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Schmidgall, Gary 1945-

Overview
Works: 20 works in 113 publications in 2 languages and 10,221 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Librettos  Opera programs  Literature  Drama  Musical settings  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: ML3858, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Gary Schmidgall
Literature as opera by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

16 editions published between 1977 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walt Whitman : a gay life by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walt Whitman was a man of stunning contradictions. The publication of "Song of Myself" transformed him from an obscure poet into the voice of a nation. But Leaves of Grass, published in 1855, shocked the literary world with its avant-garde style and unabashed portrayal of the self. Committed to the full expression of his physical and intellectual lives, Whitman, ironically, spent much of his life masking his true sexuality behind an ambiguous cloak of respectability. Walt Whitman: A Gay Life is the first biography to illuminate the vital connection between Whitman's life as a homosexual and his legacy as a landmark literary artist. Here is the story of his encounter with the young Oscar Wilde, one of the most intriguing meetings of minds in literary history. Here, too, are the unadorned details about Whitman's relationship with Peter Doyle, his longtime companion, as well as the explicit poems Whitman suppressed from later editions of his published work
Walt Whitman : selected poems, 1855-1892 : a new edition by Walt Whitman( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this provocative edition, Whitman biographer Gary Schmidgall presents more than 200 of Whitman's finest poems, written during the creative and sexual prime of his life. Line drawings. 7 photos
The stranger Wilde : interpreting Oscar by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

