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Ziff, Larzer 1927-

Works: 50 works in 325 publications in 1 language and 14,541 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Biography  Church history  Juvenile works  Portraits  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Composer, Creator, Honoree, Collector
Classifications: PS1868, 813.3
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Most widely held works about Larzer Ziff
Most widely held works by Larzer Ziff
The American 1890s; life and times of a lost generation by Larzer Ziff( Book )

45 editions published between 1966 and 1979 in English and held by 1,992 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 1,443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary democracy : the declaration of cultural independence in America by Larzer Ziff( Book )

20 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Also includes material on George Lippard, Margaret Fuller, and George Washington Harris
Mark Twain by Larzer Ziff( Book )

17 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,091 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 career of John Cotton : Puritanism and the American experience by Larzer Ziff( Book )

11 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in English and held by 901 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
John Cotton on the churches of New England by John Cotton( Book )

20 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Return passages : great American travel writing, 1780-1910 by Larzer Ziff( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 709 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
Selected essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson( Book )

28 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 664 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."
Writing in the new nation : prose, print, and politics in the early United States by Larzer Ziff( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 631 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
The literature of America: colonial period by Larzer Ziff( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 1978 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All-American boy by Larzer Ziff( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 370 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
Maggie, a girl of the streets, and other tales of New York by Stephen Crane( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 288 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 )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portable Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 198 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 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 1948 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Famous as a scientist, statesman, philosopher, businessman, and civic leader, Benjamin Franklin was also one of the most powerful and controversial American writers of his time, and has been a subject of intense debate ever since: to Matthew Arnold, he exemplified "victorious good sense"; to D.H. Lawrence, he was "the first dummy American." Franklin's classic Autobiography is his last word on his greatest literary creation -- his own invented persona, the original incarnation of the American success story. For the first time, the authoritative editions of works by major American novelists, poets, scholars, and essayists collected in the hardcover volumes of The Library of America are being published singly in a series of handsome and durable paperback books. A distinguished author has contributed an introduction for each volume, which also includes a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice of the text, and notes
America and its discontents by Robie Macauley( Book )

4 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benjamin Franklin's autobiography by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

8 editions published between 1959 and 1969 in English and held by 78 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

The financier by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

8 editions published between 1967 and 1995 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the corruption of the American dream. Frank Cowperwood, a fiercely ambitious businessman, emerges as the very embodiment of greed as he relentlessly seeks satisfaction in wealth, women, and power. As Cowperwood deals and double-deals, betrays and is in turn betrayed, his rise and fall come to represent the American success story stripped down to brutal realities -- a struggle for spoils without conscience or pity
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Return passages : great American travel writing, 1780-1910Selected essaysWriting in the new nation : prose, print, and politics in the early United StatesMaggie, a girl of the streets, and other tales of New YorkThe portable Benjamin FranklinThe financier