Chunder Dutt: SELECTIONS FROM 'BENGALIANA'
Edited by Alex Tickell
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 049 7
of the earliest Indian authors to publish fiction in English,
Shoshee Chunder Dutt was a prolific essayist, poet, historian
and novelist, and a perceptive social commentator. A member
of the gifted Dutt family of Calcutta, his writing is a fascinating
window on the colonial 'contact zone' of the early nineteenth
century. In Selections from 'Bengaliana' some of
his most significant essays and short stories are reproduced
for the first time, including 'Shunkur', the only fictional
account of the 1857 rebellion from an Indian perspective,
and 'Reminiscences of a Kerani's Life', a satirical memoir
of his career in the East India Company treasury. Also included
in this edition is 'The Republic of Orissa' (1845), one of
the first Indian-English representations of anti-colonial
struggle, and a rediscovered companion piece by Shoshee's
cousin, Kylas Chunder Dutt, entitled 'A Journal of Forty-Eight
Hours of the Year 1945' (1835). This edition provides an introduction
to Shoshee's life and work, textual notes and a full glossary
of Bengali terms.
Dove: SELECTED WRITINGS OF A PIONEER WEST AFRICAN FEMINIST
Edited by Stephanie Newell and Audrey Gadzekpo
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 097 7
book brings together for the first time an extensive selection
of Mabel Dove's journalistic and creative writingwork
originally published in West African newspapers between 1931
and 1966. Mabel Dove (1905-1984) was one of the few female
writersand one of the first feminist thinkersto
produce newspaper articles on a regular basis in Ghana. Popular
with male and female readers alike, her immense journalistic
output covered issues such as women's rights and women's writing
in the colonial period, education, culture and politics in
West Africa. Stretching from the 'stormy 1930s' to the dramatic
coup which unseated Nkrumah in 1966, the articles included
here track a major period of Ghanaian women's literature.
Sorabji: INDIA CALLING
by Elleke Boehmer and Naella Grew
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 077 2
Sorabji (1866-1954), the pioneering Indian lawyer and woman
of letters, spent her life in a long struggle to open public
institutions to women in India. She was the first woman to
graduate from Bombay University and the first to be granted
a B.C.L. degree from the University of Oxford. As she records
in her compelling autobiography India Calling (1932),
Cornelia Sorabji worked for many years in imperial India as
Ladies' Legal Advisor representing women 'behind the veil'.
Parsee by background, yet 'brought up English', an imperial
civil servant mistreated by the imperial bureaucracy, a pro-woman
non-feminist, Cornelia Sorabji embodied some of the most powerful
contradictions of empire of her time. India Calling is
her powerful, path-breaking story.
La Guma: A WALK IN THE NIGHT AND OTHER STORIES
Edited by Nahem Yousaf
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 122 1
La Guma’s 1962
novella, first published in Nigeria after being smuggled
out of South Africa, follows the events of a single night
in Cape Town’s District Six. At the centre of this
gripping narrative is La Guma’s hero, Michael Adonis.
Nursing his anger at being sacked by his white boss from
his job as a sheet-metal worker, Adonis wanders through
the night like a dispossessed ghost. The victim of apartheid’s
racist laws, he is too self-absorbed in his impotent anger
to articulate his frustration, and too narrowly focused
on his own troubles to realise that his lot is shared by
all those that the State labels ‘non-whites’.
A Walk in the Night is not only the story of Adonis, but
of his friends and their antagonists. It is also the story
of ‘District Six’, which is as much a character
as the human protagonists.
FROM REVIEWS OF LA GUMA’S WORK
‘An iron statement of things as they are, with no
false comforts offered and the dawn of a very distant hope.’
‘… humane, careful and very moving; it is propaganda
for the truth, a work of art.’ (New Statesman)
Barnes: THE POEMS OF WILLIAM BARNES
Edited, with a critical commentary, by Val Shepherd
Price: £7.99 ISBN 0 905 48895 4
Barnes (1801-1886) is justly renowned for poems which, using
their own Dorset dialect, speak out for the agricultural labouring
families of the nineteenth-century Blackmoor Vale. Many of
these expressions of village and private life appear in this
Trent Edition but, in addition, a selection of the little
known poems that Barnes wrote in Standard English is also
included. These, like the dialect poems, are imbued with the
clear and delicate colours of wild flowers, the noise and
movement of birds and animals in field and farm yard, the
casual conversations of friends and, above all, the affection
that binds together husbands, wives and children. Gerard Manley
Hopkins believed that Barnes gave ‘flesh and tongue’ to Dorset
life and landscape. He did so with a subtle and intricate
versification which may have influenced the poetry of Thomas
Hardy, his friend and neighbour, who wrote that Barnes work
would continue to be read when much English literature had
The painting on the front cover is by William Barnes and is
reproduced by permission of the Dorset County Museum.
