'A good essay must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.' According to Virginia Woolf, the goal of the essay 'is simply that it should give pleasure...It should lay us under a spell with its first word, and we should only wake, refreshed, with its last.' One of the best practitioners of the art she analysed so rewardingly, Woolf displayed her essay-writing skills across a wide range of subjects, with all the craftsmanship, substance, and rich allure of her novels. This selection brings together thirty of her best essays, including the famous 'Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown', a clarion call for modern fiction. She discusses the arts of writing and of reading, and the particular role and reputation of women writers. She writes movingly about her father and the art of biography, and of the London scene in the early decades of the twentieth century. Overall, these pieces are as indispensable to an understanding of this great writer as they are enchanting in their own right. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Literary Collections
In his writings, David Hume set out to bridge the gap between the learned world of the academy and the marketplace of polite society. This collection, drawing largely on his Essays Moral, Political, and Literary (1776 edition), which was even more popular than his famous Treatise of Human Nature, comprehensively shows how far he succeeded. From `Of Essay Writing' to `Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences' Hume embraces a staggering range of social, cultural, political, demographic, and historical concerns. With the scope typical of the Scottish Enlightenment, he charts the state of civil society, manners, morals, and taste, and the development of political economy in the mid-eighteenth century. These essays represent not only those areas where Hume's arguments are revealingly typical of his day, but also where he is strikingly innovative in a period already famous for its great thinkers. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Author: David Hume,Stephen Copley,Andrew Edgar
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This new translation of a selection of Plutarch's miscellaneous works - the Moralia - illustrates his thinking on religious, ethical, social, and political issues. Two genres are represented: the dialogue, which Plutarch wrote in a tradition nearer to Cicero than to Plato, and the informal treatise or essay, in which his personality is most clearly displayed. His diffuse and individual style conveys a character of great charm and authority. Plutarch's works have been admired and imitated in Western literature since the Renaissance. Montaigne, who read Amyot's translation, considered Plutarch's Moralia to be a 'breviary', a book without which 'we ignorant folk would have been lost'. For Ralph Waldo Emerson it was a favourite bedside book, and an inspiration: 'a poet might rhyme all day with hints drawn from Plutarch, page on page.'.
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir. PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls of the genre. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling writers: Diana Athill, Alan Bennett, Alain de Botton, Jill Dawson, Millicent Dillon, Margaret Drabble, Geoff Dyer, Victoria Glendinning, Lyndall Gordon, Peter Hayter, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Kathryn Hughes, Diane Johnson, Hermione Lee, Andrew Lownie, Janet Malcolm, Alexander Masters, Nancy Milford, Blake Morrison, Andrew Morton, Clare Mulley, Jenni Murray, Nicholas Murray, Kristina Olsson, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, Meryle Secrest, Miranda Seymour, Frances Spalding, Hilary Spurling, Boyd Tonkin, Edmund White. PART 3 includes practical advice - from planning, researching and interviewing to writing, pacing and navigating ethical issues.
A Writers' and Artists' Companion
Author: Sally Cline,Carole Angier
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exile tend to be incapable of providing an alternative to conservative, xenophobic appropriations of home. In detailed readings of one film and six novels, a view is developed according to which home, as a spatio-temporal imaginary, is rooted in our species being, and as such constitutes the inevitable starting point for any progressive politics.
Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000
Author: Martin Mühlheim
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
Category: Literary Criticism
European modernism underwent a massive change from 1930 to 1960, as war altered the cultural landscape. This account of artists and writers in France and England explores how modernism survived under authoritarianism, whether Fascism, National Socialism, or Stalinism, and how these artists endured by balancing complicity and resistance. From Picasso and Pound to Stein and Woolf - all engaged with artistic survival during this period - their tenuous creative and personal lives come under scrutiny. Nadel also considers European writers like Arthur Koestler, Herman Broch, and Margurite Dueras within the larger frame of the survival of modernism. The changes experienced by modernist artists and the impact of the atomic bomb during the mid-twentieth century propelled modernism through its second act and into postmodernism.
A Cultural Narrative
Author: Ira Nadel
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Born to an illustrious Roman family in 125 BCE, Regilla was married at the age of fifteen to Herodes, a wealthy Greek. Twenty years later--and eight months pregnant with her sixth child--Regilla died under mysterious circumstances, after a blow to the abdomen delivered by Herodes's freedman. Though Herodes was charged, he was acquitted. Pomeroy's investigation suggests that despite Herodes's erection of numerous monuments to his deceased wife, he was in fact guilty of the crime.
a case of domestic violence in antiquity
Author: Sarah B Pomeroy
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publisher: R.R. Bowker Co.
Category: Best books
The life story of the Victorian novelist George Eliot is as dramatic and complex as her best plots. This new assessment of her life and work combines recent biographical research with penetrating literary criticism, resulting in revealing new interpretations of her literary work. A fresh look at George Eliot's captivating life story Includes original new analysis of her writing Deploys the latest biographical research Combines literary criticism with biographical narrative to offer a rounded perspective
A Critical Biography
Author: Nancy Henry
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Literary Criticism
Presents the text of four essays by nineteenth-century English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill, and includes textual and explanatory notes, chronology, and introduction.
Author: John Stuart Mill
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Political Science
Lucius Annaeus Seneca: Trostschriften Trostschrift an Marcia: Entstanden etwa zwischen 37 und 41 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Ein Trostbüchlin zu der Martia« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Trostschrift an seine Mutter Helvia: Entstanden 41 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Ein Trostbuch zu seiner Mutter Albina« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Trostschrift an Polybius: Entstanden wahrscheinlich 43 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Ein Trostbüchlin zum Polybio« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Da der Text nur fragmentarisch überliefert ist, wurde er in einigen Handschriften Senecas Traktat »Vom glückselige Leben« als Kapitel 20 ff. angehängt. Darauf bezieht sich die in Klammern gesetzte zweite Zählung in römischen Zahlen. Vom glückseligen Leben: Entstanden etwa 58/59 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Von dem seligen Leben« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Vollständige Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2014. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Seneca: Ausgewählte Schriften. Übersetzt und erläutert von Albert Forbiger, Stuttgart: Hoffmann, 1867. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Alfred Stevens, In Memoriam, 1858. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand