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Costa, Richard Hauer

Works: 19 works in 90 publications in 2 languages and 6,856 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 2,500 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( )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,974 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 )

10 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What Kind of Nation is an account of the bitter and protracted struggle between two titans of the early republic over the power of the presidency and the independence of the judiciary. The clash between fellow Virginians (and second cousins) Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall remains the most decisive confrontation between a president and a chief justice in American history. Fought in private as well as in full public view, their struggle defined basic constitutional relationships in the early days of the republic and resonates still in debates over the role of the federal government vis-a-vis the states and the authority of the Supreme Court to interpret laws." "More than 150 years after Jefferson's and Marshall's deaths, their words and achievements still reverberate in constitutional debate and political battle. What Kind of Nation is a dramatic rendering of a bitter struggle between two shrewd politicians and powerful statesmen that helped create a United States."--BOOK JACKET
Alison Lurie by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Praised for her wit, psychological insight, and incisive assessment of the complexities of modern life, Alison Lurie has been hailed as the contemporary counterpart of both Jane Austen and Henry James. In such novels as The War between the Tates and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Affairs, Lurie has plied her elegant prose style to explore the dynamics of marriage, loneliness, self-delusion, and self-discovery with a vivid awareness of the surrounding social climate--be it the tumultuousness of the 1960s or the self-absorption of the 1980s." "Richard Hauer Costa's Alison Lurie is the first book-length study to appraise Lurie's major works of adult fiction and nonfiction. Beginning with her memoir of poet and playwright V.R. Lang, first published in 1959, Costa traces the evolution of Lurie's writings as she expands the boundaries of her imaginative and intellectual territories while retaining her capacity to investigate them with a relentless, unflinching pursuit of the truth."
Edmund Wilson, our neighbor from Talcottville by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in 3 languages and held by 505 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 155 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 )

5 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 112 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

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

in Undetermined 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
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

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

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

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
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 1 WorldCat member library 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
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An appointment with Somerset Maugham : and other literary encounters
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Costa, Richard H.

Hauer Costa, Richard

Upstate; records and recollections of northern New York