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The Resource Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings, ed. by James Barbour and Tom Quirk

Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings, ed. by James Barbour and Tom Quirk

Label
Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings
Title
Biographies of books
Title remainder
the compositional histories of notable American writings
Statement of responsibility
ed. by James Barbour and Tom Quirk
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The story behind the composition and publication of a literary work is often almost as interesting as the work itself. The essays gathered here under the skillful editorship of James Barbour and Tom Quirk present the fascinating "biographies" of ten well-known works by some of the most inventive and important authors in American literature. From Mark Twain to Ken Kesey, Edith Wharton to Eudora Welty, these writers helped shape the American literary imagination. The workings of their individual imaginations as affected by time and circumstance are the subject of this volume. These critical investigations by distinguished contributors touch upon the authors' lives and loves, their unique methods of writing, and their ambivalent, sometimes stormy, relationships with agents, publishers, and artistic forebears. Unlike critical approaches that treat literary works as linguistic artifacts, these essays seek to recreate a sense of literature as a unique product of the human imagination
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
810.9
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS25
LC item number
.B58 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1933-
  • 1946-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Barbour, James
  • Quirk, Tom
  • University of Missouri Press
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Literary form
Label
Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings, ed. by James Barbour and Tom Quirk
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "There was something mystic about it" : the composition of Sister Carrie by Dreiser et al
  • Richard W. Dowell
  • Building The House of Mirth
  • Candance Waid
  • "A truly American book" : pressing The Grapes of Wrath
  • Robert DeMott
  • Making of Delta Wedding, or doing "something Diarmuid thought I could do"
  • Albert J. Devlin
  • Early composition history of Catch-22
  • James Nagel
  • Composition of Nature : writing and the self in the launching of a career
  • Western American context of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Stephen L. Tanner
  • Albert Von Frank
  • "Well my book is written--let it go. . ." : the making of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Howard G. Baetzhold
  • Unsmiling aspects of life : A Hazard of New Fortunes
  • John W. Crowley
  • "Quite the best, "All Round", of all my productions" : the multiple versions of the Jamesian Germ for The Ambassadors
  • Richard A. Hocks
Control code
33161530
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
334 pages
Isbn
9780826210449
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95040987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1711169
Label
Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings, ed. by James Barbour and Tom Quirk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "There was something mystic about it" : the composition of Sister Carrie by Dreiser et al
  • Richard W. Dowell
  • Building The House of Mirth
  • Candance Waid
  • "A truly American book" : pressing The Grapes of Wrath
  • Robert DeMott
  • Making of Delta Wedding, or doing "something Diarmuid thought I could do"
  • Albert J. Devlin
  • Early composition history of Catch-22
  • James Nagel
  • Composition of Nature : writing and the self in the launching of a career
  • Western American context of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Stephen L. Tanner
  • Albert Von Frank
  • "Well my book is written--let it go. . ." : the making of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Howard G. Baetzhold
  • Unsmiling aspects of life : A Hazard of New Fortunes
  • John W. Crowley
  • "Quite the best, "All Round", of all my productions" : the multiple versions of the Jamesian Germ for The Ambassadors
  • Richard A. Hocks
Control code
33161530
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
334 pages
Isbn
9780826210449
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95040987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1711169

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