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Desert Poets

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And Personal Landscape. During the Second World War a surprisingly large and heterodox number of British writers found themselves, for a variety of reasons, in the Middle East. ...

Desert Poets

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John Lucas

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

... Poets During the Second World War a surprisingly large and heterodox number of British writers found themselves, for a variety of reasons, in the Middle East. Not all were combatants, and these included R. D. Smith , Olivia Manning , Robert Liddell , Bernard * Spencer , and Lawrence * Durrell . Together with Robin Fedden , the latter two founded the Cairo-based poetry magazine Personal Landscape , whose first number appeared in January, 1942. Among the magazine's regular contributors were most of the writers already mentioned, together with ...

Desert Poets

Desert Poets  

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And Personal Landscape.During the Second World War a surprisingly large and heterodox number of British writers found themselves, for a variety of reasons, in the Middle East. Not all ...
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...of Gregory Doran’s 2012 production, which combined scenes filmed in the original stage space with location shots. The lengthy clandestine dialogue between Paterson Joseph’s Brutus and Cyril Nri’s Cassius in 1.2, for example, moves off the stage into a deserted corridor, and thence to an equally deserted men’s toilet as the need for conspiratorial privacy heightens. Anthony Davies , rev. Will Sharpe Recent major editions Recent major editions Arthur Humphreys (Oxford, 1984); David Daniell (Arden 3rd series, 1998); Marvin Spevack (New Cambridge, 1988);...

Land

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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Oxford University Press

...‘The Deserted Village’ ( 1770 ) through Wordsworth's depictions of discharged soldiers, rural beggars, and the suffering Margaret of ‘The Ruined Cottage’ ( 1814 ). Indeed, even though the ruined village is a long-standing trope, such poetry is often an important documentary location of the social destructiveness wrought by improvement. One of the prevalent poetic themes of the end of the eighteenth century was lament over the dispersal of traditional communities into the large networks of local, national, and global movement. In ‘The Deserted Village’...

Welsh Local and Family History

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D. Huw Owen

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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6,425 words
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Oxford University Press

...of line drawings, plans, and sections explaining and expanding upon the detailed descriptions of distinctive internal features, and of the external appearance of a wide range of buildings and settlements , including hill forts , castles , platform houses, monastic granges , deserted villages , gentry houses, farmhouses, and cottages . Other publications include P. Smith , The Houses of the Welsh Countryside ( 1975 ), Stephen Hughes , Copperopolis: Landscapes of the Early Industrial Period in Swansea ( 2005 ), and Richard Suggett , Houses and...

1 Writing Systems

1 Writing Systems   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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...seems plausible. In 1999 , two Egyptologists, John Coleman Darnell and his wife, Deborah, announced that they had found examples of what appeared to be alphabetic writing at Wadi el-Hol, west of Thebes, while they were surveying ancient travel routes in the southern Egyptian desert. The date of the inscriptions is c .1900–1800 bc , which places them considerably earlier than the inscriptions from Lebanon and Israel, and makes them the earliest known alphabetic writings. The two short inscriptions are written in a Semitic script and, according to the...

Theatre

Theatre   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,088 words
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Oxford University Press

...a move that was greeted with dismay by managers and theatre owners, who sought to woo back this influential section of the audience by offering them the exclusivity of separate entrances and private boxes. Such measures were to no avail, however, as the bon ton continued to desert the increasingly unfashionable Covent Garden and Drury Lane. A similar development is observable in the provinces: by 1835 the Colchester Gazette could remark that ‘few respectable people are ever found within the walls of country theatres. When any are there they avoid...

40 The History of the Book in China

40 The History of the Book in China   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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...Members of the Chen lineage, headed by *Chen Si , published books and ran bookshops in Hangzhou in the Southern Song. Some published the collections of Tang and Song poets with an elegant and distinctive style of printing; their one-line colophons advertised their addresses. An example is the 13 th -century edition of the Tang nülang Yu Xuanji shiji , the collected poems of the Tang female poet Yu Xuanji, published by the Chen bookshop at the Muqin district in the capital. The last page of text and the one-line colophon are surrounded by more than 40 * ex...

48 The History of the Book in America

48 The History of the Book in America   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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12,975 words
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...which poured forth from all these sources, as well as the invention, in 1921 , of Religious Book Week, which broke down the distinction between religious and trade books. Yet some of the most popular volumes, such as Mrs Charles E. Cowman ’s locally published Streams in the Desert ( 1925 ), evaded commercial account books, enjoying a kind of hidden life among the devout. 4.2 New mediators for a diverse public In the interwar period, mediators between producers and consumers of books—book club judges, literary critics and journalists, librarians, and...

deserted villages

deserted villages  

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A derelict village site. Most English deserted villages were abandoned in the late Middle Ages, and traces—building lines, lumps of masonry, clumps of nettles, and isolated churches—may still be seen ...
Deserted Village

Deserted Village  

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A poem by Goldsmith, published 1770, in which he evokes the idyllic pastoral life of Auburn, ‘loveliest village of the plain’, in its days of prosperous peace, now over; the poet laments the growth ...
Dorothy Wellesley

Dorothy Wellesley  

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(1889–1956)Poet, born at White Waltham, Berkshire, and educated privately. She published Early Poems in 1913, followed by Poems (1920), Genesis (1926), Deserted House (1931), Poems of Ten Years ...
Keith Douglas

Keith Douglas  

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(1920–44),poet. He was killed in Normandy, and inevitably is remembered largely as a war poet, whose descriptions of wartime Cairo and desert fighting and whose contemplations of death show a rapidly ...
Mangan Inheritance

Mangan Inheritance  

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(1979), a novel by Brian Moore. Jamie Mangan, a failed poet married to a successful actress whose fame has swamped his self-esteem, is deserted by her, and returns to his ...
Ethel Mary Dell

Ethel Mary Dell  

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(1881–1939) British popular novelistThe Way of an Eagle (1911) FictionThe Prey of the Dragon (1912) FictionThe Knave of Diamonds (1913) FictionThe Swindler, and Other Stories (1914) Fiction Short ...
Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation

Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation  

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A poem partly in dialogue form by P. B. Shelley, published 1824.Julian (Shelley) and Count Maddalo (Byron) ride and boat through ‘bright Venice’, discussing problems of free will, progress, and ...
Dramatis Personae

Dramatis Personae  

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A collection of poems by R. Browning, published 1864. They were marked by Browning's grief after the death of his wife (see Browning, E. B.) in 1861, and by his searching examination of the relation ...
Sinon

Sinon  

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Character in literature and mythology, a Greek who claimed falsely to have deserted from the Greek forces at Troy and who inveigled the Trojans into taking the Trojan Horse inside ...
Erwin Strittmatter

Erwin Strittmatter  

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(Spremberg, Lower Lusatia, 1912–94, Schulzenhof, Kreis Gransee),followed his father's occupation by training as a baker, then worked in a variety of jobs, and in 1945 deserted from the army. ...
Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams  

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(1955–)Author, activist, naturalist, desert mystic, poet, and green prophet, Terry Tempest Williams is made up of nearly as many layers as the geological cross-sections of Utah's canyon country she ...

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