Bloomfield: SELECTED POEMS, revised
and enlarged version
Edited by John Goodridge and John Lucas, Intro.
by John Lucas.
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1-84233-121-3
Bloomfield (1766-1823), was the most spectacularly successful
of the self-taught ‘peasant poets’ of the Romantic period,
selling 26,000 copies in three years of his first book The
Farmer’s Boy (1800), and winning the praise of Wordsworth
and John Clare, who called him ‘Our English Theocritus’.
Having fallen into neglect in the twentienth century, Bloomfield
is attracting new interest from readers and critics in the
twenty-first. The Robert Bloomfield society was founded
in 2001, and Bloomfield is the subject of a new collection
of scholarly essays, Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class,
and the Romantic Canon (Bucknell University Press,
selection of Bloomfield's poems was originally published
in 1998 and was the first scholarly edition of his work.
The present revised and enlarged second edition substantially
increases the amount of poetry and offers a new and textually
important edition of the The Farmer's Boy, Bloomfield's
most important poem. Bloomfield thought that his patron
Capel Lofft had altered the texd excessively, and so we
have here completely restored Bloomfield's own, much fresher
text, from the autograph manuscript at Harvard University.
The edition includes a selection of Bloomfield's prose prefaces,
explanatory notes, a chronology of Bloomfield's life, and
a list of further reading.
Reviews Of The First Edition
'Offers a fine selection of poetry and prose pieces, and
a useful bibliography and introduction'. (The Year's
Work in English Studies)
'Selected Poems is judicious, very well-priced
and fairly generous selection from Bloomfield, and one which
is scrupulously edited.' (BARS Bulletin & Review)
Goodridge is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University,
and John Lucas is Emeritus
of English at Loughborough and Nottingham
Clare: THE LIVING YEAR 1841
Edited, with an introduction and notes, by Tim Chilcott.
Price: £7.99 ISBN 0 905 488 55 5
1841 was one of the most productive, varied, and imaginatively
moving periods of John Clare’s long poetic career. Against
a background of asylum, escape home, and then forced removal
to a second asylum, he wrote during this single year over
3,000 lines of original poetry and paraphrase, in addition
to a substantial body of prose.
Clare: The Living Year brings this material together for
the first time. Here it is possible to trace the evolution
of Clare’s imagination as the year unfolded. Both the depth
and the range of his creative engagement become apparent,
as he explores
fundamental issues of human identity and experience, in modes
As different as satire and elegy, autobiography and song.
The result is a compelling account of Clare’s perceptions
as he responded to a momentous year in his life.
Chilcott has written full length studies of Clare’s work,
and of Clare’s first publisher John Taylor. He has retired
as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at University
Dyer: SELECTED POETRY AND PROSE
Edited, with an introduction and notes, by John Goodridge
Price: £7.99 ISBN 1 842 330 15 2
Anglo-Welsh poet John Dyer (1699-1757) is one of the great
restless, enquiring figures of eighteenth-century British
culture. A painter as well as a poet, he was a member of the
talented Aaron Hill circle, and is sometimes described as
the ‘godfather’ of the picturesque movement. His most famous
poem Grongar Hill (1726), lovingly describes the Carmarthenshire
landscape of his youth. After training as a painter under
Jonathan Richardson in London, Dyer visited Italy, and went
on to become a travelling painter in the Welsh-English border
counties. He was later a working farmer, before serving as
a parish priest in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. The major
poem of his middle years, The Ruins of Rome (1740),
marks an important moment in the history of attitudes to classical
civilization. Dyer’s last great poem, The Fleece (1757),
an epic account of the textile industry, is the high point
of the English georgic tradition of agricultural poetry. The
recent rediscoveries of Dyer’s notebooks and paintings, and
the restoration of his birthplace and its gardens at Aberglasney,
have sparked fresh interest in Dyer. This edition, marking
the tercentenary of his birth, is the first new selection
of his writings since 1930, and the fullest ever printed.
It includes all Dyer’s shorter poems, substantial extracts
from The Ruins of Rome and The Fleece, verse
fragments and plans and a selection of letters and prose.
Goodridge is a Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University.
Swingler: SELECTED POEMS
Edited with an introduction and notes, by Andy Croft.
Price: £7.99 ISBN 1 842330 14 4
Randall Swingler (1909-67) is the missing lyric poet of the
1930s and 1940s. Poet, playwright, novelist, editor and critic,
his words set to music by distinguished composers of his generation,
nephew and godson of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Swingler
was the best-known poet active in the British Communist Party.
