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Scharnhorst, Gary

Works: 93 works in 350 publications in 1 language and 27,891 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Interviews  History  Biographies  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  Encyclopedias  Poetry  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Translator, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: PS1029.A3, 813.4
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Most widely held works by Gary Scharnhorst
Mark Twain : the complete interviews by Mark Twain( )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is an annotated and indexed scholarly edition of every known interview with Mark Twain spanning his entire career. In these interviews, Twain discusses such topical issues as his lecture style, his writings, and his bankruptcy, while holding forth on such timeless issues as human nature, politics, war and peace, government corruption, humor, race relations, imperialism, international copyright, the elite, and his impressions of other writers (Howells, Gorky, George Bernard Shaw, Tennyson, Longfellow, Kipling, Hawthorne, Dickens, Bret Harte, among others)
Oscar Wilde in America : the interviews by Oscar Wilde( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Confronted at every turn by an insatiable audience of sometimes hostile interviewers, the young poet tried out a number of phrases, ideas, and strategies that ultimately made him famous as a novelist and playwright. Seeing America and Americans for the first time, Wilde's perception often proved as sharp as his wit; the echoes of both resound in much of his later writings. His interviewers also succeeded in getting him to talk about many other topics, from his opinions of British and American writers (he thought Poe was America's greatest poet) to his views of Mormonism. This volume cites all ninety-one of Wilde's interviews and contains transcripts of forty-eight of them, and it also includes his lecture on his travels in America."--Jacket
Twain in his own time : a biographical chronicle of his life, drawn from recollections, interviews, and memoirs by family, friends, and associates by Gary Scharnhorst( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Never one to suffer fools gladly, especially if they wore crinolines, Mark Twain lost as many friends as he made, and he targeted them all indiscriminately. The first major American writer born west of the Mississippi River, he enjoys a reputation unrivaled in American literary history, and from the beginning of his career he tried to control that reputation by fiercely protecting his public persona. Not a debunking account of Twain's life but immune from his relentless image making, this book offers an anecdotal version of Twain's life over which the master spin doctor had virtually no control. The ninety-four recollections gathered form an unsanitized, collaborative biography designed to provide a multitude of perspectives on the iconic author. Opening with an interview with his mother that has never been reprinted, it includes memoirs by his daughters and by men who knew him when he was roughing it in Nevada and California, an interview with the pilot who taught him to navigate the Mississippi River, reminiscences from his illustrators E.M. Kemble and Dan Beard and two of his so called adolescent angelfish, contributions from politicians and from such literary figures as Dan De Quille and George Bernard Shaw, and one of the most damning assessments of his character, by the author Frank Harris, ever published. Each entry is introduced by a brief explanation of its historical and cultural context; explanatory notes provide further information about people and places; and the introduction and chronology of Twain's eventful life are comprehensive and detailed. Dozens of primary sources published incrementally over more than eighty years, most recorded after his death, illustrate the complexities of this flamboyant, outspoken personality in a way that no single biographer could
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's In this our world and uncollected poems by Charlotte Perkins Gilman( )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the 149 poems from In this our world and 112 previously uncollected poems
The Old West in the old world : lost plays by Bret Harte and Sam Davis by Bret Harte( )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the plays The Luck of Roaring Camp, by Bret Harte, and The Prince of Timbuctoo, by Sam Davis
Mark Twain on potholes and politics : letters to the editor by Gary Scharnhorst( )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A frequent outlet for Twain's wit was in letters to the editors of various newspapers and periodicals. Sharing his thoughts and opinions on topical issues ranging from national affairs to local social events, with swipes along the way at woman suffrage, potholes, literary piracy and other scams, slow mail delivery, police corruption, capital punishment, and the removal of Huck Finn from libraries, Twain never hesitated to speak his mind. From his opinions on the execution of an intellectually brilliant murderer, to his scathing review of a bureau he perceived as "a pack of idiots" running on a currency of doughnuts, Twain's pure, unbridled voice is evident throughout his letters. -- Book jacket."
Julian Hawthorne : the life of a prodigal son by Gary Scharnhorst( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horatio Alger, Jr. by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

