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Wood, Michael 1936-

Works: 54 works in 314 publications in 6 languages and 11,315 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Drama  Biography  Film adaptations  Satire  Religious films  Surrealist films  Humor 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, wpr, Other
Classifications: PQ2082.C3, 843.5
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Most widely held works about Michael Wood
Most widely held works by Michael Wood
America in the movies : or, "Santa Maria, it had slipped my mind" by Michael Wood( Book )

40 editions published between 1975 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stendhal by Michael Wood( Book )

15 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in 4 languages and held by 920 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 Undetermined and held by 820 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 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Children of Silence shows that a living literature is constantly in dialogue with history, both asking history's questions in a different mode and asking the questions that history cannot ask. In an age when literature itself often seems to be threatened, Wood illustrates many of the forms in which literature continues to define the way we see ourselves
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 593 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 )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 551 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
Literature and the taste of knowledge by Michael Wood( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 506 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
Simón del Desierto by Luis Buñuel( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 504 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
Film : a very short introduction by Michael Wood( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 497 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 )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 441 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 )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 433 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."
Candide, or, Optimism : a new translation, backgrounds, criticism by Voltaire( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All in all, it's a delightful little package, sure to be a favorite of fans of the enlightenment or despotic oligarchs seeking tips and tricks to increase their fan base."--Jacket
Italo Calvino : letters, 1941-1985 by Italo Calvino( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 348 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 Michael Wood( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 311 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 )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 307 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
Fellini Satyricon by Federico Fellini( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in Italian and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the exploits of two pansexual young men-the handsome scholar Encolpius and his vulgar, insatiably lusty friend Ascyltus-as they move through a landscape of free-form pagan excess
Literature : fiction, poetry, drama by Joseph K Davis( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafka by Klaus Wagenbach( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is an exploration of Kafka's work in the context of his own complicated world - that of a Czech Jew writing in German within a crumbling empire - and of the later world he seems uncannily to have predicted. Once regarded as a writer of dreamlike fantasies, he is now seen as an expert guide to the all too real darkness of our time. 'Do you think we would arrest someone who hasn't done anything?' This question, as J. P. Stern reminds us, might have come from a book by Kafka, but doesn't. It is the remark of a Gestapo officer to a Jewish woman about to be taken to a death camp. The emphasis of this book is on Kafka's language and on his ideas about writing, but not to the exclusion of history or politics. On the contrary. Language in this context is history and politics, a privileged point of access to Kafka's understanding of his time and ours."--BOOK JACKET
On Empson by Michael Wood( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are literary critics writers? As Michael Wood says, "Not all critics are writers--perhaps most of them are not--and some of them are better when they don't try to be." The British critic and poet William Empson (1906-84), one of the most important and influential critics of the twentieth century, was an exception--a critic who was not only a writer but also a great one. In this brief book, Wood, himself one of the most gifted writers among contemporary critics, explores Empson as a writer, a distinguished poet whose criticism is a brilliant literary performance--and proof that the act of reading can be an unforgettable adventure. Drawing out the singularity and strength of Empson's writing, including its unfailing wit, Wood traces the connections between Empson's poetry and criticism from his first and best-known critical works, Seven Types of Ambiguity and Some Versions of Pastoral, to later books such as Milton's God and The Structure of Complex Words. Wood shows why this pioneer of close reading was both more and less than the inventor of New Criticism - more because he was the greatest English critic since Coleridge, and didn't belong to any school; and less because he had severe differences with many contemporary critics, especially those who dismissed the importance of an author's intentions. Beautifully written and rich with insight, On Empson is an elegant introduction to a unique writer for whom literature was a nonstop form of living
Vladimir Nabokov fictions d'écrivains by Yannicke Chupin( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in French and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

Michael Wood accademico e scrittore inglese

Wood, Michael 1936-

Wood, Michael George 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 translationCandide, or, Optimism : a new translation, backgrounds, criticism