In the 1930s he wrote for the Group Theatre, Unity Theatre
and Workers Musical Association. He edited the Left Book Club's
The Left Song Book, the books page of the Daily
Worker, and Left Review (publishing the famous
'Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War'). He wrote the chorale
finale to Alan Bush's Piano Concerto No. 1, and (with Auden)
the libretto for Britten's Ballad of Heroes. During
World War Two, Swingler served with the Eighth Army in Africa
and Italy (including Anzio and Salerno) and was awarded the
Military Medal for bravery. After the War, he edited the radical
Fitzrovian magazines, Our Time, Arena and Circus
and was on the editorial board of the New Reasoner.
poetry provides a unique record of his times, from the romantic
Communism of the early thirties and the campaigning years
of the Popular Front, through the war in Italy and the anti-Fascist
victory of 1945 to the disappointed hopes of Cold War Europe.
Bringing together his poetry for the first time, Selected
Poems is an introduction to the work of an undeservedly-forgotten
figure and a challenge to our understanding of a remarkable
period of English literary history.
Croft is a poet and community-writing activist in Middlesbrough.
He has written and broadcast widely on the literary history
of the Labour Movement, including Red Letter Days, (1990),
Out of the Old Earth (1994) and A Weapon in the
Struggle: the Cultural History of the Communist Party in Britain
(1998). He has published three books of poetry.
Thompson: SELECTED POEMS
Edited by Dorothy and Kate Thompson
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 070 5
Thompson, born in 1920 and brother of E.P. Thompson, was fighting
with the partisans in Bulgaria when he was killed in 1944.
Among his papers he left a large number of poems, the product
of his life long commitment to poetry. A few of these have
been published in anthologies but most have remained known
only to his family.
This selection has been made by his niece and sister-in-law,
neither of whom knew him in life. Frank Thompson, converted
by Iris Murdoch to Communism on the eve of World War Two,
and in letters to Iris, as well as to his brother and his
parents, wrote about his deepest feelings while he was on
active service in the war after volunteering; some of the
poems in this collection are taken from a file of typed and
manuscript versions which was among Iris's papers and which
probably represents a selection he had made for her from his
Kate Thompson is a professional writer who has won awards
for her poetry and prose writing. She was born in 1956 and
now lives and works in Ireland. Dorothy Thompson is an historian
who has written about nineteenth century British history.
Churchill: SELECTED POETRY
Edited by Adam Rounce
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 096 9
satirist Charles Churchill (1731-64) published all of his
poetry in a brief period between 1761 and his death three
years later. His work was immensely popular from the time
of his early death to the end of the eighteenth century, and
his admirers included William Cowper, Thomas Chatterton, and
Byron, who was influenced very clearly by his satires. Churchill's
friendship with the controversial politician John Wilkes led
to his help in the composition of Wilkes's journal, The
North Briton (1762-3), and to a stream of satires directed
against the perceived hypocrisies, excesses and inequities
of the administration of John Stuart, Third Earl of Bute.
Churchill also inveighed against establishment double-standards
and corruption, the problems of colonialism and examples of
artistic affectation, and raised larger questions about the
supposed progress of civilisation. His satiric targets include
Samuel Johnson, William Warburton, Thomas Gray, Tobias Smollett,
William Hogarth, and James Macpherson, and his poems, a virtual
record of the artistic and political scandals of his time,
take up the angry legacy of the late satirical work of Alexander
Pope. To read Churchill is to experience the often ferocious
political world of the early 1760s and to understand how his
controversial poetry remains highly relevant.
selection of Churchill's work draws on different aspects of
his career to offer a representative picture: it includes
his most acclaimed and substantial poems, The Prophecy
of Famine, An Epistle to William Hogarth, and the 'Dedication
to the Sermons'. The text is not modernised, and the notes
offer an updating of precious editions, along with much new
Cunard: POEMS OF NANCY CUNARD from the Bodleian Library
Edited by John Lucas
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 107 8
Cunard (1896- 1965) was a remarkable woman, most famous now
perhaps for the vast anthology Negro (1934), which
she put together with her sometime lover, the jazz pianist,
Henry Crowder, and the for the pamphlet she edited in 1937,
Authors Take sides on the Spanish War. A renowned
beauty, she used her inherited wealth to aid various radical
causes and, in 1928, to set up the Hours Press in France.
