2009年11月30日 星期一

Énergie spirituelle.Anthropology, history, and education /Kant

主要作者 Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804
劃一題名 Selections. English. 2007
書名/作者 Anthropology, history, and education / edited by Günter Zöller, Robert B. Louden ; translated by Mary Gregor ... [et al.]
出版項 Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007

總圖2F人社資料區 B2758 G75 2007 2738331 可流通

Bergson, Henri, 1859-1941
劃一題名 Énergie spirituelle. English
書名/作者 Mind-energy / by Henri Bergson ; translated by H. Wildon Carr ; edited by Keith Ansell Pearson and Michael Kolkman ; with an introduction by Keith Ansell Pearson
出版項 Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

主要作者 Bergson, Henri, 1859-1941
劃一題名 Énergie spirituelle. English
書名/作者 Mind-energy : lectures and essays / by Henri Bergson ; translated by H. Wildon Carr
出版項 Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1975, c1920

總圖2F密集書庫 B 2430 B4 E5 1975 1454816 可流通

總圖2F人社資料區 B2430.B4 E5 2007 3083221 到期 12-21-09

The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters
Recent edition cover
Author C. S. Lewis
Country Ireland
Language English
Genre(s) Christian satire
Publisher Geoffrey Bles
Publication date 1942
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 175 pp
ISBN 978-0-06-065293-7

The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetics novel written in epistolary style by C. S. Lewis, first published in book form in 1942. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior tempter named Wormwood, so as to advise him on methods of securing the damnation of a British man, known only as "the Patient".

Screwtape (along with his trusted scribe Toadpipe) holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy ("Lowerarchy") of Hell, and acts more as a mentor than a supervisor to Wormwood, the inexperienced tempter; almost every letter ends with the signature, "Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape". In the body of the thirty-one letters which make up the book, Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and promoting sin in his Patient, interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine.

The Screwtape Letters was dedicated by C.S. Lewis to his friend J. R. R. Tolkien.

In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in living out Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, as seen from the demon/devil's viewpoint. Wormwood and Screwtape live in a peculiarly morally reversed world, where individual benefit and greed are seen as the greatest good, and neither demon is capable of comprehending or acknowledging true human virtue when he sees it.

Versions of the letters were originally published in The Guardian, and the standard edition contains an introduction explaining how the author chose to write his story.

While The Screwtape Letters is one of Lewis' most popular works, Lewis claimed that the book was "not fun" to write, and he "resolved never to write another 'Letter'." (See his Preface to Screwtape Proposes a Toast.) However, in 1959 he wrote an sequel to it, Screwtape Proposes a Toast.

The Screwtape Letters, along with Screwtape Proposes a Toast, has also been released on both audio cassette and CD narrated by John Cleese of Monty Python and Joss Ackland.



Plot overview

The Screwtape Letters comprises thirty-one letters written by a senior demon named Screwtape to his nephew, a young demon named Wormwood. Screwtape's letters contain advice for how to turn Wormwood's "Patient", an ordinary man living in war-time England, toward "Our Father Below" (Devil / Satan) and away from "the Enemy" (God).

After the first letter, the Patient converts to Christianity, and Wormwood is given a severe rebuking and threatened with the "usual penalties" at the House of Correction for Incompetent Tempters. A striking contrast is formed between Wormwood and Screwtape during the rest of the book. Wormwood is depicted through Screwtape's letters as much closer to what conventional wisdom has said about demons, i.e., wanting to tempt his patient into extravagantly wicked and deplorable sins and constantly writing about the war that is going on for the latter half of the book. Screwtape, on the other hand, is not interested in getting the patient to commit anything spectacularly evil, saying that "the safest path to hell is the gradual one." He sees a demon's primary goal to befuddle and confuse, rather than tempt.

Lewis's use of this "correspondence" is both varied and hard-hitting. With his own views on theology, Lewis covers areas as diverse as sex, love, pride, gluttony, and war. Lewis, an Oxford scholar himself, suggests in his work that even intellectuals are not impervious to the influence of such demons, especially in regards to being led towards placated acceptance of the "Historical Point of View."

