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Ziff, Larzer 1927-

Works: 49 works in 351 publications in 1 language and 14,737 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Sea stories  Historical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Action and adventure fiction  Sea fiction  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Composer, Honoree, Collector
Classifications: PS1868, 813.3
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Most widely held works about Larzer Ziff
Most widely held works by Larzer Ziff
Mark Twain by Larzer Ziff( )

18 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mark Twain emerges in this book as something of a paradox. His humor made him rich and famous, but he was unhappy with the role of humorist. He satirized the rapacious economic practices of his society, yet was caught up in those very practices himself. He was a literary genius who revolutionized the national literature, yet was unable to resist whatever quirky notion or joke that crossed his mind, often straying from his plot or contradicting his theme. Ziff offers an account of Twain's early years, explores all his major fiction, and concludes with a consideration of his craftsmanship and his strength as a cultural critic. He offers insight into Twain's travel writings, providing for example an account of Following the Equator, perhaps Twain's most underrated work. Throughout the book, Ziff examines Twain's writings in light of the literary cultures of his day - from frontier humorists to Matthew Arnold - and of parallel literary works of his time - comparing, for example, A Connecticut Yankee with major utopian works of the same decade. Thus the book is both a work of literary criticism and of cultural history."--Jacket
The American 1890s; life and times of a lost generation by Larzer Ziff( Book )

47 editions published between 1966 and 1979 in English and held by 1,978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes American society at the end of the nineteenth century in terms of the new writers whose real influence was not felt until years later
Puritanism in America : New Culture in a New World by Larzer Ziff( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The career of John Cotton : Puritanism and the American experience by Larzer Ziff( Book )

14 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is so little heard about John Cotton, who was acknowledged in his own lifetime as the greatest Puritan preacher in America? Why has he alone remained an enigma among the founding fathers of American protestantism? Professor Ziff examines Cotton's career as a teacher and preacher, both in England and New England; comparing Cotton's preaching and theology with that of his contemporaries in both the established church and the various Puritan sects, he shows Cotton as a significant man of his own time. Yet his influence, although of great importance to the crucial early beginnings of the protestant churches in America, could not extend itself beyond his generation. In this study, Cotton emerges clearly as a vital stabilizing influence between the separatist extremists and those who sought to re-establish the old order in the new world. Originally published in 1962. 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 goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Literary democracy : the declaration of cultural independence in America by Larzer Ziff( Book )

22 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Also includes material on George Lippard, Margaret Fuller, and George Washington Harris
John Cotton on the churches of New England by John Cotton( Book )

19 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing in the new nation : prose, print, and politics in the early United States by Larzer Ziff( Book )

14 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book discusses the relation of literature to society in the first decades of United States history, a relation that was conceptualized by some as one between the republic of letters and the new republic. In that day, most who thought about the matter defined literature as all of written knowledge, which is to say that belles lettres constituted a very small part of what they regarded as literary. Moreover, for a number of them belles lettres were also that part of literature that was the least likely to survive in a new nation, not so much because the agreed with the zealous who argued that reading such writing weakened the moral fiber but because they believed that literature as a fine art was the creature of ujnust privilege, rewarding the patronage of the ruling class by reflecting its values. They thought it unlikely that a societ y of free and equal men would have need for an art that, historically, had diverted the learned and leisured few while conditioning the exploited many to believe that their degraded social position was part of the natural order of things. - p. ix
Selected essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson( Book )

