Search Results: "Robert Alter"


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THE WORLD OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE by Robert Alter
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"Still, a good companion volume to Alter's more focused studies."
Alter's books on biblical narrative and poetics (ed., The Literary Guide to the Bible, 1987; The Art of Biblical Narrative, 1981) are bench-mark works in contemporary biblical lit-crit, and Alter has seen the field grow up around him into something fertile, even crowded. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2000

"A short, cogent exercise in literary criticism that provides some erudite free play with Scripture."
Alter (Hebrew and Comparative Lit/Berkeley) expands his ongoing study of the literature of the Hebrew Bible with an examination of the Old Testament's influence on three towering literary works. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2013

"A fine, useful resource for lay scholars, clergy and serious Bible readers."
A fresh translation of six historical books of the Hebrew Bible. Read full book review >

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THE SEASONS ALTER by Philip Kitcher
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"The result is a superbly rational, entirely futile exchange of ideas. 'Fruitful discussion' did little to resolve slavery or segregation, and it's largely absent from America's debate on global warming."
A philosophical exploration of climate change. Read full book review >

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ROBERT REDFORD by Michael Feeney Callan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2011

"A gripping, intimate treatment of one of cinema's last great iconic stars."
The life and times of the Sundance Kid. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Provides thorough coverage of a deserving subject."
Passionate biography of a Founding Father whose legacy exists in the shadow of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, but who played an equally vital role in the creation of the United States. Read full book review >

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ROBERT ALTMAN by Mitchell Zuckoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"An engrossing, comprehensive book that gives invaluable insight into the life and work of a truly original artist."
The expansive oral biography a great American director. Read full book review >

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ROBERT CREELEY by Ekbert Faas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Despite late-career reservations, the account of Creeley's first 40 years embraces the writer like a comfortable old jacket, and this biography feels a good fit. (Illustrations, not seen)"
The angriest bohemian, who nurtured so many avant-garde careers with his small magazines while pulling The Island and For Love out of his bag of tricks, gets unvarnished but admiring treatment here. Read full book review >

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Released: March 15, 1999

"A welcome volume. (chronology) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
From Kroll (Lewis and Clark, 1994, etc.), a handsomely illustrated biography that introduces a fascinating historical figure and will make readers yearn for more information. Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >