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Vernon, Alex 1967-

Works: 14 works in 80 publications in 2 languages and 5,462 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Drama  Musical films  Romance films  Children's films  Filmed plays  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works about Alex Vernon
Most widely held works by Alex Vernon
Soldiers once and still : Ernest Hemingway, James Salter & Tim O'Brien by Alex Vernon( )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the world enters a new century, as it embarks on new wars and sees new developments in the waging of war, reconsiderations of the last century's legacy of warfare are necessary to our understanding of the current world order. In Soldiers Once and Still, Alex Vernon looks back through the twentieth century in order to confront issues of self and community in veterans' literature, exploring how war and the military have shaped the identities of Ernest Hemingway, James Salter, and Tim O'Brien, three of the twentieth century's most respected authors. Vernon specifically reveals the various ways that war and the military, through both cultural and personal experience, have affected social and gender identities and dynamics in each author's work." "Hemingway, Salter, and O'Brien form the core of Soldiers Once and Still because each represents a different warring generation of twentieth-century America: World War I with Hemingway, World War II and Korea with Salter, and Vietnam with O'Brien. Each author also represents a different literary voice of the twentieth century, from modern to mid-century to postmodern, and each presents a different battlefield experience: Hemingway as noncombatant, Salter as air force fighter pilot, and O'Brien as army grunt." "War's pervasive influence on the individual means that, for veterans-turned-writers like Hemingway, Salter, and O'Brien, the war experience infiltrates their entire body of writing - their works can be seen not only as war literature but also as veterans' literature. As such, their entire postwar oeuvre, regardless of whether an individual work explicitly addresses the war or the military, is open to Vernon's exploration of war, society, gender, and literary history." "Vernon's own experiences as a soldier, a veteran, a writer, and a critic inform this critique of American literature, offering students and scholars of American literature and war studies a tool for understanding war's effects on the veteran writer and his society."--Jacket
War by Alex Vernon( )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides both an introduction and a cross-section of the field, proposing why one should, and how one might, study the literature of war. Contributors offer samplings from the vast body of war-related literature and film, from the Iliad and Shakespeare to documentary films about the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan in the first decade of the 21st century. --From publisher description
Teaching Hemingway and war by Alex Vernon( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1925, Ernest Hemingway wrote to F. Scott Fitzgerald that "the reason you are so sore you missed the war is because the war is the best subject of all. It groups the maximum of material and speeds up the action and brings out all sorts of stuff that normally you have to wait a lifetime to get." Though a world war veteran for seven years, at the time he wrote Fitzgerald, Hemingway had barely scratched the surface of his war experiences in his writing, yet it would be a subject he could never resist. As an eyewitness to the emergence of modern warfare, through the Second World War, and as a writer devoted to re-creating experience on the page, Ernest Hemingway has gifted us with an oeuvre of wartime representation ideal for the classroom. Teaching Hemingway and War offers fifteen original essays on Hemingway's relationship to war with a variety of instructional settings in mind, and the contributors bring to the volume a range of experience, backgrounds, and approaches. The final section provides three excellent undergraduate essays as examples of what students are capable of producing and as contributions to Hemingway studies in their own right"--Back cover
The eyes of Orion : five tank lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War by Alex Vernon( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The eyes of Orion is a highly personal account of the day-to-day experiences of five platoon leaders who served in the same tank battalion in the 24th Infantry Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm." "While professional soldiers and historians will undoubtedly glean much from this narrative, the heart of the account concerns the experiences of the five young lieutenants as they prepared for and served in combat - from their deployment to Saudi Arabia through their six months in the desert training for war, their four days in combat and several weeks of occupation in Iraq, and finally their homecoming."--BOOK JACKET
