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Davis, Lydia 1947-

Works: 197 works in 620 publications in 15 languages and 19,568 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographical fiction  Novels  Bildungsromans  Interviews  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, wpr, Contributor, wat, Other, Recipient, Creator, Editor, Adapter
Classifications: PQ2246.M2, 843.8
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A manual for cleaning women : selected stories by Lucia Berlin( Book )

16 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in English and Catalan and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions."--Paul Metcalf A manual for cleaning women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"--
Swann's way by Marcel Proust( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New audiences are introduced to what has been called the finest novel of the 20th century with this new translation. "A sensitive and direct translation, one that will enable us to discover, or rediscover, the joys of the novel."--Charles Messud, "Newsday."
Coleridge's laws : a study of Coleridge in Malta by Barry Hough( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Samuel Taylor Coleridge is best known as a great poet and literary theorist, but for a period of his life he held real political power, acting as Public Secretary to the British Civil Commissioner in Malta in 1805. Barry Hough and Howard Davis show how Coleridge's actions in this role differ markedly from the idealism he had advocated before taking office--shedding new light on Coleridge's sense of political and legal morality. Meticulously researched and including newly discovered archival materials, Coleridge's Laws provides detailed analysis of the laws and public notices drafted by Coleridge, together with the first published translations of them."--Publisher's description
Can't and won't by Lydia Davis( Book )

37 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fifth collection by the author of the National Book Award finalist, Varieties of Disturbance, includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a new translation of Flaubert's classic tale, in which the title character turns to spending and a series of affairs to combat the boredom of married life and, heartbroken and crippled by debts, takes drastic action that results in tragedy
The collected stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis( Book )

45 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ( and "one of the quiet giants ... of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break it Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award finalist Varieties of Disturbance. - Cover flap
Life/Situations : essays written and spoken by Jean-Paul Sartre( Book )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with intellectual vigor: Sartre's preoccupations as a man and writer, autobigraphical reflections and reappraisals, a tartly provocative consideration of the woman's movement with Simone de Beauvoir, and on his monumental study of Flaubert
Varieties of disturbance : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Varieties of Disturbance, her fourth collection, Davis extends her reach as never before in stories that take every form from sociological studies to concise poems. Her subjects include the five senses, fourth-graders, good taste, and tropical storms. She offers a reinterpretation of insomnia and re-creates the ordeals of Kafka in the kitchen. She questions the lengths to which one should go to save the life of a caterpillar, proposes a clear account of the sexual act, rides the bus, probes the limits of marital fidelity, and unlocks the secret to a long and happy life"--Publisher website (November 2007)
The end of the story by Lydia Davis( Book )

43 editions published between 1995 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'It surprised me, over and over, to find that I was with such a young man. He was twenty-two when I met him. He turned twenty-three while I knew him, but by the time I turned thirty-five I did not know where he was anymore.' Mislabelled boxes, confusing notes, wrong turnings - such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of the Story as she organises her memories of a love affair into a novel. With compassion, wit and what seems to be candour, she seeks to determine what she actually knows about herself and her past, but we begin to suspect, along with her, that given the elusiveness of memory and understanding, any tale retrieved from the past must be fiction
The Best American short stories, 1997 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of twenty-four American short stories by authors such as Carolyn Cooke, Leonard Michaels, Clyde Edgerton, and Tobias Wolff. Includes a list of 100 additional notable stories from 1996
Samuel Johnson is indignant : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of fifty-five short fiction stories by Lydia Davis, exploring a wide range of topics including neighbors, lawns, old age, war, and others
Break it down : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Break It Down," the main character tries to determine if the money he spent on a euphoric 10-day romance was worth the pleasure -- and then, when the romance is over, whether it was worth the pain. In "Story," the narrator is so obsessed with contacting her lover that she finds it impossible to enjoy herself. She can neither work nor sleep, and she canʹt get her lover out of her mind. She worries if heʹs deceiving her. She wonders if he still loves her -- and if he does love her, just how much? In "The Letter," the narrator searches for her ex-husbandʹs old white Volvoʹs "beautiful soft shape." His face floats before her as she pauses in her work, and she returns to her translating to stave off the pain. When she finally does receive a letter from him, she minutely analyzes his handwriting in the hope that she can understand what he was really feeling when he wrote to her. In the end, she sniffs the stationery to see if any of his aroma lingers on the paper -- but all she is able to smell is the ink. The remaining stories -- some of them one-sentence observations, many two-or there-page vignettes -- seem, at best, like prose poems. At worst, they might be remnants from any number of writing workshop exercises. Many have to do with old ladies, sisters, houses, cockroaches and mice. Some manage to be poignant pictures, while other leave the reader asking, "Why?" or "What for?"
Almost no memory by Lydia Davis( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories by an experimental writer, ranging in length from a sentence to several pages. One story describes the way a few ill-chosen words can turn a minor dispute into high drama, another is on the bad luck of an explorer who accomplishes a perilous expedition, only to die on his way home. By the author of The End of the Story
Essays one by Lydia Davis( Book )

