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Hayman, Ronald 1932-

Works: 192 works in 1,231 publications in 7 languages and 37,371 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  History  Interviews  Study guides  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Other
Classifications: PS3525.I5156, 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 )

68 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 2,235 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 )

50 editions published between 1970 and 1983 in English and French and held by 1,485 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 )

73 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 1,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Web site offers biographical and bibliographical information by and about the author and playwright, Harold Pinter
Samuel Beckett by Ronald Hayman( Book )

53 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Stoppard by Ronald Hayman( Book )

36 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,275 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 )

30 editions published between 1980 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in 3 languages and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death and life of Sylvia Plath by Ronald Hayman( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Mann : a biography by Ronald Hayman( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,237 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
Edward Albee by Ronald Hayman( Book )

23 editions published between 1971 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brecht : a biography by Ronald Hayman( Book )

24 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Duitse schrijver Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (1898- 1956)
A life of Jung by Ronald Hayman( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,224 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?
Tennessee Williams : everyone else is an audience by Ronald Hayman( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,200 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
John Osborne by Ronald Hayman( Book )

54 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to read a play by Ronald Hayman( Book )

42 editions published between 1977 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to read a play is an introductory guide to the art of translating the printed page of a play or screenplay into dramatic mental images; this book includes a chapter about how to read a screenplay, noting the intrinisic differences between a screenplay and a playscript
Sartre : a life by Ronald Hayman( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,083 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
Arnold Wesker by Ronald Hayman( Book )

41 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proust : a biography by Ronald Hayman( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 968 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 )

15 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Gielgud by Ronald Hayman( Book )

13 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was over thirty years ago that John Gielgud wrote Early Stages, a memoir of his informative years and first successes. Gielgud was not born with a silver voice, neither did he leap to fame overnight. His first part -with one line-he did so badly that he was given silent walk-ons for the rest of the season. But years later, after he had worked in Rep and had acted in many West End theatres, he returned to the Vic, at a very modest salary, to learn how to play Shakespeare
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Tennessee Williams : everyone else is an audience
Alternative Names
Hayman, Ronald

Ronald Hayman British writer

Ronald Hayman Brits biograaf

Ronald Hayman écrivain britannique

Ronald Hayman escritor británico

הימן, רונלד

ヘイマン, ロナルド


English (532)

German (36)

French (21)

Spanish (9)

Italian (4)

Chinese (2)

Hebrew (1)

Nietzsche, a critical lifeThe death and life of Sylvia PlathThomas Mann : a biographyA life of JungTennessee Williams : everyone else is an audienceHow to read a play