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Olney, James

Overview
Works: 29 works in 181 publications in 3 languages and 8,909 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographies  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Interviews  Literature  Biographies  Slave narratives  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Other
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Most widely held works about James Olney
 
Most widely held works by James Olney
Tell me Africa: an approach to African literature by James Olney( Book )

22 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Olney demonstrates that autobiography, because it provides the most direct narrative enactments of the ways, motives, and beliefs of a culture, is an excellent way to approach African literature. After a general discussion of the African ethos, each chapter takes up the "autobiographical" literature of a specific group in African society and treats it as both an expression of a personal vision and as a revelation of a permeating social reality. Originally published in 1974. 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
Autobiography, essays theoretical and critical by James Olney( Book )

22 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Olney gathers together in this book some of the best and most important writings on autobiography produced in the past two decades. Originally published in 1980
Metaphors of self; the meaning of autobiography by James Olney( Book )

42 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Olney examines the writings of seven men--Montaigne, Jung, George Fox, Darwin, Newman, Mills, and Eliot--and traces the essential and unique autobiographical impulse, and in a real sense makes it live.Originally published in 1981.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 editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover 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
Memory & narrative : the weave of life-writing by James Olney( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when the memoir has never been more popular, Memory and Narrative presents an account of how the weave of life-writing has altered over time to arrive at its present form. James Olney, tells the story of an evolving literary form that originated in the autobiographical writings of St. Augustine, underwent profound and disruptive changes in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's life-writing trilogy, and found its momentary conclusion in the body of Samuel Beckett's work
Studies in autobiography( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language(s) of poetry : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins by James Olney( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this clear, succinct, and engaging book, noted critic James Olney explores the work of three seemingly disparate precursors of modernism - Whitman, Dickinson, and Hopkins - and establishes a set of criteria by which any reader might judge and better appreciate a poem. Considering the language of the poets' times, their unique ways with language, and what he calls the "nearly ahistorical language" of poetry, Olney arrives at three properties that form a kind of common ground in poetry, regardless of the cultural context or the era in which the poem was written. These properties are a heightened rhythmization of language, an elevated figurativity of language, and a highly personal, distinctive eccentricity that shapes both the poetic vision and the technical means used to express it. In three chapters, each focusing on one of these properties, Olney shows how the poets shaped these elements in their own distinctive ways. "Dickinsonian" verse, he notes, displays a metrical regularity reminiscent of hymns. It is also a thoroughly metaphorical poetry that works through figures of similarity and resemblance, and it reveals an unmistakable economy as well as a "darting, quicksilver" elusiveness. Whitman's highly rhythmic, but entirely nonmetrical, poetry is dominated by figures of correlation and connection. His verse, pervaded by an insatiate desire to annex the human world and universe to himself, has a sense of being neverending. Hopkins's poems are markedly rhythmic and even metrical, but not according to any traditional or inherited system of metrics. Figuratively mixed, they are highly wrought poems that observe the strictest formalities in order to subjugate unruly and explosive emotions. Throughout his discussions, Olney quotes extensively from the poetry of all three figures and also conveys much about the effect of their personal lives on their work. In plain terms that neither obfuscate nor overshadow his subjects, Olney helps us to understand better the ways in which poets defamiliarize our world and make us see it anew
The rhizome and the flower : the perennial philosophy, Yeats and Jung by James Olney( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Southern review and modern literature, 1935-1985( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.S. Eliot : essays from the Southern review( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afro-American writing today : an anniversary issue of the Southern review( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the scenes : or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seamstress and friend of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln describes her days as a slave and her memories of the Lincolns
Selected Stories from the Southern Review by Lewis P Simpson( )

2 editions published in 1988 in Undetermined and English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary Irish poetry and criticism( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Herbert and Gerard Manley Hopkins; a comparative study in two religious poets by James Olney( Book )

5 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Southern review. : a special issue: contemporary Irish poetry and criticism. Summer 1995, vol. 31, no. 3.( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiography by James Olney( Book )

2 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memory and the narrative imperative St. Augustine and Samuel Beckett by James Olney( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Papers of Michael Ryan by Michael Ryan( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection contains manuscripts of articles, poems, and books by Ryan, correspondence, cassettes of poetry readings, printed materials, and papers pertaining to his undergraduate years at Notre Dame
Afro-American culture, literature, and social order( Recording )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Discusses the status of Afro-American writing, and some of the changes in awareness on the part of critics and audiences toward the literature
Studies in autobiography : essays from the International Symposium ...( Book )

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

 
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Memory & narrative : the weave of life-writing
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The rhizome and the flower : the perennial philosophy, Yeats and JungBehind the scenes : or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House
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English (167)

Italian (1)

French (1)