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New Essays On Seize The Day by Michael P. Kramer

Title New Essays on Seize the Day
Author Michael P. Kramer
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1998-12-28
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 129
ISBN 0521559022
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A collection of essays on Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day.

Saul Bellow by Mark Connelly

Title Saul Bellow
Author Mark Connelly
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2016-03-09
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 228
ISBN 9781476624853
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A three-time National Book Award for Fiction winner, Saul Bellow (1915–2005) is one of the most highly regarded American authors to emerge since World War II. His 60–year career produced 14 novels and novellas, two volumes of nonfiction, short story collections, plays and a book of collected letters. His 1953 breakthrough novel The Adventures of Augie March was followed by Seize the Day (1956), Herzog (1964) and Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1970). His Humboldt’s Gift won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 and contributed to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature that year. This literary companion provides more than 200 entries about his works, literary characters, events and persons in his life. Also included are an introduction and overview of Bellow’s life, statements made by him during interviews, suggestions for writing and further study and an extensive bibliography.

Title New Essays on The House of Mirth
Author Deborah Esch
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2001-01-15
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 162
ISBN 0521378338
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The House of Mirth captured the attention of a large portion of the reading public when it was published in a serial version for most of 1905 and then as a hardback in October of that year. Edith Wharton's story of Lily Bart topped the Am erican bestseller list for four months and sealed the author's reputation as one of the major English-language fiction writers of her generation. Each of the four articles collected in this New Essays volume makes distinctive new claims for the historical, critical, and theoretical significance of Wharton's seminal work.

Call It English by Hana Wirth-Nesher

Title Call It English
Author Hana Wirth-Nesher
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2009-02-14
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781400829538
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Call It English identifies the distinctive voice of Jewish American literature by recovering the multilingual Jewish culture that Jews brought to the United States in their creative encounter with English. In transnational readings of works from the late-nineteenth century to the present by both immigrant and postimmigrant generations, Hana Wirth-Nesher traces the evolution of Yiddish and Hebrew in modern Jewish American prose writing through dialect and accent, cross-cultural translations, and bilingual wordplay. Call It English tells a story of preoccupation with pronunciation, diction, translation, the figurality of Hebrew letters, and the linguistic dimension of home and exile in a culture constituted of sacred, secular, familial, and ancestral languages. Through readings of works by Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Henry Roth, Delmore Schwartz, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Aryeh Lev Stollman, and other writers, it demonstrates how inventive literary strategies are sites of loss and gain, evasion and invention. The first part of the book examines immigrant writing that enacts the drama of acquiring and relinquishing language in an America marked by language debates, local color writing, and nativism. The second part addresses multilingual writing by native-born authors in response to Jewish America's postwar social transformation and to the Holocaust. A profound and eloquently written exploration of bilingual aesthetics and cross-cultural translation, Call It English resounds also with pertinence to other minority and ethnic literatures in the United States.

Title A Political Companion to Saul Bellow
Author Gloria L. Cronin
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
Release Date 2013-07-02
Category History
Total Pages 296
ISBN 9780813141879
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Saul Bellow is one of the twentieth century's most influential, respected, and honored writers. His novels The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet won the National Book Award, and Humboldt's Gift was awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In addition, his plays garnered popular and critical acclaim, and some were produced on Broadway. Known for his insights into life in a post-Holocaust world, Bellow's explorations of modernity, Jewish identity, and the relationship between art and society have resonated with his readers, but because his writing is not overtly political, his politics have largely been ignored. A Political Companion to Saul Bellow examines the author's novels, essays, short stories, and letters in order to illuminate his evolution from liberal to neoconservative. It investigates Bellow's exploration of the United States as a democratic system, the religious and ideological influences on his work, and his views on race relations, religious identity, and multiculturalism in the academy. Featuring a fascinating conclusion that draws from interviews with Bellow's sons, this accessible companion is an excellent resource for understanding the political thought of one of America's most acclaimed writers.

The Holocaust Of Texts by Amy Hungerford

Title The Holocaust of Texts
Author Amy Hungerford
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2003-01-15
Category History
Total Pages 206
ISBN 9780226360768
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Examines the implications of conflating texts with people in a broad range of texts: Art Spiegelman's Maus, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Binjamin Wilkomirski's fake Holocaust memoir Fragments, and the fiction of Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and Don Delillo."--Jacket.

