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MacNiven, Ian S.

Overview
Works: 20 works in 69 publications in 4 languages and 2,574 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Bibliography  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: DF726, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ian S MacNiven
Lawrence Durrell : a biography by Ian S MacNiven( Book )
5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Born in India in 1912, the son of an engineer, sent 'home' to school in England (which he christened Pudding Island), Lawrence Durell left for Corfu with his first wife and his incorrigible family in 1935, from where he was driven to Egypt by the German invasion of Greece in 1941, and in time to Rhodes, Argentina, Yugoslavia and Cyprus. Eventually, with his third wife, he moved to southern France, where he lived for over thirty years. His poetry, his island books and his novels reflect his passion for congenial places and people, preferably around the shores of the Mediterranean. As Ian MacNiven shows in this major biography, Durrell's private world was assimilated into his writing from the very beginning, and it has taken years of patient research to piece together the true narrative of his literary background and influences. The book was undertaken at Durrell's invitation, with access to his personal papers and notebooks and letters. It draws heavily on the memories of innumerable friends and contempoporaries, as well as his own family and the many women in his life, including his wives. It will engross all admirers of this mercurial and richly gifted writer whose 'investigation of modern love' in The Alexandria Quartet produced one of the masterpieces of post-war fiction
The Durrell-Miller letters, 1935-1980 by Lawrence Durrell( Book )
23 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Literary lifelines, the Richard Aldington-Lawrence Durrell correspondence by Richard Aldington( Book )
14 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Modernists : studies in a literary phenomenon : essays in honor of Harry T. Moore ( Book )
5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions by Ian S MacNiven( Book )
4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A biography--thoughtful and playful--of the man who founded New Directions and transformed American publishing James Laughlin--a poet, publisher, world-class skier--was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century. As the founder of New Directions, he published Ezra Pound's The Cantos and William Carlos Williams's Paterson; he brought Herman Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges to an American audience. Throughout his life, this tall, charismatic intellectual, athlete, and entrepreneur preferred to stay hidden. But no longer--in "Literchoor is My Beat": James Laughlin and New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven has given us a sensitive and revealing portrait of this visionary and the understory of the last century of American letters. Laughlin--or J, as MacNiven calls him--emerges as an impressive and complex figure: energetic, idealistic, and hardworking, but also plagued by doubts--not about his ability to identify and nurture talent, but about his own worth as a writer. Haunted by his father's struggles with bipolar disorder, J threw himself into a flurry of activity, pulling together the first New Directions anthology before he'd graduated from Harvard and purchasing and managing a ski resort in Utah. MacNiven's portrait is comprehensive and vital, spiced with Ezra Pound's eccentric letters, J's romantic foibles, and anecdotes from a seat-of-your-pants era of publishing now gone by. A story about the struggle to publish only the best, it is itself an example of literary biography at its finest"
The colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi stands as a seminal classic in travel literature. It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman's seductive description of Greece. Miller headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside: a flock of sheep nearly tramples the two as they lie naked on a beach; the Greek poet Katsimbalis, the "colossus" of Miller's book, stirs every rooster within earshot of the Acropolis with his own loud crowing; cold hardboiled eggs are warmed in a village's single stove, and they stay in hotels that 'have seen better days, but which have an aroma of the past.'"--Publisher's website
Lawrence Durrell ( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller : correspondance (1935-1980) by Lawrence Durrell( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pendant près d'un demi-siècle, les deux hommes échangent confidences et réflexions sur leur existence. Une première partie, couvrant les années 1935 à 1959 avait fait l'objet d'une première publication partielle, aujourd'hui enrichie et augmentée par des lettres écrites entre 1959 et 1980
The Modernists : studies in a literary phenomenon : essay[s] in honor of Harry T. Moore by Lawrence B Gamache( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Literary lifelines : the Richard Aldington-Lawrence Durrell corresponddence by Richard Aldington( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A room in the house of art : the friendship of Anaïs Nin and Lawrence Durrell by Ian S MacNiven( Book )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Index to manuscripts in the Durrell Archives, Southern Illinois University by Ian S MacNiven( Book )
2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Twentieth century literature : Lawrence Durrell issue, Part II ( Book )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The Lawrence Durrell Collection : a preliminary examination by Ian S MacNiven( Book )
1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Lawrence Durrell ( Book )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A descriptive catalogue of the Lawrence Durrell collection at Southern Illinois University by Ian S MacNiven( )
1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The Lawrence Durrell collection: a preliminary examination by Ian S MacNiven( )
1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A room in the house of art : the friendship of Anaïs Nin and Lawrence Durrell by Ian S MacNiven( )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Corespondenta Lawrence Durrell - Henry Miller : 1935-1980 by Lawrence Durrell( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in Romanian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"Rhythms of memory" : discovering Lawrence Durrell by Carol Peirce( )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Languages
English (57)
Spanish (4)
French (2)
Romanian (1)
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