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Sims, Michael 1958-

Overview
Works: 89 works in 263 publications in 2 languages and 10,066 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Fiction  Short stories  Detective and mystery fiction  Folklore  History  Trivia and miscellanea  Observations  Horror fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Instrumentalist, Compiler, Author of introduction, win
Classifications: PS3545.H5187, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Michael Sims
 
Most widely held works by Michael Sims
The story of Charlotte's web : E.B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic by Michael Sims( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he was composing what was to become his most enduring and popular book, E.B. White was obeying that oft repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats, White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours. Painfully shy his entire life, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." It is all the more impressive, therefore, how many people have felt a kinship with E.B. White. With Charlotte's Web, which has gone on to sell more than 45 million copies, the man William Shawn called "the most companionable of writers" lodged his own character, the avuncular author, into the hearts of generations of readers. In this book the author shows how White solved what critic Clifton Fadiman once called "the standing problem of the juvenile fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole" by mining the raw ore of his childhood friendship with animals in Mount Vernon, New York, translating his own passions and contradictions, delights and fears, into an all time classic. Blending White's correspondence with the likes of Ursula Nordstrom, James Thurber, and Harold Ross, the E.B. White papers at Cornell, and the archives of HarperCollins and the New Yorker into his own narrative, the author brings to life the shy boy whose animal stories, real and imaginary, made him famous around the world
Arthur and Sherlock : Conan Doyle and the creation of Holmes by Michael Sims( Book )

15 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle studied in Edinburgh under the vigilant eye of a diagnostic genius, Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle often observed Bell identifying a patient's occupation, hometown, and ailments from the smallest details of dress, gait, and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would feed his literary dreams and help him develop the most iconic detective in fiction. Michael Sims traces the circuitous development of Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, from his early days in Edinburgh surrounded by poverty and violence, through his escape to University (where he gained terrifying firsthand knowledge of poisons), leading to his own medical practice in 1882. Five hardworking years later -- after Doyle's only modest success in both medicine and literature -- Sherlock Holmes emerged in A Study in Scarlet. Sims deftly shows Holmes to be a product of Doyle's varied adventures in his personal and professional life, as well as built out of the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Émile Gaboriau, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens -- not just a skillful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of Doyle's esteemed teacher. Filled with details that will surprise even the most knowledgeable Sherlockian, Arthur and Sherlock is a literary genesis story for detective fans everywhere."--
Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human form by Michael Sims( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An informed survey, Adam's Navel is a unique brew of science, history, and storytelling that illuminates our perception, exploitation, and celebration of the human body. Moving from head to toe in twelve chapters, Michael Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative. "No part of the body lacks a story," writes Sims, who analyzes and demystifies the visible parts of the body that make up the whole-our animal form that is also a screen onto which we project our fears and obsessions. He tells of dreadlocks and Achilles' heel, of fingerprints and penis size. He discusses the history of breastfeeding, the allure of navel rings, ancient rules for shaking hands, why nature builds men and women on a female body plan, and how the evolution of our two-legged stance affects childbirth and back pain. Drawing on evolution and the mechanics of human anatomy, along with Shakespeare, mythology, film, and popular culture, Sims creates a marvelous new lens through which to view this body that we inhabit almost unconsciously. Adam's Navel is a field guide to the landscape of ourselves
The adventures of Henry Thoreau : a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond by Michael Sims( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this profile, Michael Sims reveals how the bookish, quirky young man who kept quitting jobs evolved into an inspiration for environmentalism and nonviolent activism. Working from nineteenth-century letters and diaries by Thoreau's family, friends, and students, Sims charts Henry's course from his time at Harvard through the years he spent living in a cabin beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Sims uncovers a previously hidden Thoreau -- the rowdy boy reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, the sarcastic college iconoclast, the devoted son who kept imitating his beloved older brother's choices in life. Thoreau was deeply influenced by his parents -- his father owned a pencil factory in Concord, his mother was an abolitionist and social activist -- and by Ralph Waldo Emerson, his frequent mentor. Sims relates intimate, telling moments in Thoreau's daily life -- in Emerson's library; teaching his neighbor and friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, to row a boat; exploring the natural world and Native American culture; tutoring Emerson's nephew on Staten Island and walking the streets of New York in the hope of launching a writing career. Returned from New York, Thoreau approached Emerson to ask if he could build a cabin on his mentor's land on the shores of Walden Pond, anticipating the isolation would galvanize his thoughts and actions. While at the cabin, he wrote his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, and refined the journal entries that formed the core of Walden. Resisting what he felt were unfair taxes, he spent the night in jail that led to his celebrated essay "Civil Disobedience," which would inspire the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Chronicling Thoreau's youthful transformation, Sims reveals how this decade would resonate over the rest of his life
Apollo's fire : a day on Earth in nature and imagination by Michael Sims( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lighthearted tour of the developmental synergies of life throughout the course of a single day touches on a broad variety of cultural and natural topics, from the color of the sky and the course of the sun to the iconography of prehistoric Egyptian sculpture
Dracula's guest : a connoisseur's collection of Victorian vampire stories by Michael Sims( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treasury of Victorian-era vampire stories includes Edgar Allan Poe's "The Oval Portrait" and Guy de Maupassant's "The Horla," in an anthology complemented by Transylvanian superstitions
The dead witness : a connoisseur's collection of Victorian detective stories by Michael Sims( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A scintillating new collection of the best Victorian detective stories, as suspenseful and entertaining as anything written today."--Page 4 of cover
The Penguin book of Gaslight crime : con artists, burglars, rogues, and scoundrels from the time of Sherlock Holmes by Michael Sims( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the legendary thieves are present laughing all the way to the bank
Frankenstein dreams : a connoisseur's collection of Victorian science fiction by Michael Sims( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long before 1984, Star Wars, or The Hunger Games, Victorian authors imagined a future where new science and technologies reshaped the world and universe they knew. The great themes of modern science fiction showed up surprisingly early: space and time travel, dystopian societies, even dangerously independent machines, all inspiring the speculative fiction of the Victorian era. In Frankenstein Dreams, Michael Sims has gathered many of the very finest stories, some by classic writers such as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells, but many that will surprise general readers. Dark visions of the human psyche emerge in Thomas Wentworth Higginson's "The Monarch of Dreams," while Mary E. Wilkins Freeman provides a glimpse of "the fifth dimension" in her provocative tale "The Hall Bedroom." With contributions by Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Fuller, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others, each introduced by Michael Sims, whose elegant introduction provides valuable literary and historical context, Frankenstein Dreams is a treasure trove of stories known and rediscovered.--Provided by Publisher
The phantom coach : a connoisseur's collection of Victorian ghost stories( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the editor of The Dead Witness and Dracula's Guest, Michael Sims, expert on all things Victorian, presents a collection of stories about humanity's oldest supernatural obsession: ghosts. The Phantom Coach, gathers memorable ghost tales from the Victorian era by a surprising, often-legendary cast, from Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton to Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and Arthur Conan Doyle. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills"--
Darwin's orchestra : an almanac of nature in history and the arts by Michael Sims( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A day-by-day journal of 366 essays that begin with the appearance of The Far Side on New Year's Day, 1980, continue through an Ides of March entry from 44 B.C., to the 9 September 1737 showing of "the surprising fish of maremaid," to the end of Calvin and Hobbes on December 31, 1995
In the womb : animals by Michael Sims( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows and explains the prenatal development of dogs, dolphins, kanagroos, and elephants
American & Canadian doctoral dissertations & master's theses on Africa, 1886-1974 by Michael Sims( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Penguin book of Victorian women in crime : forgotten cops and private eyes from the time of Sherlock Holmes by Michael Sims( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is the late Victorian era and society is both entranced by and fearful of that suspicious character known as the New Woman. She rides new fangled bicycles and doesn't like to be told what to do. And, in crime fiction, female detectives such as Loveday Brooke and Dorcas Dene are out there shadowing suspects, crawling through secret passages, fingerprinting corpses, and sometimes committing a lesser crime in order to solve a murder. Michael Sims, editor of The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime, has brought together some of the era's great crime-fighting females in a classic collection of suspense and charm
Arsène Lupin, gentleman-thief by Maurice Leblanc( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The poor and innocent have nothing to fear from him; often they profit from his spontaneous generosity. The rich and powerful, and the detective who tries to spoil his fun, however, must beware. They are the target of Lupin's mischief and tomfoolery. A masterful thief turned detective, his plans frequently evolve into elaborate plots. These stories - the best of the Lupin series - are outrageous, melodramatic, and literate, and they sparkle with amusing banter."--book jacket
The annotated Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems which first appeared in Don Marquis' newspaper column that recount the escapades of Archy and his friend Mehitabel
United States doctoral dissertations in Third World studies, 1869-1978 by Michael Sims( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

