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General Information

Name:  Richard David Ellmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1918 in Highland Park, Michigan

Died: 1987

-- Richard David Ellmann on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ellman was a profesor of English at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, from 1951 to 1963 and was the Frederick Ives Carpenter Visiting Professor, at the University of Chicago, in 1959, 1967, and 1975-77

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Ellman was a literary critic and biographer of the Irish writers James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. He won the U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction for James Joyce which is one of the most acclaimed literary biographies of the 20th century.

Many of his collected papers, artifacts, and ephemera were acquired by the University of Tulsa's McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Other manuscripts are housed in the Northwestern University's Library special collections department.

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Titles At Your Library

The Identity of Yeats
ISBN: 0195007123

Oxford University Press. 1964

This classic study of Yeats' verse examines the poet's development of theme, symbol, style, and pattern. Through his knowledge of Yeats' life as well as his published and unpublished work, Ellmann recreates Yeats' ways of thinking, seeing, and writing and clarifies his difficult poems.

James Joyce (Oxford Lives)
ISBN: 0195033817

Oxford University Press. 1983

Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

Ulysses on the Liffey
ISBN: 0195016637

Oxford University Press. 1986

An interpretation of Joyce's masterpiece which illuminates its philosophical and literary significance

Oscar Wilde
ISBN: 0394759842

Vintage. 1988

Winner of both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Oscar Wilde is the definitive biography of the tortured poet and playwright and the last book by renowned biographer and literary critic Richard Ellmann. Ellmann dedicated two decades to the research and writing of this biography, resulting in a complex and richly detailed portrait of Oscar Wilde. Ellman captures the wit, creativity, and charm of the psychologically and sexually complicated writer, as well as the darker aspects of his personality and life. Covering everything from Wilde's rise as a young literary talent to his eventual imprisonment and death in exile with exquisite detail, Ellmann's fascinating account of Wilde's life and work is a resounding triumph.

Four Dubliners
ISBN: 0807612081

George Braziller. 1988

Examines the lives and careers of four distinguished Irish authors and analyzes the connections among them

Yeats: The Man and the Masks
ISBN: 0393008592

W. W. Norton & Company. 2000

The definitive biography of William Butler Yeats

The most influential poet of his age, Yeats eluded the grasp of many who sought to explain him. In this classic critical examination of the poet, Richard Ellmann strips away the masks of his subject: occultist, senator of the Irish Free State, libidinous old man, and Nobel Prize winner.