20 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Horatio Alger, Jr
Selected letters of Bret Harte by Bret Harte( )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For this edition, noted scholar Gary Scharnhorst has selected 259 letters (including 144 that are new to scholarship) from more than 2,000 Bret Harte letters known to exist. Scharnhorst's lively introduction and comprehensive notes give general readers and specialists immediate access to the literary and social milieus in which Harte lived and worked. A painstaking correspondent, Bret Harte created in his letters fascinating vignettes of life on several fronts during the latter half of the nineteenth century - San Francisco's fledgling society of the 1860s, the literary scene in New York and Boston in the 1870s, the Reconstruction South, and the Continent and British Isles through the turn of the twentieth century. As a fiction writer, playwright, and diplomat, Harte knew, sometimes intimately, many of the most prominent women and men of his day, including such writers as Mark Twain and Henry James, such actors as Lawrence Barrett and Annie Russell, and such politicians as John Hay and Herbert Bismarck. This unexpurgated edition of Bret Harte's letters, the first in more than seventy years, chronicles the life of a pioneering western American writer who became a creature of the literary marketplace. Among other life events, the edition details Harte's increasingly troubled relationship with Samuel Clemens and includes all known letters from Harte to Clemens
Sinclair Lewis remembered( )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sinclair Lewis Remembered is a collection of reminiscences and memoirs by contemporaries, friends, and associates of Lewis that offers a revealing and intimate portrait of this complex and significant Nobel Prize-winning American writer. After a troubled career as a student at Yale, Sinclair Lewis turned to literature as his livelihood, publishing numerous works of popular fiction that went largely unnoticed by critics. With the 1920s, however, came Main Street, Lewis's first critical success, which was soon followed by Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and Dodsworth - five of the most influential social novels in the history of American letters, all written within one decade. Each work drew from the Midwestern sensibilities Lewis recalled from his childhood, and introduced new terms into the contemporary lexicon, such as Main Streeter and Babbittry. Nevertheless, Lewis's Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930 led to controversy. Writers such as Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, and Thomas Mann expressed their disagreement with the decision. Unable to match his previous success, Lewis suffered from alcoholism, alienated colleagues, and embraced radical political positions. The nadir for Lewis's literary reputation was Mark Schorer's 1961 biography Sinclair Lewis: An American Life, which helped to legitimize the dismissal of Lewis's entire body of work. Recent scholarly research has seen a resurgence of interest in Lewis and his writings. The multiple and varied perspectives found in Sinclair Lewis Remembered provide uncompromised glimpses of a complicated writer who should not be forgotten. The more than 115 contributions to this volume include writings by Upton Sinclair, Edna Ferber, Alfred Harcourt, Samuel Putnam, H.L. Mencken, John Hersey, Hallie Flanagan, and many others."--Jacket
Charlotte Perkins Gilman by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The lost life of Horatio Alger, Jr. by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bret Harte by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Integrates literary criticism and biography in a comprehensive look at Harte's life and career
American history through literature, 1870-1920 by Tom Quirk( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed for the general reader, this new three-volume set presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set, which is ``new historicist'' in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history. The set features more than 250 survey entries. Subjects include: political topics (Reform, Women's Suffrage); ideas in context (Scientific Materialsim, Darwinism); values (Assimilation, Success); society (Labor, Mass Marketing); genres (Science Fiction, War Writing); popular entertainment (Baseball, Boxing); publishing (Scribner's Magazine); works of literature and nonfiction (``Billy Budd, '' ``The Theory of the Leisure Class''); and much more. The analysis of a wide range of classics in American literature, viewed as cultural and historical documents, cultivates critical skills in reading texts from various perspectives, including aesthetic, biographical, social, historical, racial and gendered
American realism and the canon by Tom Quirk( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of twelve essays focuses on a variety of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century texts to illustrate the unprecedented flexibility of the realist mode in American fiction and poetry. As the volume demonstrates, the realist era was hospitable to a multitude of writers - including Mark Twain, W.D. Howells, and Bret Harte, as well as such newly canonized figures as Marietta Holly, Abraham Cahan, Frances Ellen Harper, Sui Sin Far, and Zitkala-Sa - who voiced the most urgent concerns of race and ethnicity, gender, class, and region. In all, these essays not only participate in the ongoing recanonization of American literature but reconstruct the literary history of the period by raising theoretical questions, addressing social and ideological issues, and revaluing literary tradition."--Jacket
Bret Harte : opening the American literary West by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first Harte biography in nearly seventy years to be written entirely from primary sources, this book documents Harte's personal relationships and, in addition, his negotiations with various publishers, agents, and theatrical producers as he exploited popular interest in the American West."--Jacket
The critical response to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The scarlet letter( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain at home : how family shaped Twain's fiction by Michael J Kiskis( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the influence of domesticity on the writing and career of Samuel Clemens, reframing with rich biographical detail and historical context Twain's major late-nineteenth century work
Mainly the truth : interviews with Mark Twain by Mark Twain( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mainly the Truth is a collection of the most colorful and vivacious interviews that Mark Twain gave to newspapers and reporters throughout his career. A master storyteller and raconteur, Twain understood the value of publicity, and these interviews capture Twain both at his most lively and in moments of candor and introspection."--Back cover
Nathaniel Hawthorne : an annotated bibliography of comment and criticism before 1900 by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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American history through literature, 1870-1920
Oscar Wilde in America : the interviewsTwain in his own time : a biographical chronicle of his life, drawn from recollections, interviews, and memoirs by family, friends, and associatesThe Old West in the old world : lost plays by Bret Harte and Sam DavisHoratio Alger, Jr.Selected letters of Bret HarteAmerican history through literature, 1870-1920Bret Harte : opening the American literary WestThe critical response to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The scarlet letterMainly the truth : interviews with Mark Twain
Alternative Names
Scharnhorst, G. 1950-

Scharnhorst, G. F. 1950-

Scharnhorst, Gary F.

Scharnhorst, Gary F. 1950-

Scharnhorst Gary Francis 1950-....

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