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Coward, David

Works: 152 works in 478 publications in 3 languages and 19,949 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Juvenile works  Biographical fiction  Drama  Romance fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Allegories 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Other, tra
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 1,808 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 1,657 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 black tulip by Alexandre Dumas( )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,433 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( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,314 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 )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In its scope and inclusiveness, this ambitious volume is far more than a history of the literature of France from its origins to the present day, though it is that too. It is a book that fully registers the impact of post-modern thought upon our understanding of what we mean by 'literature' and what historically has been meant by the term. David Coward's book allows us to see the diverse wealth of French literature, which has been extended and enriched by new Francophone writing in Europe, Canada, the West Indies, and North and Sub-Saharan Africa. His history is set in the widest cultural context and links the development of literature to the mentalities and social conditions which produced it." "Coward takes us beyond 'literature' into the world of the best-seller and, beyond words, to graphic fiction and cinema. In the course of his account he maps the rise of the intellectual, from the time of Dreyfus to the divisions of the 1930s, from the Existentialists to the Post-Structuralists and beyond, and in so doing charts a progression from literary doctrine to critical theory." "Whatever the subject in hand, from the 'feminism' of the Middle Ages to the Feminism of the present, from the 'modernism' of the fifteenth century to the Modernism we associate with Proust and his contemporaries, Coward proves to be a fascinating and inspiring guide. Topics, themes and genres are clearly signposted so that the reader may follow the evolution of theatre, poetry or fiction as well as wider matters such as censorship and writers' rewards. The text is complemented by a fully comprehensive and reader-friendly index. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Camille by Alexandre Dumas( )

10 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( )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 930 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 895 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 )

13 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in English and held by 662 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
A night of serious drinking by René Daumal( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 423 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 )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes twenty-seven of the classic tales of nineteenth-century French life, including "The Necklace" and "Le Horla."
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 401 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 Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

12 editions published between 1898 and 2009 in English and held by 400 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 misanthrope, and other plays by Molière( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 394 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 Figaro trilogy by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 360 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 320 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 )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 297 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
Louise de la Vallière by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

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

"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'Orléans? Or has his eye been caught by the sweet and gentle Louise de la Vallière? 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?"--Cover
The miser (L'avare) by Molière( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The aging but vital Harpagon is hoarding every centime he can get his hands on, making sure that his two children, the virginal Elise and the dandy Cleante, live under his iron will. To complicate matters, Elise has fallen in love with the handsome Valere, who masquerades as a servant in the household, despite his noble birth, and, worse yet, Cleante and Harpagon are both smitten with the same woman, the beautiful, somewhat dim, Marianne. Meanwhile, scheming servants and assorted hustlers angle for Harpagon's incredible wealth, much of which is now buried and protected by snarling Dobermans"--Page 4 of cover
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The black tulip
The misfortunes of virtue, and other early talesThe 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 maskThe three musketeers
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Coward, David 1938-

Coward, David Allen 1938-

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