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Parini, Jay

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Most widely held works by Jay Parini
American writers : a collection of literary biographies by Leonard Unger( Book )

63 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four volume set consists of ninety-seven of the pamphlets originally published as the University of Minnesota pamphlets on American writers. Some have been revised and updated
John Steinbeck : a biography by Jay Parini( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Polish and held by 2,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes information on The Grapes of Wrath (film), Of Mice and Men (film), Of Mice and Men (novella), Of Mice and Men (play), The Red Pony (film), etc
Robert Frost : a life by Jay Parini( Book )

31 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Robert Frost, the poet who won four Pulitzer prizes before dying in 1963. The book describes his early life--he wanted to be a baseball player--his farming in New England, its influence on his poetry, and his many bouts with depression and self-doubt
One matchless time : a life of William Faulkner by Jay Parini( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the life and work of the twentieth-century author of "As I Lay Dying," who struggled to rise above such challenges as a difficult marriage and alcoholism
The Columbia history of American poetry by Jay Parini( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Ann Bradstreet and Edward Taylor to Philip Levine and Charles Wright, this comprehensive general history of American poetry examines the American epic, Transcendentalism, the Modernists, the Fugitives, the Beat poets, the confessional poets, and all those in between
The last station : a novel of Tolstoy's last year by Jay Parini( Book )

88 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in 16 languages and held by 1,619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Leo Tolstoy's life draws to a tumultuous close, his tempestuous wife and most cunning disciple are locked in a whirlwind battle for the great man's soul. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth and thirteen children, Tolstoy dramatically flees his home, only to fall ill at a tiny nearby rail station. The famous (and famously troubled) writer believes he is dying alone, unaware that over a hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition. Jay Parini moves deftly between a colorful cast of characters to create a stunning portrait of one of the world's most treasured authors. Dancing between fact and fiction, The Last Station is a brilliant and moving literary performance
The last station by E. T. A Hoffmann( Visual )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vertelling over het latere leven van Leo Tolstoy en zijn vrouw
Promised land : thirteen books that changed America by Jay Parini( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Arabic and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: "These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and a republic built firmly on ideas, which are contained in its major texts. Where we have been must, of course, determine where we are going. My hope is that this book helps to show us where we have been and engenders a lively conversation about our destination, which seems perpetually in dispute." Americans need periodic reminding that they are, to a great extent, people of the book-or, rather, books. In Promised Land, Jay Parini repossesses that vibrant, intellectual heritage by examining the life and times of thirteen "books that changed America." Each of the books has been a watershed, gathering intellectual currents already in motion and marking a turn in American life and thought. Their influence remains pervasive, however hidden, and in his essays Jay Parini demonstrates how these books entered American life and altered how we think and act in the world. The thirteen "books that changed America": Of Plymouth Plantation; The Federalist Papers; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Journals of Lewis and Clark; Walden; Uncle Tom's Cabin; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Souls of Black Folk; The Promised Land; How to Win Friends and Influence People; The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care; On the Road; The Feminine Mystique. Promised Land offers a reading of the American psyche, allowing us to reflect on what our past means for who we are now. It is a rich and immensely readable work of cultural history that will appeal to all book lovers and students of the American character alike
The Columbia anthology of American poetry( Book )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry covers all of the canonical American poets, from the colonial to the contemporary - Anne Bradstreet, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Adrienne Rich are all included. But Parini has also selected a broad sampling of poetry from voices that have not been heard as widely over the years. Here, for the first time, is a thorough collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry by women, Native Americans, and African Americans. Within these pages readers will find the many different traditions that make up the expansive collage of American poetry. Here are the Transcendentalists - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau; and the Imagists - William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, H.D., and Carl Sandburg. Readers will discover also the early twentieth-century movement of African-American poetic expression, known as the Harlem Renaissance - James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Langston Hughes are all solidly represented in The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry
Why poetry matters by Jay Parini( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry doesn't matter to most people, observes Jay Parini at the opening of this book. But, undeterred, he commences a deeply felt meditation on poetry, its language and meaning, and its power to open minds and transform lives. By the end of the book, Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that life affords. Poetry indeed matters. A gifted poet and acclaimed teacher, Parini begins by looking at defenses of poetry written over the centuries. He ponders Aristotle, Horace, and Longinus, and moves on through Sidney, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, and others. Parini examines the importance of poetic voice and the mysteries of metaphor. He argues that a poet's originality depends on a deep understanding of the traditions of political poetry, nature poetry, and religious poetry
Empire of self : a life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The life of Gore Vidal was an amazingly full one: full of colorful incident, famous people, and lasting achievements that calls out for careful evocation and examination. Jay Parini crafts Vidal's life into [a] ... story that puts the experience of one of the great American figures of the postwar era into context; introduces the author and his works to a generation who may not know him; and looks behind the scenes at the man and his work in ways never possible before his death"
The Norton book of American autobiography( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains primary source material
Writers on writing by Robert Pack( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From deeply personal perspectives, two dozen established writers ponder the mystery of their art and such fundamentals as: What is a genuine writing impulse? Why does good writing work? How is writing learned? What is the role of craft and technique? Who is meant to be a writer? How is close reading related to good writing? The volume is peppered with critical perspectives and practical advice, yet its special richness and inspiration lie in the wonderment and deep love for the act of writing expressed by each contributor. Each essay is a joy to read, blending storytelling, literary anecdotes gathered from a lifetime of avid reading, and the kind of shoptalk exchanged between colleagues. Writers will find here camaraderie and encouragement, teachers of writing will hear practical testimony to what works, and readers will come away with a renewed awe for the spell cast by good writing.--From back cover
Theodore Roethke, an American romantic by Jay Parini( Book )

