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Gerber, Philip L.

Overview
Works: 46 works in 198 publications in 2 languages and 14,924 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Records and correspondence  Stories, plots, etc  Fiction  Poetry  Interviews  Handbooks and manuals  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3511.R94, 811.52
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Philip L Gerber
Robert Frost by Philip L Gerber( Book )

38 editions published between 1966 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the life and works of American poet Robert Frost. Includes a chronology
Willa Cather by Philip L Gerber( Book )

29 editions published between 1952 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 2,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned for their spirited portrayals of pioneer life on the austere Nebraska prairie, Willa Cather's novels--such as O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Antonia--carry Cather's trademark strong women characters, intimate knowledge of the midwestern landscape, and lean, supple prose. In the course of her 40-year writing career, Cather published a dozen novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning One of Ours. In this revision Philip Gerber refines and updates his seminal 1975 study, bringing fresh insights to Cather biography and criticism
Theodore Dreiser by Philip L Gerber( Book )

31 editions published between 1964 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerber portrays the full range of Dreiser's controversial career, from humble beginnings to best-sellerdom to the final desperate attempt to complete his last works
Critical essays on Robert Frost by Philip L Gerber( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theodore Dreiser revisited by Philip L Gerber( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his life and in his work Theodore Dreiser was nothing if not genuinely American. True to the American dream, he overcame a childhood characterized largely by its impoverishment - material, social, educational, and emotional - to attain a large measure of success. The territory of his novels is often the territory of his childhood: life unadorned in the great industrial cities of early modern America. In Theodore Dreiser Revisited, Philip Gerber argues that Dreiser's life "is woven ... inextricably into his novels." Like Dreiser, many of his characters struggle to escape their meager, often shabby existences, but generally with much less success than their creator. Dreiser identified with the ordinary man and woman of the early twentieth century. He depicted their position as the tiniest of cogs in the colossal American industrial machine with unflinching realism, making him a herald of literary naturalism. In this revised and expanded edition of his earlier effort, Gerber places Dreiser at the very brink of the naturalist tradition. He traces the influence of its progenitor, Emile Zola, on the short-lived American writers Stephen Crane and Frank Norris, and shows Dreiser to be the only American writer of note to pursue the naturalist course after Crane's and Norris's deaths. In setting this course Dreiser would ultimately secure a lasting place for himself in the canon of American literature. But in his own day, especially early in his career, the world view he expressed in his books led to controversy and censorship. Dreiser saw the human condition as a lonely and fragile one in which men and women are easily overwhelmed by the forces that surround them: the destructive effects of capitalism, greed, materialism, and lust on the individual are all laid bare in his novels. The frankness with which he conveyed this idea disturbed his early readers and led to the condemnation of his first and now highly regarded novel, Sister Carrie, published in 1900. It was not until 1925, with the publication of Dreiser's masterpiece, An American Tragedy, that his contemporaries seemed ready to reward him with resounding praise. Since Dreiser's death in 1945, and particularly in the 25 years since Twayne's first edition of Theodore Dreiser was published, criticism of his novels has burgeoned. Gerber has added several chapters to this new edition that assess the evolution of Dreiser scholarship. Despite the abundance of biographical, textual, and bibliographic material now available, Gerber expects promising research to continue in several areas now just beginning to be explored: Dreiser's portrayals of women, among the first in American fiction to allow female characters a sexual life, self-interest, and ambition without dismissing them as immoral; the artistry of his writing style, long considered nonexistent; and the psychoanalytic implications of his work. Meanwhile, Dreiser's keen observation of the American experience, begun with the publication of Sister Carrie at the opening of the twentieth century, remains relevant to the casual reader and the scholar alike
Plots and characters in the fiction of Theodore Dreiser by Philip L Gerber( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bachelor Bess : the homesteading letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919 by Elizabeth Corey( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In July 1909 twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth Corey left her Iowa farm to stake her claim to a South Dakota homestead. Over the next ten years, as she continued her schoolteaching career and carved out a home for herself in this inhospitable territory, she sent a steady stream of letters to her family back in Iowa. From the edge of modern America, Bess wrote long, gossipy accounts & mdash;"our own continuing adventure story," according to her brother Paul & mdash;of frontier life on the high plains west of the Missouri River. Irrepressible, independent-minded, and evidently fearless
Effective English by Philip L Gerber( Book )

10 editions published between 1959 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lessons in language by Philip L Gerber( Book )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Iowa schoolma'am : letters of Elizabeth "Bess" Corey, 1904-1908 by Elizabeth Corey( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readers everywhere fell for Elizabeth Corey, the irrepressible, independent, and fearless Bachelor Bess, whose letters home to Iowa gave us a firsthand account of her adventures on a South Dakota homestead from 1909 to 1919. Now, through the letters she wrote home between 1904 and 1908, readers can make the acquaintance of a younger Bess facing the realities of life in an Iowa country school system with energy, enthusiasm, and ambition.℗¡Sixteen-year-old Bess wrote her early letters when she was away from the family farm, trying to complete the ninth grade so she could become a teacher. That sc
Effective English handbook by Philip L Gerber( Book )

7 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerging leader : the letters of Carter Van Vleck to his wife, Patty, 1862-1864 by Carter Van Vleck( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No voices talk to me" : a conversation with W.D. Snodgrass by W. D Snodgrass( Book )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deeper than personality : a conversation with Galway Kinnell by Galway Kinnell( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The individual voice : a conversation with William Heyen by William Heyen( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poem as silhouette : a conversation with John Hollander by John Hollander( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A terrible war : a conversation with Diane Wakoski by Diane Wakoski( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Effective English by Philip L Gerber( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Effective English by Philip L Gerber( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trilogy of Desire : The Financier, The Titan, The Stoic by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Robert Frost
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Gerber, Philip.

Gerber, Philip L.

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English (150)

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Willa CatherCritical essays on Robert FrostBachelor Bess : the homesteading letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919An Iowa schoolma'am : letters of Elizabeth "Bess" Corey, 1904-1908