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Elkin, Stanley 1930-1995

Works: 188 works in 670 publications in 6 languages and 22,229 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Domestic fiction  Religious fiction  Humorous fiction  Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Narrator
Classifications: PS3555.L47, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stanley Elkin
Mrs. Ted Bliss by Stanley Elkin( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of a retired senior citizen. She is Dorothy Bliss, a widow after a butcher who lives in a condo in Miami. The novel follows her everyday life--cleaning, cooking, writing letters--all the while recording her memories and her wise observations on life. A slice of life enlivened by a brush with drug dealers. By the author of George Mills
George Mills : a novel by Stanley Elkin( Book )

27 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considered by many to be Elkin's magnum opus, George Mills is, an ambitious, digressive and endlessly entertaining account of the 1,000 year history of the George Millses. From toiling as a stable boy during the crusades to working as a furniture mover, there has always been a George Mills whose lot in life is to serve important personages. But the latest in the line of true blue-collar workers may also be the last, as he obsesses about his family's history and decides to break the cycle of doomed George Millses. An inventive, unique family saga, George Mills is Elkin at his most manic, most comic and most poignant
Stanley Elkin's the magic kingdom by Stanley Elkin( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Magic Kingdom tells the story of Eddy Bale, who, determined to learn from the ghastly experience of his son's long, drawn-out death, decides to raise enough money to take seven terminally ill children to Disney World in order to give them a dream vacation before they die
The living end by Stanley Elkin( Book )

37 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stanley Elkin's short comic novel "The Living End" is a nifty, nasty blast against the Judeo-Christian tradition. By hilariously excoriating the conventional vision of the afterlife, Elkin (1930-1995) uses his fandangoing language to accuse God of cultivating an imagination that's sadistic rather than sublime. Elkin's satiric misanthropy is worthy of Twain, though it falls short of Swift. The action in "The Living End" jumps from Heaven to Hell and back, its sardonic metaphysics revolving around the sufferings of a Job-like figure, Ellerbee, a decent man who while alive makes a few small mistakes, such as keeping his liquor store open on the Sabbath. - Bill Marx on
The MacGuffin by Stanley Elkin( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Swedish and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrates forty hours in the life of Bobbo Druff, City Commissioner of Streets, aged fifty-eight whose ordered world becomes suddenly more complicated
A bad man by Stanley Elkin( Book )

34 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humorous novel concerning the owner of a department store, now imprisoned in a strange "penitentiary", who wins the warden's contempt and is tried by his fellow convicts
Van Gogh's room at Arles : three novellas by Stanley Elkin( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compared glowingly with the work of such literary masters as Faulkner, Joyce, Kafka, Beckett, and S.J. Perelman, the fiction of Stanley Elkin defies easy description or categorization - even as it defines literature at its most challenging and rewarding. No less estimable contemporary talents than John Irving, Robert Coover, John Gardner, and Richard Ford have rhapsodized - with both reverence and relish - over Elkin's dazzling originality of theme and spellbinding, playful command of language. A wheelchair-bound professor is abandoned by his wife at the worst possible time, leaving him to preside - helplessly - over a party for his students that is careening out of control ... The spurned fiancee of the Prince of England pens her furious memoirs for public consumption in a series of outrageous tabloid exposes ... And in the title work, a man awarded a foundation grant searches for his scholarly identity in a land of academic giants. Van Gogh's Room at Arles finds the profound and prodigiously creative Stanley Elkin at the peak of his powers, with three astonishing novellas that throw off wit and wisdom like sparks from the grindstone of their author's imagination
Criers and kibitzers, kibitzers and criers by Stanley Elkin( Book )

38 editions published between 1965 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each of the nine short stories collected here feature two types of people--the troubled and the troublemakers. In "The Guest" a homeless man gleefully takes credit for a robbery he did not commit. "In the Alley" tells the story of a terminally ill man who begrudgingly outlives his initial prognosis. And the satiric "I Look Out for Ed Wolfe" features a charismatic salesman auctioning off his life's possessions in order to determine his value in the world. Laced with wit, Criers & Kibitzers, Kibitzers & Criers is a keenly observed collection that puts Elkin's comic artistry on full display. This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis
How we live : contemporary life in contemporary fiction : an anthology by Penney Chapin Hills( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents "short stories, novellas, and self-contained excerpts from novels in such a way that we are given a comprehensive psychological-sociological account of our life and times."
The franchiser by Stanley Elkin( Book )