Title The Cambridge Companion to Saul Bellow
Author Victoria Aarons
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2016-11-28
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 254
ISBN 9781107108936
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book demonstrates the complexity of Bellow's work by emphasizing the ways in which it reflects the changing conditions of American identity.

Mindfulness In Good Lives by Mike W. Martin

Title Mindfulness in Good Lives
Author Mike W. Martin
Publisher Lexington Books
Release Date 2019-11-15
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 230
ISBN 9781498596374
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Mindfulness is celebrated everywhere—especially in health psychology and spiritual practices, but also in the arts, business, education, environmentalism, sports, and the use of digital devices. While the current mindfulness movement may be in part the latest fad in a narcissistic and therapeutic culture, it is also worthy of greater philosophical attention. As a study in ethics and moral psychology, Mindfulness in Good Lives remedies the neglect of this subject within philosophy. Mike W. Martin makes sense of the striking variety of concepts of mindfulness by connecting them to the core idea of value-based mindfulness: paying attention to what matters, in light of relevant values. When the values are sound, mindfulness is a virtue that helps implement the kaleidoscope of values in good lives. Health psychologists, who currently dominate the study of mindfulness, often present their research as value-neutral science. Yet they invariably presuppose moral values that should be made transparent. These values, which lie at the interface of morality and mental health, form bridges between philosophy and psychology, and between literature and spirituality.

Title Research Guide to American Literature
Author John Cusatis
Publisher Infobase Publishing
Release Date 2010
Category American literature
Total Pages 273
ISBN 9781438134055
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Covers American literature during the postwar period.

Title Saul Bellow Against the Grain
Author Ellen Pifer
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date 1991-06
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 222
ISBN 0812213696
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pifer contends that Bellow's fiction is fundamentally radical. Going against the grain of contemporary culture and its secular pieties, he undermines accepted notions of reality and challenges the "orthodoxies" created by materialist values and rationalist thought. Charged by his belief in the soul, his 10 novels test the assumptions of traditional realism. Pifer stresses the importance to Bellow of the invisible world, the longing for revelation, and the capacity to love and to suffer. She also shows how Bellow's hero is a man torn between his modern predilection for secular rationalism and a primordial attachment to the soul, and how he is led to demolish reigning idols of contemporary thought and culture. ISBN 0-8122-8203-5: $29.95.

Insider Outsider by David Biale

Title Insider Outsider
Author David Biale
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date 1998-03-25
Category Religion
Total Pages 280
ISBN 0520211227
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Invaluable reading for anyone interested in multiculturalism."—Julius Lester, author of Lovesong "I know of no other work that, through numerous insights and useful distinctions, so alerts us to and comprehensively documents the ongoing constitutive role of Christian and anti-semitic perceptions of Jewish existence and the interactions between them. Whereas much contemporary historiography has become so specialized that historians have surrendered the larger picture, Biale's panoramic perspective reveals the great value and interest of this work."—Steven E. Aschheim, author of Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad

Title The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction
Author S. Halldorson
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2007-12-09
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 223
ISBN 9780230609785
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago. The novels of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo serve as an anchor to the theory as it challenges our notions of what is heroic about nymphomaniacs, Holocaust survivors, spurious academics, cult followers, terrorists, celebrities, photographers and writers of novels who all attempt to claim the right to be "hero."

Real Phonies by Abigail Cheever

Title Real Phonies
Author Abigail Cheever
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Release Date 2010-01-25
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 324
ISBN 9780820336015
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The epithet "phony" was omnipresent during the postwar period in the United States. It was an easy appellation for individuals who appeared cynically to conform to codes of behavior for social approbation or advancement. Yet Holly Golightly "isn't a phony because she's a real phony," says her agent in Breakfast at Tiffany's. In exploring this remark, Abigail Cheever examines the ways in which social influence was thought to deform individuals in midcentury American culture. How could a person both be and not be herself at the same time? The answer lies in the period's complicated attitude toward social influence. If being real means that one's performative self is in line with one's authentic self, to be a real phony is to lack an authentic self as a point of reference--to lack a self that is independent of the social world. According to Cheever, Holly Golightly "is like a phony in that her beliefs are perfectly in accordance with social norms, but she is real insofar as those beliefs are all she has." Real Phonies examines the twinned phenomena of phoniness and authenticity across the second half of the twentieth century--beginning with adolescents in the 1950s, like Holly Golightly and Holden Caulfield, and ending with mid-career professionals in the 1990s, like sports agent Jerry Maguire. Countering the critical assumption that, with the emergence of postmodernity, the ideal of "authentic self" disappeared, Cheever argues that concern with the authenticity of persons proliferated throughout the past half-century despite a significant ambiguity over what that self might look like. Cheever's analysis is structured around five key kinds of characters: adolescents, the insane, serial killers, and the figures of the assimilated Jew and the "company man." In particular, she finds a preoccupation in these works not so much with faked conformity but with the frightening notion of real uniformity--the notion that Holly, and others like her, could each genuinely be the same as everyone else.

