Some Time Never

Some Time Never


Author : Roald Dahl
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Pages : 264 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 ( users)

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Storyteller

Storyteller


Author : Donald Sturrock
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
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ISBN : 1439189765
Pages : 674 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (439 users)

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An official portrait of the intensely private, beloved author of such classics as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" draws on personal correspondence, journals, and interviews with family and friends to cover such topics as Dahl's struggles with chronicpain and his career complexities.


Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl


Author : Damian Walford Davies
Publisher : University of Wales Press
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ISBN : 1783169427
Pages : 224 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (783 users)

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Published to mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s (Welsh) birth, Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected breaks new ground by revealing the place of Wales in the imagination of the writer known as ‘the world’s number one storyteller’. Exploring the complex conditioning presence of Wales in his life and work, the essays in this collection dramatically defamiliarise Dahl and in the process render him uncanny. Importantly, Dahl is encountered whole – his books for children and his fiction for adults are read as mutually invigorating bodies of work, both of which evidence the ways in which Wales, and the author’s Anglo-Welsh orientation, demand articulation throughout the career. Recognising the impossibility of constructing a monolithic ‘Welsh’ Dahl, the contributors explore the compound and nuanced ways in which Wales signifies across the oeuvre. Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected takes Dahl studies into new territory in terms of both subject and method, showing the new horizons that open up when Dahl is read through a Welsh lens. Locating Dahl in illuminating new textual networks, resourcefully offering fresh angles of entry into classic Dahl texts, rehabilitating neglected Dahl texts, and analysing the layered genesis of (seemingly) familiar works by excavating the manuscripts, this innovative volume brings Dahl ‘home’ in order to render him invigoratingly unhomely. The result is not a parochialisation of Dahl, but rather a new internationalisation.


The Irregulars

The Irregulars


Author : Jennet Conant
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
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ISBN : 0743294599
Pages : 416 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (743 users)

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A best-selling account describes the intelligence operations of allied forces during World War II as experienced by wounded RAF pilot Roald Dahl, a patriot who infiltrated the upper reaches of Georgetown society and worked with such figures as Churchill, Roosevelt, and spy chief William Stephenson to influence U.S. policy in favor of England. Reprint.


Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine


Author : Tom Solomon
Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN : 1781383391
Pages : 270 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (781 users)

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Most people know Roald Dahl as a famous writer of children's books and adult short stories, but few are aware of his fascination with medicine. Right from his earliest days to the end of his life, Dahl was intrigued by what doctors do, and why they do it. During his lifetime, he and his family suffered some terrible medical tragedies: Dahl nearly died when his fighter plane went down in World War II; his son had severe brain injury in an accident; and his daughter died of measles infection of the brain. But he also had some medical triumphs: he dragged himself back to health after the plane crash, despite a skull fracture, back injuries, and blindness; he was responsible for inventing a medical device (the Wade-Dahl-Till valve) to treat his son's hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and he taught his first wife Patricia to talk again after a devastating stroke. His medical interactions clearly influenced some of his writing - for example the explosive potions in George's Marvellous Medicine. And sometimes his writing impacted on events in his life - for example the research on neuroanatomy he did for his short story William and Mary later helped him design the valve for treating hydrocephalus. In this unique book, Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after Dahl towards the end of his life, examines Dahl's fascination with medicine. Taking examples from Dahl's life, and illustrated with excerpts from his writing, the book uses Dahl's medical interactions as a starting point to explore some extraordinary areas of medical science. Solomon is an award-winning science communicator, and he effortlessly explains the medical concepts underpinning the stories, in language that everyone can understand. The book is also peppered with anecdotes from Dahl''s late night hospital discussions with Solomon, which give new insights into this remarkable man's thinking as his life came to an end.


Existential Threats

Existential Threats


Author : Lisa Vox
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
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ISBN : 0812249194
Pages : 288 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (812 users)

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In this book the author assembles a wide range of media—science fiction movies, biblical tractates, rapture fiction—to develop a critical history of the apocalyptic imagination from the late 1800s to the present.--Publisher's description.


Heritage Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction Final Session # 683

Heritage Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction Final Session # 683


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Publisher : Heritage Capital Corporation
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ISBN : 9781599672595
Pages : 194 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (672 users)

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The A to Z of Fantasy Literature

The A to Z of Fantasy Literature


Author : Brian Stableford
Publisher : Scarecrow Press
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ISBN : 9780810863453
Pages : 568 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (863 users)

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Once upon a time all literature was fantasy, set in a mythical past when magic existed, animals talked, and the gods took an active hand in earthly affairs. As the mythical past was displaced in Western estimation by the historical past and novelists became increasingly preoccupied with the present, fantasy was temporarily marginalized until the late 20th century, when it enjoyed a spectacular resurgence in every stratum of the literary marketplace. Stableford provides an invaluable guide to this sequence of events and to the current state of the field. The chronology tracks the evolution of fantasy from the origins of literature to the 21st century. The introduction explains the nature of the impulses creating and shaping fantasy literature, the problems of its definition and the reasons for its changing historical fortunes. The dictionary includes cross-referenced entries on more than 700 authors, ranging across the entire historical spectrum, while more than 200 other entries describe the fantasy subgenres, key images in fantasy literature, technical terms used in fantasy criticism, and the intimately convoluted relationship between literary fantasies, scholarly fantasies, and lifestyle fantasies. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography that ranges from general textbooks and specialized accounts of the history and scholarship of fantasy literature, through bibliographies and accounts of the fantasy literature of different nations, to individual author studies and useful websites.


Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series

Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series


Author : Library of Congress. Copyright Office
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Pages : 1500 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (3 users)

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De-constructing Dahl

De-constructing Dahl


Author : Laura Viñas Valle
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN : 1443887552
Pages : 205 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (443 users)

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This is the first single-authored monograph on Roald Dahl since 1994. Remarkably, in spite of Dahl’s commercial success, and the divided opinions he generates, very little scholarly work on the author has been produced. In the light of sociocultural constructivist theory, De-constructing Dahl focuses on the critical context, texts and paratexts that make up the packaging of “Dahl.” It offers the first thorough overview of the criticism and the language employed to discuss Dahl since the 1970s, the difficulties that using such language entails, and how it still permeates current criticism. It delves into the relationship between Dahl’s children’s and adult fiction by drawing comparisons and contrasts and exploring the common traits and patterns that bring his whole work together. It also examines how Dahl constructed himself as a children’s writer; how his publishing house and allies contribute to mediating and sustaining the Dahl public persona; the ways that marketing strategies are responsible for the identity of his books; and how editorial decisions about the age range, and, therefore, how the classification of a manuscript as a book for children or for adults constructs particular ideas of what “children’s literature” is, and what is considered “appropriate” or “unsuitable” for children to read.


Worlds Gone Awry

Worlds Gone Awry


Author : John J. Han,
Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN : 1476633770
Pages : 259 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (476 users)

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 Dystopian fiction captivates us by depicting future worlds at once eerily similar and shockingly foreign to our own. This collection of new essays presents some of the most recent scholarship on a genre whose popularity has surged dramatically since the 1990s. Contributors explore such novels as The Lord of the Flies, The Heart Goes Last, The Giver and The Strain Trilogy as social critique, revealing how they appeal to the same impulse as utopian fiction: the desire for an idealized yet illusory society in which evil is purged and justice prevails.


The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature

The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature


Author : Andrew Hammond
Publisher : Springer Nature
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ISBN : 3030389731
Pages : 826 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (3 users)

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This book offers a comprehensive guide to global literary engagement with the Cold War. Eschewing the common focus on national cultures, the collection defines Cold War literature as an international current focused on the military and ideological conflicts of the age and characterised by styles and approaches that transcended national borders. Drawing on specialists from across the world, the volume analyses the period’s fiction, poetry, drama and autobiographical writings in three sections: dominant concerns (socialism, decolonisation, nuclearism, propaganda, censorship, espionage), common genres (postmodernism, socialism realism, dystopianism, migrant poetry, science fiction, testimonial writing) and regional cultures (Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and the Americas). In doing so, the volume forms a landmark contribution to Cold War literary studies which will appeal to all those working on literature of the 1945-1989 period, including specialists in comparative literature, postcolonial literature, contemporary literature and regional literature.


Discovering Modern Horror Fiction

Discovering Modern Horror Fiction


Author : Darrell Schweitzer
Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
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ISBN : 1587150107
Pages : 156 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (587 users)

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Vol 1

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Vol 1


Author : R. Reginald
Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
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ISBN : 0941028755
Pages : 800 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (941 users)

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, A Checklist, 1700-1974, Volume one of Two, contains an Author Index, Title Index, Series Index, Awards Index, and the Ace and Belmont Doubles Index.


Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature


Author : R. Reginald
Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
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ISBN : 0941028763
Pages : 800 pages
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, A Checklist, 1700-1974, Volume one of Two, contains an Author Index, Title Index, Series Index, Awards Index, and the Ace and Belmont Doubles Index.


World's End

World's End


Author : Charlie Gere
Publisher : MIT Press
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ISBN : 1913380009
Pages : 204 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (913 users)

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A memoir and cultural history the World’s End, a West London area once home to bohemian artists and punk rock and now an outpost of neoliberalism. Charlie Gere’s account of growing up in the World’s End area of West London during the Cold War combines local history, cultural history, memoir, and a strong sense of the apocalyptic. Once a rundown part of Chelsea at the wrong end of the King’s Road, the World’s End has long been a place for bohemian writers and artists, including Turner, Whistler, Beckett, Bacon, and Bacon’s muse Henrietta Moraes, all of whom evinced an appropriate apocalyptic sensibility. After World War II, in which the area suffered severe bombing, it became a center of the counterculture that emerged from what Jeff Nuttall called “Bomb Culture,” formed by the threat of nuclear annihilation. The famous boutique Granny Takes a Trip opened there in 1966, joined later on by Hung On You, Puss Weber’s Flying Dragon Tea Room, and the commune Gandalf’s Garden. The area also featured trepanning aristocrats and pet lions, among other eccentricities. In the 1970s, the World’s End was the center of punk rock. Gere’s parents arrived as part of a wave of gentrification, and Gere, born and brought up there, witnessed its social and cultural evolution. As an adolescent, he was traumatized by the prospect of nuclear war. He has lived long enough to see the World’s End now bearing the marks of out-of-control neoliberalism and its grotesque accompanying inequality. But this too shall pass as worlds end.


Twentieth Century Crime & Mystery Writers

Twentieth Century Crime & Mystery Writers


Author : NA NA
Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 1349813664
Pages : 1568 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (349 users)

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