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Resuming Maurice: and other essays on writers and celebrity
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Resuming Maurice is a collection of personal essays on greater and lesser known writers whose lives and careers have sparked some of Philip Mosley's own literary and historical interests. Drawing on the experience of a 40-year academic career, he also introduces elements of personal narrative into his appreciations of this diverse set of authors whose backgrounds range from English (Vita Sackville West, Whitwell Elwin, George Barker, John Seymour, Virginia Haggard, J. K. Nettlefold), Welsh (Dylan Thomas) and American (Ned Washington) to Belgian (Maurice Maeterlinck), Danish (Karen Blixen), Mexican (Octavio Paz, Rosario Castellanos) and Kenyan (Ngugi wa Thiong'o).

Corresponding to the growing academic subdiscipline of celebrity studies, a unifying theme of literary celebrity and its discontents runs throughout the volume. To suggest figuratively the interconnective structure and spirit of the collection, `A convivial preface' ventures an imaginary dinner party attended by these authors with Mosley in the background. Chapter 1, `Resuming Maurice,' on Maeterlinck, is the capstone essay and includes a `Pre-amble' on the celebrity theme. The essays on Barker, Elwin, Seymour and Nettlefold have strong East Anglian connections, while the one on Virginia Haggard invokes the Norfolk origin of her famous great-uncle, the Victorian novelist Sir Henry Rider Haggard.

The collection aims at the `common reader' (in Virginia Woolf's sense), a broad audience of literary enthusiasts and especially those interested in how literary history and criticism, biography and memoir, and celebrity studies may intersect in productive and engaging ways.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essaysEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: general Publisher: Lasse Press Publication Date: 01/06/2019 ISBN-13: 9781999775261  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State University, USA, Philip Mosley grew up in Norwich, attended Norwich School, and obtained his MA and Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia. He is author of a number of books on literature and cinema, the most recent being The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers: Responsible Realism (2013). He was awarded the Prix de la Traduction in 2008 by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation for his translations of works by Belgian francophone authors, most recently that of Francois Jacqmin whose Book of the Snow (2010) was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

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