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Halio, Jay L.

Works: 179 works in 549 publications in 1 language and 21,002 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy plays  Tragedies (Drama)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography‡vDictionaries  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Reference works  Outlines and syllabi 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Compiler, Honoree, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: PR2825.A2, 822.33
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Most widely held works by Jay L Halio
King Lear : a guide to the play by Jay L Halio( )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: In its timeless exploration of familial and political dissolution, and in its relentless questioning of the apparent moral indifference of the universe, King Lear is Shakespeare's darkest tragedy. It is also one of his most timely, for many of the issues it raises resonate loudly within our own era. Perhaps because of its contemporary relevance, it is one of Shakespeare's most frequently produced, taught, and studied works. And the amount of scholarship on King Lear is exceeded only be the complexity which that scholarship reveals. This book is a lucid and thorough guide to the play's roots and legacy. The volume begins with a discussion of the play's textual history, which is complicated by the different quarto and folio versions. It also addresses the merits of several recent editions. The book then looks at the literary, historical, and cultural contexts that inform the play. This is followed by an examination of Shakespeare's dramatic art, an analysis of the play's themes, and a summary of the different approaches critics have used to elucidate its meaning. A final chapter explores the play's rich production history, and a selected bibliography concludes the volume. As a guide, this reference successfully navigates the tremendous body of available scholarship and is a ready aid for a wide range of readers
Twentieth century interpretations of As you like it; a collection of critical essays by Jay L Halio( Book )

11 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding The merchant of Venice : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Jay L Halio( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Merchant of Venice, even in its own time, was considered Shakespeare's most controversial play. Now one of the most popularly read and performed works, the play raises even more important issues for our day, particularly anti-Semitism and the treatment of Jews. Shakespeare scholar Jay Halio brings together his fascinating literary insights and his considerable knowledge of Shakespeare's world to this student casebook. His analysis of the play helps students interpret Shakespeare's plot and interwoven subplots, the sources that helped shape the play and the characters, and the thematic issues relating to justice, mercy, and the myriad bonds of human relationships
British novelists since 1960 by Jay L Halio( Book )

30 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains biographical sketches of representative British novelists whose work began to appear roughly around 1960
Philip Roth revisited by Jay L Halio( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip Roth is unquestionably one of the major literary voices of our time, one who has combined critical acclaim with a wide readership. Since the publication of Bernard F. Rodgers's Twayne study of Roth (1978), Roth's oeuvre has expanded considerably both in bulk and in range, with the publication of such major works as The Ghost Writer, The Counterlife, and Patrimony. Philip Roth Revisited is an entirely new look at this important writer's life and work. In this sensitive study Jay L. Halio interprets Roth as fundamentally a comic writer in the tradition of that great "sit-down comedian," Franz Kafka. Humor, Halio argues, is for Roth the vehicle of truth. The present volume is more than a study of a single theme in Roth's work, however for Halio gives full consideration to the many complexities of Roth's writings. Roth has always, for instance, been a writer deeply concerned with characteristically Jewish themes, often controversially so, as in his outrageously comic Portnoy's Complaint. Halio places Roth in his Jewish-American milieu, explaining both the similarities and the differences between Roth and other Jewish-American writers, and discussing the reception of Roth's work by the Jewish community. In the latter part of his career, perhaps influenced by the insistence of readers and critics on seeing the author himself in his protagonists, Roth has turned to the complex theme of the interweaving of art and autobiography a concern that has both intrigued and irritated some critics. Halio's analysis of this important element in Roth's work is perhaps the clearest available reading of a notoriously complex subject. Comic, subtle, intelligent, Philip Roth's literary art reps careful and sensitive reading. Halio's study will be valuable to students and scholars of American literature, and to general readers interested in learning about one of America's leading men of letters
The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )

41 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition presents a fresh examination of the text and all the important aspects of its significance and meaning. Fully annotated, it also includes a selective collation of important variant readings and a general introduction that treats various topics
The tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lear, the King of Britain, has three daughters. Wishing to ease himself of the burden of rule, he determines to divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him the best
Turning up the flame : Philip Roth's later novels( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The time would appear ripe then to take a closer look at Roth's more recent or "later" fiction. That is the intent of this gathering of critical essays. This is the only essay collection devoted primarily to Roth's fiction of the last two decades. It includes fourteen essays, written by some of the leading Roth specialists in this country and abroad."--Jacket
The life of King Henry the Eighth by William Shakespeare( Book )

