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Wood, Michael 1936-

Works: 46 works in 238 publications in 4 languages and 9,888 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Biography  Film adaptations  Fiction  Humor  Records and correspondence  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PQ2082.C3, 843.5
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Most widely held works by Michael Wood
America in the movies : or, "Santa Maria, it had slipped my mind" by Michael Wood( Book )
35 editions published between 1975 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 1,173 libraries worldwide
Stendhal by Michael Wood( Book )
13 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in 4 languages and held by 929 libraries worldwide
The magician's doubts : Nabokov and the risks of fiction by Michael Wood( Book )
24 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 812 libraries worldwide
As a child in Russia, Vladimir Nabokov enjoyed conjuring: "I loved doing simple tricks--turning water into wine, that kind of thing." In this engrossing book Michael Wood explores the blend of arrogance and mischief that makes Nabokov such a fascinating and elusive master of fiction. Wood argues that Nabokov is neither the aesthete he liked to pretend to be nor the heavy-handed moralist recent critics make him. Major works like Pnin, Lolita, Pale fire and Ada appear in a new light, but there are also chapters on earlier works, like The real life of Sebastian Knight, on selected short stories and on the translation of Eugene Onegin, as well as detailed discussions of Nabokov's ideas of literature, memory, pity, and pain. The book comes fully to terms with Nabokov's blend of playfulness and seriousness, delving into the real delight of reading him and the odd disquiet that lurks beneath that pleasure. Wood's speculations spin outward to illuminate the ambiguities and aspirations of the modern novel, and to raise the question of how we uncover "the author" in a work, without falling into the obvious biographical traps. The magician's doubts slices through the dustier conventions of criticism and never loses sight of the emotional and sensual pleasure of reading
Children of silence : on contemporary fiction by Michael Wood( Book )
5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 656 libraries worldwide
In Children of Silence distinguished literary critic Michael Wood presents his most wide-ranging work to date. A series of reflections on the literary landscape of our time - from the writings of Roland Barthes to those of Stephen King - the book explores such issues as the shift of interest from novel to story, the blurring of the line between fiction and criticism, the persistence of the notion of paradise, the lure of horror, and the tendency of fiction both to reflect and to resist contemporary history
The road to Delphi : the life and afterlife of oracles by Michael Wood( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 647 libraries worldwide
"For thousands of years, in hundreds of different cultures, individuals have consulted oracles in times of need. In this compelling exploration of the fascinating history and enduring popularity of oracles, Michael Wood examines how we interpret them and why." "Using examples drawn from actual oracles that existed at Delphi, Dodona, and elsewhere, and from fictional - but influential - oracles in literature from Oedipus to Macbeth, Wood combines storytelling and commentary to provide an entertaining and concise account of humanity's persistent faith in signs. He also looks at later instances of oracles, arguing that consultations have evolved in many ways over the years, and that echoes and survivals of old practices in modern literature and popular culture - in the works of Kafka and Proust and in the films The Matrix and Minority Report, as well as in astrology columns - continue to exert an important influence over human civilization." "Inspired, engaging, and remarkably revealing, The Road to Delphi shows an ancient art at work in many times and places, and invites us to think again about the ways in which we deal with our longing for the certainties we know we can't have."--Jacket
Gabriel García Márquez : One hundred years of solitude by Michael Wood( Book )
9 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 541 libraries worldwide
The author places the landmark novel into the context of modern Colombia's violent history, exploring the complex vision of Gabriel García Márquez
Simón del Desierto by Luis Buñuel( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 514 libraries worldwide
"Tells the story of an early Christian ascetic -- modeled on Saint Simon Stylites -- who has lived atop a pillar, surrounded by a barren landscape, for six years, six months, and six days to prove his devotion to God. But the Devil, in the figure of the beautiful Silvia Pinal, huddles below, trying to tempt him down. A skeptic's vision of religious conviction, Luis Buñuel's short and sweet satire is one of his most renowned works of surrealism." -- Container
Literature and the taste of knowledge by Michael Wood( Book )
18 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 502 libraries worldwide
Wood analyses whether literature has contributed knowledge of its own or whether it merely questions other forms of knowledge. He does so through the close examination of a range of literature such as Henry James and Kafka, and considering the forms of irony, indirection and the uses of fiction
