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Costa, Richard Hauer

Works: 23 works in 92 publications in 2 languages and 6,863 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Bibliography  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR5776, 823.912
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Most widely held works by Richard Hauer Costa
H.G. Wells by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
28 editions published between 1966 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,299 libraries worldwide
Presents 2 sides of Wells and develops each with biographical comments and excerpts from appropriate works
Malcolm Lowry by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
9 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 818 libraries worldwide
Alison Lurie by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 libraries worldwide
"Nowhere is this pursuit more evident than in Lurie's fiction or better expressed than by the protagonist of her most recent novel, The Truth about Lorin Jones, whose goal it is "to write a book that would tell the whole contusing contradictory truth ... let the devil take the hindmost." Nearly all of Lurie's protagonists are women, and Costa takes as one of his major themes the author's desire to unmask them. In a process of liberation often catalyzed by a passionate sexual relationship, each woman's true character is exposed as Lurie leads her to genuine self-knowledge, something that, Costa argues, Lurie values above all else and at almost any cost. Costa links the themes of Lurie's major nonfiction works, The Language of Clothes and Don't Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children's Literature, with her fiction. The ideas in The Language of Clothes, a study of the conscious and unconscious use of clothing as a means of self-expression, inform many of Lurie's novels, he writes, where dress often "sends out an unspoken signal from one character to another." The sentiment of Don't Tell the Grown-ups, in which Lurie praises those children's books that "express ideas and emotions not generally approved of" and that "view social pretenses with clear-eyed directness," is in good keeping with the satirical sensibility conveyed in Lurie's novels. Lurie's impatience with artifice and self-deception, Costa writes, is evident throughout her work." "Alison Lurie also includes an overview of the critical assessment of Lurie's writings, and Costa addresses the viewpoints of both detractors and admirers. Critics have been unanimous, however, in their appreciation for Lurie's lucid prose style and her acute powers of observation. She is among the most gifted American novelists writing today."--Jacket
Edmund Wilson, our neighbor from Talcottville by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
10 editions published in 1980 in 3 languages and held by 508 libraries worldwide
Safe at home : a baseball wife's story by Sharon Hargrove( Book )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
Sharon Hargrove, wife of Mike Hargrove, formerly a big league baseball player, recounts the domestic side of the sport
A Malcolm Lowry catalogue by J. Howard Woolmer( Book )
5 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
A Quest for Eridanus : the evolving art of Malcolm Lowry's Under the volcano by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
6 editions published between 1969 and 1982 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Toward a philosophy of urban design : interfacing urban design, futuristics and communication by Russell Einer Usnick( Book )
1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The boxer-hero as literary tragic figure : a study in contemporary relocation by Stephen Elliott Stone( Book )
1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Alexander Solzhenitsyn declared in his Nobel Prize speech that literature best conveys the life experience of humans from nation to nation, from century to century. It is to that record that future generations will go to discover the mythos by which a given society endures. Heroism is the special prerogative of no single era. True, Periclean Greece and Elizabethan England- to name only two- provided the terrain, especially in their literature, for heroism to flourish. This study has sought to locate a single modern counterpart to one of classical tragedy’s staple figures, the warrior-hero. It has found him, in new guise in the boxer-hero of contemporary literature. The contemporary relocation of this concept is illustrated in the selected works of seven American authors who published their novels, short stories, and plays during the period 1925 to 1969. For the purpose of this study the literary heritage of Ernest Hemingway becomes a transitional force. Hemingway draws heroic fervor from ancient sources while making his heros subject to the peculiar “lostness” of this century. Chapter II of this study follows the linkage, through selected examples in Hemingway’s work, between sport and the hero. It chronicles the interpenetration of both by the tragic sense. The Cuban fisherman-hero of Hemingway’s novel, The Old Man and The Sea, becomes for this thesis a prototypical sports hero serving to represent one enactment of the tragic warrior hero relocated in a modern setting
Women in the novels of John Updike : a critical study by Carol Ann Stanley Deen( Book )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Although a few of the women characters in John Updike's early novels have received some critical consideration, there has been no thorough study of the women in all of his novels. This dissertation analyzes and evaluates the women characters in The Poorhouse Fair (1959), Rabbit, Run (1960), The Centaur (1963), Of the Farm (1965), Couples (1968), Bech (1970), Rabbit Redux (1971), A Month of Sundays (1975), Marry Me (1976), and The Coup (1978). It also provides a biographical chapter on Updike. John Updike's first five novels, as well as his seventh novel Rabbit Redux, create major female characters who are stabilizing forces. Amelia Mortis, Bessie Jamiesson, and Elizabeth Heinemann in The Poorhouse Fair; Mary Angstrom and Ruth Leonard in Rabbit, Run; Cassie Caldwell in The Centaur; Mary Robinson and Peggy Robinson in Of the Farm; Angela Hanema and Foxy Whitman in Couples; and Mary Angstrom in Rabbit Redux are women who show individual strength of character and who provide a reference point of stability for the male protagonists. Updike creates less vivid portrayals of women as stabilizing forces in Bech and in Marry Me. Ekaterina Ryleyeva, Vera Glavanakova, and Hannah Bech in Bech, and Ruth Conant in Marry Me are intelligent, independent, and efficient women who are seen by the male protagonists as possessing an inner stability. Through his careful and compassionate development of women as stabilizing forces, Updike suggests that stability is an admirable and desirable trait in women. Because his mother is a strong-willed, self-confident, and independent woman, Updike certainly has had her vitality in mind as he has created these women. Updike reveals, tonally and dramatically, a lack of respect and concern for those women who are wholly sexual. He portrays several women entirely as sexual objects: Janice Angstrom in Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux; Jill Pendleton, Peggy Fosnacht, and Mim Angstrom in Rabbit Redux; all the wives in Couples except Angela Hanema and Foxy Whitman; Norma Lachett in Bech; Alicia Crick, Jane Marshfield, and Frankie Harlow in A Month of Sundays; Kadongolimi, Candace Cunningham, Sattina, Sheba, and Kutunda in The Coup
