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Kaplan, Fred 1937-

Works: 50 works in 343 publications in 2 languages and 20,621 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Political fiction  Fiction  Documentary films  Domestic fiction  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR4581, B
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Most widely held works about Fred Kaplan
Most widely held works by Fred Kaplan
Dickens : a biography by Fred Kaplan( Book )

47 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents Dickens and his novels in social and psychological context. Also discusses the autobiographical basis of his greatest works
Dickens and mesmerism : the hidden springs of fiction by Fred Kaplan( )

15 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and held by 1,752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Quincy Adams : American visionary by Fred Kaplan( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this biography, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams--the little-known and much-misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams--and reveals how Adams' progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. Kaplan draws on unpublished archival material to trace Adams' evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his years as Secretary of State to his time in the White House and beyond. He examines Adams' different sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the thinker and advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist who believed strongly in both individual liberty and the government's role as an engine of progress and prosperity. In these ways Adams was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. Indeed, this biography makes clear how Adams' forward-thinking values, his definition of leadership, and his vision for the nation's future is as much about twenty-first century America as it is about Adams' own time
Henry James : the imagination of genius : a biography by Fred Kaplan( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 1,628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Henry James is one of the greatest and most influential novelists in the English language, and certainly the preeminent American novelist. But this is only the second biography of James ever to be written and the first to be conceived in the light of late-twentieth-century attitudes about feminism and homosexuality. With understanding and sensitivity, this biography creates a richly woven synthesis of the complexities of James's life and world - the eccentric, troubled family into which he was born, his struggle to define himself as an artist and as an American, his decision to live as an expatriate in Europe, the American and European social life in which he participated, his complex sensibility in relation to men, and his fascination with the problems and positions of women in late-Victorian society. Unlike any previous analysis of James, it presents the man as much in the light of the political and economic forces that shaped his life as in the aesthetic." "James was an acute observer of personal relationships, and his life was rich in friendships with the literary and artistic great of the Victorian and the early modern world, from Browning, Tennyson, Turgenev, Flaubert, Stevenson, and Burne-Jones to Sargent, Wilde, Shaw, Kipling, Howells, Wells, Conrad, Crane, Ford Madox Ford, and Edith Wharton. Essentially a private, even secretive man, whose favorite disguises promoted enabling self-deceptions, James lived most fully in his mind, his imagination, and his art, and expressed himself best in his letters and in his fiction. His own correspondence, as well as family letters, both published and unpublished, are at the heart of this biography's vivid portrait of a great artist whose elusiveness as a man is part of his strategy as a writer. As James himself advocated and would have wanted, this is an artful dramatic biography, placing the chronological narrative of James's life in the historical context of his times."--Jacket
Gore Vidal : a biography by Fred Kaplan( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From his Washington childhood, a world of high political and social connections and domestic turmoil, to his Exeter education and U.S. Army experiences; from his Hollywood and television career to his literary life as a novelist, playwright, and essayist; from his friendships and feuds with Tennessee Williams, Anais Nin, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and William Buckley to his exploration of homosexuality and celebration of bisexuality; from his cool satirical analyses of "the rich, the famous and the powerful" to his projection of himself onto the national stage of television talk shows and political ambition, Gore Vidal has been both participant in and spectator at the centers of American power."--BOOK JACKET. "Fred Kaplan enjoyed complete access to Vidal's papers, letters, and private photographs, as well as television and newsreel footage, but was guaranteed a free hand by Vidal to write as he saw fit."--Jacket
The singular Mark Twain : a biography by Fred Kaplan( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life of Mark Twain from his youth in Hannibal, Missouri, through his days as a riverboat pilot and journalist, to his literary success, describing his work, his troubled personal life, and his business failures
Thomas Carlyle : a biography by Fred Kaplan( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The National Book Critics Circle Award'winning portrait of the Victorian writer and historian Thomas Carlyle A Pulitzer finalist that draws upon years of research and unpublished letters, Thomas Carlyle examines the life of the Victorian genius. Carlyle was the author of Sartor Resartus and The French Revolution: A History, and he possessed one of literature's most flamboyant prose styles. Despite a childhood beset by anxiety and illness, Carlyle was indefatigable in his literary production. Fred Kaplan delves into the author's intense personal life, which includes his turbulent marriage to author Jane Baillie Welsh and his disillusionment with religion. Kaplan is a devoted and sensitive explicator, vividly resurrecting both Carlyle and his Victorian setting
Lincoln : the biography of a writer by Fred Kaplan( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the literary life of the sixteenth president explores the ways in which his views were shaped by classic literature and how he used language as a vehicle for complex ideas and an instrument of change in both political and personal arenas
Lincoln and the abolitionists : John Quincy Adams, slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how the differing experiences and viewpoints of two Presidents shaped slavery and race relations in America for more than a century
Miracles of rare device; the poet's sense of self in nineteenth-century poetry by Fred Kaplan( Book )

