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Lopate, Phillip 1943-

Works: 126 works in 421 publications in 4 languages and 18,918 library holdings
Genres: Essays  Drama  Fiction  Reviews  Motion picture reviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Literature  History  Comedy films  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Writer of accompanying material, Author of introduction, Photographer, Other
Classifications: PS3562.O66, 791.4372
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Notes on Sontag by Phillip Lopate( )

14 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 2,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Notes on Sontag is a frank, witty, and entertaining reflection on the work, influence, and personality of one of the "foremost interpreters of ... our recent contemporary moment." Adopting Sontag's favorite form, a set of brief essays or notes that circle around a topic from different perspectives, renowned essayist Phillip Lopate considers the achievements and limitations of his tantalizing, daunting subject through what is fundamentally a conversation between two writers. Reactions to Sontag tend to be polarized, but Lopate's account of Sontag's significance to him and to the culture over which she loomed is neither hagiography nor hatchet job. Despite admiring and being inspired by her essays, he admits a persistent ambivalence about Sontag. Lopate also describes the figure she cut in person through a series of wry personal anecdotes of his encounters with her over the years. Setting out from middle-class California to invent herself as a European-style intellectual, Sontag raised the bar of critical discourse and offered up a model of a freethinking, imaginative, and sensual woman. But while crediting her successes, Lopate also looks at how her taste for aphorism and the radical high ground led her into exaggerations that could do violence to her own common sense, and how her ambition to be seen primarily as a novelist made her undervalue her brilliant essays. Honest yet sympathetic, Lopate's engaging evaluation reveals a Sontag who was both an original and very much a person of her time."--Jacket
The Art of the personal essay : an anthology from the classical era to the present by Phillip Lopate( Book )

31 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than four hundred years the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. The Art of the Personal Essay is the first anthology to celebrate this lively, fertile genre. Distinguished from the formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its drive toward candor and confession, and its often quirky first-person voice, the personal essay offers above all a feast of individuality."--Jacket
American movie critics : an anthology from the silents until now by Phillip Lopate( Book )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dual history of American movies and movie reviews evaluates how the nation's films have both fostered new ways of seeing the world and spawned an extraordinary body of critical writing, in a collection of essays that includes contributions by such figures as James Agee, Ralph Ellison, and Roger Ebert
Writing New York : a literary anthology by Phillip Lopate( Book )

