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Loving, Jerome 1941-

Overview
Works: 43 works in 201 publications in 2 languages and 13,933 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Biography  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biographies  Portraits  Didactic fiction  Western fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3201, 811.3
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Most widely held works about Jerome Loving
 
Most widely held works by Jerome Loving
The last titan : a life of Theodore Dreiser by Jerome Loving( )

15 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This critical biography, the first on Theodore Dreiser in more than half a century, is the only study to fully weave Dreiser's literary achievement into the context of his life. Jerome Loving gives us a Dreiser for a new generation in an evocation of a writer who boldly swept away Victorian timidity to open the twentieth century in American literature." "Dreiser was a controversial figure in his time, not only because of his literary efforts, which included publication of the brutal and heartbreaking An American Tragedy in 1925, but also because of his personal life, which featured numerous sexual liaisons, included membership in the communist party, merited a 180-page FBI file, and ended in Hollywood. The Last Titan paints a full portrait of the mature Dreiser between the two world wars - through the roaring twenties, the stock market crash, and the Depression - and describes his contact with important figures, from Emma Goldman and H.L. Mencken to two presidents Roosevelt. Tracing Dreiser's literary roots to Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, and especially Whitman, Loving adds a dimension to the writer's thought that has not been fully explored, and reshapes our understanding of his tremendous contribution to American literature in what will surely become the standard biography of one of America's best novelists."--Jacket
Mark Twain : the adventures of Samuel L. Clemens by Jerome Loving( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain, who was often photographed with a cigar, once remarked that he came into the world looking for a light. In this new biography, published on the centennial of the writer's death, Jerome Loving focuses on Mark Twain, humorist and quipster, and sheds new light on the wit, pathos, and tragedy of the author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . In brisk and compelling fashion, Loving follows Twain from Hannibal to Hawaii to the Holy Land, showing how the southerner transformed himself into a westerner and finally a New Englander. This re-examination of Twain's life is informed by newly discovered archival materials that provide the most complex view of the man and writer to date
Lost in the customhouse : authorship in the American renaissance by Jerome Loving( )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2,175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this spirited challenge to dominant American literary criticism, Jerome Loving extends the traditional period of American literary rebirth to the end of the nineteenth century and argues for the intrinsic value of literature in the face of new historicist and deconstructionist readings. Bucking the trend for prophetic and revisionist interpretations, Loving discusses the major work of the last century's canonized writers as restorative adventures with the self and society. From Washington Irving to Theodore Dreiser, Loving finds the American literary tradition filled with narrators who keep waking up to the central scene of the author's real or imagined life. They travel through a customhouse of the imagination in which the Old World experience of the present is taxed by the New World of the utopian past, where life is always cyclical instead of linear and ameliorative. Loving argues that the central literary experience in nineteenth-century America is the puritanical desire for the time before the loss of innocence - that endless chance of coming into experience anew. Lost in the Customhouse begins with a discussion of Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Thoreau, and Emerson and finds these seminal Renaissance writers waking up primarily to psychological facts which blossomed into the fiction of a self begotten out of the nothingness of experience. In part 2, Loving shifts his attention to the urbanization of the American imagination and discusses Whitman, Twain, Dickinson, James, Chopin, and Dreiser. Here the dream-driven impulse is more clearly influenced by social history: abolition, women's suffrage, industrialization, and the growth of professionalism. Loving focuses upon the role of the woman who finds herself on the same frontier as her male precursors - "with nothing but a carpetbag - that is to say, the [American] ego." Throughout the study, Loving challenges the notion that American literature is preponderately "cultural work." In the epilogue, he packs up his own carpetbag and passes through the European customhouse to find that American writers are more readily perceived as literary geniuses outside of their culture than within it
Walt Whitman : the song of himself by Jerome Loving( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Walt Whitman, the 19th century writer hailed as the father of American poetry. It traces his life as a printer and journalist, before his self-published collection, Leaves of Grass, brought him fame. He was a great promoter, going so far as to write his own book reviews for newspapers. As a poet, he rejected regular meter and rhyme in favor of free verse and blazed the trail as a writer of erotica
Confederate bushwhacker : Mark Twain in the shadow of the Civil War by Jerome Loving( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Confederate Bushwhacker is a microbiography set in the most important and pivotal year in the life of its subject. In 1885, Mark Twain was at the peak of his career as an author and a businessman, as his own publishing firm brought out not only the U.S. edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn but also the triumphantly successful Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. Twenty years after the end of the Civil War, Twain finally tells the story of his past as a deserter from the losing side, while simultaneously befriending and publishing the general from the winning side. Coincidentally, the year also marks the beginning of Twain's descent into misfortune, his transformation from a humorist into a pessimist and determinist. Interwoven throughout this portrait are the headlines and crises of 1885--black lynchings, Indian uprisings, anti-Chinese violence, labor unrest, and the death of Grant. The year was at once Twain's annus mirabilis and the year of his undoing. The meticulous treatment of this single year by the esteemed biographer Jerome Loving enables him to look backward and forward to capture both Twain and the country at large in a time of crisis and transformation."--Jacket
Emily Dickinson : the poet on the second story by Jerome Loving( Book )