Among its ealiest publications was a small collection of poems,
Whorescope, by the then unknown Samuel Beckett.
published four collections of her own poems and in 1943, at
the suggestion of Edward Thompson (father of the historian
E.P. Thompson, and poetry editor for
the publishers Benn), she began to assemble all the verse
she wished to preserve, for an intended collected edition.
Thompson died in 1944 and the typescript of the poems was
left among his papers. These were eventually deposited at
the Bodleian, and Cunard's poems have been retrieved from
this typescript by the kind permission of Dorothy Thompson,
to form the text of the present edition.
Thompson: Romantic-Era Shipwreck Narratives
Edited, with an introduction and notes, by Carl Thompson
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 129 3
The shipwreck narrative was a popular and prolific, if now
largely forgotten, branch of Romantic-era print culture.
Yet there are many fascinating and deeply moving accounts
to be found in this voluminous literature. And just as importantly,
the genre also offers a wealth of insights into a broad
range of current academic debates. It was no accident or
quirk of literary taste that shipwreck narratives were so
popular in the Romantic period: they were compelling reading
because in diverse ways they touched on some of the most
important issues of the day. For a nation like Britain where
military and economic power and even cultural identity were
predicated on maritime prowess, shipwrecks were profoundly
In shipwreck narratives a maritime
culture had to confront and negotiate with its grreatest
nightmare, so that these narratives possess a complex ideological
dimension. As a result, the genre has much to tell us about
the construction of British identity in this period, while
shedding equally valuable light on British attitudes to
a range of cultural 'Others', and the mechanisms by which
images of such 'Others' were fashioned and disseminated.
Shipwreck narratives also provide a fascinating
new perspective on topics as diverse as Romantic-era popular
culture, the sublime, sentimentalism and sensationalism,
popular representations of the sailor, the literature of
religious and moral improvement, and travel writing.
Carl Thompson is a Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent
Early Modern Women's Writing
Thurgood and Cicely Johnson: SCRIPTURE WOMEN
Edited, with an introduction and notes, by Naomi Baker
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 048 9
A Lecture of Repentance (1636-7) and 'Fanatical Reveries'
(c. 1636-7) are two of the earliest known English conversion
narratives. Remarkably, both accounts were written by women.
Most available seventeenth-century women's writing originates
from elite levels of society, but Cicely Johnson was from
the 'middling sort', while Rose Thurgood was poor to the point
of starvation. Both women were Puritans, and both were also
connected with two infamous heretical prophets. Yet despite
their similarities, the social differences between them are
signalled throughout their accounts. The introduction to the
texts outlines the historical and cultural background of the
women and their works, including a discussion of the relationship
between the authors' social positions and the identities that
they construct in their narratives. As well as making these
striking accounts available in print for the first time, this
edition also demonstrates some of the ways in which such life
writings can inform our understanding of wider issues of class,
gender, religion and identity in early modern England.
Palmer: THE 'CENTURIES' OF JULIA PALMER
by V. Burke and E. Clarke
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 0616
Palmer's manuscript represents a very early collection of
poetry by a middle-class, self-taught woman. A fervent Presbyterian,
she lived in Restoration Westminster and was very aware of
the embattled state of Nonconformists under Charles II. The
poems were probably circulated or sung among Nonconformists
in her own and possibly other congregations as a source of
encouragement to the faithful. Her personal, emotional spirituality
was to become typical of Dissenting poetry in the eighteenth
century, but is extemely unusual in religious poetry of the
offer a full illustration of the idioms, doctrine and Biblical
interpretation characteristic of Presbyterian Calvinism. They
were written at a time of unprecedented religious and political
activity, and are evidence of the reaction of the Nonconformist
'middling sort', whose resistance was so feared by the King
and his ministers, to the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672.
They represent a style of religious poetry considered to be
unrhetorical and therefore less likely to be contaminated
by self-display, particularly if the author were a woman.
Clearly valued within this community---the manuscript was
left to a wealthy Dissenter and preserved long enough to be
collected by the antiquarian Sir Thomas Phillips in the nineteenth
century---the rhetoric of Palmer's poetry is very dfferent
from that of the literary elite in her period, but it deserves
attention in any account of literary activity in seventeenth-century
E. Wilson: OUR NIG, OR, SKETCHES FORM THE LIFE OF A FREE
Edited, with an introduction and notes by R. J. Ellis
Price: £6.99 ISBN 0 0905 48884 9
First published in Boston in 1859, Our
Nig, or, Sketches form the Life of a Free Black offers
a harrowing portrait of the sadistic maltreatment of Alfrado,
a young female African American bond servant. It shows how
racism can infect the whole body politic and how enslavement
can exist not just as a legally defined institution but also
as an apparatus of social practices and norms, even in a slave-free
State, namely Massachusetts. The novel thus shows how slavery
can indeed exist in ‘freedom’.
