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Coward, David

Overview
Works: 123 works in 434 publications in 2 languages and 20,982 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Juvenile works  Biographical fiction  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Author of screenplay, Other
Classifications: PQ2228, 843.7
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Coward
A history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinema by David Coward( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 963 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 man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 901 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
Twenty years after by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

13 editions published between 1902 and 2008 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two decades have passed since the musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. 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, and in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. The quartet of musketeers come 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 )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An adventure story of the young D'Artagnan and his fellow swordsmen who serve King Louis XIII of France. While in service to their king, they must oppose Cardinal Richelieu, who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. They are also required to save the honor of their Queen by retrieving her diamond necklace from her secret lover before the king finds out
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FALSELY ACCUSED OF TREASON, THE YOUNG SAILOR EDMUND DANTES IS ARRESTED ON HIS WEDDING DAY AND IMPRISONED. AFTER STAGING A DRAMATIC ESCAPE, HE SETS OUT TO DISCOVER THE FABULOUS TREASURE OF MONTE CRISTO AND CATCH UP WITH HIS ENEMIES
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1930s Geneva, an official who rose high in the League of Nations by concealing his Jewish roots sets out to seduce a colleague's wife who represents his ideal of absolute love. A look at the mores and manners of the day
The misanthrope, and other plays by Molière( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 423 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 black tulip by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 416 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 Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

10 editions published between 1898 and 2009 in English and held by 406 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
A day in the country and other stories by Guy de Maupassant( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 400 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 394 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
The Figaro trilogy by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 362 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 )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of Moliere's dramatic commentaries on society presents The Miser, a misguided hero who obsessively disrupts the lives of those around him. The School for Wives is newly translated for this edition and was fiercely denounced as impious and vulgar. Moliere's response to his detractors became The School for Wives Criticized. Even more alarming to critics was his version of Don Juan. In The Hypochondriac, he produced an outrageous expose of medicine
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 most foul in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no human affection, and no hope. This selection of his early writings, some making their first appearance in English in this new translation by David Coward, reveals the full range of Sade's sobering moods and considerable talents. This is a fully annotated edition including an introduction, a biographical study, and a history of the censorship of these writings
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan het begin van de negentiende eeuw weet een Franse zeeman, die ten onrechte onder onmenselijke omstandigheden op een eilandje gevangen wordt gehouden, na jaren te ontsnappen
Queen Margot, or, Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 299 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
Jacques the fatalist and his master by Denis Diderot( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 296 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
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 295 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
Camille by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

12 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 )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinema
Alternative Names
Coward, David 1938-

Coward, David Allen 1938-

Languages
English (198)

French (1)

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The man in the iron maskTwenty years afterThe three musketeersThe Count of Monte CristoBelle du SeigneurThe misanthrope, and other playsThe black tulipThe Vicomte de Bragelonne