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Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam 1960-

Works: 66 works in 267 publications in 10 languages and 8,059 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography‡vAnecdotes  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographies  Travel writing  Reviews  Poetry  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other, Interviewer, Performer
Classifications: E184.37.M48, 889.132
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Collected poems by Constantine Cavafy( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a complete collection of the modern Greek poet's work, including his unfinished poems, which explores themes of longing and loneliness, fate and loss, memory and identity, throughout the history of Greek civilization
Waiting for the barbarians : essays from the classics to pop culture by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn's reviews for "The New York Review of Books," "The New Yorker," and "The New York Times Book Review" have earned him a reputation as "one of the greatest critics of our time" ("Poets & Writers"). In "Waiting for the Barbarians," he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays--each one glinting with "verve and sparkle," "acumen and passion"--A wide range of subjects, from "Avatar" to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the "Titanic" to Susan Sontag's "Journals." Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the "Spider-Man" musical, Anne Carson's translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles--none more explosively controversial than his dissection of "Mad Men." Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell's Holocaust blockbuster "The Kindly Ones" to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, "Private Lives," prefaced by Mendelsohn's"New Yorker" essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Noel Coward, and Jonathan Franzen. "Waiting for the Barbarians" once again demonstrates that Mendelsohn's "sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth."
The unfinished poems by Constantine Cavafy( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender and the city in Euripides' political plays by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present study makes use of recent insights into classical Greek conceptions of gender (in real life and on stage) and Athenian notions of civic identity to demonstrate that the political plays are, in face, intellectually subtle and structurally coherent exercises in political theorizing - works that use complex interactions between female and male characters to explore the advantages, and costs, of being a member of the polis."--Jacket
The Bacchae( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The city of Thebes is torn apart by the conflicting demands of reason and religion, as the disguised god Dionysus returns to his home town demanding to be worshipped. Opposing him is the young king Pentheus, who is doomed to suffer the ultimate punishment for his disbelief. Featured speakers include world-renowned playwright/author Wole Soyinka, actor Alan Cumming, and Daniel Mendelsohn of Bard College
Verloren : op zoek naar zes van de zes miljoen by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic?part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work?that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history
Complete poems by Constantine Cavafy( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of poems by Greek poet Constantine Cavafy that have been translated into English
How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken : essays by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whether he's on Broadway or at the movies, considering a new bestseller or revisiting a literary classic, Daniel Mendelsohn's judgments over the past fifteen years have provoked and dazzled with their deep erudition, disarming emotionality, and tart wit. Now How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken reveals all at once the enormous stature of Mendelsohn's achievement and demonstrates why he is considered one of our greatest critics. Writing with a lively intelligence and arresting originality, he brings his distinctive combination of scholarly rigor and conversational ease to bear across eras, cultures, and genres, from Roman games to video games. His interpretations of our most talked-about films'from the work of Pedro AlmodOvar to Brokeback Mountain, from United 93 and World Trade Center to 300, Marie Antoinette, and The Hours'have sparked debate and changed the way we watch movies. Just as stunning and influential are his dispatches on theater and literature, from The Producers to Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, from The Lovely Bones to the works of Harold Pinter. Together these thirty brilliant and engaging essays passionately articulate the themes that have made Daniel Mendelsohn a crucial voice in today's cultural conversation: the aesthetic and indeed political dangers of imposing contemporary attitudes on the great classics; the ruinous effect of sentimentality on the national consciousness in the post-9/11 world; the vital importance of the great literature of the past for a meaningful life in the present. How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken makes it clear that no other contemporary thinker is as engaged with as many aspects of our culture and its influences as Mendelsohn is, and no one practices the vanishing art of popular criticism with more acuity, humor, and feeling
A favourite of the gods ; and, A compass error by Sybille Bedford( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Favourite of the Gods is the story of two generations of a single family, united by a strong matrilineal bond but divided by the customs of their differing nationalities. Anna Howland, the matriarch and American heiress, born in the 1870s to a prominent, liberal New England family marries an Italian prince and makes her home in Rome; her daughter Constanza, the favorite of the title, inherits her mother's beauty, intelligence, and wealth, along with her father's Catholicism, which she soon rejects in the course of her unconventional but first-rate education. When disaster strikes, Anna and the prince fall back on the conventional standardsof behavior of their disparate cultures; Constanza, with her European upbringing, is free to develop her own moral code, to plot her own course in life, and she does so with fantastic daring, making an unconventional life for herself in England and on the continent at the time of the first world war and its aftermath. Her own daughter Flavia, introduced in A Favourite of the Gods, is the heroine of A Compass Error, which begins where the first novel concludes. Flavia too is a brilliant young woman, though both more brash and more faltering than her mother, studying in France for her entrance exam to Oxford when she becomes involved with a mysterious woman whose arrival at a sensitive moment in Flavia's adolescence will alter both her and her mother's lives forever"--
