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Coward, David

Works: 92 works in 325 publications in 1 language and 16,319 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Drama  Domestic fiction  Suspense fiction  Biographical fiction  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Author of introduction, Editor, tra
Classifications: PQ2226, 843.7
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Publications by David Coward
Most widely held works by David Coward
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( file )
11 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 1,617 libraries worldwide
The Count of Monte Cristo (Paris, 1844-45), by French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas, is one of the most popular novels ever written. Set in Marseilles, Rome and Paris in the nineteenth century, it tells the story of Edmond Dantès, a young sailor who is falsely accused of treason and imprisoned in a dungeon for fourteen years. A fellow prisoner tells him where to find treasure buried on a Mediterranean island called Monte Cristo. On Dantès's escape, he acquires the treasure, gives himself the name Count of Monte Cristo, and ruthlessly goes about the slow destruction of his enemies. -- ENotes
Twenty years after by Alexandre Dumas( file )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,480 libraries worldwide
Two decades have passed since the famous swordsmen triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady inThe Three Musketeers. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and strategems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is the titanic struggle with the son of Milady who wears the face of evil
The black tulip by Alexandre Dumas( file )
15 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,211 libraries worldwide
A deceptively simple story and the shortest of Dumas's most famous novels,The Black Tulip(1850) weaves historical events surrounding a brutal murder into a tale of romantic love. Set in Holland in 1672, this timeless political allegory draws on the violence and crimes of history, making a case against tyranny and creating a symbol of justice and tolerance: the fatefultulipa negra
The misfortunes of virtue and other early tales by Sade( file )
13 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,107 libraries worldwide
The name of the Marquis de Sade is synonymous with the blackest corners of the human soul, a byword for all that is most foul in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no human affection, and no hope. This selection of his early writings, some making their first appearance in English in this new translation by David Coward, reveals the full range of Sade's sobering moods and considerable talents. This is a fully annotated edition including an introduction, a biographical study, and a history of the censorship of these writings
A history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinema by David Coward( Book )
25 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,106 libraries worldwide
Traces the history of the literature of France from its origins to the present day, exploring how it has been influenced by post-modern thought, historical events, politics, and other cultures
The Marquis de Sade, the crimes of love heroic and tragic tales ; preceded by an Essay on novels : a selection by Sade( file )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,081 libraries worldwide
"Murder, seduction, and incest are among the cruel rewards for selfless love in Sade's stories; tragedy, despair, and death the inevitable outcome. In this text Sade asks questions about society, about ourselves, and about life, for which we have yet to find the answers"--Provided by publisher
La dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas( file )
5 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 902 libraries worldwide
A classic French novel in which Marguerite Gautier, a famous courtesan in Paris, continuously entertains with parties and balls as though her days were numbered. But suddenly she meets Armand Duval and they fall in love despite the fact that she is becoming increasingly ill
The man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 892 libraries worldwide
The four musketeers, in their final adventure, come to the aid of a Bastille prisoner whose secret identity is so dangerous that its revelation could topple the King from his throne
The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
10 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 672 libraries worldwide
An adventure story of the young D'Artagnan and his fellow swordsmen who serve King Louis XIII of France. While in service to their king, they must oppose Cardinal Richelieu, who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. They are also required to save the honor of their Queen by retrieving her diamond necklace from her secret lover before the king finds out
Les liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos( file )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 625 libraries worldwide
"Published just years before the French Revolution, Laclos's great novel of moral and emotional depravity is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. Aristocrats and ex-lovers Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to bring amusement to their jaded lives. While Merteuil challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, he is also occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. Eventually their human pawns respond, and the consequences prove to be more serious-and deadly-than the players could have ever predicted"--Publisher description
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 495 libraries worldwide
In 1930s Geneva, an official who rose high in the League of Nations by concealing his Jewish roots sets out to seduce a colleague's wife who represents his ideal of absolute love. A look at the mores and manners of the day
The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 403 libraries worldwide
"It is May 1660 and the fate of nations is at stake. Mazarin plots, Louis XIV is in love, and Raoul de Bragelonne, son of Athos, is intent on serving France and winning the heart of Luoise de la Vallière. D'Artagnan, meanwhile, is perplexed by a mysterious stranger, and soon he learns that his old comrades already have great projects in hand. Athos seeks the restoration of Charles II, while Aramis, with Porthos in tow, has a secret plan involving a masked prisoner and the fortification of the island of Belle-Île. D'Artagnan finds a thread leading him to the French court, the banks of the Tyne, the beaches of Holland, and the dunes of Brittany." -- cover. Sequels: Louise de la Vallière and The Man in the Iron Mask
Selected tales of Guy de Maupassant by Guy de Maupassant( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 400 libraries worldwide
Includes twenty-seven of the classic tales of nineteenth-century French life, including "The Necklace" and "Le Horla."
