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Washington, Peter

Works: 77 works in 295 publications in 1 language and 9,163 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Poetry  Biography  Short stories  Haiku  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist, pre, ed, Creator, Other, Performer
Classifications: PQ2226, 821.7
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Most widely held works by Peter Washington
Madame Blavatsky's baboon : a history of the mystics, mediums, and misfits who brought spiritualism to America by Peter Washington( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The New Age is not so new. Peter Washington traces it back to ideas that entered our cultural bloodstream just before the dawn of the twentieth century, when a mysterious renegade Russian aristocrat named Madame Blavatsky appeared in America. Darwin was wrong, she claimed. Man was not descended from apes but from spirit beings. As a reminder, she kept a stuffed baboon in her parlor dressed in wing collar, tail-coat, and spectacles, and holding a copy of The Origin of Species in its hand." "Theosophy, the movement Madame Blavatsky founded, spawned competing gurus and sects which in the course of the century evolved into the New Age. Here is the incredible story of Rudolf Steiner and his breakaway anthroposophy, of the tyrannical and mysterious Gurdjieff with his Path, of Ouspensky, the rebel Gurdjieffian, and of Krishnamurti - a future "world leader" spotted river-bathing in India as a boy by the pederast and grand panjandrum of Theosophy, Bishop (self-appointed, of his own church!) C.W. Ledbetter." "These gurus and the alternative religions they founded had a powerful appeal particularly for women, who found in them a role denied them by conventional religions. They also attracted some of the most influential intellects of the age - Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Frank Lloyd Wright, Katherine Mansfield, Aldous Huxley, and Christopher Isherwood - all searching for an alternative to Western materialism and notions of spirituality. Needless to say, these movements also attracted a host of colorful adventurers, uncertified lunatics, wealthy and lonely spinsters, charlatans, and lost souls."--Jacket
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wrongfully imprisoned for 14 years, Edmond Dantès escapes to the island of Monte Cristo. What awaits him there is a fortune in gold--and a new identity with which to pursue his revenge and redemption
Sanditon and other stories by Jane Austen( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readers of Jane Austen's six great novels are left hungering for more, and more there is: the marvelous unpublished manuscripts she left behind, collected here
Haiku( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simple yet capable of great complexity, the haiku is a tightly structured verse form that has a remarkable power to distill the essence of a moment keenly perceived. For centuries confined to a small literary elite in Japan, the writing of haiku is now practiced all over the world by those who are fascinated by its combination of technical challenge, expressive means, and extreme concentration. This anthology brings together hundreds of haiku by the Japanese masters-Basho, Issa, Buson, Shiki-with superb examples from nineteenth and twentieth-century writers. The pioneering translator R.H. Blyth believed that the spirit of haiku is present in all great poetry; inspired by him, the editor of this volume has included lines from such poets as Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Thoreau, and Hopkins, presented here in haiku form. Following them are haiku and haiku-influenced poems of the twentieth-century from Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" to William Carlos Williams's "Prelude to Winter," and from the irreverence of Jack Kerouac to the lyricism of Richard Wright. The result is a collection as compact, dynamic, and scintillating as the form itself
Poems by William Blake( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover editions are popular for their compact size and reasonable price which do not compromise content. Poems: Blake contains a full selection of Blake's work, including Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, poems from Blake's Ms. book, poems from The Prophetic Books, and an index of first lines
Poems by George Gordon Byron Byron( Book )

5 editions published between 1954 and 1994 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the nineteenth-century reader, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), was the archetype of the Romantic literary hero, a figure admired and emulated as much for the revolutionary panache with which he lived his life as the brio and allure of his verse. Our century has seen him more clearly as a poet whose intellectual toughness, satiric gifts, and utter inability to be boring have made him one of the great comic spirits in our literature
Eliot : poems and prose by T. S Eliot( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the delightfully small Pocket Poets format that has proved so popular, comes a selection of the early poems of one of the greatest and most influential poets of our century. This essential collection includes that towering landmark of modernism, "The Waste Land", as well as such keenly ironic classics as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "Sweeney Among the Nightingales."
Poems by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Self-Interrogation, she wrote: "The evening passes fast away, / Tis almost time to rest; / What thoughts has left the vanished day, / What feelings, in thy breast? / The vanished day? It leaves a sense / Of labour hardly done; / Of little, gained with vast expense, / A sense of grief alone!"
Eat, drink, and be merry : poems about food and drink( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All kinds of foods and beverages are laid out in these pages, along with picnics and banquets, intimate suppers and quiet dinners, noisy parties and public celebrations - in poems. Eating and drinking and the rituals that go with them are at least as important as loving in most people's lives, yet for every hundred anthologies of poems about love, hardly one is devoted to the pleasures of the table. This book abundantly remedies this deficiency
Poems by Rudyard Kipling( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a selection of ballads, narrative poems, epigrams, odes, and other poetry, from "Mandalay" and "If" to less-familiar poems
Emerson : poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in 19th-century American literature, and, though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well. Known for challenging traditional thought and for his faith in the individual, Emerson was the chief spokesman for the Transcendentalist movement. His poems speak to his most passionately held belief: that external authority should be disregarded in favor of one's own experience. From the embattled farmers who "fired the shot heard round the world" in the stirring "Concord Hymn," to the flower in "The Rhodora" whose existence proves that "if eyes were made for seeing, /Then Beauty is its own excuse for being," Emerson celebrates the existence of the sublime in the human and in nature. In these poems, we see revealed a moving, more intimate side of the man revered as the Sage of Concord
The future of thinking : rhetoric and liberal arts teaching by Jeff Mason( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adapts rhetorical exercises such as paraphrase and precis to give students a range of strategies for making sense of texts, and encourages the development of practical, critical skills in a wide range of humanities students
Ghost stories( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of classic ghost stories, featuring selections by Walter de la Mare, Eudora Welty, Ray Bradbury, Alison Lurie, and many others
Coleridge : poems and prose by Samuel Taylor Coleridge( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was the master impresario of English Romanticism, an enormously erudite and tireless critic, lecturer, and polemicist who almost single-handedly created the intellectual climate in which the Romantic movement was received and understood. He was also, in poems such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Christabel, and Kubla Khan, the most uncanny, surreal, and startling of the great English poets
The poems of John Keats by John Keats( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains a full selection of Keats' work, including his lyric poems, narrative poems, letters, and an index of first lines
Poems by Walt Whitman( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of forty-two Walt Whitman poems, including "Birds of Passage," "A Glimpse," "Sometimes with One I Love," and "Whispers of Heavenly Death."
Poems by Thomas Hardy( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size & reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Hardy contains poems from Moments of Vision, Satires of Circumstance, Veteris Vestigia Flammae, Heredity, Short Stories, Afterwards, & an index of first lines
Russian poets( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Russian poets have always been admired for the lyric and emotional intensity with which they forge private and public experience into verse, and this volume gathers together some of the best-loved, most powerful and immediate poems from the greatest Russian poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Here is the work of Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Alexander Blok, Andrei Bely, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Ivan Bunin, Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and Joseph Brodsky; among many others." "Arranged by theme - love, mortality, art, and the enduring mystery of Mother Russia herself - and presented in the best available translations, these poems will serve as both an introduction to the mastery of Russian poetry and a wideranging selection to be returned to again and again."--Jacket
Rumi : poems by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides English translations of a selection of poems by Rumi, a medieval Persian mystic and poet
Fraud : literary theory and the end of English by Peter Washington( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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