Estranged stage : a thematic and semiotic approach to the grotesque in selected American drama by Jon Christopher Ellery( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Wells and the cosmic despair by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Ulysses, Lowry's Volcano, and the voyage between; a study of an unacknowledged literary kinship by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
H.G Wells by Richard Hauer Costa by Richard Hauer Costa( Book )
in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
"Take me out to the ballgame" : baseball as determinant in selected American fiction by David Boles Merrell( Book )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Serious baseball fiction has been narrated from several different perspectives. Among the best American baseball novels are Ring Lardner's "You Know Me Al," a first person epistolary novel; Mark Harris' "The Southpaw," "Band the Drum Slowly," and "A Ticket for a Seamstitch," a trilogy of first person central novels; Philip Roth's "The Great American Novel," using the first person peripheral viewpoint; Bernard Malamud's "The Natural," a third person omniscient narrative that focuses mainly on a central character; and Robert Coover's "The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.," a metafictional novel using a central reflector before moving into an unmediated presentation of the fictional world within the fiction. Tin these novels baseball serves as a determinant of microcosm, character, structure, action, and ethics. Baseball's ordered society provides a workable microcosm for America, for it is filled with both stereotyped and particularized representatives of many segments of American society. Lardner places his fictional characters in the midst of actual major league players. Harris and Malamud present fictional teams within the context of major leagues peopled by fictional characters. Roth creates a fictional league parallel to the majors. Coover's microcosm is complete in an association created by J. Henry Waugh, his central character. The combination of meticulous statistics and myriad legends gives an author both individuals and stereotypes upon which to base his characters. Characters may be based on the stereotypes of the rookie or star or on the peculiarities of a Babe Ruth or a Joe Jackson. Characters may also be developed by their baseball actions or their attitudes toward the game. The novels use the season cycle of baseball as the determinant providing the time frame of the action. In addition, the feeling of baseball time as determined by the individual game suggests the timeless past and the timeless future, for game time is not controlled by a clock, being endless - incomplete until the last out is made and a decision reached
Papers of Alan Cheuse by Alan Cheuse( Archival Material )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Tape recordings include Cheuse, Mary Lee Settle and George Garrett reading from their work, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Gala, 1995, The Diane Rehm Show Readers' Review, and the Talk of the Nation Bookclub of the air
H.G. Wells, literary Journalist : a study of the journalistic methods and devices found i his novels and tracts by Richard Hauer Costa( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 1949 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Play as a formal paradigm in modern fiction by Sura Prasad Rath( Book )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This study investigates the function of game-play as a structuring device in modern fiction and proposes a formal paradigm for fictional narratives using the rhetoric of play. It surveys the philosophical, psychological, sociological, and literary discussions of play from Plato to modern times, and suggests that a ludic context presents four essential features: the ethos of game-play is separate from and independent of the common reality of everyday living; a game takes place within limited time and space; so that it begins with the entry of the players in a play arena and ends with their return from there; a game controls and is controlled by the players, its rules functioning as the determinants of interaction among the players just as social, political, religious and economic constraints structure life outside play; and game involves a frame of mind in which the paradoxical realities of play and non-play come together toward either a coalescence or clash. Historically, fictional form has depended on the world view of people living in the author's milieu and the moment. The biblical mythos, beginning with Genesis and ending with Apocalypse, colored the world picture of early Western writers; and the secular model of human life--birth, reproduction, and death--replaced it in the eighteenth century. The ludic fiction of our time provides a new view of human life and the world. The formal paradigm for the fictional representation of this new view has five parts: Seclusion; Escape and Observation; Equation, Interpretation, and Discovery; Connection and Return; and Celebration. The order of these five "indispensable elements" exhibits a progression from an initial conflict to its final resolution, the moment of discovery coming during a ritualized symbolic imitation of life, which is play, rather than during the regular activities of the protagonist. The model presents the narrative structure as a process of inversion, and concludes that ludic fiction has a circular form rather than a linear one. The model is applied to Henry Roth's Call It Sleep, Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
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