Richard Bradford - Author

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Born in Derbyshire in 1957, Richard Bradford was educated at the University of Wales and at Oxford. He has held academic posts in Oxford, Wales and Trinity College, Dublin. He is currently and Research Professor in English at the University of Ulster. He has published twenty books, including Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis (2001), First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin (2005) and The Life of A Long Distance Writer: The Authorised Biography of Alan Sillitoe.

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The Man Who Wasn't There A Life of Ernest Hemingway

The Man Who Wasn't There A Life of Ernest Hemingway

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Ernest Hemingway was an involuntary chameleon, who would shift seamlessly from a self-cultivated image of hero, aesthetic radical, and existential non-conformist to a figure made up at various points of selfishness, hypocrisy, self-delusion, narcissism and arbitrary vindictiveness. Richard Bradford shows that Hemingway's work is by parts erratic and unique because it was tied into these unpredictable, bizarre features of his personality. Impressionism and subjectivity always play some part in the making of literary works. Some authors try to subdue them while others treat them as the essentials of creativity but they endure as a ubiquitous element of all literature. They are the writer's private signature, their authorial fingerprint. In this ground-breaking and intensely revealing biography, which includes a complete reassessment of Hemingway's oeuvre Hemingway's unfixed personality is shown to be the index to why and how he wrote as he did.

Morgenhimmel uber Sagrado

Morgenhimmel uber Sagrado

Author: Richard Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2017

Der Krieg verschlagt Josh mit seiner Mutter nach Mexiko. Hier, in einer fremden, rauheren Umgebung, sammelt der Junge Erfahrungen, die ihm seine bisherige Umwelt vorenthalten hat. Abenteuer, Spiel und tolpatschige Versuche, in die Welt der Erwachsenen vorzudringen, fullen den Tag aus, bis der Tod des Vaters ihn zwingt, die Verantwortung fur die hilflose Mutter zu ubernehmen. Josh wird erwachsen. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

The Importance of Elsewhere Philip Larkin's Photographs

The Importance of Elsewhere Philip Larkin's Photographs

Author: Richard Bradford, Philip Larkin, Mark Haworth-Booth Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2017

'Larkin's photographs not only illustrate his poems - they explain and deepen them ... superlative, succinct and subtle biographical commentary'. The Times The most widely read British poet of the twentieth century, Philip Larkin was also a keen amateur photographer and through his life he made images of the people, places and things that meant most to him. The Importance of Elsewhere gathers the best of Larkin's photographic work, divided into short thematic chapters arranged in chronological order. Written by Richard Bradford, the acclaimed author of the Larkin biography First Boredom, Then Fear, the book shows how Larkin, as an individual, as a writer and indeed as a photographer, developed an acute sensitivity to all aspects of the world around him, from his love of open uninhabited landscapes and empty churches to his mixed feelings about crowds. There are also fascinating portraits of those people who were closest to Larkin, including his lovers, his mother and his literary peers. The book beautifully reproduces more than 200 images from the Larkin archive at Hull: the majority have never previously been seen in print. A substantial foreword by Mark Haworth-Booth, formerly curator of photography at the V&A, explores what it meant to be a serious amateur photographer of Larkin's generation. Together with Larkin's literary works and his letters, these images make up the third, so far unseen, constituent of the material upon which our future perceptions of him will be based.

Is Shakespeare any Good? And Other Questions on How to Evaluate Literature

Is Shakespeare any Good? And Other Questions on How to Evaluate Literature

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2015

Is Shakespeare any Good? reveals why certain literary works and authors are treated as superior to others, and questions the literary establishment s criteria for creating an imperium of great writers. Enables readers to articulate and formulate their own arguments about the quality of literature including works that convention forbids us to dislike Dismantles the claims of academic criticism particularly Theory to tell us anything useful about why we like or appreciate literature Challenges and shatters many longstanding beliefs about literature and its evaluation Poses serious questions about the value of literature, and studying literature, and presents these in a lively and entertainingly provocative manner

Is Shakespeare any Good? And Other Questions on How to Evaluate Literature

Is Shakespeare any Good? And Other Questions on How to Evaluate Literature

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2015

Is Shakespeare any Good? reveals why certain literary works and authors are treated as superior to others, and questions the literary establishment s criteria for creating an imperium of great writers. Enables readers to articulate and formulate their own arguments about the quality of literature including works that convention forbids us to dislike Dismantles the claims of academic criticism particularly Theory to tell us anything useful about why we like or appreciate literature Challenges and shatters many longstanding beliefs about literature and its evaluation Poses serious questions about the value of literature, and studying literature, and presents these in a lively and entertainingly provocative manner

John Milton

John Milton

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2013

Graphic Poetics Poetry as Visual Art

Graphic Poetics Poetry as Visual Art

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2012

'Concrete', 'pattern' or 'shaped' poems are well documented as experimental curiosities. While giving some attention to this sub-genre the book shifts the focus to the ways in which visual form manifests itself in 'traditional' verse, examining poems by Milton, Wordsworth, Eliot, Olson, T.E. Hulme, Auden, Williams, Larkin and Charles Tomlinson. It examines how the tactile presence of the poem on the page transcends the routine distinctions between genre and historical context, emerging as a significant but largely unexamined contribution to modernist poetics. The interpretative methodology is radical, adapting Wollheim's 'twofold thesis' - grounded in the aesthetics of visual art - to the author's own concept of the 'double pattern'. Graphic Poetics challenges the accepted protocols of reading and interpreting verse and considers how poetry is involved in a dialogue with such theoreticians as Derrida. Introducing a new perspective on how poems work and on how they generate effects, it shows how poets use devices previously unrecognised and unacknowledged, techniques which are more commonly associated with visual arts than with literature.

