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Boyers, Robert

Works: 74 works in 313 publications in 6 languages and 12,783 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Essays  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Correspondent, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS323.5, 811.52
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Most widely held works about Robert Boyers
Most widely held works by Robert Boyers
Atrocity and amnesia : the political novel since 1945 by Robert Boyers( )

26 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working deliberately against the grain of assumptions dominant in the contemporary literary academy, Boyers examines novels by Gunter Grass, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera and others, arguing that it is necessary to speak of character, ethics, and philosophic purpose if one is to understand these works. A penetrating study, Atrocity and Amnesia illuminates some of the major fiction of our time and makes an important contribution to contemporary political thought
The dictator's dictation : the politics of novels and novelists by Robert Boyers( )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these essays, many of them originally written for The New Republic and Harper's, Robert Boyers examines the role of the political imagination in shaping the works of such important contemporary writers as W.G. Sebald and Philip Roth, Nadine Gordimer and Mario Vargas Llosa, Natalia Ginzburg and Pat Barker, J.M. Coetzee and John Updike, V.S. Naipaul and Anita Desai. Occasionally he finds that politics actually figures very little in works that only pretend to be interested in politics. Elsewhere he discovers that certain writers are not equal to the political issues they take on or that their work is fatally compromised by complacency or wishful thinking."--Jacket
Contemporary poetry in America : essays and interviews by Robert Boyers( Book )

19 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fate of ideas : seductions, betrayals, appraisals by Robert Boyers( )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As editor of the quarterly Salmagundi for the past fifty years, Robert Boyers has been on the cutting edge of developments in politics, culture, and the arts. Reflecting on his collaborations and quarrels with some of the twentieth century's most transformative writers, artists, and thinkers, Boyers writes a wholly original intellectual memoir that rigorously confronts selected aspects of contemporary society. Organizing his chapters around specific ideas, Boyers anatomizes the process by which they fall in and out of fashion and often confuse those who most ardently embrace them. In provocative encounters with authority, fidelity, "the other," pleasure, and a wide range of other topics, Boyers tells colorful stories about his own life and, in the process, studies the fate of ideas in a society committed to change and ill equipped to assess the losses entailed in modernity. Among the writers who appear in these pages are Susan Sontag and V.S. Naipaul, Jamaica Kincaid and J.M. Coetzee, as well as figures drawn from all walks of life, including unfaithful husbands, psychoanalysts, terrorists, and besotted beauty lovers."--Publisher's description
Robert Lowell: a portrait of the artist in his time by Michael London( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excursions : selected literary essays by Robert Boyers( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Legacy of the German refugee intellectuals by Robert Boyers( Book )

13 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and German and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lionel Trilling : negative capability and the wisdom of avoidance by Robert Boyers( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boyers examines the work of author and literary critic, Lionel Trilling, identifying a major theme of Trilling's writing style, criticism, and personal political stance as the avoidance of ideology. Boyers acknowledges this theme is central to Trilling's ability to describe an idea fully in all its complexity
F.R. Leavis : judgment and the discipline of thought by Robert Boyers( Book )

13 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses Leavis' critical ideas and what distinguishes him from other modern critics.--
R.D. Laing & anti-psychiatry by Robert Boyers( Book )

23 editions published between 1900 and 1974 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

R.P. Blackmur, poet-critic : toward a view of poetic objects by Robert Boyers( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the avant-garde : essays on art and culture by Robert Boyers( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Steiner at the New Yorker by George Steiner( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this work, George Steiner tells of seven books which he did not write. Because intimacies and indiscretions were too threatening. Because the topic brought too much pain. Because its emotional or intellectual challenge proved beyond his capacities." "The actual themes range widely and defy conventional taboos: the torment of the gifted when they live among the very great; the experience of sex in different languages; the claims of Zionism; a more intense love for animals than for human beings; the costly privilege of exile; a theology of emptiness. With a bracing honesty Steiner reaches beyond his erudition and beyond rationality alone to show us "unicorns in the garden of reason," whether considering Chinese scholarship or envy, political self-identification or passion." "And a unifying perception underlies the diversity of My Unwritten Books. The best we have or can produce is only the tip of the iceberg. Behind every good book, as in a lit shadow, lies the book which remained unwritten, the one that would have failed better."--BOOK JACKET
The Salmagundi reader( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychological man( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excitable women, damaged men by Robert Boyers( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author's first collection of short stories about brillant, hilariously neurotic people who hide from themselves and others, without a clue as to how to live a normal life
Laing and anti-psychiatry by Robert Boyers( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 1975 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vojo Stanić : sailing on dreams by Vojislav Stanić( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For over half a century the Montenegrin painter Vojislav Stanic has been living and working in the small town of Herceg Novi, observing the lives of its inhabitants from the window of his attic studio with a sharp eye and an impish intelligence. Here, so Stanic claims, is a microcosm of the world. One can see universal emotions and traits - love, lust, joy, fear, wonder, jealousy - played out in the parks and cafes of this bustling little port town on the Adriatic." "But if many of Stanic's insights come from keen observation of his neighbors, it is his idiosyncratic outlook and his eye for absurdities and gentle ironies which make his work so compelling. And if he draws on the work of such artists as Bosch, Magritte and de Chirico, it is always with a lightness of touch which leaves one in no doubt that Stanic is a major artistic talent in his own right. This book, including essays which trace his artistic development and explore his uniquely vital imagination, promises to bring his work to the international audience it deserves."--Jacket
The new Salmagundi reader( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since the founding of Salmagundi by Robert Boyers in 1965, the journal has been synonymous with the best writers producing first-rate essays on a variety of topics. The contributors' list reads like a who's who of influential contemporary writers and critics, from the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney to one of the more influential literary and cultural critics, Tzvetan Todorov, and the historian John Boswell. The New Salmagundi Reader comprises forty-three pieces in subject categories such as The Sense of the Past; Homelands; Writers; The Art Scene; Politics; and Varieties
A book of common praise by Robert Boyers( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The dictator's dictation : the politics of novels and novelists
The dictator's dictation : the politics of novels and novelistsGeorge Steiner at the New YorkerExcitable women, damaged menVojo Stanić : sailing on dreamsThe new Salmagundi readerA book of common praise
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