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Hayman, Ronald 1932-

Works: 248 works in 1,401 publications in 7 languages and 37,263 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Bibliographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Other, Creator
Classifications: PT2621.A26, B
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Most widely held works about Ronald Hayman
Most widely held works by Ronald Hayman
Kafka : a biography by Ronald Hayman( Book )

62 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 2,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Franz Kafka has been described as representative of the twentieth century in the same way that Dante was of the fourteenth. He obsessively used literature as a means of putting himself on trial and of enacting the terrible conflicts of his day-to-day existence. Locating the roots of Kafka's guilt in his incurable fear of his father, Hayman describes in compelling detail his vacillations between longing for normality and longing for escape - whether through literature, which he saw as an alternative to life, or through death." "Ronald Hayman's portrayal of the tormented man and the inspired writer guarantees its status as the classic account of his life."--Jacket
Arthur Miller by Ronald Hayman( Book )

45 editions published between 1970 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illuminates the themes that have found moving dramatic expression in All my sons, Death of a salesman, The crucible, and The price
Harold Pinter by Ronald Hayman( Book )

72 editions published between 1968 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Beckett by Ronald Hayman( Book )

61 editions published between 1967 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 1,293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Stoppard by Ronald Hayman( Book )

42 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical outline - Two interviews with Tom Stoppard - Review of a number of his works
Nietzsche, a critical life by Ronald Hayman( Book )

32 editions published between 1980 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Duitse filosoof Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844- 1900)
Eugène Ionesco by Ronald Hayman( Book )

20 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in 3 languages and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brecht : a biography by Ronald Hayman( Book )

27 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bertolt Brecht is the most influential playwright of this century, and probably the greatest writer to emerge from the confused cultural milieu of Weimar Germany. Though he had only spasmodic success during his life, he has, since his death in 1956, been the subject of increasing study and acclaim. His plays are constantly being produced ; his verse is considered some of the best of his time. Yet the complex and interesting character behind this resonant literary voice has remained an enigma. Many books have been written about Brecht, but his is the first to put his political and theatrical ideas in the context of his personal experiences. Drawing on much unpublished material, as well as interviews with those who knew and worked with him, Ronald Hayman has produced a full and engaging appraisal of his life and work
John Osborne by Ronald Hayman( Book )

59 editions published between 1967 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Albee by Ronald Hayman( Book )

25 editions published between 1971 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Mann : a biography by Ronald Hayman( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hayman is the first biographer to show the extent to which Mann presented a sanitized self-portrait in his novels, stories, essays, photographs, public appearances, broadcasts, and articles. The world took Mann to be a self-controlled, elegant, dignified, supremely self-assured, rather aloof man. Wanting this image to survive his death, Mann incinerated most of his diaries and stipulated that the five thousand manuscript pages he had spared should be kept under seal for twenty years after his death. In reality, as these newly available diaries attest, Mann was subject to fits of nervous trembling, convulsive sobbing, and moments of sexual embarrassment. ("It can scarcely be impotence," he recorded in 1920. "How would it be if there were a young man at my disposal?") When his novels are reread in the perspective of the diaries, new meanings emerge, as do new interconnections between the problems of the characters and those of the author. As Hayman demonstrates in vivid and illuminating detail, Mann overcame literary inhibitions by speaking freely about his inner life through fictional characters apparently dissimilar to himself. As Mann once wrote to a friend, his trick was to find "novelistic forms and masks which can be displayed in public as a means of relaying my love, my hatred, my sympathy, my contempt, my pride, my scorn and the accusations I want to make."" "Drawing on extensive research, including not only the as-yet-unpublished final volumes of Mann's diaries but also new interviews with Mann's children, Ronald Hayman moves behind Mann's public persona to bring forth startling reinterpretations of his novels, stories, and criticism, and to reveal an extraordinarily complex and often misunderstood genius."--Jacket
The death and life of Sylvia Plath by Ronald Hayman( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 1,166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an uncensored exlanation of how Plath's death wish, combined with the circumstances of the last four months, led to her demise
Tennessee Williams : everyone else is an audience by Ronald Hayman( Book )

