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Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam 1960-

Works: 71 works in 300 publications in 10 languages and 8,373 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Anecdotes  History  Bildungsromans  Novels  Biography  Autobiographical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Editor, Other, wpr, Interviewer, Performer
Classifications: PQ2631.R63, 843.912
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Waiting for the barbarians : essays from the classics to pop culture by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 744 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."
Collected poems by Constantine Cavafy( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 676 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
Gender and the city in Euripides' political plays by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first book-length study of Euripides' so-called p̀olitical' plays (Children of Herakles and Suppliant Women) to appear in half a century. Still disdained as the anomalously p̀atriotic' or p̀ropagandistic' works of a playwright elsewhere famous for his subversive, ironic artistic ethos, the two works in question - notorious for their uncomfortable juxtaposition of political speeches and scenes of extreme feminine emotion - continue to be dismissed by scholars of tragedy as artistic failures unworthy of the author of Medea, Hippolytus, and Bacchae
The unfinished poems by Constantine Cavafy( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bacchae( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 212 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 146 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 128 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 100 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
An odyssey : a father, a son, and an epic by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After enrolling in an undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that his son teaches, Mendelsohn hoped to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth. Instead he was presented with an opportunity for a father-and-son philosophical journey, engaging in debates over how to interpret Homer's classic masterpiece. The two then retraced Odysseus' voyages in a Mediterranean journey that helped them overcome long-held secrets, and learn the meaning of home
The Poems of C.P. Cavafy by Constantine Cavafy( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Selected poems by the Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy (1863 - 1933) handwritten in English by Sidelinger and accompanied by his art. The poems are introduced by a five-page introduction written by Sidelinger"--Vamp & Tramp website
A favourite of the gods ; and, A compass error by Sybille Bedford( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 65 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"--
Blindness by Henry Green( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 60 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"--
Augustus by John Williams( )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in German and English and held by 57 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
The lost : a search for six of six million by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 45 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
L'étreinte fugitive by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in French and held by 38 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]
Les disparus by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in French and held by 33 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

Swann's way by Marcel Proust( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in French and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the first book of Proust's monumental work "Remembrance of Things Past", introducing such themes as the destructive force of obsessive love, the allure and the consequences of transgressive sex, and the selective eye that shapes memories
The elusive embrace : desire and the riddle of identity by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and French and held by 19 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
So many things : for mezzo-soprano and string quartet by Nico Muhly( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Collected poems
Gender and the city in Euripides' political playsThe unfinished poemsHow beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken : essaysThe lost : a search for six of six millionThe elusive embrace : desire and the riddle of identityHow beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken : essaysThe elusive embrace : desire and the riddle of identity
Alternative Names
Daniel Mendelsohn Amerikaans journalist

Daniel Mendelsohn écrivain américain

Daniel Mendelsohn escritor estadounidense

Daniel Mendelsohn US-amerikanischer Journalist und Buchautor

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