Understanding James Leo Herlihy

Author: Robert Ward

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611171997

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 120

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Understanding James Leo Herlihy is the first book-length study of one of America's most neglected post–war writers. Herlihy (1927–1993), an occasional actor, made his professional mark in life as a playwright and novelist. Herlihy produced a significant body of work, which includes numerous plays, two collections of short stories, and three novels. His best-known novel, Midnight Cowboy, was later adapted into a screenplay by John Schlesinger. It was the only X-rated movie to receive an Academy Award—three, in fact, in 1969: best picture, best director, and best adapted screenplay. In Understanding James Leo Herlihy, Robert Ward examines Herlihy's writing with reference to its historical, cultural, and personal contexts. Ward portrays Herlihy as a product of his environment, influenced by the 1950s and 1960s culture, including the youth rebellion, the erosion of the traditional family, and the increasing sexual liberation. Herlihy's award-winning novels, plays, and short stories display persistent themes of displacement, alienation, and the loss of innocence—all themes that Ward views as parallel to Herlihy's personal life. Understanding James Leo Herlihy offers a detailed analysis of Herlihy's key works and their relation to his personal life. Through a biographical introduction, a detailed discussion of the major novels, plays, and short stories, and a substantial bibliography, Ward details the writer's critically and commercially successful works.

Understanding Sam Shepard

Author: James A. Crank

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611171873

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

View: 9347

Understanding Sam Shepard investigates the notoriously complex and confusing dramatic world of Sam Shepard, one of America’s most prolific, thoughtful, and challenging contemporary playwrights. During his nearly fifty-year career as a writer, actor, director, and producer, Shepard has consistently focused his work on the ever-changing American cultural landscape. James A. Crank’s comprehensive study of Shepard offers scholars and students of the dramatist a means of understanding Shephard’s frequent experimentation with language, setting, characters, and theme. Beginning with a brief biography of Shepard, Crank shows how experiences in Shepard’s life eventually resonate in his work by exploring the major themes, unique style, and history of Shepard’s productions. Focusing first on Shepard’s early plays, which showcase highly experimental, frenetic explorations of fractured worlds, Crank discusses how the techniques from these works evolve and translate into the major works in his “family trilogy”: Curse of the Starving Class, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Buried Child, and True West. Shepard often uses elements from his past—his relationship with his father, his struggle for control within the family, and the breakdown of the suburban American dream—as major starting points in his plays. Shepard is a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, eleven Obie Awards, and a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Augmented with an extensive bibliography, Understanding Sam Shepard is an ideal point of entrance into complex and compelling dramas of this acclaimed playwright.

Understanding Edward P. Jones

Author: James W. Coleman

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 161117645X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 136

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In Understanding Edward P. Jones, James W. Coleman analyzes Jones’s award-winning works as well as the significant influences that have shaped his craft. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Jones has made that city and its African American community the subject of or background for most of his fiction. Though Jones’s first work was published in 1976, his career developed slowly. While he worked for two decades as a proofreader and abstractor, Jones published short fiction in such periodicals as Essence, the New Yorker, and Paris Review. His first collection, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, and subsequent books, including The Known World and All Aunt Hagar’s Children, received similar accolades, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Following an overview of Jones’s life, influences, and career, Coleman provides an introduction to the technique of Jones’s fiction, which he likens to a tapestry, woven of intricate, varied, and sometimes disparate elements. He then analyzes the formal structure, themes, and characters of The Known World and devotes a chapter each to the short story collections Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar’s Children. His discussion of these volumes focuses on Jones’s narrative technique; the themes of family, community, and broader tradition; and the connections through which the stories in each volume collectively create a thematic whole. In his final chapter, Coleman assesses Jones’s encompassing outlook that sees African American life in distinct periods but also as a historical whole, simultaneously in the future, the past, and the present.

Understanding Etheridge Knight

Author: Michael S. Collins

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611172632

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Understanding Etheridge Knight introduces readers to a major—but understudied—American poet. Etheridge Knight (1931–1991) survived a shrapnel wound suffered during military service in Korea, as well as a drug addiction that led to an eight-year prison sentence, to publish five volumes of poetry and a small cache of powerful prose. His status in the front ranks of American poets and thinkers on poetry was acknowledged in 1984, when he won the Shelley Memorial Award, which had previously gone, as an acknowledgement of "genius and need," to E. E. Cummings, Gwendolyn Brooks, and W. S. Merwin. In this first book-length study of Knight and his complete body of work, Michael Collins examines the poetry of a complex literary figure who, following imprisonment, transformed his life to establish himself as a charismatic voice in American poetry and an accomplished teacher at institutions such as the University of Hartford, Lincoln University, and his own Free Peoples Poetry Workshops. Beginning with a concise biography of Knight, Collins explores Knight's volumes of poetry including Poems from Prison, Black Voices from Prison, Born of a Woman, and The Essential Etheridge Knight. Understanding Etheridge Knight brings attention to a crucial era in African American and American poetry and to the literature of the incarcerated while reflecting on the life and work of an original voice in American poetry.

