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Landmarks in Western Culture - Commentaries and Controversies - Volume One, Baker, Donald N.;   Fasel, George W.        (eds)
1 Landmarks in Western Culture - Commentaries and Controversies - Volume One
Baker, Donald N.; Fasel, George W. (eds). Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1968. first edition, Paperback, 228mm x 153mm , xii prelims, 497pp. Good/NoWrapper. Paperback has been well read, generally a little darkened with age, some foxing on top block edge, creasing to spine but still tight and unmarked. A serious volume of scholarship containing over 50 essays on great contributions to Western Culture by diverse authors including serious contributors in their own right, such as Buber, Popper and Collingwood. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Culture, Western, classic, Christian. 8773

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Before Orientalism - London's Theatre of the East 1576-1926, Barbour, Richmond
2 Before Orientalism - London's Theatre of the East 1576-1926
Barbour, Richmond. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003. first edition, Hardback, 234mm x 156mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 238pp. plus index, plus advertisments, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Spine bumped, faint foxing to top block edge, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear from handling. Colour fade/offset at base of spine. A scholarly review of how "The East" was portrayed in dramatic performance in England during the half-century which included the career of Shakespeare. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Shakespeare, India, China, Orient. 15102

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3 The Poetry of Homer
Bassett, Samuel Eliot. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1938. first edition, Hardback, 232mm x 152mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 273pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book has been well read, exterior bumped and worn, block edges darkened, pages clean. A fine scholarly guide to the extraordinary literary achievement of the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Volume 15 in the Sather Classical Lectures series. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: epic, hexameter, bard, Greece. 15017

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4 The Burden of the Past and the English Poet
Bate, W. Jackson. Chatto & Windus, London, 1971. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xi prelims, 141pp. plus index, Good +++/NoWrapper. Front board edge a little scratched. Spine bumped. Block a little darkened. The Alexander Lectures given by Bate in Toronto in 1969, discussing various historical issues of English poetry. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Bate, Johnson, Keats. 3603

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Chaucer and the Fifteenth Century, Bennett, H.S.
5 Chaucer and the Fifteenth Century
Bennett, H.S.. The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1958. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 146mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 4th impression, , vi prelims, 326pp. plus index, Reading copy only/Fair. Owners inscription. Front endpaper has been cut out. Book in otherwise fair condition - generally bumped and grubby around edges, some pencil highlights to early pages, else clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear and grubbiness to edges, small loss at corners with bigger tear at base of spine. Part One of Volume II of the Oxford History of English Literature offers a fine account of the genius of Chaucer, placed within his medieval milieu. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Canterbury, Troilus, medieval, Middle. 14304

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The Situation of the Novel, Bergonzi, Bernard
6 The Situation of the Novel
Bergonzi, Bernard. Macmillan, London, 1979. second edition, Paperback, 214mm x 137mm , 249pp. plus index, Good/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, crease across front but not to spine, though latter is bumped in middle. Block edges worn from handling and a little grubby but overall tight and unmarked., First published in 1970, this is the revised edition of Bergonzi's influential analysis of post-war iterary fiction in the English language.. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Waugh, Amis, Pynchon. 11119

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Comedy, Bergson, Henri ;   Meredith, George ;      Sypher Wylie
7 Comedy
Bergson, Henri ; Meredith, George ; Sypher Wylie. Doubleday, New York, 1956. first edition, Paperback, 180mm x 107mm , xvi prelims, 255pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback is tight and square, clean with no creasing and minimal wear from handling. Excellent little paperback presentation of George Meredith's "An Essay on Comedy" and Henri Bergson's monograph "Laughter" (Presses Universitaires translation) with introduction and appendix by Sypher. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: laughter, comedy, joke, humour. 14314

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The Block Reader in Visual Culture, Bird, Jon             et al
8 The Block Reader in Visual Culture
Bird, Jon et al. Routledge, London & New York, 1996. first edition, Paperback, 234mm x 153mm , xiv prelims, 342pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, but only minimal curling, spine not creased, pages clean. Collection of articles on cultural matters first published by the BLOCK collective journal. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Culture, BLOCK, collective, Theory. 6378

