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Kernan, Alvin B.

Overview
Works: 69 works in 458 publications in 5 languages and 25,217 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Tragedies (Drama)  Outlines and syllabi  Historical drama  Essays  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Other, Contributor, Author of dialog
Classifications: PR2808.A2, 822.33
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Most widely held works about Alvin B Kernan
 
Most widely held works by Alvin B Kernan
The modern American theater; a collection of critical essays by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

22 editions published between 1967 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plot of satire by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

27 editions published between 1965 and 1974 in English and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Character and conflict : an introduction to drama by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 1969 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of literature by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met reg. Literatuuropgave : p.215-224 The author relates the death of literature to a variety of agents, among them television, computer technology, legal issues of copyright and plagiarism, faculty politics, and literary criticism itself, and ponders whether literature's vitality can be restored in the changing circumstances of late twentieth-century culture
The playwright as magician : Shakespeare's image of the poet in the English public theater by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

11 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Renaissance mythmakers, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson by English Institute( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cankered muse; satire of the English Renaissance by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

37 editions published between 1959 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classics of the modern theater : realism and after by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

5 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The imaginary library : an essay on literature and society by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this speculative treatment of literature as a social institution, Alvin B. Kernan explores the inability of contemporary writers and critics to maintain a literary vision in a society that denies their values and methods. Originally published in 1982. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The
Shakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613 by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soon after James Stuart became king of England in 1603, William Shakespeare, while still working in the public theater, became the royal playwright, and his acting troupe became the premier playing company of the realm. How did this courtly setting influence Shakespeare's work? What was it like to view, perform in, and write plays conceived for the Stuart king?
What's happened to the humanities? by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of specially commissioned original essays presents the thoughts of some of the most distinguished commentators within the American academy on the fundamental changes that have taken place in the humanities in the latter part of the twentieth century. What the essays make clear, is that as the humanities have become less significant in American higher education, they have also been the scene of unusually energetic social, pedagogical, and intellectual changes. The essays do not center on whether the changes described have been for good or bad, or on what remedial actions might be taken to halt the decay of interest in the humanities, but on the nature and extent of the changes. The authors have opinions, of course, but they have focused on areas - demographics, patronage, books - where it is possible, if not to be entirely objective, at least to be sufficiently factual to discuss the issues meaningfully
Modern Shakespearean criticism : essays on style, dramaturgy, and the major plays by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

15 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Printing technology, letters, & Samuel Johnson by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unknown Battle of Midway : the destruction of the American torpedo squadrons by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Battle of Midway is considered the greatest U.S. naval victory, but behind the luster is the devastation of the American torpedo squadrons. Of the 51 planes sent to attack Japanese carriers only 7 returned, and of the 126 aircrew only 29 survived. Not a single torpedo hit its target."
Modern satire by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

5 editions published between 1962 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The alchemist by Ben Jonson( Book )

9 editions published between 1974 and 1979 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Alchemist is a sublimely accomplished satirical farce about dreams of self-refinement: people want to transform themselves into something nobler, richer, more powerful, and more virile just as base metal was touted to be transformed into gold in the alchemical process. First performed in 1610 and set in the same contemporary London time period, the plot revolves around scheming con artists during their master{u2019}s absence from the house. Face, Subtle and Doll Common dupe a series of {u2018}customers{u2019} whose desire for aggrandizement leads them to believe in the existence of the fabled zPhilosopher{u2019}s Stoney. As their equipment boils over and blows up in the offstage kitchen, so their plot heats up and is exploded by the skeptical Surly and the arrival of their master who quietly pockets their proceeds and marries the rich widow to boot. The play is generally considered Ben Jonson's best comedy, deftly exposing human foible and foolishness to mockery and has continued to thrive in stage productions."--Publisher's description
The tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Book )

7 editions published between 1957 and 1964 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with discussion questions, role-playing scenarios, and other study activities. Marc Antony comes "to bury Caesar, not to praise him," and his funeral oration unleashes a power struggle among the Roman Empire's mightiest generals and statesmen. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete texts of Shakespeare's plays. However, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern "translation" on the facing page. Starting in the late 1580s and for several decades that followed, Shakespeare's plays were popular entertainment for London's theatergoers. His Globe Theatre was the equivalent of a Broadway theater in today's New York. The plays have endured, but over the course of 400+ years, the English language has changed in many ways-which is why today's students often find Shakespeare's idiom difficult to comprehend. Simply Shakespeare offers an excellent solution to their problem. Introducing each play is a general essay covering Shakespeare's life and times. At the beginning of each of the five acts in every play, a two-page spread describes what is about to take place. The story's background is explained, followed by brief descriptions of key people who will appear in the act, details students should watch for as the story unfolds, discussion of the play's historical context, how the play was staged in Shakespeare's day, and explanation of puns and plays on words that occur in characters' dialogues. Identifying icons preceding each of these study points are printed in a second color, then are located again as cross-references in the play's original text. For instance, where words spoken by a person in the play offer insights into his or another character's personality, the "Characters" icon will appear as a cross-reference in both the introductory spread and the play proper. Following each act, a closing spread presents questions and discussion points for use as teachers' aids. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before. Text of Act I and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act II -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act II and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act III -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act III and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act IV -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act IV and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act V -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act V and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities --Additional Resources
The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 1977 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Othello, a high-ranking Moorish soldier, marries Desdemona, daughter of a Venetian senator who opposes the marriage. Othello wins over her family, but a frustrated ensign, Iago, sabotages his happiness by insinuating that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, another officer. Jealousy, racial overtones, confusion, fear, and lies eventually destroy love, honor, friendship, and respect
The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice : with new and updated critical essays and a revised bibliography by William Shakespeare( Book )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unique features include an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of Signet Classic Shakespeare series, plus a special introduction to the play by the editor Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. This book contains information on the source from which Shakespeare derived "Othello"--Selections from Giraldi Cinthio's "Hecatommithi."
The fruited plain : fables for a postmodern democracy by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Joad family of Steinbeck's 'Grapes of Wrath' struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's more promising times? Find out in 'The Fruited Plain'
 
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The playwright as magician : Shakespeare's image of the poet in the English public theater
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Kernan, Alvin.

Kernan, Alvin 1923-

Kernan, Alvin Bernard

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The playwright as magician : Shakespeare's image of the poet in the English public theaterShakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613What's happened to the humanities?Printing technology, letters, & Samuel JohnsonThe unknown Battle of Midway : the destruction of the American torpedo squadronsThe alchemistThe tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice : with new and updated critical essays and a revised bibliographyThe fruited plain : fables for a postmodern democracy