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Alvarez, A. (Alfred) 1929-

Overview
Works: 259 works in 780 publications in 11 languages and 17,553 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Anecdotes  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Compiler, Composer, Contributor, Performer
Classifications: PR6051.L9, 362.88
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Most widely held works about A Alvarez
 
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The savage god : a study of suicide by A Alvarez( Book )
60 editions published between 1970 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 2,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book explores suicide as it has never been described before. It is a deep compassionate insight into the realm of self-destruction from a personal, literary, and existential point of view. The author dispels the preconception that suicide is either a terrifying aberration or something to be ignored altogether. He documents and explores historically man's changing attitudes toward suicide: from the various primitive societies, the Greek and Roman cultures, to the development of the suicidal martyrdom of the early Christian church, the later concept of suicide as a mortal sin to be savagely punished, and the counterrevolutionary attitude of the late nineteenth century which shifted the responsibility of suicide from the individual to society. He continues with a discussion of the theories which have been developed about suicide. From there, he explores the minds and emotional states of Dante, Cowper, Donne, Chatterton, and others, explaining the death trend in their works. He sees revealed in literature the voyage of the suicide in past centuries and today. He returns to a personal view of suicide at the close of the book as he chronicles his attempt on his own life. He brings the reader through a journey where one sees the act of suicide as the end of a long experience, an emptiness so isolated and violent--making life into such a paper-thin reality--that it surrenders.--
Samuel Beckett by A Alvarez( Book )
40 editions published between 1973 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The school of Donne by A Alvarez( Book )
26 editions published between 1961 and 1970 in English and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses Donne and poets influenced by him, including George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, and Abraham Cowley
Night : night life, night language, sleep and dreams by A Alvarez( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gathering evidence from such diverse sources as a sleep laboratory and a night on a mountain, an exploration of the fragile borderline between night and day provides understanding of the language of dreams and how dreams affect our waking selves
Stewards of excellence; studies in modern English and American poets by A Alvarez( Book )
6 editions published between 1958 and 1971 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offshore : a North Sea journey by A Alvarez( Book )
11 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An account of the discovery and development of North Sea oil fields and the people who work there
The biggest game in town by A Alvarez( Book )
21 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Al Alvarez touched down in Las Vegas one hot day in 1981, a dedicated amateur poker player but a stranger to the town and its crazy ways. For three mesmerizing weeks he witnessed some of the monster high-stakes games that could only have happened in Vegas and talked to the extraordinary characters who dominated them--road gamblers and local professionals who won and lost fortunes on a regular basis. Set over the course of one tournament, The Biggest Game in Town is botha chronicle of the World Series of Poker--the first ever written--and a portrait of the hustlers, madmen, and geniuses who ruled the high-stakes game in America. It is a brilliant insight into poker's appeal as a hobby, an addiction, and a way of life, and into the skewed psychology of master players and fearless gamblers. With a new introduction by the author, Alvarez's classic account is "the greatest dissection of high-stakes Vegas poker and the madness that surrounds it ever written" (TimeOut [UK])
Beyond all this fiddle; essays, 1955-1967 by A Alvarez( Book )
8 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The shaping spirit; studies in modern English and American poets by A Alvarez( Book )
46 editions published between 1948 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new poetry : an anthology by A Alvarez( Book )
81 editions published between 1962 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Med bidrag af: Kingsley Amis, John Berryman, Arthur Boyars, Iain Crichton Smith, Donald Davie, D.J. Enright, John Fuller, Thom Gunn, Michael Hamburger, Geoffrey Hill, David Holbrook, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Norman Maccaig, Christopher Middleton, Peter Redgrove, R.S. Thomas, Charles Tomlinson og John Wain
Hers by A Alvarez( Book )
14 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hunt by A Alvarez( Book )
13 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in 3 languages and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Day of atonement by A Alvarez( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poker : bets, bluffs, and bad beats by A Alvarez( Book )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Under pressure; the writer in society: Eastern Europe and the U.S.A by A Alvarez( Book )
13 editions published in 1965 in English and Undetermined and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Feeding the rat : profile of a climber by A Alvarez( Book )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Autumn to autumn, and selected poems, 1953-76 by A Alvarez( Book )
3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Faber book of modern European poetry ( Book )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A. Alvarez, Roy Fuller, Anthony Thwaite by A Alvarez( Book )
8 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Risky business : people, pastimes, poker and books by A Alvarez( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Al Alvarez's writing career has come in many guises. One of the most influential post-war critics, he has written about writers and their craft for over fifty years. Risky Business is a selection of Alvarez's finest essays. Ranging from trenchant-literary criticism to accounts of polar expeditions and poker championships, it is a collection from our most unusual man of letters."--BOOK JACKET
 
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Alternative Names
Alvarez, A.
Alvarez, A. 1929-
Alvarez, A. (Alfred), 1929-
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Álvarez, Alfred
Alvarez, Alfred 1929-
アルヴァレズ
アルヴァレズ, アルフレッド
Languages
English (434)
Danish (6)
German (4)
Japanese (4)
French (3)
Korean (2)
Portuguese (1)
Persian (1)
Catalan (1)
Italian (1)
Dutch (1)
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