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Callow, Philip

Overview
Works: 74 works in 262 publications in 3 languages and 7,913 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6023.A93, B
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Most widely held works about Philip Callow
 
Most widely held works by Philip Callow
From noon to starry night : a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In From Noon to Starry Night, published on the 100th anniversary of Walt Whitman's death, the great Poet of democracy has at last found his biographer. Philip Callow brings to Whitman's extraordinary life the skills and sensitivities of novelist, poet, and biographer. Here is the life of America's poet - beguiling, surprising, in some ways magical - a wonderfully detailed portrait, lyrically told. More successfully than any earlier biography, Callow's has captured Whitman's elusive truth. The shadows of Whitman's life hide "the actual person, if we can only find him, smiling evasively in his thicket of identities," Callow writes. "He is curious, a great puzzle ... He lives on so many levels: learns a trade, lives with mates as a skilled man, and then in the heavy weather of buccaneer journalism, the daily Politics of local issues. A psychological oddity, he loves the ebb and flood of crowds, yet is fundamentally a solitary, with a weird sexual fluidity that remains a riddle to this day, carefully hidden from others as it is from himself. "Fearing intimacy he becomes an enchanter, a stubborn innocent branded an obscene immoralist, shocking contemporaries with his candor. His health shattered by the 'butcher' wards of the Civil War hospitals, he experiences transactions of love there which are the most satisfying of his life. We seem to know everything and yet nothing about this baffling subject. Contradictory to the last, he affirms life and is inspired by death." Drawing upon a broad range of sources, and quoting liberally from Whitman's poems, Callow has re-created the poet's life in all its roundness and intricate corners. In a compelling blending of fact and interpretation, he gives us the man behind America's "first genuine voice ... The sheer certainty of this voice can still astonish us - the passage of time has done nothing to dull it." Democracy was Whitman's great subject. He was, Callow observes, a democrat who set out to imagine the life of the average man in average circumstances changed into something grand and heroic. "To draw close to Whitman is to come to grips with our own doubts and dreams and absurdities," Callow writes. "If we are to believe in a future, in democracy, in individual regeneration as the measure of the world's worth, we should look again at a poet who wanted his poems to circulate as a 'coarse but warm blood' and be a testament to our common humanity." When Whitman died he was largely unknown in his own country. It was Kafka who later wrote, "His life is his real masterpiece." He comes alive again in Philip Callow's perceptive and evocative biography
Son and lover, the young D.H. Lawrence by Philip Callow( Book )

