DepositBert. Szkic do portretu Williama Whartona

The book is a popular monograph study in the life and works of the American novelist and painter William Wharton (Albert du Aime, 1925-2008). William Wharton gained international fame and popularity with his first awarded novel ‘Birdy’ (1979), his popularity was furthered strengthened by such books as ‘Dad’ and ‘Midnight Clear’, all of which were made into movies, while ‘Birdy’ was also made into a play. Although in the 1990s his popularity in the United States gradually decreased and his later books were not received so well, at the same time Wharton started to enjoy an immense popularity in numerous non-English speaking countries (‘Birdy’ alone has been translated into 19 foreign languages) which has continued even after his death as new translations are still published. And yet Wharton still remains something of a secret writer with a cult following as available critical sources are minor and often incomplete while the author deserves a critical monograph. My book will be the first attempt in English to deal with this task, offering an evaluation of a critically neglected novelist. Wharton could not be easily put in a cathegory and he escaped the attention of American and British literary scholars. Among reasons one must list here his refusal to adhere to any literary group or generation (Wharton was once defined as “a beat novelist quarter of a century late”) and his adamant refusal to become involved in any public activities or promotion. He may have missed his chance to become a first rate novelist also by delaying his debut until his fifties, still, his oeuvre includes several novels worthy of intrest which brought him an impressive international popularity which amply justifies publication of a critical monograph study.

DepositOn Editing

Covering the changes in Shakespeare editorial theory and practice over the decades between the publication of the Oxford Shakespeare (1986) and the New Oxford Shakespeare (2016), this article surveys a range of modern texts with different rationales and aimed at different readerships. The article has three sections: the imagery associated with editorial activity, issues of authorship and collaboration, and the place of performance in editions. We trace the conceptual changes between the Textual Companion that accompanied the 1986 edition, and the Authorship Companion that is the equivalent for the 2016 edition, discussing the role of quantitative and qualitative approaches to questions of authorship and collaboration. We pay particular attention to the metaphors and tropes that shape editorial discourse, finding their echoes in early modern paratextual material. Pervasive anthropomorphic textual imagery tends implicitly to feminize texts (and masculinize editors), and we discuss the changing demands on editors and the continued dominance of male editors, particularly for Shakespeare’s tragedies and histories. A final section discusses Arden editorial generations of Hamlet alongside the play’s own telos of interrupted succession and its preoccupation with ghosts and the past.

DepositEverything I Know About Good and Bad Life I Learned From Pigeons. Fiction of William Wharton as a Course in Practical Ethics

The article attempts to present the ethical teaching in the novels of the American novelist William Wharton. Pyzik, Teresa and Paweł Jędrzejko, eds. Reflections on Ethical Values in Post (?) Modern American Literature. Katowice: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, 2000 pp. 97-103

DepositLiterary Graphology or the Meaning of Font in the Novels of William Wharton

The article describes the use of various of fonts in the novels of the American novelist William Wharton as a means of extralinguistic communication with the reader. The article concentrates on the novels Birdy, Franky Furbo, and Last Lovers. Edelson, Maria, Adam Sumera and Jadwiga Uchman eds. PASE Papers in Literature and Culture. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of the PASE Łódź 1996, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 1999 pp. 23-28