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Bessie, Alvah Cecil 1904-1985

Overview
Works: 113 works in 296 publications in 8 languages and 5,496 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Drama  Personal narratives  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Diaries  Film adaptations  Poetry  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor
Classifications: PQ2258, 843.91
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Our fight : writings by veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Spain, 1936-1939 ( Book )
7 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Amerikanske frivillige som deltog i den spanske borgerkrig beretter om deres erindringer fra krigen
Men in battle; a story of Americans in Spain by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
24 editions published between 1939 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The symbol by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
14 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and German and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
You've clawed your way up the ladder of your chosen profession and you're at the top. The people who write to you even the poor sick men who tell you what they'd like to do to you are offering love in the only way they can. For you're an unattainable object to them. A love object, if you will, a symbol.The Symbol is the story of Wanda Oliver an orphan child who became one of the great Hollywood stars of our time. Beautiful, redheaded, sexy, funny, she was the symbol of womanhood for millions. Her success was legendary, her personal life chaotic, her death, by her own hand, tragic. She was married and divorced three times first with Tom Kelly, the young aircraft mechanic; then, after her star began to rise, with Buck Wishnewski, the great football hero, the shyest, nicest man Wanda was ever to know; and then with Calvin Bernard, the famous painter, who tried to teach Wanda what womanhood really meant. And besides her husbands there was Luke O'Brian, the wartime flying hero a gentleman in the daytime and brutal, savage aggressor at night. And there was Helmut Thierbach, the brilliant German film star who treated women including Wanda as though they were objects to satisfy his desire.The Symbol is a triumph of storytelling as it moves from Wanda's childhood to her days as a photographer's model and bit player. It tells of her first real film role, her phenomenal rise in Hollywood, her disastrous loves and marriages, her growing dependence on alcohol and sleeping pills, her battles with the studios, and then the last tragic act of her life. In Wanda Oliver, Alvah Bessie gives us a full-length, absolutely convincing portrait. He has, in an uncanny way, entered her mind and heart, so that we know and feel what it must be like to be famous and so haunted.. . . a moving, penetrating novel . . . The Symbol is a good book, a true book and may be the final word on the creation and destruction of that fragile, glittering essence called Movie Star.James Powers, Hollywood Reporter********************The Symbol is remarkable because it was written by a man and is the story of an entirely believable woman . . . we see her steadily and whole, from her ugly childhood to her early, sad, muddled end . . . there is not a cardboard figure or a canned voice in the novel.Martha Gellhorn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*********************The Symbol . . . seeks to reconstruct the psychological even the physiological substance upon which one of the largest goddess myths was founded. In this, I think it succeeds admirably . . . an exciting addition to the small number of good books about our mythic creatures.Wirt Williams, NY Times Book Reviews
Torture garden by Octave Mirbeau ( Book )
13 editions published between 1931 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Translation of Le jardin des supplices
The un-Americans by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
12 editions published between 1957 and 1958 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bread and a stone by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
14 editions published between 1941 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of a man during the Great Depression who is an unemployed farmworker, loving husband and father, and accused murder who is driven to desperate acts
Alvah Bessie's Short fictions by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier ( Book )
4 editions published between 1930 and 1966 in French and English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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The heart of Spain; anthology of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry ( Book )
5 editions published in 1952 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One for my baby : a novel by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Batouala; a true Black novel by René Maran ( Book )
2 editions published in 1932 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alias Bluebeard; the life and death of Gilles de Raiz by Emile Gabory ( Book )
3 editions published in 1930 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In sight of Eden by Roger Vercel ( Book )
2 editions published in 1934 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The action takes place on a fishing vessel in Greenland waters. Translated from the French
The songs of Bilitis by Pierre Louÿs ( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Errol Flynn adventures ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Dwell in the wilderness by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
7 editions published between 1935 and 1936 in English and Undetermined and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Soviet people at war by Alvah Cecil Bessie ( Book )
5 editions published in 1942 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
España otra vez Spain again ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1969 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ex-member of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, Dr. David Foster, a distinguished neurosurgeon, returns to Spain thirty years later for a medical conference. On the ruins he once fought, the modern city of Barcelona has sprung up. Foster goes searching for Maria, a nurse who nurtured him back to health after he was wounded in battle. Instead of finding Maria, the doctor encounters her daughter who looks just like her mother. Despite Foster's attempts, the clock of time just can't be turned back
Pierre Louÿs' The songs of Bilitis by Pierre Louÿs ( Book )
1 edition published in 1926 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Northern pursuit ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Canadian officer goes undercover to unravel a Nazi plot while pretending to be their guide through the icy wilderness
 
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Alternative Names
Bessi, Alʹva 1904-1985
Bessie, Alvah.
Bessie, Alvah 1904-1985
Bessie, Alvah C.
Bessie, Alvah C. 1904-1985
Bessie, Alvah Cecil 1904–1985
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