Understanding Dave Eggers

Author: Timothy W. Galow

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611174287

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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Understanding Dave Eggers is the first book-length study incorporating Egger’s novels, short-story collections, and films by surveying thematic and stylistic developments in the work of one of the most celebrated American authors of the twenty-first century. Timothy W. Galow offers a textual analysis centered on major issues in academic scholarship, but explores them in an accessible way that gives Eggers’s texts primary attention. Unlike other scholarship on Eggers, this work uniquely combines Egger’s early autobiographical works and the subject of celebrity as well as his later texts that deal with humanitarian issues. Galow devotes a chapter to each of Eggers’s major works, from his first book, the Pulitzer Prize–nominated memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, though his most recent novel, A Hologram for the King, a National Book Award finalist about an aging American businessman chasing success in Saudi Arabia. Other chapters cover You Shall Know Our Velocity, What Is the What, and Zeitoun. Each chapter studies the major themes and styles of the featured work while also placing it in the context of Eggers’s oeuvre. In this way Galow examines each text in its own right, but he also offers us a larger guide to all of Egger’s work. Providing important historical background for understanding Eggers’s literary work, Galow examines how Eggers’s texts are deeply invested in both his own public persona and the changing cultural conditions in the United States over the past twenty years. Galow’s careful analysis is conveyed in clear language that engages issues important to contemporary critics without being pedantic or jargon laden. As a result Understanding Dave Eggers can serve as a useful introduction to the author’s work or a valuable resource for the devoted reader.

Midnight Cowboy


Author: James Leo Herlihy

Publisher: Aufbau Digital

ISBN: 3841215033

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

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Der Kultroman über Liebe und Einsamkeit Joe Buck wächst bei einer Gruppe von Prostituierten auf, sieht dort den Cowboys zu, die abends im Schoß der Frauen Gitarre spielen. Eines Tages beschließt er, all sein Geld zusammenzunehmen und sich echte Cowboy-Stiefel zu besorgen. James Leo Herlihy erkundet die Untiefen unseres Verlangens nach Ruhm, Sex und Geld, aber die Geschichte von Joe Buch und Ratso Rizzo erzählt auf berührende Weise von einem viel stärkeren Bedürfnis: einem anderen Menschen nah zu sein. Midnight Cowboy zählt zu den besten Roman der amerikanischen Nachkriegsliteratur. Der gefeierte Autor Daniel Schreiber ermöglicht es mit seiner Neuübersetzung nun erstmals die ganze sprachliche und emotionale Wucht dieses Romans auf Deutsch zu erleben.

Contemporary Novelists

Author: Lesley Henderson,Noelle Watson

Publisher: St James Press

ISBN: 9781558620360

Category: American fiction

Page: 1053

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Contains entries for each author with a biography, a list of separately published books, and an essay.

The Americana Annual

An Encyclopedia of Current Events

Author: Alexander Hopkins McDannald

Publisher: N.A


Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: 790

View: 9329

The BFI Companion to the Western

Author: Edward Buscombe

Publisher: N.A


Category: Motion picture producers and directors

Page: 432

View: 3333

A social history of the Western which looks at three hundred Westerns, with entries on television, Western series, actors, directors and cameramen. Originally published in 1988.

Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht


Author: Alois Hotschnig

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462308017

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Entdecken Sie einen großartigen Erzähler Geschichten, die den Blick verändern: Alois Hotschnig spielt in seinem Erzählungsband auf subtile Weise mit der Wahrnehmung. »Welcher Handlung ich hier beiwohnte, wusste ich nicht, und die Regeln, nach denen dies alles geschah, waren nicht zu erkennen, und doch war ich jeden Tag mit dabei, gegen meinen Willen und gierig danach, es zu sehen.« Dieser Satz stammt aus einer Erzählung, in der das untätige und aufreizend selbstgenügsame Verhalten seiner Nachbarn den Erzähler dazu bringt, sein Leben vollständig nach ihrem Rhythmus auszurichten, um ihrem Geheimnis auf die Spur zu kommen. Die große Kunst von Alois Hotschnig besteht darin, seine Leser mit unwiderstehlicher Macht zu teilnehmenden Beobachtern zu machen und sie hinter scheinbar alltäglichen Vorgängen das Besondere sehen zu lassen. Wir begegnen einer Familie, die über Jahre hinweg vergeblich auf den immer wieder angekündigten Besuch eines Onkels wartet, einer alten Dame, in deren Puppensammlung sich der Erzähler selbst vorfindet, oder einem Mann, der in der Wohnung seiner ehemaligen Geliebten auf eine fremde Gegenwart trifft. Und wir suchen unweigerlich nach verdeckten Motiven und unausgesprochenen Absichten, um am Ende zu fragen, wer hier eigentlich wen betrachtet. Die Kraft dieser lange nachwirkenden Erzählungen verdankt sich auch der präzisen und einfühlsamen Sprache, mit der Alois Hotschnig verborgene Zusammenhänge im scheinbar Vertrauten eröffnet.

Saturday Review

Author: Bernard Augustine De Voto,Cairns Collection of American Women Writers

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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