WorldCat Identities

Wood, Michael 1936-

Works: 56 works in 286 publications in 6 languages and 11,067 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Drama  Religious films  Surrealist films  Humor  Poetry  Records and correspondence  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PN1997, 843.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Wood
America in the movies : or, "Santa Maria, it had slipped my mind" by Michael Wood( Book )

39 editions published between 1975 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stendhal by Michael Wood( Book )

15 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in 4 languages and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The magician's doubts : Nabokov and the risks of fiction by Michael Wood( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book Michael Wood explores the blend of arrogance and mischief that makes Nabokov such a fascinating and elusive master of fiction. Wood argues that Nabokov is neither the aesthete he liked to pretend to be nor the heavy-handed moralist recent critics make him. Major works like Pnin, Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada appear in a new light, but there are also chapters on early works, like The Real Life of Sebastian Knight; on selected short stories; and on the translation of Eugene Onegin, as well as detailed discussions of Nabokov's ideas of literature, memory, pity, and pain. The book comes fully to terms with Nabokov's blend of playfulness and seriousness, delving into the real delight of reading him and the odd disquiet that lurks beneath that pleasure. Wood's speculations spin outward to illuminate the ambiguities and aspirations of the modern novel, and to raise the question of how we uncover "the author" in a work, without falling into the obvious biographical traps
Children of silence : on contemporary fiction by Michael Wood( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Children of Silence distinguished literary critic Michael Wood presents his most wide-ranging work to date. A series of reflections on the literary landscape of our time - from the writings of Roland Barthes to those of Stephen King - the book explores such issues as the shift of interest from novel to story, the blurring of the line between fiction and criticism, the persistence of the notion of paradise, the lure of horror, and the tendency of fiction both to reflect and to resist contemporary history
The road to Delphi : the life and afterlife of oracles by Michael Wood( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Swedish and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For thousands of years, in hundreds of different cultures, individuals have consulted oracles in times of need. In this compelling exploration of the fascinating history and enduring popularity of oracles, Michael Wood examines how we interpret them and why." "Using examples drawn from actual oracles that existed at Delphi, Dodona, and elsewhere, and from fictional - but influential - oracles in literature from Oedipus to Macbeth, Wood combines storytelling and commentary to provide an entertaining and concise account of humanity's persistent faith in signs. He also looks at later instances of oracles, arguing that consultations have evolved in many ways over the years, and that echoes and survivals of old practices in modern literature and popular culture - in the works of Kafka and Proust and in the films The Matrix and Minority Report, as well as in astrology columns - continue to exert an important influence over human civilization." "Inspired, engaging, and remarkably revealing, The Road to Delphi shows an ancient art at work in many times and places, and invites us to think again about the ways in which we deal with our longing for the certainties we know we can't have."--Jacket
Gabriel García Márquez : One hundred years of solitude by Michael Wood( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author places the landmark novel into the context of modern Colombia's violent history, exploring the complex vision of Gabriel García Márquez
Simón del Desierto by Luis Buñuel( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tells the story of an early Christian ascetic -- modeled on Saint Simon Stylites -- who has lived atop a pillar, surrounded by a barren landscape, for six years, six months, and six days to prove his devotion to God. But the Devil, in the figure of the beautiful Silvia Pinal, huddles below, trying to tempt him down. A skeptic's vision of religious conviction, Luis Buñuel's short and sweet satire is one of his most renowned works of surrealism." -- Container
Literature and the taste of knowledge by Michael Wood( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wood analyses whether literature has contributed knowledge of its own or whether it merely questions other forms of knowledge. He does so through the close examination of a range of literature such as Henry James and Kafka, and considering the forms of irony, indirection and the uses of fiction
Film : a very short introduction by Michael Wood( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considered by some to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century, film has come to encompass many things-a record of events, a modern mythology, a hobby, a career, and an entire industry-but it is, above all, a means of telling stories through images and sounds. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Wood provides a brief history and examination of the nature of the medium of film, its role and impact on society, and its future in the digital age. --Book Jacket