35 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In wholly original and startling ways, the authors of this inspired volume capture New York's spirit -- on the streets and in the subways, in the shops, hotels, and "eating houses", at riots, in newspapers, on bridges and in parks, in sweat shops, and in some of its denizens' diaries
La grande bellezza = The great beauty by Paolo Sorrentino( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in Italian and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries
To show and to tell : the craft of literary nonfiction by Phillip Lopate( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A long-awaited new book on personal writing from Lopate--the celebrated essayist and the director of Columbia University's nonfiction program. He provides the nuts and bolts, offering a refreshing new master class on the craft of the personal narrative, including the personal essay and memoir
Getting personal : selected writings by Phillip Lopate( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the man whose name is virtually synonymous with the contemporary personal essay, Getting Personal is a rich and ambitious collection that spans Phillip Lopate's career as an essayist, teacher, film critic, father, son and husband. Lauded as one of America's foremost essayists, a writer who was instrumental in focussing attention on the form, Lopate here admirably demonstrates the obligation to be engaging as well as honest. Witty, insightful, deeply meditative and self-revelatory, with his characteristic candor and curmudgeonly charm, he explores himself, his life, his family, his religion, and his friends. Organized in six parts and spanning childhood to middle age, these twenty-eight essays tell two stories: the story of Lopate's life and the development of his career as a writer. On subjects as disparate as My Drawer, in which Lopate catalogues the bizarre contents of his bureau drawer to learn what they reveal about his life, to The Dead Father, a haunting portrait of his ex-colleague Donald Barthelme; from his famously funny and cranky Against Joie de Vivre, his lament against our relentless, driven and determined pursuit of happiness, to the poignant and deeply moving memoir, Willy, a remembrance of his mother's struggle to choose between his father and her lover, these essays celebrate the impressive range of his talent. Whether Lopate is examining the perils of living above your landlord, the glorious sweep of the Hudson from the George Washington Bridge, the difficulty of teaching gloomy Chekhov to children, or the lamentable collection of parts that comprise the portrait of his body, he is always thoughtful, wonderfully skeptical, and eloquently engaging. Getting Personal stands not only as a guide to Lopate's writing career, but also as an intellectual autobiography, rooted in his experience as one of America's most beloved and respected writers. The editor of the bestsellers The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present, Writing New York: A Literary Anthology and The Anchor Essay series, Lopate is known for his exquisite taste in other's essays and a probing revelatory style of his own
Tiny furniture( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aura is a recent college graduate who returns to New York and moves back in with her mother and sister. As painfully confessional as it is endlessly amusing, Tiny Furniture is an authentic, incisive portrait of a young woman at a crossroads
Portrait Inside My Head : Essays by Phillip Lopate( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of essays on a life well lived, sharing provocative observations on topics ranging from the challenges of a Brooklyn childhood and the pleasures of baseball to movies and friendship
The rug merchant by Phillip Lopate( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode uit het leven van een introverte en intellectuele tapijthandelaar in New York
Totally, tenderly, tragically : essays and criticism from a lifelong love affair with the movies by Phillip Lopate( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phillip Lopate has been obsessed with movies from the start. As an undergraduate at Columbia, he organized the school's first film society. Later, he even tried his own hand at filmmaking. But it was not until his ascent as a major essayist that Lopate found his truest and most lasting contribution to the medium. And, over the past twenty-five years, tackling subjects ranging from Visconti to Jerry Lewis, from the first New York Film Festival to the thirty-second, Phillip Lopate has made film his most cherished subject. Here, in one place, are the very best of these essays, a joy for anyone who loves movies
Bachelorhood : tales of the metropolis by Phillip Lopate( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This delightful book captures what it means to be single in the world today. Looking ahead to the future of a quirky relationship or back at the ending of childhood tranquility, Bachelorhood unmasks the myriad dimensions of our fleeting -- and our lasting -- encounters. Single or married, male or female, all of us will recognize ourselves in the world of Bachelorhood."--Back cover
Two marriages : novellas by Phillip Lopate( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Celebrated essayist Phillip Lopate proves himself a master of the short novel form in this inspired pairing of novellas portraying two less-than-perfect unions. The Stoic's Marriage chronicles the life of newlyweds Gordon and Rita. Well-off, idle Gordon, a lifelong student of philosophy who has always had a stunted capacity for happiness, first meets the enchanting Rita when she comes to his home as a nurse's aid sent to care for his dying mother. The attraction is instant and a marriage proposal ensues. When Rita's cousin from the Philippines arrives one Christmas, both Gordon's stoicism and marriage vows are put to the test. Eleanor, or, The Second Marriage recounts one seemingly golden weekend in the lives of Eleanor and Frank, whose Brooklyn townhouse is a gathering place for their circle of cultured, cosmopolitan friends. These preparations are interrupted by the arrival of Frank's son, a young man deeply troubled by his own aimlessness. Other guests arrive, and in the midst of great conviviality, simmering tensions erupt into raucous emotional dramas."--Jacket
It happened one night( Visual )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight, about a spoiled runaway socialite and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter who is determined to get the scoop on her scandalous disappearance. The first film to accomplish the very rare feat of sweeping all five major Oscar categories (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best screenplay), is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era
Portrait of my body by Phillip Lopate( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir of interconnected personal essays
Rudy Burckhardt by Phillip Lopate( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and German and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rudy Burckhardt emigrated from Basel to New York in 1935, hoping for a career in photography. By the 1940s he had begun to create a series of now-classic images of New York & he went on to become a leading artist in the city. This book examines Burckhardt's photographs
Seaport : New York's vanished waterfront : photographs from the Edwin Levick Collection by Phillip Lopate( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By the end of the nineteenth century, the Port of New York was the center of a huge global maritime enterprise - a waterfront colossus astride Manhattan that encompassed hundreds of miles of piers and shore facilities. For much of the first half of the twentieth century, American's seaborne commerce with Europe and Central and South America converged here." "Phillip Lopate, renowed essayist and lifelong taker of New York's pulse, shows us the port through the images of Levick, Sperr, and others as they strove to portray its fluid ensemble of people, ships, business bustle, daily tasks, and rare quiet moments - all against the backdrop of a metropolis that was inexorably evolving beyond them. Many of images, now in the Edwin Levick Collection at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, have never been published. Seen at last in this volume, they bring to life a time when New York was the grandest seaport of them all."--BOOK JACKET
Book of days : personal essays by Emily Fox Gordon( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the comic personal essays of the author of It Will Come to Me, including pieces on such topics as growing up as an faculty brat on the Williams College campus of the late 1950s, the role of truth in memoir, her husband's colonoscopy appointment and more. The sexual politics of a faculty wives dinner. The psychological gamesmanship of an inappropriate therapist. The emotional minefield of an extended family wedding ... Whatever the subject, Emily Fox Gordons disarmingly personal essays are an art form unto themselvesreflecting and revealing, like mirrors in a maze, the seemingly endless ways a woman can lose herself in the modern world. With piercing humor and merciless precision, Gordon zigzags her way through the unevolved paradise of academia, with its dying breeds of bohemians, adulterers, and flirts, then stumbles through the perils and pleasures of psychotherapy, hoping to find a narrative for her life. Along the way, she encounters textbook feminists, partying philosophers, perfectionist moms, and an unlikely kinship with Kafkain a brilliant collection of essays that challenge our sacred institutions, defy our expectations, and define our lives
The art of the essay : the best of 1999( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American short stories, 1974 : and the yearbook of the American short story by Martha Foley( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Art of the personal essay : an anthology from the classical era to the present
The Art of the personal essay : an anthology from the classical era to the presentAmerican movie critics : an anthology from the silents until nowWriting New York : a literary anthologyGetting personal : selected writingsTotally, tenderly, tragically : essays and criticism from a lifelong love affair with the moviesTwo marriages : novellasPortrait of my bodyRudy Burckhardt
Alternative Names
Phillip Lopate American writer

Phillip Lopate Amerikaans romanschrijver

Phillip Lopate escriptor estatunidenc

Phillip Lopate escritor estadounidense

Phillip Lopate novelista estauxunidense

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English (228)

Spanish (7)

Italian (4)

German (2)