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Costa, Richard Hauer

Overview
Works: 19 works in 90 publications in 2 languages and 6,840 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Bibliography  Diaries  Records and correspondence  Interviews  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR5776, 823.912
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Most widely held works about Richard Hauer Costa
 
Most widely held works by Richard Hauer Costa
H.G. Wells by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

28 editions published between 1966 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents 2 sides of Wells and develops each with biographical comments and excerpts from appropriate works
An appointment with Somerset Maugham : and other literary encounters by Richard Hauer Costa( )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Now, just ask yourself," Maugham said without the least suggestion of a stutter, "wouldn't it be a dreadful world if pleasure ruled?" But pleasure has ruled Richard Costa's world - the pleasure of books and their writers. In this charming and insightful reminiscence, he introduces readers to a host of literary lives that have touched him: Somerset Maugham, H.G. Wells, Malcolm Lowry, Conrad Aiken, Edmund Wilson, Kingsley Amis, Dorothy Parker, Edith Wharton, and others." "The journey of the mind and heart Costa traces has some illustrious guides. Reading and re-reading the works of memorable writers of our time, interviewing them, and writing about them, he has woven literature into his life in a way that provides illumination and just plain interest for those who read the story here. In his intellectual and literary chronicle, readers will find much humor, much memory, and much food for thought."--Jacket
Malcolm Lowry by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

11 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alison Lurie by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nowhere is this pursuit more evident than in Lurie's fiction or better expressed than by the protagonist of her most recent novel, The Truth about Lorin Jones, whose goal it is "to write a book that would tell the whole contusing contradictory truth ... let the devil take the hindmost." Nearly all of Lurie's protagonists are women, and Costa takes as one of his major themes the author's desire to unmask them. In a process of liberation often catalyzed by a passionate sexual relationship, each woman's true character is exposed as Lurie leads her to genuine self-knowledge, something that, Costa argues, Lurie values above all else and at almost any cost. Costa links the themes of Lurie's major nonfiction works, The Language of Clothes and Don't Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children's Literature, with her fiction. The ideas in The Language of Clothes, a study of the conscious and unconscious use of clothing as a means of self-expression, inform many of Lurie's novels, he writes, where dress often "sends out an unspoken signal from one character to another." The sentiment of Don't Tell the Grown-ups, in which Lurie praises those children's books that "express ideas and emotions not generally approved of" and that "view social pretenses with clear-eyed directness," is in good keeping with the satirical sensibility conveyed in Lurie's novels. Lurie's impatience with artifice and self-deception, Costa writes, is evident throughout her work." "Alison Lurie also includes an overview of the critical assessment of Lurie's writings, and Costa addresses the viewpoints of both detractors and admirers. Critics have been unanimous, however, in their appreciation for Lurie's lucid prose style and her acute powers of observation. She is among the most gifted American novelists writing today."--Jacket
Edmund Wilson, our neighbor from Talcottville by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in 3 languages and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Safe at home : a baseball wife's story by Sharon Hargrove( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sharon Hargrove, wife of Mike Hargrove, formerly a big league baseball player, recounts the domestic side of the sport
A Malcolm Lowry catalogue by J. Howard Woolmer( Book )

6 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Quest for Eridanus : the evolving art of Malcolm Lowry's Under the volcano by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 1982 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wells and the cosmic despair by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ulysses, Lowry's Volcano, and the voyage between; a study of an unacknowledged literary kinship by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The researched novel : definition, explication of five examples, and theoretical discussion of research in fiction by Carlson Ward Yost( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the role of research in the novel. The "researched novel" is defined as a work of fiction founded upon a particular area of information that illuminates or explores a particular "truth" that is usually unrecognized or misunderstood. Thomas More's History of Richard III is posited as the first novel and the first researched novel in English. Other historically influential authors are Daniel Defoe, Sir Walter Scott, and James Joyce. Five researched novels deemed to have literary merit were examined: (a) Thomas More's History is an extended ironic narrative fiction and would be considered a novel if written today. Many of More's ironies depend on the common knowledge of readers of his day. Much of the irony can be elucidated with only a rudimentary knowledge of Tudor England. (b) Michael Crichton's Great Train Robbery is a "thriller." Crichton integrates a large number of facts from the Victorian Era with the behavior of his characters to illustrate several fallacious beliefs about the nature of crime and criminals. (c) George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman is a "feigned memoir" borrowing the famous bully from Tom Brown's Schooldays to examine the character and behavior of many people who actually lived during Victoria's reign. Fraser's readers must continually judge whether he has fairly illustrated the effects of character upon behavior. (d) William Golding's Inheritors is a form of science fiction using the known facts about Neanderthal Man to pursue an extended comparison and contrast. He creates many puzzles that require readers to examine basic philsophical, theological, and scientific reasoning. (e) Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time is a detective novel in which Tey examines the guilt or innocence of Richard III and the nature of historiography. The dissertation concludes with relation of the models for reading of John Henry Newman, Hans Vaihinger, David Hackett Fischer, Wayne C. Booth, and C.S. Lewis to the five explicated texts. It is concluded that an active, questioning reader both learns more and enjoys reading more than the reader who attempts to passively and totally absorb a text in a single reading
H.G. Wells, literary Journalist : a study of the journalistic methods and devices found i his novels and tracts by Richard Hauer Costa( )

1 edition published in 1949 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

H.G Wells by Richard Hauer Costa by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ulysses, Lowry's volcano, and the voyage between : a study of an unacknowledged literary kinship by Richard Hauer Costa( )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Papers of Alan Cheuse by Alan Cheuse( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tape recordings include Cheuse, Mary Lee Settle and George Garrett reading from their work, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Gala, 1995, The Diane Rehm Show Readers' Review, and the Talk of the Nation Bookclub of the air
Play as a formal paradigm in modern fiction by Sura Prasad Rath( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This study investigates the function of game-play as a structuring device in modern fiction and proposes a formal paradigm for fictional narratives using the rhetoric of play. It surveys the philosophical, psychological, sociological, and literary discussions of play from Plato to modern times, and suggests that a ludic context presents four essential features: the ethos of game-play is separate from and independent of the common reality of everyday living; a game takes place within limited time and space; so that it begins with the entry of the players in a play arena and ends with their return from there; a game controls and is controlled by the players, its rules functioning as the determinants of interaction among the players just as social, political, religious and economic constraints structure life outside play; and game involves a frame of mind in which the paradoxical realities of play and non-play come together toward either a coalescence or clash. Historically, fictional form has depended on the world view of people living in the author's milieu and the moment. The biblical mythos, beginning with Genesis and ending with Apocalypse, colored the world picture of early Western writers; and the secular model of human life--birth, reproduction, and death--replaced it in the eighteenth century. The ludic fiction of our time provides a new view of human life and the world. The formal paradigm for the fictional representation of this new view has five parts: Seclusion; Escape and Observation; Equation, Interpretation, and Discovery; Connection and Return; and Celebration. The order of these five "indispensable elements" exhibits a progression from an initial conflict to its final resolution, the moment of discovery coming during a ritualized symbolic imitation of life, which is play, rather than during the regular activities of the protagonist. The model presents the narrative structure as a process of inversion, and concludes that ludic fiction has a circular form rather than a linear one. The model is applied to Henry Roth's Call It Sleep, Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) : the wages of neglect by Richard Hauer Costa( )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Upstate; records and recollections of northern New York by Edmund Wilson( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Edmund Wilson, son of Edmund Wilson, was born in 1895 in Red Bank, New Jersey. He married Mary McCarthy
 
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An appointment with Somerset Maugham : and other literary encounters
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