14 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Stranger Wilde sidesteps standard chronological biography to provide a brilliant portait drawn from Wilde's own writings and the observations of his contemporaries and later critics, set against the backdrop of Victorian convention, which was to undo him in the end. Here is Wilde in all his many guises: as flamboyant Oxford undergraduate, as aesthete in America, as son and brother, as husband and father, as lover and seducer of young men. Here is the celebrated author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray and the outrageous figure who went deliberately, defiantly to ruin and imprisonment. Even confirmed Wilde connoisseurs will find this book full of surprises. And for those who know him only as a writer of scathing wit and scandalous appeal, this dazzling biography will introduce a complex, paradoxical artist of genius, whose legend pales beside the provocative and fascinating truth
Shakespeare and the courtly aesthetic by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare & opera by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giuseppe Verdi, La traviata by Walther Wossidlo( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfredo falls in love with the beautiful courtesan, Violetta Valery, who is dying from consumption. Violetta is persuaded by Giorgio, Alfredo's father, to sacrifice her happiness with Alfredo for the sake of family honor
Shakespeare and the poet's life by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare and the Poet's Life explores a central biographical question: why did Shakespeare choose to cease writing sonnets and court-focused long poems like The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis and continue writing plays? Author Gary Schmidgall persuasively demonstrates the value of contemplating the professional reasons Shakespeare -- or any poet of the time -- ceased being an Elizabethan court poet and focused his efforts on drama and the Globe. Students of Shakespeare and of Renaissance poetry will find Schmidgall's approach and conclusions both challenging and illuminating
Containing multitudes : Walt Whitman and the British literary tradition by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walt Whitman burst onto the literary stage raring for a fight with his transatlantic forebears. With the unmetered and unrhymed long lines of Leaves of Grass, he blithely forsook "the old models" declaring that "poems distilled from other poems will probably pass away." In a self-authored but unsigned review of the inaugural 1855 edition, Whitman boasted that its influence-free author "makes no allusions to books or writers; their spirits do not seem to have touched him." There was more than a hint here of a party-crasher's bravado or a new-comer's anxiety about being perceived as derivative. But the giants of British literature were too well established in America to be toppled by Whitman's patronizing "that wonderful little island," he called England-or his frequent assertions that Old World literature was non grata on American soil. As Gary Schmidgall demonstrates, the American bard's manuscripts, letters, prose criticism, and private conversations all reveal that Whitman's negotiation with the literary "big fellows" across the Atlantic was much more nuanced and contradictory than might be supposed. His hostile posture also changed over the decades as the gymnastic rebel transformed into Good Gray Poet, though even late in life he could still crow that his masterwork Leaves of Grass "is an iconoclasm, it starts out to shatter the idols of porcelain." Containing Multitudes explores Whitman's often uneasy embrace of five members of the British literary pantheon: Shakespeare, Milton, Burns, Blake, and Wordsworth (five others are treated more briefly: Scott, Carlyle, Tennyson, Wilde, and Swinburne). It also considers how the arcs of their creative careers are often similar to the arc of Whitman's own fifty years of poem-making. Finally, it seeks to illuminate the sometimes striking affinities between the views of these authors and Whitman on human nature and society. Though he was loath to admit it, these authors anticipated much that we now see as quintessentially Whitmanic. --Provided by publisher
Intimate with Walt : selections from Whitman's conversations with Horace Traubel, 1888-1892 by Horace Traubel( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In March 1888 Horace Traubel, Whitman's loyal and hardworking assistant, began to record his almost daily conversations with the most famous resident of Camden. The result: more than 1,900,000 words that were eventually published between 1906 and 1996 in nine volumes. Titled With Walt Whitman in Camden, these volumes contain much that is mundane and repetitive, but they also include many passages crucial for a full and humane understanding of America's first great national poet
Conserving Walt Whitman's fame : selections from Horace Traubel's Conservator, 1890-1919 by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is now difficult to imagine that, in the years before Whitman's death in 1892, there was real doubt in the minds of Whitman and his literary circle whether Leaves of Grass would achieve lasting fame. Much of the critical commentary in the first decade after his burial in Camden was as negative as that in Boston's Christian Register, which spoke of Whitman as someone who "succeeded in writing a mass of trash without form, rhythm, or vitality."" "That the balance finally tipped toward admiration, culminating in Whitman's acceptance into the literary canon, was due substantially to the unflagging labor of Horace Traubel, famous for his nine volumes of Whitman conversations but less well known for his provocative monthly journal of socialist politics and avant-garde culture, the Conservator." "Conserving Walt Whitman's Fame offers a generous selection from the enormous trove of Whitman-related materials that Traubel included in the 352 issues of the Conservator. Among the revelatory, perceptive, and often entertaining items presented here are the most illuminating of the Conservator's more than 150 topical essays on Whitman and memoirs by many of his friends and literary cohorts that shed new light on the poet, his work, and his critical reception. Also important is the richer understanding these pages afford of Horace Traubel's own sophisticated, deeply humane, and feisty views of America."--Jacket
Two plays by Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains an introduction by Gary Schmidgall and two interviews with the playwright
Walt Whitman : selected poems 1855-1892 by Walt Whitman( Book )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems : 1855 - 1892 by Walt Whitman( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfredo falls in love with the beautiful courtesan, Violetta Valery, who is dying from consumption. Violetta is persuaded by Giorgio, Alfredo's father, to sacrifice her happiness with Alfredo for the sake of family honor
Intimate With Walt by Horace Traubel( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Shakespeare and the countly aesthetic by Gary Schmidgall( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Conserving Walt Whitman's Fame: Selections from Horace Traubel's Conservator, 1890-1919 (Iowa Whitman series) by Horace Traubel( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Intimate With Walt: Selections from Whitman's Conversations With Horace Traubel, 1888-1892 (Iowa Whitman series) by Horace Traubel( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The picture of dorian gray and three stories by Gary Schmidgall( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde's full-length novel, a fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Also included in the volume are three of the Irish master storyteller's short works: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime The Happy Prince The Birthbday of the Infanta
 
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Walt Whitman : a gay life
Alternative Names
Schmidgall, Gary R. 1945-

Languages
English (107)

Latin (1)

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Walt Whitman : selected poems, 1855-1892 : a new editionThe stranger Wilde : interpreting OscarShakespeare & operaShakespeare and the poet's lifeIntimate with Walt : selections from Whitman's conversations with Horace Traubel, 1888-1892Conserving Walt Whitman's fame : selections from Horace Traubel's Conservator, 1890-1919Two plays by Oscar WildeWalt Whitman : selected poems 1855-1892Selected poems : 1855 - 1892