In this indispensable, concise and thoroughly entertaining book, Professor Joscelyn Godwin, the translator of the first complete English edition of the Hypnerotomachia, guides the reader through its labyrinthine pages and unlocks the secrets and mysteries within Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s novel. He brings to life the worlds of both the Renaissance reader and the young Princeton undergraduate, setting both in the context of their time and place. Erudite and engaging, The Real Rule of Four is the perfect companion piece to The Rule of Four.
ISBN: 0099492490 Publisher: ARROW BOOKS Subtitle: THE UNAUTHORISED GUIDE TO THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Author: JOSCELYN GODWIN
In this new study, Andrew Gibson sets out to reverse the traditional view of Joyce and his work as the paradigm of international modernism in literature. Where criticism has usually consigned Ireland to secondary status in Joyce’s work, Gibson firmly relocates the writer and his work in Ireland, showing them at all points to be intricately bound up in Irish history, politics and culture. Crucially, he views Joyce’s departure for Europe as allegiance to an Irish migratory tradition that is centuries old, rather than the abandonment of the old country. Accounts of Joyce’s life and work have tended to give rather short shrift to his profound engagements with Irish history and politics. Gibson argues that there have been important reasons for this, themselves often historical and political. Tracing the development of Joyce as a critic and writer, he maps this development to specific political and historical events. Beginning with the political traditions and allegiances that formed part of Joyce’s family background, he pinpoints the fall of Parnell, the collapse of political hope, and the transfer of political energies to cultural activity as crucial in the writer’s early formation. Joyce’s prodigious renown has been due above all to his reputation as an experimental, modernist writer. His works’ open-endedness and seemingly infinite availability to differing interpretations has allowed criticism to constantly update his politics. The book argues that Joyce’s most important concerns were historically material and specific. Yet, it also recognises that Joyce himself encouraged and fostered the view of his work as modernist, which became the dominant tradition in Joyce studies.
ISBN: 1861892772 Publisher: REAKTION BOOKS Subtitle: Author: ANDREW GIBSON
Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens’s story of a powerful man whose callous neglect of his family triggers his professional and personal downfall, showcases the author’s gift for vivid characterization and unfailingly realistic description. As Jonathan Lethem contends in his Introduction, Dickens’s “genius . . . is at one with the genius of the form of the novel itself: Dickens willed into existence the most capacious, elastic and versatile kind of novel that could be, one big enough for his vast sentimental yearnings and for every impulse and fear and hesitation in him that countervailed those yearnings too. Never parsimonious and frequently contradictory, he always gives us everything he can, everything he’s planned to give, and then more.” This Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the 1867 “Charles Dickens” edition.
ISBN: 9780812967432 Publisher: THE MODERN LIBRARY Subtitle: Author: CHARLES DICKENS