In the last letter, it emerges that the Patient has been killed during an air raid (World War II having broken out between the fourth and fifth letters), and has gone to Heaven. Wormwood is punished for letting a soul 'slip through his fingers' by being handed over to the fate that would have awaited his patient had he been successful: the consumption of his spiritual essence by the other demons. Screwtape responds to his nephew's desperate final letter by assuring him that he may expect just as much assistance from his "increasingly and ravenously affectionate" uncle as Screwtape would expect from Wormwood were their situations reversed, paralleling a situation where Wormwood himself turned his uncle over to Satan for making a religiously positive remark that would offend him.

Screwtape Proposes a Toast

The short sequel essay Screwtape Proposes a Toast, first published in 1959, is an addendum to The Screwtape Letters. It takes the form not of a letter but rather an after-dinner speech given by Screwtape at the Tempters' Training College for young demons. It first appeared as an article in the Saturday Evening Post.

Screwtape Proposes a Toast is Lewis's criticism of levelling and featherbedding trends in public education; more specifically, as he reveals in the foreword to the American edition, public education in America (though in the text, it is English education that is held up as the purportedly awful example).

The Cold War opposition between the West and the Communist World is explicitly discussed as a backdrop to the educational issues. Screwtape and other demons are portrayed as consciously using the subversion of education and intellectual thought in the West to bring about its overthrow by the communist enemy from without and within. In this sense Screwtape Proposes a Toast is more strongly political than The Screwtape Letters where no strong stand is made on political issues of the day, i.e., World War II.

Comic book adaptation

Marvel Comics and religious book publisher Thomas Nelson produced a comic book adaptation of The Screwtape Letters in 1994.[1]

Film adaptation

On Wednesday, January 31, 2006 it was announced that Walden Media had bought the rights to turn the book into a feature film. Walden Media is the same company that previously developed Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series. Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four) and Douglas Gresham (Lewis' stepson) will co-produce. "With the right script," Winter said, "dealing with temptation and that whole upside down world, it could be a very, very interesting movie. And it's going to be dark. This isn't a light, happy, Narnia piece."

Stage adaptation

The Fellowship for the Performing Arts obtained from the Lewis estate the rights to adapt The Screwtape Letters for the stage. The initial production opened off-off-Broadway at Theatre 315 in New York City in January 2006. The initial three-week run was extended to eleven sold-out weeks by popular demand, and closed only because the theater was contractually obligated to another production.[2] It was co-written by Max McLean (who also starred) and Jeffrey Fiske (who also directed). A second, expanded production opened off Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clements on 18 October 2007, originally scheduled to run through at least January 6, 2008; the production re-opened at the Mercury Theater in Chicago in September 2008, and is currently on a national tour until January 2010.

Audio drama

Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, which received a Peabody Award and multiple Audie awards for excellence in broadcasting and production, was granted the rights to dramatize "The Screwtape Letters" as a feature length audio drama. Production began in 2008 and a fall 2009 release has been announced.[3] It has also been announced that Andy Serkis, known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, will be providing the voice for Screwtape. There is a 7-and-a-half minute video preview of the Radio Theatre production with interviews and making-of footage.[4]

Cultural references

The book itself may be considered to be a cultural reference to Mark Twain´s work Letters from the Earth, like The Great Divorce is to William Blake´s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.[citation needed]

Randy Alcorn wrote a similar book, Lord Foulgrin's Letters. Some demons' letters are found by a human and the demons are punished by Beelzebub for their incompetence in losing them. Alcorn has also written a sequel, The Ishbane Conspiracy.

The author Peter Kreeft wrote a book "in the style of" The Screwtape Letters called The Snakebite Letters.

In his series of very short stories, The Periodic Table of Science Fiction, science fiction author Michael Swanwick wrote the story titled Dysprosium in the style of a new, recent letter from Screwtape to Wormwood. In this story, "dysprosium" is described as an "element of confusion and miscommunication in language", something which has been a great success story for the Infernal Establishment.

