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Alter, Robert

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The literary guide to the Bible by Alter Robert (Editor)( Book )

70 editions published between 1967 and 2003 in English and French and held by 3,539 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 )

51 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,501 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( )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 2,245 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 )

37 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 2,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Continuing his exploration of the art of the Bible, Robert Alter provides a fresh interpretation of the poetry of the Old Testament and a lucid, original account of how biblical poetry works
Pen of iron : American prose and the King James Bible by Robert Alter( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,793 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
Pleasure and change : the aesthetics of canon by Frank Kermode( )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,692 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 )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: From Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.Envisioning the first book of the bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, reveals here the story of Genesis in a profoundly honest and deeply moving way. Originally thinking that we would do a take off of Adam and Eve, Crumb became so fascinated by the Bible’s language, “a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions,” that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation using the text word for word in a version primarily assembled from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James bible. Now, readers of every persuasion―Crumb fans, comic book lovers, and believers―can gain astonishing new insights from these harrowing, tragic, and even juicy stories. Crumb’s Book of Genesis reintroduces us to the bountiful tree lined garden of Adam and Eve, the massive ark of Noah with beasts of every kind, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by brimstone and fire that rained from the heavens, and the Egypt of the Pharaoh, where Joseph’s embalmed body is carried in a coffin, in a scene as elegiac as any in Genesis. Using clues from the text and peeling away the theological and scholarly interpretation that have often obscured the Bible’s most dramatic stories, Crumb fleshes out a parade of Biblical originals: from the serpent in Eden, the humanoid reptile appearing like an alien out of a science fiction movie, to Jacob, a “kind’ve depressed guy who doesn’t strike you as physically courageous,” and his bother, Esau, “a rough and kick ass guy,” to Abraham’s wife Sarah, more fetching than most woman at 90, to God himself, “a standard Charlton Heston-like figure with long white hair and a flowing beard.”As Crumb writes in his introduction, “the stories of these people, the Hebrews, were something more than just stories. They were the foundation, the source, in writing of religious and political power, handed down by God himself.” Crumb’s Book of Genesis, the culmination of 5 years of painstaking work, is a tapestry of masterly detail and storytelling which celebrates the astonishing diversity of the one of our greatest artistic geniuses. Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: Best Adaptation from Another Work, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer/Artist. -- Amazon.com
The five books of Moses : a translation with commentary by Robert Alter( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,427 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."--Jacket
The world of biblical literature by Robert Alter( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genesis( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Hebrew and held by 1,253 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. These are stories we attend to throughout our lives, for their literary power and beauty, their emotional resonance, their philosophical weight, and their sacredness. They connect us with one another and with generations past and future
The book of Psalms : a translation with commentary by Robert Alter( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,219 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
Fielding and the nature of the novel by Robert Alter( Book )

14 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 1,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Partial magic : the novel as a self-conscious genre by Robert Alter( Book )

22 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rogue's progress; studies in the picaresque novel by Robert Alter( Book )

22 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lion for love : a critical biography of Stendhal by Robert Alter( Book )

20 editions published between 1979 and 1986 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The David story : a translation with commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel by Robert Alter( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 996 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
The pleasures of reading : in an ideological age by Robert Alter( Book )

26 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and Italian and held by 950 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
After the tradition; essays on modern Jewish writing by Robert Alter( Book )

10 editions published between 1969 and 1971 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canon and creativity : modern writing and the authority of scripture by Robert Alter( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 844 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
The wisdom books : Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : a translation with commentary by Robert Alter( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a modern translation of the Books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament, and provides annotations and commentary for each verse
 
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The literary guide to the Bible
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The art of Biblical narrativeImagined cities : urban experience and the language of the novelThe art of Biblical poetryPen of iron : American prose and the King James BiblePleasure and change : the aesthetics of canonThe book of GenesisThe five books of Moses : a translation with commentaryThe world of biblical literature
Alternative Names
Alter, R.

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Robert Alter insegnante, critico letterario e traduttore statunitense

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אלטער, אורי

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אלטר, רובר

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Languages
English (426)

Italian (8)

French (5)

Chinese (2)

Korean (2)

Hebrew (1)

Dutch (1)