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Meyers, Jeffrey

Works: 172 works in 900 publications in 8 languages and 45,786 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Handbooks and manuals  Biographies  Literature  Study guides  Screenplays  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Creator
Classifications: PR6029.R8, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jeffrey Meyers
Scott Fitzgerald : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,850 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 )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,840 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
Joseph Conrad : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the life and works of modern English novelist, Joseph Conrad
Edgar Allan Poe : his life and legacy by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and held by 1,571 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
D.H. Lawrence : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

27 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,560 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
Hemingway, a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,540 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
Orwell : wintry conscience of a generation by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,288 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
Hemingway, the critical heritage by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

28 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 1,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This set comprises 40 volumes covering nineteenth and twentieth century European and American authors
Somerset Maugham : a life by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,188 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
Katherine Mansfield : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

40 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,184 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
Gary Cooper : American hero by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 1,105 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
Edmund Wilson : a biography by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This pioneering life of Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) completes the trilogy on modern American writers that Jeffrey Meyers began with his biographies of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Wilson, whom Gore Vidal called "America's best mind," had extraordinarily wide interests that ranged far beyond literature. He wrote about art, theater, music, film, and popular culture as well as political events, foreign travel, the revolutionary tradition in Europe, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Zuni and Iroquois Indians, the American Civil War, the culture and politics of Canada. He was a master of the biographical essay and the autobiographical memoir and was the greatest diarist of his time
A reader's guide to George Orwell by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

28 editions published between 1975 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 1,047 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
George Orwell : the critical heritage by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

33 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Major English novelist. Key themes: totalitarianism and English working classes. Writings include: The Road to Wigan Pier, Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty Four. Volume covers the period 1933-1969
The genius and the goddess : Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1956 wedding of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller surprised the world. The Genius and the Goddess presents an intimate portrait of the prelude to and ultimate tragedy of their short marriage. Distinguished biographer Jeffrey Meyers explores why they married, what sustained them for five years, and what ultimately destroyed their marriage and her life." "The greatest American playwright of the twentieth century and the most popular American actress both complemented and wounded one another. Marilyn craved attention and success but became dependent on drugs, alcohol, and sexual adventures. Miller experienced creative agony with her. Their marriage coincided with the creative peak of her career, yet private and public conflict caused both of them great anguish." "Meyers has crafted a dual biography based on his quarter-century friendship with Miller, interviews with major players of stage and screen during the postwar Hollywood era, and extensive archival research. He describes their secret courtship. He also reveals new information about the effect of the HUAC anti-Communist witch-hunts on Miller and his friendship with Elia Kazan. The fascinating cast of characters includes Marilyn's co-stars Sir Laurence Olivier, Yves Montand, Montgomery Clift, and Clark Gable; her leading directors John Huston, Billy Wilder, and George Cukor; and her literary friends Dame Edith Sitwell, Isak Dinesen, Saul Bellow, and Vladimir Nabokov." "Meyers offers the most in-depth account of the making and meaning of The Misfits. Written by Miller for Monroe, this now-classic film was a personal disaster. But Marilyn remained Miller's tragic muse and her character, exalted and tormented, lived on for the next forty years in his work."--Jacket
Homosexuality and literature, 1890-1930 by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

25 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Johnson : the struggle by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 796 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
John Huston : courage and art by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An actor in the 1920s and scriptwriter in the 1930s, John Huston made his dazzling directorial debut in 1941 with 'The Maltese Falcon'. His career as a filmmaker spanned some fifty-seven years and yielded thirty-seven feature films. He made most of his movies abroad, spent much of his life in Ireland and Mexico, and remains one of the most intelligent and influential filmmakers in history. With equal attention given to Huston's impressive artistic output and tempestuous personal relationships, biographer Jeffrey Meyers presents a vivid narrative of Huston's remarkably rich creative life."--Jacket
D.H. Lawrence and tradition by Jeffrey Meyers( Book )

13 editions published in 1985 in English and German and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 6 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
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Robert Frost : a biography
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Robert Frost : a biographyJoseph Conrad : a biographyEdgar Allan Poe : his life and legacyD.H. Lawrence : a biographyHemingway, a biographyOrwell : wintry conscience of a generationHemingway, the critical heritageSomerset Maugham : a life