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Coward, David

Overview
Works: 150 works in 489 publications in 3 languages and 20,515 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Juvenile works  Drama  Adventure stories  Biographical fiction  Romance fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, wpr, 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 1,843 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( )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,732 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
Twenty years after by Alexandre Dumas( )

15 editions published between 1902 and 2008 in English and held by 1,653 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( )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,490 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 1,359 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( )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new translation successfully combines a feeling for the formal proprieties of Dumas's style with a supple and colloquial liveliness that once again proves this story irresistible
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 1,129 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."--Jacket
Dangerous liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos( )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 1,008 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
The man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 902 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 three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in English and held by 664 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
A night of serious drinking by René Daumal( Book )

3 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 420 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 416 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 )

14 editions published between 1898 and 2009 in English and held by 403 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 401 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
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 399 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 miser and other plays by Molière( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 381 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 )

8 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 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Saint Bartholomew's Day 1572. Paris is awash with the blood of Huguenots slaughtered by order of Charles IX. Or perhaps of Catherine de Medicis, one of history's greatest monsters? Or the ambitious Duke de Guise? Or the Duke d'Anjou, soon to be the reluctant King of Poland? 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."--Cover
Jacques the fatalist and his master by Denis Diderot( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 301 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 )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 270 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
 
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The black tulip
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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 selectionCamilleA history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinemaDangerous liaisonsThe man in the iron mask
Alternative Names
Coward, David 1938-

Coward, David Allen 1938-

Languages
English (219)

Chinese (1)

French (1)