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Parini, Jay

Works: 354 works in 907 publications in 4 languages and 56,659 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Bio-bibliography  Fiction  Drama  Church history  Encyclopedias  Reviews  Quotations 
Roles: Speaker, Editor, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Author of introduction, Creator, Compiler
Classifications: PS303, B
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Most widely held works by Jay Parini
The Columbia history of American poetry ( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 3,185 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
American writers : a collection of literary biographies by Leonard Unger ( Book )
18 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in English and held by 2,475 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 )
20 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 2,425 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 )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 2,103 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 )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,803 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 Oxford encyclopedia of American literature by Jay Parini ( Book )
27 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,593 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
The last station : a novel of Tolstoy's last year by Jay Parini ( Book )
40 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,575 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 last station by Michael Hoffman ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vertelling over het latere leven van Leo Tolstoy en zijn vrouw
Why poetry matters by Jay Parini ( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,493 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
Promised land : thirteen books that changed America by Jay Parini ( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,395 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 )
7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,374 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
Touchstones American poets on a favorite poem ( )
7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Writers on writing ( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American essays ( Book )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond The godfather Italian American writers on the real Italian American experience ( Book )
5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,188 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
Introspections American poets on one of their own poems ( )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poems for a small planet contemporary American nature poetry ( )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Norton book of American autobiography ( Book )
3 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains primary source material
The passages of H.M. : a novel of Herman Melville by Jay Parini ( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A tale inspired by the life of Herman Melville finds the aging author's wife witnessing his descent into alcoholism and obscurity in the decades after the failure of "Moby Dick," a work of creative genius shaped by memories of youthful seafaring adventures
The selected essays of Gore Vidal by Gore Vidal ( Book )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: Gore Vidal-novelist, playwright, critic, screenwriter, memoirist, indefatigable political commentator, and controversialists-is America's premier man of letters. No other living writer brings more sparkling wit, vast learning, indelible personality, and provocative mirth to the job of writing an essay. This long-needed volume comprises some twenty-four of his best-loved pieces of criticism, political commentary, memoir, portraiture, and, occasionally, unfettered score settling. It will stand as one of the most enjoyable and durable works from the hand and mind of this vastly accomplished and entertaining immortal of American literature
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Alternative Names
Parini, Džej
Parini, Jay, 1948-
パリーニ, ジェイ