The 20th Century A Gi by Frank N. Magill

Title The 20th Century A GI
Author Frank N. Magill
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-05-13
Category History
Total Pages 1422
ISBN 9781136593345
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Each volume of the Dictionary of World Biography contains 250 entries on the lives of the individuals who shaped their times and left their mark on world history. This is not a who's who. Instead, each entry provides an in-depth essay on the life and career of the individual concerned. Essays commence with a quick reference section that provides basic facts on the individual's life and achievements. The extended biography places the life and works of the individual within an historical context, and the summary at the end of each essay provides a synopsis of the individual's place in history. All entries conclude with a fully annotated bibliography.

Title Religion and American Literature Since 1950
Author Mark Eaton
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2020-04-16
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781350123779
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

From Flannery O'Connor and James Baldwin to the post-9/11 writings of Don DeLillo, imaginative writers have often been the most insightful chroniclers of the USA's changing religious life since the end of World War II. Exploring a wide range of writers from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and secular faiths, this book is an in-depth study of contemporary fiction's engagement with religious belief, identity and practice. Through readings of major writers of our time like Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Philip Roth, Marilynne Robinson and John Updike, Mark Eaton discovers a more nuanced picture of the varieties of American religious experience: that they are more commonplace than cultural ideas of progressive secularisation or faith-based polarization might suggest.

Overweight Sensation by Mark Cohen

Title Overweight Sensation
Author Mark Cohen
Publisher UPNE
Release Date 2013
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 353
ISBN 9781611682564
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Examines the comedian's life, discussing his rapid fame and decline into obscurity.

Seize The Day by Saul Bellow

Title Seize the Day
Author Saul Bellow
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1969
Category
Total Pages 118
ISBN OCLC:1252121085
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Life Of Saul Bellow by Zachary Leader

Title The Life of Saul Bellow
Author Zachary Leader
Publisher Knopf
Release Date 2015
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 812
ISBN 9780307268839
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A portrait of the decorated American writer draws on unprecedented access to his papers and extensive interviews to trace his literary development, rise to eminence and roles as an artist, family man and cultural figure. By the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of The Life of Kingsley Amis.

Title New Essays on the African American Novel
Author L. King
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2016-04-30
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 281
ISBN 9780230612754
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This collection contributes to scholarly discussions about the African American novel as a literary form. Essays respond to the general question, what has been the impact of the African American vernacular tradition from the spirituals, blues, gospel and jazz to hip hop on the structure and style of the modern African American novel?

Title The Turn Around Religion in America
Author Michael P. Kramer
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2016-02-24
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 488
ISBN 9781317012948
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Playing on the frequently used metaphors of the 'turn toward' or 'turn back' in scholarship on religion, The Turn Around Religion in America offers a model of religion that moves in a reciprocal relationship between these two poles. In particular, this volume dedicates itself to a reading of religion and of religious meaning that cannot be reduced to history or ideology on the one hand or to truth or spirit on the other, but is rather the product of the constant play between the historical particulars that manifest beliefs and the beliefs that take shape through them. Taking as their point of departure the foundational scholarship of Sacvan Bercovitch, the contributors locate the universal in the ongoing and particularized attempts of American authors from the seventeenth century forward to get it - whatever that 'it' might be - right. Examining authors as diverse as Pietro di Donato, Herman Melville, Miguel Algarin, Edward Taylor, Mark Twain, Robert Keayne, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Paule Marshall, Stephen Crane, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Joseph B. Soloveitchik, among many others-and a host of genres, from novels and poetry to sermons, philosophy, history, journalism, photography, theater, and cinema-the essays call for a discussion of religion's powers that does not seek to explain them as much as put them into conversation with each other. Central to this project is Bercovitch's emphasis on the rhetoric, ritual, typology, and symbology of religion and his recognition that with each aesthetic enactment of religion's power, we learn something new.