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McElrath, Joseph R.

Overview
Works: 39 works in 170 publications in 2 languages and 10,904 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Records and correspondence  Didactic fiction  Bibliography  History  Book reviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PS2472, 813.4
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Joseph R McElrath
Walden : notes ... by Joseph R McElrath( )

21 editions published between 1971 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on Walden, you discover the most important work of Henry David Thoreau - his exploration of the transcendentalist's striving to realize the possibility of one's own perfection and divinity. What results is an account of Thoreau's two-year stay at Walden Pond, a
Charles W. Chesnutt : essays and speeches by Charles W Chesnutt( )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 77 works included in this volume comprise all of Chesnutt's known works of nonfiction, 38 of which are reprinted here for the first time. They reveal an ardent and often outraged spokesman for the African American whose militancy increased to such a degree that, by 1903, he had more in common with W. E. B. Du Bois than Booker T. Washington. He was, however, a lifelong integrationist and even an advocate of "race amalgamation," seeing interracial marriage as the ultimate means of solving "the Negro Problem," as it was termed at the end of the century. That he championed the African American during the Jim Crow era while opposing Black Nationalism and other "race pride" movements attests to the way Chesnutt defined himself as a controversial figure, in his time and ours
To be an author : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905 by Charles W Chesnutt( )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long eclipsed by the writers who later rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance, Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) has received a steadily increasing amount of attention since the 1960s. In what he termed the "Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem" phase of African-American cultural history, this pioneer in the world of black letters vied with Paul Laurence Dunbar for the honor of being the first to "evince innate distinction in literature." The major establishment critic of his day, William Dean Howells, recognized Dunbar's poetry thus in 1896. But it was Chesnutt who won Howells's praise for prose fiction a few years later when The Conjure Woman (1899) and The Wife of His Youth (1899) appeared
Frank Norris Remembered by Jesse S Crisler( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Norris Remembered is a collection of reminiscences by Norris's contemporaries, friends, and family that illuminate the life of one of America's most popular novelists. Considering his undergraduate education spent studying art at Académie Julian in Paris and creative writing at Harvard and his journalism career reporting from the far reaches of South Africa and Cuba, it is difficult to fathom how Frank Norris also found time to compose seven novels during the course of his brief life. But despite his adventures abroad, Norris turned out novels at
Frank Norris : a life by Joseph R McElrath( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first complete biography of this centrally important American novelist to appear in seventy years, and anyone familiar with the breezier existing accounts of the man and hungering for the real story will agree that Frank Norris, A Life was worth the wait."--Jacket
The complete works of Anne Bradstreet by Anne Bradstreet( Book )

9 editions published between 1962 and 1981 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Norris revisited by Joseph R McElrath( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The renown Frank Norris attained in his brief lifetime sprang from his compelling--and to many Americans startling--novels about people whose lives have escaped their control and have become grotesquely warped by the confluent forces of hereditary and environment. In the decades after his death in 1902, though, this broad appeal fossilized to some degree, and Norris's Naturalistic novels entered the domain of the literary historian, serving as benchmarks in the genre's evolution. Fortunately for this author of such masterpieces as McTeague (1899), The Octopus (1901), and The Pit (1903), a long-overdue critical interest in his writing materialized in the 1970s, since which time Norris has been regarded as not only an experimenter in many voices and types of writing, but also as a chronicler of a culture in flux." "In "revisiting" Frank Norris--and appropriately so as America nears another fin de siecle and reflects on its sociocultural identity--Joseph R. McElrath, Jr., takes as a starting point Warren French's 1962 volume in this series and provides a complementary portrait of the artist. McElrath assesses the spate of relatively recent "historical reconstructions" of Norris's canon and finds a writer who, though at times transcendent in the Naturalistic vein, was pragmatic in his choice of subject matter and "not always grandly serious." It is in part the delight Norris took in parody, McElrath argues, that makes him still so readable." "Norris is fittingly remembered as a Literary Naturalist, McElrath concedes, but only if this school of writing is understood as a continuum of the Humanist tradition, not a pseudoscientific aberration. McElrath contends that Norris's questioning of "Who are we?" and "Where are we going?" puts him in league with Thomas More, Erasmus, Rabelais, and Shakespeare--as well as with Emile Zola, whose novelistic trouncing of Victorian cultural values so influenced Norris's writing."
The Frederick Douglass papers by Frederick Douglass( Book )

in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Charles W. Chesnutt( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers interviews, reviews, personal statements, essays, and articles examining the style of African American writer, Charles Chesnutt, with a biographical introduction
Frank Norris: a reference guide by Jesse S Crisler( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Steinbeck : the contemporary reviews by Joseph R McElrath( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is the first to collect the critical responses of Steinbeck's generation to his many fiction and non-fiction works, as they appeared from the late 1920s onwards. The articles trace the record of Steinbeck's progress through the 1930s and go on to reflect Steinbeck's steady series of achievements through the 1960s, including his attainment of the Nobel Prize in 1967. These articles offer a means of seeing Steinbeck's writings as they were perceived by his contemporaries, whose task it was first to evaluate and interpret them for an ever-growing readership
An exemplary citizen : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1906-1932 by Charles W Chesnutt( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book collects the letters written between 1906 and 1932 by novelist and civil rights activist Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932). Between 1885 and 1905, this pioneer in the African-American literary tradition published three novels, two books of short stories, a biography of Frederick Douglass, and many short stories and essays in prestigious periodicals - at the same time managing a stenography and court reporting firm in Cleveland, Ohio. His works, which featured the experiences of African Americans in the ante- and post-bellum period, received favorable reviews. But they did not find a large and appreciative audience until many decades later when both the civil rights movement and increased interest in the African-American contribution to American cultural life resulted in the "rediscovering" of Chesnutt's large body of writings."--Jacket
The apprenticeship writings of Frank Norris, 1896-1898 by Frank Norris( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pit : a story of Chicago by Frank Norris( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reprint of a 1902 novel which tells the story of Curtis Jadwin, a man whose increasing attention to earning money in the wheat market of Chicago almost destroys his marriage." ***"In the sequel to 'The Octopus, ' Curtis Jadwin works so hard to make money on the Chicago stock exchange that he ignores his loving wife." ***"This classic literary critique of turn-of-the-century capitalism in the United States reveals Norris's powerful story of an obsessed trader intent on cornering the wheat market and the consequences of his unchecked greed." *** "Curtis Jadwin, a successful turn-of-the-century dealer in Chicago real estate, overcomes reluctance and begins gambling in wheat futures in the great Chicago grain market called 'The Pit, ' bring on financial panic across the nation. Jadwin's pursuit of power and excitement through speculation had estranged him from his beautiful wife, Laura, who had found herself losing out to the Pit in competition for his live and attention. But the collapse of his paper empire, in which he loses everything, real property included, reunites them as they look to begin life anew in the West." Howard. America as Story
Frank Norris, the critical reception( Book )

6 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Norris : a descriptive bibliography by Joseph R McElrath( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Norris and the Wave : a bibliography by Joseph R McElrath( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Frederick Douglass papers by Frederick Douglass( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Steinbeck by M. Thomas Inge( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Mac Elrath, Joseph R.

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McElrath, Joseph R.

McElrath, Joseph R. Jr

Languages
English (142)

Spanish (1)

Covers
Charles W. Chesnutt : essays and speechesTo be an author : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905Frank Norris : a lifeFrank Norris revisitedThe Frederick Douglass papersCritical essays on Charles W. ChesnuttJohn Steinbeck : the contemporary reviewsAn exemplary citizen : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1906-1932