23 editions published between 1975 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawrence's growth to maturity was a painful and traumatic business, the impulses of the young lover constantly thwarted by the self-doubt of the mother's son. Philip Callow captures the extraordinary drama of Lawrence's life from 1885, the year of his birth, to 1919 when he quit England. In rich and intimate detail, Mr. Callow recreates the half-rural, half-industrial world of the English Midlands where Lawrence grew up and which haunted his imagination all his life; he traces Lawrence's relationships with women, particularly his dominating mother, his first love Jessie Chambers, and earthy Frieda, his partner in a stormy marriage. And he shows how Lawrence was able to transmute the contradictions of his personality into the stuff of art. - Publisher
Louis : a life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Philip Callow( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are many Stevensons behind the initials RLS, but the one that has endeared him to so many readers for so long is surely the fighter, battling to stay alive. Jorge Luis Borges described Stevenson's brief life as courageous and heroic. In Philip Callow's new biography, one can see why." "Doctors, called repeatedly to what should have been his deathbed, would find a scarecrow, twitching and alive. A sickly child, Louis became in turn a bohemian dandy, a literary gypsy traipsing through the mountains of France with a donkey, and at twenty-eight the lover of an American woman ten years his senior, the fabulous Fanny." "He escaped his Scottish town, his family, his friends who had mapped out a literary career for him in London, and instead went chaotically across the Atlantic and overland to California in poverty and despair to reach his beloved, wherupon he escaped into marriage and committed himself to being a nomad. He sailed the Pacific and dreamed of being an explorer; his restlessness was Victorian. All the while he was composing some of the most treasured tales in the English language."--Jacket
Chekhov, the hidden ground : a biography by Philip Callow( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Examining Chekhov's life within the context of his art, Mr. Callow finds him astonishingly modern: the new kind of man, uncomfortable in the world and refusing to sentimentalize his unease. But the love theme that is central to his biography and his art, which Mr. Callow explores with a novelist's skills and sensitivities, has been somehow slighted by Chekhov scholars. It is the hidden ground from which his work sprang and on which his divided life stood." "We must constantly remind ourselves that Chekhov was for years a doctor first and a writer second, seeing writing as a frivolous, irrelevant activity. He exhausted himself with this double life and was soon in bad health. Mr. Callow's portrait reveals a puzzlingly elusive man who constantly surprises us: a modest genius who finds the whole nature of fame unseemly; a man furious at injustice who is apolitical; a humorist in despair before the mediocrity, stupidity, and cruelty of the world; a generous spirit unable to stop working to improve the lot of others, incapable of turning anyone away, who remains stubbornly apart and hidden."--Jacket
Lost earth : a life of Cézanne by Philip Callow( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only now can we see Paul Cezanne as the invisible genius at the very inception of modern art. Philip Callow's life of the great painter, the first in more than a quarter-century, offers a vital reassessment. Drawing on contemporary sources and on Joachim Gasquet's newly translated firsthand account, Mr. Callow employs his exceptional skills and a poetic prose to follow the twists and turns of an outwardly uneventful life that was filled with inner anguish. He traces Cezanne's bitter struggle to overcome personal inadequacies and the insults of the critical community, and examines with new insights Cezanne's relationship with Emile Zola, the most profound friendship of the painter's career. For all of Cezanne's weakness and despair, Lost Earth is the story of a transcendent artist who was passionately committed to a tradition he would one day transform. His love of the outdoors enabled him to paint the universe in an apple and to change the landscape behind us
Vincent van Gogh : a life by Philip Callow( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the famous painter examining his early struggles, personal life, and career as an artist
Body of truth : D.H. Lawrence, the nomadic years, 1919-1930 by Philip Callow( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In November 1919 D.H. Lawrence arrived in Venice, thirty-four years old, a big name with a banned book behind him, scraping by on very little but with a zest for life undiminished by shaky health. He had had a bleak war - hounded out of Cornwall, humiliated in army medical exams - and was now overjoyed to be free and on the move, a twentieth-century English exile who would remain passionately English to the end of his days." "Philip Callow's account of Lawrence's last years - his tempestuous relationship with Frieda and his relentless travels between New Mexico, Europe, and England - brings the great writer to life in intimate detail. As Lawrence's disgust with the Western world grew more intense, his rage ebbed and flowed erratically, but between the rages he knew rapture. He relished his workingman's aptitude, but what sustained him was his writing. "Without it," he once said, "I would have been dead long ago."" "His anger finally found an outlet that earned him money: he wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover and broke the taboo against explicit sex in literature. In poetry, novellas, travel writing, and the painting of visceral canvases, Lawrence continued to respond to the demands of his art. And, to the end, he clung to his wife, the fundamentally married man he had always been. In Body of Truth, Philip Callow gives us a revealing story of the artist at life's end."--Jacket
Bare wires by Philip Callow( Book )

3 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flesh of morning by Philip Callow( Book )

7 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Yours by Philip Callow( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 1989 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Janine : a novel by Philip Callow( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of my desire : a novel by Philip Callow( Book )

6 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going to the moon by Philip Callow( Book )

9 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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New York insomnia : & other poems by Philip Callow( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1984 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bliss body by Philip Callow( Book )

8 editions published between 1969 and 1971 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Native ground by Philip Callow( Book )

9 editions published between 1959 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some love by Philip Callow( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in Polish and English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The real life : new poems by Philip Callow( Book )

5 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Another flesh by Philip Callow( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soliloquies of an eye : poems by Philip Callow( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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From noon to starry night : a life of Walt Whitman
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Son and lover, the young D.H. LawrenceLouis : a life of Robert Louis StevensonChekhov, the hidden ground : a biographyLost earth : a life of CézanneVincent van Gogh : a lifeBody of truth : D.H. Lawrence, the nomadic years, 1919-1930