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Coward, David

Works: 135 works in 470 publications in 3 languages and 19,922 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Juvenile works  Drama  Biographical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Allegories 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PQ2228, 843.7
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Most widely held works by David Coward
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 1,815 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
The misfortunes of virtue, and other early tales by Sade( )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,634 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
Twenty years after by Alexandre Dumas( )

14 editions published between 1902 and 2008 in English and held by 1,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two decades have passed since the three musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems 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 a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil."--
The black tulip by Alexandre Dumas( )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,442 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 Marquis de Sade, the crimes of love : heroic and tragic tales ; preceded by an Essay on novels : a selection by Sade( )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,326 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
A history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinema by David Coward( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,160 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
Camille by Alexandre Dumas( )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,107 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( )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil enter into a personal competition to seduce and betray the innocent
The man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Louis XIV of France imprisons his twin brother Phillipe, the rightful heir to the throne, in the Bastille. In a cunning scheme, Phillipe is freed from prison and released from the iron mask he has been forced to wear
The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

15 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in English and held by 670 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
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handsome, wordly 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
The misanthrope, and other plays by Molière( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 438 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
A night of serious drinking by René Daumal( Book )

3 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 413 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 day in the country and other stories by Guy de Maupassant( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 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."
The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

15 editions published between 1898 and 2009 in English and held by 408 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
The miser and other plays by Molière( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 374 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 Figaro trilogy by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 364 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
Queen Margot, or, Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 321 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 )

5 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
Mademoiselle Fifi and other stories by Guy de Maupassant( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mademoiselle Fifi is a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant, published in 1882 in a collection of the same title. Like many of his short stories, such as Boule de Suif and Deux Amis, the story is set during the Franco-Prussian War and explores themes of class barriers, contrasts between the French and German participants, and the pointlessness of the war.-- Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The black tulip
The misfortunes of virtue, and other early talesTwenty years afterThe black tulipThe Marquis de Sade, the crimes of love : heroic and tragic tales ; preceded by an Essay on novels : a selectionA history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinemaCamilleLes liaisons dangereusesThe man in the iron mask
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Coward, David 1938-

Coward, David Allen 1938-

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