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Leonard, John 1939-2008

Overview
Works: 39 works in 90 publications in 2 languages and 5,220 library holdings
Genres: History  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Local history  Reviews  Essays  Pictorial works  Fiction  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Host
Classifications: PS3562.E56, 814.54
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Most widely held works by John Leonard
Smoke and mirrors : violence, television, and other American cultures by John Leonard( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smoke and Mirrors is a passionate, richly nuanced work that shows television as a circus, a wishing well, and a cure for loneliness. Ranging from Ed Sullivan to cyberspace, from kid shows to cable, and from the cheap thrills of "action adventure" to the solemn boredom of PBS pledge week, Leonard argues for a whole new way of thinking about television. For Leonard, the situation comedy is a socializing agency, the talk show is a legitimating agency, the made-for-television movie is the last redoubt of social conscience, and television criticism itself is the last refuge of time-serving thugs and postmodernists. Instead of scapegoating television as the cause of crime in our streets, stupidity in our schools, and spectacle rather than substance in our government, Leonard sees something else inside the box: an echo chamber and a feedback loop, a medium neither wholly innocent of nor entirely responsible for the frantic disorder it brings into our homes
These United States : original essays by leading American writers on their state within the Union( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of modern America collects essays from around the country and the world that attempt to capture the essence of a country whose diversity and pluralistic culture often presents challenges from within and encourages threats from without
When the kissing had to stop : cult studs, khmer newts, Langley spooks, techno-Greeks, video drones ... by John Leonard( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sophisticated commentator looks at contemporary literature and pop culture, showing how great novelists can help us find some sense amid the dull roar of tabloids, talk shows, and the Disneyfication of everything
Lonesome rangers : homeless minds, promised lands, fugitive cultures by John Leonard( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Leonard, "the fastest wit in the East" (The New York Times Book Review), is back with the off-beat, wide-ranging style that earned his last book, When the Kissing Had to Stop, a place among the Voice Literary Supplement's "25 Favorites of 1999." Now, with an eye to the social and political experience of writers, Leonard's Lonesome Rangers explores the literature of exile. In these pages, he considers Salman Rushdie as a rock 'n' roll Orpheus, who -- after ten years in fatwa-enforced exile -- bears a striking resemblance to his continually disappearing characters. He addresses Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone, where exile manifests itself in solitary bowling, reflecting a declining sense of community. And Leonard also explores Primo Levi's exile of survival, Bruce Chatwin's self-imposed exile in travel, as well as the work of Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, Barbara Kingsolver, and Don DeLillo, among others. As always, Leonard's writing jumps off the page, engaging the reader in what Brigitte Frase termed his "criticism as performance art," making Lonesome Rangers an enjoyable read for anyone
Private lives in the imperial city by John Leonard( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading for my life : writings, 1958-2008 by John Leonard( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reading for My Life is a monumenal collection of Leonard's most significant writings--spanning five decades--from his earliest columns for the Harvard Crimson to his final essays for the New York Review of Books."--Jacket
The last innocent white man in America, and other writings by John Leonard( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Far more than simple political commentary, The Last Innocent White Man in America is a passionate marriage of politics and literature which transcends the daily headlines to get at how we imagine ourselves in history. And whether he's writing about bankers or AIDS, Congress or television, Salman Rushdie or Ed Koch, Leonard will make you stop, think, and laugh. His essays, says Charles Kuralt, "full of metaphors and allusions, always leave me dazzled." He is, according to William F. Buckley, Jr., "the funniest writer in America, the hottest epigrammatist in the language, with prose as rich as Rimsky-Korsakov," Leonard himself is an unrepentant liberal, dissident, scourge and media critic par excellence
This pen for hire by John Leonard( Book )

3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A really big show : a visual history of the Ed Sullivan show by John Leonard( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black conceit by John Leonard( Book )

4 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crybaby of the Western World; a novel of petit guignol in Long Beach, California by John Leonard( Book )

7 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wyke Regis by John Leonard( Book )

5 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The naked martini by John Leonard( Book )

7 editions published between 1961 and 1967 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary history : critical thinking about 1972-2000( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part 25 of the series that explores the human side of American history. The entire team of historians joins Professor Miller in examining the last quarter of the 20th century. A montage of events opens the program and sets the stage for a discussion of the period--and of the difficulty of examining contemporary history with true historical perspective. Television critic John Leonard offers a footnote about the impact of television on the way we experience recent events
War horse by John Tams( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo's thrilling First World War tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse
We tell ourselves stories in order to live : collected nonfiction by Joan Didion( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of essays and nonfiction writings spanning more than forty years includes the author's reflections on politics, lifestyle, place, and cultural figures, including such topics as Haight-Ashbury, the Manson family, the Black Panthers, California earthquakes, and Bill Clinton
Faithful labourers. A reception history of paradise lost, 1667-1970. 2 vols. Volume I. Style and genre. Volume II. Interpretative issues by John Leonard( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faithful Labourers' surveys and evaluates existing criticism of John Milton's epic 'Paradise Lost', tracing the major debates as they have unfolded over the past three centuries. Eleven chapters split over two volumes consider the key debates in Milton criticism, including discussion of Milton's style, his use of the epic genre, and his references to Satan, God, innocence, the fall, sex, nakedness, and astronomy. Volume one attends to questions of style and genre. The first three chapters examine the longstanding debate about Milton's grand style and the question of whether it forfeits the native resources of English. Early critics saw Milton as the pre-eminent poet of 'apt Numbers' and 'fit quantity', whose verse is 'apt' in the specific sense of achieving harmony between sound and sense; twentieth-century anti-Miltonists faulted Milton for divorcing sound from sense; late twentieth-century theorists have denied the possibility that sound can 'enact' sense. These are extreme changes of critical perception, and yet the story of how they came about has never been told. 0
Wei sheng ming er du by Lun na de( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in Chinese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Essay on Václav Havel, the playwright as politician, includes Havel (in English) speaking to a joint session of Congress] by John Leonard( Recording )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

John Leonard presents an essay on Václav Havel, the playwright as politician, includes Havel (in English) speaking to a joint session of Congress. On "Sunday Morning."
When the kissing had to stop by John Leonard( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Smoke and mirrors : violence, television, and other American cultures
Alternative Names
John Leonard (critic) Amerikaans schrijver (1939-2008)

John Leonard scrittore e critico letterario statunitense

Leonhard, John 1939-2008

Джон Леонард

جان لئونارد

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These United States : original essays by leading American writers on their state within the UnionWhen the kissing had to stop : cult studs, khmer newts, Langley spooks, techno-Greeks, video drones ...Lonesome rangers : homeless minds, promised lands, fugitive culturesThe last innocent white man in America, and other writingsWe tell ourselves stories in order to live : collected nonfictionWhen the kissing had to stopSmoke and mirrors : violence, television, and other American cultures