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Ousby, Ian 1947-

Overview
Works: 37 works in 297 publications in 6 languages and 10,671 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Dictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bio-bibliography  Biography‡vDictionaries  Juvenile works  Historical fiction  Encyclopedias  War stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR4571, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Ian Ousby
The Cambridge guide to literature in English by Ian Ousby( Book )

105 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Substantially enlarged and updated, this new edition of The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English confirms its status as the most authoritative survey of its subject now available in a single volume. Its coverage of novelists, poets, playwrights and their works embraces both the established classics of English literature and a wealth of contemporary figures from all over the English-speaking world, such as Saul Bellow, Adrienne Rich, Les Murray, Wole Soyinka, R.K. Narayan, Janet Frame, Mordecai Richler, Joseph Brodsky, J.M. Coetzee and Ben Okri." "Under Ian Ousby's editorship over a hundred contributors provide detailed biographical and critical articles, not only about writers and works of literature, but also about the critics, philosophers, historians and biographers who have influenced or reacted to literature. Substantial coverage is given to popular genres such as science fiction, detective novels and children's literature, with entries on, for example, Dr. Seuss, Margaret Mahy, Roald Dahl, Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, P.D. James and Nicolas Freeling." "Other entries range widely over literary groups and movements, critical schools, genres, poetic forms, critical concepts, rhetorical terms, literary terms, theatres and theatre companies. There are also substantive articles on subjects such as copyright, libraries and the English language." "With a superb range of illustrations and a comprehensive cross-referencing system, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English is both an outstanding reference book, and a delightful companion for anyone who enjoys reading."--Jacket
Bloodhounds of heaven : the detective in English fiction from Godwin to Doyle by Ian Ousby( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in English and Japanese and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The road to Verdun : World War I's most momentous battle and the folly of nationalism by Ian Ousby( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A powerfully immediate and controversial account of one of the longest and bloodiest engagements of World War I. In mid-February 1916, the Germans launched a surprise major offensive at Verdun, an important fortress in northeast France. By mid-March, more than 90,000 French troops had been killed or wounded. The fighting continued for seven long months, with casualties on both sides mounting in astonishing numbers. By the end of the year, the battle had claimed more than 700,000 victims. The butchery had little impact on the course of the war, and Verdun soon became the most potent symbol of the horrors of the war in general, and of trench warfare in particular. Ian Ousby offers a radical, iconoclastic reevaluation of the meaning and import of this cataclysmic battle in The Road to Verdun. Moving beyond the narrow focus of most military historians, he argues that the French bear a tremendous responsibility for the senseless slaughter. In a work that merges intellectual substance and great battle writing, Ousby shows that the roots of the disaster lay in the French national character--the grandiose, even delusional way they perceived themselves, and their relentless determination to demonize Germans, which began in the debacle of the Franco-Prussian War. Ousby analyzes the generals' battle plans, and provides a graphic, gripping account of the deprivations and inhumane suffering of the troops who manned the trenches. His incisive, moving descriptions make it painfully clear why the influential French critic and poet Paul Valéry called Verdun "a complete war in itself, inserted in the Great War." In telling the story of Verdun, Ousby demonstrates that the confrontation marked a critical midpoint in Franco-German hostility. The battle not only carried the burden of history, but with the presence on the battlefield of France's future leaders--including Pétain and de Gaulle--it fed an increasingly venomous enmity between France and Germany, and lay the groundwork for World War II.--Publisher description
Occupation : the ordeal of France, 1940-1944 by Ian Ousby( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illuminating chronicle of a dark moment in European history, Occupation combines superb detail with moving eyewitness accounts that range from famous figures like Jean-Paul Sartre, Andre Gide, and Simone de Beauvoir to forgotten heroes and unpardonable traitors
A reader's guide to fifty American novels by Ian Ousby( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces novels by Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Henry James, William Dean Howells, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Norman Mailer, J.D. Salinger, Ralph Ellison, and Saul Bellow
Cambridge guide to fiction in English by Ian Ousby( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An alphabetized reference work with over 2000 entries, this work should be of use to anyone with an interest in the novel, whether studying, teaching or reading for pleasure. Writers and major works from the UK and USA are represented, as are those from the rest of the English-speaking world - Cananda, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, India and the Caribbean. Particular types of novels (from the Gothic to the campus novel) receive detailed coverage as do trends in fiction (such as realism and naturalism) and popular genres (detective, spy and science fiction). Based on the "Guide to Literature in English", this book has a number of new entries and has been completely updated. An introduction analyzes the historical development and current form of the novel; a selective bibliography indicates areas for further reading, and an appendix lists recipients of all the major literary prizes
The Englishman's England : taste, travel, and the rise of tourism by Ian Ousby( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The correspondence of John Ruskin and Charles Eliot Norton by John Ruskin( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary Britain : and Ireland by Ian Ousby( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The road to Verdun : France, nationalism and the First World War by Ian Ousby( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verdun was the largest, longest and bloodiest battle between the French and Germans in World War I. Ousby's book gives a vivid, insightful account of the generals' planning and the troops' suffering. It will also challenge every reader's view of France
Guilty parties : a mystery lover's companion by Ian Ousby( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty Parties tells the whole story, accompanied by dozens of special features packed with information to surprise even the most avid fan. Classic puzzles like the locked-room mystery are analyzed and the Ten Commandments for the detective novel 1930s-style defined. Want to know what bean-shooters, roscoes, Chicago overcoat, nippers and buttons are? Look them up in the hard-boiled dictionary. Discover the stories of pulp fiction and film noir, or read about today's feisty female private eyes. Complete with a world round-up of current crime novels, full lists of Edgars, Daggers and other prizes, a detailed chronology and ideas for further reading, here is the perfect guide to crime and mystery writing, with 195 illustrations, 31 in color
England by Ian Ousby( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Plumptre's Britain : the journals of a tourist in the 1790s by James Plumptre( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burgundy by Ian Ousby( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wordsworth companion to literature in English by Ian Ousby( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Occupation : the ordeal of France, 1940-1944 by Ian Ousby( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crime and mystery book : a reader's companion by Ian Ousby( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Occupation : the ordeal of France, 1940-1944 by Ian Ousby( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nazi occupation of France in 1940 has been compellingly explored in this book
Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Hardy first met with literary success with this book, Far from the Madding Crowd. Set in the fictional south-west English county of 'Wessex', based on the author's own experiences in Dorset, the story follows a young shepherd, Gabriel Oak
A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine. This edition uses the text as it appeared in its first serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens's vision, and includes the original illustrations by H.K. Browne ('Phiz'). Richard Maxwell's introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy
 
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The road to Verdun : World War I's most momentous battle and the folly of nationalismOccupation : the ordeal of France, 1940-1944Cambridge guide to fiction in EnglishThe Englishman's England : taste, travel, and the rise of tourismThe correspondence of John Ruskin and Charles Eliot NortonLiterary Britain : and IrelandThe road to Verdun : France, nationalism and the First World WarGuilty parties : a mystery lover's companion