Category: English Literature

  • Download E-books Charles Williams: The Third Inkling PDF

    By Grevel Lindop

    This can be the 1st complete biography of Charles Williams (1886-1945), a rare and arguable determine who used to be a significant member of the Inklings--the crew of Oxford writers that incorporated C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Charles Williams--novelist, poet, theologian, magician and guru--was the strangest, such a lot multi-talented, and so much arguable member of the crowd.

    He used to be a pioneering myth author, who nonetheless has a cult following. C.S. Lewis notion his poems on King Arthur and the Holy Grail have been the most effective poetry of the 20th century for "the hovering and lovely novelty in their strategy, and their profound wisdom." yet Williams was once jam-packed with contradictions. An influential theologian, Williams used to be additionally deeply all for the occult, experimenting greatly with magic, working towards erotically-tinged rituals, and buying a following of committed disciples.

    Membership of the Inklings, whom he joined on the outbreak of the second one global battle, used to be simply the ultimate part in a striking occupation. From a terrible history in working-class London, Charles Williams rose to develop into an influential writer, a winning dramatist, and an leading edge literary critic. His acquaintances and admirers incorporated T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, and the younger Philip Larkin.

    A charismatic character, he held left-wing political opinions, and believed that the Christian church buildings had dangerously undervalued sexuality. To redress the stability, he built a "Romantic Theology," aiming at an method of God via sexual love. He turned the main well-liked lecturer in wartime Oxford, influencing a new release of younger writers prior to death without notice on the top of his powers.

    This biography attracts on a wealth of files, letters and personal papers, many by no means prior to opened to researchers, and on greater than twenty interviews with those that knew Williams. It vividly recreates the weird and dramatic lifetime of this unusual, uneasy genius, of whom Eliot wrote, "For him there has been no frontier among the cloth and the non secular world."
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  • Download E-books Modernism and Eugenics: Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the Culture of Degeneration PDF

    By Donald J. Childs

    In Modernism and Eugenics, Donald Childs unearths how Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and W.B. Yeats believed in eugenics, the technology of racial development, and tailored this medical discourse to the language and reasons of the fashionable mind's eye. He strains the impression of the eugenics move on such modernist works as Mrs. Dalloway, The Waste Land, and Yeats's overdue poetry and early performs. this can be an unique examine of a debatable subject which unearths the centrality of eugenics within the lifestyles and paintings of a number of significant modernist writers.
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  • Download E-books The Historical Novel from Scott to Sabatini: Changing Attitudes toward a Literary Genre, 1814-1920 PDF

    Sir Walter Scott outlined the parameters of the ancient novel and illustrated his idea of the style by means of writing an extended sequence of novels facing medieval occasions, the Elizabethan Age and the 18th Century. Later novels written through his contemporaries and successors attracted smaller audiences. while Robert Louis Stevenson, within the early Eighteen Eighties, enthusiastically extended the bounds of romantic fiction, he grew to become a standard-bearer and an thought to lots of his fellow-novelists: Walter Besant, Richard Doddridge Blackmore, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stanley John Weyman, Anthony desire, Henry Rider Haggard, and Rafael Sabatini.
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  • Download E-books God and Mystery in Words: Experience through Metaphor and Drama PDF

    In God and secret in Words, David Brown makes use of the best way poetry and drama have long ago opened humans to the opportunity of spiritual event as a release pad for advocating much less wood methods to Christian worship this day. to date, from encouraging mind's eye and exploration, hymns and sermons now by and large simply consolidate trust. back, modern liturgy in either its song and its ceremonial fails to take heavily both present dramatic conception or the sociology of formality. but this was once now not continually so. Poetry and drama, Brown indicates, grew out of faith, and for this reason that artistic strength has to be rediscovered by means of religion.
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  • Download E-books Thinking Through Blake: Essays in Literary Contrariety PDF