The song Oubliette (Disappear) by The Receiving End of Sirens, is based on an excerpt from "The Screwtape Letters"[5]

Screwtape appears in the story "The Ministry of Lies"[6] from the collection "Fire from Heaven and Other Stories" by Philip Marshall.[7]

The song "My Dear Wormwood" from the album "As The World" by Echolyn, is directly inspired by the book.

Cartoonist Bill Watterson revealed in Calvin and Hobbes: The Tenth Anniversary Book that the character of Mrs. Wormwood, Calvin's teacher, was named for the character in The Screwtape Letters.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote a book titled "The Enoch Letters" following this same format, but set as letters from friends into and out of the translated city of Enoch.

In the music video for "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", Bono is shown reading The Screwtape Letters while walking down a street.



  1. ^ Lewis, C. S. The Screwtape Letters. The Christian classic series. New York: Marvel Comics, 1994. ISBN 978-0840762610
  2. ^ "About the NYC Production of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters". http://www.fpatheatre.com/current/. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  3. ^ http://www.radiotheatre.org
  4. ^ Video preview of audiotape
  5. ^ http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858677260/
  6. ^ "The Ministry of Lies"
  7. ^ ISBN 0-473-06590-8

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【作  者】葛康俞 著
【出 版 社】 生活·读书·新知三联书店

  康俞先生品評中國古代書畫名跡的佳作,20世紀40年代撰成於四川江津,凡9萬餘字,全部工楷自書;著錄作品190餘件,均為極其珍貴之古代藝術名 品,今半數藏於臺北故宮博物院。葛康俞,安徽懷寧人,書畫家,早年與李可染、艾青同學于杭州藝專,既精於繪事,亦深具文史修養,故立論切實,或辨析源流, 或闡發畫理,多具卓見。宗白華、啟功二老先後展看多月,並跋書後,宗老且抄全書留存。這部遺稿得幾位前輩鼎力推薦,附錄長文《中國繪畫回顧與前瞻》由出版 家范用先生輾轉收集得來,王世襄先生親筆繕寫了讀後記。

 康俞先生品評中國古代書畫名跡的佳作,20世紀40年代撰成於四川江津,凡9萬餘字,全部工楷自書;著錄作品190餘件,均為極其珍貴之古代藝術名品, 今半數藏於臺北故宮博物院。葛康俞,安徽懷寧人,書畫家,早年與李可染、艾青同學于杭州藝專,既精於繪事,亦深具文史修養,故立論切實,或辨析源流,或闡 發畫理,多具卓見。宗白華、啟功二老先後展看多月,並跋書後,宗老且抄全書留存。這部遺稿得幾位前輩鼎力推薦,附錄長文《中國繪畫回顧與前瞻》由出版家范 用先生輾轉收集得來,王世襄先生親筆繕寫了讀後記。


2009年11月29日 星期日



劫後輝煌/鄭延國 2009-4-29

「文 化大革命」的熊熊烈火曾燃燒達十年之久。期間,不知有多少歷經千百年的文物古

跡毀於一旦,不知有多少值得永久保存的文書筆劄付之一炬。前者往往是造反者所 為,後者有時也難免是蒙難人的一種自保。但亦有不少人,在「最後一分鐘」,果斷地將一些文物,特別是將那些珍貴的書劄加以保藏,使它們免受了火焚的劫難。 羅新璋保藏傅雷信函便是一例。


不 過細心的高老師還是想到了傅雷的幾封書信和經他修改的譯稿。倘若被翻了出來,無疑是一樁「罪證」。於是二人忍痛將其火焚。當一頁頁的紙箋投入火中化為飛灰 湮滅時,羅新璋將傅雷一九六三年一月六日的那封信函,看了又看,撫了又撫,剛要擲於火中,又慌忙縮了回來,如是者再三。最後,勇敢戰勝了怯懦,他將此信迅 速地塞進了棉褲口袋……

十年之後,邪惡的罪火終於為聖潔的甘霖澆熄,免於焚毀的寶物很快又重見 天日。羅新璋保存的傅雷書信於一九七九年全文刊布在《讀書》雜誌上。傅雷那些別具識見的翻譯理念終於得到了充分的張揚。隨後,羅新璋寫出了一篇又一篇的妙 文,令譯壇受到了一次又一次的感動,如《讀傅雷譯品隨感》、《我國自成體系的翻譯理論》等等。



