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Anthony Holcroft

Subject: Literature

(1932–), New Zealand writer for children. Born at Christchurch and educated at Canterbury University, Holcroft has taught in rural schools and balances his time between writing and running ...

Holcroft, Anthony

Holcroft, Anthony   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
142 words

..., Anthony ( 1932 –), New Zealand writer for children. Born at Christchurch and educated at Canterbury University, Holcroft has taught in rural schools and balances his time between writing and running an orchard in Rangiora. His short stories, often structured from traditional folklore and incorporating otherworldly and magical forces, stress themes of conservation, the destructiveness of greed, and the redemption of love. George MacDonald , Eleanor Farjeon , and Walter de la Mare are powerful influences. Holcroft's best-known collections are Tales...

Holcroft, Anthony

Holcroft, Anthony   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
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222 words

..., Anthony (1932– ), writer of children's fiction, was born in Christchurch, son of M. H. Holcroft , and educated at Southland BHS and Canterbury University. He taught at rural schools, worked on farms and now, while also writing, runs an orchard near Rangiora. His masterly short stories take their structure from traditional folklore and reflect his fascination with energies or spirits in the landscape, often of New Zealand. In practical yet poetic and mystical ways they embody three recurring themes: the need for conservation, the destructive nature of...

Anthony Holcroft

Anthony Holcroft  

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Literature
(1932–), New Zealand writer for children. Born at Christchurch and educated at Canterbury University, Holcroft has taught in rural schools and balances his time between writing and running an orchard ...
Warren, William the elder

Warren, William the elder (1767–1832)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
247 words

...them in 1820 Edwin Forrest made his first appearance, playing Young Norval in Home 's Douglas . Warren was a fine actor of the old school, among his best parts being Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night , Sir Anthony Absolute and Sir Peter Teazle in Sheridan 's The Rivals and The School for Scandal , and Old Dornton in Holcroft 's The Road to Ruin . He retired in 1829 , making a final farewell appearance the year before his death. In 1806 he married as his second wife the actress Mrs Merry , and after her death two years later married...

New Zealand Listener, The

New Zealand Listener, The   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,878 words

...of the correspondence columns. By the time Duff retired in 1949 , the Listener's literary tradition was firmly established among readers (though not always appreciated in broadcasting). It was the twenty-year editorship of his successor, Monte Holcroft , which cemented that tradition in place. Holcroft believed that ‘the official journal of the NZ Broadcasting Service had a duty to foster imaginative writing’, not only to help the NZBS play its part as New Zealand's largest patron of the arts but also to form a pool of talent on which it could draw;...

Melodrama

Melodrama   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
667 words

...of Goethe ( Götz von Berlichingen , 1773 ) and Schiller ( Die Räuber , 1782 ), and its most important authors on the Continent were Kotzebue and Pixérécourt . It was first introduced into England through translations of their plays, particularly those made by Thomas Holcroft , whose A Tale of Mystery ( 1802 ), based on Pixérécourt's Coelina; ou , L'Enfant de mystère ( 1800 ), was the first work in England to be labelled a melodrama. Gradually the music became less important, and the setting of the plays less Gothic. The Brigand ( 1829 ) by ...

Jacobin and Anti-Jacobin Fiction

Jacobin and Anti-Jacobin Fiction   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
3,015 words

...merged in the campaign for rights of the 1790s. From the philosophers Anthony Ashley Cooper , third earl of Shaftesbury, and Francis Hutcheson , Jacobin authors gleaned the concept of innate goodness. They believed that, if properly educated and raised in an environment of enlightened thought, all members of a society would be capable of behaving well and acting with compassion and benevolence. The philosopher and novelist William Godwin and the novelist and playwright Thomas Holcroft , in particular, saw the power of the human mind as an unexplored...

London

London   Reference library

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
Length:
76,697 words

...at Warren Hastings's trial and that upholding the freedom of the Press are among his collected Speeches ( 1816 ). Nicholas Jenkins , the narrator of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time ( 1951–75 ), has rooms in Shepherd Market between a sandwich bar, a garage, and a block of flats inhabited by rowdy prostitutes. Powell himself lived at 9 Shepherd St. from 1926 to 1929 . Thomas Holcroft worked in his father's cobbler's shop in South Audley St. as a boy. He acted at Covent Garden as Figaro in his translation of Beaumarchais's Le Mariage...

Holcroft

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
133 words

...(Culceth, Lancs); Hugh de Holcroft , 1402 in Feet of Fines (Warwicks and Worcs); Thomas Holcrofte , 1564 in PROB 11 (Vale Royal, Cheshire); Anthony Houlcroft , 1600 in Parish Registers (Nantwich, Cheshire); Katherina Holdcroft , 1669 in Parish Registers (Witton cum Tambrooks, Cheshire); Josiah Halcroft , 1769 in Parish Registers (Flixton, Lancs). Holcroft, 1881 frequency. © Archer...

Preromanticism

Preromanticism   Reference library

R. Lessenich

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
Length:
1,646 words

...novel’s transposition into the real present-day horror of political persecution by the ancien régime ( Robert Bage , Holcroft , William Godwin ); the Gothic drama ( Walpole , Joanna Baillie ); and the Gothic or oriental tale as forerunner of the short story ( Walter Scott , Washington Irving , William Beckford ). In philosophy, these devels. were paralleled by inquiries into an innate prerational moral and aesthetic sense ( Anthony Ashley Cooper , the third Earl of Shaftesbury interpreted by Francis Hutcheson ); doubt about the cognitive faculty of...

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