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O'Brien, Justin 1906-1968

Works: 146 works in 524 publications in 3 languages and 18,215 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Novels  Philosophical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Romances  Bildungsromans  Autobiographical fiction  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Former owner, Other, Correspondent
Classifications: PQ2605.A3734, 843.7
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Most widely held works by Justin O'Brien
The fall by Albert Camus( Book )

39 editions published between 1956 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man recalls his past life as a respected Parisian lawyer until his predicted downfall, in one terrible instant
The counterfeiters : with Journal of The counterfeiters by André Gide( Book )

10 editions published between 1951 and 1973 in English and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young artist pursues a search for knowledge through the treatment of homosexuality and the collapse of morality in middle class France
The possessed : a play in three parts by Albert Camus( Book )

6 editions published between 1960 and 1964 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Possessed (a.k.a., The Devil or Demons) is an extremely political novel of late 19th century Russian political and social chaos. The novel takes place in a provincial Russian setting, primarily on the estates of Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky and Varvara Stavrogina. Stepan Trofimovich's son, Pyotr Verkhovensky, is an aspiring revolutionary conspirator who attempts to organize a knot of revolutionaries in the area. He considers Varvara Stavrogina's son, Nikolai, central to his plot because he thinks Nikolai Stavrogin has no sympathy for mankind whatsoever. Verkhovensky gathers conspirators like the philosophizing Shigalyov, suicidal Kirillov, and the former military man Virginsky, and he schemes to solidify their loyalty to him and each other by murdering Ivan Shatov, a fellow conspirator. Verkhovensky plans to have Kirillov, who was committed to killing himself, take credit for the murder in his suicide note. Kirillov complies and Verkhovensky murders Shatov, but his scheme falls apart. He escapes, but the remainder of his aspiring revolutionary crew is arrested. In the denouement of the novel, Nikolai Stavrogin kills himself, tortured by his own misdeeds.
The myth of Sisyphus, and other essays by Albert Camus( Book )

21 editions published between 1942 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide; the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity
Notebooks by Albert Camus( Book )

4 editions published between 1965 and 1991 in English and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The French literary horizon by Justin O'Brien( Book )

11 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journals of André Gide by André Gide( Book )

8 editions published between 1951 and 1955 in English and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrait of André Gide : a critical biography by Justin O'Brien( Book )

36 editions published between 1933 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary French literature; essays by Justin O'Brien( Book )

9 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Resistance, rebellion, and death by Albert Camus( Book )

26 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays selected by the author from his Actuelles and other works
The fall, & Exile and the kingdom by Albert Camus( Book )

11 editions published between 1957 and 1965 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the N.R.F. An image of the twentieth century from the pages of the Nouvelle revue française by NRF (Firm)( Book )

7 editions published in 1958 in English and French and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journals of André Gide, 1889-1949 by André Gide( Book )

15 editions published between 1956 and 1987 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pretexts; reflections on literature and morality by André Gide( Book )

13 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most of Andre Gide's richly-varied literary output has long been available to American readers. Only one aspect of his protean career has been lacking in translation: the essays, the publication of which will go far to explain why Gide holds in France such high rank as a critic. Many of the essays in Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality were provoked by events in the cultural and political world of twentieth-century France, a turbulent setting that produced a lasting literature. These essays are vintage Gide, informed by his characteristic spirit?his hard brilliance, pointed honesty, and the enduring relevance of his concerns. Readers of his Journals will be prepared for the style, intelligence, and marksmanship that Gide brings to bear in these forty-two articles on life as well as on letters. His range, as always, is broad: a long and moving memoir of his encounters with Oscar Wilde; a series of combats against reactionary nationalists and self-appointed purifiers of morals; estimates of Mallarme, Baudelaire, Proust, Gautier, and Valery, among others; letters to Jacques Riviere, Jean Cocteau, and Francis Jammes; and general essays on art, literature, the theater, and politics. Justin O'Brien, famous for his studies in modern French literature, has written that Gide is "related to La Fontaine and Racine by his essential conciseness and crystalline style, to Montaigne and Goethe by his inquiring mind which reconciled unrest and serenity, to Baudelaire by his lucid, prophetic criticism." O'Brien, who has done so much to bring contemporary French literature to America, supervised the translations in Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality, prepared several of them himself, and contributes an informative general introduction and additional commentary to preface the various sections of this major book."--Provided by publisher
Madeleine = (Et nunc manet in te) by André Gide( Book )

5 editions published between 1952 and 1968 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La symphonie pastorale by André Gide( Book )

6 editions published in 1954 in French and English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'amour d'une aveugle et de son pasteur
Swann's way by Marcel Proust( Book )

3 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Innocence of Childhood. Swann's Way is the first volume of the famous masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. Using the involuntary memory technique, Marcel Proust travels back in time to his childhood where the reader meets Charles Swann, a friend of the family. The memories fade and reappear again in Proust's mind this time telling the sad love story between Swann and Odette, an intriguing woman with an unusual style. What more can the narrator remember?
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo( Book )

2 editions published between 1955 and 2003 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is the original Hugo story on which was based the movie "Hunchback of Notre-Dame."
The maxims of Marcel Proust by Marcel Proust( Book )

4 editions published between 1948 and 1958 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus( Book )

16 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Myth of Sisyphus is one of the most profound philosophical statements written this century. It is a discussion of the central idea of absurdity that Camus was to develop in his novel The Outsider. Here Camus poses the fundamental question: Is life worth living? If existence has ceased to retain significance when confronted with the fragmented reality of the human condition, what then can keep us from suicide? Camus movingly argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty. This volume contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran
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The fall
The counterfeiters : with Journal of The counterfeitersThe myth of Sisyphus, and other essaysResistance, rebellion, and deathPretexts; reflections on literature and moralityThe myth of Sisyphus
Alternative Names
O'Brien, Justin

O'Brien Justin M. 1906-1968

O'Brien Justin McCortney

O'Brien Justin McCortney 1906-1968

English (244)

French (10)

Spanish (2)