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Quirk, Tom 1946-

Works: 53 works in 221 publications in 1 language and 13,812 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Sea stories  Short stories  Biography  History  Church history  Encyclopedias  Reference works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Annotator, Commentator, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Tom Quirk
Mark Twain : a study of the short fiction by Tom Quirk( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 941 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 )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays describes the genesis of ten classic works of American literature. Using biographical, cultural, and manuscript evidence, the contributors tell the "stories of stories," plotting the often curious and always interesting ways in which notable American books took shape in a writer's mind
Coming to grips with Huckleberry Finn : essays on a book, a boy, and a man by Tom Quirk( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American realism and the canon by Tom Quirk( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 737 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
Melville's Confidence man : from knave to knight by Tom Quirk( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain and human nature by Tom Quirk( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 540 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 by James Barbour( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 519 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 513 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
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 465 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
Bergson and American culture : the worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens by Tom Quirk( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Puritans and Puritanism by Leon Howard( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

15 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 355 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
Moby Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member 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)."--Jacket
Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : a documentary volume( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 313 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 278 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
The portable American realism reader( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 262 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
Nothing abstract : investigations in the American literary imagination by Tom Quirk( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales, speeches, essays, and sketches by Mark Twain( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 244 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 )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a successful yet impatient engineer who comes to know himself through his relations with two women: his wife, Winifred, and a young Irish actress named Hilda
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Mark Twain : a study of the short fiction
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English (166)

Writing the American classicsComing to grips with Huckleberry Finn : essays on a book, a boy, and a manMark Twain and human natureBiographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writingsMoby-DickAmerican history through literature, 1870-1920Moby Dick, or, The whaleMark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : a documentary volume