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Shorris, Earl 1936-2012

Overview
Works: 36 works in 141 publications in 4 languages and 10,225 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Political fiction  Poetry  Quotations 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works about Earl Shorris
 
Most widely held works by Earl Shorris
Latinos : a biography of the people by Earl Shorris( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the lives and history of Hispanic Americans as decendants of the Spanish conquest of the native populations of the New World
The life and times of Mexico by Earl Shorris( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the long, tumultuous history of Mexico in a narrative account of its historical changes, art, politics, religion, and people
The death of the Great Spirit; an elegy for the American Indian by Earl Shorris( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The destruction of the American Indian, by his enemies and by his friends. This is the story of a proud, profoundly wise culture which now seems doomed to extinction. It is the story of the American Indian, who first had his lands wrested away, and now is undergoing the final destruction of his identity. There are many actors in this drama, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and its strangling lover's embrace; the last great chiefs and medicine men [shamans], struggling to keep alive their ancient traditions ; the anthropologists and hippies, with their destructive invations ; the new Indian radicals, angry and divided ; and above all, the ordinary Indians, in the reservations and in the cities, marked by the white [whites, whiteman] spiritual death."--Back cover
A nation of salesmen : the tyranny of the market and the subversion of culture by Earl Shorris( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shorris focuses on the perfection of this particular art here in America, where the vast frontier with its isolated settlements cast the salesman in a heroic role: he was literally the bearer of culture, the source of a panoply of needed and wanted items, everything from parasols to plowshares. He was Prometheus. All of this changed dramatically in the years following World War II, when it dawned on manufacturers and sellers that the American economy was producing more goods than people wanted or needed. Demand would have to be created in order to sustain the expansion of markets, and then, as the economy became oversold, the role of the salesman changed: his task was now to kill the competition
New American blues : a journey through poverty to democracy by Earl Shorris( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a narrative of unsparing detail leavened by compassion and even hope, Earl Shorris takes us inside the lives of the poor - in Oakland, rural Tennessee, El Paso, the South Bronx, and many points in between - so that we understand who they are and see through their eyes the "surround of force" that is their horizon, that prevents them from achieving a full and true citizenship. So rich is this book in the words and thoughts of the poor themselves that they are in a sense its authors. Like any good story, this one has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We begin by listening to what the poor have to say about their lives. Once we know who they are and how much like us they are, we are ready to understand the world they live in, and why they are poor. Finally, and most surprisingly, we are asked to consider a revolutionary idea that has been taking quiet shape before our eyes all through the narrative: if the poor are human, and if the cultivation of their humanity benefits both society and the poor themselves, then why not teach them the humanities as the basic tools of citizenship? In order to test his theory, Shorris started a school on the Lower East Side of New York City. He used donated books and borrowed space, and he enlisted friends to help him teach logic, poetry, art, and moral philosophy to a group of young people whose collective background included prison, hard drugs, and homelessness. This experiment, which forms the triumphant climax of New American Blues, yielded extraordinary results: a majority of the students are now enrolled in four-year colleges, and it is no exaggeration to say that their lives have been transformed. One of the students, describing a difficult decision in his personal life, said: "I asked myself, 'What would Socrates do?'" Imagine a solution to poverty far less costly than welfare or prison, one that encourages a reconnection to public life. Imagine an argument so powerful that it prevails against the cruel lies of The Bell Curve and the savage inequities of recent welfare reform. Imagine a book so movingly written as to inspire everyone who reads it with a sense of hope and possibility about the future of this country. New American Blues is all of these things
The politics of heaven : America in fearful times by Earl Shorris( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A account of the events, ideas, and beliefs about the role of religion in today's government discusses how, after the September 11th attacks, there is a more glaring pervasiveness of religious doctrine throughout both major parties and in the formulating of key political decisions
The oppressed middle : politics of middle management : scenes from corporate life by Earl Shorris( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the language of kings : an anthology of Mesoamerican literature--pre-Columbian to the present by Miguel León Portilla( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the fifth sun : a novel of Pancho Villa by Earl Shorris( Book )

16 editions published between 1980 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told from the point of view of an ancient shaman, this is the dark and mystical story of Mexico's greatest revolutionary general, Pancho Villa. Shedding the Hollywood mantle of the drunken, womanizing bandit-turned-hero, the Villa who comes to life in this extraordinary novel is part man and part myth, part visionary hoodlum and part brilliant general. A troubled childhood--marked by his father's early death in the fields and his sister's rape by a local landowner--and a prophetic dream propel young Villa through a period of lawlessness and drifting and into life as a military leader. The story moves convincingly through the events of Villa's life, showing him to be a man of fierce passions and moral conviction, a natural leader for the rebellion
The art of freedom : teaching the humanities to the poor by Earl Shorris( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the author's observations of circumstances reflected in a maximum-security prison and subsequent launch of a humanities college course for dropouts, immigrants and former inmates who eventually became high-achieving contributors to society
Jews without mercy : a lament by Earl Shorris( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Yucatán : a novel by Earl Shorris( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of Maya Indian workers in the central Yucatán revolt against the corrupt government, setting in motion a series of events that will have a profound impact on the lives of a traditional Maya leader and a Mexican-American lawyer
Riches for the poor : the Clemente Course in the Humanities by Earl Shorris( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While someone else is eating( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ofay by Earl Shorris( Book )

3 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scenes from corporate life : the politics of middle management by Earl Shorris( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Power sits at another table and other observations on the business of power by Earl Shorris( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antigua y nueva palabra : una antología de la literatura mesoamericana, desde los tiempos precolumbinos hasta el presente by Miguel León Portilla( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The boots of the virgin by Earl Shorris( Book )

4 editions published between 1968 and 1971 in English and French and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ru guo ni yuan yi, rang wo wei ni shang yi tang ke : cong lao fang dao jiao shi, yi ge yong ren wen jiao yu rang ruo shi zhao hui zi wo de gu shi by Earl Shorris( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Chinese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The life and times of Mexico
Alternative Names
Earl Shorris American writer

Earl Shorris Amerikaans schrijver (1936-2012)

Earl Shorris escriptor estatunidenc

쇼리스, 얼 1936-2012

Languages
English (104)

Spanish (16)

French (4)

Chinese (3)

Covers
The life and times of MexicoA nation of salesmen : the tyranny of the market and the subversion of cultureNew American blues : a journey through poverty to democracyThe politics of heaven : America in fearful timesIn the language of kings : an anthology of Mesoamerican literature--pre-Columbian to the presentUnder the fifth sun : a novel of Pancho VillaIn the Yucatán : a novelRiches for the poor : the Clemente Course in the Humanities