The Consummate Collector: William Beckford's Letters to his Bookseller


Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning


Sabine Baring-Gould: The Life and Work of a Complete Victorian


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The Consummate Collector: William Beckford's Letters to his Bookseller

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This collection of over 350 letters written by William Beckford to his bookseller George Clarke over the years 1830 to 1834, gives a vivid picture of the insatiable connoisseur in the act of gathering the books and prints that ultimately became part of the library of the Duke of Hamilton, sold in 1882.

This correspondence, with the addition of Clarke’s own letters to Beckford, constitutes the most complete documentary record of Beckford’s collecting habits and literary pursuits in existence. They are significant as historical documents that guide the reader into the golden age of the London book trade with its array of wealthy collectors, publishing houses, auction firms, book and print dealers. They also shed light on the negotiations with the publisher Richard Bentley for the publication of Italy; with Sketches of Spain and Portugal and trace the anxiety Beckford experienced in his fruitless efforts to sell the Episodes of Vathek.

The editor's explanatory notes are comprehensive, revealing Beckford's enthusiasms and the fury of his attack against competitors in the field. The Consummate Collector will be warmly received by bibliophiles, historians, and readers interested in one of the most fascinating men of his time.

THE AUTHOR

Robert J. Gemmett, Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York, is an acknowledged expert on the life and works of William Beckford. He is the author of William Beckford, a critical study of his literary works, and Beckford’s Fonthill The Rise of a Romantic Icon. He has also published editions of Beckford’s Biographical Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters, Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents, Modern Novel Writing and Azemia and edited volume 3 of Sale Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent Persons, devoted to Beckford’s book sales.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 35 b/w and colour engravings and illustrations

 

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Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning

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Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning is part memoir, part biography focusing on the fifteen months that Sylvia Plath lived in North Tawton, Devon from September 1961 to December 1962. This was an extraordinary time for Plath as she finished the proofs on her first novel "The Bell Jar" and in the autumn of 1962 produced most of her dazzling Ariel poems. Elizabeth Sigmund recalls the year of her friendship with Plath from their first meeting drinking tea to attending music concerts together. Gail Crowther considers the impact Plath's domestic life had on her creative work during this period drawing for the first time on unpublished letters, documents and previously unseen resources from a wide range of archives in the UK, US and Canada. What emerges is a unique and industrious picture of Plath as she settled into town life forging new friendships, giving birth to her second child, decorating her new home and producing some of the most memorable and powerful poetry of the 20th century.

THE AUTHORS

Elizabeth Sigmund is co-ordinator of the Organophosphate Information Network and has been involved with the Working Party on Chemical and Biological Weapons since the mid-1960s. For this work she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Plymouth in 2001. She is author of Rage Against the Dying published by Pluto Press.

Gail Crowther was awarded her PhD from Lancaster University in 2010 for her thesis The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath. She has lectured in Sociology at Lancaster University and Social Science for the Open University. Her current research interests include archival studies and feminist life writing.

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Dimensions: 235 x 165 mm
Binding: paperback
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 11 colour photographs

 

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Sabine Baring-Gould: The Life and Work of a Complete Victorian

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Sabine Baring-Gould was one of the most remarkable Englishmen of the Victorian Age. Born as the heir to an estate in Devon, he received an erratic education travelling on the continent. Eventually he became a clergyman, and when thirty he married an eighteen year old mill girl, and act which attracted national interest and comment.

Over the next sixty years he became famous as a pioneer archaeologist, the first collector of West Country folk music, composer of hymns, a writer on theology - he was extremely critical of his Church - and one of the most popular novelists of the day. As well as this staggering output, he ran his large estate with compassion, and as if to cement his Victorian credentials he and Grace had fifteen children. He died in 1924 aged eighty nine. This biography analyses in detail his extraordinary life and work, especially his literary output, and draws a picture of a great character. It is high time we were reminded of a major figure in Victorian England.

THE AUTHOR

Professor J. E. (Teddy) Thomas is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford, London, York and Nottingham (D.Litt.) During his time at Nottingham he was Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, Dean of Education and Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor. He was elected Fellow of the Japan for the Promotion of Science. He has written fourteen books, contributed to several others and written many articles on the history of Japan, Wales, Education, and Penal Systems. He lives in Nottinghamshire.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 304 pages
Illustrations: 36 black-and-white photographs



 

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