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Poirier, Richard

Overview
Works: 70 works in 362 publications in 2 languages and 13,334 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humor  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Annotator, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3511.R94, 811.52
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Most widely held works about Richard Poirier
 
Most widely held works by Richard Poirier
Robert Frost : the work of knowing by Richard Poirier( Book )

27 editions published between 1977 and 1990 in English and held by 2,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eminent literary critic offers a reassessment of Frost's poetry and reputation, combining close readings of key poems with discussions of biographical, cultural, and critical details and ranking Frost with Yeats, Stevens, and Eliot
A world elsewhere; the place of style in American literature by Richard Poirier( Book )

43 editions published between 1966 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The comic sense of Henry James, a study of the early novels by Richard Poirier( Book )

38 editions published between 1959 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The performing self; compositions and decompositions in the languages of contemporary life by Richard Poirier( Book )

31 editions published between 1971 and 1992 in English and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Norman Mailer by Richard Poirier( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The renewal of literature : Emersonian reflections by Richard Poirier( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of what use is literature to daily life? Why do writers exaggerate its cultural, political, and social importance? What is its overall value, given that most people have never been able to comprehend it at all? Just what is literature, and why does it seem it must be less intelligible than other kinds of writing? These are among the fundamental questions posed by Richard Poirier, the highly renowned American critic, in this strikingly original, lucid and tough-minded book. Treating works of literature as, in Emerson's words, "tokens of the everlasting effort to produce"--Exploiting the idea that there are hidden similarities between technology and literary production -- Poirer extends and enriches the Emersonian tradition. - Jacket flap
In defense of reading; a reader's approach to literary criticism by Reuben A Brower( Book )

7 editions published between 1962 and 1963 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson( Book )

10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The text of Emerson's prose and verse included in the present volume is that of the Centenary edition, which incorporates the author's final revisions. Pref
Poetry and pragmatism by Richard Poirier( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Poirier, one of America's most eminent critics, reveals in this book the creative but mostly hidden alliance between American pragmatism and American poetry. He brilliantly traces pragmatism as a philosophical and literary practice grounded in a linguistic skepticism that runs from Emerson and William James to the work of Robert Frost, Gertrude Stein, and Wallace Stevens, and on to the cultural debates of today. More powerfully than ever before, Poirier shows that pragmatism had its start in Emerson, the great example to all his successors of how it is possible to redeem even as you set out to change the literature of the past. Poirier demonstrates that Emerson--and later William James--were essentially philosophers of language, and that it is language that embodies our cultural past, an inheritance to be struggled with, and transformed, before being handed on to future generations. He maintains that in Emersonian pragmatist writing, any loss--personal or cultural--gives way to a quest for what he calls "superfluousness," a kind of rhetorical excess by which powerfully creative individuals try to elude deprivation and stasis. In a wide-ranging meditation on what James called "the vague," Poirier extols the authentic voice of individualism, which, he argues, is tentative and casual rather than aggressive and dogmatic. The concluding chapters describe the possibilities for criticism created by this radically different understanding of reading and writing, which are nothing less than a reinvention of literary tradition itself. Poirier's discovery of this tradition illuminates the work of many of the most important figures in American philosophy and poetry. His reanimation of pragmatism also calls for a redirection of contemporary criticism, so that readers inside as well as outside the academy can begin to respond to poetic language as the source of meaning, not to meaning as the source of language
Trying it out in America : literary and other performances by Richard Poirier( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poirier's explorations of the American scene are not limited to literature. His moving account of the American ballets of George Balanchine, of Bette Midler in performance, of the reclusive Arthur Inman - whose immense diary offers incomparable glimpses into daily life during World War II - and his challenging refutations of some persistent myths of American "manhood" and of America itself, by outside observers such as Jean Baudrillard and Martin Amis, will bring readers to a new appreciation of some of the most interesting (and difficult) features of American culture
The Oxford reader; varieties of contemporary discourse by Frank Kermode( Book )

7 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories, British and American by Jack Barry Ludwig( Book )

4 editions published between 1953 and 1958 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American literature by Richard Poirier( Book )

4 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mailer by Richard Poirier( Book )

11 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prize stories 1965 : the O. Henry Awards by Richard Poirier( Book )

3 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prize stories 1962 : the O. Henry awards by Richard Poirier( Book )

8 editions published between 1962 and 1963 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prize Stories 1966 : the O. Henry Awards( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prize stories 1964 : the O. Henry awards by Richard Poirier( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prize stories 1961 : the O. Henry Awards by Richard Poirier( Book )

2 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prize stories 1963 : the O. Henry Awards( Book )

1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Trying it out in America : literary and other performances
Alternative Names
Poirier, W. Richard

Poirier, W. Richard (William Richard)

Poirier, William Richard

Richard Poirier American literary critic

理查德·波利爾

Languages
English (269)

Spanish (1)

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A world elsewhere; the place of style in American literatureThe performing self; compositions and decompositions in the languages of contemporary lifePoetry and pragmatismTrying it out in America : literary and other performances