21 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerson, Whitman, and the American muse by Jerome Loving( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walt Whitman's champion : William Douglas O'Connor by Jerome Loving( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leaves of grass by Walt Whitman( Book )

27 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as 'disgraceful.' And Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass 'the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed,' calling it a 'combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald.' Published at the author's own expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass initially consisted of a preface, twelve untitled poems in free verse (including the work later titled 'Song of Myself' which Malcolm Cowley called 'one of the great poems of modern times'), and a now-famous portrait of a devil-may-care Walt Whitman in a workman's shirt. Over the next four decades, Whitman continually expanded and revised the book as he took on the role of a workingman's bard who championed American nationalism, political democracy, contemporary progress, and unashamed sex. This volume, which contains 383 poems, is the final 'Deathbed Edition' published in 1892
Jack and Norman : a state-raised convict and the legacy of Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song by Jerome Loving( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner's Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack Henry Abbott, Federal Prisoner 87098-132. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a talented writer who deserved another chance at freedom. With letters of support from Mailer and other literary elites of the day, Abbott was released on parole in 1981. With Mailer's help, Abbott quickly became the literary "it boy" of New York City. But in a shocking turn of events, the day before a rave review of Abbott's book, In the Belly of the Beast, appeared in The New York Times, Abbott murdered a New York City waiter and fled to Mexico. Eerily, like Gary Gilmore in Mailer's true-life novel, Abbott killed within six weeks of his release from prison. Now distinguished professor Jerome Loving explores the history of two of the most infamous books of the past 50 years ..."--
Spoon River anthology by Edgar Lee Masters( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dead arise from their sleep in the cemetery of a small Midwestern town to tell their individual stories about an entire community caught in a web of scandal, sin, and vice in the early twentieth century
McTeague : a story of San Francisco : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism by Frank Norris( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by an actual crime that was sensationalized in the San Francisco papers, this novel tells the story of charlatan dentist McTeague and his wife Trina, and their spiralling descent into moral corruption. Norris is often considered to be the "American Zola," and this passionate tale of greed, degeneration, and death is one of the most purely naturalistic American novels of the nineteenth century. It is also one of the first major works of literature set in California, and it provided the story for Erich von Stroheim's classic of the silent screen, Greed. - Publisher
Three poems by Walt Whitman( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walt Whitman : el canto a sí mismo by Jerome Loving( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civil War letters of George Washington Whitman by George Washington Whitman( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civil War letters by George Washington Whitman( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American tragedy by Tobias Picker( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Tobias Picker discusses the work with ... Paul Gruber. ... and, with his librettist Gene Scheer, talks about the process by which they transformed [Dreiser's book] into a work for the stage. Also heard ... are Francesca Zambella, the director of The Met's production of An American Tragedy, and Jerome Loving, an authority on Dreiser ... And Met broadcast host Margaret Juntwait reads a synopsis of the opera, with musical illustrations prepared and narrated by the composer himself."--Back jewel case insert
