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Leavitt, David 1961-

Works: 119 works in 782 publications in 22 languages and 19,604 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Drama  Film adaptations  Historical fiction  Urban fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Recipient, Correspondent, Contributor, Commentator for written text, Scenarist, Other
Classifications: PS3562.E2618, 813.54
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Publications about David Leavitt
Publications by David Leavitt
Most widely held works by David Leavitt
The man who knew too much : Alan Turing and the invention of the computer by David Leavitt( Book )
32 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,715 libraries worldwide
To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary programmable calculating machine. But the idea of actually producing a "Turing machine" did not crystallize until he and his brilliant Bletchley Park colleagues built devices to crack the Nazis' Enigma code, thus ensuring the Allies' victory in World War II. In so doing, Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, formulating the famous (and still unbeaten) Turing Test that challenges our ideas of human consciousness. But Turing's postwar computer-building was cut short when, as an openly gay man in a time when homosexuality was officially illegal in England, he was apprehended by the authorities and sentenced to a "treatment" that amounted to chemical castration, leading to his suicide. With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity-his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor-while elegantly explaining his work and its implications
The Indian clerk : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )
34 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,597 libraries worldwide
Leavitt's novel centers on the relationship between mathematicians G.H. Hardy (1877-1947) and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). In January of 1913, Cambridge-based Hardy receives a nine-page letter filled with prime number theorems from S. Ramanujan, a young accounts clerk in Madras. Intrigued, Hardy consults his colleague and collaborator, J.E. Littlewood; the two soon decide Ramanujan is a mathematical genius and that he should emigrate to Cambridge to work with them. Hardy recruits the young, eager don, Eric Neville, and his wife, Alice, to travel to India and expedite Ramanujan's arrival; Alice's changing affections, WWI and Ramanujan's enigmatic ailments add obstacles. Meanwhile, Hardy, a reclusive scholar and closeted homosexual, narrates a second story line cast as a series of 1936 Harvard lectures, some of them imagined. Ramanujan comes to renown as the the Hindu calculator discussions of mathematics and bits of Cambridge's often risque ̌academic culture (including D.H. Lawrence's 1915 visit) add authenticity
The lost language of cranes by David Leavitt( Book )
100 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,444 libraries worldwide
When Philip fall in love with Eliot, he realizes it's time to tell his parents who he is and how he lives. His parents may not be ready for this; they face serious changes in their own lives. This novel is about what we miss- or choose not to see -just beneath the surface of our lives. And what happens when we know too much
The two Hotel Francforts : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )
17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,242 libraries worldwide
"It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe--a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class"--Dust jacket flap
Equal affections : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )
68 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,206 libraries worldwide
Family matriarch Louise Cooper, mother of gay siblings April and Danny, suffers one medical malady after another, while Nat, her computer scientist husband, enjoys a longterm affair on the side. As Louise's condition deteriorates, tensions mount and family members attempt to define and justify their conflicting feelings
Family dancing : stories by David Leavitt( Book )
38 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,077 libraries worldwide
A collection of stories presents families all unhappy in different ways, including a mother who presides over her local Parents of Lesbians and Gays chapter, yet has trouble accepting her son's lover
While England sleeps by David Leavitt( Book )
37 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,074 libraries worldwide
Set against the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe, this is the story of a love affair between Brian Botsford, an upper-class young writer, and Edward Phelan, an idealistic, self-educated employee of the London Underground and a Communist Party member
A place I've never been by David Leavitt( Book )
52 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in 9 languages and held by 1,015 libraries worldwide
Bundel verhalen over diverse vormen van relaties
The body of Jonah Boyd : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )
32 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 886 libraries worldwide
The complex interrelationships of members of the Wright family, their associates, and their visitors turn their Thanksgiving holiday upside down and change the lives of everyone involved
The page turner : a novel by David Leavitt( Book )
30 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 859 libraries worldwide
Paul Porterfield, 18 år, lovende pianist, får chance for at vende nodeblade for en verdensberømt koncertpianist. Ved deres næste møde forføres den unge mand, og forelskelsen udvikler sig til et intenst forhold
Martin Bauman, or, A sure thing by David Leavitt( Book )
23 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 769 libraries worldwide
"At the dawn of the Reagan era, Martin Bauman - nineteen, clever, talented, and insecure - is enrolled at a prestigious college with a hard-won place under the tutelage of the legendary and enigmatic Stanley Flint, a man who can make or break careers with the flick of a weary hand. Martin is poised on the brink of the writing life, and his twin desires, equally urgent, are to get into print and find his way out of the closet." "As he makes his way through the wilderness of New York - falling in love, going to parties, and coming to terms with the emerging chaos of AIDS - Martin matures from brilliant student, to apprentice in a Manhattan publishing house, to one of the golden few to be anointed by the highly regarded magazine in which it is every young writer's dream to be published. Yet despite his apparent successes, his emotional and creative desires stubbornly refuse to be satisfied, and his every achievement is haunted by that austere and troubling image of literary perfection, his elusive mentor, Stanley Flint."--Jacket
