Writers and their Work

Writers and their Work, launched in 1994 in association with the British Council, won immediate acclaim for its publication of brief but rigorous critical examinations of the works of distinguished writers and schools of writing. The series embraces the best of modern literary theory and criticism, and features studies of many popular late-twentieth-century writers, as well as the canonical figures of literature and important literary genres.
This book examines the ways in which Phillips responds both creatively & critically to the psychological effects of cultural dispersal, racism & economic exploitation. Highlighting the continuing negotiations between Britain & its previous colonies, this study demonstrates the ways in which Phillips’ fictional & non-fictional work reformulates the traumatic crises & corresponding agents of survival, both within the past & the present.

This book examines the ways in which Phillips responds both creatively & critically to the psychological effects of cultural dispersal, racism & economic exploitation. Highlighting the continuing negotiations between Britain & its previous colonies, this study demonstrates the ways in which Phillips’ fictional & non-fictional work reformulates the traumatic crises & corresponding agents of survival, both within the past & the present.

Of Shakespeare’s ten plays about English history, the two parts of Henry IV are certainly the finest, and have held the stage ever since they first appeared. Their immense popularity is due mainly to the immortal figure of Falstaff, drinker, sponger, wit, beloved of audiences from the very first performances, the source of delight, disapproval and argument – after Hamlet, perhaps the most discussed of all Shakespeare’s creations.

Of Shakespeare’s ten plays about English history, the two parts of Henry IV are certainly the finest, and have held the stage ever since they first appeared. Their immense popularity is due mainly to the immortal figure of Falstaff, drinker, sponger, wit, beloved of audiences from the very first performances, the source of delight, disapproval and argument – after Hamlet, perhaps the most discussed of all Shakespeare’s creations.

One of the major writers of the twentieth century, Samuel Beckett created an extraordinarily original and influential body of prose and drama in both French and English. Born in Dublin in 1906, Beckett abandoned a promising academic career to spend most of his life in Paris, evolving his characteristically mordant treatment of boredom, bodily decrepitude and the absurdity of human existence.

One of the major writers of the twentieth century, Samuel Beckett created an extraordinarily original and influential body of prose and drama in both French and English. Born in Dublin in 1906, Beckett abandoned a promising academic career to spend most of his life in Paris, evolving his characteristically mordant treatment of boredom, bodily decrepitude and the absurdity of human existence.

A lucid and attractively written study of Jean Rhys, whose critical reputation continues to rise after long neglect. Neglected and forgotten for many years, the arresting, elliptical novels written by the Domenican-born Jean Rhys are now widely acclaimed. Her last and most famous novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, her retelling of Jane Eyre, is a central text for the imaginative re-examination of gender and colonial power relations.

A lucid and attractively written study of Jean Rhys, whose critical reputation continues to rise after long neglect. Neglected and forgotten for many years, the arresting, elliptical novels written by the Domenican-born Jean Rhys are now widely acclaimed. Her last and most famous novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, her retelling of Jane Eyre, is a central text for the imaginative re-examination of gender and colonial power relations.

This book outlines the lives and works of three popular and influential women poets of the nineteenth century: Felicia Hemans, Dora Greenwell and Adelaide Anne Procter. All three sought to forge a Christian and emotive poetics in order to educate and sensitize their readership, offering a gentle and benevolent reading experience grounded in interpersonal feeling and religious love.

This book outlines the lives and works of three popular and influential women poets of the nineteenth century: Felicia Hemans, Dora Greenwell and Adelaide Anne Procter. All three sought to forge a Christian and emotive poetics in order to educate and sensitize their readership, offering a gentle and benevolent reading experience grounded in interpersonal feeling and religious love.

Sir Walter Scott enjoyed a popularity and fame second to no other writer in his lifetime, but is now little read and for many years was not regarded as a serious writer. There have been many biographies of him but, in the last 50 years, there has been a resurgence of interest in his work, particularly in terms of more serious critical appraisal of the historical novel generally.

Sir Walter Scott enjoyed a popularity and fame second to no other writer in his lifetime, but is now little read and for many years was not regarded as a serious writer. There have been many biographies of him but, in the last 50 years, there has been a resurgence of interest in his work, particularly in terms of more serious critical appraisal of the historical novel generally.

Rudyard Kipling was a Victorian and an early modernist, a disciplinarian imperialist who sympathised with children and outlaws, a globe-trotter who mythologised ‘Old England’, and a world-famous author whom intellectuals despised. The central theme of this book is the way his work and its reception are both fissured and energised by these contradictions.

Rudyard Kipling was a Victorian and an early modernist, a disciplinarian imperialist who sympathised with children and outlaws, a globe-trotter who mythologised ‘Old England’, and a world-famous author whom intellectuals despised. The central theme of this book is the way his work and its reception are both fissured and energised by these contradictions.

In this new edition of his popular study, Peter Widdowson identifies the elements in his work which enable Hardy to be read in this way: the focus on unstable class & sexual relations in a society undergoing rapid change; the highly-charged & contradictory representations of women at the heart of this dangerously ‘metamorphic’ social process; the self-reflexive artifice of the writing itself as an aspect of Hardy’s satiric worldview; his ironic humanism in the ‘new Dark Age’ of the modern…

In this new edition of his popular study, Peter Widdowson identifies the elements in his work which enable Hardy to be read in this way: the focus on unstable class & sexual relations in a society undergoing rapid change; the highly-charged & contradictory representations of women at the heart of this dangerously ‘metamorphic’ social process; the self-reflexive artifice of the writing itself as an aspect of Hardy’s satiric worldview; his ironic humanism in the ‘new Dark Age’ of the modern…

Since he first began publishing his work in the 1880s, Oscar Wilde has been a controversial figure. Although celebrated by many of his contemporaries for his witty and iconoclastic writing, he was imprisoned and disgraced in 1895 and died in poverty and exile. For much of the twentieth century he was best known for his society comedies, but more recent scholarship has focused on his prose work and identified him as an important figure in such fields as Irish writing and queer theory.

Since he first began publishing his work in the 1880s, Oscar Wilde has been a controversial figure. Although celebrated by many of his contemporaries for his witty and iconoclastic writing, he was imprisoned and disgraced in 1895 and died in poverty and exile. For much of the twentieth century he was best known for his society comedies, but more recent scholarship has focused on his prose work and identified him as an important figure in such fields as Irish writing and queer theory.

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