Ronald Dore 企业为谁而在

企业为谁而在:献给日本型资本主义的悼词 (副標題是北京大學出版社誣詆仇日者所添加的)
出 版 社:北京大学出版社
  • 出版时间:2009-10-01
  • 页  数:253页
  • I S B N :9787301157084
  • 版  次:
  • 印  次:1次
  • 开  本:32开
  • 装  帧:平装
  • 纸  张:普通
  • 适读人群:企业管理者


第一章 企业治理机制:治乱之时
第二章 全球标准与企业治理机制
第三章 改革的必要性何在
第四章 组织变革
第五章 股东影响力
第六章 股东天下的养老问题
第七章 利益相关者的影响力
第八章 重新思考的机会
第九章 利益相关者企业的可能性


第一章 企业治理机制:治乱之时
   对于这种说法,我想反问的是:“难道贵公司在导入所谓企业治理机制之前一直处于无政府状态吗?”在多数场合,所谓“已经导入”指的是重组董事会、聘请外 部董事、实行执行董事制度、将企业变为委员会设置型企业等随波逐流的改革。但是,所谓企业治理机制并非仅仅意味着上述美国型制度。从街头的蔬菜店到三菱重 工,所有的企业之中都有关于由谁作出重要决定的明确的或暗默的规则。企业治理机制就是这些规则的总和。

Ronald P. Dore

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Professor Ronald P. Dore is a British sociologist specialising in Japanese economy and society and the comparative study of types of capitalism. He is an associate of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and is a fellow of the British Academy, the Japan Academy, and the American Academy of Arts and Science. The citation for his eminent scholar award from the Academy of International Business describes him as "an outstanding scholar whose deep understanding of the empirical phenomena he studies and ability to build on it to develop theoretical contributions are highly respected not only by sociologists but also by economists, anthropologists, historians, and comparative business systems scholars" [1][1].



[edit] Early Life

The son of a train driver, Dore went to Poole Grammar School. With the outbreak of the Japanese war, he was one of a number of sixth form students chosen to study languages at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Although he had chosen Turkish as his first, and Chinese as his second choice language, he arrived at SOAS to discover that he had been enrolled in the Japanese course. After injuring himself before he could take part in active service, he returned to the UK to teach Japanese, and complete his external degree at London University. His first trip to Japan was in1950, arriving in Kobe[2].

[edit] Academic Career

Having learnt Japanese during the war, Dore graduated with a degree in Japanese from London University in 1947[3]. Dore began research in SOAS. He has also worked at the University of British Columbia, the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, the Technical Change Centre at Sussex, the Institute for Economic growth in Delhi, Imperial College in London, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology[1].

[edit] Research

[edit] Publications

  • Life in a Tokyo Ward. 1958.
  • British Factory, Japanese Factory. 1973.
  • "Goodwill and the spirit of market capitalism". British Journal of Sociology. 1983.
  • Flexible Rigidities. 1986.
  • Stock Market Capitalism, Welfare Capitalism: Japan and Germany versus the Anglo-Saxons. 2000.

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ a b c "AIB Fellow - Ronald P. Dore". http://aib.msu.edu/fellow.asp?FellowID=163.
  2. ^ "Interview of Ronald Dore". http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/1469.
  3. ^ "London School of Economics Biography page". http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/staff/person.asp?id=705.

美軍顧問團(在台工作口述歷史 )

題名: 此書和越戰憶往口述歷史一樣,共有中文版和英文版,兩個版本(內容同樣圖文並茂),

美軍顧問團在台工作口述歷史 編/著/譯者: 鄧克雄 出版機關: 國防部 出版年月: 民國97年05月


英文題名: US MAAG-TAIWAN: AN ORAL HISTORY 出版機關代碼: 305000000C 裝訂別: 精裝 尺寸: 菊16開 版次: 初版 發行數量: 3000 內容形式: 一般 適用對象: 成人(業務參考);成人(學術性);成人(休閒娛樂) 出版情況: 自行出版 著作財產權管理機關或擁有者: 國防部史政編譯室



跳轉到: 導航, 搜尋

美軍顧問團美國軍事援助技術團Military Assistance Advisory Group-MAAG),是美軍派駐在亞洲以訓練當地常規部隊的軍事顧問團。



[編輯] 柬埔寨......



