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Smiley, Jane

Overview
Works: 324 works in 1,570 publications in 9 languages and 80,926 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Satire  Biography  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Juvenile works  College stories  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Other
Classifications: PS3569.M39, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jane Smiley
A thousand acres by Jane Smiley( Book )

147 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 6,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time is 1979. Larry Cook, a proud and exacting farmer, whose family has lived on this land for four generations, unexpectedly decides to retire and turn over his valuable holdings to his three daughters. For Ginny and Rose, who live on the farm with their husbands, the gift makes sense - a reward for years of hard work, a challenge to make the farm even more successful. But the youngest, Caroline, a Des Moines lawyer, flatly rejects the idea, and in anger her father cuts her out - setting off an explosive series of events that will leave none of them unchanged. A classic story of contemporary American life, A Thousand Acres strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a father, a daughter, a family
Moo by Jane Smiley( Book )

71 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satire on university life, describing the rackets and the intellectual dishonesty that goes on. The setting is the U of Moo where research into the destruction of rain forests is tailored to suit the corporation funding the project
Horse heaven by Jane Smiley( Book )

47 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel set in the world of thoroughbred racing follows a group of trainers, jockeys, and "track brats" on a two-year journey through the racing cycle
Some luck by Jane Smiley( Book )

38 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 3,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s"--Provided by publisher
The all-true travels and adventures of Lidie Newton : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

50 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lidie Harkness marries Thomas Newton and moves with him to Kansas in an effort to keep it a Free State in the years before the Civil War. She is an earnest convert to the abolitionist cause and events lead her to disguise herself as a boy in her search for justice
Ten days in the hills by Jane Smiley( Book )

27 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards, Max -- an Oscar-winning writer/director whose fame has waned -- and his lover, Elena, are in bed, still groggy from last night's red-carpet festivities. They are talking about movies, talking about love, talking about the just-begun war in Iraq. But a house full of guests demands attention. They share their stories of Hollywood past and present; they watch films in Max's luxe screening room; they gossip by the swimming pool, and tussle in the many bedrooms. The tension mounts, sparks fly, and Smiley delivers a virtuosic, unputdownable romp of a novel about love, war, sex, politics, storytelling -- and, of course, redemption -- that's Hollywood!
Private life : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

30 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As her husband's obsessions with science take a darker turn on the eve of World War II, Margaret Mayfield is forced to consider the life she has so carefully constructed
The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life
Good faith by Jane Smiley( Book )

39 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerging from an ugly divorce in the early 1980s, real estate salesman Joe Stratford is reluctant to join his friend Marcus in a get-rich-quick scheme and wonders about the advances of a free-spirited married woman
Charles Dickens by Jane Smiley( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the delectable wit, unforgettable characters, and challenging themes that have won her a Pulitzer Prize and national bestseller status, Jane Smiley naturally finds a kindred spirit in the author of classics such as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. As "his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels," Smiley's Charles Dickens is at once a sensitive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life. Smiley evokes Dickens as he might have seemed to his contemporaries: convivial, astute, boundlessly energetic-and lionized. As she makes clear, Dickens not only led the action-packed life of a prolific writer, editor, and family man but, balancing the artistic and the commercial in his work, he also consciously sustained his status as one of the first modern "celebrities." Charles Dickens offers brilliant interpretations of almost all the major works, an exploration of his narrative techniques and his innovative voice and themes, and a reflection on how his richly varied lower-class cameos sprang from an experience and passion more personal than his public knew. Smiley's own "demon narrative intelligence" (The Boston Globe) touches, too, on controversial details that include Dickens's obsession with money and squabbles with publishers, his unhappy marriage, and the rumors of an affair. Here is a fresh look at the dazzling personality of a verbal magician and the fascinating times behind the classics we read in school and continue to enjoy today
The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley( Book )

45 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A novel that draws us into a fourteenth-century Norse world at once harsh and beautiful, bleak and opulent with life."
Golden age : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

22 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The third book of a trilogy about a farm family from Iowa, which takes them from the late 1980s through the present and into the future"--
Ordinary love ; & Good will : two novellas by Jane Smiley( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Ordinary Love" Rachel contemplates the last two decades and the remarkable fact of her children's survival. In "Good will" Bob and his life style are no bulwark against the effect his isolation begins to have on his family
Duplicate keys by Jane Smiley( Book )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A divorced midwesterner living in a communal building in Manhattan discovers two of her friends murdered in her suddenly dangerous home, in a gripping tale of murder and treachery
Ten days in the hills by Jane Smiley( Recording )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards, Max--an Oscar-winning writer/director whose fame has waned--and his lover, Elena, are in bed, still groggy from last night's red-carpet festivities. They are talking about movies, talking about love, talking about the just-begun war in Iraq. But a house full of guests demands attention. They share their stories of Hollywood past and present; they watch films in Max's luxe screening room; they gossip by the swimming pool, and tussle in the many bedrooms. The tension mounts, sparks fly, and Smiley delivers a virtuosic, unputdownable romp of a novel about love, war, sex, politics, storytelling--and, of course, redemption--that's Hollywood!
At paradise gate : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

35 editions published between 1981 and 2001 in English and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a man, whose wife and daughters refuse to accept the fact that he is dying
Barn blind : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The verdant pastures of a farm in Illinois have the placid charm of a landscape painting, but the horses that graze there have become the obsession of a woman who sees them as the fulfillment of every wish: to win, to be honored, to be the best, culminating in a force that will drive a wedge between her and her family, and bring them all to tragedy
The age of grief by Jane Smiley( Book )

36 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and held by 1,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of five short stories and one novella, the author presents a contemplation of the sometimes mutually exclusive matters of love, friendship, and marriage
The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer by Jane Smiley( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois-Iowa border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics at Iowa State University, after a frustrating day performing tedious mathematical calculations in his lab, hit on the idea that the binary number system and electronic switches, combined with an array of capacitors on a moving drum to serve as memory, could yield a computing machine that would make his life easier. Then he went back and built the machine. It worked, but he never patented the device, and the developers of the far-better-known ENIAC almost certainly stole critical ideas from him. But in 1973 a court declared that the patent on that Sperry Rand device was invalid, opening the gates to the computer revolution. Biographer Jane Smiley makes the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real-life techno-thriller.--From publisher description
A year at the races : reflections on horses, humans, love, money, and luck by Jane Smiley( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author explores the high-stakes world of horse racing, drawing on her knowledge of equine behavior, trainers, veterinarians, and jockeys as she relates the story of two of her own horses as they begin their careers
 
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A thousand acres
Alternative Names
Ioanna Smiley

Jane Smiley Amerikaans schrijfster

Jane Smiley novelista estadounidense

Jane Smiley romancieră americană

Jane Smiley romancière américaine

Jane Smiley US-amerikanische Autorin

Smailija, Džeina 1949-

Smiley, Jane 1949-

Смайли, Джейн

סמיילי, ג׳יין

סמיילי, ג׳יין, 1949-

סמיילי, ג׳יין מחברת רומנים אמריקאית

جین اسمایلی نویسنده آمریکایی

스마일리, 제인 1949-

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MooHorse heavenThe all-true travels and adventures of Lidie Newton : a novelTen days in the hillsPrivate life : a novelThe Georges and the JewelsGood faithCharles Dickens