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The English Novelista - a Survey of the Novel By Contemporary Novelists

By Derek Verschoyle

London: Chatto and Windus, 1936 An ex-library copy of this book. Withdrawn stamp. Name to ffep. 293 clean pages. Wear to the jacket edges. Good study copy.


Seventeenth - Century English Literature

By C. V. Wedgwood

U K: Oxford University Press - the Home University Library of Modern Knowledge, 1950 Very clean and bright tan cloth boards with a clear black title to the front and to the spine. The 186 pages are firm and clean. The jacket is complete, also bright and clean, Small sign of wear to the top of the spine, otherwise very good.


The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature
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The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature

By Michael Cox & R. A. Gilbert (editors) Walter Scott, Amelia B. Edwards, Le Fanu, F. Marion Crawford, Vernon Lee, Bram Stoker, E. Nesbit, Quiller-Couch, Henry James, H. G. Wells, W. W. Jacobs, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Oliver Onions, Barry Pain E

Oxford University Press, 2004 A new and unread copy of this book in stock now UK. 823 pages.


On Writing Horror - Revised Edition - a Handbook By the Horror Writers Association

By Mort Castle - Editor with Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, David Morrell, Jack Ketchum and Many Others of the Horror Writers Association (HWA)

Writer Digest Books, 2007 A new and unread copy of this book in stock now UK. 260 pages. - a book by the Horror Writers Association who have united to teach you the secrets of success in the scariest genre of all. This book includes exclusive information and guidance from 58 of the biggest names in horror writing to give you the inspiration you need. Comprehensive instruction includes - The art of crafting visceral violence from Jack Ketchum, Why horror classics are as scarry as ever from Robert Weinberg, Tips for avoiding one of the biggest death knells in horror writing - predictable cliches, from Ramsay Campbell and how to use character and setting to stretch the limits of credibility from Mort Castle. With this book you can unlock the mystery surrounding classic horror tradtions, revel in the art and craft of writing horror.


Shakespeare - Henry IV - Studies in English Literature

By Richard J. Beck

Edward Arnold An ex-library copy of this book. 72 clean pages. Library stamp. Rubbed-out price to the title page otherwise all the pages are unmarked. A good working copy.


Sacred Cows - a Portrait of Britain, Post - Rushdie, Pre - Utopia

By Fay Weldon

London: Chatto - Counter Blasts No. 4, 1989 A new and unread copy of this book. No creases. Tight,bright pages.


Restoration Drama - Etherege, Dryden, Wycherley, Otway, Congreve

By John E Cunningham

London: Evans Brothers Ltd - Literature in Perspective, 1966 Laminated covers with no creasing. 160 bright clean pages. Pencilled name to ffep. Illustrated. Very mild edgewear.


Stand - a Quarterly Review of Literature and the Arts - Volume Five - 1

By Jon Silkin, Gene Baro, with Samuel Beckett, Dan Jacobson, H. E. Rank, George Lamming, Joan Davies, Pablo Neruda, Donald Brook, David Mercer,

Leeds: Jon Silkin A good copy of this book. Covers 'dusty'. 64 clean pages. Owners name ripped from ffep in a small semi-circle. no date but cica 1961 - four new poems from Samuel Beckett


Stand Volume Four - 1

By Jon Silkin, - Editor with Vernon Watkins, Rudolf Nassauer, John Rex, Richard Church, D. W. Jefferson, T. W. Harrison, Arthur Jacobs, Dan Jacobson, Dannie Abse, Ross D. Waller, Helen Spalding

Leeds: Jon Silkin, 1956 An earlt edition of this review book. Cica 1956. 'dusty' covers. 48 pages with 'dusty' edges. Owners name ripped in a small semi-circle from ffep. Small stain to first three pages at the top of the page, not affecting the text.


