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A Preface to H G Wells

A Preface to H G Wells

1st Edition

John R. Hammond
February 02, 2001

John Hammond offers an introduction to the life and work of H G Wells which is of interest and value to both the student and the general reader.  Although Wells is studied at undergradute level there is no introductory text available as yet, instead students can only consult full...

A Preface to James Joyce: Second Edition

A Preface to James Joyce: Second Edition

2nd Edition

Sydney Bolt
September 18, 2000

This new edition includes material on Joyce's distinctive view of femininity and a greatly expanded treatment of Finnegan's Wake. The first section outlines the biographical and cultural background, the second offers a detailed critical survey of three major works, including Ulysses and Portrait of...

A Preface to Conrad: Second Edition

A Preface to Conrad: Second Edition

2nd Edition

Cedric, M.A. Ph.D. (Professor) Watts
September 01, 2000

Widely recommended, this guide to Conrad offers a vivid and incisive account of his life and literary career, and gives detailed attention to the contexts, themes, problems and paradoxes of his works.  ...

A Preface to Hardy: Second Edition

A Preface to Hardy: Second Edition

2nd Edition

Merryn Williams
August 22, 2000

A Preface to Hardy remains the best introduction to one of the most important and popular writers in English literature. The first section concentrates on Hardy the man and outlines the intellectual and cultural context in which he lived. The author then moves on to examine a wide range of Hardy's...

A Preface to Jane Austen: Revised Edition

A Preface to Jane Austen: Revised Edition

1st Edition

Christopher Gillie
August 18, 2000

Jane Austen's satirical classical novels have made a lasting contribution to English literature and first gave the novel its distinctly modern character with the treatment of ordinary people in everyday life. Her works, such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma andMansfield Park, remain as popular today as...

A Preface to Greene

A Preface to Greene

1st Edition

Cedric, M.A. Ph.D. (Professor) Watts
August 18, 2000

Lively, informed and thorough, this survey of the life and works of Graham Greene opens with a biographical account setting the writer in context of his times and describing and exploring the influences, tensions and contradictions that occur throughout his work. The second half of the book devotes...

A Preface to Milton: Revised Edition

A Preface to Milton: Revised Edition

1st Edition

Lois Potter
August 18, 2000

A highly readable and illustrated introduction to the work of Milton, which provides both a biographical account of the poet and his influences, and a critical survey of his poetry. ...

A Preface to Wordsworth: Revised Edition

A Preface to Wordsworth: Revised Edition

1st Edition

John Purkis
August 18, 2000

Probably the most famous of the Romantic poets, William Wordsworth worked with and influenced many of the leading poets of the age. This excellent introduction to his life and works sets his writing firmly in the context of his times. John Purkis provides an outline of Wordsworth's life and...

A Preface to T S Eliot

A Preface to T S Eliot

1st Edition

Ron Tamplin
August 18, 2000

T. S. Eliot is arguably the most influential poet of the 20th century, and The Waste Land one of its most significant poems. This introduction to the life and works of T.S. Eliot sets his writing clearly in the context of his times. Outlining his life and cultural background and their effect on his...

A Preface to Lawrence

A Preface to Lawrence

1st Edition

Gamini Salgado
August 17, 2000

'Longman Preface books are intended to give "modern and authoritative guidance" on the lives and works of the major writers ... Gamini Salgado's A Preface to Lawrence does just that.' Times Educational SupplementD. H. Lawrence, criticised, censored and dismissed in his lifetime, now stands as one...

A Preface to Marlowe

A Preface to Marlowe

1st Edition

Stevie Simkin
January 13, 2000

This study provides an authoritative overview of all Marlowe's work. It includes thorough investigations of his major plays, Tamburlaine, Edward II, The Jew of Malta and Doctor Faustus as well as a full discussion of The Massacre at Paris, Dido Queen of Carthage and all his extant poetry. Analysis...

A Preface to Swift

A Preface to Swift

1st Edition

Keith Crook
September 03, 1998

Jonathan Swift's moral and political satires astonished his contemporaries and still have the power to disturb, with their compelling images and unsettling turns of argument, and to delight, with their charm and inventive wit. A Preface to Swift examines the complex appeal of this fierce critic of...

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