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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Baring, Max

Baring, Max (b. 1857)   Reference library

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..., Max , pseud. : Charles Messent ( b. 1857 ) was the author of a volume of short stories ( 1896 ) and six later volumes of fiction which are mostly Dickensian tales of village life. A Doctor in Corduroy ( 1905 ) features a rough-diamond vet; The Shattered Idol ( 1907 ) and Joanna and His Reverence ( 1910 ), muscular but priggish...

James, Winifred

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... [ Winifred Llewellin James ] married Henry Dejan . Her fiction includes Patricia Baring ( 1908 ), the diary from childhood of a warm-hearted, original, independent Australian woman, and Letters of a Spinster ( 1911 ), which consists of the letters a woman writes from France, Corsica, and Chelsea to a man in a nursing-home in Wimpole Street; its chatty, discursive tone is representative of James's work. She published travel books, essays, and sketches of London life including Gangways and Corridors ( 1936 ), a description of journeys taken from 1918...

Baring, Maurice

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..., Maurice ( 1874–1945 ), British writer , born in London, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. After the crash of his family's bank (Baring's Bank) in 1890 he worked as a diplomat in Europe, forming a close association with Russia, where he went to live in 1904 , reporting on the Russo-Japanese war. He is credited with having discovered Chekhov's work in Moscow and introducing it to the West. His nonfiction works include Landscapes in Russian Literature ( 1910 ), An Outline of Russian Literature ( 1914 ), and The Oxford Book of Russian Verse ...

Welch, Denton

Welch, Denton (1915–48)   Reference library

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...different experiences of the author's short life; A Voice through a Cloud ( 1950 ), a powerful recollection of his accident and the indignity he suffered as an invalid; and The Last Sheaf ( 1951 ; edited by Eric Oliver ), a collection of stories, pictures, and poems. In his Journals ( 1952 ; unexpurgated version 1984 , edited by Michael De-la-Noy ) he lays bare with brave honesty his own neurotic and difficult personality as well as conveying, again with sensory detail, the texture of life in the English countryside, particularly during the...

Baring, Maurice

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..., which suggests that Baring had his eye both on an élite and on a mainstream readership: they are mostly of the whimsical once- upon-a-time variety. Dead Letters ( 1910 ) was the first of a series of imaginary comic sketches involving historical characters collected as Unreliable History ( 1934 ). He published several children's books, including Forget-me-not and Lily of the Valley ( 1905 ), as well as plays and verse. He was a close friend of ‘Vernon Lee ’. Parkinson's disease was diagnosed in 1936 , and the rest of his life was spent in painful...

O'Flaherty, Liam

O'Flaherty, Liam (1897–1984)   Reference library

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...Liam ( 1897–1984 ), Irish novelist and short-story writer , born on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands where his father farmed a few, bare acres. He was educated at the Dublin diocesan seminary, but decided not to take Holy Orders. He spent one year at University College, Dublin, before enlisting in the Irish Guards in 1915 . He fought in France and was invalided out in 1917 ; during a year's convalescence from shell-shock, he began writing stories. For the next three years he travelled widely, working as a stoker, deckhand, beachcomber,...

Roth, Philip

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...with The Prague Orgy ( 1985 ), were republished as Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy and Epilogue ( 1985 ). After The Counter-Life ( 1986 ), a novel which presents a vertiginous display of ‘post-modern’ games with signification, appeared The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography ( 1989 ), an autobiography. Deception ( 1990 ) focuses on the adultery of an illict love affair between Philip and his mistress that takes place in a bare room. He has also written two plays, Heard Melodies Are Sweet ( 1958 ) and The President Addresses the Nation ( 1973 ). In...

Halifax, Robert

Halifax, Robert (b. 1870)   Reference library

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...relief, often in very eloquent terms, describing his struggle ‘to keep front curtains clean and opaque—to maintain an appearance of respectability when often short of bare food’. Among those named as helping him were ‘Allen Raine ’, Arnold Bennett , and ‘W. Pett Ridge ’, writers who shared his interest in lower-middle-class and working-class life: he specialized in realistic depictions of life in the East End. Although the distinction of his writing was recognized by reviewers, he made hardly any money out of it, selling the copyrights of The Gap of Gold ...

Endgame

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...of his few comments on the play, Beckett said that Hamm is the ‘king in a chess game lost from the start … Now at the end he makes a few senseless moves as only a bad player would. A good one would have given up long ago. He is trying to delay the inevitable end.’ The setting, a bare room with two small, high windows shedding ‘grey light’, has been compared with the inside of a dying man's...

regional fiction

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...presented a predominantly whimsical view of Scottish (usually lowland) rural life, and met a spectacularly grim retort in The House with the Green Shutters by ‘George Douglas ’ ( 1901 ) and J. MacDougall Hay 's Gillespie ( 1914 ). Brown detested the ‘sentimental slop’ of the Kailyarders. A balance was struck between the two extremes in the novels Neil Munro published as ‘Hugh Foulis’. There was no Welsh equivalent to the Kailyard and its detractors (though see S. Baring-Gould 's In Dewisland ( 1904 ), E. P. and John Finnemore 's From a Welsh...

political fiction

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...a comparable presence, adapted the geography and devised new allegories. The high politics rendered by Anthony Trollope ( 1815–82 ), George Meredith and others, which tempered élitism with an emphasis on social reconciliation, continued to be a subject for writers such as S. Baring-Gould , May Bateman , Mrs Hugh Bell , Hilaire Belloc , Marguerite Bryant , B. M. Butt , George Calderon , John Galsworthy , Philip Gibbs , ‘Maxwell Gray ’, Ford Madox Hueffer , C. F. Keary , David Christie Murray , Violet Tweedale , and Mrs Humphry Ward . H. G. ...

Not I

Not I  

A: Samuel Beckett Pf: 1972, New York Pb: 1973 G: Monodrama in 1 act S: Darkened bare stage, indeterminate period C: 1m, 1fAt the back of a darkened stage, only a Mouth is visible. Downstage stands ...
Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson  

(1959– ),short‐story writer, born in Bristol and brought up in London. She was educated at Oxford University where she read English. She has published four collections of short stories: Four Bare ...
Endgame

Endgame  

A: Samuel Beckett Pf: 1957, London Pb: 1957 Tr: 1958 G: Drama in 1 act; French prose S: Room in indeterminate location, the future C: 3m, 1fIn a bare room with one door and two high windows, a figure ...

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