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Quirk, Tom 1946-

Works: 57 works in 199 publications in 1 language and 13,222 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Sea stories  Biography  History  Church history  Encyclopedias  Records and correspondence  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Annotator, Thesis advisor, Other, Commentator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS1302, 813.3
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Most widely held works by Tom Quirk
Mark Twain : a study of the short fiction by Tom Quirk( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member 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 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coming to grips with Huckleberry Finn : essays on a book, a boy, and a man by Tom Quirk( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American realism and the canon by Tom Quirk( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
Moby Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

15 editions published between 1851 and 2003 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking for adventure and a new life, Ishmael, the story's narrator, decides to find work on a whaling boat. On arriving at the Massachusetts harbour to begin his search, the only bed available is already half occupied by a "cannibal" named Queequeg. Although Queequeg has limited English, a friendship forms and the two men sign up for work together aboard the Pequod under the infamous Captain Ahab
Melville's Confidence man : from knave to knight by Tom Quirk( Book )

9 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain and human nature by Tom Quirk( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member 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 )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member 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
Bergson and American culture : the worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens by Tom Quirk( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Puritans and Puritanism by Leon Howard( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American history through literature, 1870-1920 by Tom Quirk( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member 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
Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : a documentary volume( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member 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 )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of Twain's favorite and most memorable writings includes such selected tales and sketches as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "How I Edited an Agricultural Journal Once," "Jim Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn," and "A True Story." It also features excerpts from his novels and travel books (Roughing It, The Innocents Abroad, and Life on the Mississippi, among others); autobiographical and polemical writings; as well as selected letters and speeches. The collection also reprints the complete text of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, including the often omitted "raftsmen" passage."--Jacket
Nothing abstract : investigations in the American literary imagination by Tom Quirk( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portable American realism reader by Various( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member 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 )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These short fiction and prose pieces display the variety of Twain's imaginative invention, his diverse talents, and his extraordinary emotional range. Twain was a master of virtually every prose genre; in fables and stories, speeches and essays, he skilfully adapted, extended or satirized literary conventions, guided only by his unruly imagination. From the comic wit that sparkles in maxims from 'Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar,' to the parodic perfection of 'An Awful - Terrible Medieval Romance,' to the satirical delights of The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It; from the warm nostalgia of 'Early Days' to the bitter, brooding tone of 'The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg' to the anti-imperial vehemence of 'To the Person Sitting in the Darkness' and the poignant grief expressed in 'Death of Jean', Twain emerges in this volume in many guises, all touched by genius
Tales of soldiers and civilians and other stories by Ambrose Bierce( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of more than three dozen short stories by Ambrose Bierce
Alexander's bridge by Willa Cather( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member 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
Research guide to American literature( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mark Twain : a study of the short fiction
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English (149)

Writing the American classicsComing to grips with Huckleberry Finn : essays on a book, a boy, and a manMoby Dick, or, The whaleMark Twain and human natureBiographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writingsAmerican history through literature, 1870-1920Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : a documentary volumeThe portable Mark Twain