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Delbanco, Andrew 1952-

Works: 71 works in 271 publications in 2 languages and 18,195 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  Sea stories  Psychological fiction  Documentary films  Sources  Church history  Sea fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PS2602, B
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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 held by 1,986 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 )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,523 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 1,491 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 this work, the author 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 this historical narrative, he 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, he considers what is at stake in the urgent effort to protect these venerable institutions for future generations. In a new preface written in December 2012, the author addresses recent events that threatens the future of the institution
Required reading : why our American classics matter now by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 1,391 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 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects Lincoln's speeches, letters, and private documents
The Puritans in America : a narrative anthology by Alan Heimert( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 814 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
Ivory tower by Andrew Rossi( Visual )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 732 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
Writing New England : an anthology from the Puritans to the present by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of New England writing begins some 400 years ago, when a group of English Puritans crossed the Atlantic believing that God had appointed them to bring light and truth to the New World. Over the centuries since, the people of New England have produced one of the great literary traditions of the world--an outpouring of poetry, fiction, history, memoirs, letters, and essays that records how the original dream of a godly commonwealth has been both sustained and transformed into a modern secular culture enriched by people of many backgrounds and convictions. Writing New England, edited by the literary scholar and critic Andrew Delbanco, is the most comprehensive anthology of this tradition, offering a full range of thought and style. The major figures of New England literature--from John Winthrop and Anne Bradstreet to Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Thoreau, to Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, and John Updike--are of course represented, often with fresh and less familiar selections from their works. But Writing New England also samples a wide range of writings including Puritan sermons, court records from the Salem witch trials, Felix Frankfurter's account of the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, William Apess's eulogy for the Native American King Philip, pamphlets and poems of the Revolution and the Civil War, natural history, autobiographical writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Malcolm X, Mary Antin's account of the immigrant experience, John F. Kennedy's broadcast address on civil rights, and A. Bartlett Giamatti's memoir of a Red Sox fan. Organized thematically, this anthology provides a collective self-portrait of the New England mind. With an introductory essay on the origins of New England, a detailed chronology, and explanatory headnotes for each selection, the book is a welcoming introduction to a great American literary tradition and a treasury of vivid writing that defines what it has meant, over nearly four centuries, to be a New Englander. From the Preface: "Imposing one unitary meaning on New England would be as foolish as it would be unconvincing. Yet one purpose of this book is to convey some sense of New England's continuities and coherence...Not all the writers in this book are major figures (a few are barely known), but all are here because of the bracing freshness with which they describe places, people, ideas, and events to which, even if the subject is familiar, we are re-awakened
William Ellery Channing : an essay on the liberal spirit in America by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 501 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 426 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 400 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 373 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 321 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 by Frederick Wiseman( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 162 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
Melville : Biographie by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in German and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What should teachers know?( Recording )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 40 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
The elements of teaching by James M Banner( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How-to book nor a consideration of the philosophy, methods, or activities of teaching, this book, more precisely, assesses what it takes to teach. It encourages teachers to consider how they might strengthen their own level of professional performance
The real American dream : a meditation on hope by Andrew Delbanco( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since we discovered that, in Tocqueville's words, "the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy the heart," how have we Americans made do? 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 200 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. From the Christian story that expressed the earliest Puritan yearnings to New Age spirituality, apocalyptic environmentalism, and the multicultural search for ancestral roots that divert our own, The Real American Dream evokes the tidal rhythm of American history. It shows how Americans have organized their days and ordered their lives--and ultimately created a culture--to make sense of the pain, desire, pleasure, and fear that are the stuff of human experience. In a time of cultural crisis, when the old stories seem to be faltering, this book offers a lesson in the painstaking remaking of the American dream
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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 (190)

German (3)

The death of Satan : how Americans have lost the sense of evilRequired reading : why our American classics matter nowThe Puritan ordealThe Portable Abraham LincolnThe Puritans in America : a narrative anthologyWriting New England : an anthology from the Puritans to the presentEdgar Allan PoeThe 11th of September : Moyers in conversation