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Davis, Lydia 1947-

Works: 168 works in 425 publications in 11 languages and 12,409 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Short stories  Bildungsromans  Novels  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Experimental fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, wpr, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Editor, Contributor, Other, Recipient, Adapter
Classifications: PQ2246.M2, 843.8
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 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the first book of Proust's monumental work "Remembrance of Things Past", introducing such themes as the destructive force of obsessive love, the allure and the consequences of transgressive sex, and the selective eye that shapes memories
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 1,151 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 )

27 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,149 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 )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,035 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. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ( and "one of the quiet giants ... of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). 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. - Cover flap
Varieties of disturbance : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 766 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 )

35 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 532 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 )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 529 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 )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 487 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 )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 473 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?"
African trio by Georges Simenon( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The rendezvous : a novel by Justine Lévy( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 308 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
Brisées = Broken branches by Michel Leiris( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at pictures by Robert Walser( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LOOKING AT PICTURES--a selection of Robert Walser's writings on art and artists--is a Christine Burgin/New Directions co-publication, and includes 45 full-color illustrations. A beautiful and elegant collection, with gorgeous full-color art reproductions, LOOKING AT PICTURES presents a little-known side of the eccentric Swiss genius: his great writings on art. His essays consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Cranach, Watteau, Fragonard, Brueghel and his own brother Karl and also discuss general topics such as the character of the artist and of the dilettante as well as the differences between painters and poets --
Scraps by Michel Leiris( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The desert world by Pierre Jean Jouve( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 182 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 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfred Ollivant's Bob, son of Battle : the last gray dog of Kenmuir : a new version by Lydia Davis( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 163 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
Hecate by Pierre Jean Jouve( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 152 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
Vagadu by Pierre Jean Jouve( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 149 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
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Alternative Names
Lydia Davis American writer

Lydia Davis Amerikaans taalkundige

Lydia Davis écrivaine américaine

Lydia Davis US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Lydia Davisová americká spisovatelka a překladatelka

Дэвис, Лидия

Лідія Девіс

לידיה דיוויס

لیدیا دیویس زبان‌شناس، نویسنده، و مترجم آمریکایی

லிடியா டேவிசு

ലിഡിയ ഡേവിസ്

ლიდია დეივისი ამერიკელი მწერალი

리디아 데이비스

デイヴィス, リディア



Madame BovaryThe collected stories of Lydia DavisVarieties of disturbance : storiesThe end of the storySamuel Johnson is indignant : storiesAlmost no memoryBreak it down : storiesThe Station Hill Blanchot reader : fiction & literary essays