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Davis, Dick 1945-

Works: 66 works in 260 publications in 3 languages and 8,421 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Illustrated works  Poetry  Bibliography  Manuscripts  Biography  Juvenile works  Parodies, imitations, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Illustrator, Signer, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PK6513, 891.551
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Most widely held works about Dick Davis
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Most widely held works by Dick Davis
Shahnameh : the Persian book of kings by Firdawsī( Book )

35 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh, the national epic of Persia. This prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. As a window on the world, Shahnameh belongs in the company of such literary masterpieces as Dante's Divine Comedy, the plays of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer--classics whose reach and range bring whole cultures into view. In its pages are unforgettable moments of national triumph and failure, human courage and cruelty, blissful love and bitter grief. Now Dick Davis, the greatest modern translator of Persian poetry, has revisited that poem, turning the finest stories of Ferdowsi's original into an elegant combination of prose and verse.--From publisher description
The conference of the birds by Farīd al-Dīn ʻAṭṭār( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An allegorical poem about the search of the world's birds for the perfect king illustrates the mystical beliefs of sufism
My Uncle Napoleon : a novel by Īraj Pizishkzād( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a family in Tehran in the 1940s under the tyranny of a paranoid patriarch and of the narrator's love for his cousin in the midst of numerous manipulative family members
Wisdom and wilderness : the achievement of Yvor Winters by Dick Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vis & Ramin by Fakhr al-Dīn Gurgānī( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

VIS & RAMIN is one of the world's great love stories. it was the first major Persian romance, written between 1050 and 1055 in rhyming couplets. This remarkable work has now been superbly translated into heroic couplets (the closest metrical equivalent of the Persian) by the poet and scholar Dick Davis. VIS AND RAMIN had immense influence on later Persian poetry and is very probably also the source for the tale of Tristan and Isolde, which first appeared in Europe about a century later. The plot, complex yet powerfully dramatic, revolves around royal marital customs unfamiliar to us today. Shahru, the married queen of Mah, refuses an offer of marriage from King Mobad of Marv but promises that if she bears a daughter she will give the child to him as a bride. She duly bears a daughter, Vis, who is brought up by a nurse in the company of Mobad's younger brother Ramin. By the time Vis reaches the age of marriage, Shahru has forgotten her promise and instead weds her daughter to Vis's older brother, Viru. The next day Mobad's brother Zard arrives to demand the bride, and fighting breaks out, during which Vis's father is killed
Mexico City by Robert Payne( Book )

6 editions published in 1968 in English and Spanish and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belonging : poems by Dick Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deepened by Dick Davis's dry wit and the formal rigor of his verse, the poems of Belonging negotiate their way among personal and political divides -- generations in a family; man and woman; the tentative present and our inherited pasts. But much of the writing here is also evidence of a desire for a kind of idealized belonging -- to a clerisy of civilized and humane decency that can be found intermittently in all cultures and is the monopoly of none
Faces of love : Hafez and the poets of Shiraz( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A giant of world literature, an eloquent princess, a dissolute satirist {u2013} these are the three voices translated from fourteenth-century Persian by Dick Davis in Faces of Love. Together, they represent one of the most remarkable literary flowerings of any era. All three {u2013} Hafez, Jahan Malek Khatun, and Obayd-e Zakani {u2013} lived in Shiraz, a provincial capital in south-central Iran, and all drew support from arts-loving rulers at a time better known for invasions and political violence. Love was a frequent subject of their work: spiritual as well as secular, in varieties embracing every aspect of the human heart."--The publisher's website
A trick of sunlight : poems by Dick Davis( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his new collection of poems, Dick Davis, the acclaimed author of Belonging, addresses themes that he has long worked with?travel, the experience of being a stranger, the clash of cultures, the vagaries of love, the pleasures and epiphanies of meaning that art allows us. But A Trick of Sunlight introduces a new theme that revolves around the idea of happiness?is it possible, must it be illusory, is its fleetingness an essential part of its nature so that disillusion is inevitable?" -- publisher website (September 2006)
Sunset of empire by Firdawsī( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lion and the throne by Ehsan Yarshater( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epic and sedition : the case of Ferdowsi's Shāhnāmeh by Dick Davis( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and Multiple languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legend of Seyavash by Firdawsī( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Persian story rewrote from Shahnameh for children and adolescents
Borrowed ware : medieval Persian epigrams by Dick Davis( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Davis's translation of the best of Persia's medieval short poetry, Borrowed Ware, is a wonderful book, suffused with love, beautifully produced and with a comprehensive introduction to Persian courtly poetry. --The Independent. Many of the best poems in Borrowed Ware are mystical, and Davis is probably the first translator to have succeeded in conveying their intensity of focus. --Times Literary Supplement
Selected writings of Thomas Traherne by Thomas Traherne( Book )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeing the world by Dick Davis( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 1984 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The covenant : poems 1979-1983 by Dick Davis( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Devices and desires : new and selected poems, 1967-1987 by Dick Davis( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Panthea's children : Hellenistic novels and medieval Persian romances by Dick Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyam( Book )

6 editions published between 1955 and 1989 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Omar Khayyam was a Persian poet and general genius who lived from 1048-1131. He wrote on Euclid, on the philosophy of mathematics and various aspects of geometry. He is also said to have helped correct errors in the Persian calendar. He wrote approximately a thousand quatrains of verse, which were famously translated much later in the 19th century by the British poet Edward FitzGerald
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Shahnameh : the Persian book of kings
Alternative Names
Dick Davis britischer Dichter und Übersetzer

Dick Davis Brits schrijver

Дик Дэвис

دیک دیویس

The conference of the birdsMy Uncle Napoleon : a novelVis & RaminBelonging : poemsA trick of sunlight : poemsSunset of empireThe lion and the throneEpic and sedition : the case of Ferdowsi's Shāhnāmeh