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Lasky, Melvin J.

Overview
Works: 134 works in 503 publications in 4 languages and 6,810 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Utopian fiction  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Correspondent, Publishing director, Creator, Honoree
Classifications: DB957, 321.07
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Utopia and revolution : on the origins of a metaphor : or, Some illustrations of the problem of political temperament and intellectual climate and how ideas, ideals, and ideologies have been historically related by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

37 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Constitutes the text, with substantial revisions and additions ... prepared at the invitation of the University of Chicago for the Encyclopaedia Britannica lectures in 1965."Includes bibliographical references and index
Encounter( )

in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenta lo más reciente en cuanto a literatura, arte, poesia e historias cortas
The Hungarian revolution : the story of the October uprising as recorded in documents, dispatches, eye-witness accounts, and world-wide reactions by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

30 editions published between 1957 and 1970 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language of journalism by Melvin Jonah Lasky( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The language of journalism is examined, its spelendors and miseries - including cliches and trivia, sensationalism and prurience, wit and witlessness, fiction and faction, pseudery and jabberwocky, scoops and hoaxes, racism and sexism, profanity and obsenity, virtue and reality, culture and anarchy - and the abuse of slang, style, and the habits of writing good prose."
Voices in a revolution : the collapse of East German communism by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

43 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A featured article in Die Zeit, the leading German weekly, begins with "Melvin, du hast gewonnen"--Mel, You have won! In his extraordinary account of the final days of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) we see the reckoning of a regime, and also the vindication of a life-long devotee of European democracy, the editor of Encounter, Melvin J. Lasky. It is unlikely that any comparable memoir will be available, since Lasky's career spans the entire history of wartime and postwar Germany, especially in divided and Wall-torn Berlin. Written with an intimacy about the German nation, a feeling for the language and culture of the people, and a sense of the ideological taproots of the Communist regime that ruled East Germany until the end, Lasky's book gives a sense of "a world-shaking Revolution" that is equaled only by John Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World. Indeed, it must be added that Lasky has what Reed lacked: a deep intellectual understanding of political systems and social movements. The work offers an in-depth portrayal of the Communist police state before the breakdown; followed by a blow-by-blow account of the drama of breakdown and regime transformation as such. Characters in the everyday cultural world of Germany come alive as harbingers and heralds of the end of the old and the necessity of the new. The role of the intelligentsia is underscored with stunning detail. Lasky understands the role of accident as well as of necessity. The West Germans had all but abandoned the slogan of One People, One Nation when they were faced with the immense task of supervising just such a reintegration. The work ends with the awakening conscience at the very point that the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. This is a memorable work--one likely to sear the conscience of lovers of freedom and analysts of tyranny alike
Africa for beginners; a traveler's notebook by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

8 editions published between 1962 and 1963 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hungarian revolution; a white book. The story of the October uprising as recorded in documents, dispatches, eye-witness accounts, and world-wide reactions by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

10 editions published between 1957 and 1970 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The use and abuse of Sovietology by Leopold Łabędź( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the barricades, and off by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Monat( )

