Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Author: Tim Woods

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134709915

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Taking in novelists from all over the globe, from the beginning of the century to the present day, this is the most comprehensive survey of the leading lights of twentieth century fiction. Superb breadth of coverage and over 800 entries by an international team of contributors ensures that this fascinating and wide-ranging work of reference will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in modern fiction. Authors included range from Joseph Conrad to Albert Camus and Franz Kafka to Chinua Achebe. Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists gives a superb insight into the richness and diversity of the twentieth century novel.

Who's who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Who's who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Author: Tim Woods

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415165067

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 374

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Who's Who of Twentieth-Century Novelists is an indispensable reference guide for anyone interested in world fiction during the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

Who's who in Twentieth-century Literature

Who's who in Twentieth-century Literature

Author: Martin Seymour-Smith

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN: 0070563500

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 414

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Alphabetically arranged entries, biased towards American and British authors, provide biographical and bibliographic information on and critical appraisals of important writers of the century

American Reference Books Annual

American Reference Books Annual

Author: Bohdan S. Wynar

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015046434810

Category: Reference books

Page: 840

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1970- issued in 2 vols.: v. 1, General reference, social sciences, history, economics, business; v. 2, Fine arts, humanities, science and engineering.

Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers

Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers

Author: Edward Mendelson

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781590178065

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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A deeply considered and provocative new look at major American writers—including Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and W.H. Auden—Edward Mendelson’s Moral Agents is also a work of critical biography in the great tradition of Plutarch, Samuel Johnson, and Emerson. Any important writer, in Mendelson’s view, writes in response to an idea of the good life that is inseparable from the life the writer lives. Fusing biography and criticism and based on extensive new research, Moral Agents presents challenging new portraits of eight writers—novelists, critics, and poets—who transformed American literature in the turbulent twentieth century. Eight sharply distinctive individuals—inspired, troubled, hugely ambitious—who reimagined what it means to be a writer. There’s Saul Bellow, a novelist determined to rule as a patriarch, who, having been neglected by his father, in turn neglected his son in favor of young writers who presented themselves as his literary heirs. Norman Mailer’s extraordinary ambition, suppressed insecurity, and renegade metaphysics muddled the novels through which he hoped to change the world, yet these same qualities endowed him with an uncanny sensitivity and deep sympathy to the pathologies of American life that make him an unequaled political reporter. William Maxwell wrote sad tales of small-town life and surrounded himself with a coterie of worshipful admirers. As a powerful editor at The New Yorker, he exercised an enormous and constraining influence on American fiction that is still felt today. Preeminent among the critics is Lionel Trilling, whose Liberal Imagination made him a celebrity sage of the anxiously tranquilized 1950s, even as his calculated image of Olympian reserve masked a deeply conflicted life and contributed to his ultimately despairing worldview. Dwight Macdonald, by contrast, was a haute-WASP anarchist and aesthete driven by an exuberant moral commitment, in a time of cautious mediocrity, to doing the right thing. Alfred Kazin, from a poor Jewish émigré background, remained an outsider at the center of literary New York, driven both to escape from and do justice to the deepest meanings of his Jewish heritage. Perhaps most intriguing are the two poets, W.H. Auden and Frank O’Hara. Early in his career, Auden was tempted to don the mantle of the poet as prophet, but after his move from England to America he lived and wrote in a spirit of modesty and charity born out of a deeply idiosyncratic understanding of Christianity. O’Hara, tireless partygoer and pioneering curator at MoMA, wrote much of his poetry for private occasions. Its lasting power has proven to be something different from its avant-garde reputation: personal warmth, individuality, rootedness in ancient traditions, and openness to the world.

The Who's who of Nobel Prize Winners, 1901-1995

The Who's who of Nobel Prize Winners, 1901-1995

Author: Bernard S. Schlessinger

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: MINN:31951D01404945D

Category: Biography

Page: 276

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Contains over six hundred entries that provide biographical and bibliographical information about each of the world's Nobel Prize winners from 1901 through 1995; grouped in the categories of chemistry, medicine and physiology, economics, physics, literature, and peace, with name, education, nationality, and religion indexes.