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Davis, Philip (Philip Maurice)

Works: 25 works in 195 publications in 2 languages and 10,146 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Short stories  Biography  Short stories, American  Autobiographical fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Publishing director
Classifications: PS3563.A4, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Philip Davis
Bernard Malamud : a writer's life by Philip Davis( )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philip Davis tells the story of Bernard Malamud (1914-1986), the self-made son of poor Jewish immigrants who went on to become one of the foremost novelists and short-story writers of the post-war period. The time is ripe for a revival of interest in a man who at the peak of his success stood alongside Saul Bellow and Philip Roth in the ranks of Jewish American writers." "Nothing came easily to Malamud: his family was poor, his mother probably committed suicide when Malamud was 14, and his younger brother inherited her schizophrenia. Malamud did everything the second time round - re-using his life in his writing, even as he revised draft after draft. Davis's meticulous biography shows all that it meant for this man to be a writer in terms of both the uses of and the costs to his own life. It also restores Bernard Malamud's literary reputation as one of the great original voices of his generation, a writer of superb subtlety and clarity." "Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life benefits from Philip Davis's exclusive interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, unfettered access to private journals and letters, and detailed analysis of Malamud's working methods through the examination of hitherto unresearched manuscripts. It is very much a writer's life. It is also the story of a struggling emotional man, using an extraordinary but long-worked-for gift, in order to give meaning to ordinary human life."--Jacket
Shakespeare thinking by Philip Davis( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespearean thinking is always dynamic: thinking that happens in the living moment of its performance, in quickly passing process. This book offers a model of human mentality that can be shown through the dense immediacy of dramatic thinking, as embodied above all in Shakespeare's working method
In mind of Johnson : a study of Johnson the rambler by Philip Davis( )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This original and imaginative portrait of Dr. Johnson - the man and the writer - gets behind his public face and uncovers the human struggle out of which Johnson''s moral view of life emerged. The author presents a challenging reading of the Rambler essays and Rasselas, unveiling the presence in these works of Johnson''s inner life. Convincing and persuasive, it is an approach which flies in the face of established critical fashions and preconceptions and which reveals Johnson in a completely new light
Why Victorian literature still matters by Philip Davis( )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why Victorian Literature Still Matters is a powerful defense of the enduring impact of Victorian realism today. With a nod to the popularity of phrenology within that era, noted literary thinker Philip Davis points to a comer of the human mind where mid-Victorian literature resides. This "Victorian bump," he argues, is an area concerned with human purpose, morality, secularization and belief, human stories, and living in time." "Rather than emphasizing Victorian literature as an historical and reassuring body of knowledge, Davis explains its centrality for contemporary readers as an important mode of thinking and feeling, and provides a gateway of analysis into the popular prose and poetry of the Victorian Age. Why Victorian Literature Still Matters is a personal manifesto, inviting readers to discover what it is that really moves them in a book. The author offers readers the encouragement to find out what Victorian literature means for them and how it relates to our wider human existence."--Jacket
Novels and stories of the 1960s by Bernard Malamud( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through his distinctive fusion of modernist daring and traditional storytelling, Bernard Malamud became one of postwar America's most important writers, his work an inspiration for and lasting influence on novelists who have come after him, Cynthia Ozick and Philip Roth most notably among them. The second volume of the Library of America's Malamud edition brings together three novels of the 1960s: A New Life (1961), a satiric campus novel set in the Pacific Northwest (based on the author's experiences at Oregon State), in which native New Yorker Seymour Levin finds himself confronted not only with a new landscape but with erotic intrigue, university politics, and an appointment that isn't quite what he had expected it to be. The Fixer (1966) is the gripping saga of a Jew imprisoned in pre-Revolutionary Russia after being falsely accused of the ritual murder of a twelve-year-old boy. The novel-in-stories Pictures of Fidelman: An Exhibition (1969) follows the comic misadventures, sexual and otherwise, of a failed American painter in Italy. In the ten unforgettable stories concluding the collection, Malamud shows himself to be an heir to the tradition of Hawthorne, Chekhov, and Kafka, and at his best--"Idiots First," "The Jewbird," "The German Refugee"--Their equal
Novels and stories of the 1940s & 50s by Bernard Malamud( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raised in Brooklyn, the son of Jewish immigrants, and coming of age in Depression-era New York, Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) began his career writing stories of unsparing precision and power, plumbing the depths of an impoverished urban world. His early, naturalistic style evolved into an inventive, often surreal idiom that blurs reality and fantasy. His first novel, The Natural (1952), is a dazzling reimagining of the possibilities of sports fiction, and it remains one of the greatest and most beloved novels about baseball ever written. In the The Assistant (1957), Malamud created a searing drama of guilt and redemption about a struggling grocer's family and the mysterious drifter who comes to rob, and then to work at, his store, transforming all of their lives in unforeseen ways. Joining these novels are twenty-six short stories, ranging from the early tale "Armistice," set in Brooklyn during the troubling weeks of the German invasion of France in 1940, to one of his deepest and most celebrated stories, "The Magic Barrel," a deep fable about a rabbinical student and the matchmaker who leads him to an utterly unexpected bride
Memory and writing : from Wordsworth to Lawrence by Philip Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book is divided into three main parts. The first part deals with the work of Wordsworth, as the prime example of a poet, and studies the place of memory within his poetry and his idea of art. The second part concentrates on the rise of prose after the age of Wordsworth, and considers the relation between the writings of prosed autobiography and the more indirectly autobiographical imagination involved in the writing of fiction....The third part of the book, bringing together many of the issues discussed in the earlier parts, is a study of the profound disagreement between D. H. Larence and Thomas Hardy
The transferred life of George Eliot : the biography of a novelist by Philip Davis( Book )

