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Bales, Jack

Overview
Works: 29 works in 70 publications in 1 language and 4,117 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biographical fiction  Biographies  Bibliography  Interviews  History  Sea stories  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS1029.A3, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Jack Bales
 
Most widely held works by Jack Bales
The lost life of Horatio Alger, Jr. by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kenneth Roberts by Jack Bales( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Readers who enjoy American history dramatized as rousing adventure fiction have always been the ideal audience for the novels of Kenneth Roberts, who, from the late 1930s to his death in 1957, was one of the most popular historical novelists in the United States. A globe-trotting journalist for the Saturday Evening Post and many other popular periodicals, Roberts channeled his enthusiasm for American history into eight novels, including Arundel (1930), Oliver Wiswell (1940), and his most famous work, Northwest Passage (1937). Acknowledging a lifetime of literary homage to all that is American - from vivid depictions of some of the grimmest moments in Revolutionary battle to a staunch defense of the merits of Maine all the way down to its cooking - the Pulitzer Committee presented Roberts with a special prize in 1957."--BOOK JACKET. "In this first book-length account of Roberts's life and letters, Jack Bales thoroughly reviews and analyzes the author's enormous literary output, which has for the most part been ignored by scholarly critics and historians. Following Roberts's career chronologically - and offering a lively assortment of his comments along the way - Bales identifies Roberts's storytelling ability as that which places him at the apex of the genre. The first-person narration Roberts used in most of his novels has, Bales contends, made the fictionalized events of two or three centuries ago seem more real to modern readers."--BOOK JACKET. "Aside from his interest in the Revolutionary War, sailors and seafaring men of the 1700s and 1800s, and wilderness explorers, Roberts had his passions, which Bales identifies as Benedict Arnold, whom Roberts believed the most famously wronged man in American history (Arundel and Rabble in Arms [1933]), and the strange "science" of water dowsing (Henry Gross and His Dowsing Rod [1951])."--BOOK JACKET. "Bales explores Roberts's meticulous method of researching his novels and speculates that this constant research and adherence to facts may well have stemmed from Roberts's uncertainty about his abilities as a creative artist. In this vein Bales discusses Roberts's close association with Booth Tarkington, who became somewhat of a mentor to the younger novelist, offering him stylistic advice and constructive critiques for many years."--BOOK JACKET. "Bales's balanced appraisal notes Roberts's weaknesses as a novelist - primarily in characterization and especially that of women - and some of his gaps in judgment (colleagues and friends have cited his too absolutist championship of both Benedict Arnold and water dowsing). Ultimately, though, Bales's portrait is as affectionate as it is well-reasoned, as much a personality profile as a comprehensive literary analysis - a work that will no doubt spark further interest in Roberts's writing and life."--BOOK JACKET
Horatio Alger, Jr. by Gary Scharnhorst( Book )

8 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Horatio Alger, Jr
Conversations with Willie Morris by Willie Morris( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shifting interludes : selected essays by Willie Morris( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the course of his career Willie Morris attained national prominence as a journalist, editor, nonfiction writer, novelist, memoirist, and news commentator. As this eloquent book reveals, he was also a master essayist whose gift was in crafting short compositions. Shifting Interludes, an anthology that spans his career that lasted for forty years, includes pieces he wrote for the Daily Texan, Texas Observer, the Washington Star, Vanity Fair, Southern Living, and other publications. These diverse works reflect the scope of Morris's wide-ranging interests. The collection comprises biographical profiles, newspaper editorials and columns, political analyses, travel narratives, sports commentaries, book reviews, and his thoughts -- both critical and affectionate -- about his beloved home state of Mississippi. Two essays are previously unpublished -- "A Long-ago Rendezvous with Alger Hiss" and "The Day I Followed the Mayor around Town." One essay, "Mississippi Rebel on a Texas Campus," is the first article he wrote for a national publication. Morris's subjects reflect his autobiography, his poignant feelings, and his courtly manners. He expresses his outrage as he decries Southern racism in "Despair in Mississippi," his melancholy as he recounts a visit to his hometown Yazoo City in "The Rain Fell Noiselessly," his grace as he salutes a college football team and its fallen comrade in "In the Spirit of the Game," his humor as he admits to a bout of middle-age infatuation in "Mitch and the Infield Fly Rule," and his pensiveness as he remembers his much-loved grandmother Mamie in "Weep No More, My Lady."
Boon Island by Kenneth Lewis Roberts( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The men survived nearly a month of screeching gales, sub-freezing temperatures, and driving snowstorms. During their ordeal they resorted to cannibalism and were finally rescued after one of them made it ashore on a crude raft. Included here are contemporary accounts from crew members, offering dramatically different versions of the true-life traumatic event and a fascinating counterpoint to Roberts' fictionalized version
Willie Morris : an exhaustive annotated bibliography and a biography by Jack Bales( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book's principal focus is Morris' literary legacy, which includes works such as Good Ole Boy, My Dog Skip, and My Two Oxfords. Two annotated bibliographies--one for Morris's own writing and one focusing on secondary sources--are comprised of over 2100 entries. Encompassing everything from novels to newspaper articles, entries are divided into broad categories and then listed chronologically"--Provided by publisher
Esther Forbes : a bio-bibliography of the author of Johnny Tremain by Jack Bales( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing workshop by Kari D Anderson( Book )

4 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collecting Esther Forbes by Jack Bales( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Letter, 1 Nov. 1986, Jackson, Miss. to Jack Bales, Fredericksburg, Va.] by Eudora Welty( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

James E. (Jack) Bales Collection by Jack Bales( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Photocopies of items by and about Willie Morris as well as notes used by Jack Bales in researching Morris
A bright sparkle : Willie Morris at the University of Texas by Jack Bales( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

by Jack Bales( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Research materials, notes, correspondence, and drafts of his studies on Kenneth Roberts
Horatio Alger, or, The man behind the Great American Dream by Jack Bales( )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Album of 132 Horatio Alger first day covers]( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Charles Pierce Burton : the father of Bob's Hill boys by Jack Bales( Book )

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

A critical history of American childrens' literature, 1850-1900 by Jack Bales( )

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

Collecting Esther Forbes by Jack Bales( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Horatio Alger, or, The man behind the Great American Dream by Jack Bales( )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Horatio Alger, Jr.
Alternative Names
Bales, James E.

Languages
English (59)

Covers
Conversations with Willie MorrisShifting interludes : selected essaysBoon IslandWillie Morris : an exhaustive annotated bibliography and a biographyEsther Forbes : a bio-bibliography of the author of Johnny Tremain