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Delbanco, Andrew 1952-

Works: 64 works in 257 publications in 3 languages and 17,668 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Sea stories  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Documentary films  Sources  Church history  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
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Most widely held works about Andrew Delbanco
Most widely held works by Andrew Delbanco
Melville : his world and work by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and German and held by 2,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and career of American author Herman Melville, uncovering autobiographical elements in his diverse works, discussing the historical and cultural implications of his writing, and assessing his accomplishments as a writer
The death of Satan : how Americans have lost the sense of evil by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 1,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Delbanco shows how writers of the last three centuries have depicted evil
College : what it was, is, and should be by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional four-year college experience--an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers--is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. In College, prominent cultural critic Andrew Delbanco offers a trenchant defense of such an education, and warns that it is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich. In arguing for what a true college education should be, he demonstrates why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise. In a brisk and vivid historical narrative, Delbanco explains how the idea of college arose in the colonial period from the Puritan idea of the gathered church, how it struggled to survive in the nineteenth century in the shadow of the new research universities, and how, in the twentieth century, it slowly opened its doors to women, minorities, and students from low-income families. He describes the unique strengths of America's colleges in our era of globalization and, while recognizing the growing centrality of science, technology, and vocational subjects in the curriculum, he mounts a vigorous defense of a broadly humanistic education for all. Acknowledging the serious financial, intellectual, and ethical challenges that all colleges face today, Delbanco considers what is at stake in the urgent effort to protect these venerable institutions for future generations
Required reading : why our American classics matter now by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 1,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows why our classic American writers remain dispensable, even in an age of uncertainty over what our common heritage is
The Puritan ordeal by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than an ecclesiastical or political history, this book is a vivid description of the earliest American immigrant experience. It depicts the dramatic tale of the seventeenth-century newcomers to our shores as they were drawn and pushed to make their way in an unsettled and unsettling world
The Portable Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects Lincoln's speeches, letters, and private documents
The real American dream : a meditation on hope by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Real American Dream one of the nation's premier literary scholars searches out the symbols and stories by which Americans have reached for something beyond worldly desire. A spiritual history ranging from the first English settlements to the present day, the book is also a lively, deeply learned meditation on hope." "Andrew Delbanco tells of the stringent God of Protestant Christianity, who exerted immense force over the language, institutions, and customs of the culture for nearly two hundred years. He describes the falling away of this God and the rise of the idea of a sacred nation-state. And, finally he speaks of our own moment, when symbols of nationalism are in decline, leaving us with nothing to satisfy the longing for transcendence once sustained by God and nation."--Jacket
The Puritans in America : a narrative anthology by Alan Heimert( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The whole destiny of America is contained in the first Puritans who landed on these shores, wrote Tocqueville. These newcomers, and the range of their intellectual achievements and failures, are vividly depicted in The Puritans in America . Exiled from England, the Puritans settled in what Cromwell called "a poor, cold, and useless" place--where they created a body of ideas and aspirations that were essential in the shaping of American religion, politics, and culture. In a felicitous blend of documents and narrative Alan Heimert and Andrew Delbanco recapture the sweep and restless change of Puritan thought from its incipient Americanism through its dominance in New England society to its fragmentation in the face of dissent from within and without. A general introduction sketches the Puritan environment, and shorter introductions open each of the six sections of the collection. Thirty-eight writers are included--among these Cotton, Bradford, Bradstreet, Winthrop, Rowlandson, Taylor, and the Mathers--well as the testimony of Anne Hutchinson and documents illustrating the witchcraft crisis. The works, several of which are published here for the first time since the seventeenth century, are presented in modern spelling and punctuation. Despite numerous scholarly probings, Puritanism remains resistant to categories, whether those of Perry Miller, Max Weber, or Christopher Hill. This new anthology--the first major interpretive collection in nearly fifty years--reveals the beauty and power of Puritan literature as it emerged from the pursuit of self-knowledge in the New World
