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Vernon, John 1943-

Overview
Works: 28 works in 125 publications in 5 languages and 5,526 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Western films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  History  Action and adventure fiction  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Director
Classifications: PS3572.E76, 813.54
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Most widely held works about John Vernon
 
Most widely held works by John Vernon
The garden and the map : schizophrenia in twentieth-century literature and culture by John Vernon( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucky Billy by John Vernon( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictional portrait of the violent life and times of outlaw Billy the Kid, focuses on his role in the Lincoln County War, the murder of his employer John Tunstall, and the revenge killings that followed
The last canyon by John Vernon( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blending fact and fiction, presents the story of John Wesley Powell's 1869 voyage of exploration from the Green River in Wyoming Territory to the canyons of the Colorado River
Money and fiction : literary realism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by John Vernon( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Salle : a novel by John Vernon( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sieur de La Salle's story begins in 1682, when he sets out with twenty-two Frenchmen, eighteen Indians, and his always-grumbling, epileptic cartographer, Pierre Goupil, to chart the length of the Mississippi River. In the course of this novel, in the form of diary entries by La Sale and Goupil, we see early America as seldom before--a world as foreign to us as any, for, as author Vernon points out, "the map of North America, so etched in our imaginations, with the great furrow of the Mississippi River running down the center of it, did not yet exist for these colonists." For them, North America is a vivid and dangerous dream of hardship, madness, and poetry. In their often conflicting and always vigorous styles, the two describe their journey into the wilderness and a world in which the reason and religion of Europe have no place.--From publisher description
Peter Doyle : a novel by John Vernon( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On St. Helena island in 1821 a mysterious doctor removes Napoleon Bonaparte's penis from his corpse while in the next room his loyal lieutenants brag about their dead emperor's merciless cruelty. Fifty years later the search for this itinerant appendage leads through Victorian London to ante-bellum New York, Amherst, Massachusetts, and finally Colorado Territory, dragging in its path a promiscuous mix of French counts, love-sick poets, dandies, shady antiquarians, utopian dreamers, con men, and a pieced-together homunculus named Bonnie. The French want to re-member their empire, the English relic-seekers wish to recover a valuable prize, and Bonnie wants to complete his diminutive body. Along the way, John Vernon corrects history's mistake by arranging a meeting between the two great American poets, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. And Whitman's friend, Peter Doyle, the dandified streetcar conductor at the center of it all, saves the lives of a family abducted by Indians with an ingenious use of Napoleon's #x93;dingus," as he calls it. From the half-completed Brooklyn Bridge to Horace Greeley's Union Colony in Colorado Territory to the Rocky Mountains and the canyons of the Green and Yampa rivers, this sprawling novel creates its own manifest destiny by mixing fact and fiction with shameless joy. Peter Doyle's brand of speculative historical fiction corrects history's minor errors while vividly describing its major ones. Praise#x93;Vernon's great virtue is his style#x96;smart, marvelously specific, insightful both about large issues and small ones. The novel contains a wealth of fine sentences, and a wealth of sharply delineated objects. Reading it is rather like going into the world's best and most fascinating antique store and watching everything, on every shelf, in every drawer, draped over every rack, be made new again. This is not a novel to be
Poetry and the body by John Vernon( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lindbergh's son by John Vernon( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All this began long before I died," says the brain in a jar that narrates John Vernon's second novel. The brain once belonged to Charles Cooper, a 55-year-old water engineer in upstate New York, and has been kept alive by a perfusion pump invented by the man who may have been Coop's father--Charles Lindbergh. Then again, maybe not. Coop's suspicion that he is the kidnapped Lindbergh baby who never really died but instead was stolen as a child and raised by gangsters begins when, on a day like any other, while playing basketball with his ne're-do-well stepson, two women approach him, one claiming to be the mother he thought long dead, the other his sister. "As a rule, I'm not a paranoid man," he says, but these persistent strangers initiate a chain of clues and strange events that open before him like a bottomless pit. His search for an identity locks him inside a labyrinth of memory, historical detective work, deceit and obsession. Is he Lindbergh's son or the victim of an elaborate hoax designed to rob him of his inheritance? And is he deranged or rather is it "reality," as he says, that "has come down with an illness." Lindbergh's Son is a map of a peculiar kind of American megalomania, one whose genealogies are floating, roots shallow, and borders ever shifting
