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Parini, Jay

Overview
Works: 390 works in 1,437 publications in 13 languages and 68,802 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Reference works  Poetry  History  Bio-bibliography  Biographical films  Historical films  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Other, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Creator, Redactor, Compiler
Classifications: PS129, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jay Parini
The Columbia history of American poetry by Jay Parini( )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 3,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Ann Bradstreet and Edward Taylor to Philip Levine and Charles Wright, this comprehensive general history of American poetry examines the American epic, Transcendentalism, the Modernists, the Fugitives, the Beat poets, the confessional poets, and all those in between
Why poetry matters by Jay Parini( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry doesn't matter to most people, observes Jay Parini at the opening of this book. But, undeterred, he commences a deeply felt meditation on poetry, its language and meaning, and its power to open minds and transform lives. By the end of the book, Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that life affords. Poetry indeed matters. A gifted poet and acclaimed teacher, Parini begins by looking at defenses of poetry written over the centuries. He ponders Aristotle, Horace, and Longinus, and moves on through Sidney, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, and others. Parini examines the importance of poetic voice and the mysteries of metaphor. He argues that a poet's originality depends on a deep understanding of the traditions of political poetry, nature poetry, and religious poetry
John Steinbeck : a biography by Jay Parini( Book )

31 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in a small town in northern California in 1902, Steinbeck refused from the outset to fit himself to any mold, digging ditches and washing dishes while intermittently attending Stanford University. Failing to take a degree, he struggled for more than a decade to establish himself as a writer, always putting his work first. Eventually he enjoyed an extraordinary period of creativity during which he summoned a powerful vision of the Depression. Books such as Of Mice and Men, The Long Valley, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath became battle cries that aroused international indignation and brought Steinbeck a world audience. Jay Parini explores Steinbeck's love-hate relationship with Hollywood and Broadway, his career as a war correspondent, his difficult first and second marriages, and his often tempestuous associations with numerous celebrities, among them Joseph Campbell, Charlie Chaplin, Lyndon Johnson, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner. Drawing on interviews with dozens of people who knew Steinbeck intimately - including his beloved third wife, Elaine - and on published and unpublished letters, diaries, and manuscripts, John Steinbeck is both an important reassessment and a masterful portrait of one of the greatest American novelists
Robert Frost : a life by Jay Parini( Book )

32 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 2,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Robert Frost, the poet who won four Pulitzer prizes before dying in 1963. The book describes his early life--he wanted to be a baseball player--his farming in New England, its influence on his poetry, and his many bouts with depression and self-doubt
American writers : a collection of literary biographies by Paul Antin( Book )

24 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in English and held by 2,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four volume set consists of ninety-seven of the pamphlets originally published as the University of Minnesota pamphlets on American writers. Some have been revised and updated
One matchless time : a life of William Faulkner by Jay Parini( Book )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 1,729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the life and work of the twentieth-century author of "As I Lay Dying," who struggled to rise above such challenges as a difficult marriage and alcoholism
The Oxford encyclopedia of American literature by Jay Parini( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alphabetically arranged entries include discussions of individual authors, literary movements, institutions, notable texts, literary developments, themes, ethnic literatures, and "topic" essays
The last station : a novel of Tolstoy's last year by Jay Parini( Book )

73 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 1,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Leo Tolstoy's life draws to a tumultuous close, his tempestuous wife and most cunning disciple are locked in a whirlwind battle for the great man's soul. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth and thirteen children, Tolstoy dramatically flees his home, only to fall ill at a tiny nearby rail station. The famous (and famously troubled) writer believes he is dying alone, unaware that over a hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition. Jay Parini moves deftly between a colorful cast of characters to create a stunning portrait of one of the world's most treasured authors. Dancing between fact and fiction, The Last Station is a brilliant and moving literary performance
The last station by Jay Parini( Visual )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vertelling over het latere leven van Leo Tolstoy en zijn vrouw
Promised land : thirteen books that changed America by Jay Parini( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Arabic and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: "These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and a republic built firmly on ideas, which are contained in its major texts. Where we have been must, of course, determine where we are going. My hope is that this book helps to show us where we have been and engenders a lively conversation about our destination, which seems perpetually in dispute." Americans need periodic reminding that they are, to a great extent, people of the book-or, rather, books. In Promised Land, Jay Parini repossesses that vibrant, intellectual heritage by examining the life and times of thirteen "books that changed America." Each of the books has been a watershed, gathering intellectual currents already in motion and marking a turn in American life and thought. Their influence remains pervasive, however hidden, and in his essays Jay Parini demonstrates how these books entered American life and altered how we think and act in the world. The thirteen "books that changed America": Of Plymouth Plantation; The Federalist Papers; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Journals of Lewis and Clark; Walden; Uncle Tom's Cabin; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Souls of Black Folk; The Promised Land; How to Win Friends and Influence People; The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care; On the Road; The Feminine Mystique. Promised Land offers a reading of the American psyche, allowing us to reflect on what our past means for who we are now. It is a rich and immensely readable work of cultural history that will appeal to all book lovers and students of the American character alike
Touchstones : American poets on a favorite poem( )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, "fifty-nine of America's best poets select their favorite verse by another writer and explore its influence on their own writing."--Back cover
The Columbia anthology of American poetry( Book )