Writing New England : an anthology from the Puritans to the present by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: Andrew Delbanco's attractive anthology, which offers a judicious selection of material, pertinent both for readers who are new to the writing of the region and for those who it well. As Delbanco explains in his preface, he has tried to keep the anthology in line with his conviction that New England itself includes "different and distinct regions of cultural inheritance." He also works hard to show how the continuities in New England writing are inflected differently by African-Americans, Jewish Americans, Irish Americans, working-class Americans and American women, particularly when set along-side the classic texts produced by privileged white men. The anthology is wonderfully diverse.There is nothing now in print quite like Writing New England. Three things make the book stand out: its enlargement of one's sense of the varieties of people who, over time, have inhabited New England; its insights into one region's contributions to the country at large; and its sheer readability. Strongly recommended.Readers concerned that a New England anthology of writing would slip into mawkish paeans to autumn and Yankee wisdom should know that Delbanco does not shy from the darker aspects of our region and its history...Delbanco's business, at least in book form, has always been America--its culture, history and literature: whether he is anthologizing Emerson, Lincoln or the Puritans, or writing about American religion...Delbanco ensures that the path between past and present remains open and well-trod.Writing New England is a readable, usable, invaluable gift to readers of American literature and to those who appreciate the virtues of anthology...The literary landscape in New England is precious in its beauty; harsh in its honesty, and soaring in its genius. Merely by possessing this book we stake a claim in the bounty.Handsomely produced...[and] imaginatively done...[This] anthology succeeds admirably in conveying, in Delbanco's words, "how New Englanders have come to live in different and distinct regions of cultural inheritance." It manages also, in its inclusions and rediscoveries, to extend Thoreau's remark in his "Ktaadn" section from The Maine Woods printed here: "I am reminded by my journey how exceedingly new this country still is."Now arrives the definitive New England reader, a book written for the New England booster, the New England admirer, and, of course, that character indigenous to these parts, the New England reader...[Andrew Delbanco's] luminous opening essay distills one of the great truths about great New England writing: It is produced by 'the sort of mind that, with an acute sense of its own fallibility, seeks moral knowledge in the wisdom literature of the past.' But Delbanco's greatest gift is his sense of judgment. He knows, for example, that it is impossible to understand New England...without a passing acquaintance with Henry David Thoreau, Henry Adams, Henry James, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow--and, lest we forget, Henry Beston. He knows, too, that there is a difference between choosing the best known and the best representative selection of a writer's work...One of the great New England virtues, besides a sense of the vanity of human wishes, is thrift, and here Delbanco has produced a metaphor of the region. There is not a page wasted in this volume, not an entry without a reason.A book to keep by the reading light for years to come...The selections are both expected old friends and eclectic new neighbors, each with an introduction that suggests how it adds to an understanding of "the New England mind."This broad selection gives a deeper understanding of the flavor of New England writing, be it artistic, religious, legal, or political. Well-known writers, such as Thoreau, Emerson, and Dickinson, are balanced with writers less well known outside the region, and male voices are balanced by female. Introductory head notes to each section delineate the theme explored, placing the selections into context, while those for each selection provide biographical information and critical context.Despite the proliferation of regional studies, particularly of the American South, there are relatively few collections of or studies about New England writing. Perhaps it's because New England was the original region. Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry James are not generally considered New Englanders so much as Americans. Delbanco, a renowned scholar of the Puritan experience in America (author of The Puritan Ordeal), wants to call attention to the fact that these writers were not simply from New England but of it. In this beautifully conceived collection, Delbanco has interspersed with unchallenged figures such as Thoreau and Hawthorne a few pieces that have been all but lost to the general reading public...This is an excellent gathering of letters, poems, stories, essays and excerpts from novels and histories.Who and what made New England the nation's intellectual and literary center is apparent in this expansive collection of writings by the abiding masters and luminaries of the day...[Writing New England] illustrate[s] the nuances of the "hope and disillusion, confidence and self-doubt" that inform the New England mind...In each [section], writers explore the attitudes and characteristics that came to define the region: an ideal of justice, an intolerance of newcomers, and a "proprietary intimacy" with the land...This [book] is a smorgasbord; we are unlikely to see its kind again soon
Ivory tower by Andrew Rossi( Visual )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is college worth the cost? Groundbreaking filmmaker Andrew Rossi asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. With student-loan debt now over the one trillion dollar mark, the once-great American institution is at a breaking point. The film explores the current education crisis from the halls of Harvard, to community colleges, to online learning
William Ellery Channing : an essay on the liberal spirit in America by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a vivid portrayal of the man who led the movement toward liberal religion in America. Andrew Delbanco traces the development of Channing's thinking on the relation of man to God and nature, on the reality of evil, on the autonomy of the individual. He reveals Channing's hope and doubt concerning America's contribution to human progress. And he recounts Channing's emergence as a major voice in the antislavery movement--after a complex hesitation to embrace the cause. This is a study of the religious, literary, and political concerns of a man and his time. It will well serve all students of nineteenth-century American thought
The abolitionist imagination by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revisits the nineteenth century abolitionist movement as the embodiment of a driving force in American history, giving a better understanding of the balance between moral fervor and political responsibility
Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five stories by the nineteenth-century American writer best known for his tales of horror
