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Wolfe, Peter 1933-

Overview
Works: 47 works in 213 publications in 2 languages and 13,387 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Performer
Classifications: PR6013.R44, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Peter Wolfe
 
Most widely held works by Peter Wolfe
John Fowles, magus and moralist by Peter Wolfe( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

August Wilson by Peter Wolfe( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The other works in the still unfinished cycle include: Fences (staged in 1985), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (staged in 1986), The Piano Lesson (staged in 1990), Two Trains Running (staged in 1992), and Seven Guitars (staged in 1996). In this comprehensive analysis of Wilson's theater, Peter Wolfe sees the dramatist as exploding stereotypes of the ghetto poor, with his juxtapositions of the ordinary and the African-American surreal evoking anger, affection, and sometimes a little hope. Rather than debating social issues, Wilson, Wolfe argues, concerns himself with the salvation of black Americans
Mary Renault by Peter Wolfe( Book )

8 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Mary Renault
Graham Greene; the entertainer by Peter Wolfe( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents Greene's lighter fiction, which he called entertainments, as a distinct literary genre
Rebecca West : artist and thinker by Peter Wolfe( Book )

9 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Rhys by Peter Wolfe( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Jean Rhys
The disciplined heart: Iris Murdoch and her novels by Peter Wolfe( Book )

12 editions published between 1966 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beams falling : the art of Dashiell Hammett by Peter Wolfe( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book published on Hammett since 1969, Wolfe interprets leading themes, considers important social issues raised by them and fills in the necessary historical background
Yukio Mishima by Peter Wolfe( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features a collection of Internet resources about the Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), compiled by Catharton.com. Provides access to listservs, online chat rooms, and message boards focusing on the author, as well as biographical sketches of him
Something more than night : the case of Raymond Chandler by Peter Wolfe( Book )

6 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dreamers who live their dreams : the world of Ross Macdonald's novels by Peter Wolfe( Book )

7 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laden choirs : the fiction of Patrick White by Peter Wolfe( Book )

15 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1973 the Australian novelist Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the year that his great novel of family ties and change, The Eye of the Storm, was published and became a bestseller in America and Europe. Yet White is still not widely known or read, and few writers of today have provoked so many contradictory judgments.Now Peter Wolfe has written the first book-length study of the work of this brilliant and haunting novelist. The study offers a subtle, penetrating examination of White's style, his skill in building narrative tension, and also the depth and complexity reflecte
Critical essays on Patrick White( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Corridors of deceit : the world of John le Carré by Peter Wolfe( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Alan Bennett by Peter Wolfe( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vision of his own : the mind and art of William Gaddis by Peter Wolfe( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His practice of splintering traditional storytelling modes forces us to seek merit and value along the margins. Also, by keeping the chronology of his books vague, he transmits the pressure his people feel living amid guidelines and controls that can't be seen or felt, let alone made sense of. What remains, through it all, is the richness of his moral imagination. His explorations of identity and survival stir unerring insights into the depths of human behavior
Graham Greene : man of paradox by Graham Greene( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of hard-to-find interviews, spanning a period of fifty years, which give insight into the well-known concerns of Greene, and, together with excerpts on topics of his varying interests, range from his conversion to Catholicism to the job of the writer, and his views on novelists, politicians, and a novelist's material
Understanding Penelope Fitzgerald by Peter Wolfe( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With readings of a broad range of her published works, including her final novel, The Blue Flower, Wolfe describes the unfolding of Fitzgerald's writing as a subtle, ongoing process. He maintains that the novels, though plain and rambling at first glance, grow fuller, stranger, and more stirring the more we invest in them. He details Fitzgerald's skill at sequencing events so as to unsettle readers and her ability to enhance motifs by not leaning too hard on them. Wolfe suggests that Fitzgerald's refusal to overplay effects and emotions, while at first puzzling in its disdain for drama, turns out to be one of her chief virtues, for she enables larger associations to emerge as she keeps big dramatic scenes from interfering with wider patterns."--Jacket
Like hot knives to the brain : James Ellroy's search for himself by Peter Wolfe( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Often more disturbing than entertaining, James Ellroy is an author who never shies away from the ugly or repellent. Peter Wolfe examines how Ellroy transcends the genres of pulp and neo-noir fiction to write stories that are both psychologically haunting and culturally relevant. Wolfe skillfully combines biography - including the unsolved murder of Ellroy's mother - with literary analysis to provide a fascinating and readable study of this popular author. The first in-depth companion to the work of James Ellroy, Like Hot Knives to the Brain will interest students of popular culture, mystery readers, and crime buffs everywhere."--Jacket
In the zone : the twilight world of Rod Serling by Peter Wolfe( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Twilight Zone explores the possibilities inhering in the ordinary. A Twilight Zone episode can move us by being poignant and intimate, rambunctious or thought provoking. It can also be orchestrated as a set of intertwined plot developments or as a serial progression. But regardless of whether it takes place on an asteroid, in a city pool room, or in the backwoods, it will usually convey both a folklorist's eye for detail and the born raconteur's sense of pace. Rod Serling, the show's founder, main scriptwriter, and artistic director, knew how much burden he could place on his rhetorical and dramatic gifts. Deservedly celebrated as a pioneer in TV science fiction, he also writes about history and loyalty, the grip of everyday reality, and the dangers of both forgetting about one's ghosts and giving them the upper hand
 
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English (152)

French (1)

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Something more than night : the case of Raymond ChandlerCorridors of deceit : the world of John le CarréUnderstanding Alan BennettA vision of his own : the mind and art of William GaddisGraham Greene : man of paradoxUnderstanding Penelope FitzgeraldLike hot knives to the brain : James Ellroy's search for himselfIn the zone : the twilight world of Rod Serling