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Washington, Peter

Works: 70 works in 264 publications in 1 language and 9,671 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Poetry  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Love poetry  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Instrumentalist, Author of introduction, pre, ed, Other, Creator
Classifications: PQ2226, 843.7
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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 )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 911 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 )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wrongfully imprisoned for 14 years, Edmond Dantes 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
Love poems( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which range from the writings of ancient China to those of modern-day America and represent, at its most piercing, a universal experience of the human soul. Includes poems by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, W.H. Auden, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Graves, E E. Cummings, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, Sappho, Bhartrhari, Anna Akhmatova, and W.B. Yeats, among many others
Sanditon and other stories by Jane Austen( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haiku( Book )

4 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
Eat, drink, and be merry : poems about food and drink( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 329 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 George Gordon Byron Byron( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 323 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 304 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."
Ghost stories( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 301 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
Emerson : poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 283 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
Poems by Rudyard Kipling( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a selection of ballads, narrative poems, epigrams, odes, and other poetry, from "Mandalay" and "If" to less-familiar poems
The future of thinking : rhetoric and liberal arts teaching by Jeff Mason( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 211 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
Friendship poems( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathers poems about various aspects of friendship by Walt Whitman, Ben Jonson, Robert Frost, Boris Pasternak, Richard Wilbur, Robert Lowell, Derek Walcott, Alexander Pushkin, and Gerard Manley Hopkins
Fraud : literary theory and the end of English by Peter Washington( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rumi : poems by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides English translations of a selection of poems by Rumi, a medieval Persian mystic and poet
Russian poets( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 178 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
Poems by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Count of Monte CristoLove poemsSanditon and other storiesHaikuEat, drink, and be merry : poems about food and drinkPoemsEliot : poems and proseGhost stories