9 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jay Parini's biography of the poet, Theodore Roethke. Parini views Roethke through the lens of a Romantic poet. With this incredibly researched and well written work, Parini reaffirms Roethke's reputation as a poet that came into his own after the publication of "The Lost Son," and then continued to develop from there and greatly extended his reputation with further works
Touchstones : American poets on a favorite poem( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, "fifty-nine of America's best poets select their favorite verse by another writer and explore its influence on their own writing."--Back cover
Introspections : American poets on one of their own poems by Robert Pack( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford encyclopedia of American literature by Jay Parini( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work surveys the vibrant terrain of American literature in 350 essays from leading scholars, encompassing the range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day. The Encyclopedia includes essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, and themes. No mere catalog of dates, events, and synopses, the articles offer historical perspective and social context along with a range of possibilities with regard to critical approach
Some necessary angels : essays on writing and politics by Jay Parini( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In some of his essays on individual poets, Parini celebrates the visionary sensibility of William Blake and its influence on Theodore Roethke; illuminates the powerfully evocative theme of Ireland in the poetry of Seamus Heaney; and offers close readings of a variety of modern and contemporary poets, from Robert Frost to Charles Wright
Conversations with Jay Parini by Jay Parini( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"This book contains the most important interviews with Jay Parini, who is best known for his 1990 The Last Station, a multi-perspective novel about Leo Tolstoy's last year. But he has also published numerous volumes of poetry; biographies of William Faulkner, Robert Frost, and John Steinbeck; novels; and literary and cultural criticism. Parini's work is valuable not just because of its high quality and intellectual range. It is crucial for understanding late-20th and early-21st century literature more generally, as Parini not only engages in a lively conversation with other prominent writers, but also was close friends with so many of these authors. He has openly written poems in conversation with such writers as Robert Penn Warren, Gore Vidal, Jorge Luis Borges, and others. He has had an ongoing conversation with many literary friends over the years--Alastair Reid, Seamus Heaney, Anne Stevenson, Ann Beattie, Julia Alvarez, Peter Ackroyd, A.N. Wilson, and countless others. His life often seems like a seminar table, with friends gathered, talking, trading stories. These interviews will give scholars a more comprehensive understanding of his work as a poet, scholar, public intellectual, literary critic, intellectual historian, biographer, novelist, and biographical novelist. More importantly, these interviews will contribute to our understanding of the history of ideas, the condition of knowledge, and the state of literature, which Parini has played an important role in shaping"--
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American writers : a collection of literary biographies
Alternative Names
Jay Parini Amerikaans schrijver

Jay Parini amerikansk författare och poet

Jay Parini amerikansk skribent og poet

Jay Parini Professor, author

Jay Parini US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturkritiker

Parini, Džej

Parini, Jay

Parini, Jay 1948-

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John Steinbeck : a biographyRobert Frost : a lifeOne matchless time : a life of William FaulknerThe Columbia history of American poetryThe last station : a novel of Tolstoy's last yearPromised land : thirteen books that changed AmericaThe Columbia anthology of American poetryWhy poetry matters