7 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential Gore Vidal by Gore Vidal( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Longtime fans gain a one-volume collection of the classic, quintessential writings of Gore Vidal, including previously uncollected essays and unpublished letters
Hard times : an authoritative text, contexts, criticism by Charles Dickens( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since its first publication thirty-five years ago, the Norton Critical Edition of Charles Dickens' Hard Times has been enthusiastically received as both a notable work of Dickens scholarship and a reliable text for the classroom. For this Third Edition, the editors, Fred Kaplan and Sylvere Monod, have re-edited the 1854 first edition text in light of scholarly findings made in the decade since the Second Edition was published. In addition, the annotations to the novel have been revised and expanded." ""Contexts" continues to reprint important documents on industrialism, education, and utilitarianism, including new selections by R.D. Butterworth and Thomas Carlyle." ""Criticism" collects sixteen varied assessments of Hard Times, both contemporary and modern, seven of them new to the Third Edition. The new contributors are Gorman Beauchamp, Jean Ferguson Carr, David L. Cowles, Patricia E. Johnson, Eric P. Levy, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Leona Toker." "A Chronology and updated Selected Bibliography are also included."--Jacket
Sacred tears : sentimentality in Victorian literature by Fred Kaplan( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An absorbing study of the evolution of sentiment in Victorian life and literature What is sentimentality, and where did it come from' For acclaimed scholar and biographer Fred Kaplan, the seeds were planted by the British moral philosophers of the eighteenth century. The Victorians gained from them a theory of human nature, a belief in the innateness of benevolent moral instincts; sentiment, in turn, emerged as a set of shared moral feelings in opposition to both scientific realism and the more ego-driven energies of Romanticism. Sacred Tears investigates the profound ways in which seminal writers Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Thomas Carlyle were influenced by the philosophies of David Hume and Adam Smith, and by novelists of the same period. Exploring sentiment in its original context'one often forgotten or overlooked'Kaplan's study is a stimulating fusion of intellectual history and literary criticism, and holds no small importance for questions of art and morality as they exist today
Best of enemies by Gore Vidal( Visual )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult-their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born
Oliver Twist : authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, early reviews, criticism by Charles Dickens( Book )

15 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the complete text of Charles Dickens' classic novel along with background and source information and twenty essays that critically examine his work
The Reader's adviser : a layman's guide to literature by Barbara Ann Chernow( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Dickens' book of memoranda : a photographic and typographic facsimile of the notebook begun in January 1855 by Charles Dickens( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling in Italy with Henry James : essays by Henry James( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike other collections of Henry James's Italian travel writing, Kaplan's anthology has been arranged geographically: He compiles for readers and tourists a literary map of James's Italy. This small, portable volume is the ideal companion for any explorer of Italy, and for the armchair tourist, Kaplan's collection provides a city-by-city tour of Florence, Venice, Rome, and the breathtaking countryside in between
Lectures on Carlyle & his era by Fred Kaplan( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln : the biography of a writer by Fred Kaplan( Recording )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaplan explores one of the most literary presidents of our country. Lincoln, an avid reader and writer, molded his identity, relationships, and career through his impeccable use of language and writing skills
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The singular Mark Twain : a biography
Henry James : the imagination of genius : a biographyGore Vidal : a biographyThe singular Mark Twain : a biographyThomas Carlyle : a biographyLincoln : the biography of a writerThe essential Gore VidalHard times : an authoritative text, contexts, criticismOliver Twist : authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, early reviews, criticismLincoln : the biography of a writer
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Фред Каплан

فرد كابلان كاتب سير من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

카플란, 프레드 1937-

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