Hemingway's second war : bearing witness to the Spanish Civil War by Alex Vernon( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. In 1937 and 1938, Ernest Hemingway made four trips to Spain to cover its civil war for the North American News Alliance wire service and to help create the pro-Republican documentary film The Spanish Earth. Hemingway's Second War is the first book-length scholarly work devoted to this subject. Drawing on primary sources, Alex Vernon provides a thorough account of Hemingway's involvement in the Spanish Civil War, a messy, complicated, brutal precursor to World War II that inspired Hemingway's great novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. Vernon also offers the most sustained history and consideration to date of The Spanish Earth. Directed by Joris Ivens, this film was a landmark work in the development of war documentaries, for which Hemingway served as screenwriter and narrator. Contributing factual, textual, and contextual information to Hemingway studies in general and his participation in the war specifically, Vernon has written a critical biography for Hemingway's experiences during the Spanish Civil War that includes discussion of the left-wing politics of the era and the execution of José Robles Pazos. Finally, the book provides readings of For Whom the Bell Tolls both in historical context and on its own terms. Marked by both impressive breadth and accessibility, Hemingway's Second War will be an indispensible resource for students of literature, film, journalism, and European history and a landmark work for readers of Ernest Hemingway
Arms and the self : war, the military, and autobiographical writing( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With its wide range of primary texts to demonstrate the many conflicts, author-participants, and interpretive perspectives, Arms and the Self provides an eclectic, suggestive perspective on this complex and varied field. With contributing authors such as Lynn Z. Bloom, Margaretta Jolly, Robert Lawson-Peebles, and Robert Shenk, the critical essays extend from Xenophon's memoir of his two years marching with the mercenaries of the Persian Prince Cyrus, through Canadian accounts of the Boer War and American civilian women's narratives of confinement in WWII Japanese internment camps, to Vietnam veterans' online testimonials and post-Persian Gulf War memoirs written as management primers."--Pub. desc
On Tarzan by Alex Vernon( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On Tarzan is a sometimes playful, sometimes serious, and always provocative consideration of the twentieth century's best-known fictional characters."--Back cover
Approaches to teaching the works of Tim O'Brien( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The works of Tim O'Brien are among the most significant recent contributions to a lengthy canon of war literature," write the editors of this volume; they serve "as an ideal point of entry for discussions of war and its human impact." The author of the highly acclaimed The Things They Carried, O'Brien is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of a National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. This volume in the Approaches to Teaching series considers the range and depth of O'Brien's writing, with an emphasis on works that focus on the Vietnam War. Part 1, "Materials," provides information on O'Brien's life and an overview of his literary output. It also directs readers to critical and reference works on subjects encountered in O'Brien's writing. The twenty-three essays in part 2, "Approaches," provide historical background on the Vietnam War; explore narrative issues in O'Brien's works such as the melding of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir; and suggest ideas for teaching the author's works in a variety of classroom and conceptual settings (e.g., composition, American literature, war fiction, narrative theory, postmodernism)
Most succinctly bred by Alex Vernon( )

6 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- 1: Ghosts in Gray -- 2: Guide Us, Thy Sons, Aright -- 3: Duty, Honor, Goddess -- 4: Then I Went to War -- 5: Desert Farewell -- 6: Back in the World -- 7: The Gulf War and Postmodern Memory -- 8: Sunday, September 23, 2001 -- 9: Wedding: New York City, November 10, 2001 -- 10: Orion in the Ivory Tower -- 11: Tiger, Tiger -- Epilogue
Critical Insights by Alex Vernon( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War theory and literary practice : Hemingway, Salter, and O'Brien by Alex Vernon( )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock n' roll by Ryan Adams( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Live performance of the play by Tom Stoppard concerning the significance of rock and roll in the emergence of the socialist movement in Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989
The BFG by Mark Rylance( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Little orphan Sophie can't sleep. When she peeks out the window, she is surprised to see a giant. He's surprised to see her too and whisks Sophie away to his home in Giant Country. But this is no ordinary giant; Sophie's giant is the world's ONLY friendly giant. He operates in the strictest of secrecy to bring good dreams to the human world. Other giants steal and have a nasty habit of eating children! To save the children of England, Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) embark a magical journey to Buckingham Palace"--Theater's website
Critical Insights: War by Alex Vernon( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Soldiers once and still : Ernest Hemingway, James Salter & Tim O'Brien
The eyes of Orion : five tank lieutenants in the Persian Gulf WarHemingway's second war : bearing witness to the Spanish Civil WarArms and the self : war, the military, and autobiographical writingOn TarzanApproaches to teaching the works of Tim O'BrienMost succinctly bred