Nig is a milestone in African American writing. It stands
as the first published novel to be written by an African American
woman and the first African American novel to be published
in the USA.Limited in its circulation, Our Nig remained
hardly noticed until brought back to the public’s attention
in 1983, when Henry Louis Gates Jr. released a facsimile edition.
Only then did it start to receive the acclaim it deserved.
This is the first modern edition to be published.
R.J. Ellis is chair of the American and Canadian Studies Department
at the University of Birmingham.
Crane: MAGGIE: A GIRL OF THE STREETS 1893 EDITION.
Edited with an introduction and notes, by Christopher Gair.
Price: £7.99 ISBN 1 84233 015 2
first edition of Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the
Streets was published in 1893 under the pseudonym Johnston
Smith. Most reprints of the novel have followed the revised
1896 text, yet Crane made a number of cuts and changes for
this later edition. Most significantly, he deleted much
of a paragraph describing a menacing encounter Maggie has
just before her death. Once this cut is restored, the implications
of her death are substantially altered, a shift above all
marked by a fundamental adjustment to the gender politics
of the book.
plainly an important text written at a time when the United
States were in the midst of a series of economic and cultural
crises and the widespread sense of optimism in America after
the Civil War was steadily being replaced by disillusion.
Political and commercial corruption were rightly perceived
to characterize business life as the nineteenth century
drew to a close. The gradual shift in these decades from
the stereotype of the thrifty, hard-working American to
a vision of selfhood defined by consumption stemmed from
a recognition that, in an increasingly urbanised society,
traditional ideas about what Americans should aspire to
were rapidly becoming anachronistic. In Maggie, Crane
offers a particularly radical commentary on this America
as manifest in the nineteenth century's final decade.
With its frank
portrait of slum tenement life and prostitution, the book
was in danger of offending the sensibilities of a reading
public as yet unacquainted with the vigorous naturalist
fictions of Frank Norris, Jack London and Theodore Dreiser.
As such, Maggie, a Girl of the Streets ranks in importance
alongside Crane's other masterpiece, The Red Badge of
Gair is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of
Edited, with an introduction and notes, by Kate Fullbrook
Price: £6.99 ISBN 0 905 48843 1
first published in 1879 Hawthorne was attacked for
its stress upon the provinciality of American culture and
taste, which James represented as constraining Nathaniel Hawthorne.
But if biography takes the form of a complex negotiation between
the biographer’s self and the historical subject, then James’s
treatment of Hawthorne serves as a fascinating delineation
of his own literary and cultural self.
not only stands as an intriguing commentary by one important
writer on another but also speaks tellingly about the self-conscious
development of both American and modern culture. Hawthorne
is famously depicted as an exquisite ‘romancer’ of ‘light
and capricious’ intellect, whilst the Jamesian aesthetic self,
in the form of the generous, amused, and tolerant narrative
voice of Hawthorne, seeks to distance itself from his legacy,
presuming its own cultural maturity.
perversely, this attempt at differentiation illuminates the
anxious relationship between Hawthorne and James, and beyond,
to T.S.Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and the mainstream
of late American modernism. Deep ironies reside in James’s
words. ‘Whatever may have been Hawthorne’s private lot, he
has the importance of geing the most beautiful and most eminent
representative of a literature. The importance of the literature
may be questioned, but at any rate, in the field of letters,
Hawthorne is the most valuable example of the American genius’.
Fulbrook, who died in 2003, was Professor of English at the
University of the West of England.
Jameson: IN THE SECOND YEAR
Edited by Stan Smith
Price: £7.99 ISBN 1 84233 094 2
In the Second Year, originally published
in 1936, offers a vivid premonition of a British fascist regime
only five years in the future, modelling its narrative on
the events of Hitler's second year in power and his Night
of the Long Knives. As much a critique of Britain in 1936
as a warning of what might still be averted by determined
action, the novel is not however a political tract but an
eminently readable work of fiction. Its subtle characterisation
and dramatic plotting distiguish it from left-wing formula
novels of the 1930s, and underpin the shrewd analysis of contemporary
states of mind left, right and centre, all of which are found
wanting. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand
the interwar years, it is also, in the sheer power of its
story-telling, an enthralling novel for the general reader,
meriting comparison with such dystopian fictions as Nineteen
Eighty-Four, Brave New World, and Rex Warner's The
Aerodrome. Considered by Jameson to be her best work,
In the Second Year is, quite simply, a very good novel.
is a scandal that, of the nearly seventy books written by
the socialist and feminist author, Margaret Storm Jameson
(1891-1986), not one is currently in print. This reprinting
of In the Second Year is long overdue, and rectifies
in small part this state of affairs.
