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De Vries, Peter 1910-1993

Overview
Works: 117 works in 576 publications in 5 languages and 25,742 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humorous fiction  Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Satire  Romance films  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Performer
Classifications: PS3507.E8673, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Peter De Vries
The blood of the lamb by Peter De Vries( Book )

43 editions published between 1961 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a man who loses his faith in life as a child, when his brother dies, and tries to recover it in manhood when his young daughter's life hangs in the balance
Peckham's marbles by Peter De Vries( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earl Peckham, frustrated because his novel has sold only three copies, sets out for America's heartland to find the three readers who bought his book
Slouching towards Kalamazoo by Peter De Vries( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthony Thrasher is a fifteen-year-old underachiever who simply cannot grasp the mundane realities of the eighth grade. While under the tutelage of his free-spirited teacher Miss Maggie Doubloon (she has the audacity to assign The Scarlet Letter to her class), Tony suddenly finds himself a father. Miss Doubloon leaves town wearing a large "A+" emblazoned on her T-shirt and returns to her hometown of Kalamazoo. Following Maggie and their illegitimate son, Ahab, Tony meet Bubbles Breedlove -- Ahab's buxom, virginal nursemaid -- and falls madly in love with her
The tents of wickedness by Peter De Vries( Book )

24 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A reporter attempts to re-educate a young recluse poetess by means of the spirit of nonconformance in the modern novel. Parodies Various literary styles, from Marquand to Kafka
The tunnel of love by Peter De Vries( Book )

34 editions published between 1949 and 2015 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and somewhat disreputable loves of a cartoonist, comically narrated by his friend, an art editor
Consenting adults : or, The duchess will be furious : a novel by Peter De Vries( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the saga of a randy young man (Ted Beacham) and his various romantic pursuits, including a four-way with the effervescent Peppermint Sisters (triplets). --W. David English at Amazon.com
The vale of laughter by Peter De Vries( Book )

13 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in English and Bengali and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brilliant, fiercely funny novel that ponders the eternal question: is it better to laugh or cry? Joe Sandwich is a clown. Not literally, but what else do you call an eleven-year-old who goes to church to confess his good deeds: & ldquo;I did my homework without being told & rdquo;? A stockbroker who gets seasick watching the market tape and claims the gross national product is & ldquo;deodorants & rdquo;? A father who mows curse words into his lawn and names his son Hamilton because, well, who can resist a Ham Sandwich? Prankster, punster, cut-up, card & mdash;Joe needs to crack wise about everything. Has he figured out the secret to embracing the inherent absurdity of life, or is there some terrible anxiety at the root of his compulsion? Lots of people want to know, including his wife, Naughty, who is anything but; his mistress, Gloria Bunshaft; and her husband, Wally Hines, a humorless professor who specializes is the philosophy of humor. & ldquo;If you look back, & rdquo; says Joe, & ldquo;you turn into a pillar of salt. If you look ahead, you turn into a pillar of society. & rdquo; He prefers to live in the moment, from one gag to the next, but the joke he doesn & rsquo;t see coming may get the biggest laugh of all
Reuben, Reuben by Peter De Vries( Book )

27 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel was based on the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, a compulsive womanizer and alcoholic. In the story a poetic Welsh farmer becomes involved with urban newcomers to his rural New England area and ends up accidentally committing suicide. He is about to remove the noose from his neck when the dog Reuben bounds in and knocks the stool he is standing on from under him. The story was made into a 1983 film
Let me count the ways by Peter De Vries( Book )

