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Benson, Jackson J.

Overview
Works: 50 works in 254 publications in 2 languages and 17,270 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography  Essays 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PS3537.T3234, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jackson J Benson
The true adventures of John Steinbeck, writer : a biography by Jackson J Benson( Book )

30 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 1,629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the dimensions of the man and the events of his life as he pursued his artistic vocation
America and Americans, and selected nonfiction by John Steinbeck( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is no writer more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. More than three decades after his death, he remains one of America's most beloved authors. Yet his nonfiction - the writings in which he spoke directly about his world - have long been overlooked. Now, in celebration of the centennial of his birth, this original collection brings together for the first time more than fifty of Steinbeck's finest essays and journalistic pieces, from his 1936 series of newspaper articles."--Jacket
Hemingway; the writer's art of self-defense by Jackson J Benson( Book )

28 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a close critical analysis of five of Ernest Hemingway's novels and a number of his most important short stories, Professor Benson provides a fascinating new view of his work. The novels discussed are The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Across the River and into the Trees, and the Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway's art of self-defense, which Professor Benson refers to in his subtitle, was, as he demonstrates in his perceptive criticism, the writer's use of style and technique to attack the sentimentalities which were Hemingway's own weakness. Emotion was central to the task which Hemingway defined for himself, Professor Benson explains, and a critical appraisal of his work must, therefore, focus particularly on the ways in which he dealt with and expressed emotion
Hemingway in our time by Richard Astro( Book )

11 editions published between 1973 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Fiction of Bernard Malamud by Bernard Malamud( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 1992 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wallace Stegner : his life and work by Jackson J Benson( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on nearly ten years of research and unlimited access to Stegner's letters and personal files, Benson traces the trajectory of Wallace Stegner's life from his birth on his grandfather's Iowa farm, his frontier childhood on the lonely prairie homestead in Saskatchewan, and his teenage years among Salt Lake City's Mormons up through his prominence as an award-winning writer, critic, historian, environmental activist, and teacher. Stegner founded Stanford University's legendary Creative Writing Program, where his students included such budding writers as Larry McMurtry, Ken Kesey, Wendell Berry, Robert Stone, Raymond Carver, Evan Connell, and Tillie Olsen
The Short novels of John Steinbeck : critical essays with a checklist to Steinbeck criticism( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New critical approaches to the short stories of Ernest Hemingway( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This companion volume reflects current scholarship and draws together essays that were published during the past decade or written for this collection."--Back cover
Wallace Stegner : a study of the short fiction by Jackson J Benson( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an in-depth critical introduction to the short stories of Wallace Stegner. Includes a detailed analyses of every significant story, biographical information, a chronology of the artist's life and works, and a representative selection of critical responses
Under the big sky : a biography of A.B. Guthrie Jr. by Jackson J Benson( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author of The Way West and the screenplay for the classic Shane, among many other timeless stories, icon of Western literature A.B. "Bud" Guthrie Jr. brought a blazing realism to the story of the West. That realism came out of the depth of Guthrie's historical research and an acuity that had seldom been seen in the work of Western novelists. The small Montana town that figures in several of Guthrie's books is clearly patterned after the town where he grew up, Choteau, on the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains. Biographer Benson illuminates Guthrie's upbringing and education, the influence of his intellectually inclined father, his work as a newspaperman in Kentucky, and his time at Harvard University. Animated by the observations of friends, family, and fellow authors, this intimate account offers rare insight into the life and work of a remarkable writer and into the making of the literary West.--From publisher description
Down by the lemonade springs : essays on Wallace Stegner by Jackson J Benson( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Steinbeck, writer : a biography by Jackson J Benson( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ox-Bow man : a biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark by Jackson J Benson( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Walter Van Tilburg Clark was one of the West's most important literary figures. Author of the classic novel The Ox-Bow Incident, he helped to change American literature by making the West a legitimate subject for serious fiction. As a comparatively young man, he published three novels and an acclaimed collection of short stories, then remained almost silent for the rest of his life, the victim of a paralyzing case of writer's block. Now Jackson J. Benson has produced the first full-length biography of this enigmatic, and ultimately tragic figure."
Of men and their making : the selected non-fiction of John Steinbeck by John Steinbeck( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steinbeck's Cannery Row : a reconsideration by Jackson J Benson( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mei guo yu mei guo ren by John Steinbeck( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catching the light : remembering Wallace Stegner( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding John Steinbeck's The Grapes of wrath( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steinbeck, America's great novelist of the downtrodden victims of the Depression era, is most remembered for his proletarian epic, The Grapes of Wrath. Benson clarifies the ideological backgrounds, composition, and literary merits of Steinbeck's masterpiece, demonstrating its still-powerful union of political subject matter and artistic achievement
Looking for Steinbeck's ghost by Jackson J Benson( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1968, Jackson J. Benson, then a naive young literature professor, set out to write a critical appraisal of John Steinbeck, a writer who Benson felt was greatly undervalued by the scholarly establishment. To Benson's amazement, he shortly found his project turning into an authorized biography. Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost is Benson's account of his experiences over the fifteen years he devoted to writing that biography." "On one level, the book is a rich collection of anecdotes, character sketches, and memories of Steinbeck and the people with whom he shared his life - wives and children, siblings, friends. On another level, Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost is an account of the biographer's task, with all its triumphs large and small and its numerous pitfalls and frustrations. We follow Benson as he struggles to master the skills of the biographer to find out just who John Steinbeck was."--Jacket
 
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America and Americans, and selected nonfiction
Alternative Names
Benson, Jackson 1930-

Benson, Jackson Jerald.

Languages
English (175)

Chinese (3)

Covers
America and Americans, and selected nonfictionWallace Stegner : his life and workThe Short novels of John Steinbeck : critical essays with a checklist to Steinbeck criticismNew critical approaches to the short stories of Ernest HemingwayWallace Stegner : a study of the short fictionUnder the big sky : a biography of A.B. Guthrie Jr.Down by the lemonade springs : essays on Wallace StegnerJohn Steinbeck, writer : a biography