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Lurie, Alison

Works: 254 works in 1,199 publications in 9 languages and 29,304 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  College stories  Juvenile works  Fantasy fiction  Folklore  Short stories, American  Legends 
Roles: Author, Editor, Signer, Other, Inscriber, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Former owner, Narrator, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3562.U7, 813.54
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Foreign affairs by Alison Lurie( Book )

92 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virginia Miner, an unmarried tenured professor, is an Anglophile on leave to research a book. Fred Turner, a teacher at the same university, is recently separated, flat broke and miserable in this city where the rain never seems to end. The separate paths of these two lonely and naive innocents abroad lead them to strikingly similar destinations of newfound passion ... and unexpected love
The language of clothes by Alison Lurie( Book )

59 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the social history of clothing, how clothing conveys information about the wearer, and how the person relates to the surrounding world
The war between the Tates by Alison Lurie( Book )

67 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bedlam breaks loose at the Tate household as a four-way conflict erupts between Brian and Erica and their two teenage children
Don't tell the grown-ups : subversive children's literature by Alison Lurie( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on great children's literature that relates the lives of the authors to the works themselves
The last resort : a novel by Alison Lurie( Book )

38 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A famous writer with cancer tries to commit suicide while on holiday in Florida, but each time fate intervenes to save him. Meanwhile his wife Jenny, who is some thirty years younger, discovers lesbian love. A look at old age
The Oxford book of modern fairy tales( Book )

24 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most people think of fairy tales as having been created anonymously and almost magically long ago, and later discovered and recorded by scholars such as the Brothers Grimm. In fact original fairy tales are still being written. Over the last century and a half many well-known authors have used the characters and settings and themes of traditional tales such as 'Cinderella', 'Hansel and Gretel', and 'Beauty and the Beast' to produce new and characteristic works of wonder and enchantment. The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales brings together forty of the best of these stories by British and American writers from John Ruskin and Nathaniel Hawthorne to I.B. Singer and Angela Carter. These tales are full of princes and princesses, witches and dragons and talking animals, magic objects, evil spells, and unexpected endings. Some of their authors, like John Ruskin and Oscar Wilde, use the form to point a social or spiritual moral; others such as Jeanne Desy and Richard Kennedy, turn the traditional stories inside out to extraordinary effect. James Thurber, Bernard Malamud, and Donald Barthelme, among many others, bring the characters and plots of the traditional fairy tale into the contemporary world to make satiric comments on modern life. The literary skill, wit, and sophistication of these stories appeal to an adult audience, even though some of them were originally written for children. They include light-hearted comic fairy stories like Charles Dickens's 'The Magic Fishbone' and L.F. Baum's 'The Queen of Quok', thoughtful and often moving tales like Lord Dunsany's 'The Kith of the Elf Folk' and Philip K. Dick's 'The King of the Elves', and profoundly disturbing ones like Lucy Lane Clifford's 'The New Mother', and Ursula Le Guin's 'The Wife's Story'. Together they prove that the fairy tale is not only one of the most popular and enduring forms, but a significant and continually developing part of literature
Truth and consequences : a novel by Alison Lurie( Book )

42 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

University director Jane Mackenzie is dismayed when her injured husband falls for Delia, a beautiful writer who has recently joined the center's staff, a situation that is complicated when Jane develops feelings for Delia's husband
The truth about Lorin Jones : a novel by Alison Lurie( Book )

48 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Newyorkse kunsthistorica schrijft na haar scheiding de biografie van een vergeten schilderes
Only children by Alison Lurie( Book )

38 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and German and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel set during a summer weekend in a country house where eight-year-old Mary Ann and her friend Lolly watch with excitement, fear and anger as the owner of the house and their parents abandon the conventions of adult behavior
Boys and girls forever : children's classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter by Alison Lurie( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents fourteen essays on classic and contemporary children's literature, exploring the lives of notable authors and contending that the best writers for children hold on to some essence of childhood even as adults
Women and ghosts by Alison Lurie( Book )

39 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of the supernatural involving women. A woman about to marry a man is visited by the spirit of her groom's first wife; a dead man haunts the woman he was engaged to whenever she has intimate moments with another man; a secretary on a diet sees obese people everywhere; a woman's prized piece of furniture becomes the home of a malevolent ghost. By the author of Foreign Affairs
The heavenly zoo : legends and tales of the stars by Alison Lurie( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixteen legends of the constellations and how they got their names, taken from such varied sources as ancient Greece, Babylon, Egypt, Sumeria, the Bible, Norway, the Balkans, Indonesia, and the American Indians
Imaginary friends by Alison Lurie( Book )

41 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two social researchers find themselves seduced by a small-town cult and the teenaged psychic priestess they have come to study
The nowhere city by Alison Lurie( Book )

56 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caustic condemnation of Los Angeles as seen through the experiences of a young writer and his wife from Massachusetts
Fabulous beasts by Alison Lurie( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the habits and characteristics of strange beasts and birds, including the unicorn, griffin, phoenix, and basilisk, once thought to live in wild and distant parts of the world
The black geese : a Baba Yaga story from Russia by Alison Lurie( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When her little brother is taken away by the black geese belonging to the terrible witch, Baba Yaga, Elena searches for him in the great dark forest
Love and friendship by Alison Lurie( Book )

48 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The young wife of an English instructor succumbs to illicit love, in a candid and sometimes witty account of life in a small New England college town
Familiar spirits : a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson by Alison Lurie( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Merrill and his longtime partner David Jackson were brilliant, rich, charming, generous, and sophisticated, and Merrill was a world-famous poet, known for the autobiographical element in his work. They were also, for over a quarter-century, deeply involved with ghosts, gods, and spirits, with whom they communicated through a Ouija board. Among the results of this intense preoccupation with the occult were a book-length poem, which some critics have called a masterpiece, and the possible destruction of several lives." "The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie knew James Merrill and David Jackson for more than forty years. Now, in Familiar Spirits, she reveals both the worldly and otherworldly sources of Merrill's brilliant poem, The Changing Light at Sandover, which he called his "chronicles of love and loss." In her signature mix of comedy and analysis, she recalls Merrill and Jackson's life together in New York, Athens, and Key West, and speculates on the meaning of their adventures in both the real and unreal worlds. Her account of Merrill and Jackson's peculiar relationship with the supernatural and its tragic end will not only surprise many readers, it will also stand as a poignant memorial to her lost friends."--Jacket
Alison Lurie by Alison Lurie( Visual )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Novelist Alison Lurie discusses her work with Malcolm Bradbury
Alison Lurie in conversation with Malcolm Bradbury by Alison Lurie( Visual )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lurie discusses the state of the contemporary American novel and her new book "Foreign Affairs."
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Foreign affairs
Alternative Names
Alicia Lurie

Alison Lurie Amerikaans schrijfster

Alison Lurie amerikai regényíró

Alison Lurie novelista estadounidense

Alison Lurie US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Literaturwissenschaftlerin

Lūrī, Ālīsūn 1926-

אליסון לורי

آلیسون لیوری نویسنده آمریکایی

루리, 알리슨

루리. 앨리슨

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リュリー, アリソン

ルーリー, アリスン

ルーリー, アリソン


The language of clothesThe war between the TatesDon't tell the grown-ups : subversive children's literatureThe last resort : a novelThe Oxford book of modern fairy talesTruth and consequences : a novelThe truth about Lorin Jones : a novelOnly children