Teaching Theory

Teaching Theory

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2011

Teaching Theory offers a selection of essays on the pragmatics, benefits and shortcomings of Theory as a key aspect of literature teaching in universities. They range from reflective discussions of Theory as an intellectual challenge for undergraduates to accounts of the day-to-day problems of planning and teaching courses and implementing Theory.

Teaching Theory

Teaching Theory

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2011

Teaching Theory offers a selection of essays on the pragmatics, benefits and shortcomings of Theory as a key aspect of literature teaching in universities. They range from reflective discussions of Theory as an intellectual challenge for undergraduates to accounts of the day-to-day problems of planning and teaching courses and implementing Theory.

Graphic Poetics Poetry as Visual Art

Graphic Poetics Poetry as Visual Art

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2011

Concrete', 'pattern' or 'shaped' poems are well documented as experimental curiosities. While giving some attention to this sub-genre the book shifts the focus to the ways in which visual form manifests itself in traditional verse, examining poems by Milton, Wordsworth, Eliot, Olson, T.E. Hulme, Auden, Williams, Larkin and Charles Tomlinson. It examines how the tactile presence of the poem on the page transcends the routine distinctions between genre and historical context, emerging as a significant but largely unexamined contribution to modernist poetics. The interpretative methodology is radical, adapting Wollheim's twofold thesis grounded in the aesthetics of visual art to the author's own concept of the double pattern Graphic Poetics challenges the accepted protocols of reading and interpreting verse and considers how poetry is involved in a dialogue with such theoreticians as Derrida. Introducing a new perspective on how poems work and on how they generate effects, it shows how poets use devices previously unrecognised and unacknowledged, techniques which are more commonly associated with visual arts than with literature.

Poetry The Ultimate Guide

Poetry The Ultimate Guide

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/11/2010

Richard Bradford's new introduction to poetry begins with and answers the slippery question, 'what is poetry?'. The book provides a compact history of English poetry from the 16th century to the present day and surveys the major critical and theoretical approaches to verse. It tackles the important issues of gender, race and nationality and concludes with a lengthy account of how to recognise good poetry. This engaging and readable book is accessible to all readers, from those who simply enjoy poetry through university first years to graduate students. Poetry: The Ultimate Guide provides the technical and critical tools you need to approach and evaluate poetry, and to articulate your own views.

Poetry The Ultimate Guide

Poetry The Ultimate Guide

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2010

Richard Bradford's new introduction to poetry begins with and answers the slippery question, 'what is poetry?'. The book provides a compact history of English poetry from the 16th century to the present day and surveys the major critical and theoretical approaches to verse. It tackles the important issues of gender, race and nationality and concludes with a lengthy account of how to recognise good poetry. This engaging and readable book is accessible to all readers, from those who simply enjoy poetry through university first years to graduate students. Poetry: The Ultimate Guide provides the technical and critical tools you need to approach and evaluate poetry, and to articulate your own views.

Life Writing Essays on Autobiography, Biography and Literature

Life Writing Essays on Autobiography, Biography and Literature

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2009

This volume of more than twenty essays reflects the intersections between biography, autobiography and literature. Several pieces focus upon the contentious sub-genre of literary biography, while others examine the autobiographical threads that are detachable in literary writing and a variety of other forms.

Fort Bennett, 1775

Fort Bennett, 1775

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/07/2009

First Boredom, Then Fear The Life of Philip Larkin

First Boredom, Then Fear The Life of Philip Larkin

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2009

When Philip Larkin's letters were published in 1992, the poet's enemies seized on the new disclosures with a frenzy unseen since the McCarthy era. What hadpreviously been regarded only as potential inclination hinted at in his poemsmisogyny and xenophobia in particularwere now indisputable facts, and since then Larkin's reputation as a poet has been tarnished by his image as a human being. Richard Bradford's acclaimed biography, now in paperback for the first time, reveals that Larkin treated his prejudices and peculiarities with detached circumspection. Sometimes he shared them, self-mockingly, self-destructively, with his closest friends. He divided up his life so that some people knew him well but none completely, and it was only inhis poems that the parts began to resemble the whole.

