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Leavitt, David 1961-

Works: 121 works in 719 publications in 20 languages and 19,509 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Historical fiction  Romance fiction  Drama  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Correspondent, Recipient, Contributor, Commentator for written text, Other
Classifications: PS3562.E2618, 813.54
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The man who knew too much : Alan Turing and the invention of the computer by David Leavitt( Book )

40 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity - his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candour - while elegantly explaining his work and its implications
The Indian clerk by David Leavitt( Book )

34 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leavitt's novel centers on the relationship between mathematicians G.H. Hardy (1877-1947) and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). In January of 1913, Cambridge-based Hardy receives a nine-page letter filled with prime number theorems from S. Ramanujan, a young accounts clerk in Madras. Intrigued, Hardy consults his colleague and collaborator, J.E. Littlewood; the two soon decide Ramanujan is a mathematical genius and that he should emigrate to Cambridge to work with them. Hardy recruits the young, eager don, Eric Neville, and his wife, Alice, to travel to India and expedite Ramanujan's arrival; Alice's changing affections, WWI and Ramanujan's enigmatic ailments add obstacles. Meanwhile, Hardy, a reclusive scholar and closeted homosexual, narrates a second story line cast as a series of 1936 Harvard lectures, some of them imagined. Ramanujan comes to renown as the the Hindu calculator discussions of mathematics and bits of Cambridge's often risque ̌academic culture (including D.H. Lawrence's 1915 visit) add authenticity
The lost language of cranes by David Leavitt( Book )

70 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Philip fall in love with Eliot, he realizes it's time to tell his parents who he is and how he lives. His parents may not be ready for this; they face serious changes in their own lives. This novel is about what we miss- or choose not to see -just beneath the surface of our lives. And what happens when we know too much
The two Hotel Francforts : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )

28 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe--a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class"--Dust jacket flap
Family dancing : stories by David Leavitt( Book )

53 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories presents families all unhappy in different ways, including a mother who presides over her local Parents of Lesbians and Gays chapter, yet has trouble accepting her son's lover
Equal affections : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )

57 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family matriarch Louise Cooper, mother of gay siblings April and Danny, suffers one medical malady after another, while Nat, her computer scientist husband, enjoys a longterm affair on the side. As Louise's condition deteriorates, tensions mount and family members attempt to define and justify their conflicting feelings
While England sleeps by David Leavitt( Book )

31 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set against the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe, While England Sleeps tells the story of a love affair between Brian Botsford, an upper-class young English writer, and Edward Phelan, an idealistic employee of the London Underground and member of the Communist Party. Though far better educated than Edward, Brian is also far more callow, convinced that his homosexuality is something he will outgrow. Edward, on the other hand, possesses "an unproblematic capacity to accept" both Brian and the unorthodox nature of their love for each other--until one day, at the urging of his wealthy aunt Constance, Brian agrees to be set up with a "suitable" young woman named Philippa Archibald. Pushed to the point of crisis, Edward flees, volunteering to fight Franco in Spain, where he ends up in prison. And Brian, feeling responsible for Edward's plight, must pursue him across Europe, and into the chaos of war
A place I've never been by David Leavitt( Book )

46 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Leavitt's second collection of stories further confirms a talent deep and wonderfully creative in its empathy. A Place I've Never Been explores family relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships, among characters whose sexuality is fluid or uncertain ' a barrier or under threat. A real estate agent happily married to a woman finds himself in love with another man in "Houses." A man entering a bold new world of gay hookups feels sheltered from the most intimidating attentions by his more attractive, charismatic friend. And Leavitt moves from the familiar American suburbs to Italy, where he's also spent time, to create a contrast with European concepts of loyalty and fidelity that transcends the usual stereotypes. A Place I've Never Been is clever and pleasurable, but also revelatory and wise
The page turner : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )

34 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Porterfield, 18 år, lovende pianist, får chance for at vende nodeblade for en verdensberømt koncertpianist. Ved deres næste møde forføres den unge mand, og forelskelsen udvikler sig til et intenst forhold
The body of Jonah Boyd : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )

