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James, Clive 1939-

Works: 182 works in 797 publications in 4 languages and 18,178 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Dictionaries  Epic poetry  Reviews  Biographies  Humor 
Roles: Author, Translator, Interviewee, Performer
Classifications: PQ4315, 851.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Clive James
Cultural amnesia : necessary memories from history and the arts by Clive James( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Echoing Edward Said's belief that "Western humanism is not enough, we need a universal humanism," renowned critic Clive James presents here his life's work. Containing over one hundred original essays, organized by quotations from A to Z, this book illuminates, rescues, or occasionally destroys the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the twentieth century. In discussing, among others, Louis Armstrong, Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, James writes, "If the humanism that makes civilization civilized is to be preserved into the new century, it will need advocates. These advocates will need a memory, and part of that memory will need to be of an age in which they were not yet alive." This is the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost.--From publisher description
The divine comedy of Dante Alighieri by Dante Alighieri( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned critic and poet Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and Clive James's new translation - his life's work and decades in the making - presents Dante's entire epic poem in a single song
As of this writing : the essential essays, 1968-2002 by Clive James( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is Impossible not to be impressed by the remarkable range and erudition of the irrepressible, intellectually voracious, Australian-born critic Clive James. As of This Writing is James's most ambitious and expansive work to date, a book that features forty-nine penetrating essays on poetry, film, fiction, and criticism, presenting the most comprehensive view of his writings between 1968 and 2002. In the tradition of Edmund Wilson-himself the subject of the author's most famous early work, included here-James has throughout his career sought to be a Metropolitan Critic and to operate in the vital space between the hack reviewers of the periodicals and the dust contractors of the universities. Rather than shunning popular tastes, James has sought to mold them. Whether in the pages of The New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, or the New Yorker, Review of Books, James has written as lucidly and intelligently about daytime television, Marilyn Monroe, and lurid romance novels (see A Blizzard of Tiny Kisses) as about poetry, fiction, history, and philosophy. Moreover, James is a brilliant stylist, so perceptive (and trenchantly funny) that he often renders the twisted cultural terrain of the twentieth century far more accessible than it is generally portrayed elsewhere. Whether commenting on poets like Seamus Heaney and Randall Jarrell, novelists like D.H. Lawrence and James Agee, or filmmakers like Fellini and Bogdanovich, James delights his readers with a wide-ranging energy and critical aplomb, not to mention a literary education that few can rival. Separated into four sections-Poetry, Fiction and Literature, Culture and Criticism, and Visual Images-As of This Writing is the best introduction to James's massive body of work, a book that will give the intrepid reader a thorough cultural education in one volume. Spanning the entire range of his career, it includes, with additional notes by the author, classic essays like Nabokov's Grand Folly and On Auden's Death as well as recent pieces such as Les Murray's Master Spirits and Primo Levi's Last Will and Testament. This is the definitive collection of writings by one of the greatest literary critics of our age
First reactions : critical essays 1968-1979 by Clive James( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opal sunset : selected poems, 1958-2008 by Clive James( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opal Sunset gathers together fifty years of Clive Jamesʹs poetry, and will undoubtedly enhance his reputation as one of the most versatile and accomplished of contemporary writers. Indeed -- as with Other Passports, The Book of My Enemy and Angels Over Elsinore before it -- Opal Sunset proves Clive James to be as well suited to the intense demands of the poetic form as he is to prose. Readers new to his verse will not be surprised to find him a master of the comic set-piece and surreal excursion, while those who are familiar with his previous collections will already be aware of his fluency and apparently effortless style, his technical skill and thematic scope. Ultimately, however, the highest recommendation one can give is that Clive James is, in these poems, unmistakably himself -- an assured and dazzling wordsmith
Fame in the 20th century by Clive James( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The famous, from Madame Curie to Madonna, who are "famous for what they did ... [and] for the lives they led while they did it
Play all : a bingewatcher's notebook by Clive James( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Television and TV viewing are not what they once were--and that's a good thing, according to award-winning author and critic Clive James. Since serving as television columnist for the London Observer from 1972 to 1982, James has witnessed a radical change in content, format, and programming, and in the very manner in which TV is watched. Here he examines this unique cultural revolution, providing a brilliant, eminently entertaining analysis of many of the medium's most notable twenty-first-century accomplishments and their not always subtle impact on modern society--including such acclaimed serial dramas as Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Mad Men, and The Sopranos, as well as the comedy 30 Rock. With intelligence and wit, James explores a television landscape expanded by cable and broadband and profoundly altered by the advent of Netflix, Amazon, and other "cord-cutting" platforms that have helped to usher in a golden age of unabashed binge-watching
Poetry notebook : reflections on the intensity of language by Clive James( Book )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The last ten years has unequivocally demonstrated that Clive James is far more than a mere talking head. Once known as one of the English-speaking world's most popular television personalities, James has gone on to be a celebrated essayist, translator, and poet. The appearance of Poetry Notebook, which distills his passion for poetry into one indispensable volume, further adds to our appreciation of a world-class intellectual and Renaissance man. Poetry Notebook examines the poems and legacies of a panorama of twentieth-century poets, from Hart Crane to Ezra Pound (a mad old amateur fascist with a panascopic grab bag ), from Ted Hughes to Anne Sexton. Whether demanding that poetry be heard beyond the world of poetry or opining on his five favorite poetry books (Yeats, Frost, Auden, Wilbur, and Larkin), James captures the whole truth of life's transience in this unforgettably eloquent book on how to read and appreciate modern poetry"--Publisher's description
