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Robb, Graham 1958-

Works: 43 works in 271 publications in 14 languages and 12,176 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Anecdotes  Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Juvenile works  Short films 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PQ2191.Z5, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Graham Robb
Most widely held works by Graham Robb
Victor Hugo by Graham Robb( Book )

23 editions published between 1454 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this biography of the great Victor Hugo, "by grasping the giant in his entirety, and in his many disguises, Robb rewards us with a panorama of French and European society from the Revolution to the dawn of the twentieth century."--Jacket
The discovery of France : a historical geography from the Revolution to the First World War by Graham Robb( Book )

30 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From maps, migration and magic, to linguistic differences and tribal disputes, The Discovery of France tells the whole story of this remarkable - and surprising - country."--Jacket
Balzac : a life by Graham Robb( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first major English biography of Honore de Balzac for over fifty years, Graham Robb has produced a compelling portrait of the great French novelist whose powers of creation were matched only by his self-destructive tendencies. As colorful as the world he described, Balzac is the perfect subject for biography: a relentless seducer whose successes were as spectacular as his catastrophes; a passionate collector, inventor, explorer, and political campaigner; a mesmerizing storyteller with the power to make his fantasies come true. Balzac's early life was a struggle against literary disappointment and poverty, and he learned his trade by writing a series of lurid commercial novels. Robb shows how Balzac's craving for wealth, fame, and happiness produced a series of hare-brained entrepreneurial schemes which took him to the remotest parts of Europe and into a love affair with a Polish countess whom he courted for fifteen years by correspondence. Out of these experiences emerged some of the finest novels in the Realist tradition. Skillfully interweaving the life with the novels, Robb presents Balzac as one of the great tragi-comic heroes of the nineteenth century, a man whose influence both in and outside his native France has been, and still is, immense
Rimbaud by Graham Robb( Book )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the French poet also delves into Rimbaud's lives outside of literature, including his stints as an explorer, mercenary gun runner, and friend to slave traders
Parisians : an adventure history of Paris by Graham Robb( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Charles de Gaulle--these and many more are Robb's cast of characters in a series of stories about the Paris you never knew
Strangers : homosexual love in the nineteenth century by Graham Robb( Book )