All for love : Baby Doe and Silver Dollar by John Vernon( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1879, Baby Doe moves to Colorado, the first woman to work in a silver mine. She dumps her husband and has magnate Horace Tabor divorce his wife. The wedding is attended by a U.S. president, they flaunt their wealth, after which it's downhill, Tabor dying in 1899, leaving Baby with a worthless mine and hobos for company. By the author of Peter Doyle
Ann : poems by John Vernon( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The outlaw Josey Wales by Clint Eastwood( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A peaceful farmer turns Confederate renegade to avenge the deaths of his wife and child at the hands of bandits-turned-Union sympathizers
Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in German and Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ariadna en Naxos (título original en alemán, Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60) es una ópera en dos partes con música de Richard Strauss y libreto en alemán de Hugo von Hofmannsthal, basado en Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (El burgués gentilhombre) de Molière y el mito griego de Ariadna y Baco
An Evening with the Bolshoi( Visual )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A live recording from London of one of the performances given by the Bolshoi Ballet during their 1986 tour of the United Kingdom
A book of reasons by John Vernon( Book )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Every family has its odd character, the one member who never seems right with the world. In his brilliant pairing of family history with the history of civilization, John Vernon discovers the extraordinary sources of ordinary things in the life of his reclusive brother, Paul. When Paul died and John was charged with settling his affairs, he came face to face with a life he had never suspected. His brother's house in southern New Hampshire was in a state of squalid, shocking disrepair: piled high with a lifetime of trash, unheated and decrepit, pitifully unlivable. An assembly worker and an amateur inventor, Paul had managed to keep his sad and strange world hidden. The story of this troubled soul is at once fascinating and tragic. And more: it cries out for reasons. Why does a childhood full of promise turn wrong? Why do we clutter our lives with things? How do we make and understand our world? Vernon seeks answers in the most unexpected places. Buying a hammer and thermometer at Wal-Mart, that icon of consumerism, inspires a short history of tools and the discovery of mercury. Paul's wake occasions an investigation of blood circulation and embalming. Vernon voyages through science and physiology, culture and mythology, on a search "for a way to comprehend a life that left behind not splendid monuments but ordinary wreckage." The result is a book of reasons: reasons for his brother's way of life, reasons for his own response to Paul's death. Bringing to bear the narrative powers that distinguished his acclaimed historical novels Peter Doyle and All for Love, Vernon links the story of one odd individual to the surprising and irregular upheavals of history. In the process, he discovers how reasons, for all of us, are one means of learning to accept things that can never be explained
The nutcracker : ballet in two acts by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet version of Nutcracker in a historic performance from 1968, based on Hoffman's fairy tale "The Nutrcracker and the Mouse King." It takes place one Christmas Eve in a small 19th century Russian town and tells the story of a little girl's dream of a Christmas doll transformed into a handsome prince
Highlights from the Royal Ballet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fragmenten uit vier balletten gedanst door het Royal Ballet in The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 1981-1985
LaSalle by John Vernon( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sieur de La Salle's story begins in 1682, when he sets out with twenty-two Frenchmen, eighteen Indians, and his always-grumbling, epileptic cartographer, Pierre Goupil, to chart the length of the Mississippi River. In the course of this novel, in the form of diary entries by La Sale and Goupil, we see early America as seldom before--a world as foreign to us as any, for, as author Vernon points out, "the map of North America, so etched in our imaginations, with the great furrow of the Mississippi River running down the center of it, did not yet exist for these colonists." For them, North America is a vivid and dangerous dream of hardship, madness, and poetry. In their often conflicting and always vigorous styles, the two describe their journey into the wilderness and a world in which the reason and religion of Europe have no place.--From publisher description
Jack Vernon and friends with "open mike" at the Tazmanian Embassy : November 17, 1992( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Features poetry readings from Nancy Flynn, Nancy Mckinley, Bob Mooney and Jack Vernon at the Tazmanian Embassy in Binghamton, N.Y. Several local poets read their works during "open mike" sessions after the featured poets. The event was held on November 17, 1992 and the readings were sponsored by the Binghamton Community Poets as part of their Big Horror Reading Series
The great unknown by John Vernon( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Lucky Billy-a novel about billy the kid (large print) by John Vernon( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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