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The Making of the English Bible, Bobrick, Benson
9 The Making of the English Bible
Bobrick, Benson. Phoenix, London, 2003. first thus, Paperback, 196mm x 127mm , 376pp. plus index, Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback is tight with no creasing, clean save for some foxing to block edges. Soffcover edition of Bobrick's gripping account of how the Bible was first translated into English - against fierce opposition - and how the vernacular text came to influence English society and culture in the centuries that followed. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Tyndale, Wycliffe, Reformation, Authorized. 14316

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10 Tradition and Design in The Iliad
Bowra, C.M.. The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1968. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 142mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 5th impression, , 278pp. plus index, Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Book has been well read, spine creased, edges grubby with some stains, board also stained on rear, isolated highlights in ink, else clean. Excellent scholarly guide to the literary construction and achievement of the Iliad. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Troy, hexameter, Homer, epic. 15016

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11 An Index to the Annuals - Vol. I. The Authors (1820-1850)
Boyle, Andrew. Andrew Boyle, Worcester, 1967. first edition, Hardback, 217mm x 142mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 344pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Book is clean with minimal wear. Spine a little bumped, some dusting to top block edge. Reference catalogue of 19th century books by an eminent Worcester bookseller. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: books, catalogue, Byron. 11076

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12 An Age of Fiction - The French Novel from Gide to Camus
Bree, Germaine ; Guiton, Margaret. Chatto & Windus, London, 1958. first thus, Hardback, 216mm x 140mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 242pp. Good/NoWrapper. Book is tight and pages are clean save for differential fading to endpapers. Spine a little faded and staining around edges of front board. Ex-libris with sticker from collection of J.B. Priestley. First UK edition of Bree and Guiton's collection of scholarly musings on the modern French novel as created by such writers as Proust, Gide and Cocteau. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: France, novel, Sartre, Camus. 11075

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13 Orthometry - The Art of Versification and the Technicalities of Poetry with a New and Complete Rhyming Dictionary
Brewer (B.A.), R.F.. John Grant, Edinburgh, 1923. New and Revised Edition, Hardback, 206mm x 136mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, New and Revised Edition, xv prelims, 376pp. Good/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Spine and boards have been handled over years, spine colour faded, block darkened with age, some foxing to edges. Reference and technical guide for the poet. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Poetry, Orthometry, rhyme. 8770

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The Fin-de-Siecle Poem - English Literary Culture and the 1890s, Bristow, Joseph             (ed)
14 The Fin-de-Siecle Poem - English Literary Culture and the 1890s
Bristow, Joseph (ed). Ohio University Press, Athens, OH, 2005. first edition, Hardback, 235mm x 160mm blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xxxi prelims, 352pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Very Good. Gift Inscription. Book is tight and clean - very good save for small ink mark to top block edge only. Dustwrapper is bright and clean. A literary review of the finest English verse of the final years of the 19th century, with reference to the works of Wilde and Yeats as well as a number of lesser-known women poets. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: poetry, decadence, Mew, Robinson. 12598

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The Age of Saturn - Literature and History in the Canterbury Tales, Brown, Peter ;   Butcher, Andrew
15 The Age of Saturn - Literature and History in the Canterbury Tales
Brown, Peter ; Butcher, Andrew. Basil Blackwell, Oxford & Cambridge. MA, 1991. first edition, Hardback, 234mm x 154mm red cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 296+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Inscribed by author. Book has been handled, boards a little bumped, else clean and tight. Inscribed by Peter Brown, with owner name also. Dustwrapper has been handled but clean with minimal wear. An account of the socio-political aspects of Chaucer's greatest work and how religion, astrology, politics and myth informed the characters and relationships of the poet's pilgrims. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Canterbury, myth, astrology, Bath. 12748

