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  • William Goldingby John Carey

    Free Press 2010; US$ 32.50

    In 1953, William Golding was a provincial schoolteacher writing books on his breaks, lunch hours and holidays. His work had been rejected by every major publisher?until an editor at Faber and Faber pulled his manuscript off the rejection pile. This was to become Lord of the Flies, a book that would sell in the millions and bring Golding worldwide... more...

  • The Violent Effigyby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 18.94

    An exploration of the strange poetry of Dickens's imagination by leading academic and critic John Carey. Setting aside the usual interpretations of Dickens's work, A Violent Effigy delves into the wonderful, terrible fantasy world it inhabited. It shows Dickens torn between the appeal of violence and a fanatical orderliness: he was attracted by characters... more...

  • John Donneby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 18.94

    'Donne is perhaps the most intellectual of English poets, and John Carey is perhaps the most intelligent of contemporary English literary critics. The encounter, as one might expect, is fierce and enthralling... This book is sensitive, searching, powerful, exciting, provocative and witty. It is a superb achievement.' Christopher Hill, TLS ... more...

  • Thackerayby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.40

    A new approach to Thackeray. Although this study embraces all his work, it switches attention from his late novels, and bases the case for his imaginative vitality on the multifarious material - reviews, travel books, burlesques, Punch articles - that he turned out, mostly under severe financial stress, at the start of his writing career. Here... more...

  • William Goldingby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 14.57

    William Golding was born in 1911 and educated at his local grammar school and Brasenose College, Oxford. He published a volume of poems in 1934 and during the war served in the Royal Navy. Afterwards he returned to being a schoolmaster in Salisbury. Lord of the Flies, his first novel, was an immediate success, and was followed by a series of remarkable... more...

  • What Good are the Arts?by John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 14.57

    From one of the country's most eminent reviewers and academics, a delightfully sceptical and devastatingly intelligent assessment of the true value of art. more...

  • The Faber Book of Scienceby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 18.94

    The Faber Book of Science introduces hunting spiders and black holes, gorillas and stardust, protons, photons and neutrinos. In his acclaimed anthology, John Carey plots the development of modern science from Leonardo da Vinci to Chaos Theory. The emphasis is on the scientists themselves and their own accounts of their breakthroughs and achievements.... more...

  • The Intellectuals and the Massesby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 13.11

    Professor John Carey shows how early twentieth-century intellectuals imagined the 'masses' as semi-human swarms, drugged by popular newspapers and cinema, and ripe for extermination. Exposing the revulsion from common humanity in George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, W. B. Yeats... more...

  • The Unexpected Professorby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 18.94

    Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, John Carey describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him - an escape from the London blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that... more...

  • Legislative Voting and Accountabilityby John M. Carey

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 23.00

    Carey examines individualistic and collective representation in democracies and how it is shaped by legislative party unity. more...