Study Guide to Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr Chips by James Hilton

Author: Intelligent Education

Publisher: Influence Publishers

ISBN: 9781645422495

Category: Study Aids

Page: 104

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A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by James Hilton, who wrote his first novel at seventeen. Titles in this study guide include Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. As works of 1930s fiction, Hilton’s novels achieved wide popularity and use in high school classrooms and yet have not received a large amount of critical commentary. Moreover, the books received mixed reactions from early readers, some of which praised Hiltons work while others deemed it unworthy of being called literature. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Hilton’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.
Lost Horizon

Author: James Hilton


ISBN: 161895010X

Category: Fiction

Page: 162

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Lost Horizon is a 1933 novel by English writer James Hilton. It is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery high in the mountains of Tibet. Hugh Conway, a veteran member of the British diplomatic service, finds inner peace, love, and a sense of purpose in Shangri-La, whose inhabitants enjoy unheard-of longevity. Among the book's themes is an allusion to the possibility of another cataclysmic world war brewing, as indeed it was at the time. It is said to have been inspired at least in part by accounts of travels in Tibetan borderlands, published in the National Geographic by the explorer and botanist Joseph Rock. The remote communities he visited, such as Muli, show many similarities to the fictional Shangri-La. One such town, Zhongdian, has now officially renamed itself as Shangri La (Chinese: Xianggelila) because of its claim to be the inspiration for the novel. The book explicitly notes that having made war on the ground man would now fill the skies with death, and that all precious things were in danger of being lost, like the lost histories of Rome ("Lost books of Livy"). It was hoped that overlooked by the violent, Shangri-la would preserve them and reveal them later to a receptive world exhausted by war. That was the real purpose of the Lamasary; study, inner peace and long life were a side benefit to living there. Conway is a veteran of the trench warfare of WWI, with the emotional state frequently cited after that war--a sense of emotional exhaustion or accelerated emotional aging. This harmonizes with the existing residents of the lamasary and he is strongly attracted to life at Shangri-La.
The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Literature in English

Author: Ian Ousby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521436273

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 452

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Derived from the parent Guide to Literature in English, this volume offers in concise form over 4,000 entries on literature in English from cultures throughout the world. Writers and major works from the UK and the USA are represented, as are those from Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, India, and Africa. The coverage is broad - from the classics of English literature to the best of modern writing. Additionally, the Guide has a wealth of entries on literary movements, groups or schools in literature and criticism, literary magazines, genres and sub-genres, critical concepts, and rhetorical terms.
Film Study

Author: Frank Manchel

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838634125

Category: Art

Page: 564

View: 887

The four volumes of Film Study include a fresh approach to each of the basic categories in the original edition. Volume one examines the film as film; volume two focuses on the thematic approach to film; volume three draws on the history of film; and volume four contains extensive appendices listing film distributors, sources, and historical information as well as an index of authors, titles, and film personalities.
Ancients and Moderns

Author: Richard Foster Jones

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486244148

Category: History

Page: 386

View: 213

Engaging, erudite study of rise of scientific movement in 17th-century England; Francis Bacon s role particularly stressed. Revised (1961) edition."
The 1940s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction

Author: Philip Tew

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350143029

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 535

How did social, cultural and political events concerning Britain during the 1940s reshape modern British fiction? During the Second World War and in its aftermath, British literature experienced and recorded drastic and decisive changes to old certainties. Moving from potential invasion and defeat to victory, the creation of the welfare state and a new Cold war threat, the pace of historical change seemed too rapid and monumental for writers to match. Consequently the 1940s were often side-lined in literary accounts as a dividing line between periods and styles. Drawing on more recent scholarship and research, this volume surveys and analyses this period's fascinating diversity, from novels of the Blitz and the Navy to the rise of important new voices with its contributors exploring the work of influential women, Commonwealth, exiled, genre, avant-garde and queer writers. A major critical re-evaluation of the intriguing decade, this book offers substantial chapters on Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, and George Orwell as well as covering such writers as Jocelyn Brooke, Monica Dickens, James Hadley Chase, Patrick Hamilton, Gerald Kersh, Daphne Du Maurier, Mary Renault, Denton Welch and many others.