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Boyd, Brian 1952-

Overview
Works: 122 works in 342 publications in 4 languages and 13,005 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Drama  History  Juvenile works 
Roles: Editor, Annotator, Bookjacket designer, Author of introduction, Translator, Composer
Classifications: PG3476.N3, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Brian Boyd
On the origin of stories evolution, cognition, and fiction by Brian Boyd ( )
17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A century and a half after the publication of Origin of Species, evolutionary thinking has expanded beyond the field of biology to include virtually all human-related subjects - anthropology, archeology, psychology, economics, religion, morality, politics, culture, and art. Now a distinguished scholar offers the first comprehensive account of the evolutionary origins of art and storytelling. Brian Boyd explains why we tell stories, how our minds are shaped to understand them, and what difference an evolutionary understanding of human nature makes to stories we love. Art is a specifically human adaptation, Boyd argues. It offers tangible advantages for human survival, and it derives from play, itself an adaptation widespread among more intelligent animals. More particularly, our fondness for storytelling has sharpened social cognition, encouraged cooperation, and fostered creativity. After considering art as adaptation, Boyd examines Homer's Odyssey and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! demonstrating how an evolutionary lens can offer new understanding and appreciation of specific works. What triggers our emotional engagement with these works? What patterns facilitate our responses? The need to hold an audience's attention, Boyd underscores, is the fundamental problem facing all storytellers. Enduring artists arrive at solutions that appeal to cognitive universals: an insight out of step with contemporary criticism, which obscures both the individual and universal. Published for the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species, Boyd's study embraces a Darwinian view of human nature and art, and offers a credo for a new humanism
Vladimir Nabokov : the Russian years by Brian Boyd ( Book )
30 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and Russian and held by 1,796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery by Brian Boyd ( )
21 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is reality? Whose fantasy and whose reality are they? Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer and hitherto the foremost proponent of the idea that Pale Fire has one narrator, John Shade, now rejec
Vladimir Nabokov : the American years by Brian Boyd ( Book )
23 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 1,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why lyrics last evolution, cognition, and Shakespeare's sonnets by Brian Boyd ( )
8 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that lyric making is universal across cultures, and uses the example of Shakespeare's "Sonnets" to showcase the human disposition to play with lyrical patterns
Nabokov's butterflies : unpublished and uncollected writings by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ( Book )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Literature and Lepidoptera dance an elaborate pas de deux through seventy years of Vladimir Nabokov's life, from his boyhood in Russia to his life as an emigre in the Crimea, Berlin, France, the United States, and finally in Switzerland. An American literary giant, Nabokov also produced first-rate work as a scientist, and in his fiction and elsewhere eloquently advocated attention to the details of the natural world and promoted the delights of discovery." "Nabokov's Butterflies presents Nabokov's twin passions through an astonishingly rich array of novel selections, stories, poems, screenplay, autobiography, criticism, lecturers, articles, reviews, interviews, letters, and notes, plus a wealth of beautiful and fanciful drawings by Nabokov and photographs of him in the field."--BOOK JACKET
Stalking Nabokov : selected essays by Brian Boyd ( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Boyd confronts Nabokov's life, career, and legacy; his art, science, and thought; his subtle humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complex psychological portraits; and his inheritance from, reworking of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd offers new ways of reading Nabokov's best English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the unparalleled autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses otherwise unknown information about the author's world. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication. The first to focus on Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions against their being used as the key to unlock all of the author's secrets, showing instead the many other rooms in Nabokov's castle of fiction that need exploring, such as his humor, narrative invention, and psychological insight into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and individual, Boyd helps us understand more than ever the author's multifaceted genius
Nabokov's Ada : the place of consciousness by Brian Boyd ( Book )
18 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Verses and versions : three centuries of Russian poetry ( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"VLADIMIR NABOKOV was hailed by Salman Rushdie as the most important writer ever to cross the boundary between one language and another. A Russian émigré who began writing in English after his forties, Nabokov was a trilingual author, equally competent in Russian, English, and French. A gifted and tireless translator, he bridged the gap between languages nimbly and joyously. Here, collected for the first time in one volume as Nabokov always wished, are his English translations of Russian verse, presented next to the Russian originals and accompanied by brillant, brief portraits of the poets. Here, also, are some of his notes on the dangers and thrills of translation. With an introduction by Brian Boyd, author of Vladimir Nabokov, a prize-winning two volume biography, Verses and Versions is a momentous and authoritative contribution to Nabokov's literary legacy."--Jacket
Speak, memory; an autobiography revisited by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A personal recollections ranging from St. Petersburg to St. Nazaire in Russia from 1903 to 1940. An interesting read with photos
Words that count : essays on early modern authorship in honor of MacDonald P. Jackson ( Book )
6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Words That Count contributes to ongoing debates about the nature and identity of authorship in early modern England. With its discussion of solo plays and verse, close and distant two-person collaborations, and multi-author collaborations, it widens our understanding of the varied authorial and theatrical practice of the period from the late 1580s to the early 1620s. At the same time, the volume examines the relation of internal and external evidence, and demonstrates old and new methodological principles and research tools that can identify and analyze objective data to ascertain individual and collaborative authorship and thereby launch new volleys of critical questions."--BOOK JACKET
Evolution, literature, and film : a reader ( Book )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Featuring thirty-nine essential essays by pioneering scholars, scientists, and critics, Evolution, Literature, and Film opens with an introduction to the principles of evolution, with essays from Charles Darwin on the logic of natural selection, Richard Dawkins on the genetic revolution of modern evolutionary theory, Edward O. Wilson on the unity of knowledge, Steven Pinker on the transformation of psychology into an explanatory science, and David Sloan Wilson on the integration of evolutionary theory into cultural critique. Later sections include essays on the adaptive function of the arts, discussions of evolutionary literary theory and film theory, interpretive commentaries on specific works of literature and film, and analyses using empirical methods to explore literary problems. Texts under the microscope include folk- and fairy tales; Homer's Iliad; Shakespeare's plays; works by William Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, and Zora Neale Hurston; narratives in sci-fi, comics, and slash fiction; and films from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Each essay explains the contribution of evolution to a study of the human mind, human behavior, culture, and art
Novels, 1969-1974 : Ada or ardor a family chronicle, Transparent things, Look at the harlequins! by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Volume three of a three volume set collecting the works of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, written after his emigration to the United States, between 1969 and 1974. Includes "Ada," "Transparent Things," and "Look at the Harlequins!"
Novels, 1955-1962 : Lolita, Pnin, Pale fire, Lolita a screenplay by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Volume two of a three volume set collecting the works of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, written after his emigration to the United States between 1955 and 1962
Novels and memoirs, 1941-1951 : the real life of Sebastian Knight ; Bend sinister ; Speak, memory: an autobiography revisited by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Volume one of a three volume set collecting the works of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, written after his emigration to the United States in 1940
Alphabet in color by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When you were born in Korea : a memory book for children adopted from Korea by Brian Boyd ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pale fire : a poem in four cantos by John Shade by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vladimir Nabokov by Brian Boyd ( Book )
13 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inside the BLF by Brian Boyd ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Boĭd, Braĭan, 1952-
Bojd, Brajan.
Bojd, Brajan, 1952-
Boyd, Brian David 1952-
Бойд, Брайан, 1952-
Бойд, Браян, 1952-
ボイド, ブライアン
Languages
English (185)
Russian (9)
German (2)
English, Old (1)
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