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The House of Fiction

The House of Fiction

From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in Literature and Life

  • Author: Phyllis Richardson
  • Publisher: Unbound Publishing
  • ISBN: 1783523816
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 480
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Houses in literature have captured readers’ imaginations for centuries, from Gothic castles to Georgian stately homes, Bloomsbury townhouses and high-rise penthouses. Step on to a tour of real and imagined houses that great English writers have used to reflect the themes of their novels... houses that became like characters themselves, embodiments of the social and historical currents of their time. Phyllis Richardson takes us on a journey through history to discover how authors’ personal experiences in their homes helped to shape the imaginative dwellings that have become icons of English literature: Virginia Woolf’s love of Talland House in Cornwall is palpable in To the Lighthouse, just as London’s Bloomsbury is ever-present in Mrs Dalloway. E.M. Forster’s childhood home at Rook’s Nest mirrors the idyllic charm of Howards End. Evelyn Waugh plotted Charles Ryder’s return to Brideshead while a guest at Madresfield. Jane Austen was no stranger to a manor house or a good ballroom. And Horace Walpole’s ‘little Gothic castle’ in Twickenham inspired him to write the first English Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. But the English country house, from the idyllic to the unloved, is also viewed through a modern lens – Kazuo Ishiguro’s Darlington Hall, Ian McEwan’s Tallis House, Alan Hollinghurts’s Two Acres. Using historic sources, authors’ biographies, letters, news accounts, and the novels themselves, The House of Fiction presents some of the most influential houses in Britain through the stories they inspired, while offering candid glimpses of the writers who brought them to life.

Literary Wonderlands

Literary Wonderlands

A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
  • ISBN: 0316547735
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 320
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A glorious collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms. Literary Wonderlands is a thoroughly researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully produced book that spans four thousand years of creative endeavor. From Spenser's The Fairie Queene to Wells's The Time Machine to Murakami's 1Q84 it explores the timeless and captivating features of fiction's imagined worlds including the relevance of the writer's own life to the creation of the story, influential contemporary events and philosophies, and the meaning that can be extracted from the details of the work. Each piece includes a detailed overview of the plot and a "Dramatis Personae." Literary Wonderlands is a fascinating read for lovers of literature, fantasy, and science fiction. Laura Miller is the book's general editor. Co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked as an editor and writer for 20 years, she is currently a books and culture columnist at Slate. A journalist and a critic, her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the "Last Word" column for two years. She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia and editor of the Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors.

Nano House

Nano House

Innovations for Small Dwellings

  • Author: Phyllis Richardson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780500342732
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 224
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Presents forty examples of innovative, efficient, and environmentally responsible homes with less than 650 square feet of living space.

The World Broke in Two

The World Broke in Two

Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and the Year That Changed Literature

  • Author: Bill Goldstein
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 1627795294
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
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A Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR's Book Concierge A revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence, make over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. The literary ground is shifting, as Ulysses is published in February and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time begins to be published in England in the autumn. Yet, dismal as their prospects seemed in January, by the end of the year Woolf has started Mrs. Dalloway, Forster has, for the first time in nearly a decade, returned to work on the novel that will become A Passage to India, Lawrence has written Kangaroo, his unjustly neglected and most autobiographical novel, and Eliot has finished—and published to acclaim—“The Waste Land." As Willa Cather put it, “The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts,” and what these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. Based on original research, Bill Goldstein's The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness.

Gainsborough

Gainsborough

A Portrait

  • Author: James Hamilton
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • ISBN: 1474600530
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today. In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace. There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

XS

XS

Big Ideas, Small Buildings

  • Author: Phyllis Richardson
  • Publisher: Universe Pub
  • ISBN: 9780789306425
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 223
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This book is the celebration of small buildings, those unexpected structures that make us momentarily pause to ponder their meaning, or our own meaning, or simply to appreciate the elegance of their creation. From the spectrum of functions and styles of these structures, it is clear that size imposes no limits on creativity, and utility is no constraint to beauty. Thinking small is a wonderfully constructive exercise.

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

  • Author: Helena Kelly
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 1524732117
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how subversive and daring--how truly radical--a writer she was. In this fascinating, revelatory work, Helena Kelly--dazzling Jane Austen authority--looks past the grand houses, the pretty young women, past the demure drawing room dramas and witty commentary on the narrow social worlds of her time that became the hallmark of Austen's work to bring to light the serious, ambitious, deeply subversive nature of this beloved writer. Kelly illuminates the radical subjects--slavery, poverty, feminism, the Church, evolution, among them--considered treasonous at the time, that Austen deftly explored in the six novels that have come to embody an age. The author reveals just how in the novels we find the real Jane Austen: a clever, clear-sighted woman "of information," fully aware of what was going on in the world and sure about what she thought of it. We see a writer who understood that the novel--until then seen as mindless "trash"--could be a great art form and who, perhaps more than any other writer up to that time, imbued it with its particular greatness.

