Memories of the Ford Administration

A Novel

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0679645942

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 1994

When historian Alfred “Alf” Clayton is invited by an academic journal to record his impressions of the Gerald R. Ford Administration (1974–77), he recalls not the political events of the time but rather a turbulent period of his own sexual past. Alf’s highly idiosyncratic contribution to Retrospect consists not only of reams of unbuttoned personal history but also of pages from an unpublished project of the time, a chronicle of the presidency of James Buchanan (1857–61). The alternating texts mirror each other and tell a story in counterpoint, a frequently hilarious comedy of manners contrasting the erotic etiquette and social dictions of antebellum Washington with those of late-twentieth-century southern New Hampshire. Alf’s style is Nabokovian. His obsessions are vintage Updike.

Fakten und Fiktionen

Strategien fiktionalbiographischer Dichterdarstellungen in Roman, Drama und Film seit 1970 : Beiträge des Bad Homburger Kolloquiums, 21-23 June 1999

Author: Christian von Zimmermann

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

ISBN: 9783823356486

Category: Biographical fiction

Page: 352

View: 9903

Die Kunst der Geschichte

Historiographie, Ästhetik, Erzählung

Author: Martin Baumeister,Moritz Föllmer,Philipp Müller

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3525363842

Category: History

Page: 398

View: 4924

English summary: This book discusses the relationship between history, aesthetics, and narrative in theoretical perspective as well as through an exploration of autobiographies, historical works, novels, and films. German description: In den letzten Jahren sind die Unterschiede zwischen Geschichtswissenschaft, Kunst und Literatur fliessender geworden. Viele Historiker sehen sich dadurch zu theoretischen Uberlegungen angeregt oder beschaftigen sich vermehrt mit Literatur, Film und Musik. Die Autoren des Bandes knupfen an Wolfgang Hardtwigs wegweisende Beitrage zur Kulturgeschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts an und reflektieren grundsatzlich uber die neuen Entwicklungen in der Geschichtswissenschaft.

Language, Gender, and Community in Late Twentieth-Century Fiction

American Voices and American Identities

Author: M. Hurst

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230118267

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

View: 1579

Drawing on critical frameworks, this study establishes the centrality of language, gender, and community in the quest for identity in contemporary American fiction. Close readings of novels by Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Ann Beattie, John Updike, Chang-rae Lee, and Rudolfo Anaya, among others, show how individuals find their American identities.

Tony's Ten Years

Memories of the Blair Administration

Author: Adam Boulton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471128296

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 7726

Taking the events of Blair's last hundred days as his launching pad for captivating snapshots of key moments in his premiership, Adam Boulton follows Tony Blair intimately through his final day in office. The veteran political journalist witnesses the so-called 'Blairwell Tour' as the caravan travels from Westminster to Washington, Iraq, South Africa, the EU, the G8, Northern Ireland, the Sedgefield constituency, Chequers to the final farewell and beyond. Boulton traces from these celebrations back to the key incidents, achievements and mistakes of the Prime Minister's ten years in power. And he draws on his first hand experience of them to measure Tony Blair against his immediate predecessors, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and the rival who succeeded him, Gordon Brown. Boulton has followed the Blair story intimately from 1983 to the present. He provides fresh and fascinating insights into the Blair-Brown conflict, the decision making that led to Britain joining the US invasion of Iraq, the pressures on the Blair family, and the often fraught and febrile relationship between Number 10 and the media. MEMORIES OF THE BLAIR ADMINISTRATION isauthoritative, highly readable and revealing.

The Missing of the Somme

Author: Geoff Dyer

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857863371

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 7595

The Missing of the Somme has become a classic meditation upon war and remembrance. It weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and films, poetry and sculptures, graveyards and ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.

The Witches of Eastwick

A Novel

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0679645888

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3407

“John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters [and] The Witches of Eastwick [is one of his] most ambitious works. . . . [A] comedy of the blackest sort.”—The New York Times Book Review Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche. “A great deal of fun to read . . . fresh, constantly entertaining . . . John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Vintage Updike, which is to say among the best fiction we have.”—Newsday

Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Author: Kenneth Millard

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748629548

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 8906

This book explores the ways in which a range of recent American novelists have handled the genre of the 'coming-of-age' novel, or the Bildungsroman. Novels of this genre characteristically dramatise the vicissitudes of growing up and the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, often presented through depictions of immediate family relationships and other social structures. This book considers a variety of different American cultures (in terms of race, class and gender) and a range of contemporary coming-of-age novels, so that aesthetic judgements about the fiction might be made in the context of the social history that fiction represents. A series of questions are asked:* Does the coming-of-age moment in these novels coincide with an interpretation of the 'fall' of America?* What kind of national commentary does it therefore facilitate?* Is the Bildungsroman a quintessentially American genre?* What can it usefully tell us about contemporary American culture? Although the focus is on the conte

Becoming John Updike

Critical Reception, 1958-2010

Author: Laurence W. Mazzeno

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 1571135111

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 259

View: 8297

A study of the journalistic and academic reception of the writings of one of the great American writers of the late twentieth century.