International directory of scholars and specialists in African studies by James Duffy( Book )

6 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Charlotte's Web : E.B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic by Michael Sims( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author describes the life of famed writer, E.B. White--the shy boy whose animal stories, real and imaginery, made him famous around the world
Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human form by Michael Sims( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An informed survey, Adam's Navel is a unique brew of science, history, and storytelling that illuminates our perception, exploitation, and celebration of the human body. Moving from head to toe in twelve chapters, Michael Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative. "No part of the body lacks a story," writes Sims, who analyzes and demystifies the visible parts of the body that make up the whole-our animal form that is also a screen onto which we project our fears and obsessions. He tells of dreadlocks and Achilles' heel, of fingerprints and penis size. He discusses the history of breastfeeding, the allure of navel rings, ancient rules for shaking hands, why nature builds men and women on a female body plan, and how the evolution of our two-legged stance affects childbirth and back pain. Drawing on evolution and the mechanics of human anatomy, along with Shakespeare, mythology, film, and popular culture, Sims creates a marvelous new lens through which to view this body that we inhabit almost unconsciously. Adam's Navel is a field guide to the landscape of ourselves
 
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The story of Charlotte's web : E.B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic
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Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human formApollo's fire : a day on Earth in nature and imaginationDracula's guest : a connoisseur's collection of Victorian vampire storiesThe Penguin book of Gaslight crime : con artists, burglars, rogues, and scoundrels from the time of Sherlock HolmesDarwin's orchestra : an almanac of nature in history and the artsIn the womb : animalsThe Penguin book of Victorian women in crime : forgotten cops and private eyes from the time of Sherlock HolmesArsène Lupin, gentleman-thief
Alternative Names
Michael Sims académico estadounidense

Michael Sims American academic

Michael Sims escritor estauxunidense

Майкл Симс

ميخائيل سيمز

심스, 마이클 1958-

Languages
English (163)

Chinese (1)