WorldCat Identities

James, Clive 1939-

Overview
Works: 184 works in 522 publications in 1 language and 15,256 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  Poetry  Fiction  Humor  Anecdotes  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Translator, Interviewee, Performer
Classifications: PR9619.3.J27, 828
Publication Timeline
Key
Publications about  Clive James Publications about Clive James
Publications by  Clive James Publications by Clive James
Most widely held works by Clive James
Cultural amnesia : necessary memories from history and the arts by Clive James ( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,358 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 by Dante Alighieri ( Book )
5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a translation of Dante's allegorical poem
As of this writing : the essential essays, 1968-2002 by Clive James ( Book )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 637 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
Fame in the 20th century by Clive James ( Book )
7 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 616 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
First reactions : critical essays 1968-1979 by Clive James ( Book )
3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Opal sunset : selected poems, 1958-2008 by Clive James ( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 573 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
From the land of shadows by Clive James ( Book )
6 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The silver castle : a novel by Clive James ( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A comedy on a street urchin in Bombay who cons his way to become a movie idol. The novel follows Sanjay's progress, from male prostitute serving tourists, to bodyguard to a film star, to film star in his own right
Cultural amnesia : notes in the margin of my time by Clive James ( Book )
14 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 335 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."--BOOK JACKET
The meaning of recognition : new essays, 2001-2005 by Clive James ( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 304 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."--BOOK JACKET
Even as we speak : new essays, 1993-2000 by Clive James ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The crystal bucket : television criticism from the Observer, 1976-79 by Clive James ( Book )
10 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Flying visits : postcards from the Observer, 1976-83 by Clive James ( Book )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A point of view by Clive James ( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 278 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
Reliable essays : the best of Clive James by Clive James ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The revolt of the pendulum : essays, 2005-2008 by Clive James ( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The man from Japan : Clive James by Clive James ( Book )
4 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A visiting Japanese intellectual wonders through the confusing world of British culture
At the Pillars of Hercules by Clive James ( Book )
6 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Brilliant creatures : a first novel by Clive James ( Book )
9 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The book of my enemy : collected verse, 1958-2003 by Clive James ( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Parodies, imitations and lampoons - Verse letters - Song diaries - Earlier verse
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.27 (from 0.10 for The blaze ... to 0.92 for Unreliable ...)
Alternative Names
קלייב, ג׳יימס, 1939-
Languages
English (261)
Covers