What W. H. Auden Can Do for You

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400847974

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

View: 4821

When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie--Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith--often refers to the great twentieth-century poet W. H. Auden. This is no accident: McCall Smith has long been fascinated by Auden. Indeed, the novelist, best known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, calls the poet not only the greatest literary discovery of his life but also the best of guides on how to live. In this book, McCall Smith has written a charming personal account about what Auden has done for him--and what he just might do for you. Part self-portrait, part literary appreciation, the book tells how McCall Smith first came across the poet's work in the 1970s, while teaching law in Belfast, a violently divided city where Auden's "September 1, 1939," a poem about the outbreak of World War II, strongly resonated. McCall Smith goes on to reveal how his life has related to and been inspired by other Auden poems ever since. For example, he describes how he has found an invaluable reflection on life's transience in "As I Walked Out One Evening," while "The More Loving One" has provided an instructive meditation on unrequited love. McCall Smith shows how Auden can speak to us throughout life, suggesting how, despite difficulties and change, we can celebrate understanding, acceptance, and love for others. An enchanting story about how art can help us live, this book will appeal to McCall Smith's fans and anyone curious about Auden.

Poetry for historians

Or, W. H. Auden and history

Author: Carolyn Steedman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526125226

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 1206

This is a book about the conflict between history and poetry and historians and poets - in Atlantic World society from the end of the seventeenth-century to the present day. Blending historiography and theory, it proceeds by asking: what is the point of poetry as far as historians are concerned? The focus is on W. H. Auden's Cold War-era history poems, but the book also looks at other poets from the seventeenth century onwards, providing original accounts of their poetic and historical educations. An important resource for those teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in historiography and history and theory, Poetry for historians will also be of relevance to courses on literature in society and the history of education. General readers will relate it to Steedman's Landscape for a Good Woman (1987) and Dust (2001), on account of its biographical and autobiographical insights into the way history operates in modern society.

Writers and Their Mothers

Author: Dale Salwak

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319683489

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

View: 6984

Ian McEwan, Margaret Drabble, Martin Amis, Rita Dove, Andrew Motion and Anthony Thwaite are among the twenty-two distinguished contributors of original essays to this landmark volume on the profound and frequently perplexing bond between writer and mother. In compelling detail they bring to life the thoughts, work, loves, friendships, passions and, above all, the influence of mothers upon their literary offspring from Shakespeare to the present. Many of the contributors evoke the ideal with fond and loving memories: understanding, selfless, spiritual, tender, protective, reassuring and self-assured mothers who created environments favorable to the development of their children’s gifts. At the opposite end of the parenting spectrum, however, we also see tortured mothers who ignored, interfered with, smothered or abandoned their children. Their early years were times of traumatic loss, unhappily dominated by death and human frailty. Elegantly assembled and presented, riters and Their Mothers will appeal to everyone interested in biography, literature, and creativity in general.

W.H. Auden Encyclopedia

Author: David Garrett Izzo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786449136

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 6115

W.H. Auden's life and work were perhaps best explained and condensed in the words of Edward Mendelson, Auden's literary executor, when he remarked, "[Auden] grew up in a household in which the scientific inquiries of his father maintained an uneasy truce with the ritualized religion of his mother." Indeed, science and religion were dominant themes in Auden's life and work, which for him were oftentimes one and the same. Auden was hailed as the new T.S. Eliot and as the "coming" man, greatly influencing the future generations of angry young men with his thoughts on science, religion, and the relationship between the two. This book is an exhaustive reference to W.H. Auden. Those new to Auden and his writing will find the work a comprehensive introduction, while Auden scholars will appreciate the quick access it offers to the details of all his poems, plays, libretti, and other pieces of writing. It also includes entries on the people who were closest and most important to Auden, including fellow writers Christopher Isherwood, Stephen Spender, C. Day Lewis, Edward Upward, and T.S. Eliot, as well as significant events in his life, such as his arrival in America, his vision of agape, and his search in science and religion for answers to the deep questions of life and existence.

Outline

Roman

Author: Rachel Cusk

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 351874433X

Category: Fiction

Page: 235

View: 8652

Eine Schriftstellerin reist im Hochsommer nach Athen, um dort einen Schreibkurs zu geben. Während ihre eigenen Verhältnisse vorerst im Dunkeln bleiben, wird sie zur Zuhörerin einer Reihe von Lebensgeschichten und -beichten. Beginnend mit dem Sitznachbarn auf dem Hinflug, seinen Schilderungen von schnellen Booten und gescheiterten Ehen, erzählen ihre Bekanntschaften von Ängsten, Begierden, Versäumnissen und Lieblingstheorien. In der erstickenden Hitze und dem Lärm der Stadt schaffen diese verschiedenen Stimmen ein komplexes Tableau menschlichen Lebens. Und dabei wird, zunächst in Umrissen, zugleich das Bild einer Frau – der Schriftstellerin – kenntlich, die zu lernen beginnt, einem einschneidenden Verlust zu begegnen. Outline ist ein so wagemutiger wie eleganter Roman über Liebe, Verlust, Erinnerung und den elementaren Drang, den anderen und sich selbst Geschichten zu erzählen.

