Quirk, Tom 1946-
Most widely held works by Tom Quirk
Mark Twain : a study of the short fiction by Tom Quirk ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 959 libraries worldwide
Tom Quirk's study provides a comprehensive analysis of the comic genius and narrative originality that makes Mark Twain's short fiction a cornerstone of the American literary tradition. Quirk's presentation of Twain's career as a writer of short fiction is complemented with selections of Twain's essays rounds out this balanced and informative work. Quirk's aim in Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction is to provide a "descriptive account of Twain's imaginative energies and his literary development as they are revealed in his short fiction." His selections of Twain's writing provide excellent examples of the literary energy that Quirk so vividly describes.
Writing the American classics ( Book )
4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 885 libraries worldwide
Coming to grips with Huckleberry Finn : essays on a book, a boy, and a man by Tom Quirk ( Book )
8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 787 libraries worldwide
American realism and the canon ( Book )
4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 729 libraries worldwide
"This collection of twelve essays focuses on a variety of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century texts to illustrate the unprecedented flexibility of the realist mode in American fiction and poetry. As the volume demonstrates, the realist era was hospitable to a multitude of writers - including Mark Twain, W. D. Howells, and Bret Harte, as well as such newly canonized figures as Marietta Holly, Abraham Cahan, Frances Ellen Harper, Sui Sin Far, and Zitkala-Sa - who voiced the most urgent concerns of race and ethnicity, gender, class, and region. In all, these essays not only participate in the ongoing recanonization of American literature but reconstruct the literary history of the period by raising theoretical questions, addressing social and ideological issues, and revaluing literary tradition."--BOOK JACKET.
Melville's Confidence man : from knave to knight by Tom Quirk ( Book )
5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 658 libraries worldwide
Moby-Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville ( Book )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 629 libraries worldwide
"This edition of Moby-Dick, released in honor of the book's sesquicentennial, is the authoritative text of one of the world's great adventure stories. A crew of whalers sets out in pursuit of a fierce white whale that cost their captain his leg on a previous expedition. Their names ring through the canon of American literature: Ishmael, the narrator; Queequeg, a South Seas harpooner; Starbuck, the sober and serious chief mate; and above all Captain Ahab, part Faust and part Job, leading his men to the ends of the earth - and the destiny he will share with his foe." "Melville was heavily influenced and inspired by his experiences as a young cabin boy on the whaler Acushnet and later in the U. S. Navy sailing the Atlantic and the South Seas. His novel Typee and its sequel, Omoo, are accounts of his capture and subsequent captivity at the hands of a tribe of cannibals in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands. Both works were highly successful, and thus the lukewarm reaction to Moby-Dick upon its release in 1851 was a blow to Melville, who had set out to write a "mighty book" on a "mighty theme." It was not until the 1920s that Moby-Dick began to receive the critical attention it deserved. Today Moby-Dick is recognized as one of the premier American epics and indeed the ultimate tale of obsession and revenge." "This text of Moby-Dick is an Approved Text of the Center for Scholarly Editions (Modern Language Association of America)."--BOOK JACKET.
Nothing abstract investigations in the American literary imagination by Tom Quirk ( Book )
7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 622 libraries worldwide
Mark Twain and human nature by Tom Quirk ( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 581 libraries worldwide
"Explores Mark Twain's works--including The Innocents Abroad, Following the Equator, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Puddin' Head Wilson, and What Is Man?--in terms of his interest in the subject of human nature, examining how his outlook on the human condition changed over the years"--Provided by publisher.
Romanticism ( Book )
3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 527 libraries worldwide
Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings ( Book )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 512 libraries worldwide
The story behind the composition and publication of a literary work is often almost as interesting as the work itself. The essays gathered here under the skillful editorship of James Barbour and Tom Quirk present the fascinating "biographies" of ten well-known works by some of the most inventive and important authors in American literature. From Mark Twain to Ken Kesey, Edith Wharton to Eudora Welty, these writers helped shape the American literary imagination. The workings of their individual imaginations as affected by time and circumstance are the subject of this volume. These critical investigations by distinguished contributors touch upon the authors' lives and loves, their unique methods of writing, and their ambivalent, sometimes stormy, relationships with agents, publishers, and artistic forebears. Unlike critical approaches that treat literary works as linguistic artifacts, these essays seek to recreate a sense of literature as a unique product of the human imagination.