Stand - a Quarterly Review of Literature and the Arts - Vol 4 - 4

By Jon Silkin, Gene Baro - Editors with Ivan Rowan, Richard Cook, David Mercer, Lamming, Allen Ginsberg, Thomas Blackburn, Pablo Neruda, Alan Sillitoe, T. W. Harrison, Bernard Bergonzi

Leeds: Jon Silkin A good copy of this book. 'dusty' covers. 56 clean pages. owners name ripped from ffep in a small semi-circle. No date but cica 1960


Stand -7 No 4

By Jon Silkin and Ken Smith with Isaac Babel, Antony Wood, Anselm Hollo, Martin Walser, Christopher Middleton, Hans Bender, to Youki, Peter Elfed Lewis, John Hall, Ewart Milne, Fred Marnau, Nicholas Lafitte, Raymond Williams, Raymond Hargreaves, Olive Newri

Leeds: Jon Silkin, 1965 Some edge wear to the covers. Covers 'dusty' Spine parting from binding for one inch. Owners name ripped from ffep. 78 clean pages. Last inner advert page seems to have been removed - not affecting text of book.


Stand - a Quarterly Review of Literature and the Arts - Volume Five - 3

By Jon Silkin, Gene Baro - Editors. - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Michael Hamburger, Alan Page, T. J. Brindley, Peter Redgrove, Luigi Pirandello, Robert Rietty, Ray Gosling, Ian Hamilton, Keith Sagar, Margaret Quick, Geoffrey Matthews

Leeds Stapled booklet with 'closed' tear to the spine up to the first staple. Small rough area to the top edge. Semi-circular 1 inch loss to ffep. Browning to inner cover, and to spine edge of back inner back cover. 64 clean pages. Black and white photographic illustrations. Reading copy. - This issue includes the first publication of a poem by Shelley, and selected poems by Conrad Aiken.


Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life

By Terry Brooks, with an Introduction By Elizabeth George

London: Simon and Schuster, 2003 197 pages. More than just a writing guide, Sometimes the Magic Works is Terry Brooks' self-portrait of the artist. Here are sketches of his midwestern boyhood, when comic books, radio serials, and a vivid imagination launched a lifelong passion for weaving tales of wonder; recollections of the fateful collaboration with legendary editor Lester Del Rey - an event that changed not only the author's life but the course of publishing history; and an eye-opening look at the ups and downs of dealing with Hollywood, gleaned while Brooks was writing official novels based on major movies by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.


Australian Women Writers: a Bibliographic Guide

By Debra Adelaide

London: Pandora Press, 1988 Mild crease to bottom left hand corner of back cover. 209 pages. This invaluable sourcebook outlines the lives and works of over 450 Australian women writers, and puts rare manuscript collections on the literary map for the first time. It brings to light novelists, short story writers, poets, playwrights, autobiographers, biographers, and non-fiction writers from the earliest days of white settlement to the present. It provides biographical information as well as comprehensive bibliographical details: complete listings of the authors' publications, biographical studies, the most recent and influential critical surveys of their work and maniscript locations. This book opens up a whole continent of women's writing for enthusiasts and curious readers alike. Arranged alphabetically for easy reference.


The Use of Imagination: Educational Thought and the Literary Mind

By William Walsh

London: Chatto and Windus, 1964 An excellent copy of this book. There is slight edge wear to the top of spine of the dust jacket, otherwise dj in excellent condition. "The greatest instrument of moral good," wrote Shelley, "is the imagination." In this original book Professor Walsh discusses the bearing of imaginative literature upon educational theory: he believes that liberal education, as opposed to merely academic or technical education, can only be achieved through the right use of imagination as an instrument. He reminds us of the valuable things Coleridge said about the child's mind, the moral world of childhood, and the education of teachers. He examines Keats' contribution to the training of the sensibility, and D. H. Lawrence's searching criticism of educational practice and assumption. There is much closely-attentive literary criticism here, but it is always directed towards the basic question - how best can we bring out the best in each of us? The Use of Imagination will be of particular interest to teachers whether in Universities, Colleges or Schools, and to student-teachers too; but it can be recommended to anyone interested in literary criticism.


The Freelance Writer's Handbook

By Paul Kerton

London: Ebury Press, 1986 A very good copy of this book. 144 clean white pages. The white jacket is also very good with one tiny crease to the top of the spine and is a little ' dusty ' to the back , but as it is now covered in mylar this is much less obvious. ----- This book is packed with information for anyone wishing to write. Practical advice on how to be successful - whether for newspapers , magazines , radio , TV , the movies , or in the fields of fiction , non-fiction and poetry.