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Philip Roth through the Lens of Kepesh By Paul McDonald & Samantha Roden
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The Kepesh trilogy spans three decades of Philip Roth’s career, beginning with The Breast in 1972, and continuing with the Professor of Desire in 1977 and The Dying Animal in 2001. This study... More > demonstrates that the trilogy is not only worthy of critical analysis in its own right, but also that an appreciation of its themes and strategies deepens our understanding of his entire fictional enterprise, offering an invaluable perspective on one of the world’s most important novelists. Paul McDonald works at the University of Wolverhampton where he is Senior Lecturer in American Literature, and Course Leader for Creative Writing. Among his other HEB titles are The Philosophy of Humour (2012), and Reading Beloved (2014). Samantha Roden is a Lead Practitioner for English at North East Wolverhampton Academy. She writes educational resources, digital pedagogical guides and conducts national webinars for Cambridge University Press. Her first full collection of poetry, Catch Ourselves in Glass, is forthcoming.< Less
Wordsworth's Bardic Vocation, 1787-1842 By Richard Gravil
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Wordsworth’s Bardic Vocation, the most comprehensive critical study of the poet since the 1960s, presents the poet as balladist, sonneteer, minstrel, elegist, prophet of nature, and national... More > bard. The book argues that Wordsworth’s uniquely various oeuvre is unified by his sense of bardic vocation. Like Walt Whitman or the bards of Cumbria, Wordsworth sees himself as 'the people’s remembrancer'. Like them, he sings of nature and endurance, laments the fallen, fosters national independence and liberty. His task is to reconcile in one society 'the living and the dead' and to nurture both 'the people' and 'the kind'. Review Comment: 'This erudite exposition, profligate with its ideas ... succeeds as few others have done in apprehending Wordsworth’s career holistically, incorporating all its diversities and apparent inconsistencies into a unified vision. It justifies fully the notion proposed by Hughes and Heaney that he was England’s last national poet.' — Duncan Wu, Review of English Studies< Less
Reading Steinbeck: 'Of Mice and Men' and 'The Grapes of Wrath' By David Hallard
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"This is an informed, interesting and useful guide to Steinbeck’s two most famous and widely studied works. It sets them concisely in their biographical, historical, social and political... More > contexts, offers a range of insights into their narrative techniques, style, characterization and themes, and surveys key critical perspectives. The guide will be of benefit to A Level and undergraduate students, providing perspectives they can fruitfully employ in seminar discussions, presentations, essays and examinations." -- Nicholas Tredell (Consultant Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism)< Less
Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Study of Selected Poems By John Gilroy
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the book offers a detailed commentary on the poetry of Hopkins, exploring the significance of contemporary cultural issues and the poet's life as Catholic convert and Jesuit priest. Part 1 traces... More > Hopkins's life from his early schooldays, his undergraduate years at Oxford and conversion to Catholicism, to his work as a Jesuit scholar and poet-priest. Part 2, explains the core principles of Hopkins's innovative and challenging poetry, including sections on inscape, instress and sprung rhythm. Part 3, provides a detailed critical commentary on most of the major poems, including The Wreck of the Deutschland, God's Grandeur, The Windhover, Pied Beauty, The Caged Skylark, Hurrahing in Harvest, Felix Randal, Spring and Fall, Inversnaid, the six 'Terrible Sonnets', and That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire. Part 4, explores the history of Hopkins criticism from that of his own contemporaries to twentieth century and current critical approaches. John Gilroy is also the author of Reading Philip Larkin: Selected Poms< Less
D H Lawrence: Poet By Keith Sagar
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D. H. Lawrence wrote over a thousand poems. Though much has been written about Lawrence's poetry, there have been few full length studies. This book deals with the whole range of his poetry from his... More > earliest poems, such as 'To Campions' and 'To Guelder Roses', to the mature achievement, in free verse forms inspired by Walt Whitman, of Birds, Beasts and Flowers, Pansies and Last Poems. There are new interpretations of his most memorable poems, such as 'The Wild Common', 'Piano', 'Song of a Man Who Has Come Through', Tortoises, 'Peach', 'Pomegranate', 'Snake', 'Bavarian Gentians' and 'The Ship of Death'. "D. H. Lawrence: Poet, the fruit of forty years' reflection, is the most accessible introduction to Lawrence's poetry currently available. Supplemented by an extensive checklist of decades of critical writing, this highly entertaining book is a valuable resource, and makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the development of modem poetry." Karl Orend, Times Literary Supplement< Less
William Wordsworth: Lyrical Ballads (1798) By Richard Gravil
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This book places Wordsworth's revolutionary poetic practice, in Lyrical Ballads, in the context of a revolutionary age. It considers Wordsworth's provocative theories of how poetry should work, and... More > includes a treatment of the famous 'Preface' to Lyrical Ballads, one of the great poetic manifestos. The main part of the book offers illuminating commentary and questions on the poems, designed to encourage readers to accept Wordsworth's invitation to 'wrestle' with the author. A final section discusses contemporary, Victorian and recent critical approaches to Wordsworth and includes an annotated guide to further reading. Richard Gravil's books include Romantic Dialogues: Anglo-American Continuities, 1776-1862 (Palgrave 2000), Wordsworth’s Bardic Vocation, 1787-1842 (Palgrave 2003) And Wordsworth and Helen Maria Williams; or, the Perils of Sensibility (2010), all now available from Lulu. He is also co-editor of the monumental Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (2015).< Less
Reading Ted Hughes: New Selected Poems By Neil Roberts
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A brilliant new study of one of the great English poets of the 20th Century, by a distinguished critic and scholar.This book opens with a section on Hughes’s life, including the relationship... More > with Sylvia Plath and the effect of her suicide on his poetry and reputation, followed by a review of Hughes’s artistic strategies, his poetic language, and influences on his work. including the poets of Eastern Europe. The body of the book offers an approach to reading New Selected Poems (1995), taking in turn each of the remarkable and remarkably varied works from which the poems were selected - The Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal, Wodwo, Crow, Cave Birds, Season Songs, Gaudete, Remains of Elmet, Moortown Diary, River and Wolfwatching. It concludes with a review of Hughes’s reception, and a six-page bibliography. Professor Roberts’s books include Ted Hughes: A Critical Study (with Terry Gifford, Faber, 1981), D. H. Lawrence, Travel and Cultural Difference (Palgrave, 2004), and Ted Hughes: A Literary Life (Palgrave, 2006.< Less