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Madden, David 1933-

Works: 467 works in 858 publications in 1 language and 25,965 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Biographies  Biography  Short stories  Conference papers and proceedings  Experimental fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Librettist, Author of introduction, Signer, Other
Classifications: PS379, 813.52
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Tough guy writers of the thirties by David Madden( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American dreams, American nightmares by David Madden( Book )

30 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proletarian writers of the thirties by David Madden( Book )

25 editions published between 1968 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London Bridge in plague and fire : a novel by David Madden( )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than two thousand years, Old London Bridge evolved through many fragile wooden forms until it became the first bridge built of stone since the Roman invaders. With over two hundred houses and shops built directly upon the bridge, it was a wonder of the world until it was dismantled in 1832. In this stunningly original novel, Old London Bridge is as much a living, breathing character as its architect, the priest Peter de Colechurch, who began work on it in 1176, partly to honor Archbishop Thomas à Becket, murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. In 1665, the year of the Great Plague, Peter's history is unknown, but Daryl Braintree, a young poet living on the bridge, resurrects him through inspired flights of imagination. As Daryl chronicles the history of the bridge and composes poems about it, he reads his work to his witty mistress, who prefers making love. Among other key characters is Lucien Redd, who as a boy was sexually brutalized by both Puritans and Cavaliers during the English Civil War before being kidnapped off London Bridge onto a merchant ship. Thus traumatized, he aspires to become Lucifer's most evil disciple. Twenty years later, young Morgan Wood is forced into seafaring service to pay off his father's debts; and, compelled by obsessive nostalgia for his early life on the bridge, he keeps a journal. Joining Morgan aboard ship, Lucien "(Bbefriends" him--to devastating effect. The shops and houses on the bridge survive both the Great Plague and Great Fire, believed to be God's wrath upon sinful London. Fearing that God may next destroy the bridge and its eight hundred denizens, seven of its merchant leaders revert to a pagan appeasement ritual by selecting one of their virgin daughters for sacrifice. To enact their plan, they hire Lucien, who has returned to the bridge to burn it out of pure meanness. But as Lucien discovers, the chosen victim may be more Lucifer's favorite than he is
Wright Morris by David Madden( Book )

19 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in English and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wright Morris territory : a treasury of work by Wright Morris( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best known for his novels, including the National Book Award winners The Field of Vision and Plains Song, Nebraska-born author Wright Morris has long been regarded as one of America's most gifted writers. This volume, culling work from the photo-text books, criticism, and numerous short stories frequently overlooked among his oeuvre, reflects the true breadth of this quintessentially American artist's talents. As such, it offers a fascinating overview of Morris's inspiring accomplishments in multiple genres.While embracing the prose for which Morris is justly famous, this treasury of work also highlights his photography and other literary genres, including hard-to-find stories first published in magazines, some of which were early drafts of future novels.Edited by Morris's long-time friend David Madden, this one-of-a-kind collection captures a man of multifarious genius. Replete with interviews, photography, a biographical sketch, suggestions for further reading, and Morris's inimitable writing, this compendium is an indispensable resource for those who wish to understand and appreciate the brilliance and virtuosity of one of America's true talents
The legacy of Robert Penn Warren by David Madden( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Penn Warren was unique among twentieth-century American writers for having achieved excellence in a broad and assorted range of genres: poems, novels, plays, critical works, historical essays, personal essays, biography, and innovative textbooks. In this collection of essays, critics and poets--among the finest Warren scholars--assess Warren's legacy within his various genres and illuminate his centrality to twentieth-century American culture."--Jacket
Remembering James Agee by David Madden( Book )

12 editions published between 1974 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A primer of the novel : for readers and writers by David Madden( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This handbook focuses on more than fifty types and major artistic techniques of the novel throughout its history, providing definitions and discussions and including typical passages and lists of examples. For easy reference, it includes a detailed chronology of novels, two bibliographies of articles and books by both novelists and critics, and two indexes of types and techniques and authors and titles."--Jacket
James M. Cain by David Madden( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rediscoveries : informal essays in which well-known novelists rediscover neglected works of fiction by one of their favorite authors by David Madden( Book )