The misanthrope, and other plays by Molière( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 365 libraries worldwide
This unique volume brings together four of Moliere's greatest verse comedies covering the best years of his prolific writing career. Actor, director, and playwright, Moliere (1622-73) was one of the finest and most influential French dramatists, adept at portraying human foibles and puncturing pomposity. The School for Wives was his first great success; Tartuffe, condemned and banned for five years, his most controversial play. The Misanthrope is his acknowledged masterpiece, and The Clever Women his last, and perhaps best-constructed, verse piece. In addition this collection includes a spirited attack on his enemies and a defense of his theater, in the form of two sparkling short plays, The School for Wives Criticized and The Impromptu at Versailles
The miser and other plays by Molière( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 364 libraries worldwide
Under the patronage of the Association Française d'Action Artistique, The Greek Theatre Association, James A. Doolittle, general diretor, presents the official visit of the Comédie Française in "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme," comedy-ballet in five acts by Molière with music by Lulli, Maurice Escande General Administrator
The Figaro trilogy by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 343 libraries worldwide
Who was Figaro? Not the impertinent valet of the operas of Mozart or Rossini, but both the spirit of resistance to oppression and a bourgeois individualist like his creator. The three plays in which he plots and schemes chronicle the slide of the ancien régime into revolution, but also chart the growth of Beaumarchais' humanitarianism. They are also exuberant theatrical entertainment, masterpieces of skill, invention and social satire which helped shape the direction of the French theatre for a hundred years. This lively new translation captures all the zest and energy of the most famous valet in French literature.--From publisher description
Queen Margot, or, Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 301 libraries worldwide
"Saint Bartholomew's Day 1572. Paris is awash with the blood of Huguenots slaughtered by order of Charles IX. Or perhaps of Catherine de Medicis, one of history's greatest monsters? Or the ambitious Duke de Guise? Or the Duke d'Anjou, soon to be the reluctant King of Poland? It takes an iron nerve and a cool head to survive. Young Henry of Navarre has both in abundance, but he has more: he has his Queen, the beautiful, cultured Margot who stakes all on love and remains defiant in defeat." -- cover
Jacques the fatalist and his master by Denis Diderot( Book )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 301 libraries worldwide
"Jacques the Fatalist is Diderot's answer to the problem of existence. If human beings are determined by their genes and their environment, how can they claim to be free to want or do anything? Where are Jacques and his Master going? Are they simply occupying space, living mechanically until they die, believing erroneously that they are in charge of their Destiny? Diderot intervenes to cheat our expectations of what fiction should be and do, and behaves like a provocative, ironic, and unfailingly entertaining master of revels which finally show why Fate is not to be equated with doom." "In the introduction to this new translation, David Coward explains the philosophical basis of Diderot's fascination with Fate and shows why Jacques the Fatalist pioneers techniques of action which, two centuries on, novelists still regard as experimental."--Jacket
Mademoiselle Fifi and other stories by Guy de Maupassant( Book )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 269 libraries worldwide
Louise de la Vallière by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 259 libraries worldwide
Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. It is early summer, 1661, and the royal court of France is in turmoil. Can it be true that the King is in love with the Duchess D'Orleans? Or has his eye been caught by the sweet and gentle Louise de la Valliere? No one is more anxious to know the answer than Raoul, son of Athos, who loves Louise more than life itself. Behind the scenes, dark intrigues are afoot. Louis XIV is intent on making himself absolute master of France. Imminent crisis shakes the now ageing Musketeers and d'Artagnan out of their complacent retirement, but is the cause just? This new edition of the classic English translation of 1857 is richly annotated and sets Dumas's invigorating tale in its historical and cultural context
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Coward, David 1938-
Coward, David Allen 1938-
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