Alfred Hitchcock : the man who knew too much by Michael Wood( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely regarded as the greatest filmmaker of the twentieth century, Alfred Hitchcock had a gift for creating suspense and a shrewd knowledge of human psychology. His film career, spanning more than half a century, is studded with classics from The 39 Steps to Psycho, North by Northwest to Vertigo (which in 2012 unseated Citizen Kane as the best movie of all time according to Sight and Sound). A master of intricate storytelling, Hitchcock was one of the first directors whose films belonged to both popular culture and high art. By the end of his life, he had gone from being the overweight son of a greengrocer in a London suburb to Hollywood's reigning director, whose cameo roles in his own films were one of their most anticipated features, and whose profile was recognized by millions (thanks to the television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents). Michael Wood describes this journey with the wit and erudition that are the trademarks of his work, showcasing his singular ability to detect hidden patterns within apparently disparate forms. Whether he is writing about Henry James or Hollywood in the 1920s, he is alert to the fundamental truth lurking behind the stated meaning. In Hitchcock, Wood has found his ideal subject--an artist for whom explicit statement was anathema, who made conventional plot a hiding place rather than a source of revelation
Nation, language, and the ethics of translation( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recent years, scholarship on translation has moved well beyond the technicalities of converting one language into another and beyond conventional translation theory. With new technologies blurring distinctions between "the original" and its reproductions, and with globalization redefining national and cultural boundaries, "translation" is now emerging as a reformulated subject of lively, interdisciplinary debate. Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation enters the heart of this debate. It covers an exceptional range of topics, from simultaneous translation to legal theory, from the language of exile to the language of new nations, from the press to the cinema; and cultures and languages from contemporary Bengal to ancient Japan, from translations of Homer to the work of Don DeLillo. All twenty-two essays, by leading voices including Gayatri Spivak and the late Edward Said, are provocative and persuasive. The book's four sections--"Translation as Medium and across Media," "The Ethics of Translation," "Translation and Difference," and "Beyond the Nation"--Together provide a comprehensive view of current thinking on nationality and translation, one that will be widely consulted for years to come."
Italo Calvino : letters, 1941-1985 by Italo Calvino( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Italy's most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino (1923-1985) achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a winter's night a traveler. But he was also an influential literary critic, an important literary editor, and a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, Gore Vidal, Leonardo Sciascia, Natalia Ginzburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Luciano Beri
Belle de jour by Joseph Kessel( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu shi dui bu nu ai er de ming zuo< bai ri mei ren> de xi zhi yan jiu,Zhei bu ying pian jiang shu de shi yi ge bu er qiao ya zhu fu tou tou di zai mei tian xia wu chong dang ji nü.Ben shu xi cha le zhei bu dian ying ji qi dui zhen shi,Xu gou he huan xiang de fan si he dui yi ge nü ren qu chu xin mo de gu shi de she hui dong cha li
Yeats and violence by Michael Wood( Book )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens when civilization crumbles? What apocalyptic events wait in the wings? These are the questions asked by Yeats's poem 'Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen'. Michael Wood explores the life of this poem through its form and historical context, examining how it seeks to make sense of a chaotic world whilst preserving the disorder of experience
Literature : fiction, poetry, drama by Joseph K Davis( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vladimir Nabokov by Yannicke Chupin( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in French and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Véra's butterflies : first editions by Vladimir Nabokov inscribed to his wife by Sarah Funke( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.38 (from 0.18 for Italo Calv ... to 0.91 for Candide : ...)

Children of silence : on contemporary fiction
Alternative Names
Michael Wood (academic) Brits schrijver

Michael Wood accademico e scrittore inglese

Michael Wood British academic

Wood, Michael 1936-

Wood, Michael (Michael George), 1936-

The magician's doubts : Nabokov and the risks of fictionChildren of silence : on contemporary fictionThe road to Delphi : the life and afterlife of oraclesGabriel García Márquez : One hundred years of solitudeLiterature and the taste of knowledgeFilm : a very short introductionNation, language, and the ethics of translationBelle de jourYeats and violence