Most widely held works by David Womersley
The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon ( Book )
28 editions published between 1938 and 2005 in English and French and held by 606 libraries worldwide
A companion to literature from Milton to Blake ( Book )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 435 libraries worldwide
"The Companion is composed of over fifty contributions from leading scholars in the field. These essays offer students a comprehensive and accessible survey of the field from a wide range of perspectives, but also give researchers and faculty the opportunity to update their acquaintance with new critical and scholarly work." "The volume meets the needs of an intellectual world increasingly given over to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary study by covering philosophical, political, cultural and historical, as well as literary, writing. Unlike other similar volumes, the main body of the Companion consists of readings of individual texts, both those commonly and less commonly studied."--BOOK JACKET.
The transformation of The decline and fall of the Roman Empire by David Womersley ( Book )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 408 libraries worldwide
Liberty and American experience in the eighteenth century ( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 356 libraries worldwide
Restoration drama : an anthology ( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 316 libraries worldwide
Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City' : the historian and his reputation, 1776-1815 by David Womersley ( Book )
7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 271 libraries worldwide
Cultures of Whiggism" : new essays on English literature and culture in the long eighteenth century ( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
In the preface to his edition of Shakespeare, Alexander Pope noted that his age was one of "Parties, both in Wit and State." Much scholarship has been devoted to the complexities of the political parties of the eighteenth century, but there has been a surprising reluctance to explore what Pope implied were the corollaries of those parties, namely, parties in literature. The essays collected here explore the literary culture that arose from and supported what Pitt the Elder referred to as the "great spirit of Whiggism" that animated English politics during the eighteenth century. From the prehistory of Whiggism in the court of Charles II to the fractures opened up within it by the French Revolution in the 1790s, the interactions between Whiggish politics and literature are sampled and described in groundbreaking essays that range widely across the fields of eighteenth-century political prose, poetry, and the novel.
Edward Gibbon : bicentenary essays ( Book )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and French and held by 219 libraries worldwide
Divinity and state by David Womersley ( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
"In 1589 the Privy Council encouraged the Archbishop of Canterbury to take steps to control the theatres, which had offended authority by putting on plays which addressed 'certen matters of Divinytie and of State unfitt to be suffred'." "How had questions of divinity and state become entangled? The Reformation had invested the English Crown with supremacy over the Church, and religious belief had thus been transformed into a political statement. In the plentiful chronicle literature of the sixteenth century, questions of monarchical legitimacy and religious orthodoxy became intertwined as a consequence of the demand for a usable national past created by the high political developments of the 1530s. Divinity and State explores the ramifications of these events in the English historiography and historical drama of the sixteenth century."--BOOK JACKET.
Selected essays by Samuel Johnson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 181 libraries worldwide
"With his wit, eloquence and shrewd perception of contemporary morals, Samuel Johnson was the most versatile of Augustan writers. His dictionary, dramas and poetry established his reputation, but it was the essays published in The Rambler, The Adventurer and The Idler that demonstrated the range of his talent. Tackling ethical questions such as the importance of self-knowledge, awareness of mortality, the role of the novel, and, in a lighter vein, marriage, sleep and deceit, these brilliant and thought-provoking essays are a mirror of the time in which they were written and a testament to Johnson's stature as the leading man of letters of his age." "This new edition contains a broad selection of essays presenting both the forcefully argued moral pieces of Johnson's middle years and the more light-hearted essays of his later work. The introduction places the works in their historical and literary context, and there is also a chronology of Johnson's life and times."--BOOK JACKET.
A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful : and other pre-revolutionary writings by Edmund Burke ( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 177 libraries worldwide
Edmund Burke was one of the foremost philosophers of the eighteenth century and wrote widely on aesthetics, politics and society. In this landmark work, he propounds his theory that the sublime and the beautiful should be regarded as distinct and wholly separate states - the first an experience inspired by fear and awe, the second an expression of pleasure and serenity. [This book] is an involving account of our sensory, imaginative and judgmental processes and their relation to artistic appreciation. Burke's work was hugely influential on his contemporaries and also admired by later writers such as Matthew Arnold and William Wordsworth. This volume also contains several of his early political works on subjects including natural society, government and the American colonies, which illustrate his liberal, humane views. -Back cover.
Augustan critical writing ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 152 libraries worldwide
Literary milieux : essays in text and context presented to Howard Erskine-Hill ( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 132 libraries worldwide
Religious scepticism : contemporary responses to Gibbon ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
The life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 85 libraries worldwide
Regarded as one of the finest literary biographies ever published, this book reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities, and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature. This edition collates and corrects the textual inaccuracies of previous versions, returning to the original manuscript in order to present a definitive edition of this landmark text.
A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful and other pre-revolutionary writings by Edmund Burke ( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
"A classic of modern aesthetics, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful remains both influential and engaging." "From the awesome thrill of the sublime to the delightful perfection of the beautiful, Edmund Burke (1729-97) gives an involving account of our sensory, imaginative and judgemental process and its relation to artistic pleasure. This edition also includes several of Burke's early political works which illustrate that, despite his later opposition to the Revolution in France, he took a liberal and humane view of society and government." "This authoritative edition has securely established texts, and, in his illuminating Introduction, David Womersley clearly reveals the cross-pollination of Burke's aesthetic and political thinking: the power exercised by art and the art of exercising power."--BOOK JACKET.
Reflections on the fall of Rome by Edward Gibbon ( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Edward Gibbon bicentenary essays ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Selected essays by Samuel Johnson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Restoration comedy : with texts taken from Restoration drama: an anthology ( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Aesthetics Apologetics Augustus,--Emperor of Rome,--63 B.C.-14 A.D Authors, English Biography Byzantine Empire Church and state Civil rights Criticism Criticism, interpretation, etc. Early works England English drama (Comedy) English drama--Restoration English essays English literature English literature--Early modern English literature--Roman influences English prose literature English prose literature--Early modern Erskine-Hill, Howard Gibbon, Edward,--1737-1794 Great Britain Historians Historiography History History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire (Gibbon, Edward) Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) Intellectual life Johnson, Samuel,--1709-1784 Liberty Li shi (Title) Literature Literature and society Literature--Theory, etc. Philosophy Political science Politics and literature Pope, Alexander,--1688-1744 Reformation Religion Religion and drama Religion and literature Republicanism Rome Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616 Sublime, The United States Whig Party (Great Britain) Wordsworth, William,--1770-1850