The Common Reader - Second Series

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473363004

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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A delightful collection of essays penned by Woolf for what she saw as the common reader. An informal, informative and witty celebration of our literary and social heritage.

Rejoining the Common Reader

Essays, 1962-1990

Author: Clara Claiborne Park

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810109919

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 231

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Rejoining the Common Reader is suffused with the impulse that motivates Clara Claiborne Park's distinguished writing and teaching: the desire to related literature to the experience of its readers. This humane, balanced, and entertaining book will appeal to anyone who longs to recapture the pleasure of reading for personal enrichment and to teachers of literature who have grown to resent the intrusiveness of theory and theorizing and wish to reexamine what they are doing to, for, and with their students.

A Return to the Common Reader

Print Culture and the Novel, 1850–1900

Author: Dr Adelene Buckland,Dr Beth Palmer

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409478491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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In 1957, Richard Altick's groundbreaking work The English Common Reader transformed the study of book history. Putting readers at the centre of literary culture, Altick anticipated-and helped produce-fifty years of scholarly inquiry into the ways and means by which the Victorians read. Now, A Return to the Common Reader asks what Altick's concept of the 'common reader' actually means in the wake of a half-century of research. Digging deep into unusual and eclectic archives and hitherto-overlooked sources, its authors give new understanding to the masses of newly literate readers who picked up books in the Victorian period. They find readers in prisons, in the barracks, and around the world, and they remind us of the power of those forgotten readers to find forbidden texts, shape new markets, and drive the production of new reading material across a century. Inspired and informed by Altick's seminal work, A Return to the Common Reader is a cutting-edge collection which dramatically reconfigures our understanding of the ordinary Victorian readers whose efforts and choices changed our literary culture forever.

The Common Reader (Complete Edition: Series 1&2)

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 8027234808

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 350

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The Common Reader' is a collection of essays by Virginia Woolf, published in two series, the first in 1925 and the second in 1932. The title indicates Woolf's intention that her essays be read by the educated but non-scholarly "common reader," who examines books for personal enjoyment. Woolf outlines her literary philosophy in the introductory essay to the first series, "The Common Reader," and in the concluding essay to the second series, "How Should One Read a Book?" The first series includes essays on Geoffrey Chaucer, Michel de Montaigne, Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Joseph Conrad, as well as discussions of the Greek language and the modern essay. The second series features essays on John Donne, Daniel Defoe, Dorothy Osborne, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was an English writer who is considered one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.

Newton's Principia for the Common Reader

Author: Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019852675X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 593

View: 4086

Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica provides a coherent and deductive presentation of his discovery of the universal law of gravitation. It is very much more than a demonstration that 'to us it is enough that gravity really does exist and act according to the laws which we have explained and abundantly serves to account for all the motions of the celestial bodies and the sea'. It is important to us as a model of all mathematical physics. Representing a decade's work from a distinguished physicist, this is the first comprehensive analysis of Newton's Principia without recourse to secondary sources. Professor Chandrasekhar analyses some 150 propositions which form a direct chain leading to Newton's formulation of his universal law of gravitation. In each case, Newton's proofs are arranged in a linear sequence of equations and arguments, avoiding the need to unravel the necessarily convoluted style of Newton's connected prose. In almost every case, a modern version of the proofs is given to bring into sharp focus the beauty, clarity, and breath-taking economy of Newton's methods. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is one of the most reknowned scientists of the twentieth century, whose career spanned over 60 years. Born in India, educated at the University of Cambridge in England, he served as Emeritus Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, where he has was based from 1937 until his deathin 1996. His early research into the evolution of stars is now a cornerstone of modern astrophysics, and earned him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983. Later work into gravitational interactions between stars, the properties of fluids, magnetic fields, equilibrium ellipsoids, and black holes has earned him awards throughout the world, including the Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society in London (1953), the National Medal of Science in the United States (1966), and the Copley Medal from the Royal Society (1984). His many publications include Radiative transfer (1950), Hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic stability (1961), and The mathematical theory of black holes (1983), each being praised for its breadth and clarity. Newton's Principia for the common reader is the result of Professor Chandrasekhar's profound admiration for a scientist whose work he believed is unsurpassed, and unsurpassable.

The Common Reader - First Series

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473362989

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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Virginia Woolf is well known as one of the most prominent fiction writers of the twentieth century, what may be less well known is her astounding collection of letters and essays. Here is the collection first published in 1925, aimed at 'the Common reader', Woolf produced an eccentric and personal literary and social history of European thought in her own unique style, this collection helped cement Woolf as one of the most popular writers of her time.

Textual Studies and the Common Reader

Essays on Editing Novels and Novelists

Author: Alexander Pettit

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820322278

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Textual Studies and the Common Reader collects eleven original essays by editors of literary texts and theorists concerned about the implications of what such editors do. The volume's organizing theme is textual studies, the domain of which, in one contributor’s words, is the "genesis, transmission, and editing of texts." The contributors seek to extend the discussion about textual studies beyond any narrow professional scope; thus, none of the essays assumes any training in textual studies. Also, the focus of the book is on the literary genre most familiar to most readers: the novel. Authors discussed include Willa Cather, Joseph Conrad, Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, D. H. Lawrence, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Many people read literary works, but few do so with a steady sense of their constructedness as texts--of the ways in which "genesis, transmission, and editing" have shaped them as conveyors of meaning. This book shows that the experience of reading is more rewarding for such awareness.


Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 8027235421

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 270

View: 8992

The Common Reader' is a collection of essays by Virginia Woolf, published in two series, the first in 1925 and the second in 1932. The second series features essays on John Donne, Daniel Defoe, Dorothy Osborne, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Hardy, among others. CONTENTS: THE STRANGE ELIZABETHANS DONNE AFTER THREE CENTURIES "THE COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE'S ARCADIA" "ROBINSON CRUSOE" DOROTHY OSBORNE'S "LETTERS" SWIFT'S "JOURNAL TO STELLA" THE "SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY" LORD CHESTERFIELD'S LETTERS TO HIS SON TWO PARSONS: JAMES WOODFORDE; JOHN SKINNER DR. BURNEY'S EVENING PARTY JACK MYTTON DE QUINCEY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY FOUR FIGURES: COWPER AND LADY AUSTEN; BEAU BRUMMELL; MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT; DOROTHY WORDSWORTH WILLIAM HAZLITT GERALDINE AND JANE "AURORA LEIGH" THE NIECE OF AN EARL GEORGE GISSING THE NOVELS OF GEORGE MEREDITH "I AM CHRISTINA ROSSETTI" THE NOVELS OF THOMAS HARDY HOW SHOULD ONE READ A BOOK? Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals.

The Common Reader

Consisting of a Variety of Pieces, Original and Selected, Intended for the Use of Schools, and Particularly Calculated for the Improvement of Scholars of the First & Second Classes in the Art of Reading

Author: Titus Strong

Publisher: N.A


Category: Readers

Page: 228

View: 6955

Virginia Woolf's Common Reader

Author: Dr Katerina Koutsantoni

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409475263

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

View: 8642

In the first comprehensive study of Virginia Woolf's Common Reader, Katerina Koutsantoni draws on theorists from the fields of sociology, sociolinguistics, philosophy, and literary criticism to investigate the thematic pattern underpinning these books with respect to the persona of the 'common reader'. Though these two volumes are the only ones that Woolf compiled herself, they have seldom been considered as a whole. As a result, what they reveal about Woolf's position with regard to the processes of writing, reading, and critical analysis has not been fully examined. Koutsantoni challenges the critical commonplace that equates Woolf's strategy of self-effacement and personal removal from her works as a necessary compromise that allowed her to achieve authorial recognition in a male-dominated context. Rather, Koutsantoni argues that an investigation of impersonality in Woolf's essays reveals the potential of the genre to function both as a vehicle for the subjective and dialogic expression of the author and reader and as a venue for exploring topics with which the ordinary reader can relate. As she explores and challenges the meaning of impersonality in Woolf's Common Reader, Koutsantoni shows how the related issues of subjectivity, authority, reader-response, intersubjectivity, and dialogism offer useful perspectives from which to examine Woolf's work.


An Introduction for the Common Reader

Author: Perez Zagorin

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400826797

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 8974

This book is a concise, readable introduction to the Greek author Thucydides, who is widely regarded as one of the foremost historians of all time. Why does Thucydides continue to matter today? Perez Zagorin answers this question by examining Thucydides' landmark History of the Peloponnesian War, one of the great classics of Western civilization. This history, Zagorin explains, is far more than a mere chronicle of the conflict between Athens and Sparta, the two superpowers of Greece in the fifth century BCE. It is also a remarkable story of politics, decision-making, the uses of power, and the human and communal experience of war. Zagorin maintains that the work remains of permanent interest because of the exceptional intellect that Thucydides brought to the writing of history, and to the originality, penetration, and the breadth and intensity of vision that inform his narrative. The first half of Zagorin's book discusses the intellectual and historical background to Thucydides' work and its method, structure, and view of the causes of the war. The following chapters deal with Thucydides' portrayal of the Athenian leader Pericles and his account of some of the main episodes of the war, such as the revolution in Corcyra and the Athenian invasion of Sicily. The book concludes with an insightful discussion of Thucydides as a thinker and philosophic historian. Designed to introduce both students and general readers to a work that is an essential part of a liberal education, this book seeks to encourage readers to explore Thucydides--one of the world's greatest historians--for themselves.

Who Reads Ulysses?

The Common Reader and the Rhetoric of the Joyce Wars

Author: Julie Sloan Brannon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113671135X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

View: 9463

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Ex Libris

Bekenntnisse einer Bibliomanin

Author: Anne Fadiman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783257236460


Page: 224

View: 3449

The Book History Reader

Author: David Finkelstein,Alistair McCleery

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415226585

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 390

View: 7190

The Book History Reader brings together a rich variety of writings examining different aspects of the history of books and print culture, much of which is otherwise inaccessible. It looks at the development of the book, the move from spoken word to written texts, the commodification of books and authors, the power and profile of readers, and the future of the book in the electronic age. The Reader is arranged in thematic sections and features a general introduction as well as an introduction to each section. This pioneering book is a valuable resource for all those involved in book publishing studies and book history as well as students of English literature, cultural studies, sociology and history. Essays by: Thomas Adams and Nicholas Barker, Richard Altick, Roland Barthes, C.A. Bayly, Pierre Bourdieu, John Brewer, Michel de Certeau, Roger Chartier, Robert Darnton, Elizabeth Eisenstein, Lucien Febrve and Henri-Jean Martin, N.N. Feltes, Kate Flint, Stanley Fish, Michel Foucault, Wolfgang Iser, Adrian Johns, Jerome McGann, Don McKenzie, Jennifer E. Monaghan, Jan Dirk Muller, Walter Ong, Robert Patten, Janice Radway, Jonathan Rose, Mark Rose, John Sutherland, Jane Tompkins, James L.W. West III