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Benson, Jackson J.

Overview
Works: 70 works in 312 publications in 2 languages and 18,331 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Short stories  Bibliography  Bibliographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Western fiction  Essays  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3515.E37, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jackson J Benson
Hemingway; the writer's art of self-defense by Jackson J Benson( Book )

32 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,929 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
The short stories of Ernest Hemingway : critical essays by Ernest Hemingway( Book )

27 editions published between 1975 and 1990 in English and held by 1,903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the big sky : a biography of A.B. Guthrie Jr. by Jackson J Benson( )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 1,720 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
The Ox-Bow man : a biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark by Jackson J Benson( )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on widely scattered sources - personal papers and correspondence; Clark's unpublished stories and poems; and interviews with family members, friends, and others - Benson focuses on Clark's intellectual and literary life as a writer, teacher, and westerner, balancing his account of the experiences, people, and settings of Clark's life with an examination of Clark's complex psyche and the crippling perfectionism that virtually ended his career. He also offers an assessment of Clark's place in Western writing."--Jacket
The true adventures of John Steinbeck, writer : a biography by Jackson J Benson( Book )

35 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 1,571 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 )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,347 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
The Fiction of Bernard Malamud by Bernard Malamud( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1992 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains the proceedings of a conference held at Corvallis, Oregon, in 1976. The papers focus on Malamud's place in American literature, and examine the most noteworthy elements of his art. The contributors place him within the larger picture of modern fiction; compare Malamud and Dreiser and the worlds in which their characters live, and how they struggle with the cultural and physical environments; and discuss the essence of Jewishness in his writings. Other topics include the influence of medieval literature on Malamud's fictional motifs and methods; and the broad range of techniques by which his characters can see themselves, sometimes revealing their own inner nature, and sometimes obscuring or distorting it. ISBN 81-85336-73-5 (pbk.) (Available for sale in India at Rs.50.00. Enquire at your local bookstore)
Hemingway in our time by Richard Astro( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

15 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

But Benson's book is as much a consideration of Stegner's own literary legacy as it is a blow-by-blow retelling of his life. Providing a critical reassessment of the entire body of Stegner's work, Benson argues convincingly for his subject's place in the literary canon - and not merely as a "regional" Western writer, but quite simply as one of the great writers of twentieth-century American letters, whose books can stand comfortably on the shelf beside the work of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Steinbeck
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 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wallace Stegner : a study of the short fiction by Jackson J Benson( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 785 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
New critical approaches to the short stories of Ernest Hemingway by Jackson J Benson( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 769 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
Down by the lemonade springs : essays on Wallace Stegner by Jackson J Benson( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on John Steinbeck's papers and photographs, and scores of interviews, Jackson J. Benson explores the influences that contributed to Steinbeck's archetypal sense of American culture and his controversial concerns. An in-depth study of the shy, private individual behind many American classics
Of men and their making : the selected non-fiction of John Steinbeck by John Steinbeck( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Steinbeck : an American writer by Morgan. Smith, Harry. Graves, Peter. Perkins, Jack Neville( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His concern for the underdog made him a hero to the masses and an enemy of the establishment. He is one of the most celebrated writers in history. He illuminated the plight of America's forgotten citizens, and in so doing, became one of the most recognizable and important voices in literature. His activism and outspoken opinions made him persona non grata in his own home state by the end of his life. His novel, "The Grapes of Wrath" is one of the most banned books in history. It is also one of the most important
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

Catching the light : remembering Wallace Stegner( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking for Steinbeck's ghost by Jackson J Benson( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 23 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
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The Ox-Bow man : a biography of Walter Van Tilburg ClarkThe true adventures of John Steinbeck, writer : a biographyAmerica and Americans, and selected nonfictionWallace Stegner : his life and workThe Short novels of John Steinbeck : critical essays with a checklist to Steinbeck criticismWallace Stegner : a study of the short fictionNew critical approaches to the short stories of Ernest HemingwayDown by the lemonade springs : essays on Wallace Stegner
Alternative Names
Benson, Jackson 1930-

Benson, Jackson Jerald.

Languages
English (238)

French (1)