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Baker, William 1944-

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Works: 112 works in 359 publications in 3 languages and 17,598 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Bibliography  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Fiction  Biography‡vDictionaries  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Catalogs 
Roles: Editor, Other
Classifications: PR4660, B
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A companion to the Victorian novel ( )
11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Victorian novels remain enormously popular today. Some continue to be made into films, while authors such as Charles Dickens and George Eliot are firmly established in the canon and taught at all levels. These works have also attracted a great deal of critical attention, with much current scholarship examining the novel in relation to its historical, political, and cultural contexts. This reference work is an introductory guide to the Victorian novel, its background, and its legacy. The first section looks at the emergence of the Victorian novel and its literary precursors, with particular emphasis on the growth of serialization and the development of the novel of syndication. The second explores significant and social and cultural facets of 19th-century British literature, while the third discusses the principal features of different genres, such as ghost stories, the Gothic, detective fiction, the social problem novel, and contemporary film adaptations. Individual authors are examined in the fourth section, while the fifth overviews various critical approaches and their application to 19th-century fiction
Harold Pinter by William Baker ( )
10 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and held by 1,751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Harold Pinter is one of the most important writers in English of the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century. This brief biography offers fresh insights into his life and work, concentrating on the themes, patterns, relationships, ideas and language common to his life and creative output."--[book cover]
William Shakespeare by William Baker ( )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare's work and life have proved endlessly fascinating to generations of readers. However, it can be difficult to find a way through the mass of differing interpretations of his work and speculation about his life. This book offers a reassessment of Shakespeare and his creative output from his earliest work through his 'mature' drama and the late plays, taking into account our current knowledge of Shakespeare's biography and consensus on key textual, critical and theatrical issues. William Baker offers a comprehensive but accessible introduction to Shakespeare's work and places
The merchant of Venice ( )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Merchant of Venice has always been regarded as one of Shakespeare's most interesting plays. Before the nineteenth century critical reaction is relatively fragmentary. However between then and the late twentieth century the critical tradition reveals the tremendous vitality of the play to evoke emotion in the theatre and in the study. Since the middle of the twentieth century reactions to the drama have been influenced by the Nazi destruction of European Jewry. The first volume to document the full tradition of criticism of The Merchant of Venice includes an extensive introduction which cha
Critical companion to Jane Austen : a literary reference to her life and work by William Baker ( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Critical Companion to Jane Austen examines the author's life and works, providing critical analyses of her writing and information on related topics and relevant people, places, and influences. This accessible volume also provides crucial historical and thematic information, in addition to illustrations, bibliographies, and cross-references."--Jacket
Wilkie Collins's library a reconstruction by William Baker ( )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) is a major British Victorian novelist, dramatist, short story writer, and journalist. He is best known today as the author of ^IThe Moonstone, ^R which T.S. Eliot called the first and greatest English detective novel. He has been the subject of two recent biographies, and a revival of interest in his works is now under way. In particular, there is growing concern with his intellectual development, as witnessed by the 1999 publication of his collected letters. This reconstruction of his library offers a thorough analysis of the books he owned and his response to them a
Felix Holt, the radical by George Eliot ( )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A political radical and a child of the working class, Felix has lost faith in a political system in which candidates never represent the interests of the working class. Harold Transome, the cynical son of wealthy Tory landowners, embraces radical politics for very different reasons. Both Harold and Felix vie for the affections of Esther Lyon, and she must weigh her feelings for them with the social and material goals she has set for herself. Their personal drama unfolds against the broad canvas of social and political upheaval of 1830s England
Nineteenth-century British book-collectors and bibliographers ( Book )
8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An eclectic view of the book and manuscript collecting and bibliographical activity during nineteenth century Britain is presented. Subjects range from the wealthy, bibliographically knowledgeable members of the aristocrats to others who impoverished themselves and their families in their obsession. Discusses how these collections were instrumental in the advocacy of the public library movement
Twentieth-century British book collectors and bibliographers ( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays on British book collectors and bibliographers, a socially and economically diverse lot united by their love of books. Discusses the reversal in roles of booksellers to auctioneers, the movement away from descriptive or factual elements of the book trade to concern with the commercial aspects of the business, and promoting the special merits of a book or manuscript in order to sell it
Pre-nineteenth-century British book collectors and bibliographers ( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays on British book collectors and bibliographers from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries. This period marked the growth of humanism and coincides with the early Renaissance, before the widespread establishment of print culture. Focuses on the historical evolution of a specific library, as well as a collecting family. Discusses the nature and variety of collecting as a cultural activity
Literary theories : a case study in critical performance ( Book )
12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Every student of literature needs to understand how to use literary theory to analyze and interpret the text. In Literary Theories Julian Wolfreys and William Baker challenge the outdated notion that theory is something separable from the act of reading itself. Maintaining that the best way to learn is through practical application, the editors have assembled a volume of essays that plunges the student into the midst of a range of critical readings. Each essay in the book explores a previously unpublished short story by Richard Jefferies, also included in the volume, from a different theoretical perspective, thereby presenting students with New Historicist, Marxist, feminist, structuralist, post-structuralist, psychoanalytic, and Derridean methods of analysis and interpretation. Cogently argued and lucidly written, these essays offer the student reader an interactive introduction to the ways in which contemporary literary theories challenge us to rethink the acts of reading, writing, and interpretation
The letters of George Henry Lewes by George Henry Lewes ( Book )
17 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The letters of Wilkie Collins by Wilkie Collins ( Book )
17 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wilkie Collins is the only leading Victorian novelist whose letters have not been published. This two-volume edition, edited by Professor William Baker and William Clarke, will thus fill a gaping hole in any assessment of one of the nineteenth century's most loved novelists. It is also extremely timely. Two recent biographies have re-assessed his private life and his literary achievements. His best-known novels, The Woman in White and The Moonstone, continue to feature on television, and most of his thirty-odd novels are still in print. This authorized edition (one of the editors, William M. Clarke, is married to Collins's great-granddaughter) draws on the extensive public and private collection of Collins's letters scattered across the world - some revealed here for the first time
Redefining the modern essays on literature and society in honor of Joseph Wiesenfarth ( )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The libraries of George Eliot and George Henry Lewes by William Baker ( Book )
4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
George Eliot : a bibliographical history by William Baker ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harold Pinter : a bibliographical history by William Baker ( Book )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Harold Pinter is one of the most prolific of living British authors, with a writing career so far of nearly sixty years. This bibliographical history provides a comprehensive account of the print-published writings, and texts in other media, which he has wholly or partly authored, and will be a valuable resource for all who have a scholarly interest in modern British literature." "Pre-eminently an outstanding playwright, a creator of texts in dramatic form for live theatre, radio, television or cinema, Pinter has also composed a significant body of poetry, some short stories, a novel, and a large number of non-fictional prose writings, such as essays, articles, published speeches and letters to periodicals. Included here also are interviews - recorded in print or other media - and interview-based articles, and this bibliography documents other texts generated from Pinter's wide-ranging interests in literary projects, human rights and political causes, with forewords to books, short notes, jointly authored letters, signatures to petitions, declarations and other material."--BOOK JACKET
Critics on George Eliot ( Book )
8 editions published in 1973 in 3 languages and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
George Eliot and Judaism by William Baker ( Book )
11 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tales of a grandfather : the history of France (second series) by Walter Scott ( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An example of pre-professional history, the Tales of a Grandfather chronicles the French royalty's dynastic concerns and principal military-political engagements with foreign powers from 1412 to 1512. Scott's narrative opens with Henry V's preparations for war with France and an account of the persisting rivalry between the houses of Orleans and of Burgundy
 
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