An odyssey : a father, a son, and an epic by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and French and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual
Blindness by Henry Green( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Blindness is the story of John Haye, a young student, and begins with an excerpt from his diary, brimming with excitement and affectation and curiosity about life and literature. Then a freak accident robs John of his sight, plunging him into despair. Forced to live with his highhanded, horsey stepmother in the country, John begins a weird dalliance with a girl named Joan, leading to a new determination. Blindness is the curse of youth and inexperience and love and ambition, and blindness, John discovers, can also be the source of vision"--
L'étreinte fugitive by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in French and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un récit qui mêle des genres très différents : une trame autobiographique avec une réflexion sur la question gay, une enquête autour d'un événement survenu dans les années 1920, l'évocation de textes relevant de la culture gréco-latine ... --[Memento]
The lost : a search for six of six million by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shmiel Jäger blev sammen med sin hustru og fire døtre myrdet af nazisterne under Anden Verdenskrig sammen med hovedparten af de jødiske indbyggere i den lille jødiske by Bolekhov i Polen. Den amerikanske forfatter og journalist David Mendelsohn redegør her for resultatet af sine rejser og efterforskning blandt vidner og overlevende, blandt andet også om samtalerne med sin genfundne slægtning Adam Kulberg, som nu bor i København
Les disparus by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in French and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman historique. Roman témoignage
Homère et les femmes suivi de L'Hellénisme by Oscar Wilde( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Augustus by John Williams( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in German and English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award In Augustus, the third of his great novels, John Williams took on an entirely new challenge, a historical novel set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire, whose greatness was matched by his brutality. To tell the story, Williams also turned to a genre, the epistolary novel, that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher's Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master. "[In Augustus,] John Williams re-creates the Roman Empire from the death of Julius Caesar to the last days of Augustus, the machinations of the court, the Senate, and the people, from the sickly boy to the sickly man who almost dies during expedi- tions to what would seem to be the ruthless ruler ... Read it in conjunction with Robert Graves's more flamboyant I, Claudius and Claudius the God, Hermann Broch's The Death of Virgil, and Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian." 'Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation
A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in French and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Romancyclus over de waarnemingen en overpeinzingen van een gevoelige jongeman rond 1900 in Parijs
So many things : for mezzo-soprano and string quartet by Nico Muhly( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A search for six of the six million by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Mendelsohn grew up in a family haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust. Decades later, spurred by the discovery of a cache of desperate letters written to his grandfather in 1939, Mendelsohn embarked on a hunt for the remaining eyewitnesses to his relatives' fate
The elusive embrace : desire and the riddle of identity by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and French and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hailed for its searing emotional insights, and for the astonishing originality with which it weaves together personal history, cultural essay, and readings of classical texts by Sophocles, Ovid, Euripides, and Sappho, The Elusive Embrace is a profound exploration of the mysteries of identity. It is also a meditation in which the author uses his own divided life to investigate the "rich conflictedness of things," the double lives all of us lead. Daniel Mendelsohn recalls the deceptively quiet suburb where he grew up, torn between his mathematician father's pursuit of scientific truth and the exquisite lies spun by his Orthodox Jewish grandfather; the streets of manhattan's newest "gay ghetto," where "desire for love" competes with "love of desire;" and the quiet moonlit house where a close friend's small son teaches him the meaning of fatherhood. And, finally, in a neglected Jewish cemetery, the author uncovers a family secret that reveals the universal need for storytelling, for inventing myths of the self. The book that Hilton Als calls "equal to Whitman's 'Song of Myself, '" The Elusive Embrace marks a dazzling literary debut. From the Trade Paperback edition
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Collected poems
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Daniel Mendelsohn Amerikaans journalist

Daniel Mendelsohn écrivain américain

Daniel Mendelsohn escritor estadounidense

Daniel Mendelsohn US-amerikanischer Journalist und Buchautor

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דניאל מנדלסון

דניאל מנדלסון סופר אמריקאי

מנדלזון, דניאל 1960-

מנדלסון, דניאל 1960-

מנדלסזון, דניאל 1960-

מענדלסאן, דניאל 1960-

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מענדעלסזאן, דניאל 1960-

دانيال مندليسون، 1960-


The unfinished poemsGender and the city in Euripides' political playsHow beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken : essaysThe lost : a search for six of six millionA search for six of the six millionThe elusive embrace : desire and the riddle of identityHow beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken : essays