The extension of self-culture, Margaret Fuller and Emily Dickinson by Susan Margaret Belasco Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the Transcendentalists, "self-culture" was based on the data that each individual had the potential for perfection. Ralph Waldo Emerson's early commitment to Kantian idealism caused him to assert reality as largely created by an individual through the innate structure of thought; the individual's primary concern, therefore, is in the investigation of that structure. Both Margaret Fuller and Emily Dickinson were educated to practice self-cultivation and were influenced by Emerson's idealism. Viewing self-cultivation as a way of improving society, Fuller blended idealism with her own brand of materialism. To her, self-cultivation was useless without vocational opportunities for women, and she advocated "radical dualism", an androgynous vision that would incorporate both masculine and feminine qualities within each individual. Using the process of self-cultivation to develop her art, Emily Dickinson also merged idealism with materialism, but her syncretism involved a notion that the creation of mood in her poetry was a method by which one might comprehend reality. Both women thus departed from an idealistic perspective by using the results of their feminine experience of the world to advocate what was to their minds a way of tying the apprehension of reality more firmly to human experience. Corresponding to their world views is the concept of language that each of these writers developed. For Emerson, language unambiguously captures reality and can describe the rationality of the ideal domain. Fuller, agreeing with Emerson that the denotative function of language serves the practical ends of persuasion, nonetheless incorporated her varied experiences into her concept of language and adopted a correspondence view of language that is manifested in her social criticism. For Dickinson, however, language is a metaphor for reality. Because human moods are often ineffable, language is therefore suggestive rather than descriptive. Thus Fuller's and Dickinson's differing concepts of language reflect the same metaphysical assumptions that characterize their departure from the Emersonian concept of self-cultivation
Thomas Hardy's uses of setting : a study of three novels by Glen Stuart Bollman( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many studies comment, usually favorably, on Thomas Hardy's settings. Few studies, however, trace a single aspect of setting through an entire work to demonstrate the extent to which setting reveals meaning. This study examines one aspect of setting in each of three novels. "Far from the Madding Crowd" is a Bildunqsroman detailing the maturing of Bathsheba Everdene. Hardy reveals her qualities through various strategies of settings, including imagery associating her with goddesses; descriptions of her physical qualities; the people, animals, and objects in her environment; repetitive and contrasting settings. The evidence from setting stresses her femininity and her pastoral values as she progresses from a self-centered to an outward-looking woman. In "The Mayor of Casterbridge" the settings at Weydon-Priors are a matrix for the themes and action of the entire novel. Characters enter and exit the Casterbridge stage through Weydon-Priors, and the details of setting, especially the fair, parallel the rise, decline, and fall of Michael Henchard. In the first description the fair is large and thriving, and Henchard is young with his time of power and wealth immediately ahead of him. The second description shows his past in the form of his wife, whom he sold to a sailor at Weydon-Priors, and her daughter pursuing him. The final description provides an austere background for his achieving the self-knowledge indispensable to the hero. Throughout, the Weydon-Priors settings preview and comment on the action at Casterbridge. Hardy gives considerable attention to the condition of "Christianity in Tess of the d'Urbervilles". Details of setting, including the clergymen and objects associated with them, the churches, and the congregations, suggest the effeteness of the Christian establishment. Mercy Chant, whose arms are always filled with Bibles but whose heart is empty of Christian virtues, epitomizes Hardy's Christian
Our veterans mustering out : another newspaper article by Whitman about his soldier-brother by Jerome Loving( )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Walt Whitman : the song of himself
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Mark Twain : the adventures of Samuel L. ClemensLost in the customhouse : authorship in the American renaissanceWalt Whitman : the song of himselfEmily Dickinson : the poet on the second storyLeaves of grassSpoon River anthologyMcTeague : a story of San Francisco : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism
Alternative Names
Loving, Jerome

Loving, Jerome M. 1941-

Loving, Jerome MacNeill 1941-

MacNeill Loving, Jerome 1941-

Languages
English (168)

Spanish (7)