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Cary, Joyce 1888-1957

Works: 484 works in 2,563 publications in 18 languages and 49,710 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Personal narratives  Psychological fiction  Film adaptations  Drama  Art  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author, Instrumentalist, Bibliographic antecedent, Illustrator, Other, Dedicatee
Classifications: PR6005.A77, 823.912
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Most widely held works by Joyce Cary
The horse's mouth : a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

277 editions published between 1944 and 2009 in 14 languages and held by 3,738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Painter hero, the charming and larcenous Gulley Jimson, has an insatiable genius for creation and a no less remarkable appetite for destruction. Is he a great artist? a has-been? or an exhausted, drunken ne'er-do-well? He is without doubt a visionary, and as he criss-crosses London in search of money and inspiration the world as seen though his eyes appears with a newly outrageous and terrible beauty
Mister Johnson : a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

203 editions published between 1939 and 2009 in 11 languages and held by 2,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictional work of Literature of the rise and fall of the well-nigh irrepressible Mister Johnson, chief clerk of Fada in Nigeria
Herself surprised, a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

132 editions published between 1941 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sara Monday looks back on her life as a domestic servant and her relationship with the painter Gulley Jimson and lawyer Tom Wilcher
Prisoner of grace, a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

91 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First novel of a trilogy, the other two being no. 2, Except the Lord and No. 3, Not honour more... Told through the voice of the main character, Nina Woodville recounts her life spent in love with her cousin Jim while being married to Chester Nimmo. When Nina finds herself pregnant by Jim, who appears unwilling to marry her, her aunt arranges a marriage with the young politician Nimmo. But Nina continues to see Jim, in fact has another child by him (Chester is never told the truth). Later, when she attains a divorce from Chester, she is unable to break totally with him, and they continue to have relations. When Jim learns this fact it pushes him over the edge, and at the end of the book he's about to shoot her. --Bomojaz at
To be a pilgrim by Joyce Cary( Book )

110 editions published between 1942 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 1,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two generations of a well-to-do English country family
Art and reality : ways of the creative process by Joyce Cary( Book )

50 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fearful joy, a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

100 editions published between 1949 and 1999 in 10 languages and held by 1,422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This ambitious novel, covering the life of an exceptional woman from her Victorian childhood until after the Second World War, is an attempt, in the author's own words, 'to lay bare historical change not just at the surface, but in its roots.' Seduced when young, Tabitha leads a terrible existence until she is taken up by Sturge, a wealthy patron of art, and becomes a famous hostess of the 'Yellow Book' period, loved by artists and writers alike. Her second marriage to Sir James Gollan, an old industrialist, who instead of retiring becomes an important national figure in the First World War, completely changes her life once again. The novel, in fact, is full of change, for every decade emerges in an immediate and living manner as the setting against which the absorbing lives of the heroine and those about her are described
The African witch by Joyce Cary( Book )

81 editions published between 1935 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 1,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Except the Lord, a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

43 editions published between 1953 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 2d vol. of the author's triology, the 1st of which is Prisoner of grace and the 3d, Not honour more. The earlier book concerned Nina Woodville and her relationship with two men, Chester Nimmo and Jim Latter. Cary was dismayed somewhat that many critics saw Nimmo as "an exceptional blackguard," and wrote Except the Lord as a means of detailing his early life.. Nimmo relates his own life story, concentrating on his childhood and young adulthood, a period of time before he knew Nina. It's a telling story of poverty and want in a farming district in Victorian England. Three events in particular define Nimmo's personality and direction: 1) His father is a country preacher with extremely narrow views of the real world; after he calculates what he believes to be the exact date of Christ's Second Coming and it doesn't happen, Nimmo loses his faith. Although he will recapture it by the end of the book, the anchorlessness he feels molds his outlook on radical political issues of the day. 2) Against his father's wishes, he attends a theatre performance of a melodrama which involves a rape and a murder; he is so profoundly moved by the power exhibited by the actors through their words (which depict not only a class struggle between rich and poor, but a battle between good and evil as well), as are many in the audience, that he immediately realizes the importance of this impact and later applies it to his own political actions. 3) When his 12-year-old sister Georgina quits her job with the grocer G. to work at the public house, likewise against her father's will, because of G.'s sexual advances (never made explicit by Cary, which makes her action even more daring and controversial), Nimmo detects a power shift within the family - another political lesson he never forgets. --Bomojaz at
An American visitor by Joyce Cary( Book )

73 editions published between 1933 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not honour more, a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

49 editions published between 1955 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This novel is the third in a trilogy. Set in England during the General Stirke of 1926, this story revolves around three characters Nina, Chester Nimmo, and Jim Latter, an army officer. This volume is narrated by Jim.] He is a spoiled, domineering man who refuses to marry Nina after getting her pregnant because he thinks it will ruin his chances for advancement in his army regiment; when Chester steps in and asks her to marry him, she accepts - to Jim's bitter regret. Much of his story is filled with anger toward Chester, who is a politician; he comes to view Chester as a political monster set on destroying the world, but that only disguises his real anger at Chester, which has everything to do with his relationship with Nina. Jim even tries to shoot Chester at one point... It's [the General Strike] that gives Jim the excuse to rationalize much of his behavior, especially his eventual murder of Nina, which he claims he did to "save England." Jim is totally delusional by this time, wallowing in the juices of his own anger and frustrations. But Cary is careful not to make Jim a monster, and the reader is able to feel sympathy for his behavior. --Bomojaz at
A house of children by Joyce Cary( Book )

86 editions published between 1940 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Semi-autobiographical novel of summers spent by children at an aunt's seaside home in Ireland
Charley is my darling by Joyce Cary( Book )

68 editions published between 1940 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The captive and the free, a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

53 editions published between 1958 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Castle Corner by Joyce Cary( Book )

54 editions published between 1937 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spring song, and other stories by Joyce Cary( Book )

44 editions published between 1959 and 1976 in English and Spanish and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aissa saved by Joyce Cary( Book )

71 editions published between 1932 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman fra Vestafrika om sammenstdet mellem indfdte afrikanske stammer og den britiske civilisation
The moonlight, a novel by Joyce Cary( Book )

72 editions published between 1946 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells of the final tragic days in an English country home soon to be sold at auction
Memoir of the Bobotes by Joyce Cary( Book )

31 editions published between 1960 and 2002 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joyce Cary, one of the 20th century's greatest novelists (the author of The Horse's Mouth) was 23 years old at the start of the Balkan War of 1912-1913. A one-time art student in Edinburgh and Paris and newly down from Trinity College, Oxford he went through the war as a stretcher bearer in the Red Cross. Shortly after his return he wrote Memoir of the Bobotes without thought of publication."--Back cover
Power in men by Joyce Cary( Book )

23 editions published between 1939 and 1963 in English and Undetermined and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The horse's mouth : a novel
Alternative Names
Cary, Arthur J. 1888-1957

Cary, Arthur Joyce Lunel

Cary, Arthur Joyce Lunel 1888-1957

Cary, Joyce

Joyce Cary englisch-irischer Schriftsteller

Joyce Cary irlndsk frfattare

Joyce Cary irsk skribent

Joyce Cary scrittore irlandese

Joyce, Thomas

Keri, Džojs

Kėri, Džojs 1888-1957

Kerijs, Dž 1888-1957

Kerijs, Dž. (Džoiss), 1888-1957

Кэри, Джойс

Кэри, Джойс 1888-1957

קרי, ג'ויס 1888-1957

Mister Johnson : a novelHerself surprised, a novelPrisoner of grace, a novelTo be a pilgrimThe African witchExcept the Lord, a novelAn American visitorNot honour more, a novel