18 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sins of the father are hilariously visited on the son in this witty and profound novel about the meaning of it all Stanley Waltz is a Polish American piano mover and pugnacious atheist married to a born-again believer. His heroes are H. L. Mencken and Clarence Darrow, and if he confuses illusion with allusion and thinks a certain style of egg is bedeviled, that does not mean his reasoning is any less sound. Unfortunately, his wife is immune to his intellect and insists not just on saving his soul but on taking their son, Tom, to the local gospel mission every chance she gets. It is enough to drive a man into the arms of a mistress funny as a crutch and twice as perceptive--and that is exactly where Stan goes. This leaves Tom twice as mixed up as the average son. In the second section of this side-splitting and thought-provoking comedy, he is a professor of English at the local college, his questions about faith, doubt, and morality as unresolved as they are inescapable. As an undergraduate, he stumbled from girl to girl, breaking up with one because she was a nonbeliever, another because she was too pious. His marriage to a beautiful professor of comparative religion is no solution. In short order, he has an affair, breaks his leg, leads a funeral procession hopelessly astray, and suffers a nervous breakdown. Only a miracle can save him if he can figure out what one might look like. Stanley and Tom Waltz are a father-son duo unlike any other, and Let Me Count the Ways is Peter De Vries at his insightful, brilliant, lightning-witted best
The Mackerel Plaza by Peter De Vries( Book )

32 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in English and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The amorous and pastoral problems of a very liberal minister. Satirical, light comedy
Without a stitch in time; a selection of the best humorous short pieces by Peter De Vries( Book )

17 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs. Wallop by Peter De Vries( Book )

16 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sauce for the goose by Peter De Vries( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daisy Dobbin sets out to study sexual harassment in business offices, and she and her sister conspirator Effie both fall in love with the same man
Madder music by Peter De Vries( Book )

12 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Middle-aged, middle-class writer Bob Swirling copes with his puritanical upbringing, his repressed emotions and hostilities, his lack of self-confidence, and his imagined terminal illness by retreating into the identity of Groucho Marx
The prick of noon by Peter De Vries( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What's it like to be a stud, or hunk, wanted by both women and the law? Such is the quandary of Eddie Teeters after producing and performing in a series of sex-counseling movie shorts aimed at schooling television viewers in the art of love. He considers them educational erotica but a federal prosecutor regards them as actionable pornography
Forever panting by Peter De Vries( Book )

14 editions published between 1973 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Into your tent I'll creep by Peter De Vries( Book )

10 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cat's pajamas & Witch's milk; two novels by Peter De Vries( Book )

14 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twin tales of middle-class hilarity and despair from the writer who was dubbed Americas preeminent comic novelist by the New York Times When college professor Hank Tattersall sees his former flame, Lucy Stiles, at a campus concert, it sets off a chain reaction that results in one of the funniest and most unforgettable exit scenes in American literature involving a locked door, an alcoholic dog, and a punning doppelgnger. The Cat's Pajamas is the story of how Tattersall, a scrupulous self-reflector, falls from point A to point Z, rushing through a host of identities and indignities along the way. The unexamined life may not be worth living, he discovers, but the examined one is hardly a bed of roses. In Witch's Milk , Tillie Seltzer has her own trials to attend to. Chief among them is her marriage to Pete, the kind of guy who tucks a cigarette behind his ear and calls everybody Frisbee. When they first met, Tillie had more sophisticated tastes ; dark strangers, homburg hats ; but she was also a thirtysomething virgin whose prospects weren't getting any better. When she cracked a joke about the honeymoon being over, Pete believed her. Now stuck in suburbia with a sick child and a philandering husband, Tillie takes a hard look in the rearview mirror. Her search for an escape route will lead her to the most unexpected place of all. These short novels are linked by Tillie's cameo appearance in Hank's narrative and by the thrilling blend of satire, tragedy, and philosophy that defines the one-of-a-kind fiction of Peter De Vries
I hear America swinging by Peter De Vries( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Be whisked out along Iowa backroads to see the sexual revolution in full sway in what only yesterday was called the Bible Belt, with a marriage counselor named Bill Bumpers at the wheel, driving with the top down and the accelerator floored. Uncertain whether he is saving the institution of marriage or officiating at tis demise, Dr. Bumpers nurses a rural union into a ménage à trois, and into a sort of updated Brook Farm commune
Comfort me with apples by Peter De Vries( Book )

23 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Farcical novel of love and marriage in the suburbs. It's all good fun
 
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The blood of the lamb
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Slouching towards Kalamazoo