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Meyers, Jeffrey

Works: 227 works in 1,143 publications in 9 languages and 50,323 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Handbooks and manuals  Literature  Study guides  Screenplays  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, win, htt, Publisher, Creator, Translator
Classifications: PR6029.R8, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jeffrey Meyers
George Orwell : the critical heritage by Jeffrey Meyers( )

32 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 3,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This set comprises 40 volumes covering nineteenth and twentieth century European and American authors. These volumes will be available as a complete set, mini boxed sets (by theme) or as individual volumes. This second set compliments the first 68 volume set of Critical Heritage published by Routledge in October 1995
Orwell : life and art by Jeffrey Meyers( )

15 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in English and held by 2,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of forty essays written between 1968 and 2009
Hemingway, a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

46 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography portraying the evolution of the man and the writer from the confident genius of the twenties to the sad wreck of the fifties
Scott Fitzgerald : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

35 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scott Fitzgerald, a romantic and tragic figure who embodied the decades between the two world wars, was a writer who took his material almost entirely from his life: "My characters are all Scott Fitzgerald. Even the female characters are Scott Fitzgerald." In this much-needed new biography, Jeffrey Meyers offers a perceptive interpretation of both the life and the work of one of America's finest novelists. Despite his early success with The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald's life became a battle against failure and disappointment. Struggling for artistic integrity, he compromised his talent to support his extravagant way of life. His friend and lifelong hero, Ernest Hemingway, was a harsh critic of both his behavior and his novels, but Fitzgerald accepted this with remarkable humility. Meyers portrays the volatile connection between theses two writers with insight and poignancy, as he does Fitzgerald's marriage to the schizophrenic Zelda. Insecure emotionally as well as artistically, Fitzgerald was paradoxically both blighted and enhanced as man and writer through this tortured union: out of it blossomed his classic novel Tender is the Night. This book, by the acclaimed biographer of Hemingway, is the first to analyze frankly the meaning as well as the events of Fitzgerald's life and to illuminte the recurrent patterns that reveal his inner self. Meyers emphasizes Fitzgerald's alcoholism, Zelda's illnesses and her doctors, Fitzgerald's love affairs both before and after her breakdown, and his wide-ranging friendships, from the polo star Tommy Hitchcock to the Hollywood executive Irving Thalberg. His writer friends included Ring Lardner, John Dos Passos, James Joyce, Edith Wharton and Dorothy Parker. Meyers also discusses Fitzgerald's fascinating relationship with his daughter, Scottie. Exercising a fine critical balance, he details Fitzgerald's weaknesses but ultimately reveals a man capable of fierce loyalty and great moral courage
Robert Frost : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This riveting biography, by a master of the genre, gives a radically new interpretation of Robert Frost both as man and poet. Meyers explores Frost's troubled relations with his wife, Elinor, and his Job-like family life. Two of his children died in infancy, one died in childbirth, one became insane, and one killed himself. These tragedies were reflected in his terrifying art. The Frost that emerges from this biography is neither the hayseed sage that he cultivated in his public persona nor the monster in human form depicted by his previous biographer. He is subtle and engaging, a passionate and tragic figure
D.H. Lawrence and tradition by Jeffrey Meyers( )

15 editions published in 1985 in English and German and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Lowell in love by Jeffrey Meyers( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Lowell was known not only as a great poet but also as a writer whose devotion to his art came at a tremendous personal cost. In this book, his third on Robert Lowell, Jeffrey Meyers examines the poet's impassioned, troubled relationships with the key women in his life: his mother, Charlotte Wislow Lowell; his three wives - Jean Stafford, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Caroline Blackwood; nine of his many lovers; his close women friends - Mary McCarthy, Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich; and his most talented students, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. Lowell's charismatic personality, compelling poetry and literary fame attracted lovers and friends who were both frightened and excited by his aura of brilliance and danger. He loved the idea of falling in love, and in his recurring manic episodes he needed women at the center of his emotional and artistic life. Each affair became an intense dramatic episode. Though he idealized his loves and encouraged their talents, his frenetic affairs and tortured marriages were always conducted on his own terms. Robert Lowell in Love tells the story of the poet in the grip of love and gives voice to the women who loved him, inspired his poetry and suffered along with him. -- from dust jacket
Edgar Allan Poe : his life and legacy by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

24 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and held by 1,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edgar Allan Poe, whose personal torment so powerfully informed his visionary prose and poetry, is a towering figure in the history of American literature. The archetype of the suffering artist, he lived from one extreme to the other: he knew fame and obscurity, wealth and destitution, and the loss of everything he cherished. His fevered imagination brought him to great heights of creativity and the depths of paranoiac despair. Yet although he produced a relatively small volume of work, he virtually invented the horror and detective genres and his literary legacy endures to this day. Jeffrey Meyers here charts Poe's life in astonishing detail, from its inauspicious beginnings through the mysterious events of his last weeks. He explores Poe's pathological need to ruin everything he strived for - in journalism, friendship and marriage. He also reveals Poe as a man of infinite paradox: a Virginia gentleman and the son of itinerant actors, the heir to a great fortune and a disinherited outcast, a university man who had failed to graduate, a soldier bought out of the army, a husband with an unapproachable child-bride, a brilliant editor and low-salaried hack, a world-renowned but impoverished author, a temperate man and uncontrollable alcoholic, a materialist who yearned for a final union with God. As he turns from the life to the works, Meyers combines psychological insight with critical acumen. He analyzes the neglected stories "The Man That Was Used Up," "The Man of the Crowd" and "The Premature Burial," and shows how even his most bizarre tales, "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat," are grounded in Poe's life experiences. Finally, through lively anecdote, Meyers gives Poe's literary legacy its due, covering his three distinct reputations - in America, England and France - and his powerful influence on modern writers from Nietzsche to Nabokov. Told brilliantly by Jeffrey Meyers, the story of Poe's life is rivaled for bizarre drama only by his extraordinary fiction
Joseph Conrad : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the life and works of modern English novelist, Joseph Conrad
D.H. Lawrence : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

