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Hastings, Selina

Overview
Works: 91 works in 363 publications in 7 languages and 13,626 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Juvenile works  Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folklore  Legends  Romances  Fairy tales  History 
Roles: Creator, Adapter, Other, Author of introduction, Editor, Collector
Classifications: PR1872, 821.1
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Selina Hastings
Publications by Selina Hastings
Most widely held works by Selina Hastings
The Children's illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings( Book )
46 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,866 libraries worldwide
The best-loved stories of the Old and New Testaments are retold and brought to life with vivid and finely detailed illustrations
Sir Gawain and the loathly lady by Selina Hastings( Book )
22 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,752 libraries worldwide
After a horrible hag saves King Arthur's life by answering a riddle, Sir Gawain agrees to marry her and thus releases her from an evil enchantment
Evelyn Waugh : a biography by Selina Hastings( Book )
18 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,500 libraries worldwide
"One of the foremost writers of our time, Evelyn Waugh was also one of its most extraordinary eccentrics, with a life full of comedy and conflict. Selina Hastings, who was granted unrestricted access to his personal papers by Waugh's family, has uncovered a wealth of new material in her eight years of research for this volume. Letters, diaries, and family photographs shed new light on Waugh's childhood, his affairs at Oxford, his ill-fated first marriage and subsequent romantic adventures, his World War II military service, and his enduring but thorny friendships with such notable figures as Diana Cooper, Ann Fleming, and Nancy Mitford." "Perceptive, fascinating, by turns hilarious and tragic, Hastings' portrait gives us Waugh's glittering social life at Oxford, where he was a friend of Harold Acton, Cyril Connolly, Anthony Powell, and Alastair Graham, the inspiration for Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited. Waugh then followed a diverse career as schoolmaster, world traveler, war correspondent, and, as a novelist, one of the brightest lights of Britain's fashionable society. Here in intimate detail are the collapse of Waugh's first marriage and his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church, his second marriage and ambivalence about family life, and the social milieu satirized in such classics as Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, and A Handful of Dust. Here is Evelyn Waugh in all his extremes, brought brilliantly to life in a thoroughly entertaining biography."--BOOK JACKET
The secret lives of Somerset Maugham : a biography by Selina Hastings( Book )
16 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,341 libraries worldwide
He was a brilliant teller of tales, one of the most widely read authors of the twentieth century, and at one time the most famous writer in the world, yet W. Somerset Maugham's own true story has never been fully told. At last, the fascinating truth is revealed in a landmark biography by the award-winning writer Selina Hastings. Granted unprecedented access to Maugham's personal correspondence and to newly uncovered interviews with his only child, Hastings portrays the secret loves, betrayals, integrity, and passion that inspired Maugham to create such classics as The Razor's Edge and Of Human Bondage. Hastings vividly presents Maugham's lonely childhood spent with unloving relatives after the death of his parents, a trauma that resulted in shyness, a stammer, and for the rest of his life an urgent need for physical tenderness. Here, too, are his adult triumphs on the stage and page, works that allowed him a glittering social life in which he befriended and sometimes fell out with such luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Charlie Chaplin, D. H. Lawrence, and Winston Churchill. The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham portrays in full for the first time Maugham's disastrous marriage to Syrie Wellcome, a manipulative society woman of dubious morality who trapped Maugham with a pregnancy and an attempted suicide. Hastings also explores Maugham's many affairs with men, including his great love, Gerald Haxton, an alcoholic charmer and a cad. Maugham's courageous work in secret intelligence during two world wars is described in fascinating detail'experiences that provided the inspiration for the groundbreaking Ashenden stories. From the West End to Broadway, from China to the South Pacific, Maugham's restless and remarkably productive life is thrillingly recounted as Hastings uncovers the real stories behind such classics as "Rain," The Painted Veil, Cakes & Ale, and other well-known tales. An epic biography of a hugely talented and hugely conflicted man, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham is the definitive account of Maugham's extraordinary life. From the Hardcover edition
Nancy Mitford : a biography by Selina Hastings( Book )
26 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 959 libraries worldwide
Nancy Mitford's life was as glamorous and as dramatic as her most famous novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic, a great tease, and an acute observer of upper-class English idiosyncrasies. With the publication of her comic novels, based in part on her eccentric family, she became a huge bestseller and household name. An inspired letter writer, she wrote almost daily to a wide variety of correspondents, among them Evelyn Waugh, Harold Acton, John Betjeman, and, of course, her famous sisters. Noted biographer Selina Hastings captures the gaiety and frivolity as well as the unhappy truth of Nancy Mitford's life: her failed marriage and her long, unfulfilled relationship with her dashing but unfaithful French lover contrasting sharply with literary celebrity and glittering social success. Hastings has written a biography that is as superbly entertaining and clear-eyed as the unforgettable novels that are its subject's lasting claim to fame
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Selina Hastings( Book )
13 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and French and held by 916 libraries worldwide
Retells the story of Gawain's quest for the Green Chapel and his puzzling encounters with Sir Bercilak and his lady
Reynard, the fox by Selina Hastings( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 654 libraries worldwide
A retelling of the various adventures and schemes of the lying, cheating, and cowardly Reynard
The firebird by Selina Hastings( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 541 libraries worldwide
A retelling of the Russian tale in which a young huntsman and his wise and magical horse are ordered by the king to undertake a series of increasingly difficult tasks
Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 514 libraries worldwide
An illustrated retelling of seven of the Canterbury Tales including the "The Nun's Priest's Tale," "The Pardoner's Tale, " "The Wife of Bath's Tale, " "The Franklin's Tale, " "The Knight's Tale, " "The Miller's Tale, " and "The Reeve's Tale."
Peter and the wolf by Sergey Prokofiev( Book )
7 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in English and held by 468 libraries worldwide
Retells the orchestral fairy tale of the boy who, ignoring his grandfather's warnings, proceeds to capture a wolf
The singing ringing tree by Selina Hastings( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 391 libraries worldwide
A prince seeks the Singing Ringing Tree to please a vain and selfish princess so she will marry him, but the quest is dangerous and results in great misery for both before true love puts everything to rights
The illustrated Jewish Bible for children by Selina Hastings( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 380 libraries worldwide
Retells thirteen Old Testament stories, including "The Creation," "Joseph and His Brothers," "King Solomon's Judgement," and "Jonah and the Great Fish."
The man who wanted to live forever by Selina Hastings( Book )
5 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
A man who wants to live forever manages to hold out for several hundred years, but Death eventually tricks him into going away with him
Rosamond Lehmann by Selina Hastings( Book )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 334 libraries worldwide
The birth of Jesus : and other Bible stories by Selina Hastings( Book )
13 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 306 libraries worldwide
Contains Bible stories taken from the New Testament, including events from Jesus' life as well as some well-known parables
The miracles of Jesus : and other Bible stories by Selina Hastings( Book )
10 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 293 libraries worldwide
Selected well-loved stories are retold for children in clear, lively language
David & Goliath : and other Bible stories by Selina Hastings( Book )
9 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 278 libraries worldwide
Noah's ark : and other Bible stories by Selina Hastings( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 270 libraries worldwide
A selection from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer by Selina Hastings( Book )
4 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 199 libraries worldwide
De bijbel voor jongeren : verhalen en feiten in woord en beeld by Selina Hastings( Book )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in Undetermined and Dutch and held by 69 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Hastings, S. (Selina)
הייסטינגס, סלינה
ヘイスティングス, セリナ
Languages
English (187)
French (12)
German (10)
Spanish (5)
Italian (3)
Swedish (2)
Dutch (2)
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