[編輯] 起源

1950年6月25日韓戰爆發,美國決定重新資助在台灣的中華民國政府,而美軍顧問團正是美國軍事援助的一部份。該美軍顧問團的正式名稱為「美國軍事援助技術團」(Military Assistance and Advisory Group),正式進駐的時間為1951年4月23日,首任團長則為美國少將蔡斯。(Major General Williams C.Chase)。

該團人數於1951年駐守台灣時,只有連同團長的十二名軍官。團員及團長住宅設於台北市中山北路上,美國大使官邸(日治時期的美國在台領事館,今 光點台北)附近的政壇要人黃朝琴住宅(曾於1945年-1946年擔任台北市長),(1946年劉銘傳紀念館預定地,今 國賓飯店)。1954年因為國民政府與美國簽訂中美共同防禦條約,以顧問性質來台的美國軍士官大量來台,進駐中華民國國軍各部隊。台灣除了於天母陽明山山仔後一帶,興建俗稱「阿督仔厝」的眷舍供美軍顧問團居住外,也在台北市市區的民族東路中山北路之間的數,公頃土地興蓋美軍顧問團軍營總部(今中山美術公園)。

[編輯] 編制經過






[編輯] 主要任務


  • 提供中華民國政府軍事諮詢及美援武器並就其裝備檢討建議。
  • 協助中華民國國軍訓練
  • 執行「中(台)美防禦條約」內容執行。
  • 美國與中華民國軍方的聯絡事宜。
  • 監視中華民國政府,避免當時中華民國總統蔣介石的軍事冒進。
  • 越戰時期的後防並以美國利益實施軍事部署之任務。

[編輯] 參考資料

2009年11月28日 星期六


論王原祁《雨窗漫筆》龍脈觀的文化意義 · 郭建平 · 廈門大學,2009
comment: many trivial errors in the notes.



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第一章 緒論....1
第一節 前人研究與論文主旨....1
第二節 陳枚之生平及繪畫風格....5
第二章 《月曼清遊圖》冊的風格與相關問題...21
第一節 《月曼清遊圖》冊的畫風...21
第二節 圖文關係...29
第三節 畫中園林...42
第三章 《月曼清遊圖》冊的畫史意義..46
第一節 《月曼清遊圖》冊的使用脈絡...46
第二節 《月曼清遊圖》冊與現存成套的十二月令圖繪...53
第三節 盛清宮廷繪畫的美人圖像...61

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2009年11月25日 星期三

Robert Claiborne, Climate, man, and history

Climate, man, and history

作者:Robert Claiborne, 出版社:W. W. Norton & Company, 出版日期:1970-01-01

此書 1978年 <<氣候 人 歷史>> 香港: 今日世界出版社

Robert Watson Claiborne, Jr. (1919–1990) American folk singer, labor organizer and writer.

[edit] Overview

Robert Claiborne was a folk singer and union organizer in the 1940s and 1950s. He travelled and performed with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and others. Along with his first wife, Adrienne Claiborne, he wrote the song Listen Mr. Bilbo and several others, and hosted a folk radio show for a time.

As the Claibornes started a family, they both turned to writing to support it. Robert became an editor at Scientific American, only to lose his job in 1960 after the FBI visited and pointed out to the senior staff that he had had been called before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings as an ex-communist, and had refused to testify. They also pointed out that he was agitating against the then nascent Vietnam War, something often frowned upon in the early 1960s.

After losing his job, Claiborne found bread and butter work writing and editing some of the famous Time-Life series of science books. Among those he was a primary contributor to were The First Americans, The Birth of Writing, and Time. He also wrote a column for many years for Hospital Practice magazine. And he wrote or edited sections of highly-technical textbooks like Cell Membranes.

In the mid-sixties, he divorced and remarried, to short story writer, novelist and political activist Sybil Claiborne.