8 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nathanael West: the cheaters and the cheated; a collection of critical essays by Nathanael West( Book )

9 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last bizarre tale : stories by David Madden( )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though he has authored more than eleven novels including, Cassandra Singing, The Suicide's Wife, Abducted by Circumstance, and the recent London Bridge in Plague and Fire, David Madden has been publishing short stories for all six decades of his active career. The Last Bizarre Tale consists of works that appeared in journals but that have not appeared together as a collection. Madden used two stories, "The Singer" and "Second Look Presents: the Rape of an Indian Brave," as chapters in his 1980 novel On the Big Wind. "The Headless Girl's Mother" was first published as a chapter in a serialized novel entitled Hair of the Dog. Two other stories developed out of longer versions of Madden's novels. "A Demon in My View" is part of a sequel, not yet published, to Bijou. All of the stories in David Madden's third collection are distinguished by variety of content and by shifting styles and often innovative techniques. They are to varying degrees and in various ways bizarre in their characters and their relationships, in the kinds of internal and external conflicts, and in locales and themes. The title story, The Last Bizarre Tale, involving a corpse that has hung on a hook in a funeral home garage for decades, is evocative of Poe and, in its dark, grotesque humor, Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers. "Process is as important as product to David Madden," writes editor James Perkins, "and one can learn as much about the process of writing as about the human condition by a careful reading of these stories." The author of eleven novels and two short story collections, David Madden is known for his innovative style and technique in crafting fiction. His work is praised by critics and fans alike as complex yet lyrical and always masterfully done. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina. James A. Perkins is a professor of English Emeritus at Westminster College. He is the author of The Cass Mastern Material: The Core of Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men. He is coeditor, with Jeffrey J. Folks, of Southern Writers at Century's End and coauthor, with Randy J. Hendricks, of David Madden: A Writer for All Genres
Classics of Civil War fiction by David Madden( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James M. Cain : hard-boiled mythmaker by David Madden( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James M. Cain wrote some of the most gritty novels in American literature, including such classics as The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce. James M. Cain: Hard-Boiled Mythmaker is a critical overviewof the author's life, work, and legacy. An updated and expanded edition of two of David Madden's scholarly works on Cain, this new book improves upon the previous works by collecting the most essential writing on Cain by Madden into one volume. In addition to melding existing material, this work contains updated and new material, including fresh commentaries on later
Absalom, Absalom!, by William Faulkner( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects critical essays on William Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom!" including selections by Nicole Moulinoux, Aimee E. Berger, Richard Forrer, and others; and includes a chronology of the life of the author
Scenes from American life; contemporary short fiction by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The suicide's wife : a novel by David Madden( Book )

6 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wayne Harrington, a poet and an English professor at a small university in West Virginia returns to his empty family home in upstate New York to have a last look before he sells it. He is discovered there, sitting on the lawn, in his favorite boyhood spot, with a bullet in his head. His wife, Ann is left with three small children to raise and an overpowering need to piece together the recent past of a husband whose anguish she never suspected. (Newsweek)
Beyond the battlefield : the ordinary life and extraordinary times of the Civil War soldier( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black and white period photographs and excerpts from the memoirs, letters, and journals of soldiers on both sides of the Civil War provide a first hand look at the everyday lives of ordinary soldiers, from what they wore and what they ate to the leisure activities that they used to combat the boredom of military life
Harlequin's stick, Charlie's cane : a comparative study of commedia dell'arte and silent slapstick comedy by David Madden( Book )

7 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The legacy of Robert Penn Warren
The legacy of Robert Penn WarrenRemembering James AgeeA primer of the novel : for readers and writersClassics of Civil War fictionJames M. Cain : hard-boiled mythmakerAbsalom, Absalom!, by William FaulknerBeyond the battlefield : the ordinary life and extraordinary times of the Civil War soldier
Alternative Names
David Madden écrivain, dramaturge, poète et critique littéraire américain

David Madden (novelist) Amerikaans literatuurcriticus

Дэвид Мэдден

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