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Pritchard, William H.

Works: 53 works in 144 publications in 1 language and 9,888 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Literature  History  Anecdotes  Interviews  Educational films  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Other, Honoree, Editor
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Most widely held works about William H Pritchard
Most widely held works by William H Pritchard
Talking back to Emily Dickinson and other essays by William H Pritchard( )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 2,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection makes the case for literary criticism as an informed, aggressive, personal, and often humorous response to writers and writing. An unrepentant academic, William Pritchard nonetheless finds himself looking vainly, in much current professional study of literature, for what he sees as criticism's central task. This involves, in part, an attentiveness to the performing voice of the novelist, poet, or essayist under discussion. To bring out that quality, the critic must exploit, with invention and intrepidity, his or her own responsive voice - must "talk back" to the work of art
Frost : a literary life reconsidered by William H Pritchard( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An incisive analysis of the complex interaction between the poet's life and work offers a chronological approach to Frost's life and poetry
Updike : America's man of letters by William H Pritchard( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Updike: America's Man of Letters is the first comprehensive critical look at the work, career, and literary reputation of America's most influential man of letters since Edmund Wilson. By the age of twenty-eight, John Updike had already been published in the three major forms - novel, poem, and short story - he would continue to explore with steadily expanding brilliance and authority. For the next four decades his literary career would realize itself primarily in these three forms, but also in essays, reviews, and memoirs, and in resourceful commentary on his own work - the stuff of many interviews and prefaces. Pritchard's book is not a biography, but a portrait of the writer and his work."--Jacket
Seeing through everything : English writers, 1918-1940 by William H Pritchard( Book )

15 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems by Randall Jarrell( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donated by Miriam Weissman. "Selected Poems was originally published in 1955 and contained all that the author wished to preserve of his first four books of poems. It has for some time now been out of print and in great demand."--Atheneum
The Norton anthology of American literature by Ronald Gottesman( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With attention to selections by women writers, outstanding works of American poetry, prose, and fiction from the colonial era to the present are presented
Shelf life : literary essays and reviews by William H Pritchard( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under criticism : essays for William H. Pritchard( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On poets & poetry by William H Pritchard( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Pritchard's collection of essays and reviews on poets and poetry ranges from Dryden and Milton through the major American and British poets of the last century. One of them, Philip Larkin, answered an interviewer's question about what he had learned from his study of other poets by snapping back, 'Oh, for Christ's sake, one doesn't study poets! You read them, and think: That's marvelous; how is it done?' Although Pritchard has been talking with students about poets for more than fifty years, his practice in writing has Larkin's question in mind: how to describe convincingly the way it's done, the 'marvelous' creations of Tennyson, Hardy, Yeats, Robert Lowell, or Larkin himself. Pritchard's aim throughout is to address not only academics but the larger, intelligent audience of non-specialist readers who look to poetry for the surprise that is central to all imaginative literature. Hugh Kenner, one of three twentieth-century critics of poetry treated in this book, once wrote that 'the chief requisite for criticism is not analytic skill but a trained sensibility'. William Pritchard's sensibility has been trained in the practice of attending to a poet's style and voice - of what Robert Frost once called 'ear-reading'. His endeavor is not to discover hidden, buried treasures (what the poem 'really means') but to engage with instances of measured language as they reveal themselves, in both the 'timing' of individual poems and the historical time in which poets and poetry live
Literary awakenings : personal essays from the Hudson review by Ronald Khoury( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most of it : essays on language and the imagination by Theodore Baird( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes by Robert Frost on his life and early writings by Robert Frost( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Speaking of Frost : Richard Wilbur and William H. Pritchard( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The past as present : selected thoughts & essays by Paul T Ruxin( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voices & visions( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Robert Frost (program 5): Frost's image as elder statesman is vividly contrasted with his vigorous, poetic exploration of the darker forces of nature and the human condition. Readings and interviews with the poet reveal compelling insights into his work. In Langston Hughes (program 6): Hughes wrote of the beauty, dignity, and heritage of blacks in America. Interviews, music, and dance performances convey his work and influence, discussed by James Baldwin and biographer Arnold Rampersad
The uses of nature : a study of Robert Frost's poetry by William H Pritchard( )

2 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English papers : a teaching life by William H Pritchard( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Well-known critic William H. Pritchard reviews his life as a passionate student and teacher of English in the classrooms of New England's Amherst College. Pritchard takes us from the era of the all-male college, where "conduct befitting a gentleman" was the only rule, through the political and social turmoil of the late 1960s, when the teaching of T.S. Eliot had to compete with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ironically, as Pritchard finds his own voice as a critic and teacher, he finds also that his literary and pedagogical aims seem increasingly marginal. The book's later chapters recount the fragmentation and diversification of both the student body and an English department. This lucid account offers a much needed personal chronicle of the issues involved in the contemporary debate surrounding the teaching of English literature. Pritchard not only observes, but dramatizes the teaching situation, and from both sides of the desk. With a candid mix of apology and nostalgia, Pritchard describes and evaluates changing circumstances in both the professor and the profession
A critical anthology by W. B Yeats( Book )

2 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deeper into life : Robert Frost's last years by William H Pritchard( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William H. Pritchard( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One in a series of interviews with members of the Amherst College community whose involvement with the College has been long-standing and whose reminiscences seem likely to be of historical significance. Professor and author William Pritchard (Amherst Class of 1953) is interviewed by Rand Cooper (Amherst Class of 1980)
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Updike : America's man of letters
Frost : a literary life reconsideredUpdike : America's man of lettersSelected poemsShelf life : literary essays and reviewsUnder criticism : essays for William H. PritchardOn poets & poetryEnglish papers : a teaching life
Alternative Names
Pritchard, Bill.

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Pritchard, William.

Pritchard, William H. 1932-

Pritchard, William H. (William Harrison), 1932-

Pritchard, William Harrison.

Pritchard, William Harrison 1932-

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