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John Carey - Author

About the Author

John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of many books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray. His guide to twentieth century literature, Pure Pleasure, was described by James Wood in the London Review of Books as 'likeable, wise and often right . . . One feels an attractive sense of partisanship in Carey's writing, an alliance with the ordinary, the plain spoken, the unlettered, the sympathetic and the humane. Carey writes with an Orwellian attention to decency'. His celebrated polemic What Good are the Arts? provoked much debate and discussion in 2005. He has been a regular critic on BBC2's Newsnight Review, and is also the editor of the best-selling anthologies The Faber Book of Reportage, The Faber Book of Science and The Faber Book of Utopias.

Featured books by John Carey

The Unexpected Professor An Oxford Life in Books

The Unexpected Professor An Oxford Life in Books

Author: John Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

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 saw him elected, age 40, to Oxford's oldest English Literature professorship. He frankly portrays the snobberies and rituals of 1950s Oxford, but also his inspiring meetings with writers and poets - Auden, Graves, Larkin, Heaney - and his forty-year stint as a lead book-reviewer for the Sunday Times. This is a book about the joys of reading - in effect, an informal introduction to the great works of English literature. But it is also about war and family, and how an unexpected background can give you the insight and the courage to say the unexpected thing.

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Other books by John Carey

The Unexpected Professor An Oxford Life in Books

The Unexpected Professor An Oxford Life in Books

Author: John Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2014

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 saw him elected, age 40, to Oxford's oldest English Literature professorship. He frankly portrays the snobberies and rituals of 1950s Oxford, but also his inspiring meetings with writers and poets - Auden, Graves, Larkin, Heaney - and his forty-year stint as a lead book-reviewer for the Sunday Times. This is a book about the joys of reading - in effect, an informal introduction to the great works of English literature. But it is also about war and family, and how an unexpected background can give you the insight and the courage to say the unexpected thing.

Latin Prosody Made Easy

Latin Prosody Made Easy

Author: John Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

Believe in People The Essential Karel Capek

Believe in People The Essential Karel Capek

Author: John Carey, Karel Capek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2010

Playful and provocative, irreverent and inspiring, Capek is perhaps the best-loved Czech writer of all time. Novelist and playwright, famed for inventing the word 'robot' in his play RUR, Capek was a vital part of the burgeoning artistic scene of Czechoslovakia of the 1920s and 30s. But it is in his journalism - his brief, sparky and delightful columns - that Capek can be found at his most succinct, direct and appealing. This selection of Capek's writing, translated into English for the first time, contains his essential ideas. The pieces are animated by his passion for the ordinary and the everyday - from laundry to toothache, from cats to cleaning windows - his love of language, his lyrical observations of the world and above all his humanism, his belief in people. His letters to his wife Olga, also published here, are extraordinarily moving and beautifully distinct from his other writings. Uplifting, enjoyable and endlessly wise, Believe in People is a collection to treasure.

M. Accii Plauti Com Di, Superstites Viginti

M. Accii Plauti Com Di, Superstites Viginti

Author: John Carey, Titus Maccius Plautus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2009

The Violent Effigy A Study of Dickens' Imagination

The Violent Effigy A Study of Dickens' Imagination

Author: John Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2008

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 who commit murder or burst into flame or want to eat one another, but also required people soaped and regimented. The children he created were either the pious gnomes beloved of Victorian readers or callous, sharp-nosed children who pick out adults by the odd personal atmospheres they carry around. Among his females are mythic women whose insidious miniature weapons - needles, scissors - threaten the dominant male. He created a shadow-land between life and death, peopled by effigies, walking coffins, waxworks, stuffed creatures and disturbingly animated corpses. John Carey skilfully shows how Dickens demolished Victorian shams, while keeping at bay the terrors of his fantasy. He celebrates, above all, Dickens' peculiar genius for renewing the world by the curious lights he saw in it.