Genre Fission

A New Discourse Practice for Culture Studies

Author: Marleen S. Barr

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587292718

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

View: 4340

What do Amsterdam prostitutes, NASA astronauts, cross-dressing texts, and Star Trek characters have in common? In Genre Fission, Marleen Barr wittily and eccentrically revitalizes cultural and literary theory by examining the points where such vastly different categories meet, converge, and reemerge as something new.

Licks of Love

Short Stories And a Sequel, 'Rabbit Remembered'

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141923245

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 2971

Collected with a dozen wonderful stories, all set in classic Updike territory, the short novel 'RABBIT REMEMBERED' is a major work in its own right - a riveting return to Updike's most celebrated fictional world. Janice and Nelson Angstrom, plus several other survivors of the irreducible Rabbit, fitfully entertain his memory while pursuing their own happiness over the edge of the millennium, as a number of old strands come together in entirely unexpected ways.


Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141945575

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 3954

In a moment of sudden inspiration Sarah Worth - S. - has walked out on her husband to join the Ashram Arhat. Famous for his transcendent wisdom and divine immobility, the Arhat has transferred his ahram from India to Arizona, where he and his enthusiastic entourage are attempting to make the desert fruitful.

Of the Farm

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141912510

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 1965

Of the Farm recounts Joey Robinson's visit to the farm where he grew up and where his mother now lives alone. Accompanied by his newly acquired second wife, Peggy, and an eleven-year-old stepson, Joey spends three days reassessing and evaluating the course his life has run. But for Joey and Peggy, the delicate balance of love and sex is threatened by a dangerous new awareness.

The Centaur

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014191243X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3410

In a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1940s, schoolteacher George Caldwell yearns to find some meaning in his life. Alone with his teenage son for three days in a blizzard, Caldwell sees his son grow and change as he himself begins to lost touch with his life. Interwoven with the myth of Chiron, the noblest centaur, and his own relationship to Prometheus, The Centaur is one of John Updike's most brilliant and unusual novels.

John Updike

eine Biographie

Author: Volker Hage

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, American

Page: 157

View: 2341

The Design of Everyday Things

Psychologie und Design der alltäglichen Dinge

Author: Norman Don

Publisher: Vahlen

ISBN: 3800648105

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 490

Apple, Audi, Braun oder Samsung machen es vor: Gutes Design ist heute eine kritische Voraussetzung für erfolgreiche Produkte. Dieser Klassiker beschreibt die fundamentalen Prinzipien, um Dinge des täglichen Gebrauchs umzuwandeln in unterhaltsame und zufriedenstellende Produkte. Don Norman fordert ein Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Technologie mit dem Ziel, dass Designer und Produktentwickler die Bedürfnisse, Fähigkeiten und Handlungsweisen der Nutzer in den Vordergrund stellen und Designs an diesen angepasst werden. The Design of Everyday Things ist eine informative und spannende Einführung für Designer, Marketer, Produktentwickler und für alle an gutem Design interessierten Menschen. Zum Autor Don Norman ist emeritierter Professor für Kognitionswissenschaften. Er lehrte an der University of California in San Diego und der Northwest University in Illinois. Mitte der Neunzigerjahre leitete Don Norman die Advanced Technology Group bei Apple. Dort prägte er den Begriff der User Experience, um über die reine Benutzbarkeit hinaus eine ganzheitliche Erfahrung der Anwender im Umgang mit Technik in den Vordergrund zu stellen. Norman ist Mitbegründer der Beratungsfirma Nielsen Norman Group und hat unter anderem Autohersteller von BMW bis Toyota beraten. „Keiner kommt an Don Norman vorbei, wenn es um Fragen zu einem Design geht, das sich am Menschen orientiert.“ Brand Eins 7/2013 „Design ist einer der wichtigsten Wettbewerbsvorteile. Dieses Buch macht Spaß zu lesen und ist von größter Bedeutung.” Tom Peters, Co-Autor von „Auf der Suche nach Spitzenleistungen“


Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014190609X

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 2130

An intoxicating yet sensitive novel about the sexual experiences of ten couples from Tarbox, New England. Well-to-do, sociable, articulate but dangerously unfulfilled; they play word games in the evening and adultery all year round.

In the Beauty of the Lilies

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141922265

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 7844

Taking its title from the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES traces one family's profound journey through four generations--and across the spiritual landscape of twentieth-century America. It is one of John Updike's fullest and finest work of fiction.


Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141923083

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 4223

Owen Mackenzie's life story abounds with sin and seduction, domesticity and debauchery. His marriage to his college sweetheart is quickly followed by his first betrayal and he embarks upon a series of affairs. His pursuit of happiness, in a succession of small towns from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, brings him to the edge of chaos, from which he is saved by a rescue that carries its own fatal price.