The Life of a Long Distance Writer

The Life of a Long Distance Writer

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2008

The Novel Now Contemporary British Fiction

The Novel Now Contemporary British Fiction

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/12/2006

The Novel Now is an intelligent and engaging survey of contemporary British fiction. Discusses familiar names such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and Angela Carter and compares them with more recent authors, including David Mitchell, Ali Smith, A.L. Kennedy, Matt Thorne, Nicola Barker, and Toby Litt Incorporates original coverage of subgenres such as chick lit, lad lit, gay fiction, crime fiction, and the historical novel Discusses the ways in which notions of regional identity and tribalist views have surfaced in UK and Irish fiction, and how post-Imperial sensibility has become a feature of the British novel Situates contemporary fiction within its socio-cultural and literary contexts.

The Novel Now Contemporary British Fiction

The Novel Now Contemporary British Fiction

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2006

The Novel Now is an intelligent and engaging survey of contemporary British fiction. * Discusses familiar names such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and Angela Carter and compares them with more recent authors, including David Mitchell, Ali Smith, A.L. Kennedy, Matt Thorne, Nicola Barker, and Toby Litt * Incorporates original coverage of subgenres such as chick lit, lad lit, gay fiction, crime fiction, and the historical novel * Discusses the ways in which notions of regional identity and tribalist views have surfaced in UK and Irish fiction, and how post-Imperial sensibility has become a feature of the 'British' novel * Situates contemporary fiction within its socio-cultural and literary contexts.

Lucky Him The Biography of Kingsley Amis

Lucky Him The Biography of Kingsley Amis

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2001

The works of the late Kingsley Amis will surely stand as some of the most original and brilliantly crafted contributions to post-war English fiction. Yet, in the light of his recently published Letters and Martin Amis's Experience, it would appear that our understanding of this writer needs to be entirely re-thought. Kingsley Amis frequently affirmed that his fiction was not based on his life; he even issued an elaborate note of denial in a TLS essay called 'Real and Made-up People'; if some parallels were obvious (Jim Dixon in Lucky Jim was, like his creator an impoverished young academic in a provincial university), they were hardly worth comment, and the one novel by that time - 1973 - that was based on real people and actual events (I Like It Here) was written 'out of laziness or sagging invention' and was 'by common consent, my worst'. However Professor Richard Bradford would argue in this book, the first serious study of the writer in almost a decade and the first to incorporate his Letters, that Amis's fiction stands as one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking autobiographies ever produced. He demonstates that there exists a dynamic relationship between what Kingsley Amis did, thought, experienced and what he wrote. His literary skills were tested and extended in their dealings with the confounding, puzzling panorama of his life. Richard Bradford makes clear that a trawl through reviews of both the Letters and Experience reveals a significant distortion of the facts about Amis in the interests of PC dogma; he believes that it is not possible to offer a comprehensive picture of Kingsley Amis the man, as husband, philanderer, friend, father, jester, boozer, agnostic, pseudo-socialist and club-land Tory, without considering the relationship between what we know and that private world in which what he knew was re-examined, re-modelled and written.

Roman Jakobson Life, Language and Art

Roman Jakobson Life, Language and Art

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/1994

In Roman Jakobson Richard Bradford reasserts the value of Jakobson's work, arguing that he has a great deal to offer contemporary critical theory and providing a critical appraisal the sweep of Jakobson's career. Bradford re-establishes Jakobson's work as vital to our understanding of the relationship between language and poetry. By exploring Jakobson's thesis that poetry is the primary object language, Roman Jakobson: Life, Language, Art offers a new reading of his work which includes the most radical elements of modernism. This book will be invaluable to students of Jakobson and to anyone interested in the development of critical theory, linguistics and stylistics.

The State of Theory

The State of Theory

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/1993

First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The State of Theory

The State of Theory

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/10/1993

Since the early 1960s the academic certainties of 'traditional' literary studies have been challenged by techniques and perspectives borrowed from other disciplies. And this so-called 'crisis' in English studies is now being complicated by the recent changes in the institutional structure of education. This timely collection provides an overview of how critical theory operates in practice and an indispensable guide to The State of Theory today. Topic discussed include: gender, race, the gothic, the value of student 'theory guides', and the impact of theory on teaching practice and the future for theory in our English departments.

A Linguistic History of English Poetry

A Linguistic History of English Poetry

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/1993

This introductory book takes the reader through literary history from the Renaissance to Postmodernism, and considers individual texts as paradigms which can both reflect and unsettle their broader linguistic and cultural contexts. Richard Bradford provides detailed readings of individual texts which emphasize their relation to literary history and broader socio-cultural contexts, and which take into account developments in structuralism and postmodernism. Texts include poems by Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Keats, Hopkins, Browning, Pound, Eliot, Carlos Williams, Auden, Larkin and Geoffrey Hill.

A Linguistic History of English Poetry

A Linguistic History of English Poetry

Author: Richard Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/08/1993

This introductory book takes the reader through literary history from the Renaissance to Postmodernism, and considers individual texts as paradigms which can both reflect and unsettle their broader linguistic and cultural contexts. Richard Bradford provides detailed readings of individual texts which emphasize their relation to literary history and broader socio-cultural contexts, and which take into account developments in structuralism and postmodernism. Texts include poems by Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Keats, Hopkins, Browning, Pound, Eliot, Carlos Williams, Auden, Larkin and Geoffrey Hill.

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