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Parini, Jay

Overview
Works: 309 works in 1,040 publications in 15 languages and 65,683 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reference works  Bio-bibliography  History  Biographical films  Historical films  Drama  Church history  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Other, Author of introduction, Narrator, Creator, Compiler
Classifications: PS129, B
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American writers : a collection of literary biographies by Leonard Unger( Book )

38 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in English and held by 2,779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four volume set consists of ninety-seven of the pamphlets originally published as the University of Minnesota pamphlets on American writers. Some have been revised and updated
John Steinbeck : a biography by Jay Parini( Book )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Polish and held by 2,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes information on The Grapes of Wrath (film), Of Mice and Men (film), Of Mice and Men (novella), Of Mice and Men (play), The Red Pony (film), etc
Robert Frost : a life by Jay Parini( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 2,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Robert Frost, the poet who won four Pulitzer prizes before dying in 1963. The book describes his early life--he wanted to be a baseball player--his farming in New England, its influence on his poetry, and his many bouts with depression and self-doubt
One matchless time : a life of William Faulkner by Jay Parini( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 1,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the life and work of the twentieth-century author of "As I Lay Dying," who struggled to rise above such challenges as a difficult marriage and alcoholism
The last station : a novel of Tolstoy's last year by Jay Parini( Book )

79 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 15 languages and held by 1,745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Leo Tolstoy's life draws to a tumultuous close, his tempestuous wife and most cunning disciple are locked in a whirlwind battle for the great man's soul. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth and thirteen children, Tolstoy dramatically flees his home, only to fall ill at a tiny nearby rail station. The famous (and famously troubled) writer believes he is dying alone, unaware that over a hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition. Jay Parini moves deftly between a colorful cast of characters to create a stunning portrait of one of the world's most treasured authors. Dancing between fact and fiction, The Last Station is a brilliant and moving literary performance
The Columbia history of American poetry by Jay Parini( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Ann Bradstreet and Edward Taylor to Philip Levine and Charles Wright, this comprehensive general history of American poetry examines the American epic, Transcendentalism, the Modernists, the Fugitives, the Beat poets, the confessional poets, and all those in between
The last station by E. T. A Hoffmann( Visual )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vertelling over het latere leven van Leo Tolstoy en zijn vrouw
Promised land : thirteen books that changed America by Jay Parini( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: "These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and a republic built firmly on ideas, which are contained in its major texts. Where we have been must, of course, determine where we are going. My hope is that this book helps to show us where we have been and engenders a lively conversation about our destination, which seems perpetually in dispute." Americans need periodic reminding that they are, to a great extent, people of the book-or, rather, books. In Promised Land, Jay Parini repossesses that vibrant, intellectual heritage by examining the life and times of thirteen "books that changed America." Each of the books has been a watershed, gathering intellectual currents already in motion and marking a turn in American life and thought. Their influence remains pervasive, however hidden, and in his essays Jay Parini demonstrates how these books entered American life and altered how we think and act in the world. The thirteen "books that changed America": Of Plymouth Plantation; The Federalist Papers; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Journals of Lewis and Clark; Walden; Uncle Tom's Cabin; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Souls of Black Folk; The Promised Land; How to Win Friends and Influence People; The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care; On the Road; The Feminine Mystique. Promised Land offers a reading of the American psyche, allowing us to reflect on what our past means for who we are now. It is a rich and immensely readable work of cultural history that will appeal to all book lovers and students of the American character alike
The Columbia anthology of American poetry( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry covers all of the canonical American poets, from the colonial to the contemporary - Anne Bradstreet, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Adrienne Rich are all included. But Parini has also selected a broad sampling of poetry from voices that have not been heard as widely over the years. Here, for the first time, is a thorough collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry by women, Native Americans, and African Americans. Within these pages readers will find the many different traditions that make up the expansive collage of American poetry. Here are the Transcendentalists - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau; and the Imagists - William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, H.D., and Carl Sandburg. Readers will discover also the early twentieth-century movement of African-American poetic expression, known as the Harlem Renaissance - James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Langston Hughes are all solidly represented in The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry
The Oxford encyclopedia of American literature by Jay Parini( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alphabetically arranged entries include discussions of individual authors, literary movements, institutions, notable texts, literary developments, themes, ethnic literatures, and "topic" essays
Why poetry matters by Jay Parini( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry doesn't matter to most people, observes Jay Parini at the opening of this book. But, undeterred, he commences a deeply felt meditation on poetry, its language and meaning, and its power to open minds and transform lives. By the end of the book, Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that life affords. Poetry indeed matters. A gifted poet and acclaimed teacher, Parini begins by looking at defenses of poetry written over the centuries. He ponders Aristotle, Horace, and Longinus, and moves on through Sidney, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, and others. Parini examines the importance of poetic voice and the mysteries of metaphor. He argues that a poet's originality depends on a deep understanding of the traditions of political poetry, nature poetry, and religious poetry
The Norton book of American autobiography( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains primary source material
Writers on writing( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theodore Roethke, an American romantic by Jay Parini( Book )

8 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American essays( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Touchstones : American poets on a favorite poem( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, "fifty-nine of America's best poets select their favorite verse by another writer and explore its influence on their own writing."--From back cover
Beyond The godfather : Italian American writers on the real Italian American experience( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the New York Times Book Review, Gay Talese raised the question. "Where are all the Italian American writers?" Two years later, editors Ciongoli and Parini respond convincingly with this anthology of essays by 23 Italian American writers. Memoirs in the first section reveal the truths of the people and relationships behind the stereotypes. Whether reflecting on rosary beads, the aroma of garlic sauteed in olive oil, a bigotry that labels a child "the smelly Italian," or the art of perfect ironing, these writers share abiding love and respect for their cultural heritage and engage readers with their poignant accounts. Some consider how these experiences shaped them as writers: Talese himself credits time spent in his family's dress shop as the source of his nonfiction writing style. The next section provides analyses of Italian American literature, and a third traces some Italian American political struggles
Poems for a small planet : contemporary American nature poetry( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American writers : a collection of literary biographies( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains biographical and critical essays on the work of important American writers. Presents scholar-signed essays prepared by experts in the field
Introspections : American poets on one of their own poems( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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American writers : a collection of literary biographies
Alternative Names
Jay Parini Amerikaans schrijver

Jay Parini amerikansk författare och poet

Jay Parini amerikansk skribent og poet

Jay Parini Professor, author

Jay Parini US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturkritiker

Parini, Džej

Parini, Jay 1948-

パリーニ, ジェイ

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John Steinbeck : a biographyRobert Frost : a lifeOne matchless time : a life of William FaulknerThe last station : a novel of Tolstoy's last yearThe Columbia history of American poetryPromised land : thirteen books that changed AmericaThe Columbia anthology of American poetryThe Oxford encyclopedia of American literature