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Coward, David

Works: 135 works in 463 publications in 2 languages and 20,803 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Juvenile works  Drama  Biographical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Author of screenplay, 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 2,094 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 black tulip by Alexandre Dumas( )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,711 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
Twenty years after by Alexandre Dumas( )

14 editions published between 1902 and 2008 in English and held by 1,597 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 misfortunes of virtue, and other early tales by Sade( )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,593 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 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 1,579 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 Undetermined and held by 1,161 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
Les liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos( )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte
Camille by Alexandre Dumas( )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and French and held by 1,103 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
The man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For 34 years, he was shut away in the French prison of Pignerol, doubly locked behind the prison walls and a heavy iron mask that kept his face hidden. Some 300 years after his death, the identity of this tragic figure remains a mystery, even as the world's leading historians have examined every aspect of his unbelievable tale. Why did Louis XIV who presided over the most lavish court in Europe condemn the unknown prisoner to this living death? Was he the king's illegitimate son, or even his twin brother? Explore the details of his solitary existence: he was allowed to hear mass, but forbidden contact with any of the prison guards except his own personal jailer. And hear the sometimes surprising theories of past and present scholars about his crime and identity. From the rumors that swept the 17th century court to the latest theories and discoveries, this is the astonishing tale of The man in the iron mask. 651 $aFrance$xHistory$yLouis XIV, 1643-1715. Presents the adventures of d'Artagnan, who battles political intrigues the service of King Louis XIV in 17th-century France
The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 669 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 447 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 )

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 414 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 Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

15 editions published between 1898 and 2009 in English and held by 411 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 )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes twenty-seven of the classic tales of nineteenth-century French life, including "The Necklace" and "Le Horla."
The miser and other plays by Molière( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 377 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 318 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 300 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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Coward, David 1938-

Coward, David Allen 1938-

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The black tulipTwenty years afterThe misfortunes of virtue, and other early talesThe 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 cinemaLes liaisons dangereusesCamilleThe man in the iron mask