American history through literature, 1870-1920 ( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 440 libraries worldwide
Designed for the general reader, this new three-volume set presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set, which is ``new historicist'' in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history. The set features more than 250 survey entries. Subjects include: political topics (Reform, Women's Suffrage); ideas in context (Scientific Materialsim, Darwinism); values (Assimilation, Success); society (Labor, Mass Marketing); genres (Science Fiction, War Writing); popular entertainment (Baseball, Boxing); publishing (Scribner's Magazine); works of literature and nonfiction (``Billy Budd, '' ``The Theory of the Leisure Class''); and much more. The analysis of a wide range of classics in American literature, viewed as cultural and historical documents, cultivates critical skills in reading texts from various perspectives, including aesthetic, biographical, social, historical, racial and gendered.
Bergson and American culture : the worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens by Tom Quirk ( Book )
7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 419 libraries worldwide
Essays on Puritans and Puritanism by Leon Howard ( Book )
4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 367 libraries worldwide
Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : a documentary volume ( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 330 libraries worldwide
There exists a longstanding appropriation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as an icon of popular culture. It has had from the beginning, and continues to have, sufficient vitality to withstand public disapproval and critical controversy, censorship and bowdlerization, mishap and malice. The image of Huck has served as a means to debunk everything from political self-righteousness to the pollution of the Mississippi River.
The portable Mark Twain by Mark Twain ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 324 libraries worldwide
The portable American realism reader ( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 261 libraries worldwide
During the pivotal period of America's international emergence, between the Civil War and WWI, the aligned literary movements of Realism and Naturalism not only shaped the national literature of the age, but also left an indelible and far-reaching influence on twentieth-century American and world literature. Seeking to strip narrative from pious sentimentalities, and, according to William Dean Howells, to "paint life as it is, and human feelings in their true proportion and relation." Realism is best represented by this volume's masterly pieces by Twain, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, and Willa Cather among others. The joining of Realist methods with the theories of Marx, Darwin, and Spencer to reveal the larger forces (biological, evolutionary, historical) which move humankind, are exemplified here in the fiction of such writers as Jack London, Frank Norris, and Theodore Dreiser.
Tales, speeches, essays, and sketches by Mark Twain ( Book )
3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
Tales of soldiers and civilians and other stories by Ambrose Bierce ( Book )
5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 232 libraries worldwide
Alexander's bridge by Willa Cather ( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 208 libraries worldwide
Engineer Bartley Alexander appears to have a happy life in Boston with a successful career and a beautiful wife. He has been commissioned to design the Moorlock Bridge in Canada, the most important project of his career. With the onset of middle age, however, he grows increasingly restless and discontented, so much so that while in London he recklessly reignites a love affair with the sweetheart of his youth, the Irish actress Hilda Borgoyne. Although the tryst allows Alexander to recapture an element that has been missing from his pedestrian life, the relationship torments his sense of morality and eventually proves disastrous. Alexander's Bridge explores the demands of Gilded Age society on the individual, as well as the capacity of the individual to violate his own standards of integrity.
The ghost garden by Hila Feil ( Book )
2 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 185 libraries worldwide
At first Jessica and Christina were only trying to contact ghosts for the fun of it, but when Christina died, Jessica learned that the dead can enrich the lives of the living in many ways.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain, Mark) Ahab, Captain (Fictitious character) American literature American literature--Minority authors American literature--Puritan authors American literature--Women authors Authors, American Authorship Bergson, Henri,--1859-1941 Biography Boys Canon (Literature) Cather, Willa,--1873-1947 Church history Criticism, interpretation, etc. Encyclopedias England Ethnic groups Fiction Finn, Huckleberry (Fictitious character) Historiography History History Humorous stories, American Imagination Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) Intellectual life Literary form Literature Literature and history Mentally ill Minorities Minorities--Intellectual life New England Philosophy Puritans Realism Romanticism Ship captains Short story Stevens, Wallace,--1879-1955 Swindlers and swindling Twain, Mark,--1835-1910 United States Vitalism Whales Whaling Whaling ships Women and literature Women--Intellectual life
Quirk, Thomas, 1946-
Quirk, Thomas V., 1946-