The Penguin book of gay short stories by David Leavitt( Book )
17 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 750 libraries worldwide
"This is an anthology of stories that, in the words of its co-editor David Leavitt, "illuminate the experience of love between men, explore the nature of homosexual identity, or investigate the kinds of relationships gay men have with each other, with their friends, and with their families." It is not a collection of stories written exclusively by gay authors; indeed, readers may be surprised to discover that some of their favorite women writers and straight male writers have also explored the territory. What the stories do share is a refusal to ghettoize gay men as denizens of the gay nocturnal subculture. The men in these stories live very much in the world; their sexuality, though an important aspect of their lives, doesn't singularly define them." "The thirty-nine stories brought together here suggest the ways in which gay experience has - and hasn't - changed over the course of this century, starting with the tender, unarticulated longings of two boys swimming in D.H. Lawrence's "A Poem of Friendship" and ending with the explicit sexual interaction of two boys in a bathtub in A.M. Homes's "The Whiz Kids." In between there is every imaginable kind of gay story, as offered by well-known authors and by those less familiar to the devotees of the genre. There is wry humor in Barbara Pym's clever manipulation of romantic convention; painful accounts of discovery in Larry Kramer's "Mrs. Tefillin"; the consolation of age in Edmund White's "Reprise"; and in Randall Kenan's "Run, Mourner, Run," the breaking of both racial and sexual taboos. The anthology also encompasses a richly diverse subcategory of stories inspired by AIDS, from such writers as Allen Barnett, Michael Cunningham, Stephen Greco, Dennis McFarland, and Peter Wells: stories that explore not only the tragedy of the epidemic but also the triumphs, even the erotic possibilities, that have been generated in its wake."
Arkansas : three novellas by David Leavitt( Book )
21 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 707 libraries worldwide
Three novellas featuring homosexual relationships. In The Term Paper Artist, a poet at a California college acquires lovers among straight men by writing papers for them, in The Wooden Anniversary a woman in love with a gay man finds he prefers her male cook, while Saturn Street is on the lot of victims of aids in Los Angeles
Pages passed from hand to hand : the hidden tradition of homosexual literature in English from 1748 to 1914 ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 612 libraries worldwide
"There have been several recent anthologies of twentieth-century gay fiction, but Mark Mitchell and David Leavitt's book is the first to explore the texts that circulated before the genre of "gay fiction" came into being, and before greater tolerance allowed writers to treat homosexual themes directly. The result is both an entertaining and a revelatory anthology, and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the literary treatment of homosexuality."--Jacket
The marble quilt : stories by David Leavitt( Book )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 585 libraries worldwide
"In these nine stories, David Leavitt surveys the complicated politics of human relationships in families and communities, in the present day and over the course of the last century." "Here are stories that range in form from a historical survey to a police interrogation to an e-mail exchange. In "The Infection Scene," a young man's determined effort to contract HIV is juxtaposed with an account of the early life of Lord Alfred Douglas. In the title story, an expatriate tries to make sense of his ex-partner's senseless murder. In "Crossing St. Gotthard'" the members of an American family traveling in Europe at the turn of the twentieth century find themselves confronting their own mortality as they plunge into a train tunnel in Switzerland. And in "Black Box," the partner of a man killed in a plane crash is drawn into an unholy alliance with a fellow "crash widow.""--Jacket
The M word : writers on same-sex marriage ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 395 libraries worldwide
"As it heads through the courts, dividing the nation and shaping the political landscape, the issue of same-sex marriage is becoming one of the major civil-rights battles of our generation. Now, some of the country's finest writers, gay and straight, explore the nuances of one of the most complicated issues of our time." "Drawing on personal experiences or culling from history, the headlines, or their own fertile imaginations, eleven noted writers present an all-too-human look at gay matrimony and its implications for marriage in general - and how our traditional marriages both influence and measure up to these new unions." "With essays by Francine Prose, on what would have happened if Oscar Wilde had married his lover; George Saunders, on the need to outlaw not only same-sex marriages but also samish-sex marriages; Dan Savage, on the supposed value of monogamy within marriage; Wendy Brenner, on giving her best friend away in a gay marriage; and many others, The M Word reminds us that marriage of any sort is an institution now ready for reexamination."--Jacket
Family dancing by David Leavitt( Book )
50 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in 11 languages and held by 223 libraries worldwide
Neuf nouvelles dont les héros sont tous à un tournant de leur vie. Style limpide. L'auteur a obtenu le prix O'Henry
Selected stories by E. M Forster( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
Collects short stories written by Edward Morgan Forster, including "The Celestial Omnibus," "The Machine Stops," and "The Story of the Siren."
Original youth : the real story of Edmund White's boyhood by Keith Fleming( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 221 libraries worldwide
Collected stories by David Leavitt( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
David Leavitt Amerikaans schrijver
David Leavitt amerikansk författare
David Leavitt amerikansk skribent
David Leavitt écrivain américain
David Leavitt scrittore statunitense
David Leavitt US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer
Leavitt, David
Libit, Deēvid 1961-
Livit, Deēvid 1961-
לװיט, דײװיד
לװיט, דײװיד 1961־
レーヴィット, デイヴィッド
レーヴィットデイヴィッド 1961-
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