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Dunn, Richard J. 1938-

Overview
Works: 34 works in 119 publications in 1 language and 6,601 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Bibliography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: PR4172, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Richard J Dunn
Jane Eyre : an authoritative text, context, criticism by Charlotte Brontë ( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reprints the 1848 third edition text of "Jane Eyre," the story of a plain and penniless orphan who accepts a job as governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her melancholy employer, Mr. Edward Rochester, a man with a terrible secret; and includes footnotes, materials on the author and the writing of the novel, and a selection of feminist criticism
Oliver Twist : whole heart and soul by Richard J Dunn ( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As is so often the case with Charles Dickens's writing, characters and situations from his 1837-39 novel Oliver Twist seem to have found life apart from the text: little Oliver's asking for "more," Bumble's pomposity, Fagin's treachery, and the Artful Dodger's shenanigans have become standard literary and cultural reference points. Generations of readers have found different elements to savor - from the melodramatic alternation between sentimentality and terror to the fairy-tale plot to the cast of remarkable characters. And of course there's the novel's social implications: Dickens pointedly maintained in his preface to the book's 1841 edition that Oliver Twist was important precisely because of its realistic, uncompromising account of the harshness and cruelty of life in early Victorian England. In this engaging study of Dickens's sccond book (it initially appeared as a magazine serial), Richard J. Dunn uses the author's admission that he put his "whole heart and soul" into the novel's writing to explore the connections between Dickens's own adversity - having to work under wretched conditions in a blacking factory as a boy - and the dire and often life-threatening situations the bastard child Oliver must endure before, as Dickens put it, "trimumphing at last." Taking a controversial and timely subject - England's poor laws, whose debates in Parliament he covered as a court reporter - and a child as his hero, Dickens, Dunn contends, drew together two worlds: the destitute London slums that served as a breeding ground for criminal activity and the innocent world we associate with childhood. Dunn points out that Oliver's "progress" from dark world to light shows, almost paradoxically, that these worlds are linked and will always coexist, however secure one may feel in the latter. The colorful array of characters that either help along or hinder Oliver's progress Dunn analyzes in detail, but to the book's most controversial character, the sinister yet only-all-too-human Fagin, he devotes an entire chapter. Dunn observes that Oliver, though the novel's "hero," in many ways functions as a blank sheet of paper on which the impressions of Dickens's richly drawn personalities, particularly Fagin, are cast. Such characters, Dunn notes, provide us wide the clues to the wholeness of thought to which Oliver aspires. Dunn underscores the importance of the George Cruikshank drawings that accompanied the serialized Oliver Twist, considering these visual renderings (four of which are reprodueed here) as more of a collaborative than a purely illustrative effort. And to round out this lively study, Dunn examines the myriad stage and screen adaptations of Oliver Twist, which found new life in Oliver!, the Academy Award-winning film of the 1960s
Approaches to teaching Dickens' David Copperfield ( Book )
9 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jane Eyre : an authoritative text, backgrounds, criticism by Charlotte Brontë ( Book )
8 editions published between 1971 and 1985 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The English novel : twentieth century criticism by Paul Schlueter ( Book )
in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume, one of a series, is, we believe, the most nearly complete bibliography of criticism of the twentieth century British novel yet published. Yet in trying to make the volume as definitive as possible, we have also had the onerous task of having to keep the volume within manageable limits. It is therefore a selective bibliography, with citations from 1900 through the end of 1975. Our choices were necessarily arbitrary, for reasons of both space and relevance, but we believe, all in all, that we have made an intelligent compilation of secondary criticism of the modern English novel
Wuthering Heights : the 1847 text, backgrounds and contexts, criticism by Emily Brontë ( Book )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In nineteenth-century Yorkshire, the tumultuous relationship between a headstrong girl and a foundling boy wreaks havoc on them and those around them, as well as the next generation. Also includes 1847 and 1850 reviews, background materials on the Bröntes, modern criticism, a chronology, and a select bibliography
Jane Eyre : authoritative text, backgrounds, criticism by Charlotte Brontë ( Book )
10 editions published between 1971 and 1987 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wuthering Heights : authoritative text, backgrounds, criticism by Emily Brontë ( Book )
12 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An annotated edition complete with textual commentary, seventeen poems and selections from Emily Bronte's diary, and contemporary reviews of the novel
David Copperfield : an annotated bibliography by Richard J Dunn ( Book )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert B. Heilman : his life in letters by Robert Bechtold Heilman ( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Routledge literary sourcebook on Charles Dickens's David Copperfield ( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Copperfield : an annotated bibliography. Supplement I, 1981-1998 by Richard J Dunn ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jane Eyre : an authoritative text, contexts, criticism by Charlotte Brontë ( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wuthering Heights; an authoritative text with essays in criticism by Emily Brontë ( Book )
2 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cathy and Heathcliff recklessly pursue an impassioned affair
Charles Dickens's David Copperfield : a sourcebook ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The English novel : twentieth century criticism ( Book )
4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ( Book )
3 editions published between 1971 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Een jong meisje komt als gouvernante in een afgelegen huis waar veel spanning en geheimzinnigheid rond de bewoners heerst
The English novel : twentieth century criticism ( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1981-1998 by Richard J Dunn ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Copperfield, an annotated bibliography by Richard J Dunn ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Dunn, Richard John.
Dunn, Richard John, 1938-
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