    By Hazard Adams

    A seminal determine in Romantic poetry and visible arts, William Blake maintains to steer glossy literary feedback. during this ebook, Blake student chance Adams offers a range of essays that span his lengthy occupation exploring the paintings and regarded the groundbreaking artist. themes diversity from the symbolic shape in Blake's poem Jerusalem, the realm view of Blake on the subject of cultural coverage and the inspiration of contrariety in Blake's writings to the relation of chinese language literary notion to that of the West, the severe paintings of Northrop Frye and Murray Krieger and the cultural and educational prestige of the arts. The essays chart the evolution of Adams' personal neo-Blakean literary concept during the last 4 a long time, chronicling an attempt to hunt now not only a style yet a philosophical base for the perform of literary feedback.
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  • Download E-books A Study in Greene: Graham Greene and the Art of the Novel PDF

    By Bernard Bergonzi

    Bernard Bergonzi has been studying Graham Greene for a few years; he nonetheless possesses the unique version of The finish of the Affair that he received whilst it used to be released in 1951. After rather a lot contemporary consciousness to Greene's lifestyles he believes it's time to go back to his writings; during this severe examine Bergonzi makes an in depth exam of the language and constitution of Greene's novels, and strains the obsessive motifs that recur all through his lengthy profession. such a lot previous feedback was once written whereas Greene was once nonetheless alive and dealing, and was once to a point provisional, because the ultimate form of his paintings used to be no longer but obvious. during this booklet Bergonzi is ready to take a view of Greene's entire occupation as a novelist, which prolonged from 1929 to 1988. He believes that Greene's previous paintings used to be his most sensible, combining melodrama, realism, and poetry, with Brighton Rock, released in 1938, an ethical delusion that pulls on crime fiction and Jacobean tragedy, because the masterpiece. The novels that Greene released after the Fifties have been very specialist examples of skilful story-telling yet represented a decline from this excessive point of accomplishment. Bergonzi demanding situations assumptions concerning the nature of Greene's debt to cinema, and makes an attempt to elucidate the complexities and contradictions of his spiritual principles. even though this ebook engages with questions that come up in educational discussions of Greene, it truly is written with common readers in brain.
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  • Download E-books Writing Liverpool: Essays and Interviews PDF

    Beryl Bainbridge, Clive Barker, Terence Davies, and J. G. Farrell characterize just a handful of the attention-grabbing and provocative writers who've emerged from the Liverpool literary scene long ago seventy-five years. released in commemoration of Liverpool’s 800th birthday in 2007 and in social gathering of its prestige as a ecu urban of tradition in 2008, Writing Liverpool provides a variety of essays and interviews with the filmmakers, newshounds, cultural critics, and novelists who've referred to as town home—asking if there's a specified Liverpool voice, and if that is so, how we determine it.
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  • Download E-books Picturing the Human: The Moral Thought of Iris Murdoch PDF

    By Maria Antonaccio

    Iris Murdoch has lengthy been referred to as essentially the most deeply insightful and morally passionate novelists of our time. This awareness has usually eclipsed Murdoch's subtle and influential paintings as a thinker, which has had a wide-ranging influence on thinkers in ethical philosophy in addition to non secular ethics and political concept. but it hasn't ever been the topic of a book-length learn in its personal correct.

    Picturing the Human seeks to fill this hole. during this groundbreaking e-book, writer Maria Antonaccio provides the 1st systematic and complete therapy of Murdoch's ethical philosophy. in contrast to literary severe reviews of her novels, it deals a normal philosophical framework for assessing Murdoch's suggestion as a complete. Antonaccio additionally indicates a brand new interpretive approach for interpreting Murdoch's philosophy and descriptions the importance of her notion within the context of present debates in ethics. This important examine will attract these drawn to ethical philosophy, spiritual ethics, and literary feedback, and offers those that have lengthy enjoyed Murdoch's novels a more in-depth examine her notable philosophy.
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