33 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complex interrelationships of members of the Wright family, their associates, and their visitors turn their Thanksgiving holiday upside down and change the lives of everyone involved
The Penguin book of gay short stories by David Leavitt( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is an anthology of stories that, in the words of its co-editor David Leavitt, "illuminate the experience of love between men, explore the nature of homosexual identity, or investigate the kinds of relationships gay men have with each other, with their friends, and with their families." It is not a collection of stories written exclusively by gay authors; indeed, readers may be surprised to discover that some of their favorite women writers and straight male writers have also explored the territory. What the stories do share is a refusal to ghettoize gay men as denizens of the gay nocturnal subculture. The men in these stories live very much in the world; their sexuality, though an important aspect of their lives, doesn't singularly define them." "The thirty-nine stories brought together here suggest the ways in which gay experience has - and hasn't - changed over the course of this century, starting with the tender, unarticulated longings of two boys swimming in D.H. Lawrence's "A Poem of Friendship" and ending with the explicit sexual interaction of two boys in a bathtub in A.M. Homes's "The Whiz Kids." In between there is every imaginable kind of gay story, as offered by well-known authors and by those less familiar to the devotees of the genre. There is wry humor in Barbara Pym's clever manipulation of romantic convention; painful accounts of discovery in Larry Kramer's "Mrs. Tefillin"; the consolation of age in Edmund White's "Reprise"; and in Randall Kenan's "Run, Mourner, Run," the breaking of both racial and sexual taboos. The anthology also encompasses a richly diverse subcategory of stories inspired by AIDS, from such writers as Allen Barnett, Michael Cunningham, Stephen Greco, Dennis McFarland, and Peter Wells: stories that explore not only the tragedy of the epidemic but also the triumphs, even the erotic possibilities, that have been generated in its wake."
Arkansas : three novellas by David Leavitt( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three novellas featuring homosexual relationships. In The Term Paper Artist, a poet at a California college acquires lovers among straight men by writing papers for them, in The Wooden Anniversary a woman in love with a gay man finds he prefers her male cook, while Saturn Street is on the lot of victims of aids in Los Angeles
Martin Bauman, or, A sure thing by David Leavitt( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the dawn of the Reagan era, Martin Bauman - nineteen, clever, talented, and insecure - is enrolled at a prestigious college with a hard-won place under the tutelage of the legendary and enigmatic Stanley Flint, a man who can make or break careers with the flick of a weary hand. Martin is poised on the brink of the writing life, and his twin desires, equally urgent, are to get into print and find his way out of the closet." "As he makes his way through the wilderness of New York - falling in love, going to parties, and coming to terms with the emerging chaos of AIDS - Martin matures from brilliant student, to apprentice in a Manhattan publishing house, to one of the golden few to be anointed by the highly regarded magazine in which it is every young writer's dream to be published. Yet despite his apparent successes, his emotional and creative desires stubbornly refuse to be satisfied, and his every achievement is haunted by that austere and troubling image of literary perfection, his elusive mentor, Stanley Flint."--Jacket
Pages passed from hand to hand : the hidden tradition of homosexual literature in English from 1748 to 1914( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There have been several recent anthologies of twentieth-century gay fiction, but Mark Mitchell and David Leavitt's book is the first to explore the texts that circulated before the genre of "gay fiction" came into being, and before greater tolerance allowed writers to treat homosexual themes directly. The result is both an entertaining and a revelatory anthology, and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the literary treatment of homosexuality."--Jacket
The marble quilt : stories by David Leavitt( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these nine stories, David Leavitt surveys the complicated politics of human relationships in families and communities, in the present day and over the course of the last century." "Here are stories that range in form from a historical survey to a police interrogation to an e-mail exchange. In "The Infection Scene," a young man's determined effort to contract HIV is juxtaposed with an account of the early life of Lord Alfred Douglas. In the title story, an expatriate tries to make sense of his ex-partner's senseless murder. In "Crossing St. Gotthard'" the members of an American family traveling in Europe at the turn of the twentieth century find themselves confronting their own mortality as they plunge into a train tunnel in Switzerland. And in "Black Box," the partner of a man killed in a plane crash is drawn into an unholy alliance with a fellow "crash widow.""--Jacket
The M word : writers on same-sex marriage( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As it heads through the courts, dividing the nation and shaping the political landscape, the issue of same-sex marriage is becoming one of the major civil-rights battles of our generation. Now, some of the country's finest writers, gay and straight, explore the nuances of one of the most complicated issues of our time." "Drawing on personal experiences or culling from history, the headlines, or their own fertile imaginations, eleven noted writers present an all-too-human look at gay matrimony and its implications for marriage in general - and how our traditional marriages both influence and measure up to these new unions."
Selected stories by E. M Forster( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects short stories written by Edward Morgan Forster, including "The Celestial Omnibus," "The Machine Stops," and "The Story of the Siren."
Collected stories by David Leavitt( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Original youth : the real story of Edmund White's boyhood by Keith Fleming( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italian pleasures by David Leavitt( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The man who knew too much : Alan Turing and the invention of the computer
Alternative Names
David Leavitt Amerikaans schrijver

David Leavitt amerikansk författare

David Leavitt amerikansk skribent

David Leavitt écrivain américain

David Leavitt scrittore statunitense

David Leavitt US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer

Leavitt, David

Libit, Deēvid 1961-

Livit, Deēvid 1961-

Дэвид Ливитт

לװיט, דײװיד

לװיט, דײװיד 1961־

レーヴィット, デイヴィッド


レーヴィットデイヴィッド 1961-

The Indian clerkThe lost language of cranesFamily dancing : storiesEqual affections : a novelWhile England sleepsA place I've never beenThe page turner : a novelThe body of Jonah Boyd : a novel