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Izaak Walton /
P.G. Stanwood.
New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998.
xvii, 124 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0805770526 (hardc)
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New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998.
0805770526 (hardc)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-118) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-07:
This concise, clearly written, useful introduction to the life and works of Izaak Walton not only recounts traditional interpretation (biographical and critical) but also provides new insight into the relationship of the Lives and The Compleat Angler. Stanwood (Univ. of British Columbia) first analyzes Walton in relation to the broad cultural and literary milieu in which he flourished. Two chapters study the major work Lives: biographies of John Donne, Henry Wotton, George Herbert, Richard Hooker, and Robert Sanderson. In doing so, the author identifies the hallmarks of Walton's method--hagiography, realism, anecdotal details, informal dialogue, and historical interpretation--which initiated biography as a genre in 17th-century England. The chapter focusing on The Compleat Angler redresses the recent imbalance in critical studies that perceive the treatise as an allegory of the politics of 17th-century England. Stanwood echoes the more traditional interpretation of the treatise as a manual on fishing, but he enriches his outlook considerably by highlighting how the work fosters an idealized, idyllic view of rural England as an Edenic paradise. A final chapter traces Walton's fame and influence in later eras. Excellent bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Outstanding and essential for all academic collections. A. C. Labriola; Duquesne University
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Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.Each volume features: -- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works-- A brief biography of the author-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index-- A readable style presented in a manageable length
Table of Contents
Editor's Note
Walton's Life and Timesp. 1
Walton the Biographer: Donne and Wottonp. 12
Walton the Biographer: Hooker, Herbert, and Sandersonp. 31
"A Re-creation of a Recreation": The Compleat Anglerp. 59
Walton's Fame and Influencep. 78
Notes and Referencesp. 103
Selected Bibliographyp. 113
Indexp. 119
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