12 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry covers all of the canonical American poets, from the colonial to the contemporary - Anne Bradstreet, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Adrienne Rich are all included. But Parini has also selected a broad sampling of poetry from voices that have not been heard as widely over the years. Here, for the first time, is a thorough collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry by women, Native Americans, and African Americans. Within these pages readers will find the many different traditions that make up the expansive collage of American poetry. Here are the Transcendentalists - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau; and the Imagists - William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, H.D., and Carl Sandburg. Readers will discover also the early twentieth-century movement of African-American poetic expression, known as the Harlem Renaissance - James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Langston Hughes are all solidly represented in The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry
Writers on writing by Robert Pack( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From deeply personal perspectives, two dozen established writers ponder the mystery of their art and such fundamentals as: What is a genuine writing impulse? Why does good writing work? How is writing learned? What is the role of craft and technique? Who is meant to be a writer? How is close reading related to good writing? The volume is peppered with critical perspectives and practical advice, yet its special richness and inspiration lie in the wonderment and deep love for the act of writing expressed by each contributor. Each essay is a joy to read, blending storytelling, literary anecdotes gathered from a lifetime of avid reading, and the kind of shoptalk exchanged between colleagues. Writers will find here camaraderie and encouragement, teachers of writing will hear practical testimony to what works, and readers will come away with a renewed awe for the spell cast by good writing.--From back cover
Beyond The godfather : Italian American writers on the real Italian American experience( )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the New York Times Book Review, Gay Talese raised the question. "Where are all the Italian American writers?" Two years later, editors Ciongoli and Parini respond convincingly with this anthology of essays by 23 Italian American writers. Memoirs in the first section reveal the truths of the people and relationships behind the stereotypes. Whether reflecting on rosary beads, the aroma of garlic sauteed in olive oil, a bigotry that labels a child "the smelly Italian," or the art of perfect ironing, these writers share abiding love and respect for their cultural heritage and engage readers with their poignant accounts. Some consider how these experiences shaped them as writers: Talese himself credits time spent in his family's dress shop as the source of his nonfiction writing style. The next section provides analyses of Italian American literature, and a third traces some Italian American political struggles
Introspections : American poets on one of their own poems by Robert Pack( )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.S. Eliot wrote that "the nearest we get to pure literary criticism is artists writing about their own art." This collection of essays by 55 of America's finest poets justifies that standard. Asked to select and write about one of their own poems, these artists approach the task in delightfully varied ways. Some describe the circumstances that led to the poem: Rita Dove traces the creation of Parsley after offering the qualifier that "the task of describing how one such poem came to be snared on the page is a mission charged with equivocation and doomed to partial failure." Others offer a close reading of the work: Rosellen Brown provides a textual account of a section from Cora Fry's Pillow Book, a poem she dared "enjoy publicly" for a moment. Maxine Kumin also revisits a poem, in her case one written forty years before, and though she can see how differently she might write it today, she enjoys again the feelings from which it sprang and finds pleasure in its successful elements. The nature of the writing process itself is the topic for others such as Erica Jong who considers the conscious and unconscious sources of The Buddha in the Womb. Historical context and biographical detail form the focus of other essays: W.D. Snodgrass presents a poem, Lifelong, written for friends on the occasion of their wedding and he records the events leading to its composition. Introspections demonstrates not just how much unique insight can obtained, but how much fun it can be to accompany poets on a trip through their private territory.--Amazon.com
The Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American essays( )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems for a small planet : contemporary American nature poetry( )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empire of self : a life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The life of Gore Vidal was an amazingly full one: full of colorful incident, famous people, and lasting achievements that calls out for careful evocation and examination. Jay Parini crafts Vidal's life into [a] ... story that puts the experience of one of the great American figures of the postwar era into context; introduces the author and his works to a generation who may not know him; and looks behind the scenes at the man and his work in ways never possible before his death"--Amazon.com
Theodore Roethke, an American romantic by Jay Parini( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jay Parini's biography of the poet, Theodore Roethke. Parini views Roethke through the lens of a Romantic poet. With this incredibly researched and well written work, Parini reaffirms Roethke's reputation as a poet that came into his own after the publication of "The Lost Son," and then continued to develop from there and greatly extended his reputation with further works
American writers classics by Jay Parini( )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and German and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These volumes presents biographical essays of the authors and long critical essays of their famous literary works
 
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American writers : a collection of literary biographies
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Why poetry mattersJohn Steinbeck : a biographyRobert Frost : a lifeAmerican writers : a collection of literary biographiesOne matchless time : a life of William FaulknerThe Oxford encyclopedia of American literatureThe last station : a novel of Tolstoy's last yearPromised land : thirteen books that changed America
Alternative Names
Jay Parini Amerikaans schrijver

Jay Parini amerikansk författare och poet

Jay Parini amerikansk skribent og poet

Jay Parini Professor, author

Jay Parini US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturkritiker

Parini, Džej

Parini, Jay

Parini, Jay 1948-

Parinis Džėjus

Parinis Jay'us

جی پارینی شاعر و نویسنده آمریکایی

جی پاریینی

파리니, 제이

パリーニ, ジェイ

杰·帕里尼

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