Superlight

Superlight

Rethinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth

  • Author: Phyllis Richardson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781938922589
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 256
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One of the most influential design philosophies of the past 25 years has been Glenn Murcutt's dictum that buildings should touch the earth lightly. While architects have always sought to liberate architecture from its solid foundations through the use of new materials and spatial reconfigurations, climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given new impetus to finding lightweight solutions for our homes. Superlight houses combine two strands of thinking: that lightweight buildings have less impact on their environments, and that this lightness (visually, materially, ecologically) can lead to more open living and greater communion with their surroundings. Each of the 41 houses presented here is shown through photographs, plans and lucid explanations. Residences that appear to float, ingenious constructions using local materials, innovative structures, inflatable spaces, high-tech hyper- intelligent houses superlight takes many forms, in many places from the urban jungle of Tokyo to rural China and mountainous Chile.

The Japanese House

The Japanese House

Architecture and Life: 1945 To 2017

  • Author: Pippo Ciorra,Florence Ostende
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9788831725767
  • Category:
  • Page: 288
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The first comprehensive study on the aesthetics of domestic architecture in Japan since the Second World War.

Ashenden Or: The British Agent

Ashenden Or: The British Agent

  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 1412847222
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 296
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Fact is a poor story-teller as Maugham reminds us. Fact starts a story at random, rambles on inconsequently and tails off , leaving loose ends, without a conclusion. It works up to an interesting situation, has no sense of climax and whittles away its dramatic effects in irrelevance. While some novelists believe this is a proper model for fiction, Maugham believes that fiction should not seek to copy life, but instead choose from life what is curious, telling, and dramatic, but keep to it closely enough not to shock the reader into disbelief. In short, fiction should excite, interest, and absorb the reader. Ashenden: The British Agent is founded on Maugham's experiences in the English Intelligence Department during World War I, but rearranged for the purposes of fiction. This fascinating book contains the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published the book became official required reading for persons entering the secret service. The plot follows the imaginary John Ashenden who during World War I is a spy for British Intelligence. He is sent first to Geneva and later to Russia. Instead of one story from start to finish, the chapters contain individual stories involving many different characters. All of the people whom Ashenden meet during his travels have their own reason for being involved in the spy game, and each are more complex than they first look.

How Novels Work

How Novels Work

  • Author: John Mullan
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191622923
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 368
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Never has contemporary fiction been more widely discussed and passionately analysed; recent years have seen a huge growth in the number of reading groups and in the interest of a non-academic readership in the discussion of how novels work. Drawing on his weekly Guardian column, 'Elements of Fiction', John Mullan examines novels mostly of the last ten years, many of which have become firm favourites with reading groups. He reveals the rich resources of novelistic technique, setting recent fiction alongside classics of the past. Nick Hornby's adoption of a female narrator is compared to Daniel Defoe's; Ian McEwan's use of weather is set against Austen's and Hardy's; Carole Shield's chapter divisions are likened to Fanny Burney's. Each section shows how some basic element of fiction is used. Some topics (like plot, dialogue, or location) will appear familiar to most novel readers; others (metanarrative, prolepsis, amplification) will open readers' eyes to new ways of understanding and appreciating the writer's craft. How Novels Work explains how the pleasures of novel reading often come from the formal ingenuity of the novelist. It is an entertaining and stimulating exploration of that ingenuity. Addressed to anyone who is interested in the close reading of fiction, it makes visible techniques and effects we are often only half-aware of as we read. It shows that literary criticism is something that all fiction enthusiasts can do. Contemporary novels discussed include: Monica Ali's Brick Lane; Martin Amis's Money; Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin; A.S. Byatt's Possession; Jonathan Coe's The Rotters' Club; J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace; Michael Cunningham's The Hours; Don DeLillo's Underworld; Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White; Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love; Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections; Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; Patricia Highsmith's Ripley under Ground; Alan Hollinghurst's The Spell; Nick Hornby's How to Be Good; Ian McEwan's Atonement; John le Carré's The Constant Gardener; Andrea Levy's Small Island; David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas; Andrew O'Hagan's Personality; Orhan Pamuk's My Name Is Red; Ann Patchett's Bel Canto; Ruth Rendell's Adam and Eve and Pinch Me; Philip Roth's The Human Stain; Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated; Carol Shields's Unless; Zadie Smith's White Teeth; Muriel Spark's Aiding and Abetting; Graham Swift's Last Orders; Donna Tartt's The Secret History; William Trevor's The Hill Bachelors; and Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road .