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Coleridge's Biographia Literaria - Text and Meaning, Burwick, Frederick             (ed)
16 Coleridge's Biographia Literaria - Text and Meaning
Burwick, Frederick (ed). Ohio State University Press, Columbus, OH, 1989. first edition, Hardback, 235mm x 155mm cream cloth boards, red titles, first edition, xix prelims, 338pp. plus index, Good +/Good +++. Foxing to top block edge and also to front board, some outward bowing also, book otherwise clean and tight. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some light edgewear and evidence of handling. A serious analysis of one of the most curious of all Coleridge's works, comprising 14 essays by eminent scholars. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: philosophy, annotation, moonlight, Adam. 13108

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Tolkien - A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings, Carter, Lin
17 Tolkien - A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings
Carter, Lin. Gollancz, London, 2003. second edition, Hardback, 206mm x 135mm purple cloth boards, purple titles, second edition, xv prelims, 188pp. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read, light wear to block edges, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear. Updated edition of Carter's 1969 "overview of Tolkien's masterpiece and a wide ranging introduction to the myths and legends its springs from." Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Tolkien, epic, myth, Wagner. 15140

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Library Looking-Glass - A Personal Anthology, Cecil, David
18 Library Looking-Glass - A Personal Anthology
Cecil, David. Constable, London, 1994. first thus, Paperback, 215mm x 137mm , xi prelims, 299pp. plus index, Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback has minimal wear to block edges, else clean with no creasing. Softcover edition of 1975 anthology of extracts from great books made by Professor Cecil, organised by theme with his own notes on their value as literature. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: literature, words, observation, insight. 15142

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Revenge of the Aesthetic - The Place of Literature in Theory Today, Clark, Michael P.            (ed)
19 Revenge of the Aesthetic - The Place of Literature in Theory Today
Clark, Michael P. (ed). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 2000. first edition, Paperback, 224mm x 144mm , viii prelims, 251pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been well read, light wear from handling, spine not creased. A post-modern collection of essays by sundry thinkers on the question of how literature should be addressed by theory. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Derrida, theory, postmoderm, criticism. 14378

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Anthony Trollope - A Critical Study, Cockshut, A.O.J.
20 Anthony Trollope - A Critical Study
Cockshut, A.O.J.. Collins, London, 1955. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 142mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 256pp. plus index, Good +/Good +. Book has been read over years, board edges a little scuffed, block edges a little darkened, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper has light wear from handlig, rear darkened with some creasing. A very readable review of the work of Anthony Trollope which goes beyond the Barchester novels in search of his ultimate literary genius. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Barchester, Eustace, middlebrow, Scarborough. 13775

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On The Constitution of Church and State, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor;   Colmer, John         (ed)
21 On The Constitution of Church and State
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor; Colmer, John (ed). Routledge & Kegan Paul / Princeton University Press, London / Princeton, NJ, 1976. first thus, Hardback, 235mm x 145mm grey cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, lxviii prelims, 303pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good. Book has been handled but still clean with minimal wear. Dustwrapper (now protected) is worn and chipped around all edges. Volume 10 in the Bollingen Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge offers the great poet's last published prose work from 1830, here presented with a 35-page introduction and full scholarly apparatus. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Catholic, religion, theology, emancipation This book may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website in order to ensure that it is fully covered for an appropriate amount of compensation in the event of loss in the post. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 13072

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Lay Sermons, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor;   White, R.J.         (ed)
22 Lay Sermons
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor; White, R.J. (ed). Routledge & Kegan Paul / Princeton University Press, London / Princeton, NJ, 1972. first thus, Hardback, 235mm x 145mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xlvi prelims, 341pp. plus index, Good +++/Good +++. Boards bumped at corners, block edges have a little wear from handling, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper (now protected) is clean with a little edgewear, small chip at top of spine. Volume 6 in the Bollingen Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge offers political pamphlets from the post-Napoleonic period with full scholarly apparatus. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Napoleon, reform, progressive, liberal. 13060

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23 Meredith Revisited and Other Essays
Crees, J.H.E.. Richard Cobden-Sanderson, London, 1921. first edition, Hardback, 265mm x 192mm dark blue cloth boards, 120pp. plus index, Less than good/NoWrapper. Boards and spine bumped and scuffed. Sticker title on spine has some loss. Block edges are frayed. Twelve essays on writers as diverse as Homer and Ibsen. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Literature, Homer, Meredith. 3605

