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Wood, James 1965-

Overview
Works: 37 works in 211 publications in 5 languages and 7,269 library holdings
Genres: Paraphrases  Fiction  Prayers  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Psychological fiction  Political fiction  College stories  Liturgical lessons 
Roles: Author, Compiler, Editor
Classifications: BX5145, 823.912
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Most widely held works by James Wood
How fiction works by James Wood ( Book )
40 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What makes a story a story? What is style? What's the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely--from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings--Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step.--From publisher description
The broken estate : essays on literature and belief by James Wood ( Book )
28 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a series of essays, Wood relates the work of a number of prominent authors to questions of religious and philosophical belief
The book against God by James Wood ( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
His marriage and academic career falling apart, philosophy doctoral student and chronic liar Thomas Bunting secretly writes an atheistic manuscript he hope will be his opus and returns to the side of his ailing parish priest father
The irresponsible self : on laughter and the novel by James Wood ( Book )
22 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"James Wood has been called our best young critic. This is not true. He is our best critic; he thinks with a sublime ferocity."--Cynthia Ozick Following the collection The Broken Estate--which established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation--The Irresponsible Self confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of contemporary novels. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches, he effortlessly connects his encyclopedic, passionate understanding of the literary canon with an equally earnest and appreciative view of the most discussed authors writing today, including Franzen, Pynchon, Rushdie, DeLillo, Naipaul, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith. This collection includes Wood's famous and controversial attack on "hysterical realism", and his sensitive but unsparing examinations of White Teeth and Brick Lane. The Irresponsible Self is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about modern fiction
Novels, 1970-1982 by Saul Bellow ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The third volume of the Library of America's edition of Saul Bellow's complete novels collects three essential works: Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970), Humboldt's Gift (1975) -- and The Dean's December (1982). In each, Bellow shows himself a master of biting social commentary and bold characterization--above all through a trio of unforgettable protagonists. These novels, written in the period of Bellow's greatest literary and popular acclaim--he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976--are unsparing yet humane, and range widely in their philosophical and cultural concerns. They offer the indispensable voice of a great American raconteur and thinker
The fun stuff, and other essays by James Wood ( Book )
11 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches--which range over such crucial writers as Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy, Edmund Wilson, and Mikhail Lermontov--literary critic James Wood offers a panoramic look at the modern novel. He effortlessly connects his encyclopedic, passionate understanding of the literary canon with an equally in-depth analysis of the most important authors writing today, including Cormac McCarthy, Lydia Davis, and Aleksandar Hemon
Selected stories of D.H. Lawrence by D. H Lawrence ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Wood has selected fourteen of D.H. Lawrence's stories that demonstrate clearly the breadth of Lawrence's achievement in the shorter form. The stories are "Strike-Pay," "Love Among the Haystacks," "The Prussian Officer," "The Thorn in the Flesh," "A Fragment of Stained Glass," "Odour of Chrysanthemums," "England, My England," "The Blind Man," "The Fox," "St. Mawr," "The Woman Who Rode Away," "The Border Line," "The Man Who Loved Islands," and "The Man Who Died." In a long introductory essay, "The Success of Failure: D.H. Lawrence's Short Stories," written especially for this Modern Library edition, Wood discusses Lawrence's supremacy as a religious novelist who is also a modern writer with profound Romantic tendencies
The rainbow by D. H Lawrence ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Chronicles the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family, setting them against the emergence of modern England. This work examines the relationships and the conflicts they bring, and the inextricable mingling of the physical and the spiritual"--NoveList
How fiction works by James Wood ( )
8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What makes a story a story? What is style? What's the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely--from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings--Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step
Austerlitz by W. G Sebald ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jacques Austerlitz was only a small child when he was sent to Wales in 1939. He was told nothing of his first family by the couple who raised him, but now he seeks to unlock the mystery of his identity
Collected stories by Saul Bellow ( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Monumentale verzameling korte verhalen en novellen
The fun stuff and other essays by James Wood ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wood offers a panoramic look at the modern novel. He effortlessly connects his encyclopedic understanding of the literary canon with an equally in-depth analysis of the most important authors writing today. Also included are the title essay on Keith Moon and the lost joys of drumming and Wood's essay on George Orwell
The book of common prayer, and administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Church of England Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches[.] by Church of England ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Engraved plates consist of "The Powder Plot Nov. 5, " "K. Charles I murthered, " and "K. Charles II his return, " all with captions referencing Biblical verses
The irresponsible self : essays on comedy and fiction by James Wood ( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Come funzionano i romanzi : breve storia delle tecniche narrative per lettori e scrittori by James Wood ( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Los mecanismos de la ficción : cómo se construye una novela by James Wood ( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in Spanish and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Novels, 1956-1964 by Saul Bellow ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Passionate, insightful, often funny, and exhibiting a linguistic richness few writers have equaled, the novels of Saul Bellow are among the defining achievements of postwar American literature. Novels 1956 1964 opens with Seize the Day, a tightly wrought novella that, unfolding over the course of a single devastating day, explores the desperate predicament of the failed actor and salesman Tommy Wilhelm. The austere psychological portraiture of Seize the Day is followed by an altogether different book, Henderson the Rain King, the ebullient tale of the irresistible eccentric Eugene Henderson, best characterized by his primal mantra "I want! I want!" Beneath the novel's comic surface lies an affecting parable of one man's quest to know himself and come to terms with morality; like Don Quixote, Henderson is, as Bellow later described him, "an absurd seeker of high qualities."" "Henderson's irrepressible vitality is matched by that of Moses Herzog, the eponymous hero of Bellow's best-selling 1964 novel. His wife having abandoned him for his best friend, Herzog is on the verge of mental collapse and has embarked on a furious letter-writing campaign as an outlet for his all-consuming rage. Bellow's bravura performance in Herzog launched a new phase of his career, as literary acclaim was now joined by a receptive mass audience in America."--BOOK JACKET
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher, critic, novelist, and dramatist, holds a position of singular eminence in the world of letters. Among readers and critics familiar with the whole of Sartre's work, it is generally recognized that his earliest novel, La Nausée (first published in 1938), is his finest and most significant. It is unquestionably a key novel of the twentieth century and a landmark in Existentialist fiction. Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogues his every feeling and sensation. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which "spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time -- the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain." Roquentin's efforts to come to terms with life, his philosophical and psychological struggles, give Sartre the opportunity to dramatize the tenets of his Existentialist creed
 
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