A Mind to Murder

A Mind to Murder

  • Author: P.D. James
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0743219589
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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Adam Dalgluish was called to the elegant Steen Psychiatric Clinic to investigate why the body of Enid Bolan was found with a chisel through her heart.

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XS

Small Structures, Green Architecture

  • Author: Phyllis Richardson
  • Publisher: Universe Pub
  • ISBN: 9780789315250
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 223
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Provides designs for a variety of buildings that conserve space and help preserve the environment.

Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

  • Author: Bryony Lavery
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571332943
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 96
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My theme is memory, that winged host? that soared about me one grey morning of wartime. Billeted to Brideshead during the Second World War, Captain Charles Ryder is overwhelmed by memories of his Oxford days and holidays spent in the fine stately home under the privileged spell of the dazzling Marchmains. As past and present blur, Charles recalls his enchantment with the beguiling Sebastian, his beautiful sister Julia and the doomed Catholic family, and considers how they would change his life for ever. Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, reimagined for the stage by Bryony Lavery, was co-produced by English Touring Theatre and York Theatre Royal. The show premiered at York Theatre Royal in April 2016 and then toured the UK.

XS Green

XS Green

Big Ideas, Small Buildings

  • Author: Phyllis Richardson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780500342305
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 223
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'XS Green' devotes itself to a wide range of small-scale idiosyncratic projects created by the biggest names in global architecture.

Literary Landscapes

Literary Landscapes

Charting the Topography of Classic Literature

  • Author: Modern Books
  • Publisher: Modern Books
  • ISBN: 9781911130772
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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Some stories couldn_t happen just anywhere or any time _ often the scenery , landscape or era is as central to the tale as any character _ and just as easily recognised. Wh at adventures would Heidi have had without her mountain neighbours? W ould Jim Hawkins have experienced such an adventure had he not lived in mid - 1700s England? Literary Landscapes brings together an eclectic collage of over 50 familiar literary worlds paired with original maps and archive material, as well as illustrations and photography. In this collection of essays the reader will follow Leopold Bl oom_s footsteps around Dublin, become immerse d in Les Mis é rable_s revolutionary Paris, feel the chill wind of Emily Brontë_s Wuthering Heights, and hear the churning paddles of Mississippi steamboats in Mark Twain_s Huckleberry Finn. The landscapes of enduring fictional characters and literary legends are vividly brought to life, evoking all the sights and sounds of the original works. For anyone wh o ever dreamt of escaping the everyday, Literary Landscapes will transport you to the greatest places in literature.

Stone Houses

Stone Houses

Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

  • Author: Linda Leigh Paul
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
  • ISBN: 9780847858811
  • Category:
  • Page: 304
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A global look at rustic living in stone houses during the twenty-first century, Stone Houses presents new and recent houses that demonstrate the inexhaustible potential of this most beloved home structure. Stone Houses presents more than twenty-five new and recent projects that represent the most charming and innovative spaces for rustic living with a uniquely durable material that has withstood the test of time and trends. Here is a portrait of traditional styles as well as the most forward-looking spaces for stone-house living, all with comfortable and appealing interiors perfectly suited to twenty-first-century lifestyles. This collection of houses spans the globe, from the Pacific Northwest and desert Southwest to the seasides of Carmel and Scotland, to the mountains of Montana, and the beaches of Jamaica and South Africa, making it the ultimate tour of stone-house living in exotic and beautiful locales.

Copp House

Copp House

SALA Series

  • Author: Adele Weder
  • Publisher: Sala Modern Houses
  • ISBN: 9781939621887
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 80
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In 1950, a young Vancouver architectural apprentice was handed a small house project that his boss was too busy to take on. The apprentice, Ron Thom, took the simple plan and rectangular foundation that had been roughed in, and transformed it into a groundbreaking work of architecture that gained national fame. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, but using local wood and paying careful attention to its verdant oceanside setting, Thom created a landmark for the new architectural movement known as West Coast Modernism. The client, Dr. Harold Copp, was himself a trailblazer, the first head of the physiology department in the University of British Columbia's new Faculty of Medicine and a research pioneer. Generously illustrated with both vintage and contemporary architectural photography, line drawings, and photographs of the architect and residents, The Copp House is the story of a cultural landmark on the shores of Vancouver.

Living Modern

Living Modern

The Sourcebook of Contemporary Interiors

  • Author: Richard Powers,Phyllis Richardson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780500515259
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 368
  • View: 9967
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Understanding modern more as lifestyle than as style, it is all about clean lines, elegant colour combinations, maximising indoor-outdoor relationships, artfully collecting and displaying design objects and open areas for lounging, cooking and dining.