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Coward, David

Overview
Works: 126 works in 390 publications in 2 languages and 19,168 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Short stories  Juvenile works  Biographical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Romance fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Author of introduction, Editor, Other
Classifications: PQ2228, 843.7
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Most widely held works by David Coward
The man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four musketeers, in their final adventure, come to the aid of a Bastille prisoner whose secret identity is so dangerous that its revelation could topple the King from his throne
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Count of Monte Cristo (Paris, 1844-45), by French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas, is one of the most popular novels ever written. Set in Marseilles, Rome and Paris in the nineteenth century, it tells the story of Edmond Dantès, a young sailor who is falsely accused of treason and imprisoned in a dungeon for fourteen years. A fellow prisoner tells him where to find treasure buried on a Mediterranean island called Monte Cristo. On Dantès's escape, he acquires the treasure, gives himself the name Count of Monte Cristo, and ruthlessly goes about the slow destruction of his enemies. -- ENotes
Twenty years after by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

13 editions published between 1902 and 2008 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two decades have passed since the famous swordsmen triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady inThe Three Musketeers. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and strategems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is the titanic struggle with the son of Milady who wears the face of evil
The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Gascon nobleman, d'Artagnan, sets off for Paris in hopes of joining the Musketeers. He proves himself fighting with them and earns a place in their ranks. With d'Artagnan the three preserve the honor of the king and thwart the schemes of Cardinal Richelieu
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handsome, worldly and intelligent, Solal holds a position of enviable power in 1930s Geneva. But as Under-Secretary-General of the League of Nations, he has become bitterly disillusioned by international affairs and the self-serving people who surround him. His one hope for redemption is through love - and he embarks on the audacious seduction of Ariane, the beautiful, daydreaming wife of a dull-witted, social-climbing employee of the League
The black tulip by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Black Tulip (1850), the shortest of Dumas' novels, the hero is no Musketeer, but a flower. The story is set in Holland in 1672, and weaves the historical events surrounding the brutal murder of John de Witte and his brother Cornelius into a tale of romantic love. The novel is also a timeless political allegory in which Dumas creates a symbol of justice and tolerance: the fateful tulipa negra
The misanthrope, and other plays by Molière( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unique volume brings together four of Moliere's greatest verse comedies covering the best years of his prolific writing career. Actor, director, and playwright, Moliere (1622-73) was one of the finest and most influential French dramatists, adept at portraying human foibles and puncturing pomposity. The School for Wives was his first great success; Tartuffe, condemned and banned for five years, his most controversial play. The Misanthrope is his acknowledged masterpiece, and The Clever Women his last, and perhaps best-constructed, verse piece. In addition this collection includes a spirited attack on his enemies and a defense of his theater, in the form of two sparkling short plays, The School for Wives Criticized and The Impromptu at Versailles
The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

10 editions published between 1898 and 2009 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

May, 1660 and the fate of nations is at stake. Mazarin plots, Louis XIV is in love and Raoul de Bragelonne, son of Athos, is intent on serving France and winning the heart of Louise de la Valliere. D'Artagnan, meanwhile, is perplexed by a mysterious stranger
Selected tales of Guy de Maupassant by Guy de Maupassant( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes twenty-seven of the classic tales of nineteenth-century French life, including "The Necklace" and "Le Horla."
A night of serious drinking by René Daumal( Book )