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24 Dickens - Positively the First Appearance - A Centenary Review with a Bibliography of Sketches by Boz
Darton, F.J. Harvey. Argonaut Press, London, 1933. first edition, Hardback, 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, x prelims, 145pp. plus appendix/appendicies, plus advertisments, Black and white illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Private library sticker on inner front board. Block and boards a little bumped and scuffed. Pp 30-32 have 1cm of ragged edges. Review, one hundred years on, of the very first of Dickens' published works - "A Dinner at Poplar Walk" - looking at the original text. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Dickens, Poplar, Boz, 1833. 3597

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A Guide to Tolkien, Day, David
25 A Guide to Tolkien
Day, David. Chancellor Press, London, 2002. first thus, Paperback, 209mm x 144mm , 272pp. Black and white illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback is clean with light wear only from handling, no creasing, just a hint of foxing to top block edge. Softcover edition of Day's excellent A-Z of Tolkien and his works, richly detailed in two-column text. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: ring, Gandalf, hobbit, myth. 14247

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Literature and Anthropology, Dennis, Philip A.;   Aycock, Wendell         (eds)
26 Literature and Anthropology
Dennis, Philip A.; Aycock, Wendell (eds). Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, TX, 1989. first edition, Hardback, 235mm x 154mm red-brown cloth boards, black titles, first edition, ix prelims, 227pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Book is ex-lib with stickers to spine and inner front board, also stamps on block edges.Spine and boards bumped, some light wear from handling, else clean and tight. Fifteen essays by anthropologists, writers and literary scholars on connections between modern imaginative literature and the findings of modern anthropology. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: navajo, ethnic, culture, interdisciplinary. 14203

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Sex, Literature and Censorship, Dollimore, Jonathan
27 Sex, Literature and Censorship
Dollimore, Jonathan. Polity, Cambridge, 2001. first edition, Paperback, 228mm x 148mm , xii prelims, 206pp. plus index, Very Good/NoWrapper. Paperback is clean and tight with no creasing. An intriguing and original take on literature and sexuality and how contemporary critics of all poliitical persuasions have missed an essentially ethical understanding of the creative act. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: creation, theory, critical, literature. 14305

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Sea-Mark - The Metaphorical Voyage, Spenser to Milton, Edwards, Philip
28 Sea-Mark - The Metaphorical Voyage, Spenser to Milton
Edwards, Philip. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 1997. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 116mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, viii prelims, 227pp. plus index, Very Good/Good +++. Gift Inscription. Book is tight and clean with no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear from handling. A scholarly yet readable analysis of how English writers used the "life-as-voyage" metaphor in some of the greatest works of literature. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: metaphor, Donne, Shakespeare, Marlowe. 12695

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Wordsworth, Freud and the spots of time - Interpretation in the Prelude, Ellis, David
29 Wordsworth, Freud and the spots of time - Interpretation in the Prelude
Ellis, David. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985. first edition, Hardback, 222mm x 143mm dark blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, vii prelims, 199pp. plus index, Very Good/Good +. Inscribed by author. Book is clean and tight with no obvious imperfections. Inscribed "to Reg from David, April 1985" - the Reg being famed Shakespeare scholar R.A. Foakes. Dustwrapper has some creasing, also differential colouring to spine and covers. Excellent scholarly analysis of the "Spots of Time" passages in Wordsworth's Prelude which have delighted and baffled readers since they were first written. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Wordsworth, psychology, romantic. 14290

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Against Deconstruction, Ellis, John M.
30 Against Deconstruction
Ellis, John M.. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1989. first edition, Paperback, 215mm x 137mm , x prelims, 168pp. plus index, Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback has been handled, with minor indentations to covers but no creasing. Inscribed price sticker on rear. Excellent counterblast to the prevailing school of literary criticism in the late 1980s by the Professor of German at the University of California.. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Culler, Fish, Derrida, postmodern. 11133

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