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Messent, Peter B.

Overview
Works: 21 works in 147 publications in 1 language and 9,370 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives  Biography 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: PS1307, 818.409
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Most widely held works by Peter B Messent
New readings of the American novel narrative theory and its application by Peter B Messent ( )
25 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 2,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Criminal proceedings the contemporary American crime novel ( )
14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The American crime novel has never been stronger nor more popular. This exciting new collection offers a comprehensive view of some of the most important developments in crime fiction. The contributors explore the significant new directions which the genre has recently taken and examine their importance in terms of American cultural self-definition as they tap into contemporary concerns about place, identity, gender, race, oppression and justice. In particular, the contributors focus on the ways in which new multicultural perspectives are now challenging the predominantly white, male tradition. The work of some of America's best crime writers is examined, including Patricia Cornwell, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosely and Barbara Wilson. The proliferation of sub-genres, such as court and police procedurals, is also examined
The Civil War letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell a chaplain's story by Joseph Hopkins Twichell ( )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Civil War scholars and enthusiasts will welcome this fresh voice from an underrepresented class of soldier, the army chaplain. Readers who know of Twichell's later life as a prominent minister and reformer or as Mark Twain's closest friend will appreciate these insights into his early, transforming experiences."--BOOK JACKET
Literature of the occult ; a collection of critical essays ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Cambridge introduction to Mark Twain by Peter B Messent ( )
11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This introduction provides a biography of the author and situates his works in the historical and cultural context of his times. Peter Messent gives readings of the best-known writings including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He pays particular attention to the way Twain's humour works and how it underpins his prose style. The final chapter provides up-to-date analysis of the recent critical reception of Twain's writing, and summarises the contentious and important debates about his literary and cultural position."--BOOK JACKET
The short works of Mark Twain : a critical study by Peter B Messent ( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mark Twain and male friendship : the Twichell, Howells, and Rogers friendships by Peter B Messent ( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Biographies of America's greatest humorist abound, but none have charted the overall influence of the key male friendships that profoundly informed his life and work. Combining biography, literary history, and gender studies, Mark Twain and Male Friendship presents a welcome new perspective as it examines three vastly different friendships and the stamp they left on Samuel Clemens's life." "With accessible prose informed by impressive research, the study provides an illuminating history of the friendships it explores, and the personal and cultural dynamic of the relationships. In the case of Twain and his pastor, Joseph Twichell, emphasis is put on the latter's role as mentor and spiritual advisor and on Twain's own waning sense of religious belonging. Messent then shifts gears to consider Twain's friendship with fellow author and collaborator William Dean Howells. Fascinating in its own right, this relationship also serves as a prism through which to view the literary marketplace of nineteenth-century America. A third, seemingly unlikely friendship between Twain and Standard Oil executive H.H. Rogers focuses on Twain's attitude toward business and shows how Rogers and his wife served as a surrogate family for the novelist after the death of his own wife." "As he charts these relationships, Messent uses existing work on male friendship, gender roles, and cultural change as a framework in which to situate altered conceptions of masculinity and of men's roles, not just in marriage but in the larger social networks of their time. In sum, Mark Twain and Male Friendship is not only a valuable new resource on the great novelist but also a lively cultural history of male friendship in nineteenth-century America."--BOOK JACKET
Mark Twain by Peter B Messent ( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book provides an overview of Mark Twain's work and a close critical analysis of his major texts, and includes chapters on Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee and Puddn'head Wilson. Using recent cultural and literary theory to re-examine Twain's travel-writing and fictions, and written in a refreshingly jargon-free and accessible manner, Peter Messent begins by discussing one of Twain's oddest but most comic short stories, 'The Stolen White Elephant'. This tale of an elephant on the loose, causing havoc wherever it goes, and hunted by the logical but myopic Detective Blunt, serves as a revealing point of entry to Twain's narratives as a whole, with their stress on shifting perspective, incongruity and constant undecideability
A companion to Mark Twain by Peter B Messent ( Book )
18 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mark Twain is one of the best-known figures of American literature. This broad-ranging companion brings together many of the most respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. It places especial emphasis on the ways in which the author's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience. The book approaches Twain through six subject headings: his cultural and historical context; his relationships with other writers; his role in the larger professional world of publishing and performing; studies of his travel writing; studies of his fictional works; and readings of his role as a humorist. A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism. This organisation provides a strong basis for the exploration and re-evaluation of Twain's work and cultural importance
Ernest Hemingway by Peter B Messent ( Book )
11 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The crime fiction handbook by Peter B Messent ( Book )
13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Crime Fiction Handbook presents a comprehensive introduction to the origins, development, and cultural significance of the crime fiction genre, focusing mainly on American British, and Scandinavian texts. Provides an accessible and well-written introduction to the genre of crime fiction Moves with ease between a general overview of the genre and useful theoretical approaches Includes a close analysis of the key texts in the crime fiction tradition Identifies what makes crime fiction of such cultural importance and illuminates the social and polit
Henry James : selected tales by Henry James ( Book )
7 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Literature of the occult : a collection of critical essays ( Book )
5 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The American claimant by Mark Twain ( Book )
2 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Though he is best known as a humorist, famed American author Mark Twain also tried his hand at social satires, to much critical and popular acclaim. In The American claimant, Twain provides a thematic follow-up to his previous novel, The prince and the pauper, with a tale of an American con artist and a British aristocrat who essentially switch places and reveal the unsavory aspects of each lifestyle and social milieu
Health inequalities : Acheson recommendations (1998) and policies of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham by Peter B Messent ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
An investigation of local health services for ethnic minorities in response to the Community Care Planning Days (1997) by Peter B Messent ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Ma ke · tu wen by Peter B Messent ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Breakfast of champions : the directions of Kurt Vonnegut's fiction by Peter B Messent ( Book )
1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Article published in the Journal of American studies which describes the changes in Kurt Vonnegut's fiction after Slaughterhouse five
An investigation of male circumcision in Barking, Dagenham and Havering by Peter B Messent ( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Henry James : selected tales by Henry James ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Browning Messent, Peter 1946-
Messent, Peter.
Messent, Peter, 1946-
Messent, Peter B., 1946-
Messent, Peter Browning
Messent, Peter Browning, 1946-
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English (144)
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