WorldCat Identities

Selzer, Richard 1928-2016

Overview
Works: 66 works in 228 publications in 5 languages and 13,610 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Anecdotes  Fiction  Drama  Interviews  Miscellanea  Medical drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: PS3569.E585, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Richard Selzer
Mortal lessons : notes on the art of surgery by Richard Selzer( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 1,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a collection of nineteen essays that describe the surgeon's art. Both moving and perversely funny, it is a classic that considers both workings of the human body and also the meaning of life and death
Letters to a young doctor by Richard Selzer( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In highly personal pieces that are both memoirs of the author's own imperfect experiences as a young doctor and "letters" ostensibly addressed to medical hopefuls, he brings to light both the brutality and beauty of the profession in which saving and losing lives is all in a day's work. A surgeon, he shows, must be at once infallible and infallibly human- a mortal miracle worker whose task is to overwhelm and control the body, but "kindly and gravely, and without condescension."--Publishers description
Imagine a woman and other tales by Richard Selzer( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The doctor stories by Richard Selzer( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novella, stories and essays. The novella, Avalanche, which is set in Argentina, is on a city woman's doomed romance with a gaucho, while in Whither Thou Goest a wife makes a gift of her dead husband's body parts, the story based on the author's experience as a surgeon
The exact location of the soul : new and selected essays by Richard Selzer( Book )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays in which Richard Selzer discusses a variety of topics related to the body, the human spirit, and the mysteries of life, death, and healing
Rituals of surgery; short stories by Richard Selzer( Book )

4 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The whistlers' room : stories and essays by Richard Selzer( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What one man said to another : talks with Richard Selzer by Peter Josyph( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knife song Korea : a novel by Richard Selzer( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knife Song Korea chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of Sloane, a young surgeon in the Korean War. Drafted into the army and assigned to an artillery unit in a remote rural area on the edges of the war, Sloane must cope with harsh living conditions, a brutal workload, and intense feelings of personal isolation. The only doctor for miles, he is called upon to treat not only U.S. military personnel but also the local Korean population, for whom he feels both revulsion and pity. As the strain mounts and the war moves closer, he comes face to face with questions of identity, nationality, and personal honor. Originally written during and shortly after Richard Selzer’s own tour of duty in Korea, Knife Song Korea offers a poetic portrayal of a man stretched to his limits and beyond, and the tragic toll war takes on the human psyche
Rituals of surgery by Richard Selzer( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of stories weaves together the fantastic and grotesque with surgical precision. The sense that death lurks round every corner is heightened by dark irony and wit. Richard Selzer brings to life the horrors of surgery while displaying compassion for his characters
What one man said to another : talks with Richard Selzer by Peter Josyph( )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What one man said to another" is, on one level, a series of extended conversations between friends and, on another, the spoken autobiography of a respected surgeon and writer. This unusual series of lively conversations between authors Richard Selzer and Peter Josyph is an oral autobiography of Selzer's life as both a highly respected surgeon and a writer of some of the most original works of the twentieth century. As Josyph follows Selzer to key locations in his world, his dual life of art and science is typified by a talk in an anatomy lab of the Yale Medical School where he was once professor of surgery. Taking a human heart into his hands, he discusses his use of metaphors while dissecting a cadaver
Confessions of a knife by Richard Selzer( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in Spanish and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afterlife of the Black swan by Richard Selzer( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La chair et le couteau : confession d'un chirurgien by Richard Selzer( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in French and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le coeur sacré un atlas chirurgical du corps humain by Max Aguilera-Hellweg( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters to a best friend by Richard Selzer( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In spontaneous, conversational style, Selzer writes about his life and work with the unpredictable vision and sharpness of wit that, in his stories, memoirs, and personal essays, have made his reputation as one of the great prose stylists of his day. It is also the record of a friendship. As Peter Josyph remarks in his introduction, "With a good correspondence, as with the blowing between horn players improvising off each other's riffs, it isn't easy to say whether it's art or society because it is both of them at once. This is a book about two men who value a friendship balanced upon words; men for whose friendship the phone is a thief; men who are comfortable with the U.S. mail.""--Jacket
De dood meester ... : notities uit de heelkunde by Richard Selzer( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in Dutch and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mortal lessons : [notes on the art of surgery] by Richard Selzer( Recording )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diary by Richard Selzer( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A question of mercy by David Rabe( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typescript, dated April 2, 1996
 
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The doctor stories
Alternative Names
Richard Selzer Amerikaans arts (1928-2016)

Richard Selzer médecin américain

Richard Selzer médico estadounidense

Selzer, Allen Richard, 1928-2016

Selzer, Richard Alan, 1928-2016

Ричард Селзер

셀저, 리차드 1928-

セルツァー, リチャード

Languages
English (176)

Japanese (4)

Spanish (4)

French (3)

Dutch (1)

Covers
Letters to a young doctorImagine a woman and other talesThe doctor storiesThe exact location of the soul : new and selected essaysThe whistlers' room : stories and essaysWhat one man said to another : talks with Richard SelzerKnife song Korea : a novelRituals of surgery