[edit] Science and linguistics

Starting in the 1970's, Claiborne embarked on a series of independent book projects again focusing on science for the layman. One of the first: Climate, Man and History, was translated into many languages and became a seminal work in the canon of climate-anthropology. Another, God or Beast was also well received. The two of these together formed part of a matrix of work by many 'popular science' authors in the 1970s and 1980s that was at least partly responsible for the genesis of later popular science blockbusters by other authors, like the recent Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.

During this period, Claiborne also wrote books on amateur astronomy (The Summer Stargazer) and marine biology, man's impact on the marine eco-system, and its impact on his development (On Every Side of the Sea), as well as several others.

Late in life, Claiborne turned to another life-long interest: linguistics in general and the English language in particular. His Our Marvelous Native Tongue (also called The Life and Times of the English Language) is a well-known book about the origins and evolution of English, spanning subjects as diverse as the Indo-Europeans, the Saxons, the King James Bible, Pidgin English, and African American Vernacular English (also called 'Ebonics').

During this late period, he also produced Saying What You Mean, a practical guide for writers, the less well-received Roots of English, which included a fascinating 're-assembled' hypothetical Indo-European dictionary, and Loose Cannons and Red Herrings: a book of lost metaphors, about metaphors that have merged into common usage to the point that the source of their meaning is obscured.

[edit] Death

He died of a sudden heart attack in early 1990. He is survived by two children: Amanda Claiborne and Samuel Claiborne, and a sister, Clara Claiborne Park, a writer and speaker on Autism whose book The Siege is considered a classic on the subject.

2009年11月24日 星期二

The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dickens and others


The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dickens

by Brian Murray

A fun, modern guide to Britain's most famous novelist.

  • Imprint: Continuum
  • Series: Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions
  • Pub. date: 01 Sep 2009
  • ISBN: 9780826418821
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Charles Dickens belongs to an exclusive literary club: he was immensely popular when he was alive, and his work has never fallen out of fashion. His books have been in print for over 140 years, and are widely read and admired every day, the world over. His larger than life style and over-the-top characters have inspired countless authors; his work has been adapted into plays, film and television—there are over 25 versions of A Christmas Carol alone!

A vital part of English literature’s history, Charles Dickens is a natural choice for Continuum’s Bedside treatment, and Brian Murray, an expert in Dickens and 19th- and 20th-century British literature, is the perfect tour guide into the wonderful world of all things Dickensian. Featuring countless fun facts and 175 illustrations—including photos, stills, and cartoons—this is the perfect gift for the literature lover in your life.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - The Inimitable Icon
"Life with Father"
What Gets Blacked in a Blacking Factory?
Dickens's Bookshelf
Sidebar: Dickens's Favourite Books
From the Gallery - Dickens's work as a Parliamentary reporter
Sidebar: A Short Look at Shorthand
"I'll Never Stop Saying Maria"--rejection by Maria Beadnell
Capsule: Sketches by Boz (1836)
The Boz Style
Capsule: The Pickwick Papers (1836)
Men with Pens: Dickens's Illustrators

Part 2 continues a Virtual Walking Tour to places associated with Dickens's life and work

Includes Capsules on Life and Adventures of Nichloas Nickleby (1830), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840), Barnaby Rudge (1841)
"Who Was Gordon and Why Did He Riot?" anti-Catholicism in Dickens's Day
Capsule: Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)
Sidebar: A Dickens's Crossword Puzzle

Part 3 continues the Walking Tour adn includes Capsules of David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, et al.
Sidebar: Dickens and W. C. Fields
Sidebar: Dickens in Nighttown
Was Dickens a Liberal or a Conservative?
Sidebar: Dickens on Film
"Diagnosis Exhaustion" A look at the medical reasons for Dickens's death at the relatively early age of 58
Dickens's Literary Descendents

(This is a truncated description, leaving much out, but providing a good sense of this book.)


Brian Murray, Brian Murray is the author of H.G Wells and Charles Dickens: Literature and Life, and a contributor and adviser to the Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century and The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular publications, including First Things, The Weekly Standard, and The Baltimore Sun.

作者:Williams, Raymond


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