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Dirda, Michael

Works: 82 works in 221 publications in 2 languages and 9,080 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fantasy fiction  Essays  Novels  Adventure stories  Juvenile works  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Contributor, wpr
Classifications: PQ2469.V75, 843.8
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On Conan Doyle, or, The whole art of storytelling by Michael Dirda( )

23 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a critical analysis of the works of the British author, including his mysteries about Sherlock Holmes and his lesser-known short stories and novels
Classics for pleasure by Michael Dirda( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these delightful essays, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda introduces nearly ninety of the world's most entertaining books
Bound to please : an extraordinary one-volume literary education : essays on great writers and their books by Michael Dirda( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveying the whole world of books, literary essayist Dirda opens with an impassioned critique of modern reading habits, then presents many of the great, and idiosyncratic, writers he loves the most. He starts with ancient classics and ends with groundbreaking science fiction; in between, he writes about everything from Renaissance intellectual history and Russian literary theory to spaghetti westerns and neglected modern masters.--From publisher description
An odyssey in print : adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries by Smithsonian Institution( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Situated at the center of the world's largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries links the twenty-two libraries that support Smithsonian museums and research centers into one system encompassing 1.5 million books and manuscripts. The expansive collection includes many rare and unusual works equal to the celebrated art and artifacts of the Smithsonian's museums." "This illustrated accompaniment to a new Smithsonian Libraries exhibition of the same name provides a three-part expedition through the collection. The first presents works such as a 1511 edition of Ptolemy's Liber geographiae (Book of geography) and the pop-up book Buck Rogers, 25th Century, featuring Buddy and Allura in "Strange Adventures in the Spider Ship" to illustrate how the world has been imagined, seen, and recorded by Europeans and Americans. The second journey explores how scientists have extended our understanding of the world, and includes a 1641 edition of Galileo's Systema cosmicum (System of the world) and a copy of Walden inscribed by Henry David Thoreau to Spencer Baird, then assistant secretary of the newly founded Smithsonian Institution. The final section journeys through the imaginations of artists, architects, and book designers, presenting among many pictorially rich selections a 1535 edition of Albrecht Durer's Institutionum geometricarum (Geometric instruction) and Doxford Opposed Piston Oil Engine, a paper-and-board pamphlet with movable pistons and levers from 1922"--Jacket
Foundation ; Foundation and empire ; Second foundation by Isaac Asimov( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Foundation, established after the Old Empire gives way to barbarism, fights against a mutant strain called the Mule and tries to get rid of the Second Foundation after learning it will inherit a future Empire
An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin : audio guide by Dan Stone( Recording )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) is arguably the most widely admired American fantasy novel of the past fifty years. The book's elegant diction, geographical sweep, and mounting suspense are quite irresistible. Earthsea, composed of an archipelago of many islands, is a land of the imagination, like Oz, Faerie, or the dream-like realm of our unconscious. Earthsea may not be a "real" world but it is one that our souls recognize as meaningful and "true." Actions there possess an epic grandeur, a mythic resonance that we associate with romance and fairy tale. Songs, poems, runes, spells --- words matter a great deal in Earthsea, especially those in the "Old Speech" now spoken only by dragons and wizards. To work a spell one must know an object or person's "true name," which is nothing less than that object or person's fundamental essence. In Earthsea, to know a person's true name is to gain power over him or her. "A mage," we are told, "can control only what is near him, what he can name exactly and wholly." Understanding the nature of things, not possessing power over them, is the ultimate goal of magic. Indeed, the greatest wizards do all they can to avoid using their skill. They recognize that the cosmos relies on equilibrium, appropriateness, and "balance"--The very name Earthsea suggests such balance --- and that every action bears consequences. To perform magic, then, is to take on a heavy responsibility: One literally disturbs the balance of the universe. The young Ged is born, a fated seventh son, on the island of Gont and, by accident, discovers that he possesses an innate talent for magic. Even as an untrained boy he is able to use his nascent powers to save his town from marauders. Soon, though, he goes to study with gentle Ogion the Silent, whom he foolishly fails to appreciate. Sent to complete his studies at the Archmage's school for wizards on the island of Roke, Ged grows increasingly proud, over-confident, and competitive. To display his much-vaunted skills, he rashly attempts a dangerous spell --- with dire consequences for Earthsea and himself. Hoping to repair the damage he has caused, the chastened Ged embarks on a series of journeys around Earthsea --- and eventually beyond the known world
Flashman ; Flash for freedom! ; Flashman in the great game by George MacDonald Fraser( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A trilogy of satirical works includes the anti-hero's adventures during the First Anglo-Afghan War, at the side of a young Abraham Lincoln, and while wooing women in India
Caring for your books by Michael Dirda( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers suggestions on how to maintain and preserve one's collection of the printed word, with hints on the proper care and feeding of new and not-so-new books and other related materials
The Green Man by Kingsley Amis( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present-day owner of a medieval coaching inn is witness to the renascence of a seventeenth-century murder suspect
A journey to the centre of the earth by Jules Verne( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complete account of the wonderful and thrilling adventures of the intrepid subterranean explorers, Prof. Von Hardwigg, his nephew Harry, and their Icelandic guide, Hans Bjelke
The Iliad & the Odyssey by Homer( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Homer's two epics of the ancient world, The Iliad & The Odyssey , tell stories as riveting today as when they were written between the eighth and ninth century B.C. The Iliad , which tells of the siege of Troy by the Greeks, is an unforgettable tale of nations at war and of the courage and compassion heroic soldiers show upon the field of battle. The Odyssey is the story of the Greek hero Odysseus and the many marvels and challenges he encounters during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the end of the Trojan War. This edition employs Samuel Butler's classic translations of both texts"--Publisher's description
