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Stafford, Fiona J.

Works: 42 works in 231 publications in 1 language and 6,737 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction  Novels  Humorous fiction  History  Novels of manners  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bildungsromans  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Commentator for written text
Classifications: PR4034, 823.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Fiona J Stafford
Emma by Jane Austen( Book )

42 editions published between 1816 and 2015 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschrijving van leven en karakter van een jong, intelligent en zelfbewust meisje uit de gegoede middenstand in Engeland omstreeks 1800
Jane Austen's Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighborhood, the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. This new edition includes a new introduction, updated notes, and new appendices on social rank and dancing in 19th-century England. - Publisher
The last of the race : the growth of a myth from Milton to Darwin by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is an innovative and wide-ranging study of the myth of 'The Last of the Race' as it develops in a selection of literary and non-literary texts from the late seventeenth to late nineteenth centuries." "The perennial fascination with the end of the world has given rise to many 'last men', from the ancient myths of Noah and Deucalion to contemporary stories of nuclear holocaust. Endangered peoples such as the Maasai or Bush People continue to attract intense interest. Fiona J. Stafford begins with Milton and ends with Darwin, exploring the myth-making of their texts in the light of contemporary literary, scientific, political, and religious views. Chapters on Milton, Burnet, Defoe, Macpherson, Cowper, Wordsworth, Byron, Mary Shelley, Fenimore Cooper, Bulwer-Lytton, and Darwin combine to form an important account of the traces of this most resonant of cultural preoccupations, providing a distinguished contribution to cultural history as well as to literary studies."--Jacket
Jane Austen's Emma : a casebook by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection opens with an introduction encouraging readers to re-read 'Emma', and to find its pleasures magnified by the critical interpretations and scholarship represented in this casebook
The sublime savage : a study of James Macpherson and the Poems of Ossian by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Romantic poetry by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

24 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coleridge argued that the most powerful poems were those "to which we return with the greatest pleasure." Reading Romantic Poetry demonstrates, through careful critical analysis, the ways in which the rich poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries can speak directly to modern audiences. The book introduces readers, often for the first time, to the pleasure of reading Romantic poetry. The famous poets of the period are included: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Burns and Clare--together with a host of less familiar writers, such as the women poets Smith, Yearsley, Barbauld, More, and Hemans. Reading Romantic Poetry introduces the major themes and preoccupations, the key poems and players, as well as the crucial literary circles and influences of a period convulsed by revolution, prolonged warfare and political crisis
The long, long life of trees by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions"--
Local attachments : the province of poetry by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How can poems so firmly attached to particular regions speak to readers far away, who might have no knowledge of the places featuring in the work? Why do writers turn to their own communities for materials? In this thought-provoking and beautifully written book, Fiona Stafford explores the relationship between the local, the national, and the global through the consideration of works by writers whose feeling for place is especially evident. Heaney, Burns, Wordsworth, Scott, Lamb, and Dickens are key figures in the development of a new kind of literature that discovered universal meaning in local truth. Local Attachments begins with Seamus Heaney's Nobel Lecture, 'Crediting Poetry', which is at once a celebration of local work in a global context and a passionate defence of the place of lyric poetry in modern society. The focus then shifts to the Romantic period, when local detail ceased to be regarded as a sign of limitation and the idea that it is essential to art with any aspiration to permanence became established in British and Irish culture. Stafford explores both the presence of the local in literary texts by a wide range of writers and the cultural, philosophical and political contexts that might have contributed to this phenomenon. Wordsworth's creative recovery in the Lake District is an exemplary case, illuminating both Heaney's work and that of his immediate contemporaries and heirs. Since Wordsworth is a foundational figure, the book traces his efforts to achieve a poetry adequate to very difficult contemporary circumstances by returning to his native hills to create work that might live. His own project drew vital inspiration from the poetry of Burns and also found corroboration in the work Scott, so the book examines their independent explorations of the creative benefits - and problems attending - local attachment. It also considers the meaning of Burns and Wordsworth's local poems for those in very different circumstances - London writers such as Keats, Lamb and Dickens, whose works are considered in some detail in their own right and as representative of the implications of the great Romantic discovery of the local. The book concludes by addressing the continuing appeal of the local in modern, urban society and reaffirms the vital importance of poetry as a response to social crises."--Publisher's website
Starting lines in Scottish, Irish, and English poetry : from Burns to Heaney by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why should a poem begin with a line from another poem? Is an eighteenth-century epigraph working in the same way as a post-modern quotation? And how are the dynamics of the new text and the source affected by issues of nationhood, language, history, and cultural tradition? Are literary ideas of originality and imitation, allusion and influence inherently political if the poems emerge from different sides of a border or of a colonial relationship?" "Taking as a framework the history of relations between Ireland, England, and Scotland since the 1707 Union, the book explores such questions through a series of close readings. Textual encounters singled out for detailed discussion include Burns's use of Shakespeare, Coleridge's reference to 'Sir Patrick Spens', James Clarence Mangan's adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelly, Ciaran Carson's quotation from John Keats, Seamus Heaney's meditation on Henry Vaughan, and the evolution of 'The Homes of England' from Felicia Hemans to Noel Coward."--Jacket
Jane Austen by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this new biography, leading scholar Fiona Stafford offers a fresh perspective on Jane Austen's life and work, discussing her classic works in the context of the world in which they were published, and offering an informative and enjoyable insight into the life of Austen as both a woman and a writer."--Jacket
Burns and other poets by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays focus on Robert Burns' achievements as a poet, exploring his special place in Scottish, English and Irish literary culture. Close readings of his dialogues with earlier poets such as John Milton, Thomas Gray and Allan Ramsay, sit alongside analyses of the creative responses of his contemporaries and heirs
From Gaelic to Romantic : Ossianic translations( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lodore by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brief lives : Jane Austen by Fiona J Stafford( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Ossian and related works by James Macpherson( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novels and selected works of Mary Shelley. Lodore by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1798 and 1802 by William Wordsworth( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint collection of poems has often been singled out as the founding text of English Romanticism. This is the only edition to print both the original 1798 collection and the expanded 1802 edition, with Wordsworth's famous Preface. It includes important letters, a wide-ranging introduction and generous notes
The novels and selected works of Mary Shelley by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La version électronique de "The novels and selected works of Mary Shelley", fait partie de "The InteLex Past Masters Women Writers Series."
Penguin Classics Introduction to Emma by Jane Austen by Fiona J Stafford( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma: Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Fiona Stafford (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen( )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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English (205)

Jane Austen's Pride and prejudiceThe last of the race : the growth of a myth from Milton to DarwinJane Austen's Emma : a casebookLocal attachments : the province of poetryStarting lines in Scottish, Irish, and English poetry : from Burns to HeaneyJane AustenBurns and other poetsBrief lives : Jane AustenThe poems of Ossian and related works