Film : a very short introduction by Michael Wood( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 445 libraries worldwide
Considered by some to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century, film has come to encompass many things-a record of events, a modern mythology, a hobby, a career, and an entire industry-but it is, above all, a means of telling stories through images and sounds. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Wood provides a brief history and examination of the nature of the medium of film, its role and impact on society, and its future in the digital age. --Book Jacket
Candide : or, Optimism by Voltaire( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 413 libraries worldwide
All in all, it's a delightful little package, sure to be a favorite of fans of the enlightenment or despotic oligarchs seeking tips and tricks to increase their fan base."--Jacket
Nation, language, and the ethics of translation ( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 403 libraries worldwide
"In recent years, scholarship on translation has moved well beyond the technicalities of converting one language into another and beyond conventional translation theory. With new technologies blurring distinctions between "the original" and its reproductions, and with globalization redefining national and cultural boundaries, "translation" is now emerging as a reformulated subject of lively, interdisciplinary debate. Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation enters the heart of this debate. It covers an exceptional range of topics, from simultaneous translation to legal theory, from the language of exile to the language of new nations, from the press to the cinema; and cultures and languages from contemporary Bengal to ancient Japan, from translations of Homer to the work of Don DeLillo. All twenty-two essays, by leading voices including Gayatri Spivak and the late Edward Said, are provocative and persuasive. The book's four sections--"Translation as Medium and across Media," "The Ethics of Translation," "Translation and Difference," and "Beyond the Nation"--Together provide a comprehensive view of current thinking on nationality and translation, one that will be widely consulted for years to come."
Italo Calvino : letters, 1941-1985 by Italo Calvino( Book )
6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 323 libraries worldwide
This is the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Italy's most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino (1923-1985) achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a winter's night a traveler. But he was also an influential literary critic, an important literary editor, and a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, Gore Vidal, Leonardo Sciascia, Natalia Ginzburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Luciano Beri
Alfred Hitchcock : the man who knew too much by Michael Wood( Archival Material )
4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 303 libraries worldwide
Belle de jour; a film by Luis Buñuel( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 302 libraries worldwide
Severine is a repressed, bored housewife, afraid of intimacy. Her husband, Pierre is kind, devoted, and understanding. Severine is aroused by the idea of domination and debasement, and gentle Pierre is hardly the type of person who would treat her cruelly in order to receive sexual gratification. Following the example of an acquaintance, she begins a double life as the girl called Belle de Jour, in the brothel run by Madame Anais. Her otherwise placid domestic life is threatened when an obsessed client, unable to possess her completely, begins to stalk her
Yeats and violence by Michael Wood( Book )
11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 286 libraries worldwide
What happens when civilization crumbles? What apocalyptic events wait in the wings? These are the questions asked by Yeats's poem 'Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen'. Michael Wood explores the life of this poem through its form and historical context, examining how it seeks to make sense of a chaotic world whilst preserving the disorder of experience
Fellini Satyricon by Federico Fellini( visu )
2 editions published in 2015 in Italian and held by 154 libraries worldwide
"Satyricon (official name: Fellini Satyricon) is a 1969 Italian fantasy drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini. It is loosely based on Petronius's work, Satyricon, a series of bawdy and satirical episodes written during the reign of the emperor Nero and set in imperial Rome."--Wikipedia
Literature : fiction, poetry, drama ( Book )
1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
Franz Kafka by Michael Wood( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 112 libraries worldwide
Each new volume is a biographical and critical review of one of the world's most important writers with expert analysis by Harold Bloom
Vladimir Nabokov by Yannicke Chupin( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in French and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Children of silence : studies in contemporary fiction by Michael Wood( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Michael Wood accademico e scrittore inglese
Michael Wood British academic
Wood, Michael 1936-
Wood, Michael (Michael George), 1936-
English (172)
Italian (6)
Spanish (4)
French (2)
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