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Begley, Louis

Works: 118 works in 708 publications in 15 languages and 18,763 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Domestic fiction  Comedy films  History  Romance fiction  Suspense fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Author of introduction, Creator, Performer, Translator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Collector
Classifications: PS3552.E373, 813.54
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About Schmidt by Louis Begley( Book )

65 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aristocratic Wasp, a widower who is one of New York's last white-shoe lawyers, seeks solace in the arms of a Puerto Rican waitress after his only daughter inflicts on him the ultimate indignity. She is marrying an ambitious drone, immune to the refining pleasures of culture and--perhaps hardest to swallow--Jewish. By the author of Wartime Lies
Wartime lies by Louis Begley( Book )

103 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 13 languages and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the Nazi war machine smaskes into Poland, a young Jewish boy living near Warsaw is forced to flee with his aunt, Tania, and the two enter into a secret life of forged papers, false identifies, and constant movement
Matters of honor by Louis Begley( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At Harvard in the early 1950s, three mismatched freshmen are thrown together as roommates--Sam, an aristocratic Yankee; Archie, an affable Army brat; and Henry, a Polish refugee--in the story of their college years and their unique friendship
Why the Dreyfus Affair matters by Louis Begley( Book )

24 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a brilliant French artillery officer and a Jew of Alsatian descent, was court-martialed for selling secrets to the German military attaché in Paris based on perjured testimony and trumped-up evidence. The sentence was military degradation and life imprisonment on Devil's Island, a hellhole off the coast of French Guiana. Five years later, the case was overturned, and eventually Dreyfus was completely exonerated. Meanwhile, the Dreyfus Affair tore France apart, pitting Dreyfusards - committed to restoring freedom and honor to an innocent man convicted of a crime committed by another - against nationalists, anti-Semites, and militarists who preferred having an innocent man rot to exposing the crimes committed by ministers of war and the army's top brass in order to secure Dreyfus's conviction
The man who was late by Louis Begley( Book )

41 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Man Who Was Late is the story of the last two year's of Ben's life, told by his closest friend, Jack, who pieces the facts together from his own memory and from the personal papers that come into his possession as executor of Ben's will. It is the story, most particularly, of Ben's tumultuous love affair with Jack's cousin Veronique, a woman whose dazzling beauty masks darkness and disquiet. With Veronique, Ben discovers "the vast bliss of being loved." But when her husband learns of the affair and a commitment to Veronique is required, Ben discovers his own fragility - and the brutal hold his past has on him. Business keeps him on a trajectory that circles the globe, from Paris to Tokyo, from Rio to New York and to Geneva. Meanwhile his thoughts travel in one direction only: away from Veronique and toward the self-loathing and inconsolable loneliness that lurk behind the gleaming facade of the life he has invented
Shipwreck by Louis Begley( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An award-winning American author who harbors deep doubts about his own talent falls off the fidelity wagon when he publishes an especially successful novel and soon finds himself erotically enmeshed with his new lover
Schmidt delivered by Louis Begley( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retired lawyer Albert Schmidt enjoys life in the Hamptons with his young new wife Carrie while his daughter's marriage founders
About Schmidt by Louis Begley( )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Old-school lawyer Albert Schmidt has spent years climbing the ladder of success. But now, at what should be the pinnacle of his career, he is widowed, forcibly retired and harbors mixed feelings about his daughter's impending marriage. Suddenly, a seductive young woman asks Smitty what he wants
Schmidt steps back by Louis Begley( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Struggling to recover from Carrie the waitress's rejection and his daughter's marriage to a Jewish man, lawyer Albert Schmidt hopes for renewal when both Carrie and his daughter become pregnant and when he falls for a beautiful French widow
Memories of a Marriage by Louis Begley( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconnecting with a vibrant woman from his past, Philip is shocked to learn that her seemingly charmed marriage ended in divorce and tragedy and that the woman regarded her ex as a monster, a revelation that compels him to investigate the truth
Schmidt delivered by Louis Begley( )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Schmidt, proud traditional gentleman and lawyer of the old school, was almost down for the count. His beloved wife was dead, he had stumbled into early retirement, and relations with his cherished and perfectly bred daughter couldn't have been worse. The only glimmer of salvation was his unlikely love affair with Carrie, a Puerto Rican waitress younger than his daughter. Sequel to "About Schmidt". Followed by "Schmidt Steps Back". Includes strong language and sex. 2001
Mistler's exit by Louis Begley( Book )