The 11th of September Moyers in conversation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just hours after the attacks on America Bill Moyers began a unique dialogue with an unparalleled and diverse group of guests. Instead of dwelling on the horrific images of the tragedy, these poised and clear voices provided perspective and soothed a wounded, yet resilient, nation, creating a video that presents both a snapshot of our reactions on 9/11, and a testament to human spirit
Moby Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This edition of Moby-Dick, released in honor of the book's sesquicentennial, is the authoritative text of one of the world's great adventure stories. A crew of whalers sets out in pursuit of a fierce white whale that cost their captain his leg on a previous expedition. Their names ring through the canon of American literature: Ishmael, the narrator; Queequeg, a South Seas harpooner; Starbuck, the sober and serious chief mate; and above all Captain Ahab, part Faust and part Job, leading his men to the ends of the earth - and the destiny he will share with his foe." "Melville was heavily influenced and inspired by his experiences as a young cabin boy on the whaler Acushnet and later in the U.S. Navy sailing the Atlantic and the South Seas. His novel Typee and its sequel, Omoo, are accounts of his capture and subsequent captivity at the hands of a tribe of cannibals in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands. Both works were highly successful, and thus the lukewarm reaction to Moby-Dick upon its release in 1851 was a blow to Melville, who had set out to write a "mighty book" on a "mighty theme." It was not until the 1920s that Moby-Dick began to receive the critical attention it deserved. Today Moby-Dick is recognized as one of the premier American epics and indeed the ultimate tale of obsession and revenge." "This text of Moby-Dick is an Approved Text of the Center for Scholarly Editions (Modern Language Association of America)."--Jacket
Frederick Wiseman( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For over four decades, from his landmark Titicut Follies (1967) to his recent La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (2009) and forthcoming Boxing Gym (2010), Frederick Wiseman (born 1930) has used a lightweight 16mm camera and portable sound equipment to study human behavior in all its unpredictable manifestations, particularly as it responds to institutional or regimented settings or to democracy at work. Combining epic narrative with intimate portraiture, Wiseman's films constitute a grand panorama of modern life, a kind of modern-day comédie humaine. While he manages to intrude only minimally on the lives of his subjects, his sensitive eye, lawyerly skepticism and storytelling impulses produce imaginative truth. Wiseman has also worked in the theater, directing acclaimed adaptations of Beckett and Pirandello. His stage and film productions La Dernière Lettre (The Last Letter), based on Vassily Grossman's epic novel Life and Fate, starred Catherine Samie, doyenne of the Comédie-Française and a contributor to this book. Frederick Wiseman, the first publication in English to provide a comprehensive overview of Wiseman's career to date, includes essays by eminent observers on both sides of the Atlantic, including writers, critics, filmmakers, actors and Wiseman himself. Illustrated with stills from his films, this volume offers a compelling portrait of Frederick Wiseman as one of the world's most innovative, fearless and influential filmmakers, as well as an accomplished theater director."--Publisher's description
What should teachers know?( Recording )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversations with Matilda Balsley, Andrew H. Delbanco, Philip Stewart, Edith Schall, Sarah C. Maza and Spencer Willard on education and teaching in the U.S
Looking backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the America to which Julian West, a young Bostonian, awakens after more than a century of sleep. West's initial sense of wonder, his gradual acceptance of the new order and a new love, and Bellamy's wonderful prophetic inventions-electric lighting, shopping malls, credit cards, electronic broadcasting-ensured the mass popularity of this 1888 novel. But however rich in fantasy and romance, Looking Backward is a passionate attack on the social ills of nineteenth-century industrialism and a plea for social reform and moral renewal. In her introduction, Cecelia Tichi discusses how the novel echoes the anguish and hopes of its own age while it embodies a sustaining myth of the American literary tradition-that man's perfectibility is attainable in the New World
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is considered by many readers to be the Great American Novel. But most don't know that since its appearance in 1851, it has been revised in substantial ways that alter its original meaning. Melville's masterpiece is described as a "fluid text": it exists in multiple versions, each revealing shifting intentions. The new Longman Critical Edition offers unprecedented access to the revisions that Melville made, the further changes and censoring imposed by his British editors, and controversial alterations made by modern scholars." "Bryant and Springer's introduction engages readers in the personal, social, and cultural context of Melville's novel, his life, and his writing process. To showcase the novel's "fluid text" features, a special typeface indicates hundreds of passages that were later revised, edited, and censored. On-page "Revision Narratives" explain the stories behind the major changes, and Explanatory Notes at the back of the book discuss literary allusions, as well as contemporary social, political, philosophical, and cultural references - some never before explained in any edition." "Concise footnotes and a modern Glossary bring obscure language and nautical terms to life, and diverse illustrations - including a new map of the Pequod's voyage, historical ship diagrams, relevant film stills, and comic-book art - depict whaling life and reveal how Melville's story is still being revised."--Jacket
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Melville : his world and work
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Andrew Delbanco Director of American Studies at Columbia University

Delbanco, Andrew

דלבנקו, אנדרו 1952-

English (196)

German (3)

Spanish (2)

The death of Satan : how Americans have lost the sense of evilRequired reading : why our American classics matter nowThe Puritan ordealThe Portable Abraham LincolnThe real American dream : a meditation on hopeThe Puritans in America : a narrative anthologyWriting New England : an anthology from the Puritans to the presentEdgar Allan Poe