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Costa, Richard Hauer

Works: 20 works in 87 publications in 2 languages and 6,871 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Bibliography  Diaries  Academic theses  Records and correspondence  Interviews 
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 2,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents 2 sides of Wells and develops each with biographical comments and excerpts from appropriate works
Malcolm Lowry by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

9 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 819 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 558 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 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An appointment with Somerset Maugham : and other literary encounters by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 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
Safe at home : a baseball wife's story by Sharon Hargrove( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 156 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 110 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

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

Women in the novels of John Updike : a critical study by Carol Ann Stanley Deen( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although a few of the women characters in John Updike's early novels have received some critical consideration, there has been no thorough study of the women in all of his novels. This dissertation analyzes and evaluates the women characters in The Poorhouse Fair (1959), Rabbit, Run (1960), The Centaur (1963), Of the Farm (1965), Couples (1968), Bech (1970), Rabbit Redux (1971), A Month of Sundays (1975), Marry Me (1976), and The Coup (1978). It also provides a biographical chapter on Updike. John Updike's first five novels, as well as his seventh novel Rabbit Redux, create major female characters who are stabilizing forces. Amelia Mortis, Bessie Jamiesson, and Elizabeth Heinemann in The Poorhouse Fair; Mary Angstrom and Ruth Leonard in Rabbit, Run; Cassie Caldwell in The Centaur; Mary Robinson and Peggy Robinson in Of the Farm; Angela Hanema and Foxy Whitman in Couples; and Mary Angstrom in Rabbit Redux are women who show individual strength of character and who provide a reference point of stability for the male protagonists. Updike creates less vivid portrayals of women as stabilizing forces in Bech and in Marry Me. Ekaterina Ryleyeva, Vera Glavanakova, and Hannah Bech in Bech, and Ruth Conant in Marry Me are intelligent, independent, and efficient women who are seen by the male protagonists as possessing an inner stability. Through his careful and compassionate development of women as stabilizing forces, Updike suggests that stability is an admirable and desirable trait in women. Because his mother is a strong-willed, self-confident, and independent woman, Updike certainly has had her vitality in mind as he has created these women. Updike reveals, tonally and dramatically, a lack of respect and concern for those women who are wholly sexual. He portrays several women entirely as sexual objects: Janice Angstrom in Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux; Jill Pendleton, Peggy Fosnacht, and Mim Angstrom in Rabbit Redux; all the wives in Couples except Angela Hanema and Foxy Whitman; Norma Lachett in Bech; Alicia Crick, Jane Marshfield, and Frankie Harlow in A Month of Sundays; Kadongolimi, Candace Cunningham, Sattina, Sheba, and Kutunda in The Coup
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

The boxer-hero as literary tragic figure : a study in contemporary relocation by Stephen Elliott Stone( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander Solzhenitsyn declared in his Nobel Prize speech that literature best conveys the life experience of humans from nation to nation, from century to century. It is to that record that future generations will go to discover the mythos by which a given society endures. Heroism is the special prerogative of no single era. True, Periclean Greece and Elizabethan England- to name only two- provided the terrain, especially in their literature, for heroism to flourish. This study has sought to locate a single modern counterpart to one of classical tragedy’s staple figures, the warrior-hero. It has found him, in new guise in the boxer-hero of contemporary literature. The contemporary relocation of this concept is illustrated in the selected works of seven American authors who published their novels, short stories, and plays during the period 1925 to 1969. For the purpose of this study the literary heritage of Ernest Hemingway becomes a transitional force. Hemingway draws heroic fervor from ancient sources while making his heros subject to the peculiar “lostness” of this century. Chapter II of this study follows the linkage, through selected examples in Hemingway’s work, between sport and the hero. It chronicles the interpenetration of both by the tragic sense. The Cuban fisherman-hero of Hemingway’s novel, The Old Man and The Sea, becomes for this thesis a prototypical sports hero serving to represent one enactment of the tragic warrior hero relocated in a modern setting
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
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
"Take me out to the ballgame" : baseball as determinant in selected American fiction by David Boles Merrell( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Serious baseball fiction has been narrated from several different perspectives. Among the best American baseball novels are Ring Lardner's "You Know Me Al," a first person epistolary novel; Mark Harris' "The Southpaw," "Band the Drum Slowly," and "A Ticket for a Seamstitch," a trilogy of first person central novels; Philip Roth's "The Great American Novel," using the first person peripheral viewpoint; Bernard Malamud's "The Natural," a third person omniscient narrative that focuses mainly on a central character; and Robert Coover's "The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.," a metafictional novel using a central reflector before moving into an unmediated presentation of the fictional world within the fiction. Tin these novels baseball serves as a determinant of microcosm, character, structure, action, and ethics. Baseball's ordered society provides a workable microcosm for America, for it is filled with both stereotyped and particularized representatives of many segments of American society. Lardner places his fictional characters in the midst of actual major league players. Harris and Malamud present fictional teams within the context of major leagues peopled by fictional characters. Roth creates a fictional league parallel to the majors. Coover's microcosm is complete in an association created by J. Henry Waugh, his central character. The combination of meticulous statistics and myriad legends gives an author both individuals and stereotypes upon which to base his characters. Characters may be based on the stereotypes of the rookie or star or on the peculiarities of a Babe Ruth or a Joe Jackson. Characters may also be developed by their baseball actions or their attitudes toward the game. The novels use the season cycle of baseball as the determinant providing the time frame of the action. In addition, the feeling of baseball time as determined by the individual game suggests the timeless past and the timeless future, for game time is not controlled by a clock, being endless - incomplete until the last out is made and a decision reached
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

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

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

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

in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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An appointment with Somerset Maugham : and other literary encounters
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Upstate; records and recollections of northern New York