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Wright, Barbara 1915-2009

Works: 156 works in 350 publications in 4 languages and 5,609 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Experimental fiction  Juvenile works  Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Art  Catalogs  Biography 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, Adapter, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PQ2633.U43, 843.914
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Most widely held works about Barbara Wright
Most widely held works by Barbara Wright
The bark tree (Le chiendent) : a novel by Raymond Queneau( Book )

8 editions published between 1968 and 2003 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seated in a Paris cafe, a man glimpses another man, a shadowy figure hurrying to the train. Who is he? he wonders, and how does he live? Instantly the shadow comes to life, precipitating a series of hilarious encounters involving a range of disreputable and heartwarming characters that prove as incredible as "real life." The Bark Tree is an enchantment itself
Of illustrious men : a novel by Jean Rouaud( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A son attempts to answer a riddle faced by many a man, who exactly was my father? As he sifts through his childhood memories, the reader is given a detailed portrait of French bourgeois life. By the author of Fields of Glory
Zazie in the metro by Raymond Queneau( Book )

16 editions published between 1960 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Impish, foul-mouthed Zazie arrives in Paris from the country to stay with her female-impersonator Uncle Gabriel. All she really wants to do is ride the metro, but finding it shut because of a strike, Zazie looks for other means of amusement and is soon caught up in a comic adventure that becomes wilder and more manic by the minute. Queneau's cult classic was made into a hugely successful film by Louis Malle in 1960. Packed full of word play and phonetic games, Zazie in the Metro remains as stylish and witty as ever."--Jacket
The flight of Icarus by Raymond Queneau( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "novel written in the form of a play: seventy-four short scenes, complete with stage directions ... It begins with a novelist's discovery that his principal character, Icarus by name, has vanished ... Before long, a number of desperate authors are found in search of their fugitive characters, who wander through the Paris of the 1890s, occaionally meeting one another, and even straying into new novels."--Back cover
The supermale = (Le surmâle) by Alfred Jarry( Book )

3 editions published between 1968 and 1977 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exercises in style by Raymond Queneau( Book )

21 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes one man accusing another of jostling him deliberately. When a seat is vacated, the first man takes it. Later, in another part of town, the man is spotted again while being advised by a friend to have another button sewn onto his overcoat. Exercises in style retells this apparently unremarkable tale ninety-nine times, employing a variety of styles, ranging from sonnet to cockney to mathematical formula. Too funny to be merely a pedantic thesis, this virtuoso set of themes and variations is a linguistic rust-remover, a guide to literary forms and a demonstration of imagery and inventiveness."--Back cover
Here : a novel by Nathalie Sarraute( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of sketches on French salon life. One chronicles a room's reaction to a man with the nobiliary particle de in his name--from fawning to hate
Les fleurs bleues : [roman] by Raymond Queneau( Book )

10 editions published between 1966 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On connaît le célèbre apologue chinois : Tchouang-tseu rêve qu'il est un papillon, mais n'est-ce point le papillon qui rêve qu'il est Tchouang-tseu? De même dans ce roman, est-ce le duc d'Auge qui rêve qu'il est Cidrolin ou Cidrolin qui rêve qu'il est le duc d'Auge?
Voyage de noces : roman by Patrick Modiano( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the simple, melodious prose of a born storyteller and the spare intensity that has become his trademark, Modiano constructs an existential tale of suspense and longing, and of the past's hold over a shifting, ambiguous present. In the words of Le Monde, this novel truly shows 'a magician at work'."--Jacket
Trio by Robert Pinget( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trio marks the first time these three shorter Pinget works are collected in a single volume. From the sublime surrealism of Between Fantoine and Agapa, through the Faulknerian take on rural life in That Voice, to the musical rhythm and flow of Passacaglia, this collection charts the varied career of one of the French New Novel's true luminaries. The space between the fictional towns of Fantoine and Agapa is akin to Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County: an area where provincialism is neither romanticized nor parodied; where intrigue--often violent intrigue--confronts the bucolic ideal held both by insiders and outsiders; and where reality is shaped not by events, but by talk and gossip, by insinuation and conjecture. Written over the course of his career, these three novels are by turns hilarious and dark, surreal and painstakingly accurate; together they demonstrate the consistent quality of Pinget's versatility
The world more or less by Jean Rouaud( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A coming-of-age tale describing the hero's days in a Catholic boarding school in France. He is a loner, poor at sports and he wears thick glasses, the kind that attracts bullies
The first book of Grabinoulor by Pierre Albert-Birot( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Smart, joyous, playfully philosophical and completely without despair, the novel follows the character Grabinoulor - "the happiest man in the world"--A child-like, satyric, and comical Parisian as he visits other planets, travels through time, and finds poetry wherever he goes."--Jacket
We always treat women too well : a novel by Raymond Queneau( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2017 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Dublin during the 1916 rebellion, this novel tells of a beauty trapped in a post office seized by rebels. This tale celebrates the imagination's power to transmute crude sensationalism into pure pleasure
Mr Rouse builds his house by Stefan Themerson( Book )

12 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Mr. Rouse, who has decided to build himself a house. Inevitably, the process is much longer and more detailed than Mr. Rouse initially envisions: "Mr. Builder, I'm not a bird, you know; how could I live in a house made of leaves?"
Journeys among the dead : a play, with lithographs by Eugène Ionesco( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eugène Fromentin, 1820-1876 : visions d'Algérie et d'Egypte by James Thompson( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des tableaux et dessins d'E. Fromentin sont apparus sur le marché depuis la parution de la première édition de cet ouvrage en 1987. Ces nouvelles images sont complétées par un catalogue illustré de la quasi-totalité de la collection de dessins, et permet l'étude détaillée de l'élaboration des grandes toiles orientalistes de Fromentin
Le fiston by Robert Pinget( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in French and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un père qui écrit à son fils. Un fils-fiston qui s'en est allé, qui a disparu. Le père, monsieur Levert, veut qu'il revienne
Seven Dada manifestos and Lampisteries by Tristan Tzara( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains Tristan Tzara's famous manifestos, which first appeared between 1916 and 1921 and became essential texts of the modern movement and models for Breton's Surrealist manifestos. Art for Tzara was both deadly serious and a game, and the playfulness of his character is apparent not only in his polemic, which often uses dadaist typography, but in the delightful drawings contributed by Francis Picabia
Passacaglia : a novel by Robert Pinget( Book )

4 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enkele eenvoudige landelijke tafereeltjes blijken bij nader toezien gecompliceerde zoekplaatjes
The Sunday of life : a novel by Raymond Queneau( Book )

8 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a cast of eccentric characters, amusing incidents and an uplifting tone, The Sunday of Life - its title playfully alluding to Hegel's theory of history - is a scintillating novel which showcases Queneau's trademark punning, sly wit and delight in the absurdity of people and situations
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The flight of Icarus
Alternative Names
Barbara Wright Brits taalkundige (1915-2009)

Barbara Wright English translator

Barbara Wright English translator of modern French literature

Winifred, Barbara.

Winifred, Barbara 1915-2009

Winifred Wright, Barbara.

Winifred Wright, Barbara 1915-2009

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English (134)

French (12)

German (3)

Italian (2)

Of illustrious men : a novelZazie in the metroThe flight of IcarusExercises in styleHere : a novelLes fleurs bleues : [roman]Voyage de noces : romanTrio