Middleton: HARRIS'S REQUIEM
Edited by David Belbin
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 123 X
Harris is on the cusp of great success as a classical composer.
But for every success he gets a knock back. This gripping,
superbly crafted novel portrays the classical music world
of the late fifties. It is the first paperback editions
of Harris’s Requiem, Stanley Middleton’s second
novel and his personal favourite.
Stanley Middleton is the author
of forty-three novels, all of them first published by Hutchinson.
‘Holiday’ won The Booker Prize in 1973. After
a spell in India during the Second World War, he worked
as a school teacher until retirement.
‘Every page is stamped with its author’s sharp,
crotchety, attractive ego-bristling, staccato dialogue,
sardonic aphorisms about music or sex or ambitious local
Edited by Ian Haywood and Maroula Joannou
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 069 1
Ellen Wilkinson, the first woman Labour
MP, is best remembered for leading a march of unemployed from
her Jarrow constituency to London in 1936. Her first novel
Clash is set a decade earlier, during the General Strike
and Miners' Lock-Out of 1926. Wilkinson was sent by the TUC
to tour the country in support of the strikers, and the book
bears all the marks of her first-hand experience.
moves skilfully between the comfortable world of the Bloomsbury
artistic set and the poverty-stricken communities of the Yorkshire
coalfields. The momentous events of the period are unfolded
around the life of Joan Craig, a young trade union official
torn between her commitment to the workers' cause and her
romantic love for a man not sharing her socialist ideals.
The book raises questions about the relationship between the
personal and the political and the public and the private
that still resonate today. This is the first critical edition
of Wilkinson's novel.
Wells: THE CROQUET PLAYER
Edited, with an introduction and notes, by John Hammond
Price: £6.99 ISBN 0 905 48889 X
published in London by Chatto and Windus in 1936, and in New
York by the Viking Press in 1937, The Croquet Player has
never been subsequently reprinted.
This is astonishing, given the extent to which this novella
stands as a prescient forecast of the turmoil in Europe leading
up to the start of World War Two and the events that happened
in the war itself: 'little children killed in air-raids in
This novella sees Wells at his brilliant best, in full narrative
control of his fantastic fable.
Hammond is founder and President of the H. G. Wells Society.
Garrett: THE COLLECTED GEORGE GARRETT
Edited with an introduction and notes, by Michael Murphy.
Price: £7.99 ISBN 0 0905 488 48 2
All but ignored by post-war critics, George
Garrett’s stories and reportage were praised by some of the
most influential writers of the 1930’s, including George Orwell,
Sylvia Townsend Warner and John Lehmann. His ability to shift
from realism to the symbolic has been likened to Conrad, making
his work indispensable to anyone interested in the full range
of British writing during the decade.
on Merseyside in 1896, Garret’s stories vividly record the
experiences of a merchant seaman during the First World War
and his return to the working-class realities of ‘a land fit
for heroes.’ Also included are Garrett’s first-hand accounts
of life on the breadline in twenties Liverpool, and of the
1922 Hunger March. Both display his powers as a satirist and
social critic in the tradition of Defoe.
Collected George Garrett also contains his critical ripostes
to Conrad’s ‘The Nigger of the Narcissus’, and an extract
from his essay on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The collection
concludes with a previously unpublished autobiographical sketch
set in the pre-1914 docklands of Liverpool.
Murphy’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Critical
Survey, London Magazine, Miscelania, Poetry Ireland Review
and Symbiosis. His first collection poems, after
Attila, is published by Shoestring Press. Michael is
a Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University.
EXTRAORDINARY!! RADICAL BROADSIDES OF
THE MID 1790s
Edited with an introduction, commentary and notes, by John
Price: £10.99 ISBN 1 84233 052 7
A new, witty and immensely inventive form
of political propaganda appeared in London in the mid-1790s:
a series of mock-advertisements and other public announcements
which represented the activities of George III, of the government
of William Pitt, and of the leaders of the British Army fighting
the French Republic, as so many spectacles and entertainments:
as plays, pantomimes, auction sales, art-exhibitions, ceremonial
processions, and magic-shows.
satires use all the design know-how and typographical high
jinks of late eighteenth century street advertising, and many
of them remain hilariously funny despite the passage of 200
years. They also raise some fascinating questions, about who
wrote them, how they were disseminated, their audience, and
the relations between 'polite' politicians and the popular
radicalism in the years of the French Revolution. This book
presents 26 of these satires, together with an explanatory
Introduction and full commentary. Exhibition Extraordinary!!
will fascinate all those interested in political history and
the history of the theatre, as well as students and scholars
with an interest in British culture during the French Revolution.
