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Raban, Jonathan

Works: 111 works in 751 publications in 8 languages and 18,692 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Autobiographies  History  Fiction  Travel writing  Psychological fiction  Folklore  Humorous fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Creator
Classifications: F353, B
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Bad land : an American romance by Jonathan Raban( Book )

51 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 2,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Raban ambles and picks his way across the Montana prairie, called "The Great American Desert" until Congress offered 320-acre tracts of barren land to immigrants with stardust in their eyes. Raban's prose makes love to the waves of land, red dirt roads, and skeletons of homesteads that couldn't survive the Dirty Thirties. As poignant as any romance novel, there's heartbreak in the failed dreams of the homesteaders, a pang of destiny in the arbitrary way railroad towns were thrown into existence, and inspiration in the heroism of people who've fashioned lives for themselves by cobbling together homes from the ruined houses of those who couldn't make it. Through it all, Raban's voice examines and honors the vast open expanses of land and pays homage to the histories of families who eked out an existence
Surveillance by Jonathan Raban( Book )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a post-9/11 America that has become obsessed with security and intelligence gathering, Lucy Bengstrom struggles as a freelance journalist until she is assigned to profile August Vanags, a retired professor turned best-selling author
Waxwings by Jonathan Raban( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel set in Seattle at the turn of the millennium follows two immigrants as they struggle to achieve the American dream in the midst of terrorism, economic fireworks, and unrest in the streets
Foreign land : a novel by Jonathan Raban( Book )

41 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Grey is a failed husband, failed father, failed son. His one accomplishment, a rusty command of navigation learned during the Second World War. At sixty he returns to England, after forty years abroad, to find an England that has become a foreign land. He buys a boat and plans a journey of discovery. Navigating himself, actively and imaginatively, through his life, George finds himself embarked on an epic voyage through England in the 1980s and through his own troubled past. --Book jacket
The technique of modern fiction : essays in practical criticism by Jonathan Raban( Book )

48 editions published between 1968 and 1988 in 4 languages and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soft city by Jonathan Raban( Book )

55 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raban's documentary portrait of metropolitan life written as part thesis, part reportage and part autobiography
The Oxford book of the sea by Jonathan Raban( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Raban brings a special awareness and knowledge to his role as editor; in the words of Colin Thubron, 'nobody of his generation writes more subtly or imaginatively on travel'. Raban's introduction constitutes an important essay on the meaning of the sea in literature, and the pieces he has chosen display the exhilarating richness of writing in the tradition. Alongside extracts from the acknowledged marine masterpieces are many unexpected delights: Emily Dickinson's affirmative poem 'Exaltation is the Going'; a meditation on a seaside holiday by Larkin; Jane Austen's tart satirizing of Byron's Romanticized sea; Thoreau's contemplation of monsters and lost anchors off Cape Cod; Willard Bascom's brilliantly observed description of breaking waves. As richly varied and enthralling as the sea itself, this sparkling collection spans the centuries from AD 900 to 1990 and forms a unique and important body of writing to delight in and admire
Robert Lowell's poems; a selection by Robert Lowell( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 1982 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection from the work of one of the most important poets of his generation offers a complete picture of his poetic output from Poems 1939-1949 to his later collections, History, For Lizzie and Harriet and The Dolphin. As Jonathan Raban says in his Introduction, 'Lowell challenges one to be as intelligent, as imaginatively quick, and as well read as he is himself'; Raban's penetrating and illuminating introduction and his extensive notes on the poems themselves are designed to help the reader to meet this challenge
The society of the poem by Jonathan Raban( Book )

14 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain : Huckleberry Finn by Jonathan Raban( Book )

24 editions published between 1968 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known as Mark Twain, wrote "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in 1884. This site provides a biographical sketch of Clemens, as well as access to the full text of "Huckleberry Finn."
Arabia through the looking glass by Jonathan Raban( Book )

40 editions published between 1979 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combines travel commentary and historical and cultural observation in a sweep look at the Arab states of the Middle East, describing social levels, landscapes, cities, attitudes, traditions, and rapid changes
God, man, & Mrs Thatcher by Jonathan Raban( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first in a series of provocative pamphlets in the tradition last upheld by Wyndham Lewis' "Blast", and planned to cover a wide range of contemporary issues, this presents a critical analysis of Mrs Thatcher's address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
The Pacific Northwest landscape : a painted history( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A continuous, robust, and evolving artistic view of the region is represented in the 140 paintings selected for this spectacular book. Never before gathered in a single place, Albert Beirstadt, Sydney Laurence, Emily Carr, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, George Tsutakawa, Richard Gilkey, Alden Mason, and Michael Brophy among many others, all take account of the water, sky, mountains, air, and light of the Pacific Northwest."--Page 4 of cover
The new Granta book of travel by Liz Jobey( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Granta has long been known for the quality of its travel writing. The 1980s were the culmination of a golden age, when writers including Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin, James Hamilton-Paterson and James Fenton set out to document life in largely unfamiliar territory, bringing back tales of the beautiful, the extraordinary and the unexpected. By the mid 1990s, travel writing seemed to change, as a younger generation of writers that appeared in the magazine made journeys for more complex and often personal reasons. Decca Aitkenhead reported on sex tourism in Thailand, and Wendell Steavenson moved to Iraq as foreign correspondent. What all these pieces have in common is a sense of engagement with the places they describe, and a belief that whether we are in Birmingham or Belarus, there is always something new to be discovered
Passage to Juneau : a sea and its meanings by Jonathan Raban( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van een bootreis langs de noordwestkust van Amerika met veel aandacht voor lokale geschiedenis en mythologie
Here there nowhere : paintings by Michael Brophy( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Old glory by Jonathan Raban( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on the Mississippi evokes the great river that Mark Twain knew as a boy and young man and the one he revisited as a mature and successful author. Written between the publication of his two greatest novels, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Twain<U+2019>s rich portrait of the Mississippi marks a distinctive transition in the life of the river and the nation, from the boom years preceding the Civil War to the sober times that followed it
Coasting by Jonathan Raban( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this beautifully written book, the bestselling author of "Bad Land" turns a voyage along the serpentine coast of his native England into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home
Hunting Mister Heartbreak : a discovery of America by Jonathan Raban( Book )

17 editions published between 1967 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van een reis door de Verenigde Staten op zoek naar de Amerikanen en naar hun manier van leven
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Bad land : an American romance
SurveillanceWaxwingsForeign land : a novelSoft cityThe Oxford book of the seaRobert Lowell's poems; a selectionArabia through the looking glassThe Pacific Northwest landscape : a painted history
Alternative Names
Jonathan Raban britischer Schriftsteller

Jonathan Raban British writer

Jonathan Raban Brits schrijver

Jonathan Raban écrivain britannique

Jonathan Raban escriptor britànic

Jonathan Raban escritor británico

Jonathan Raban scrittore britannico

Jonathan Raban shkrimtar britanik

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