37 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first fully annotated and comprehensive modern-spelling edition of King Henry VIII - known in its early performances as All is True - for over ten years. It makes full use of current scholarship on the dating, authorship, printing, and sources of the play, as well as critical interpretations, and includes an up-to-date survey of the play in performance. It is the first edition to make frequent use of Cavendish's life of Cardinal Wolsey, which seems likely to have influenced certain aspects of the play, as well as the other recognized sources in Holinshed, Hall, and Foxe." "On authorship, the editor concludes that Shakespeare and his younger colleague John Fletcher worked on the script together but that Shakespeare was probably the guiding spirit, as well as the principal author of several major scenes." "A fully detailed commentary and a selective collation of major variant readings appear immediately beneath the text. Special attention has been given to the frequent allusion to scripture and proverb lore. An index to all words glossed and authorities cited appears at the end of the volume."--Jacket
Romeo and Juliet : a guide to the play by Jay L Halio( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playful and serious : Philip Roth as a comic writer( )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few contemporary American writers have stirred the minds and emotions of their readers as Philip Roth has done. Even fewer writers have excelled in various forms of the comic as Roth has for over a half-century. Playful and Serious assembles a group of outstanding Roth scholars and critics who focus their attention on the different ways Roth brings his comic tendencies to bear on essentially serious topics. The term "comic" is used in the broadest sense to include humor, irony, satire, comedy, black comedy, and their variations. As co-editor Ben Siegel points out, Roth's special humor often appears to grow "more surrealistic and obsessive, as in each new fiction he tries not merely to surpass the daily news but to touch what is deeply private and dark in the modern psyche." In the process, he targets "his society's most deeply embedded pieties and hypocrisies, enthusiasms, and lunacies."" "This collection takes account of the majority of Roth's works, beginning with some of his earliest stories and ending with several of his most recent novels. It also includes an account of several relatively neglected works, such as "Novotny's Pain" and "On the Air," but the essays in this volume deal mainly with the major works of fiction. They clearly show how Roth's interest in comedy has evolved from the outrageous but nonetheless hilarious comedy of Portnoy's Complaint to the more profoundly comic aspects of The Human Stain and subsequent novels. While death has increasingly become a preoccupation of those latest novels, Roth has not lost his ability to show how tragedy and comedy interact in, for example, Indignation."--Jacket
Shakespeare, pattern of excelling nature : Shakespeare criticism in honor of America's Bicentennial : from the International Shakespeare Association Congress, Washington, D.C., April 1976 by International Shakespeare Association( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Lear, by William Shakespeare( )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides readers with a collection of essays that present a wide-ranging set of perspectives on one of Shakespeare's greatest works, "King Lear". A brief biography of Shakespeare, a complete list of Shakespeare's works and their original dates of publication, a general bibliography, a detailed paragraph on the volume's editor, notes on the individual chapter authors, and a subject index are also provided
Daughters of valor : contemporary Jewish American women writers( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first quarto of King Lear by William Shakespeare( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Shakespeare's King Lear by Jay L Halio( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet : texts, contexts, and interpretation by William Shakespeare( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays collected here derive in part from a series of lectures, "International Perspectives on Shakespeare," delivered at the University of Delaware during the academic year 1992-93 and partially supported by the Delaware Humanities Forum. By coincidence, three of the six scholars chose one of Shakespeare's most enduring and beloved tragedies, Romeo and Juliet, for their subject, but each approached the play from different points of view." "All the essays are published here for the first time in English. They offer new perspectives on Romeo and Juliet that all students of the play will find both illuminating and useful."--Jacket
The tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare( Book )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition features a section on recent stage, film & critical interpretations of the play. Jay Halio takes the Folio as opposed to the Quarto text for this edition. He explains the differences between the editions as well as describing the literary, political & folkloric influences at work within the play
Volpone by Ben Jonson( Book )

7 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wealthy Venetian man attracts several would-be heirs
Understanding Shakespeare's plays in performance by Jay L Halio( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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King Lear : a guide to the play
Understanding The merchant of Venice : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documentsThe merchant of VeniceThe tragedy of King LearTurning up the flame : Philip Roth's later novelsThe life of King Henry the EighthRomeo and Juliet : a guide to the playPlayful and serious : Philip Roth as a comic writerKing Lear, by William Shakespeare
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Halio, Jay

Halio, Jay Leon 1928-

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