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Primer, Irwin

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Works: 19 works in 53 publications in 3 languages and 1,451 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Controversial literature  Church history 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: BJ1520, 179.9
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Most widely held works by Irwin Primer
The fable of the bees: or, Private vices, publick benefits by Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
7 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Among the masterworks of Augustan England few can be said to anticipate our dilemmas of individual, social, economic and political morality more ably than Bernard Mandeville's Fable of the Bees. Much misunderstood by his Augustan contemporaries, many of whom declared his book pernicious, Mandeville turned his physician's eye upon his society's health, and found that it thrived everywhere upon individual corruptions. His analyses of the role of social ideals and personal impulses in human motivation are as stimulating today as they were in his time, and those who believe that the political morality of Machiavelli is still alive today cannot ignore the pungent social criticism of Mandeville, his kindred spirit"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Mandeville studies : new explorations in the art and thought of Dr. Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) by Irwin Primer ( Book )
10 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bernard Mandeville's "A modest defence of publick stews" prostitution and its discontents in early Georgian England by Phil-Porney ( )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In A Modest Defence of Publick Stews (1724) its reputed author Dr. Bernard Mandeville argues that the best solution to the problems of prostitution (with its related evils of venereal disease, infanticide and other crimes) is not to stamp it out (an impossibility) but to legalize it and regulate it under strict government supervision. This proposal seems serious enough, but Mandeville's satire, with bawdy humor and passages of deliberately faulty reasoning, calls into question the seriousness of this somewhat utopian project. In this first annotated edition, the editor reveals that this complex work often relies upon ancient Classical and Renaissance authors (Plato, Ovid, Martial, Shakespeare, Ariosto, Milton, Butler and especially Montaigne) and that it merits reconsideration as a work richer in literary values and vitality than most readers had previously imagined. It also remains very pertinent to our ongoing debates on prostitution and sexuality in this era of HIV and AIDS
Moral maxims by François La Rochefoucauld ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Every major author in the eighteenth century knew La Rochefoucauld's Maximes; Voltaire reported that the French knew these maxims by heart. Now, for the first time, scholars of Anglo-French literary relations can read each maxim in this period translation together with its French original. For added convenience, the editor has also supplied an appendix containing the authentic Rochefoucauld maxims that did not appear in the 1749 translation. That translation, which was preceded by at least five previous translations of this immensely popular work, became the dominant translation for the next hundred years. When it was superseded by more reliable and authoritative translations, it fell into disuse and neglect. Yet for us today, it has strong historical and literary significance because it was the first annotated translation of this work, and also because it was the first and perhaps only English translation in which the scattered maxims found in the duke's early editions were now rearranged alphabetically by topic. Dr. Primer's new annotations, together with his historical and biographical introduction and bibliography, contribute significantly to our understanding of the reception and translation history of the duke's single masterpiece." "In preparing his translation for an English audience, the anonymous translator made many references to English authors in his notes, among them More, Hobbes, Swift, and Milton. While he could also have used a variety of French comments on the duke's maximes as well, he deliberately chose to cater to his English readers by emphasizing English parallels and classical sources. In his introduction, Dr. Primer reviews the translation history of the duke's maxims and finds that some of the main characteristics of this translation were borrowed from the posthumously published French edition prepared by the Sieur Abraham-Nicholas Amelot de la Houssaye, whose presence in this edition is visible from time to time. The anonymous translator of selections from Amelot's edition adopted a more colloquial style than is generally associated with La Rochefoucauld's maxims; he also turns out to be significant not only as a translator but also as a reinterpreter of the central moral issue in the entire book. Most readers, including Jonathan Swift, had taken the duke's position on human nature to be the same as Hobbes's (stressing the human being's selfishness or natural egoism), but the translator/annotator finds that the duke's message is not inconsistent with the more positive view of human nature found in Lord Shaftesbury and in the poetry of Pope."--Jacket
Free thoughts on religion, the Church & national happiness by Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
5 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This new edition of Free Thoughts is prefaced by a lengthy and informative introduction by Irwin Primer, who recreates not only the literary, political, and religious atmosphere surrounding Mandeville, but also the controversies that surrounded his writing in mid-eighteenth-century England. Primer includes textual notes on the first and second editions of this classic work. To understand Mandeville's Free Thoughts, one needs to situate it within the context of the religious and political controversies, ongoing subversion, fear and dormant warfare of his times. Those would eventually erupt again and for the last time in the bloody Jacobite rebellion of 1745-46."--BOOK JACKET
A modest defence of publick stews, or An essay upon whoring as it is now practis'd in these kingdoms ... by Phil-Porney ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Has also been attributed to George Ogle. The author uses the pseudonym Phil-Porney in the dedication in another 1724 ed. with title: A modest defence of publick stews, or, An essay upon whoring, as it is now practis'd in these kingdoms. Cf. BLC to 1975
Seneca unmasqued : a bilingual edition of Aphra Behn's translation of La Rochefoucauld's Maximes by François La Rochefoucauld ( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collected works of Bernard Mandeville by Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
5 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Imogen, a pastoral romance from the ancient British by William Godwin ( Book )
1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mandeville studies : new explorations in the art and thought of Dr. Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collected works ... Facsimile editions prepared by Bernhard Fabian and Irwin Primer. vol. 2, etc. by Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mandeville studies : new ecploration in the art and thought of dr. Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) by Irwin Primer ( Book )
1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mandeville Studies : New Explorations in the Art and Though of Dr Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) ( Book )
1 edition published in 1975 in Dutch and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The fable of the bees : Part II (1729) by Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Fable of the bees Private vices, publick benefits by Bernard Mandeville ( )
1 edition published in 1962 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A treatise of the hypochondriack and hysterick diseases 1730 by Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
An enquiry into the origin of honour and the usefulness of Christianity in war by Bernard Mandeville ( Book )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Erasmus and Bernard Mandeville: a reconsideration by Irwin Primer ( )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mandeville Studies ( Book )
1 edition published in 1975 in Undetermined and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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