14 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading George Eliot's work was described by one Victorian critic as like the feeling of entering the confessional in which she sees and hears all the secrets of human psychology-'that roar which lies on the other side of silence'. This new biography of George Eliot goes beyond the much-told story of her life. It gives an account of what it means to become a novelist, and to think like a novelist: in particular a realist novelist for whom art exists not for art's sake but in the exploration and service of human life. It shows the formation and the workings of George Eliot's mind as it plays into her creation of some of the greatest novels of the Victorian era
Sudden Shakespeare : the shaping of Shakespeare's creative thought by Philip Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'His mind and hand went together' said Hemings and Condell of the speed of Shakespeare. But the conceptual language of literary criticism, be it moralistic or political, has long been too slow to properly respond to Shakespeare's meaning. With the help of both Renaissance philosophers and present-day actors, Sudden Shakespeare seeks to locate the underlying secrets of Shakespeare's dynamic power. It offers a technical language which, close to Shakespeare's own, is capable of responding suddenly to the speed, transforming shape, and power of Shakespeare's way of thinking as it comes into meaning
The experience of reading by Philip Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
Reading and the reader by Philip Davis( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading and the Reader defends the value of reading serious literature, investigating the role of the reader in the human search for meaning outside as well as inside of books
Real voices on reading by George Steiner( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poets, novelists and critics committed to genuinely creative thinking join together in this collection of essays to explore what serious reading really means to them. Although to varying degrees opposed to current trends in literary theory, the contributors are more concerned to show what, as distinct individual voices, they stand for rather than merely against. They each provide a personal vision of what reading and writing can offer to the reality of a human life, in terms of independent thinking and dynamic feeling
Matthew Arnold 1988 : a centennial review( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two essays, those of Ruth apRoberts and Bernard Beatty, discuss links between Arnold and other writers - George Sand and Byron (the bicentenary of whose birth coincided with the centenary of Arnold's death). Brian Neelist celebrates the allusiveness and wit of Arnold's polemical prose, while Philip Davis offers an appreciation of his 'gift' as a poet. Nicholas Shrimpton (co-editor with Miriam Allott of the new complete edition of Arnold's verse) traces the 'age's main movement of mind' reflected in Arnold's poetry, and Vincent Tollers assesses his life-long activities as a schools inspector and educational policy-maker. -- from back cover
Hester by Oliphant( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The aging Catherine Vernon, jilted in her youth, has risen to power in a man's world as head of the family bank. She thinks she sees through everyone and rules over a family of dependants with knowing cynicism. But there are two people in Redborough who resist her. One is Hester, a young relation with a personality as strong as Catherine's, and as determined to find a role for herself. The other is Edward, Catherine's favourite, whom she treats like a son. Conflict between young and old is inevitable, and in its depiction of the complex relationships that develop between the three principal characters, Hester is a masterpiece of psychological realism. In exploring the difficulty of understanding human nature, it is also a compulsive story of financial and sexual risk-taking that mounts towards a searing climax."--Back cover
The Victorians by Philip Davis( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume covers the flowering of Victorian literature, a literature distinguished by its power of serious inquiry, from the decade when Tennyson started writing "In Memoriam" and Darwin embarked on the Beagle to the publication of Hardy's first great novels and the death of George Eliot
Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Elizabeth Barrett Browning( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

POETRY BY INDIVIDUAL POETS. This volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers students an authoritative, comprehensive selection of the work of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861). The edition presents Barrett Browning's most celebrated works alongside lesser-known texts, and includes an Introduction, Chronology, and full commentary notes
Selected writings by John Ruskin( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experimental essays on the novels of Bernard Malamud : Malamud's people by Philip Davis( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The human sentence : the life and work of Bernard Malamud, 1914-1986 by Philip Davis( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Victorians, 1830-1880 = Weiduoliya ren by Philip Davis( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Bernard Malamud : a writer's life The human sentence : the life and work of Bernard Malamud, 1914-1986
Shakespeare thinkingIn mind of Johnson : a study of Johnson the ramblerWhy Victorian literature still mattersSudden Shakespeare : the shaping of Shakespeare's creative thoughtThe experience of readingReal voices on readingHesterThe Victorians
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