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Coward, David

Works: 91 works in 333 publications in 2 languages and 17,050 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Portraits  Suspense fiction  Biographical fiction  Experimental fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Editor, tra
Classifications: PQ2228, 843.7
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Publications by David Coward
Most widely held works by David Coward
A history of French literature : from chanson de geste to cinema by David Coward( Book )
23 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 975 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 man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 879 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 Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 773 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( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 656 libraries worldwide
Two decades have passed since the musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. 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, and in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. The quartet of musketeers come 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 three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
9 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 656 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
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 484 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 black tulip by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 420 libraries worldwide
In The Black Tulip (1850), the shortest of Dumas' novels, the hero is no Musketeer, but a flower. The story is set in Holland in 1672, and weaves the historical events surrounding the brutal murder of John de Witte and his brother Cornelius into a tale of romantic love. The novel is also a timeless political allegory in which Dumas creates a symbol of justice and tolerance: the fateful tulipa negra
The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 405 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
A night of serious drinking by René Daumal( Book )
3 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 401 libraries worldwide
"A Night of Serious Drinking is among Rene Daumal's most important literary works. Like his Mount Analogue, it is a work of symbolic fiction that can be enjoyed purely as an entertaining and imaginative story, but also for the much deeper meaning embedded in its deceptively simple plot: An unnamed narrator spends an evening getting drunk with a group of friends. As the party becomes intoxicated and more and more exuberant, the narrator embarks on a journey ranging from seeming paradises to the depths of pure hell. The fantastic world depicted in A Night of Serious Drinking is actually the ordinary world tumed upside down. The characters are called the Anthographers, Fabricators of Useless Objects, Scienters, Nibblists, Ciarificators, and other absurd titles. Yet the inhabitants of these strange realms are only too familiar; scientists dissecting an animal in their laboratory a wise man surrounded by his devotees, politicians and poets expounding their rhetoric. These characters perform hllarious antics and intellectual games, which they see as serious attempts to find meaning and freedom." "Daumal's keen perceptions about the human condition infuse A Night of Serious Drinking with a critique of culture and consciousness that is both disquieting and enlivening Book jacket."--Jacket
A day in the country and other stories by Guy de Maupassant( Book )
12 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 386 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 362 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 misfortunes of virtue, and other early tales by Sade( Book )
12 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 351 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 foulest in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no morality, no human affection, and no hope. Power is given to the strong, and the strong are murderers, torturers, and tyrants. No quarter is given; compassion is the virtue of the weak. Yet Sade was a man of savage intelligence who carried the philosophy of the French Enlightenment to its logical extreme. His writings effectively release the individual from all social and moral constraint: for ma
The miser and other plays by Molière( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 350 libraries worldwide
Sparkling shrewd commentaries on human life, these plays are sources of delight that we still find arresting and pertinent today
The Figaro trilogy by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 349 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
Jacques the fatalist and his master by Denis Diderot( Book )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 302 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
La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 289 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
The Marquis de Sade, the crimes of love : heroic and tragic tales ; preceded by an Essay on novels : a selection by Sade( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 284 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
Mademoiselle Fifi and other stories by Guy de Maupassant( Book )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 264 libraries worldwide
The lady of the camellias by Alexandre Dumas( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and French and held by 133 libraries worldwide
The most beautiful and sought-after courtesan in all of Paris, Marguerite Guatier's life is filled with expensive parties and rich, powerful men. Then she meets Armand Duval, young, handsome, headstrong--middle class. The two fall hopelessly in love. Armand's modest means cannot support Marguerite, however, and his family suffers, forcing the lovers to choose between the reputation of the Duval family or a scorned life together. Before their passionate affair is over, one love must give up everything
Les liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos( Book )
7 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte
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Coward, David 1938-
Coward, David Allen 1938-
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