Die Stunden

Roman

Author: Michael Cunningham

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641146909

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 5387

Ein Tag im Leben dreier Frauen: Clarissa Vaughan spaziert an einem strahlenden Junimorgen durch die Straßen von New York. Es ist das pulsierende New York der späten neunziger Jahre. Clarissa will Blumen für eine Party besorgen, die sie an diesem Abend für ihren aidskranken Freund Richard geben will, der soeben einen bedeutenden Literaturpreis erhalten hat. Sie kennen sich seit Jahrzehnten, für kurze Zeit waren sie auch ein Paar. Richard gab ihr den Spitznamen Mrs. Dalloway, weil sie ihn an die Heldin aus Virginia Woolfs gleichnamigen Roman erinnert. Laura Brown ist mit einem Kriegsveteranen verheiratet, der rührend um sie bemüht ist, ihr kleiner Sohn liebt sie abgöttisch, sie ist zum zweitenmal schwanger. Doch das Hausfrauenleben in einem Vorort von Los Angeles erdrückt sie. An einem Tag im Jahr 1949 flieht sie vor den alltäglichen Pflichten, mietet sich ein Zimmer in einem Hotel und liest fasziniert "Mrs. Dalloway". Virginia Woolf ringt im Jahr 1923 um den Anfang ihres neuen Romans, dem sie den Arbeitstitel "The Hours" (Die Stunden) gegeben hat und der einmal "Mrs. Dalloway" heißen wird. Sie hat Kopfschmerzen und hört Stimmen, und sie vermisst die Großstadt, obwohl sie weiß, dass ihr der Rückzug aufs Land nach Richmond gut tut. Fast steigt sie in den Zug nach London, nur fast, denn nun schreibt sie den ersten Satz: "Mrs. Dalloway sagte, sie wolle die Blumen selber kaufen." In seinem überwältigend schönen und bewegenden Roman schildert Michael Cunningham einen Tag im Leben dieser drei Frauen. Von Virginia Woolfs Leben und Werk inspiriert, schafft er eine ganz eigene Welt, die sich um die Möglichkeiten von Freundschaft und Liebe dreht, um das Auffangen von Scheitern und Lebensüberdruss und um eine Gemeinschaft jenseits von Leben und Tod: der Literatur.

Critical Intellectuals on Writing

Author: Gary A. Olson,Lynn Worsham

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791486238

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 215

View: 1502

A fascinating look at how some of the world's most eminent scholars conceive of their own relationship with writing and with the work of being a critical intellectual.

The Secret Agent

Author: Joseph Conrad

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101126899

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 876

Inspired by an attempt in 1894 to blow up London’s Greenwich Observatory, The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed original of the long tradition of espionage thrillers that explore the confused motives at the heart of terrorism. Published in 1907, Joseph Conrad’s novel was remarkably prescient, anticipating the political contours of the next century, as well as the classic spy novels of such later writers as Graham Greene and John Le Carré. Conrad’s double agent, Verloc, is a Russian spy tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group in London. His mission to discredit the ineffectual radicals and their cause goes awry, and involves his unsuspecting wife and her vulnerable younger brother in disastrous ways. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, The Secret Agent broke new literary ground. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange, in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region’s moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for both the guilty and the innocent. Introduction by Paul Theroux From the Hardcover edition.

Alles umsonst

Roman

Author: Walter Kempowski

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 364101350X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 492

Ostpreußen im Januar 1945: Hunderttausende Menschen fliehen vor den Russen in Richtung Westen. Doch die schöne Katharina von Globig, Herrin auf Gut Georgenhof, verschließt vor der Realität die Augen. Sie zieht sich in ihr Refugium aus Büchern, Musik und Träumen zurück. Als der Dorfpastor sie bittet, für eine Nacht einen Verfolgten zu verstecken, willigt sie ein. Kurze Zeit später wird der Mann aufgegriffen, Katharina wird verhaftet. Die trügerische Idylle ist dahin. Mit Sack und Pack macht sich der Rest der Familie auf den Weg. Die große Flucht wird zu einem Albtraum.

While Wandering

A Walking Companion

Author: Duncan Minshull

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448191920

Category: Travel

Page: 432

View: 6240

‘A book to start your heart and feet beating for the road’ The Times With its stories of strolling, poems about pavement-pounding and wonderings on wandering, this is the indispensable collection for the flâneur and the rambler – and everyone in between. Take a turn with Jane Austen, stride side by side with Colm Tóibín, let restless William Wordsworth lead you through brook and road before a detour with Stella Gibbons to the park.Whether mountaineering with Mark Twain or visiting Oxford Street with Julian Barnes – be sure to take this anthology with you on your ambulations. With a new foreword by Robert Macfarlane. Previously published with the title The Vintage Book of Walking

Boss Ladies, Watch Out!