8 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and Dutch and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A selection of essays on writing and reading by the master short-fiction writer Lydia Davis"--
African trio by Georges Simenon( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters to his neighbor by Marcel Proust( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marcel Proust's genius for illuminating pain is on spectacular display in this recently discovered trove of his correspondence, Letters to His Neighbor. Already suffering from noise within his cork-line walls, he was not ready for the fresh assault of a new upstairs neighbor, Dr. Williams, a dentist with a thriving practice directly overhead. Chiefly to Mme Williams, these ever-polite letters (often accompanied by flowers, compliments, books, or even pheasants) are frequently moving and leavened by subtle humor--Proust couches his pained frustration in gracious eloquence. In Lydia Davis's hands, the digressive brilliance of his sentences shines: "Don't speak of annoying neighbors, but of neighbors so charming(an association of words contradictory in principle since Montesquiou claims that most horrible of all are 1st neighbors 2nd the smell of post offices) that the leave the constant tantalizing regret that one cannot take advantage of their neighborliness." Lydia Davis has written a generous afterword, tracing much of what we can know about Proust's perpetually dark room; she details the furnishings as well as the life he lived there, burning his powders, talking with friends, hiring in musicians, and through it all, continuing his heroic work despite an intractable illness and the intrusions of life (and noise) from outside. Letters to His Neighbor is richly illustrated with facsimile letters and photographs--a small treasure for lovers of Proust.--Jacket flap
Love fail by David Lang( )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lang's take on the story of Tristan and Isolde is performed by the Lorelai Ensemble
The Station Hill Blanchot reader : fiction & literary essays by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essential reader from Station Hill (Blanchot's longtime publisher in the United States) is six books in one, and the first and only collection of Maurice Blanchot's celebrated fiction and critical/philosophical writing. Regarded both on the European continent and in America as one of the truly great authors of French Post-Modernism, Blanchot's reputation and readership in English has already established him as a modern classic. The Blanchot Reader brings together a substantial collection of critical and philosophical writings (The Gaze of Orpheus) and the only edition in print in English of his major works of fiction (Thomas the Obscure, Death Sentence, Vicious Circles, The Madness of the Day, When the Time Comes and The One Who Was Standing Apart From Me). General readers and students alike will seek out these essential works by the writer Susan Sontag referred to as an unimpeachably major voice in modern French literature. Maurice Blanchot is now recognized as a major twentieth century philosopher whose influence extends to the works of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lacan and others
Scraps by Michel Leiris( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most versatile and beloved French intellectuals of the twentieth century, Michel Leiris reconceives the autobiography as a literary experiment that sheds light on the mechanisms of memory and on the way the unconnected events of a life become connected through invented narrative. In this volume, the second in his four-volume epic autobiographical enterprise, Leiris merges quotidian events with profound philosophical self-exploration, wrangling with the disillusionment that accompanies his own self-reflection. While struggling with his own motives for writing an autobiographical essay, he comes to the revelation that life, while bookended by misery, has meaning in memory, in telling the tale
The rendezvous : a novel by Justine Lévy( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman in a Paris cafe awaits her mother, all the while dismissing men trying to pick her up. She is Louise, and in a monologue she describes her life and her relationship with her mother, a glamorous woman about whom men also swarm like bees
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Swann's way
Coleridge's laws : a study of Coleridge in MaltaMadame BovaryThe collected stories of Lydia DavisVarieties of disturbance : storiesThe end of the storyThe Best American short stories, 1997 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazinesSamuel Johnson is indignant : storiesBreak it down : stories
Alternative Names
Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis Ameerika Ühendriikide kirjanik

Lydia Davis American writer

Lydia Davis Amerikaans taalkundige

Lydia Davis Amerikaanse taalkundige

Lydia Davis escriptora estatunidenca

Lydia Davis escritora estadounidense

Lydia Davis scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

Lydia Davis scrittrice statunitense

Lydia Davis shkrimtare amerikane

Lydia Davis US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Lydia Davis yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

Lydia Davisová americká spisovatelka a překladatelka

Λίντια Ντέιβις Αμερικανίδα συγγραφέας

Дэвис, Лидия

Лідія Девіс

Лідія Девіс американська письменниця

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לידיה דיוויס

לידיה דיוויס סופרת אמריקאית

ليديا ديفيس كاتبة أمريكية

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