Working Bassist

Working Bassist

Author: John Carey Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2008

The Working Bassist, What You Really Need to Know to Survive in New York City Written for bassists and musicians alike, The Working Bassist, What You Really Need to Know to Survive in New York City, is designed to inform musicians and bassists interested in coming to New York City to pursue their musical endeavors. In addition to being informative, the series of interviews has been geared towards inspiring those who are already working musicians and bassists. The book contains over 30 interviews with NYC's busiest bassists, including top session players, sideman, soloists, bass instructors and NYC luthier, Roger Sadowsky. In addition, author John Carey provides several helpful tips on how to survive in New York City as a working bassist. Interviews include:Johannes Weidenmuller (Kenny Werner & educator at The New School Jazz & Contemporary Music, NYC), Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz), Patrick Pfeiffer (Bass Guitar for Dummies), Neil Jason (Cindy Lauper), Tim Lefebvre (James Taylor), Conrad Korsch (Rod Stewart), Mark Plati (David Bowie), Steve Jenkins (Vernon Reid), Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega), Roger Sadowsky (NYC luthier), Irio O'Farrill (NYC Broadway ace), Meshell Ndegocello (artist), Reggie Washington, Janek Gwizdala (Mike Stern), Ivan "e;Funkboy"e; Bodley (Sam Moore), Paul Frazier (David Byrne), Jeff Allen (Duncan Sheik), Kim Clarke (Defunkt), Percy Jones (Brand X) and many many more!!!REVIEWS:"e;This kind of veteran information can be considered a kind of survival guide to becoming a working, professional bass player, and should be required reading at music schools."e;Mike Visceglia - bassist & musical director for Suzanne Vega"e;John Carey has managed to put together a beautiful palette of colorful characters in his collection of interviews with New York City bassists, shedding light on how focus, dedication and perseverance helped each one of them make it in the ultimate metropolis of the performing arts. Carey's book should serve as a great inspiration for any new (or old) bass player trying to make it in The Big Apple."e;Patrick Pfeiffer - bassist & author of Bass Guitar for Dummies & Improve Your Groove"e;Author and working bassist John Carey has done the legwork for you and interviewed over thirty of New York cities top bassists. After breezing through this easy-to-read book, you will find '25 tips for success', a section with 'New York City Wisdom, Perspective and Inspiration' and even a space for your own notes!"e;Bass Musician Magazine"e;When New York bassist John Carey first approached me with his book, I thought, Finally! New York has always been extremely alluring but also intimidating, massive and overwhelming, so a guide to a bass player's specific needs is a godsend. Carey succeeds in bringing focused attention on the real-life experiences of a wide array of New York City bassists. . . Anyone toying with the idea of a move ought to buy this immediately."e;Bass Player Magazine"e;John's book is a great primer for bass players entering the scene. As the Zen Master's say, 'Fight your shame. Learn all you can from others. This is the secret to a successful life.'"e;John Miller - Broadway contractor, bassist & music coordinator"e;Carey has assembled a wealth of ideas for networking, sharing specific bass concepts, philosophy and equipment needs."e;Mark Egan - professional bassist (Sting, Mat Metheny Group, David Sanborn, Joan Osborne)"e;The Working Bassist, What You Really Need to Know to Survive in New York City, is an essential tool for any bassist who aspires to work in New York City or any other major metropolitan area. This is real world information that will prove to be invaluable to your career."e;Irio O'Farrill - professional bassist, music educator and author"e;Relevant questions, interesting and useful answers . . . a detailed but practical reference for musicians everywhere."e;Lincoln Goines - professional bassist (Randy Brecker, Tito Puente, Michael Brecker, Mike Stern, Dizzy Gillespie

Thackeray Prodigal Genius

Thackeray Prodigal Genius

Author: John Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

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 was the breeding ground of Vanity Fair; here we find the subversive Thackeray, foe of humbug and high art, waylaying snobbery and the cant of social reformers with bravura and buffoonery - the Thackeray who, in Trollope's words, 'laughed, and ate, and drank, and threw his pearls about with miraculous profusion.' In portraying the range and intensity of Thackeray's imagination, topics singled out include: light and painting; ballet dancers; pantomime; haute cuisine; time's ruins; and the rainbow realm of commerce. The picture of Thackeray, as man and artist, that emerges, is fresh and challenging.

John Donne Life, Mind and Art

John Donne Life, Mind and Art

Author: John Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

'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 John Donne: Life, Mind and Art is a unique attempt to see Donne whole. Beginning with an account of his life, it takes as its domain not only the whole range of the poetry, but also the sermons, the letters, the spiritual and controversial works, and such highly personal documents as the treatise on suicide. 'The one book we have needed all along... A magnificent exercise in reappraisal. I have never read a critical work which reaches as deeply inside the mind of its subject.' Jonathan Raban, Sunday Times

What Good are the Arts?

What Good are the Arts?

Author: John Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

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

What Good Are the Arts?

What Good Are the Arts?

Author: John Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2006

Hailed as exhilarating and suggestive (Spectator), thought-provoking and entertaining (David Lodge, Sunday Times), and incisive and inspirational (Guardian), What Good are the Arts? offers a delightfully skeptical look at the nature of art. John Carey-one of Britain's most respected literary critics-here cuts through the cant surrounding the fine arts, debunking claims that the arts make us better people or that judgments about art are anything more than personal opinion. But Carey does argue strongly for the value of art as an activity and for the superiority of one art in particular: literature. Literature, he contends, is the only art capable of reasoning, and the only art that can criticize. Literature has the ability to inspire the mind and the heart towards practical ends far better than any work of conceptual art. Here then is a lively and stimulating invitation to debate the value of art, a provocative book that anyone seriously interested in the arts should read (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post).

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