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Pizer, Donald

Overview
Works: 120 works in 670 publications in 2 languages and 36,128 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Juvenile works  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Reference works  Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Annotator, Author of introduction, Other, ed, Commentator
Classifications: PS1449.C85,
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Donald Pizer
Novels and essays by Frank Norris( Book )

22 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and held by 2,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his brief career -- he died at 32 -- Frank Norris introduced fresh and sometimes shocking elements into American fiction. Inspired by the naturalistic "new novel" developed in France by Zola and Flaubert, he adapted it to American settings, adding his own taste for exciting action and a fascination with the emerging sciences of economics and psychology. Vandover and the brute, set in a vividly described San Francisco, captures with harsh realism the dissipation and decline of a fashionable playboy into virtual bestiality. McTeague (source for Erich von Stroheim's classic film Greed) was a radical departure for its time in its frank treatment of sex, domestic violence and pathological obsession, revealing the dark underside of San Francisco's new middle class. The octopus depicts the epic struggle of strong, ruthless California ranchers with the railroad monopoly and its political machine. Twenty-two essays address theories of literature, the state of American fiction, and the social responsibilities of the artist. The New York Times said, "An opportunity to read, or re-read, in an authentic new edition, the work of one of the trailblazers in American literature
Realism and naturalism in nineteenth-century American literature by Donald Pizer( Book )

39 editions published between 1966 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

McTeague : a story of San Francisco by Frank Norris( Book )

24 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains the text of the first edition of McTeague and background and sources and criticism of the book
The novels of Theodore Dreiser : a critical study by Donald Pizer( Book )

23 editions published between 1976 and 1992 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Novels of Theodore Dreiser was first published in 1976. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. Relying heavily on the manuscripts and letters in the Dreiser Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Library, Professor Pizer seeks to establish the facts of the sources and composition of each of Dreiser's eight novels and to study the themes and form of the completed works. In this study he relates what can be discovered about the factual reality of a novel to its imaginative reality. His interpretation of the novels avoids the suggestion that there is a single overriding theme or direction in Dreiser's work and emphasizes that Dreiser deserves examination primarily on the basis of the individuality and worth of each of his novels. A separate chapter is devoted to each of the novels: Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, The "Genius," The Financier, The Titan, An American Tragedy, The Bulwark, and The Stoic
Twentieth-century American literary naturalism : an interpretation by Donald Pizer( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pizer explores six novels to define naturalism and explain its tenacious hold throughout the twentieth century on the American creative imagination
American realists and naturalists( Book )

12 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains biographical sketches of American writers associated with the literary movements known as realism and naturalism between the close of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I
The Cambridge companion to American realism and naturalism by Donald Pizer( Book )

45 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Companion examines a number of issues related to the terms realism and naturalism, which have long served to designate major late nineteenth-century American fiction
The novels of Frank Norris by Donald Pizer( Book )

15 editions published between 1966 and 1973 in English and Japanese and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume Donal Pizer undertakes to interpret fully, for the first time, the nature and quality of each of Frank Norris' novels."--Inside jacket
New essays on Sister Carrie by Donald Pizer( Book )

26 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on "Sister Carrie", each of which examines an area of interest in the novel. Topics include the impact of Dreiser's life on the creation of Carrie and Hurstwood, the relationship of Carrie and the theatre, and Dreiser's naturalism and his narrative technique
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

44 editions published between 1970 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a girl leaves home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse. With Sister Carrie, first published in 1900, Theodore Dreiser transformed the conventional fallen woman story into a genuinely innovative and powerful work of fiction. As he hurled his impressionable midwestern heroine into the throbbing, amoral world of the big city, he revealed, with brilliant insight, the deep and driving forces of American culture: the restless idealism, glamorous materialism, and basic spiritual innocence. Sister Carrie brought American literature into the twentieth century. This volume, which reprints the text Dreiser approved for publication during his lifetime and includes a special appendix discussing his earlier, unedited manuscript, is the original standard edition of one of the great masterpieces of literary realism. --Publisher
The red badge of courage : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism by Stephen Crane( Book )

18 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains fourteen essays on the novel, a chronology, an updated bibliography, unpublished manuscript passages, and discarded chapter XII
The red badge of courage : an episode of the American Civil War by Stephen Crane( Book )

8 editions published between 1962 and 1978 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crane's classic novel of Henry Fleming's coming of age in the midst of battle is accompanied by interpretive commentaries
Themes and directions in American literature; essays in honor of Leon Howard by Ray B Browne( Book )

9 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Theodore Dreiser by Donald Pizer( Book )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary criticism of Frank Norris by Frank Norris( Book )

15 editions published between 1964 and 1976 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All of Norris' significant critical writings, including his articles for the "San Francisco Wave", 1896-1897 and selections from a "Chicago American" column
Dos Passos' U.S.A. : a critical study by Donald Pizer( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new study Donald Pizer analyzes the genesis and the nature of this twentieth-century American masterpiece. He first provides an introduction to Dos Passos' critical view of American life and his experimental fictional techniques by selecting three works from the great body of Dos Passos' writing before U.S.A. The remainder of the book is devoted to U.S.A. - from Dos Passos' planning and composition of the trilogy and his concept of it as a whole to the function of its four modes and the nature of the modal interrelatedness that constitutes the completed work of fiction. This study as a whole demonstrates the complexity and richness of U.S.A. as a modernistic epic American novel. --from inside cover
Documents of American realism and naturalism by Donald Pizer( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald Pizer presents the major critical discussions of American realism and naturalism from the beginnings of the movement in the 1870s to the present. He includes the most often cited discussions ranging from William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Frank Norris in the late nineteenth century to those by V.L. Parrington. Malcolm Cowley, and Lionel Trilling in the early twentieth century. To provide the full context for the effort to interpret the nature and significance of realism and naturalism during the periods when the movements were live issues on the critical scene, however, he also includes many uncollected essays. His selections since World War II reflect the major recent tendencies in academic criticism of the movements
The theory and practice of American literary naturalism : selected essays and reviews by Donald Pizer( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American naturalism and the Jews : Garland, Norris, Dreiser, Wharton, and Cather by Donald Pizer( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American Naturalism and the Jews examines the unabashed anti-Semitism of five notable American naturalist novelists otherwise known for their progressive social values. Hamlin Garland, Frank Norris, and Theodore Dreiser all pushed for social improvements for the poor and oppressed, while Edith Wharton and Willa Cather both advanced the public status of women. But they also expressed strong prejudices against the Jewish race and faith throughout their writings, producing a contradiction in American literacy history that has stymied scholars and, until now, gone largely unexamined. In this study, Donald Pizer confronts this disconcerting strain of anti-Semitism pervading American letters and culture, illustrating how easily prejudice can coexist with even the most progressive ideals."--Jacket
The significant Hamlin Garland : a collection of essays by Donald Pizer( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Novels and essays
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English (352)

Japanese (1)

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Realism and naturalism in nineteenth-century American literatureMcTeague : a story of San FranciscoThe Cambridge companion to American realism and naturalismNew essays on Sister CarrieSister CarrieThe red badge of courage : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticismDocuments of American realism and naturalismThe theory and practice of American literary naturalism : selected essays and reviewsAmerican naturalism and the Jews : Garland, Norris, Dreiser, Wharton, and Cather