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Osborne, Charles 1927-

Overview
Works: 146 works in 725 publications in 16 languages and 31,417 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Stories, plots, etc  Bio-bibliography  Biography‡vDictionaries  Humor  Records and correspondence  History  Detective and mystery stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Adapter, Commentator, Creator, Author of introduction, Author of screenplay, Translator
Classifications: PR6065.S15, 823.914
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Publications about Charles Osborne
Publications by Charles Osborne
Most widely held works about Charles Osborne
 
Most widely held works by Charles Osborne
Black coffee : a Hercule Poirot novel by Charles Osborne( Book )
73 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 12 languages and held by 3,048 libraries worldwide
A novel based on a 1930s play in which detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a British scientist and the theft of his formula for an atomic explosive. Suspects range from his son, heavily in debt, to an Italian lady spy
The unexpected guest : a mystery by Charles Osborne( Book )
55 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in 10 languages and held by 2,946 libraries worldwide
A motorist whose car broke down seeks assistance in a nearby house, only to find its owner shot in a wheelchair. When the wife confesses, he offers to help cover the crime. A novelization of a play
Spider's web by Charles Osborne( Book )
39 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,205 libraries worldwide
Osborne completes his homage to Christie with this third and final adaptation of an original Christie play, following Black Coffee (1998) and The Unexpected Guest (1999). Though the play was written in 1954, the story suffers little from the passage of time, and aside from the static setting, reads well as a novel. Christie's exquisite timing and clever sleight-of-mind tricks are a delight, while Osborne has the good sense not to embroider the tale. A typical closed cast of characters occupies the temporary country home of Henry and Clarissa Hailsham-Brown: the seemingly scatterbrained Clarissa; her stepdaughter, Pippa; the odious Oliver Costello, who has married Pippa's mother; Sir Rowland Delahaye, Clarissa's godfather and a man of honor; an outspoken gardener; a butler; a cook; and Inspector Lord, the rather diffident policeman. When Clarissa discovers a body in the drawing room, she decides that it mustn't be found there. Her plans to dispose of the body are interrupted by the arrival of a rather diffident policeman, Inspector Lord, who has come to check out an anonymous tip that a murder has been committed
The life and crimes of Agatha Christie by Charles Osborne( Book )
44 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 1,861 libraries worldwide
Describes the life of Agatha Christie, as well as the lives of some of her famous fictional characters, with authoritive information on each of her works and its contemporary critical reception
The opera lover's companion by Charles Osborne( file )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,587 libraries worldwide
This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover. Written by a well-known authority, the book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer's career, outline the plot, discuss the music, and give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, and the most famous and influential interpreters of the principal roles. In addition, the entries recount details of the first performance and subsequent performance history and provide guidance on the relative quality of available recordings. Aimed at opera lovers and committed newcomers rather than specialists, The Opera-Lover's Companion does not set out to cover every opera but only those most frequently encountered in opera houses or on recordings. Although the book is dominated by the five great opera composers--Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Strauss--fifty-eight other composers are also represented. It is always more pleasurable to go to the opera with a knowledgeable and experienced companion. If you can't, you'll want to take this book
W.H. Auden : the life of a poet by Charles Osborne( Book )
39 editions published between 1979 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,579 libraries worldwide
Auden's career as writer and teacher, his relationships with other writers and his travels to other countries and the U.S.A
The complete operas of Puccini : a critical guide by Charles Osborne( Book )
12 editions published between 1981 and 1990 in English and held by 1,227 libraries worldwide
The complete operas of Mozart : a critical guide by Charles Osborne( Book )
22 editions published between 1978 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,134 libraries worldwide
This detailed study covers both the great masterpieces and the lesser-known works, incorporating biographical background, accounts of first performances, and close analysis of both the music and the librettos
Wagner and his world by Charles Osborne( Book )
12 editions published between 1977 and 1988 in English and Spanish and held by 1,067 libraries worldwide
Schubert and his Vienna by Charles Osborne( Book )
11 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,034 libraries worldwide
Verdi : a life in the theatre by Charles Osborne( Book )
11 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 1,027 libraries worldwide
Carries Giuseppe Verdi, the musical and theatrical genius whose operas are the most popular of all time, from his humble beginnings through his youthful struggles and mature triumphs, to his acclaimed old age as the national hero of Italian music
The Dictionary of composers ( Book )
28 editions published between 1977 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 994 libraries worldwide
The complete operas of Richard Strauss by Charles Osborne( Book )
17 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 898 libraries worldwide
The complete operas of Richard Wagner by Charles Osborne( Book )
12 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 814 libraries worldwide
Fifty works of English and American literature we could do without by Brigid Brophy( Book )
12 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 752 libraries worldwide
"Why pick on 'Hamlet' when there are so many other 'classics' which deserve deflation?" This question is answered in the authors' introductory note - "We haven't bothered with stuffed owls ... All the works dealt with are revered or treated as required reading" - and in the essay on "Hamlet" and forty-nine other supposed masterpieces. Most people have at some time put up with the boring, the pretentious and the badly wirtten because they have been taught reverence for "classics". The authors claim that their fifty "victims" have been overpraised for so long that the massice critical reputation surrounding each constitutes a serious obstacle blocking approaches to other greater works. The purpose of their book is to re-open these approaches
The bel canto operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini by Charles Osborne( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 707 libraries worldwide
Includes all the operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, describing the circumstances of each opera's first performance, discussing the libretto, outlining the plot, and giving an analysis of the music
Letters of Giuseppe Verdi by Giuseppe Verdi( Book )
5 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 677 libraries worldwide
The world theatre of Wagner : a celebration of 150 years of Wagner productions by Charles Osborne( Book )
4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 663 libraries worldwide
Wagner writes from Paris: stories, essays, and articles by the young composer by Richard Wagner( Book )
3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 658 libraries worldwide
The concert song companion : a guide to the classical repertoire by Charles Osborne( Book )
5 editions published between 1974 and 1985 in English and held by 564 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Osborne, C.
Osborne, Charles Thomas
Osborne, Charles Thomas 1927-
Ozubōn, Chāruzu 1927-
تشارلز أوزبورن، 1927-
オズボーン, チャールズ
Languages
English (354)
Spanish (11)
French (10)
German (7)
Polish (7)
Japanese (6)
Italian (5)
Dutch (4)
Danish (2)
Finnish (2)
Turkish (2)
Portuguese (2)
Hungarian (2)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (1)
Latin (1)
Russian (1)
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