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Womersley, David

Overview
Works: 52 works in 257 publications in 2 languages and 8,552 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satire  Juvenile works  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fantasy fiction  Records and correspondence  Essays  Biography  Voyages, Imaginary 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR3724, 823.5
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Womersley
A companion to literature from Milton to Blake( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
The transformation of The decline and fall of the Roman Empire by David Womersley( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Womersley's book investigates Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as both a work of literature and a work of history, examining its style and irony, tracing its classical and French sources, and highlighting the importance of its composition in three instalments over a period of twenty years. Dr Womersley discusses each of these instalments in detail, plotting the work's transformation from conception to completion, and relating this to the achievements and limitations of the philosophic historiography which Gibbon inherited from Montesquieu and Hume, but finally discarded. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire emerges from this study as a work more flexible in its sympathies and surprising in its judgements than has hitherto been granted, while the magnitude of Gibbon's achievement as a stylist, historian and thinker is brought into sharper focus
Liberty and American experience in the eighteenth century( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Liberty and American Experience in the Eighteenth Century presents new essays on central themes of the American Founding period by some of today's preeminent scholars of American history." "In ten essays, these writers explore various specific aspects of the zeitgeist, among them Burke's theories on property rights and government, the relations between religious and legal understandings of liberty, the significance of Protestant beliefs on the founding, the economic background to the Founders' thought on governance, moral sense theory contrasted with natural rights, and divisions of thought on the nature of liberty and how it was to be preserved."--Jacket
The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new critical edition, complete & unmodernized. Contains variants, & comments & notes by Gibbon, plus his famous Vindication. Also includes description of the development of the work within the framework of Gibbon's life & the culture of the era
Restoration drama : an anthology by David Womersley( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire compresses thirteen turbulent centuries into an epic narrative shot through with insight, irony and incisive character analysis." "Famously sceptical about Christianity, unexpectedly sympathetic to the barbarian invaders and the Byzantine Empire, constantly aware of how political leaders often achieve the exact opposite of what they intend, Gibbon was alert to both the broad pattern of events and the significant revealing detail. Attacked for its enlightened views on politics, sexuality and religion, the first volume was none the less soon to be found 'on every table' and was widely acclaimed for the elegance of its prose. Gripping, powerfully intelligent and wonderfully entertaining, it is the greatest work of history in the English language, and ranks as one of the literary masterpieces of its age." "This abridgement is based on David Womersley's three-volume Penguin Classics edition of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Complete chapters from all three volumes, linked by extended bridging passages, capture the style, the argument and the architecture of the whole work."--Jacket
Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City' : the historian and his reputation, 1776-1815 by David Womersley( Book )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gibbon was unabashed in acknowledging that his career as an historian was fuelled by a desire for fame, and the success of The Decline and Fall indeed furnished him with 'a name, a rank, a character, in the World' to which he would not otherwise have been entitled. Eventually this public reputation was pleasing to him, and nourished his innocent vanity. Initially, however, it was a reputation he resented, and was determined to resist. In particular, the denunciation by the spokesmen for religious orthodoxy of Gibbon's treatment of Christianity was (so Gibbon contended) a vicious misrepresentation."
Gulliver's travels: an authoritative text, the correspondence of Swift, Pope's verses on Gulliver's travels [and] critical essays by Jonathan Swift( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gulliver's Travels is one of the few works of English literature which is also a landmark in world literature. Jonathan Swift's account of Lemuel Gulliver's adventures in the fantastical societies of 'remote nations' was an instant best-seller on publication in 1726 and has remained in the public imagination ever since, as both a satiric fantasy and an analysis of the human condition. This scholarly edition offers an authoritative text, based on the widest possible historical collation of the many editions published in Swift's lifetime; a detailed introduction and textual apparatus; and appendices and illustrations presenting important ancillary material with new clarity. Extensive notes and commentary open out the many layers of meaning and allusion in the text, identify new sources and parallels and offer wide-ranging historical background information. An important addition to the Cambridge Swift Edition, this volume will be indispensable for scholars and students of eighteenth-century literature and ideas."--Publisher's website
Edward Gibbon : bicentenary essays( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and French and held by 237 WorldCat member 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 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
Divinity and state by David Womersley( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
Selected essays by Samuel Johnson( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Augustan critical writing( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member 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 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious scepticism : contemporary responses to Gibbon( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The excellencie of a free-state : or, The right constitution of a commonwealth by Marchamont Nedham( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in defence of the Commonwealth versus the king
James II : the last Catholic King by David Womersley( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The short, action-packed reign of James II (1685-88) is generally seen as one of the most catastrophic in British history. James managed, despite having access to tremendous reserves of good will and deference, to so alienate his supporters that he had to flee for his life. And yet, most of that life was spent not as king but first as heir to Charles II, as Duke of York (after whom New York is named) and then in the last part of his life as the first Jacobite 'Pretender', starting a problem that would haunt Britain's rulers for generations. - Publisher
The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A companion to literature from Milton to Blake
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English (178)

French (1)

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The transformation of The decline and fall of the Roman EmpireLiberty and American experience in the eighteenth centuryThe history of the decline and fall of the Roman EmpireRestoration drama : an anthologyThe history of the decline and fall of the Roman EmpireGibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City' : the historian and his reputation, 1776-1815"Cultures of Whiggism" : new essays on English literature and culture in the long eighteenth centuryDivinity and state