32 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the English author's pilgrimage from his working-class childhood through his years of hard-won recognition to his death in France
Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder( )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sunset Boulevard (1950) is one of the most famous films in the history of Hollywood, and perhaps no film better represents Hollywood's vision of itself. Billy Wilder collaborated on the screenplay with the very able Charles Brackett, and with D.M. Marshman Jr., who later joined the team. Together they created a film both allusive and literate, with Hollywood's worst excesses and neuroses laid out for all to see. After viewing Sunset Boulevard Louis B. Mayer exclaimed: "We should throw this Wilder out of town!" The New York Times, however, gave the movie a rave review, praising "that rare blen
Orwell : wintry conscience of a generation by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experienced biographer Jeffrey Meyers delves into the complex personal history of the man whose visionary work gave us the great anti-utopias of twentieth-century literature. Meyers draws on a close study of the new edition of Orwell's complete works, interviews with his family and friends, and research into unpublished material in the Orwell Archive in London, to shed new light on this most unusual literary figure. A child of the waning British Empire, Orwell came to reject the stifling class system of his birth, and through his writing forged a new social consciousness that continues to engage modern intellectual thought. Meyers' work also reveals the human failings of this creative visionary--his childhood insecurities, his political dilemmas, and his conflicted relationships with women. The Orwell who emerges from this book is a darker--but distinctly more nuanced--portrait of the legendary figure.--From publisher description
Samuel Johnson : the struggle by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the life of the English literary genius, shedding new light on his role as a poet, essayist, critic, dictionary-maker, and raconteur, while examining the personal challenges he was forced to overcome to achieve success
Katherine Mansfield : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

43 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meyers illuminates the brief and troubled life of the talented British short-story writer, and reveals the inspirations for her frequently-anthologized tales
Somerset Maugham : a life by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A profile of the late-Victorian era literary master discusses such topics as his struggles with sexual repression and artistic expression, his education and medical training, and his roles as a secret agent and war propagandist
Homosexuality and literature, 1890-1930 by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

32 editions published between 1977 and 2020 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although artists are nowadays able to be openly gay and to address homosexuality explicitly in their work, this book argues that it was the harsh climate of 1890-1930 that produced the most outstanding explorations of homosexuality. To support his argument, Meyers illuminates the character and creative process of a range of authors of the period, including Wilde, Gide, Proust, E.M. Forster and T.E. Lawrence, and analyses the sexual problems that were sublimated and transcended in their art."--
Hemingway, the critical heritage by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Italian and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summarizing the ebb and flow of Hemingway's critical reputation during and after his life, this volume presents over 100 of the most significant reviews and articles and even several obituaries, arranged chronologically with a subdivision for each of Hemingway's works. Among the notable critics and novelists represented are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lionel Trilling, Edmund Wilson, Dorothy Parker and John Dos Passos
Edmund Wilson : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilson's life was as interesting as his books and, in its own way, as romantic and chaotic as Fitzgerald's. He lived in bohemian poverty in the 1920s and '30s, suffered a nervous breakdown and the tragic death of his second wife, had three other wives (including Mary McCarthy), attracted an astonishing number of beautiful mistresses (including Edna St. Vincent Millay), and was a compulsive chronicler of his own sexual adventures
A reader's guide to George Orwell by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

33 editions published between 1975 and 1987 in 4 languages and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical exmination of Orwell's works, from the early essays to ANIMAL FARM and 1984. Orwell's dual themes of politics and poverty are traced
Gary Cooper : American hero by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of "the laconic star," from his youth in England to his film career and "tempestuous relationships" with a number of famous actresses to "his controversial involvement with the House Un-American Activities Committee and the Hollywood blacklist."--Jacket
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Robert Frost : a biography
Orwell : life and artHemingway, a biographyScott Fitzgerald : a biographyRobert Frost : a biographyEdgar Allan Poe : his life and legacyJoseph Conrad : a biographyD.H. Lawrence : a biographySunset Boulevard
Alternative Names
Jeffrey Meyers Amerikaans journalist (1939-)

Jeffrey Meyers écrivain américain

Jeffrey Meyers escriptor estatunidenc

Jeffrey Meyers escritor estadounidense

Jeffrey Meyers scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

Jeffrey Meyers scrittore statunitense

Jeffrey Meyers shkrimtar amerikan

Maieoseu, Jepeuri.

Meyers, Jeffrey 1939-

מירס, ג'פרי

جيفرى مايرز

جيفري مايرز كاتب أمريكي

메이어스, 제프리 1939-

マイヤーズ, ジェフリー

メイヤーズ, ジェフリー

迈耶斯, 杰弗里