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Bessie, Alvah Cecil 1904-1985

Works: 115 works in 364 publications in 12 languages and 6,594 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Bibliography  History  Periodicals  Bibliographies  Personal narratives  Short stories  Drama  War films  Personal narratives‡vAmerican 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Conceptor, Editor
Classifications: PQ2258, 843.912
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Most widely held works by Alvah Cecil Bessie
The Best short stories of ... and the yearbook of the American short story( )

in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our fight : writings by veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Spain, 1936-1939( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amerikanske frivillige som deltog i den spanske borgerkrig beretter om deres erindringer fra krigen
Men in battle; a story of Americans in Spain by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

37 editions published between 1939 and 1983 in 4 languages and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The symbol by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

28 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You've clawed your way up the ladder of your chosen profession and you're at the top. The people who write to you even the poor sick men who tell you what they'd like to do to you are offering love in the only way they can. For you're an unattainable object to them. A love object, if you will, a symbol. The Symbol is the story of Wanda Oliver an orphan child who became one of the great Hollywood stars of our time. Beautiful, redheaded, sexy, funny, she was the symbol of womanhood for millions. Her success was legendary, her personal life chaotic, her death, by her own hand, tragic. She was married and divorced three times first with Tom Kelly, the young aircraft mechanic; then, after her star began to rise, with Buck Wishnewski, the great football hero, the shyest, nicest man Wanda was ever to know; and then with Calvin Bernard, the famous painter, who tried to teach Wanda what womanhood really meant. And besides her husbands there was Luke O'Brian, the wartime flying hero a gentleman in the daytime and brutal, savage aggressor at night. And there was Helmut Thierbach, the brilliant German film star who treated women including Wanda as though they were objects to satisfy his desire. The Symbol is a triumph of storytelling as it moves from Wanda's childhood to her days as a photographer's model and bit player. It tells of her first real film role, her phenomenal rise in Hollywood, her disastrous loves and marriages, her growing dependence on alcohol and sleeping pills, her battles with the studios, and then the last tragic act of her life. In Wanda Oliver, Alvah Bessie gives us a full-length, absolutely convincing portrait. He has, in an uncanny way, entered her mind and heart, so that we know and feel what it must be like to be famous and so haunted.. . . a moving, penetrating novel ... The Symbol is a good book, a true book and may be the final word on the creation and destruction of that fragile, glittering essence called Movie Star. James Powers, Hollywood Reporter********************The Symbol is remarkable because it was written by a man and is the story of an entirely believable woman ... we see her steadily and whole, from her ugly childhood to her early, sad, muddled end ... there is not a cardboard figure or a canned voice in the novel. Martha Gellhorn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*********************The Symbol ... seeks to reconstruct the psychological even the physiological substance upon which one of the largest goddess myths was founded. In this, I think it succeeds admirably ... an exciting addition to the small number of good books about our mythic creatures. Wirt Williams, NY Times Book Reviews
The un-Americans by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

36 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Román pokrokového amerického spisovatele zabírá rozlehlou časovou plochu od občanské války ve Španělsku přes 2. světovou válku až po nejživější současnost a odkrývá rozpory v americkém životě na dvou typech novinářů: F.X. Langa, který pro blahobyt a v zbabělém strachu z mocných dovede zradit přítele i sebe sama, a Bena Blaua, pokrokáře a komunistu, jenž hrdě a nezlomně čelí Výboru pro neamerickou činnost a do pravého světla staví jeho útoky proti pravdě aspravedlnosti
Torture garden by Octave Mirbeau( Book )

12 editions published between 1929 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translation of Le jardin des supplices
Bread and a stone by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

17 editions published between 1941 and 1983 in English and Czech and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a man during the Great Depression who is an unemployed farmworker, loving husband and father, and accused murder who is driven to desperate acts
Alvah Bessie's Short fictions by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heart of Spain; anthology of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry( Book )

6 editions published in 1952 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier( Book )

4 editions published between 1930 and 1966 in French and English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An influential novelist's shocking tale of sexual deception draws readers into the bedrooms and boudoirs of a French château in a compelling exploration of desire and sexual intrigue
Batouala : a true Black novel by René Maran( Book )

4 editions published in 1932 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in pre-independence Africa, the novel is a series of "etchings" depicting both the drama and monotony of life in the African villages ruled over by the great mokoundji (chief) Batouala
One for my baby : a novel by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alias Bluebeard; the life and death of Gilles de Raiz by Emile Gabory( Book )

2 editions published in 1930 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In sight of Eden by Roger Vercel( Book )

2 editions published in 1934 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The action takes place on a fishing vessel in Greenland waters. Translated from the French
The songs of Bilitis by Pierre Louÿs( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These passionate verses were published in Paris in 1894 as the lost works of a disciple of Sappho. Between their open celebration of lesbian love and the eventual revelation of their true authorship-the verses actually were written by French novelist and poet Pierre Louÿs-they became a succès de scandale. Although debunked as a work of antiquity, The Songs of Bilitis remains a classic of erotic literature. More than 160 sensual illustrations by the famed Hungarian-born American artist Willy Pogány grace the pages of this lovely keepsake edition. Reprinted from a sensitive translation of the original French edition by Alvah C. Bessie, it features extensive annotations. Contains adult material
Errol Flynn adventures( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Special features included in each movie
Objective Burma (1945) : shooting script by Ranald MacDougall( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Soviet people at war by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

8 editions published between 1941 and 1943 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Northern pursuit( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Canadian officer goes undercover to unravel a Nazi plot while pretending to be their guide through the icy wilderness
Dwell in the wilderness by Alvah Cecil Bessie( Book )

7 editions published between 1935 and 1936 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Errol Flynn adventures Northern pursuit
The songs of BilitisErrol Flynn adventuresNorthern pursuitAlvah Bessie's Spanish Civil War notebooksObjective, Burma!
Alternative Names
Alvah Bessie Amerikaans scenarioschrijver (1904-1985)

Alvah Bessie amerikansk skådespelare och manusförfattare

Alvah Bessie amerikansk skodespelar og manusforfattar

Alvah Bessie amerikansk skuespiller og manusforfatter

Alvah Bessie amerikansk skuespiller og manuskriptforfatter

Alvah Bessie personnalité politique américaine

Alvah Bessie polític estatunidenc

Alvah Bessie político estadounidense

Alvah Bessie US-amerikanischer Drehbuchautor, Schriftsteller und Übersetzer

Alvah Bessie yhdysvaltalainen poliitikko

Besi, Alva, 1904-1985

Bessi, Alʹva 1904-1985

Bessie Alvah

Bessie, Alvah 1904-1985

Bessie, Alvah C.

Bessie, Alvah C. 1904-

Bessie, Alvah C. 1904-1985

Bessie, Alvah Cecil 1904–1985

Алва Беси

Беси, Алва, 1904-1985

Бесси Альва

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