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Alter, Robert

Works: 157 works in 541 publications in 3 languages and 32,823 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Commentaries  Comic books, strips, etc  History  Graphic novels  Biography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Author of introduction, Signer, ed, Other
Classifications: BS535, 809.93522
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Alter
The literary guide to the Bible by Robert Alter( Book )
45 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This literary guide leads the reader toward an understanding and appreciation of a book that has shaped the minds of men and women for two millenia and more. Provides an analysis of the Bible's structures, themes, narrative techniques and poetic forms. 1 line illustration. Rediscover the incomparable literary richness and strength of a book that all of us live with an many of us live by. An international team of renowned scholars, assembled by two leading literary critics, offers a book-by-book guide through the Old and New Testaments as well as general essays on the Bible as a whole, providing an enticing reintroduction to a work that has shaped our language and thought for thousands of years
The art of Biblical narrative by Robert Alter( Book )
33 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in English and French and held by 2,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book offers a literary approach to the biblical text. Robert Alter brings numerous textual examples of the different types of biblical narrative, e.g., dialogue, repetition, narration
Imagined cities urban experience and the language of the novel by Robert Alter( )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A literary investigation of how the modern metropolis--intoxicating, disturbing, powerful--changed perceptions and irrevocably altered the Western imagination. Alter traces the arc of literary development triggered by the runaway growth of urban centers from the early nineteenth century through the first two decades of the twentieth. As new technologies and arrangements of public and private space changed the ways people experienced time and space, the urban panorama became less coherent - a metropolis defying traditional representation and definition, a vast jumble of shifting fragments and glimpses--and writers were compelled to create new methods for conveying the experience of the city. In interpretations of novels by Flaubert, Dickens, Bely, Woolf, Joyce, and Kafka, Alter reveals the ways the city entered the literary imagination
The art of Biblical poetry by Robert Alter( Book )
25 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in English and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Investigates the mode and effect of Hebrew poetry in the Bible. This title presents three major concepts in biblical poetry (parallelism; narrative vs delineation; and, intensification), delving into an illuminating textual analysis using many examples from the Bible
Pleasure and change the aesthetics of canon by Frank Kermode( )
21 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The question of canon has been the subject of debate in academic circles for over 15 years. This book contains two lectures on this important subject by Sir Frank Kermode who reinterprets the question of canon formation in light of two related and central notions: pleasure and change
The book of Genesis by R Crumb( Book )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An illustrated adaptation of the entire book of Genesis, providing the biblical accounts of the Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark, the Tower of Babel, and other people and events
The five books of Moses : a translation with commentary by Robert Alter( Book )
12 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Five Books is an enduring source of literary and spiritual renewal. In its narrative we find the primal stories of the Creation and expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The intimacies of Genesis portray the tortuous relations between fathers and sons, husbands and wives. The grand historical narrative of Exodus and Numbers conveys a still-resonant drama of enslavement and liberation. Leviticus and Deuteronomy codify a culture and ensure its transmission over generations."--BOOK JACKET
The world of biblical literature by Robert Alter( Book )
14 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fielding and the nature of the novel by Robert Alter( Book )
10 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Genesis by Robert Alter( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Genesis begins with the making of heaven and earth and all life, and ends with the image of a mummy--Joseph's--in a coffin. In between come many of the primal stories in Western culture: Adam and Eve's expulsion from the garden of Eden, Cain's murder of Abel, Noah and the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham's binding of Isaac, the covenant of God and Abraham, Isaac's blessing of Jacob in place of Esau, the saga of Joseph and his brothers
Rogue's progress; studies in the picaresque novel by Robert Alter( Book )
21 editions published between 1962 and 1987 in English and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The book of Psalms : a translation with commentary by Robert Alter( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Like the Five Books of Moses a cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. The cleansing purity of its images invites reflection and supplication in times of sorrow. The musicality of its powerful rhythms moves readers to celebration of good tidings. So today as it has been throughout our past, this is a book to be cherished as the grounding for our daily lives. This timeless poetry is beautifully wrought by a scholar whose translation of the Five Books of Moses was hailed as a "godsend" by Seamus Heaney and a "masterpiece" by Robert Fagles. Robert Alter's The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary shines a light on the obscurities of the text. - Publisher
Partial magic : the novel as a self-conscious genre by Robert Alter( Book )
17 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A lion for love : a critical biography of Stendhal by Robert Alter( Book )
14 editions published between 1979 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pen of iron : American prose and the King James Bible by Robert Alter( Book )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book, biblical translator and literary critic Robert Alter traces some of the fascinating ways that American novelists--from Melville, Hemingway, and Faulkner to Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy--have drawn on the rich stylistic resources of the canonical English Bible to fashion their own strongly resonant styles and distinctive visions of reality. --from publisher description
The pleasures of reading : in an ideological age by Robert Alter( Book )
20 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and Italian and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Alter explores the power and beauty of reading. With examples from the Bible, Shakespeare, Nabokov, Dickens, Wolfe, and more, he demonstrates the primacy of the reading experience
The David story : a translation with commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel by Robert Alter( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful commentary, The David Story is a fresh, vivid rendition of one of the great works in Western literature. Robert Alter's brilliant translation gives us David, the beautiful, musical hero who slays Goliath and, through his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. But this David is also fully human: an ambitious, calculating man who navigates his life's course with a flawed moral vision. The consequences for him, his family, and his nation are tragic and bloody. Historical personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the creation of a literary artist comparable to the Shakespeare of the history plays
After the tradition; essays on modern Jewish writing by Robert Alter( Book )
8 editions published between 1969 and 1971 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Canon and creativity : modern writing and the authority of scripture by Robert Alter( Book )
11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this book, one of our foremost literary critics views the much-debated question of the literary canon from an entirely new angle. Robert Alter explores the ways in which a range of iconoclastic twentieth-century authors have put to use the stories, language, and imagery of the paramount canonical text - the Hebrew Bible. Alter makes a compelling case against the prevalent, pejorative notion of the canon as a vehicle of ideological enforcement. He shows instead that canons by nature are surprisingly elastic, providing later writers with imaginative resources even when those same writers rebel against what they conceive as the constraints of the canon."--Jacket
Defenses of the imagination : Jewish writers and modern historical crisis by Robert Alter( Book )
6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Alter, R.
Alter, Robert
Alter Robert B. 1935-....
ʾAlṭer, ʾWriy 1935-...
אלטר, אורי
אלטר אורי 1935-....
אלטר, רובר
オールター, ロバート
English (306)
Italian (6)
French (3)