Browsings : a year of reading, collecting, and living with books by Michael Dirda( )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2019 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the postmoderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and M.F.K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's topics are equally diverse: literary pets, the lost art of cursive writing, book inscriptions, the pleasures of science fiction conventions, author photographs, novelists in old age, Oberlin College, a year in Marseille, writer's block, and much more, not to overlook a few rants about Washington life and American culture. As admirers of his earlier books will expect, there are annotated lists galore -- of perfect book titles, great adventure novels, favorite words, essential books about books, and beloved children's classics, as well as a revealing peek at the titles Michael keeps on his own nightstand
The furies of Marjorie Bowen by John C Tibbetts( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This first book-length critical examination of the life and work of Marjorie Bowen (1885-1952) reveals a major English writer whose prodigious output included stories of history, romance, and the supernatural. As Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda writes in his Foreword, Bowen may be "the finest British woman writer of the uncanny of the last century," a view that echoes the high regard of cultural historian Edward Wagenknecht, who called her "a literary phenomenon," one whose best work places her alongside such contemporaries as Edith Wharton and Daphne du Maurier. Publicly acclaimed-known only by a series of pseudonyms (including "Marjorie Bowen")-but privately inscrutable, she was and is a mysterious and complex character. Drawing for the first time upon archival resources and the cooperation of the Bowen Estate, this book reveals a woman who saw herself as a rationalist and serious historian, but also as a mystic and "dark enchantress of dread." Above all, through a lifetime of domestic storms and creative ecstasy, Bowen worked tirelessly as both a professional writer and a consummate artist, always seeking, as she once confessed, "to find beauty in dark places"--
Readings : essays and literary entertainments by Michael Dirda( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intimate, humorous and insightful, "Readings" is a collection of classic essays and reviews by Michael Dirda, book critic of the "Washington Post" and winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism
Ursula K. Le Guin's A wizard of Earthsea : teacher's guide by Michael Dirda( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I am Jonathan Scrivener by Claude Houghton( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een man wordt privésecretaris van een mysterieuze rijke man die hij nooit ontmoet. Wanneer hij diens vrienden en hun zo verschillende levenswandel leert kennen, begint hij iets te begrijpen van de beweegredenen van zijn werkgever
A vintage from Atlantis : volume three of the collected fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith by Clark Ashton Smith( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Back in print in new trade paperback editions, the third of five volumes collecting the complete stories of renowned "weird fiction" author Clark Ashton Smith. He is considered one of the greatest contributors to seminal pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, helped define and shape "weird fiction" in the early twentieth century, alongside contemporaries H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, drawing upon his background in poetry to convey an unparalleled richness of imagination and expression in his stories of the bizarre and fantastical. The Collected Fantasies series presents all of Smith's fiction chronologically. Authorized by the author's estate and endorsed by Arkham House, the stories in this series are accompanied by detailed background notes from editors Scott Connors and Ron Hilger, who in preparation for this collection meticulously compared original manuscripts, various typescripts, published editions, and Smith's own notes and letters. Their efforts have resulted in the most definitive and complete collection of the author's work to date. A Vintage from Atlantis is the third of five volumes collecting all of Clark Ashton Smith's tales of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. It includes all of his stories from "The Holiness of Azedarac" (1931) to "The God of the Asteroid" (1932), as well as an introduction by Michael Dirda"--
Swastika night by Murray Constantine( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven hundred years after Nazism has permanently come to power Adolf Hitler is worshipped as a god. Christians have been marginalized, Jews have been eliminated, and women have been deprived of all rights. Europe is ruled by the Reich and the Japanese rule other parts of the world. Alfred, an Englishman, is on pilgrimage to Germany to visit sites related to Hitler and the rise of the Reich. Loathed as an Englishman, Alfred is murdered by the SS, but not before he learns the truth about Nazi history
The Richard Peabody reader : selected poetry & prose by Richard Peabody( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filling an important gap in the literary world, The Richard Peabody Reader is a wide-ranging selection of this great writer’s poetry and prose. As a publisher, Peabody’s steadfast dedication to that which is new, challenging, innovative, and dynamic has won him a wide reputation among writers whose work he has championed. This volume demonstrates those same values, embodied in nearly four decades of fiercely smart, sophisticated, and often very funny writing. From his first collection of poems, I’m in Love with the Morton Salt Girl, to his most recent collection of short stories, Blue Suburban Skies, Peabody has established and developed a thoroughly unique voice, both warm and piercing, to deliver content that ranges from the hilarious, as in the short story “Flea Wars,” to the bittersweet, as in the poem “The Other Man is Always French,” to the elegiac, as in the poem in “Civil War Pieta,” to the absurd, as in the rollicking farce of the short story, “Bad Day at Ikea.” Peabody’s aesthetic is all-embracing—strands of punk, beat, experimental, feminist, and political protest literary influences blend with the purely romantic to create a body of work that is both profound and pleasing
Crime and punishment( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical examination of Dostoevsky's Crime and punishment including dramatic reenactments and location footage
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Classics for pleasure
Classics for pleasureBound to please : an extraordinary one-volume literary education : essays on great writers and their booksAn odyssey in print : adventures in the Smithsonian LibrariesFoundation ; Foundation and empire ; Second foundationFlashman ; Flash for freedom! ; Flashman in the great gameA journey to the centre of the earthThe Iliad & the OdysseyReadings : essays and literary entertainmentsA vintage from Atlantis : volume three of the collected fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith
Alternative Names
Michael Dirda American literary critic

Michael Dirda Amerikaans literatuurcriticus

Michael Dirda crítico literario estadounidense

مایکل دیردا منتقد کتاب آمریکایی

더다, 마이클 1948-

ディルダ, マイケル

English (143)

Chinese (1)