Barrell is Professor of English in the Centre for Eighteenth
Century Studies at the University of York. He is the author
of a number of books on eighteenth and early nineteenth century
literature, art and politics, most recently Imagining the
King's Death (Oxford, 2000).
More: TALES FOR THE COMMON PEOPLE AND OTHER CHEAP REPOSITORY
Edited by Clare MacDonald Shaw
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 062 4
More's work, neglected for much of the twentieth century,
is being critically evaluated. She gave the controversial
title Tales for the Common People to a selection of
her Cheap Repository Tracts, first published between 1795
and 1798 and distributed across the nation to more than two
million people in a remarkable cultural experiment which was
politically counter-revolutionary and morally radical. Fissures
in her texts reveal creative conflict as she advocates the
values of the prevailing ideology while seeking to modify
These simple but influential texts deserve reading by students
of women's writing, social historians and anyone interested
in methods of converting minds by the use of fiction. The
present edition draws on the early chapbook versions of these
tracts, printing some with their original woodcuts.
with an introduction and notes, by Clare MacDonald Shaw, formerly
a Senior Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University.
Kenyon: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE . The stories of Joe Kenyon
Edited by David Donnison
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 082 9
Kenyon was born into a miner's family in Carlton village,
near Barnsley in Yorkshire, in 1915. After his father contracted
tuberculosis and was confined in sanitoria, life was very
hard for the Kenyons. The children were often unable to go
to school and Joe was largely self-educated. Down the pit
by the age of fourteen, he continued to read voraciously.
Although he tried other jobs from time to time, he always
returned to the Barnsley coal pits. When the dust finally
caught up with Joe Kenyon in 1960, compelling him to leave
colliery work, he became an organiser for the National Council
of Labour Colleges, a Trades Union official and a welfare
rights specialist in a Home Office Community Development Project.
Spoken in Joe Kenyon's gentle Barnsley accent, these stories
of his life come out of a Yorkshire working-class oral tradition.
Told to his wife, Irene, when she lay dying of cancer and
typed up later, they are always vivid, poignant, enraging,
uproarious - posing ever-relevant moral and political questions.
His book is as an invaluable source for all concerned with
social, political history, and a genuine work of literature
that will fascinate readers of all ages.
Green: A CHRONICLE OF SMALL BEER
Edited by R.J. Ellis, with an introduction by Martin
Price: £6.99 ISBN 1 84233 105 1
Green (1904-1984) dedicated her life to what she identified
as the cause of humanity. Born in Nottingham and brought up
in Beeston and Birmingham, she grew into adulthood witnessing
the achievements of the suffragettes, First World War rationing,
the rise of Labour in the 1920s and the Depression - a period
during which she firstly rebelled against her family and then
its conservative politics. She also became increasingly politically
active, first within the Labour movement, then within the
During this period she married a fellow activist, became a
mother and then, unconventionally, followed her husband to
Spain to join the Republican cause. Her husband died in action
on the very last day that the International Brigades fought
the fascists, and Nan Green returned to the United Kingdom
to take up her campaigning for the Republican cause and its
refugees during World War Two. After the war she became involved
in Communist activities within the Peace Movement. Her Party
work eventually took her to China as a translator from where,
after a brief visit to apartheid South Africa, she returned
to the United Kingdom and continuing work for the veterans
of the Spanish International Brigades and other socialist
Nan Green's memoirs simply but eloquently trace this political
and geographical pilgrimage, with its constant campaigning,
activism, and the dilemmas these posed, as the Communist movement
adjusted to the shocks of the Hitler-Stalin pact, the Soviet
Russian show trials and other excesses, and the transformative
convolutions of Chinese communism under Mao Tse-tung. A Chronicle
of Small Beer is a moving tale of her continuing commitment
in the face of the very different kinds of adversity and fulfilment
that she experienced.
Blythe : A WRITER'S DAY-BOOK
£9.99 ISBN 1 84233 124 8
Essays is an occasional series of commissioned volumes
in which key practitioners write critically on aspects of
creative writing and on other writers and their works. In
A Writer’s Day-book Ronald Blythe, the eminent author
of Akenfield, Divine Landscapes and many other notable titles,
offers a lively selection from the ‘day-book’
of his reading and writing life, focusing on a wide range
of writers who have inspired him, from Thomas Traherne to
Virginia Woolf, Laurie Lee to Russell Hoban. This is Ronald
Blythe’s second title for Trent, following his well-received
collection of edited talks ‘on and around’ John
Clare, Talking About John Clare (1999). Clare remains a key
figure in this second book, along with other Blythe touchstones
such as the writers and artists of the First World War, and
the representation of the rural world.
