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Davenport, Guy

Works: 343 works in 767 publications in 3 languages and 16,585 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Art  History  Records and correspondence  Essays  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Illustrator, Performer, Other, Contributor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS3554.A86, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Guy Davenport
The geography of the imagination : forty essays by Guy Davenport( Book )

31 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Da Vinci's bicycle : ten stories by Guy Davenport( Book )

21 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Richard Nixon Freischèutz rag.--C. Musonius Rufus.--The wooden dove of Archytas.--John Charles Tapner.--Au tombeau de Charles Fourier.--The Haile Selassie funeral train.--Ithaka.--The invention of photography in Toledo.--The antiquities of Elis.--A field of snow on a slope of the Rosenberg
Art of the forties by N.Y.) Museum of Modern Art (New York( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fully illustrated publication of the turbulent decade of the forties contains an essay by the distinguished writer Guy Davenport, with an introduction by Riva Castleman, the Museum's deputy director for curatorial affairs and organizer of the exhibition
Every force evolves a form : twenty essays by Guy Davenport( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guy Davenport demonstrates his unparalleled critical vision as he interprets art, literature, and culture In this collection of 20 essays, Guy Davenport applies his insightful gaze and critical wisdom to topics including modern art and the effects of the automobile on contemporary society. His work ranges from "What Are Those Monkeys Doing'" in which he links the paintings of Rousseau to the writings of Rimbaud and Flaubert, to "Imaginary Americas," a survey of the different roles America has filled in the imagination of Europeans. Davenport, 1 of the foremost American critics and intellectuals of the 20th century, brings his piercing intellect, encyclopedic references, and careful eye for detail to each piece in Every Force Evolves a Form. Whether writing on the philosophy behind modernism or a study of table manners, the paintings of Henri Rousseau or the design of Shaker handicrafts, Davenport always devotes his full attention and multi-angled analysis to the subject at hand. To read this thought-provoking collection is to see the inner-workings of Davenport's brilliant mind, with its varied fascinations and unparalleled insights
Poems and fragments by Sappho( Book )

3 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All that survives of Sappho of Lesbos (c.7th- 6th century B.C.E.) is one full poem and scattered remnants (73 in all). This book collects them and adds an introduction by Susan Gordon. Some Sapphian fragments: "and for you I make an offering of a white goat"; "For me neither honey nor the honey bee"; "I do not know what to do; I am of two minds"; "Do I still put on virginity?"; "in my dripping pain/may aching winds carry off my enemy." Bibliographical notes on ancient sources of Sappho's work end the volume. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Archilochos, Sappho, Alkman : three lyric poets of the late Greek Bronze Age by Archilochus( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1984 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tatlin! Six stories by Guy Davenport( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The intelligence of Louis Agassiz; a specimen book of scientific writings by Louis Agassiz( Book )

8 editions published between 1963 and 1983 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Burchfield's seasons by Guy Davenport( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jules Verne steam balloon : nine stories by Guy Davenport( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guy Davenport's cerebral and innovative stories intricately assemble centuries' worth of images and ideas Guy Davenport's stories seamlessly illuminate his vast knowledge of theology, philosophy, botany, and art, in his singular style of finding harmony in the juxtaposition of different themes. Whether critiquing the politics of socialist realist art in "We Often Think of Lenin at the Clothespin Factory," revisiting biblical tales in "Jonah," or depicting an ancient Greek philosopher in "The Meadow," Davenport demonstrates his talent for blending high-minded ideas with literary wit. Davenport's writing is at its most confident when the author weaves between time periods and ideas, such as when he revisits Descartes through the eyes of an ancient Greek skeptic in "Pyrrhon of Elis," wherein a doubting philosopher declares, "I may not be, I think"; or in "The Bicycle Rider," in which a doctoral student studying imagery of demons in the Gospels is visited by angelic spirits and attempts to save the life of a nihilistic prostitute. In these stories and the others collected in The Jules Verne Steam Balloon, Davenport's signature approach to culture and humanity is on bold display
7 Greeks( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The drawings of Paul Cadmus by Paul Cadmus( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carmina; the fragments of Archilochos by Archilochus( Book )