28 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Strangers, the biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud has turned his attention to uncovering the real story of male and female homosexuality in the Victorian era. On the basis of archives, diaries, and letters scattered throughout Europe and America, Graham Robb tells a tale that is in part familiar, and in part extremely surprising - a story of oppression and secrecy but also of unexpected tolerance and familiarity." "Contradicting the widely held view that a liberated and proud gay heritage dates back only a few decades, the author uncovers evidence from legislation, literature, medicine, and daily life pointing to a culture of homosexuality that was uniquely well developed, self-aware, and sophisticated. He describes the lives of gay men and women: how they discovered their sexuality and accepted or disguised it; how they came out; how they made contact with like-minded people. He also includes a fascinating investigation of the encrypted homosexuality of such famous nineteenth-century sleuths as Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes himself (with glances forward in time to Batman and J. Edgar Hoover). Finally, Strangers addresses crucial questions of gay culture, including the riddle of its relationship to religion: Why were homosexuals created with feelings that the Creator supposedly condemns?"--Jacket
The discovery of Middle Earth : mapping the lost world of the Celts by Graham Robb( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a discovery the author made in the Alps, which uncovered a treasure trove of Druid celestial mathematics that mapped out the entire geography of ancient Europe, and discusses the implications of this new information
Unlocking Mallarmé by Graham Robb( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost a century after the death of the French poet Stephane Mallarme, readers still puzzle over his writings, still seek to understand his seemingly impenetrable philosophy. In this highly original book, Graham Robb reveals conclusive answers to the mysteries of Mallarme. Robb's discovery of a 'key' to Mallarme's poetry is an exciting achievement that entirely redefines Mallarme's studies, illuminates large areas of French poetry, both before and after Mallarme, and opens the way for new interpretations of some of the most complicated poems ever written
La poésie de Baudelaire et la poésie française, 1838-1852 by Graham Robb( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in French and Undetermined and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baudelaire by Claude Pichois( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des documents sont réunis pour décrire et étudier la vie et l'oeuvre de Baudelaire, poète du désenchantement et du nihilisme amer, critique de la condition moderne de l'homme
Parisians [an adventure history of Paris] by Graham Robb( Recording )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Charles de Gaulle--these and many more are Robb's cast of characters in a series of stories about the Paris you never knew
Old Man Goriot by Honoré de Balzac( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eugene wants to get on in the world. So he has come to Paris, where the streets teem with chancers, criminals, and social climbers-and everyone is out for what he can get. When he finds a place to stay at a shabby boarding house, he sees the potential to make a fortune in two beautiful, aristocratic women who visit the lonely old lodger Goriot. Could they bring Eugene the status and acceptance he craves? Nothing is as it seems in Paris, however, and soon he is over his head in a world of greed and obsession
Parijzenaars by Graham Robb( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Dutch and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan de hand van markante personages wordt de geschiedenis van de Franse hoofdstad vanaf 1750 tot 2000 beschreven
La Bohème : scénes [sic] de la vie de Bohème by Henri Murger( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in French and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the Latin Quarter of 1840s Paris, Henri Murger's La Boheme creates a stark and colorful record of the boisterous, lean, and sensual world of eternal Bohemia. The author, like his character Rudolph, was a dispossessed poet living from hand to mouth while serving his literary apprenticeship in the hustle-and-bustle streets of the artists' quarter. In order to make a little money, Murger created fictional episodes based on his experiences in the heart of Bohemia and sold the first of them in 1847 - for fifteen francs each - to a small literary magazine titled Le Corsaire. From this humble beginning, La Boheme has become an undying tribute to true Bohemians or, as Murger describes them, "those called by art." The episodes first published in Le Corsaire were gathered into a book that sold 70,000 copies. Then in 1849 Theodore Barriere made the story into a play, which became a popular sensation in Paris. And finally Giacomo Puccini transformed Murger's tale into the famous opera, a work that continues to be applauded by audiences throughout the world. La Boheme, is a one-of-a-kind journey to a raw yet romantic place, to a sphere where people hunger for both artistic ideals and morsels of food."--Back cover
Le Corsaire-Satan en silhouette : le milieu journalistique de la jeunesse de Baudelaire by Auguste Charles Joseph Vitu( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in French and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An adventure history of Paris by Graham Robb( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Parisians" is both history and travel guide, yet also part memoir, part mystery. Through the eyes of Parisians through the ages we encounter political and sexual intrigues, witness real and would-be revolutions, assassination attempts and several all too successful executions
Balzac by Graham Robb( Recording )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Victor Hugo a biography by Graham Robb( Recording )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of the nineteenth-century French author, Victor Hugo. In addition to writing poems, plays, and novels, Hugo was a painter and architect. Living through the French Revolution and Napoleon eras, Hugo became a radical political thinker who was exiled from both France and Great Britain
Les misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program looks at Victor Hugo's panoramic novel from a modern perspective, focusing on the disenfranchised peoples of three of the world's time-honored democracies: France, England, and the United States. Eminent scholars including Princeton University's Victor Brombert, author of Victor Hugo and the Visionary Novel, and Hugo biographer Graham Robb explore the author's many complexities and eccentricities. In addition, interviews with homeless people, ex-convicts, and runaway children provide insights into the character of Jean Valjean, drawing parallels between the cruelities of the 19th century and life today
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Victor Hugo
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Graham Robb British writer and historian

Graham Robb Brits historicus

The discovery of France : a historical geography from the Revolution to the First World WarBalzac : a lifeRimbaudParisians : an adventure history of ParisStrangers : homosexual love in the nineteenth centuryUnlocking MallarméBaudelaireParisians [an adventure history of Paris]