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Parini, Jay

Works: 289 works in 1,056 publications in 16 languages and 66,821 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bio-bibliography  Reference works  History  Biographical films  Historical films  Drama  Church history  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Other, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Creator, Compiler
Classifications: PS129, B
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American writers : a collection of literary biographies by Leonard Unger( Book )

160 editions published between 1974 and 2016 in English and German and held by 5,227 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
Robert Frost : a life by Jay Parini( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 2,276 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 )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 1,762 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 )

80 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 15 languages and held by 1,735 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 1,646 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 )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,587 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 )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Arabic and held by 1,382 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 )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,349 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 )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,311 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 1,022 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 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains primary source material
Writers on writing by Robert Pack( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 879 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 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jay Parini's biography of the poet, Theodore Roethke. Parini views Roethke through the lens of a Romantic poet. With this incredibly researched and well written work, Parini reaffirms Roethke's reputation as a poet that came into his own after the publication of "The Lost Son," and then continued to develop from there and greatly extended his reputation with further works
The Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American essays( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Touchstones : American poets on a favorite poem( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 589 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 580 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 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

American writers : a collection of literary biographies( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 124 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
Some necessary angels : essays on writing and politics by Jay Parini( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jay Parini presents the best of his prose - essays, meditations, and memoirs, many published here for the first time. Here too are personal stories of living in small towns, writing amid the bustle of cafes and restaurants, and seasons on Italy's Amalfi coast. With characteristically sharp wit, Parini confronts the question of productivity that plagues writers (including himself): Are writers who churn out books "genuine" writers? If not, how does one explain the legendary tales of sweat and blood, the Balzacs and Dickenses who populate literary history?
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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

Parini, Jay 1948-

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パリーニ, ジェイ

Robert 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 literatureWhy poetry matters