Essays on Women, Sex, and Writing

Author: Terry Castle

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415938747

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 309

View: 8959

In the second part of the book, Castle embraces, with gusto, the role of Female Critic herself." "In lively reconsiderations of Sappho, Bronte, Cather, Colette, Gertrude Stein, and many other great women writers - "Boss Ladies" all - Castle pays a moving and civilized tribute to female genius and intellectual daring."--BOOK JACKET.

Medieval Polities and Modern Mentalities

Author: Timothy Reuter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139459546

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 6698

This is a collection of influential and challenging essays by British medievalist Timothy Reuter, a perceptive and original thinker with extraordinary range who was equally at home in the Anglophone or German scholarly worlds. The 2006 book addresses three interconnected themes in the study of the history of the early and high Middle Ages. Firstly, historiography, the development of the modern study of the medieval past. How do our contemporary and inherited preconceptions and pre-occupations determine our view of history? Secondly, the importance of symbolic action and communication in the politics and polities of the Middle Ages. Finally, the need to avoid anachronism in our consideration of medieval politics. Throwing light both on modern mentalities and on the values and conduct of medieval people themselves, and containing articles, at time of publication, never previously been available in English, this book is essential reading for any serious scholar of medieval Europe.

Conversations with Reynolds Price

Author: Reynolds Price,Jefferson Humphries

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878054831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

View: 8227

Collections of interviews with notable modern writers

Lectures on Shakespeare

Author: Wystan Hugh Auden,Arthur C. Kirsch

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691102825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 398

View: 7825

Lecture notes from Alan Ansen, later Auden's secretary and friend, from Auden's course taught during 1946-1947 at the New School for Social Research form the basis for this work on Auden's interpretation of all of the Shakespeare's plays.

Writing Alone and with Others

Author: Pat Schneider

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199840245

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

View: 1750

For more than a quarter of a century, Pat Schneider has helped writers find and liberate their true voices. She has taught all kinds--the award winning, the struggling, and those who have been silenced by poverty and hardship. Her innovative methods have worked in classrooms from elementary to graduate level, in jail cells and public housing projects, in convents and seminaries, in youth at-risk programs, and with groups of the terminally ill. Now, in Writing Alone and with Others, Schneider's acclaimed methods are available in a single, well-organized, and highly readable volume. The first part of the book guides the reader through the perils of the solitary writing life: fear, writer's block, and the bad habits of the internal critic. In the second section, Schneider describes the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, widely used across the U.S. and abroad. Chapters on fiction and poetry address matters of technique and point to further resources, while more than a hundred writing exercises offer specific ways to jumpstart the blocked and stretch the rut-stuck. Schneider's innovative teaching method will refresh the experienced writer and encourage the beginner. Her book is the essential owner's manual for the writer's voice.

Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers

Author: Peter Woods

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415355391

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 182

View: 2882

It is always difficult to know how to write up research, and as academics and postgraduates alike come under increasing pressure to improve rates of publication a text like this one is essential reading for all researchers. The book discusses all aspects of translating research into writing, including: * getting started and keeping going * putting into words what you want to say * ways of organizing your work * coping with problems, blockages and sustaining morale *style and format *editing your writing *writing alone and writing in a team *approaching problems and getting published. This book will be of use to students, researchers and writers concerned with getting their research written and having it published.

Der gefeierte Springfrosch von Calaveras County

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: marixverlag

ISBN: 3843804850

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3010

In dieser Auswahl der besten Mark Twain Kurzgeschichten zeigt der Altmeister immer wieder, dass der Wilde Westen abseits aller Klischees auch eine sehr komische Seite hat. Twain, der als Vater der amerikanischen Literatur" bezeichnet wird, erzählt hier über Greenhorns und Aufschneider, Leichenbestatter und Kannibalismus. Er erklärt, wie man eine Erkältung kuriert und warum Lügen eine Kunst ist und fällt in seinem berühmten Aufsatz ein vernichtendes Urteil über die ›furchtbare deutsche Sprache‹, die sich angeblich jeglichem gesunden Menschverstand widersetzt. Mark Twain besitzt einen scharfen, intelligenten aber auch liebevollen Blick für die Eigentümlichkeiten seiner Mitmenschen. Sein trockener Humor und seine süffisante Sprache machen die Geschichten so zu dem was sie sind: komisch, kurzweilig, zeitlos.

Modernist Literature

Author: Rachel Potter

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748655298

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 6629

Introduces students to a wide range of modernist writers and critical debates in modernism studies