3 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Night of Serious Drinking is among Rene Daumal's most important literary works. Like his Mount Analogue, it is a work of symbolic fiction that can be enjoyed purely as an entertaining and imaginative story, but also for the much deeper meaning embedded in its deceptively simple plot: An unnamed narrator spends an evening getting drunk with a group of friends. As the party becomes intoxicated and more and more exuberant, the narrator embarks on a journey ranging from seeming paradises to the depths of pure hell. The fantastic world depicted in A Night of Serious Drinking is actually the ordinary world tumed upside down. The characters are called the Anthographers, Fabricators of Useless Objects, Scienters, Nibblists, Ciarificators, and other absurd titles. Yet the inhabitants of these strange realms are only too familiar; scientists dissecting an animal in their laboratory a wise man surrounded by his devotees, politicians and poets expounding their rhetoric. These characters perform hllarious antics and intellectual games, which they see as serious attempts to find meaning and freedom." "Daumal's keen perceptions about the human condition infuse A Night of Serious Drinking with a critique of culture and consciousness that is both disquieting and enlivening Book jacket."--Jacket
A history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinema by David Coward( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of the literature of France from its origins to the present day, exploring how it has been influenced by post-modern thought, historical events, politics, and other cultures
The Figaro trilogy by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who was Figaro? Not the impertinent valet of the operas of Mozart or Rossini, but both the spirit of resistance to oppression and a bourgeois individualist like his creator. The three plays in which he plots and schemes chronicle the slide of the ancien régime into revolution, but also chart the growth of Beaumarchais' humanitarianism. They are also exuberant theatrical entertainment, masterpieces of skill, invention and social satire which helped shape the direction of the French theatre for a hundred years. This lively new translation captures all the zest and energy of the most famous valet in French literature.--From publisher description
The miser and other plays by Molière( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Avare is a 1668 five-act satirical comedy by French playwright Molière. Its title is usually translated as The Miser when the play is performed in English.-- Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The misfortunes of virtue, and other early tales by Sade( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The name of the Marquis de Sade is synonymous with the blackest corners of the human soul, a byword for all that is foulest in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no morality, no human affection, and no hope. Power is given to the strong, and the strong are murderers, torturers, and tyrants. No quarter is given; compassion is the virtue of the weak. Yet Sade was a man of savage intelligence who carried the philosophy of the French Enlightenment to its logical extreme. His writings effectively release the individual from all social and moral constraint: for ma
Jacques the fatalist and his master by Denis Diderot( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jacques the Fatalist is Diderot's answer to the problem of existence. If human beings are determined by their genes and their environment, how can they claim to be free to want or do anything? Where are Jacques and his Master going? Are they simply occupying space, living mechanically until they die, believing erroneously that they are in charge of their Destiny? Diderot intervenes to cheat our expectations of what fiction should be and do, and behaves like a provocative, ironic, and unfailingly entertaining master of revels which finally show why Fate is not to be equated with doom." "In the introduction to this new translation, David Coward explains the philosophical basis of Diderot's fascination with Fate and shows why Jacques the Fatalist pioneers techniques of action which, two centuries on, novelists still regard as experimental."--Jacket
Queen Margot, or, Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enter the the violent world of intrigue, murder and duplicity of the French Renaissance. Saint Bartholomew's Day, 1572. Paris is awash with the blood of the Huguenots slaughtered by order of Charles IX. It takes an iron nerve and a cool head to survive. Young Henry of Navarre has both in abundance, but he has more: he has his Queen, the beautiful, cultured Margot who stakes all on love and remains defiant in defeat
The Marquis de Sade, the crimes of love : heroic and tragic tales ; preceded by an Essay on novels : a selection by Sade( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Murder, seduction, and incest are among the cruel rewards for selfless love in Sade's stories; tragedy, despair, and death the inevitable outcome. In this text Sade asks questions about society, about ourselves, and about life, for which we have yet to find the answers"--Provided by publisher
Louise de la Vallière by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. It is early summer, 1661, and the royal court of France is in turmoil. Can it be true that the King is in love with the Duchess D'Orleans? Or has his eye been caught by the sweet and gentle Louise de la Valliere? No one is more anxious to know the answer than Raoul, son of Athos, who loves Louise more than life itself. Behind the scenes, dark intrigues are afoot. Louis XIV is intent on making himself absolute master of France. Imminent crisis shakes the now ageing Musketeers and d'Artagnan out of their complacent retirement, but is the cause just? This new edition of the classic English translation of 1857 is richly annotated and sets Dumas's invigorating tale in its historical and cultural context
Camille by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and French and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A French courtesan with a passion for life and romance, sacrifices her happiness to prove her love for a young man whose family disapproves of their relationship
Les liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 18th century France, this is the story of two bored aristocrats and the havoc they wreak when they play dangerous games with people's lives. The beautiful widow Merteuil challenges rakish Valmont to seduce a virtuous young married woman, never suspecting that he would violate his personal credo and fall in love
 
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The misanthrope, and other plays
Alternative Names
Coward, David 1938-

Coward, David Allen 1938-

Languages
English (171)

French (1)

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The Count of Monte CristoTwenty years afterThe three musketeersBelle du SeigneurThe black tulipThe misanthrope, and other playsThe Vicomte de BragelonneSelected tales of Guy de Maupassant