From the land of shadows by Clive James( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The metropolitan critic by Clive James( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1974 The Metropolitan critic started a new trend in cultural comment which has since become an orthodoxy. The young Clive James was the first journalist in London to talk about high culture and pop culture in the same all-consuming, sparkling style. .. this new edition is a set of newly written self-critical footnotes which combine with a ... introduction to evoke what literary London was like when the author, low on salary but high on hope, was making his spectacular start"-- Back cover
The silver castle : a novel by Clive James( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and Hebrew and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sanjay is a pavement child who from dire necessity learns to cajole, charm and outwit the tourists and turns his sex appeal, sartorial awareness and hard-won ability to speak English towards guiding film-crews on 'the poverty trail'. Miranda, Mumtas and Rahul are fabulous figures from the Hollywood movie posters. The Silver Castle is the story of how Sanjay gets to meet them - and even join them." "A brilliant celebration of the Indian film world and a most moving story of one young man's striving for fame and fortune, The Silver Castle is both comedy and tragedy. It is an exceptional novel, sharp and sincere, but also full of love for humanity and its perpetual failure."--BOOK JACKET
Cultural amnesia : notes in the margin of my time by Clive James( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A lifetime in the making, Cultural Amnesia is the book Clive James has always wanted to write. Organized from A through to Z, and containing over 100 essays, it's the ultimate guide to the twentieth century, illuminating the careers of many of its greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists and philosophers. From Louis Armstrong to Ludwig Wittgenstein, via Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka and Marcel Proust, it's a book for our times - and, indeed, for all time."--Jacket
Sentenced to life : poems 2011--2014 by Clive James( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Represent[s] the very best work James has ever done in verse."--Jason Guriel, New Republic. In this new collection of "technically and emotionally heart-stopping poems" (Spectator)--including "Japanese Maple," which was published in The New Yorker to great acclaim--Clive James looks back over an extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty. There are regrets but no trace of self-pity in these verses, which--for all their grappling with death and illness--are primarily a celebration of what is treasurable and memorable in our time here. Again and again, James reminds us that he is not only a poet of effortless wit and lyric accomplishment but also an immensely wise one, who delights in using poetic form to bring a razor-sharp focus to his thought. Miraculously, these poems see James writing with his insight and energy not just undiminished but positively charged by his situation. The poems of Sentenced to Life represent a career high point for one of the greatest literary intellects of our age
A point of view by Clive James( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The BBC Radio 4 series, A Point of View, has been on the air since 2007. Over the years, it's had a variety of presenters - including the national treasure that is Clive James - talking for ten minutes about anything and everything that has captured their imagination, piqued their interest, raised their blood pressure or just downright incensed them that week. Of all the presenters, Clive James was a clear favourite, and now, for the first time, his original pieces - sixty in total - and all new postscripts are collected together in one volume. Read along with Clive as he reflects on everything from wheelie bins to plastic surgery, Elizabeth Hurley to the Olympics, 24 to Damien Hirst, Harry Potter to giving up smoking, car parks to Chinese elections, Britain's Got Talent to the expenses scandal - and plenty more besides. Essentially a chronicle of life in twenty-first century Britain, Clive James A Point of View is informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking - but above all, entertaining. In fact, in short, it's a damn good read
The crystal bucket : television criticism from the Observer, 1976-79 by Clive James( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even as we speak : new essays, 1993-2000 by Clive James( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays, both illuminating and humorous, by Clive James. He focuses on Australian poetry, television, the rise and fall of various icons, the holocaust, the state of culture in the 1990s, and the death of Diana
The meaning of recognition : new essays, 2001-2005 by Clive James( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The resulting volume - which takes the reader from London to Bali, from the theatre to the library, from pre-election campaigning to sitting in front of the TV at home, watching The Sopranos and The West Wing - is remarkable not only for its range and insight, but also its intimacy and honesty."--Jacket
At the Pillars of Hercules by Clive James( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published to great acclaim in 1979, At the Pillars of Hercules (a title taken from a certain Soho pub) confirmed Clive James's place as a writer of immense talent. This new paperback edition is as entertaining and elegant as ever. His main topics are contemporary poetry, aesthetics and the theory and practice of criticism
Brilliant creatures : a first novel by Clive James( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young radical writer, David Bentley, who lives in a suitcase with a revolutionary actress, feels his horizons expanding when he meets Charlotte, bravely tolerant wife of ex-celebrity and adulterer Lancelot Windover. And so the farce goes on in Clive James' first novel
Flying visits : postcards from the Observer, 1976-83 by Clive James( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and Hungarian and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays by The Observer's background correspondent, resulting from his passion for air travel. He writes of Margaret Thatcher's exploits in China, soprano Kiri Te Kanawa incognito in Austria, the misery of Watts ghetto, and of lighter things - like the relationship of Russian hairstyles to the Soviet economy
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Cultural amnesia : necessary memories from history and the arts
As of this writing : the essential essays, 1968-2002Opal sunset : selected poems, 1958-2008From the land of shadowsThe metropolitan criticThe silver castle : a novelCultural amnesia : notes in the margin of my timeA point of viewEven as we speak : new essays, 1993-2000
Alternative Names
Clive James schrijver uit Australië

James, Vivian Leopold 1939-

Клайв Джеймс

Клив Джеймс

ג'יימס, קליב, 1939-

ג'ימס, קליב, 1939-

קלייב, ג׳יימס

קלייב, ג׳יימס 1939-

کلوی جیمز