35 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rich man with only six months to live takes a solitary holiday in Venice, a town he always liked. The novel follows Thomas Mistler, a New York advertising executive with cancer, in his attempt to seize the day, first with a young photographer, then with an unrequited love of his youth
As Max saw it by Louis Begley( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A university professor's portrait of a friend who became a homosexual after divorcing his wife. The professor is straight, but the portrait is written with sympathy. A study in friendship
Killer, come hither by Louis Begley( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jack Dana is a star history student at Yale with a bright career in academia ahead of him. But after 9/11 he feels it is his duty to change course. As a Marine infantry officer he is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Severely wounded in combat, he begins writing a novel about his wartime experiences while surgeons at the Walter Reed Hospital patch up his pelvis. Jack then moves to Manhattan to live with his Uncle Harry, a partner in a leading New York law firm and Jack's surrogate father. With Harry's help he quickly finds a publisher, and the book's swift success launches Jack as a professional writer. After a second successful publication, Jack feels entitled to a vacation and leaves for a three-month trip to South America. The isolation from modern life on a ranch in western Brazil suits him perfectly, but on his way back home he looks at his emails and finds shocking news: his Uncle Harry is dead, hanged in his Sag Harbor summer home, clearly a suicide. Horrified and incredulous, Jack digs into the facts surrounding his uncle's death. Aided by Harry's most trusted associate, Kerry Black, with whom Jack falls in love, and by his college friend Scott Prentice who now works for the CIA, Jack discovers that Harry had pierced the secret of his most important client, Abner Brown, a rightwing multibillionaire notorious for backing extremist causes: Alongside his legitimate businesses, Brown owns and operates parallel criminal enterprises. The stakes and dangers are huge. Harry's death now seems anything but a suicide. And in order to avenge his uncle, Jack might have to circumvent the law and take matters into his own hands"--
Mistler's exit by Louis Begley( )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Thomas Mistler takes a vacation alone in Venice, Italy
The tremendous world I have inside my head : Franz Kafka, a biographical essay by Louis Begley( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A new biography of Western literature's most iconic writer, from the acclaimed novelist and author of About Schmidt. Kafkaesque: the very word evokes tortuous bureaucracy, crushing self-doubt, and an almost unbearable inadequacy in the face of higher powers. After Kafka, it can be said, literature was not the same. In the few novels and short stories he left behind, he distilled the horrors of the new age. Kafka's is the voice of the outsider-that is, the voice of each one of us-at once defined by its affiliations and completely, utterly alone. The product of both a transitional age (the beginning of the 20th century) and a territory in flux (Czechoslovakia), Kafka spoke and wrote German in Czech territory. He was a Jew among Christians, a non-observant Jew among believers. Louis Begley, himself a multilingual exile and, like Kafka, a lawyer and writer, renders Kafka's life with sensitivity and insight. Begley's discussion of Kafka's masterpiece The Trial, along with shorter works such as "The Metamorphosis," opens a window on a tormented soul, one of the most intriguing figures of the modern period
Wartime lies : a novel by Louis Begley( )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the Nazi war machine smaskes into Poland, a young Jewish boy living near Warsaw is forced to flee with his aunt, Tania, and the two enter into a secret life of forged papers, false identifies, and constant movement
O Shmidte by Louis Begley( Book )

34 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 11 languages and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warren Schmidt is about to taste the not-so-sweet slice of life. When he retired, he and his wife, Helen, had big plans, but an unexpected twist changes everything. Now all of Schmidt's attention is focused on his daughter's upcoming wedding to a loser waterbed salesman. From meeting the groom's hippie parents to sponsoring a Tanzanian foster child, Schmidt embarks on a search for answers, only to discover that life is full of trick questions
Die ungeheuere Welt, die ich im Kopfe habe : über Franz Kafka by Louis Begley( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in German and English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Begley: "About Kafka"Kaum ein anderer deutschsprachiger Autor hat die Literatur der Moderne so stark geprägt wie Franz Kafka. Dem Leben dieses Ausnahmetalents widmet sich jetzt Louis Begley: Selbst ein jüdischer Schriftsteller mit juristischem Hintergrund, gelingt es ihm, sich intensiv, aber durchaus kritisch, in Kafkas Biographie einzudenken und dem Leser dessen oft rätselhafte Texte auf eine bisher ungekannte Weise nahezubringen. Brillante Einführung in Kafkas Leben und Werk
Venedig unter vier Augen by Louis Begley( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflecting the couples thirty-year love affair with Venice, a series of travel essays pays homage to Italys City of Water, its people, popular local eateries, landscapes, canals, and more, and is accompanied by a novella that describes a young mans brief love affair with an older woman, whose abandonment leads to a lasting love for Venice itself
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Alternative Names
Begleiter, Louis

Begleiter, Ludwik.

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Begley, Luis, 1933-

Louis Begley americký spisovatel polského původu

Louis Begley Amerikaans advocaat

Louis Begley amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Louis Begley amerikansk advokat

Louis Begley écrivain américain

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ビグレー, ルイス

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