in German and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language of journalism by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Media Warfare is the concluding volume of Melvin Lasky's monumental The Language of Journalism, a series that has been praised as a "brilliant" and "original" study in communications and contemporary language
European notebooks : new societies and old politics, 1954-1985 by Francois Bondy( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"European Notebooks contains most of the articles that Bondy wrote for Encounter under the stewardship of Stephen Spender and Irving Kristol, and then for the thirty years that Melvin Lasky served as editor. Bondy was that rare unattached intellectual, "free of every totalitarian temptation" and, as Lasky notes, unfailing in his devotion to the liberties and civilities of a humane social order. European Notebooks offers a window into a civilization that came to maturity during the period in which these essays were written."--Jacket
The language of journalism by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second volume of Melvin Lasky's The Language of Journalism, praised as a "brilliant" and "original" study in communications and contemporary language, and as "a joy to read." It broke ground in focusing on the comparative styles and prejudices of mainstream American and British newspapers, and in its trenchant analysis of their systematic debasement in the face of obligatory platitudes and compulsory euphemisms. Lasky's subtle and richly detailed text documents the possibly terminal crisis affecting honest, thoughtful, and independent journalism in the Western world. It extends the research in his first volume, and deepens the interpretation. It also adds the personal touch of both wit and anecdote expressed by an experienced international journalist and historian. The central chapters on the "F-word" carry the public emergence of the infamous "expletive deleted" beyond the conventional lexicographer's approach. Lasky's pages on the use of formerly forbidden language is a triumph of sinuous semantics. Here, in incisive analysis, is the tortuous struggle of a once Puritanized literary culture writhing to break free of censorship and self-censorship. Lasky critically evaluates the historic effort of the avant-garde of "dirty realism" to find a path towards what he calls "a usable profanity." In the meantime, newspaper style books become comic texts, as asterisks take over from square brackets and millions of readers purse their lips and indulge in "participatory obscenity." In dealing fully with the phenomenon of profanity, the new book adds another dimension to Lasky's thesis on mass culture's trivialization of real social and political phenomena. It underscores as well our society's embrace of banality, in standardizing politically correct jargon, slang, patois, pidgin, and various other "grunts and growls." The reader of the first volume will find here a wholly new range of references to illuminate the detail of what our newspapers have been publishing, and how the alert and sophisticated reader can make sense of the realities they purport to represent
Die ungarische Revolution [ein Weissbuch] die Geschichte des Oktober-Aufstandes nach Dokumenten, Meldungen, Augenzeugenberichten und dem Echo der Weltöffentlichkeit by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

23 editions published between 1957 and 1970 in German and English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utopie und Revolution : über die Ursprünge einer Metapher oder eine Geschichte des politischen Temperaments by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encounters : an anthology from the first ten years of Encounter magazine by Encounter( Book )

12 editions published between 1963 and 1965 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language of journalism by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

25 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The newspaper is to the twentieth century what the novel was for the nineteenth century: the expression of popular sentiment. In the first of a three-volume study of journalism and what it has meant as a source of knowledge and as a mechanism for orchestrating mass ideology, Melvin J. Lasky provides a major overview. His research runs the gamut of material found in newspapers, from the trivial to the profound, from pseudo-science to habits of solid investigation. The volume is divided into four parts. The first attacks deficiencies in grammar and syntax with examples from newspapers and magazines drawn from the German as well as English-language press. The second examines the key issues of journalism: accuracy and authenticity. Lasky provides an especially acute account of differences between active literacy and passive viewing, or the relationship of word and picture in defining authenticity. The third part emphasizes the problem of bias in everything from racial reporting to cultural correctness. This is the first systematic attempt to study racial nomenclature, identity-labeling, and literary discrimination. Lasky follows closely the model set by George Orwell a half century earlier. The final section of the work covers the competition between popular media and the redefinition of pornography and its language. The volume closes with an examination of how the popular culture both influenced and was influential upon literary titans like Hemingway, Lawrence, and Tynan."--Provided by publisher
La révolution hongroise : histoire du soulèvement d'octobre [23 octobre - 23 novembre 1956] : d'après les documents... by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

18 editions published in 1957 in French and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wortmeldung zu einer Revolution : der Zusammenbruch der kommunistischen Herrschaft in Ostdeutschland by Melvin J Lasky( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in German and Spanish and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utopie als warnung : Orwells 1984 heute( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in German and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The language of journalism The language of journalism
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The language of journalismVoices in a revolution : the collapse of East German communismOn the barricades, and offThe language of journalismEuropean notebooks : new societies and old politics, 1954-1985The language of journalismUtopie und Revolution : über die Ursprünge einer Metapher oder eine Geschichte des politischen TemperamentsThe language of journalism
Alternative Names
Lāski, Melwin.

Lasky M.J.

Lasky, Melvin 1920-2004

Lasky, Melvin J.

Lasky, Melvin Jonach

Lasky, Melvin Jonah 1920-2004

Melvin J. Lasky American journalist

Melvin J. Lasky Amerikaans journalist (1920-2004)

Melvin J. Lasky periodista estadounidense

Melvin J. Lasky periodista estatunidenc

Melvin Lasky US-amerikanischer Publizist

Melvin Lasky usona publikigisto

Languages
English (234)

German (34)

French (18)

Spanish (5)