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Hossick, Malcolm

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Bonjour les amis( Visual )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in French and English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his first adventure we will meet and greet friends, sing songs, and visit a magic show. And all the while, you'll see how quickly you have begun to speak French!
Jane Austen : a Concise Biography by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

30 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 610 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
William Shakespeare : poet and dramatist, 1564-1616 by Kultur International Films( Visual )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 415 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
William Faulkner, American writer, 1897-1962 by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life and literary career of William Faulkner, using portraits and views of places associated with his life
Mark Twain, American writer, 1835-1910( Visual )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life and literary career of Mark Twain, using photographs and views of places associated with his life
F. Scott Fitzgerald : a Concise Biography( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This overview of the biography and writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald from the Famous Authors series traces Fitzgerald's 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
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850( Visual )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life and literary career of William Wordsworth, English poet known for his worship of nature, his humanitarianism, his democratic liberalism and his interest in the life of the common people
Johannes Brahms : [a concise biography and musical overview]( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brahms was one of the seminal music figures of the 19th-century. He composed symphonies, concertos, and many songs, piano pieces and chamber works. Opera was the only medium in which he did not write. He was responsible for reviving "absolute" music; which describes compositions that were to be accepted on their own terms rather than as works that depicted a scene or told a story. Throughout his lifetime, Brahms was considered to be the successor to Beethoven and he struggled to meet these expectations
James Joyce : a concise biography by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

26 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joyce implements the use of complex allusions, interior monologue, and use of puns and invented words. Before other writers had imitated and explained his techniques, his books were denounced as obscure, unintelligible, nonsensical and obscene
Franz Kafka : a Concise Biography( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 243 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
Oscar Wilde : a Concise Biography( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This introduction to the life and literature of Oscar Wilde from the Famous Authors series begins by introducing Wilde's passionately political, literary, and flamboyant parents and nineteenth century Dublin, the earliest and strongest influences on the writer. Wilde went on to study classics at Oxford and develop his talents. The film discusses Walter Pater's large influence on Wilde's philosophy, most importantly his idea that everything beautiful was good, and the cultivation of Wilde's theatrical and decadent persona. Eventually, Wilde married, began editing 'The Woman's World, ' and garnering literary success for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his plays. The film finally explores the major scandal of Wilde's life, when he was criminally charged for homosexual acts which, while not secret in society, were formally exposed by his lover Lord Alfred Douglas' father. Wilde went to jail for this offense, and there wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol and De Profundis
George Bernard Shaw A Concise Biography( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 243 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
William Wordsworth : a Concise Biography( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening by introducing William Wordsworth's boyhood home in the Lake District of England, this film from the Famous Authors series offers an overview of the writer's work and biography. The Lake District greatly inspired Wordsworth and resulted in his apparent fascination with nature. The film contextualizes the poet's life at Cambridge and then in France, the ongoing conditions of the French Revolution, and the important relationships of Wordsworth's life, including those with Annette Vallon, Mary Hutchinson, his sister Dorothy, and the poet Samuel Coleridge, within whom he wrote Lyrical Ballads
W.B. Yeats : a Concise Biography( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 242 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
Henrik Ibsen : a Concise Biography( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 242 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
Walt Whitman A Concise Biography( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This introduction to the life and poetry of Walt Whitman from the Famous Authors series begins by contextualizing the writer's early life in nineteenth century Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. Whitman took a trip to New Orleans in an attempt to start a newspaper, but he was deeply opposed to slavery and did not fare well in the south. While Leaves of Grass was illiciting both praise and disgust, he became a medical orderly for soldiers in Washington in an attempt to contribute to the Civil War. Finally, Whitman settled in Camden, New Jersey where he reconnected with nature at Timber Creek
Sir Walter Scott : a Concise Biography( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening with an excerpt from 'The Lady of the Lake, ' this introduction to the life and work of Sir Walter Scott from the Famous Author series contextualizes life in Scotland in the late 18th century. Scott spent much of his younger years touring the country with his lawyer father, becoming fascinated with Scottish culture, landscape, architecture, and people, and eventually going to school for law himself. After law school, however, he spent most of his life writing, with much success, touring Scotland, and building his home in the Scottish countryside. He became a popular figure of the Scottish spirit
Thomas Hardy : a Concise Biography( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 241 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
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe : a Concise Biography( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 241 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
Richard Wagner, 1813-1883 by Malcolm Hossick( Visual )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a factual outline of the life of Wagner and the historical background of his work
 
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Mark Twain, American writer, 1835-1910
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