15 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few playwrights write as much of their lives into every work as did Tennessee Williams, and few had lives that were so obviously theatrical. Growing up amid abusive alcoholism, genteel posturing, and the incipient madness of his beloved sister, Rose, Williams produced plays in which violence exploded into rape, castration, and even cannibalism, projecting dramatic personal traumas. In this frank, compelling study, the distinguished biographer and critic Ronald Hayman explores the intersection of biography and art in one of the most exuberantly autobiographical dramatists of the American theater. By the time he died, in 1983, Williams's reputation had seriously declined. More than twenty years of drug and alcohol addiction, coupled with devastating openness about his promiscuous homosexuality, had all but destroyed one of America's greatest playwrights, while Williams's new works were increasingly unsuccessful. In recent years, however, Broadway revivals and amateur productions have testified to his enduring greatness as one of the shapers of the American theater. The major plays, such as The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, never disappeared from American theatrical consciousness. Their heroes - Tom Wingfield, Brick Pollitt, even Blanche Du Bois - are portraits of the artist as a very troubled man. Hayman explores the life and writings of Tennessee Williams and shows how they were linked. More than any previous biographer, he unmasks the compulsive, driven man behind the characters and lays bare the pain that engendered Williams's violent apocalypses. Tennessee Williams will change the way lovers of drama experience and understand some of its finest achievements
Arnold Wesker by Ronald Hayman( Book )

48 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to read a play by Ronald Hayman( Book )

47 editions published between 1977 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to Read a Play Ronald Hayman The script of a play is not written to be read in private, or to be approached as if it were a novel. Hayman shows how to read behind the lines to reconstruct the playwright's intentions and stage a performance in his own imagination
A life of Jung by Ronald Hayman( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography explores the complex character of one of the world's most influential psychoanalysts. Having gained access to a substantial amount of previously unpublished material, Ronald Hayman offers a rare insight into how Jung's revolutionary ideas grew out of his own extraordinary experiences. With notable objectivity, Hayman investigates the most crucial questions surrounding this enigmatic figure. What actually went on during Jung's sessions with patients? Was his mother insane? Was he a borderline case? What were the consequences of a homosexual episode in his boyhood? Was he pro-Nazi or anti-Semitic? Why did he fail to sustain any of his friendships with men? Did he sometimes mean "God" when he said the "Unconscious"? Why was he so secretive?
Sartre : a life by Ronald Hayman( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the philosopher and activist who was for thirty-five years, the most influential thinker of France and the West
Proust : a biography by Ronald Hayman( Book )

30 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografi om den franske forfatter Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
Theatre and anti-theatre : new movements since Beckett by Ronald Hayman( Book )

16 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A noted theatre critic and playwright offers a critical account of the most significant innovations in theatre since the 1953 premiere of Waiting for Godot. After thoroughly analyzing Beckett's "gift of freedom," Hayman traces the transformation of theatre in England, the German speaking countries, France, and the United States, showing how today, paradoxically, anti-theatre forms the vital theatrical mainstream"--Jacket
Artaud and after by Ronald Hayman( Book )

10 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Tennessee Williams : everyone else is an audience
Nietzsche, a critical lifeThomas Mann : a biographyThe death and life of Sylvia PlathTennessee Williams : everyone else is an audienceHow to read a playA life of Jung
Alternative Names
Hayman, Ronald

Ronald Hayman biógrafu británicu

Ronald Hayman brita aŭtoro

Ronald Hayman britischer Autor

Ronald Hayman British writer

Ronald Hayman Brits biograaf

Ronald Hayman écrivain britannique

Ronald Hayman escriptor britànic

Ronald Hayman escritor británico

הימן, רונלד

رونالد هايمان كاتب بريطاني

헤이먼, 로날드 1932-

ヘイマン, ロナルド

ヘイマン, ロナルド 1932-


English (594)

German (28)

Spanish (11)

Italian (4)

Chinese (2)

French (1)

Hebrew (1)