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Davis, Lydia 1947-

Works: 144 works in 361 publications in 6 languages and 11,965 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Love stories  Autobiographical fiction  Short stories, American 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, tra, Adapter
Classifications: PQ2631.R63, 843.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Lydia Davis
Swann's way by Marcel Proust( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narrator interrupts reminiscences about his childhood spent in late-nineteenth-century France to recall the affair which a friend of the family carries on with young Odette de Crecy
Madame Bovary : Backgrounds and sources ; essays in criticism by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a new translation of Flaubert's classic tale, in which the title character turns to spending and a series of affairs to combat the boredom of married life and, heartbroken and crippled by debts, takes drastic action that results in tragedy
Can't and won't by Lydia Davis( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fifth collection by the author of the National Book Award finalist, Varieties of Disturbance, includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices
The collected stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive...This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed 'Break it down' (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award finalist 'Varieties of Disturbance'
Varieties of disturbance : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Varieties of Disturbance, her fourth collection, Davis extends her reach as never before in stories that take every form from sociological studies to concise poems. Her subjects include the five senses, fourth-graders, good taste, and tropical storms. She offers a reinterpretation of insomnia and re-creates the ordeals of Kafka in the kitchen. She questions the lengths to which one should go to save the life of a caterpillar, proposes a clear account of the sexual act, rides the bus, probes the limits of marital fidelity, and unlocks the secret to a long and happy life"--Publisher website (November 2007)
The end of the story by Lydia Davis( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman attempts to recover from a failed love affair by writing a novel on the subject and finds it a difficult task. The hardest part is the chronology, who did what to whom first. She describes the affair in narrative form, without dialogue, from its happy beginnings--he was good looking, a poet, 12 years her junior--to the sordid finale when she turned to stalking him. By the author of Break It Down
Samuel Johnson is indignant : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of our most imaginative and inventive writers, a crystalline collection of perfectly modulated, sometimes harrowing and often hilarious investigations into the multifaceted ways in which human beings perceive each other and themselves. A couple suspects their friends think them boring; a woman resolves to see herself as nothing but then concludes she's set too high a goal; and a funeral home receives a letter rebuking it for linguistic errors. Lydia Davis once again proves in the words of the Los Angeles Times "one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction."
Almost no memory by Lydia Davis( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and German and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories by an experimental writer, ranging in length from a sentence to several pages. One story describes the way a few ill-chosen words can turn a minor dispute into high drama, another is on the bad luck of an explorer who accomplishes a perilous expedition, only to die on his way home. By the author of The End of the Story
Break it down : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

23 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Break It Down," the main character tries to determine if the money he spent on a euphoric 10-day romance was worth the pleasure -- and then, when the romance is over, whether it was worth the pain. In "Story," the narrator is so obsessed with contacting her lover that she finds it impossible to enjoy herself. She can neither work nor sleep, and she canʹt get her lover out of her mind. She worries if heʹs deceiving her. She wonders if he still loves her -- and if he does love her, just how much? In "The Letter," the narrator searches for her ex-husbandʹs old white Volvoʹs "beautiful soft shape." His face floats before her as she pauses in her work, and she returns to her translating to stave off the pain. When she finally does receive a letter from him, she minutely analyzes his handwriting in the hope that she can understand what he was really feeling when he wrote to her. In the end, she sniffs the stationery to see if any of his aroma lingers on the paper -- but all she is able to smell is the ink. The remaining stories -- some of them one-sentence observations, many two-or there-page vignettes -- seem, at best, like prose poems. At worst, they might be remnants from any number of writing workshop exercises. Many have to do with old ladies, sisters, houses, cockroaches and mice. Some manage to be poignant pictures, while other leave the reader asking, "Why?" or "What for?"
The rendezvous : a novel by Justine Lvy( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman in a Paris cafe awaits her mother, all the while dismissing men trying to pick her up. She is Louise, and in a monologue she describes her life and her relationship with her mother, a glamorous woman about whom men also swarm like bees
Death sentence by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

4 editions published between 1978 and 1998 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Denne beretning koncentrerer sig om grnselandet mellem liv og dd. Med klinisk prcision beskrives afskeden med livet og den dendes og den efterladtes forestillinger og oplevelser
The Station Hill Blanchot reader : fiction & literary essays by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Station Hill Blanchot Reader is the only collection in English of Maurice Blanchot's mature fiction - the unique genre he called recits (tellings, narratives) - as well as a selection of literary/philosophical writings drawn from five of his major works. It brings together seven of Blanchot's eight Station Hill books published over the past twenty years: Vicious Circles, Thomas the Obscure, Death Sentence, The Madness of the Day, When The Time Comes, The One Who Was Standing Apart From Me, and ten of the eleven essays from The Gaze of Orpheus and Other Literary Essays."--Jacket
Brisées = Broken branches by Michel Leiris( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scraps by Michel Leiris( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The desert world by Pierre Jean Jouve( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early this century, a roman a trois between a woman and two homosexuals. The men are a Swiss painter and a French poet, the woman a Russian banker in Geneva. She is attracted to the painter intellectually and to the poet physically. She has an affair with the poet, destroying the relationship of all three
The madness of the day by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hecate by Pierre Jean Jouve( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An erotic 1920s novel narrated by Catherine Crachat, a French actress. She has a fling with Pierre in Paris, they break up, she moves to Vienna where bisexual Baroness Fanny proposes a three-way orgy with her lover, none other than Pierre. At that, the two women turn enemies
Alfred Ollivant's Bob, son of Battle : the last gray dog of Kenmuir : a new version by Lydia Davis( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the border of Scotland and England beginning in the early 1880s, two sheep farmers and their sheepdogs engage in a years-long battle to prove their superiority in handling sheep--a battle which must end in death
Vagadu by Pierre Jean Jouve( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An erotic 1920s novel on an aging French actress, seeking relationships that will give her life some meaning. But as she learns, debauchery in middle age does not bring the same joy as in youth, so she turns to psychoanalysis for help. A sequel to Hecate
Two former students = Zwei ehemalige Studenten by Lydia Davis( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in German and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En sus historias breves, la escritora Lydia Davis observa los fenómenos de la vida cotidiana. El relato "Dos antiguos estudiantes" compara los estudios universitarios con la vida. El narrador describe a un hombre joven y a un hombre viejo que caminan por la noche "de arriba abajo a la luz de las farolas". El joven ha viajado por Europa; el viejo es un veterano de guerra y está sordo de un oído. Una mujer los está mirando desde una ventana. Ambos son conscientes de que la mujer los está mirando y el hombre viejo le pide al joven que "se vayan fuera de allí, a la nieve, a la noche". Teme que la mujer los tache de antiguos estudiantes. Al final, la voz del narrador revela que, en la mente de la mujer, ambos eran "dos antiguos estudiantes" más que dos personas en sí
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Audience level: 0.37 (from 0.25 for Alfred Oll ... to 0.99 for Amos Hills ...)

Swann's way
Alternative Names
Lydia Davis crivaine amricaine

Lydia Davis US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Lydia Davisov americk spisovatelka a překladatelka

Дэвис, Лидия

Лідія Девіс

לידיה דיוויס

லிடியா டேவிசு

ലിഡിയ ഡേവിസ്

리디아 데이비스

デイヴィス, リディア


English (174)

German (5)

French (4)

Dutch (2)

Danish (1)

Spanish (1)

Madame Bovary : Backgrounds and sources ; essays in criticismThe collected stories of Lydia DavisVarieties of disturbance : storiesThe end of the storySamuel Johnson is indignant : storiesAlmost no memoryBreak it down : storiesThe rendezvous : a novel