23 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ben Flesh is one of the men "who made America look like America, who made America famous." He collects franchises, traveling from state to state, acquiring the brand-name establishments that shape the American landscape. But both the nation and Ben are running out of energy. As blackouts roll through the West, Ben struggles with the onset of multiple sclerosis, and the growing realization that his lifetime quest to buy a name for himself has ultimately failed."--Jacket
The rabbi of Lud : a novel by Stanley Elkin( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 2010 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Surrounded by cemeteries in the flatlands of New Jersey, the small town of Lud is sustained by the business of death. In fact, with no synagogue and no congregation, Rabbi Jerry Goldkorn has only one true responsibility: to preside over burial services for Jews who pass away in the surrounding cities. But after the Arctic misadventures that led him to Lud, he wouldn't want to live (or die) anywhere else." "As the only living child in Lud, his daughter Connie has a different opinion of this grisly city, and she will do anything to get away from it - or at least liven it up a bit. Things get lively indeed when Connie testifies to meeting the Virgin Mary for a late-night romp through the local graveyards."--Jacket
The Dick Gibson show by Stanley Elkin( Book )

29 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Look who's on the "Dick Gibson Radio Show": Arnold the Memory Expert ("I've memorized the entire West Coast shoreline - except for cloud cover and fog banks"). Bernie Perk, the burning pharmacist. Henry Harper, the nine-year old orphan millionaire, terrified of being adopted. The woman whose life revolves around pierced lobes. An evil hypnotist. Swindlers. Con-men. And Dick Gibson himself." "Anticipating talk radio and its crazed hosts, Stanley Elkin creates a brilliant comic world held together by American manias and maniacs in all their forms, and a character who perfectly understands what Americans want and gives it to them."--Jacket
Searches and seizures by Stanley Elkin( Book )

32 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three novellas filled with humor and insight by one of America's modern literary masters. In Searches & Seizures, Elkin tells the story of the criminal, the lovelorn, and the grieving, each searching desperately for fulfillment--while on the verge of receiving much more than they bargained for. Infused with Elkin's signature wit and richly drawn characters, "The Bailbondsman, "The Making of Ashenden," and "The Condominium" are the creations of a literary virtuoso at the pinnacle of his craft. This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis
Boswell : a modern comedy by Stanley Elkin( Book )

36 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Boswell is Stanley Elkin's first and funniest novel: the comic odyssey of a twentieth-century groupie who collects celebrities as his insurance policy against death." "James Boswell - strong man, professional wrestler (his most heroic match is with the Angel of Death) - is a con man, gate crasher, and moocher of epic talent. He is also a man on the make for all the great men of his time - his logic being that if you can't be a lion, know a pride of them. Can he cheat his way out of morality?"--Jacket
Mrs. Ted Bliss by Stanley Elkin( )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs. Ted Bliss has lived on her own in a Miami condominium complex since the death of her husband, a Chicago butcher, and in learning to live in the modern world, she's made some interesting friends. Mrs. Ted is stepping out with more than one shady gentleman who is overly interested in the late Mr. Ted's Buick LeSabre
The living end by Stanley Elkin( )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A funny novel about Ellerby, a liquor store owner killed in a hold-up, who gets ushered to heaven by the Angel of Death but rerouted to hell by St. Peter
The magic kingdom by Stanley Elkin( )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Eddy Bale loses his son to a rare disease, he decides to take 7 terminally-ill children to Disney's Magic Kingdom
The Dick Gibson Show by Stanley Elkin( )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Dick Gibson first goes on the air when he has to fill in for a regular program, it's the beginning of an unquenchable passion
Pieces of soap : essays by Stanley Elkin( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of essays by the author on various topics from the first amendment to show business
Stanley Elkin's greatest hits by Stanley Elkin( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mrs. Ted Bliss
George Mills : a novelStanley Elkin's the magic kingdomThe living endThe MacGuffinA bad manVan Gogh's room at Arles : three novellasCriers and kibitzers, kibitzers and criersThe franchiser
Alternative Names
Elkin, Stanley, 1930-

Elkin, Stanley Lawrence 1930-1995

Stanley Elkin Amerikaans schrijver (1930-1995)

Stanley Elkin écrivain américain

Stanley Elkin scrittore statunitense

Элкин, Стэнли

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