Blythe : TALKING ABOUT JOHN CLARE
£7.99 ISBN 0 905 488 44 X
and poets are often strongly drawn to John Clare (1793-1864),
the greatest poet of English rural life. Ronald Blythe's love
for Clare began when a friend introduced him to Sidney Keyes's
1941 verse-tribute to Clare, and blossomed when he was invited
to be the President of the newly formed John Clare Society.
His talks about Clare are gathered together for the first
time here. Written over three decades, they offer a unique
contibution to the study of Clare and his tradition, tracing
the qualities that have drawn writers and readers to Clare,
and considering Clare's place in the changing rural world.
Blythe is the President of the John Clare Society, and one
of our most eminent rural writers. His famous account of a
Suffolk village, Akenfield, has recently been re-issued
by Penquin as a Twentieth Century Classic.
most recent publications are a book of essays, Going to
See George and Other Outings (Long Barn Books, 1999);
First Friends (Viking Penquin, 1999), a study of the
young Paul and John Nash and Dora Carrington and their relationships
in the period 1910-1920; and Out of the Valley (Viking
Penquin, 2000), a journal in the style of Word from Wormingford.
Porter: SAVING FROM THE WRECK
Price: £8.99 ISBN 1 84233 055 1
From The Wreck: Essays on Poetry brings together a number
of Peter Porter's critical essays on poetry. The essays, which
started life as lectures, addresses, or in one instance a
radio talk, range in subject matter from the Earl of Rochester
through Pope, Christopher Smart, George Crabbe and Robert
Browning to Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery, and from meditations
on poetry and music to the difficulties and rewards of translation.
They are witty, deeply informed, fluently conversational and,
as is to be expected, of unfailing interest to those concerned
with the craft of poetry.
Porter has been described as 'one of the few poets equal to
our serious times'. When his two-volume Collected Poems
was published in 1999 it was widely hailed as demonstrating
beyond doubt Porter's right to be considered as among the
finest of contemporary poets.
an introduction by John Lucas.
Lucas: STARTING TO EXPLAIN: ESSAYS ON TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH
AND IRISH POETRY
Price: £9.99 ISBN 1 84233 086 1
To Explain: Essays on Twentieth Century British and Irish
Poetry brings together work produced over the past twenty
years by a critic whom Terry Eagleton described in The
Independent On Sunday as possessing 'a quick, erudite
sense of English social history', and whose writing on modern
poets has been praised in the New Statesman for its 'alert
commitment to the craft of poetry'.
to Explain begins with a consideration of Hardy's Wessex
Poems and ends with an essay on contemporary anthologies.
In between come extended essays on poets D.H. Lawrence, Ivor
Gurney, edgell Rickword, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Roy Fuller,
W.S. Graham, Philip Larkin, Roy Fisher, Seamus Heaney and
others, alongside more general pieces on such subjects as
poetry and politics and poetry and jazz.
Lucas, emeritus Professor of English at The Nottingham Trent
University, is the author of six collections of poetry, most
recently A World Perhaps: New and Selected Poems, and
of numerous works of criticism and literary scholarship. Since
1994 he has been publisher of Shoestring Press.
Burns, Beats, Bohemians and Intellectuals
£7.99 ISBN 0 905 488 57 1
in Paris in the 1920s, radical writers in the 1930s, New York
Intellectuals in the 1940s, Beat in the 1950: these are just
some of the subjects covered in Beats, Bohemians and Intellectuals.
Ranging over several decades, but interlocking at all times,
the essays look at almost forgotten novelists like Robert
McAlmon and Isaac Rosenfeld, offer fresh views of poets such
as Kenneth Patchen and Kenneth Fearing, investigate the world
of critics Irving Howe and Alfred Kazin, and inspect the lives
of both major beat poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder
and more minor Beat writers. In between they touch on the
Spanish Civil War, the rise of Greenwich Village as a bohemian
centre, the early poetry of Charles Bukowski, the place of
women in the Beat literary canon, the curious life of the
hipster idol, Lord Buckley and the role of little magazines
in introducing new American writing to British readers. What
is revealed by these essays is a vibrant and vital world of
American literature and culture.
Burns is a widely published poet and critic. His most recent
collections of poems are Confessions of an Old Believer
(Redbeck Press, 1966) and As Good a Reason As Any
(Redbeck Press, 1999).
collection is edited by John Freeman.