3 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hunter Gracchus and other papers on literature and art by Guy Davenport( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his 28th book, Davenport the humanist (he is also a novelist, poet, translator, and critic) draws on his knowledge of antiquity and modernism, and many points in between, to travel crablike among the various arts in a consciously miscellaneous essay collection, his third (after Geography of the Imagination, 1981, and Every Force Evolves a Form, 1987). Sent this way and that, seemingly by curiosity or instinct, the writer avoids making academic pronouncements. Unlike so many contemporary literary historians and critics, Davenport writes in order to be understood; his prose is playful, never cryptic. As a consequence, he can lead us into challenging territory--the work of Charles Darwin, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Wallace Stevens, Jean Cocteau--without a fuss, and without losing us. The piece on Darwin, for example, ``Life, Chance, and Charles Darwin,'' seems to be the product of ``untaught'' enthusiasm, in the very best sense. His memoir ``On Reading,'' originally published in Antaeus, and mixing recollections of his studies at Duke, Oxford, and Harvard with a southern autodidact's now affectionate, now scouring independent-mindedness, is a classic. ``The mind is a self- consuming organ and preys on itself,'' Davenport writes. ``It is an organ for taking the outside in.'' The comments in this autobiographical excursion are central to his overall approach as a critic; throughout the book, Davenport sets out to do just as he likes, serving as a masterly sort of common reader, and declining the burden of political correctness. The essay on Stein in particular, ``Late Gertrude,'' returns us to that influential yet neglected literary beacon. Davenport's wry ``occasional'' observations line up jauntily in the fragmentary ``Micrographs'' and in two journal series (e.g., ``Hemingway's prose is like an animal talking. But what animal?''). Only rarely is a note of preciousness sounded. These are the recent explorations of an omnivorous, ideal reader, road maps for the rest of us."-- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP
Apples and pears and other stories by Guy Davenport( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guy Davenport links the essential ideas of our cultural landscape in stories that nod to the philosophers, artists, and writers who came before him Reality, fiction, history, and art all converge in this collection as Guy Davenport explores complex ideas within narratives that are full of emotional depth. Fearless and inventive in style, these stories take many forms, such as the imagined World War I journals of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in?The Bowmen of Shu? and the parallel tales of poets Matsuo Basho and Ezra Pound hiking the same mountain trail centuries apart in?Fifty-Seven Views of Fujiyama.? In the title story, which also features illustrations by the author, a group of philosophers tries to establish a utopia in Amsterdam, harkening back to a prelapsarian world of uncomplicated sexuality and nature untarnished by human influence. The idea that the past perpetually influences the present is at the heart of Apples and Pears as Davenport relocates his references from all eras to contemporary times--and as he uses measured, poetic language to uncover the cyclical nature of culture
The death of Picasso : new & selected writing by Guy Davenport( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays and stories showcasing one of America's most insightful thinkers at his best Featuring both short stories and critical pieces, The Death of Picasso exhibits the versatility and innovative thinking that drives all of Guy Davenport's work. As a critic, he takes on topics such as Ruskin's life and influences and Benson Bobrick's history of English versions of the Bible, through which Davenport explores how translation has affected the text's interpretation for centuries. Both his fiction and essays contribute to the eternal conversation on how the arts reflect, inform, and influence the human experience. In his short stories, Davenport vividly evokes entire worlds--such as that of a regatta on the Thames or an air show in Northern Italy--with an eye for telling details that typically go unnoticed. Fact and fiction combine and shift forms throughout the collection, for instance, in?The Concord Sonata? when the author manipulates time and space to put thinkers like Thoreau, Wittgenstein, and W.E.B. Du Bois in conversation. Davenport's uninhibited imagination and singular gaze reveal both the commonplace and the sublime in a new light
Objects on a table : harmonious disarray in art and literature by Guy Davenport( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These four essays on still life, dip into the full history of this art form, touching on neolithic cave paintings, the Dutch masters, Cezanne, Van Gogh, even photography and the collage
Americans in Paris : (1921-1931) : Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, Alexander Calder by Elizabeth Hutton Turner( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1920s, when cultural exchange across the Atlantic suddenly became heady and reciprocal, Americans traveling to Paris found their americanisme embraced. The French avant-garde, fueled by tempos and freedoms, loved jazz and the visual elegance of Machine Age aesthetics. The American fascination with technology, which electrified their work, gave new charge to European art. Paris welcomed Gerald Murphy, whose billboard-sized cubist icon dominated the 1924 Salon des Independants and launched a brief but briliant career; Stuart Davis, who explored the continuity between cubist painting, lithography, and jazz at the atelier Desjobert; Man Ray, who abandoned oils to begin "painting with light" in his movies and rayographs; and Alexander Calder whose wire circuses and portraits inspired critics to acknowledge art's inherent playfulness. Americans in Paris documents the work and influence of these four notables of the avant-garde, who startle and delight us even today
A table of green fields : ten stories by Guy Davenport( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thasos and Ohio : poems and translations, 1950-1980 by Guy Davenport( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These selections from Guy Davenport's books and publications in periodicals show the extent of what he calls his literary janitorial services
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Charles Burchfield's seasons
Da Vinci's bicycle : ten storiesThe intelligence of Louis Agassiz; a specimen book of scientific writingsCharles Burchfield's seasons7 GreeksThe Hunter Gracchus and other papers on literature and artThe death of Picasso : new & selected writingObjects on a table : harmonious disarray in art and literatureA table of green fields : ten storiesThasos and Ohio : poems and translations, 1950-1980
Alternative Names
Davenport, Guy 1927-

Davenport Guy Mattison

Davenport, Guy Mattison Jr

Dėvenport, G. 1927-2005

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Guy Davenport US-amerikanischer Dichter, Essayist und Hochschullehrer

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