30 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents fifteen essays and addresses by nineteenth-century American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, including such important works as "Self-Reliance," "The Over-Soul," and "Nature."
All-American boy by Larzer Ziff( )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The all-American boy was an iconic figure in American literature for well over a century. Sometimes he was a "good boy," whose dutiful behavior was intended as a model for real boys to emulate. Other times, he was a "bad boy," whose mischievous escapades could be excused either as youthful exuberance that foreshadowed adult industriousness or as deserved attacks on undemocratic pomp and pretension. The author looks at eight classic examples of the all-American boy--young Washington, Rollo, Tom Bailey, Tom Sawyer, Ragged Dick, Peck's "bad boy," Little Lord Fauntleroy, and Penrod--as well as two notable antitheses--Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield. Setting each boy in a rich cultural context, Ziff reveals how the all-American boy represented a response to his times, ranging from the newly independent nation's need for models of democratic citizenship, to the tales of rags-to-riches beloved during a century of accelerating economic competition, to the recognition of adolescence as a distinct phase of life, which created a stage on which the white, middle-class "solid citizen" boy and the alienated youth both played their parts
Return passages : great American travel writing, 1780-1910 by Larzer Ziff( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Larzer Ziff traces the history of distinctively American travel writing through the stories of five great representatives. John Ledyard (1752-1789) sailed with Captain Cook, walked across the Russian empire, and attempted to find a transcontinental route across North America. John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852), who today is recognized as the father of Mayan archaeology, uncovered hundreds of ruins in two expeditions to the Yucatan and Central America, and he also was one of the first Americans to reach the Arabia Petrae. Bayard Taylor (1825-1878) invented travel writing as a profession. The only writer on Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan, he traveled also to Europe, Africa, India, and the Arctic Circle solely for the purpose of producing books about these journeys. Finally, in Mark Twain's unabashed concentration on the haps and mishaps of the tourist and Henry James's strikingly different cosmopolitan accounts of European sites and societies, travel writing conclusively emerged as great art." "Ziff explains the ways in which the American background of these writers informed their impressions of foreign scenes and shows how America served always as the final object of the critical scrutiny they brought to bear on other people and their lands."--Jacket
The literature of America: colonial period by Larzer Ziff( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1978 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maggie, a girl of the streets, and other tales of New York by Stephen Crane( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although fellow novelists William Dean Howells and Hamlin Garland immediately recognized the genius of the twenty-one-year-old author of Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, in 1893 most readers were unwilling to accept its unconventional theme and were uneasy with a style that was at one and the same time darkly naturalistic and vividly impressionistic. Today Maggie is esteemed as an American classic, the first of a powerful group of works in which Crane explored the underside of urban life and portrayed the ways in which the rise of the metropolis altered not just the human environment but human nature itself."
The literature of America by Irving Howe( Book )

12 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portable Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It takes a very inclusive anthology to encompass the protean personality and range of interests of Benjamin Franklin, but The Portable Benjamin Franklin succeeds as no collection has. In addition to the complete Autobiography, the volume contains about 100 of Franklin's major writings--essays, journalism, letters, political tracts, scientific observations, proposals for the improvement of civic and personal life, literary bagatelles, and private musings. The selections are reprinted in their entirety and organized chronologically within six sections that represent the full range of Franklin's temperament. The result is a zestful read for Franklin scholars and anyone wanting to know and enjoy this American icon."--Publisher's website
The scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

14 editions published between 1850 and 1985 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 18th century Boston, a Puritan girl is condemned to wear the letter "A" for bearing an illegitimate daughter
Franklin on Franklin by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

10 editions published between 1948 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography ends in 1758, some thirty years before he died. Those three decades included some of the statesman's greatest triumphs, yet instead of including them in his memoir, Franklin spent the years continually revising his original text. Franklin on Franklin stands as the first autobiographical account of a great American life. By returning to a newly recovered early draft of the Autobiography, author Paul M. Zall strips away later layers of moralizing and revision to reveal the story as Franklin first wrote it: how a poor boy from Boston used hard work and his wits to become America's first world-class citizen. To cover Franklin's career as a diplomat and as the only signatory of all three key documents of the American Revolution, Zall interweaves autobiographical comments from Franklin's personal letters and private journals."--Jacket
America and its discontents by Robie Macauley( Book )

4 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benjamin Franklin's autobiography by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

8 editions published between 1959 and 1969 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon what pretext? : the book and literary history by Larzer Ziff( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moby Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic of the sea, telling of the pursuit of Moby Dick, the white whale, who defied capture
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Mark Twain
Writing in the new nation : prose, print, and politics in the early United StatesSelected essaysReturn passages : great American travel writing, 1780-1910Maggie, a girl of the streets, and other tales of New YorkThe portable Benjamin FranklinMoby Dick
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