thomas Hardy. The film introduces the writer⁰́₉s hometown of Dorchester, which was a strong part of his identity and the model for the fictional land of Wessex where most of his stories were set. Insights into his lower class upbringing, waning religious conviction, and the major relationships in his life, with his mother Jemima and his wife Emma, cultivate an understanding of his work
Bonjour les amis( Visual )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in French and English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moustache the cat teaches young children basic French vocabulary as he and his animal and human friends share a series of adventures
Richard Strauss : a concise biography( Visual )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program from the Famous Composers series introduces the life and work of German composer Richard Strauss, born to a horn player, Franz Strauss, in 1864. The film sheds light on Strauss' childhood in Munich, which revolved around the boy's musical education. His father's conservative tastes played a large role in shaping the composer, but also kept him away from the important influence of Wagner until later in life. By 1883 he left Munich for Berlin, where he began conducting and eventually met the soprano Paline de Ahna. They were married in 1894 and the relationship had a great influence on Strauss' work. The film explores Strauss' complex experience in Nazi Germany, as he opposed the Nazi mission but hoped to benefit from their support of German arts and culture, and his surge of production before his death in 1949
Franz Kafka : a Concise Biography by Karel Prokop( Visual )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and German and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program from the Famous Authors series takes a close look at the life and literature of Franz Kafka. Contextualizing Kafka's upbringing in turn-of the-century Prague, the video illuminates how the politics of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and coming from a Jewish family shaped his life. Young friends Hugo Bergmann and Oskar Pollak were important influences and the first readers for the young writer. The dull but depressing nature of Kafka's office job and the political systems of the time resulted in the themes of surreal loss of individuality that he is so known for in stories like The Metamorphoses
William Faulkner, American writer, 1897-1962 by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life and literary career of William Faulkner, using photographs and views of places associated with his life
Johann Sebastian Bach : [a concise biography and musical overview] by Johann Sebastian Bach( Visual )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the greatest composers in Western musical history, Bach created masterpieces of choral and instrumental music. More than 1,000 of his works survive from every musical form and genre in use in 18th century Germany. During his lifetime, he was appreciated more as an organist than as a composer. It was not until nearly a century after his death that the musical public came to appreciate his body of work. Bach composed over 200 cantatas, both secular and sacred. His command of many instruments and their resources is evident in his six cello suites, six violin sonatas and paritas, four lute suites, and the accompanied sonatas for flute, violin, viola, and viola da gamba (now played on cello). For chamber orchestra, he composed four extended suites, as well as the six Brandenburg Concertos, and concertos for harpsichord, violin, and oboe. Bach's styles were always evolving and innovative, and always ahead of their time, which is perhaps why he met with some resistance during his lifetime and received his due respect posthumously."--Container
Henrik Ibsen : a Concise Biography by Henrik Ibsen( Visual )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This overview of Henrik Ibsen's life and writing from the Famous Authors series contextualizes Ibsen's upbringing in tight-knit, strictly religious communities in isolated Norway. As a young man, he left his family home in a desire to break away from the staid and religious environment, and worked toward university and made friends that supported his talents. While he failed to pass matriculation exams in Oslo, he began to publish plays and continued to meet intellectual friends who supported his work, which led to a job as a theater director in Bergen. Ibsen eventually moved to Rome, where he met his publisher, Frederick Hegel, and began to gain some success, and later moved to Germany. The video discusses the way Ibsen's plays about small communities and everyday human drama, like A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, changed the theater for years to come
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849 by Elliot Engel( Visual )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His personal history has been the subject of controversy, with rumors of alcoholism and his marriage to a 13 year old cousin sparking the debate but adding to the mystique. His works include The Telltale Heart, The Murder in the Rue Morgue and more
W.B. Yeats : a Concise Biography( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program from the Famous Authors series begins by contextualizing W.B. Yeats' early life in 19th century Ireland and introducing the Yeats' artistic family and the Irish legends that were so influential in his life and work. Yeats eventually became a ring leader of a group of artists in London called the Tragic Generation. Yeats became known as a political and literary voice of Ireland and an advocate for the performance of Irish drama
George Bernard Shaw : a Concise Biography by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This overview of George Bernard Shaw's life and work from the Famous Authors series starts in Dublin, introducing Shaw's family and his mother's voice teacher and influential family friend, George Vandeleur Lee. The film discusses Shaw's experience as a Protestant in Ireland. Eventually Shaw moved to England, where his mother had started giving singing lessons, and set off writing. There he made a name for himself as a controversial socialist spokesperson, a music and theater critic, and later as a dramatist. The program gives evidence of Shaw's famous wit and character
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe : a Concise Biography( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This overview of the biography and writing of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from the Famous Authors series depicts Goethe as an avid student of arts and literature but less passionate about his formal studies of law. Love affairs caught him passionately and often triggered heartbreak and literary productivity, particularly his first great success The Sorrows of Young Werther, which established him as a famous novelist and associated him with the Sturm und Drang circle. Besides being an important poet and novelist, Goethe was known for his scientific writings and his connection to the Duke of Weimar
John Keats : poet, 1795-1821 by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

17 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on old maps, contemporary drawings and paintings, portraits, and other archive material to present an outline of the life of John Keats and convey a picture of the social and historical background to his poetry
 
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Johann Sebastian Bach : [a concise biography and musical overview]
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William Shakespeare : poet and dramatist, 1564-1616Thomas Hardy : a Concise BiographyRichard Strauss : a concise biographyJohann Sebastian Bach : [a concise biography and musical overview]Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849John Keats : poet, 1795-1821