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Richard David Ellmann

Born: 1918 in Highland Park, Michigan
Died: 1987

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Richard David Ellmann on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A companion to James Joyce
ISBN: 9781405110440 OCLC: 123137096

Blackwell Pub., Malden, MA ; 2008.

  Four Dubliners :
ISBN: 0241121094 OCLC: 48246576

Hamish Hamilton, London : 1987.

Four Dubliners :
ISBN: 0807612081 OCLC: 19509268

G. Braziller, New York : 1988, ©1986.

James Joyce /
ISBN: 0195033817 OCLC: 8114346

Oxford University Press, New York : 1982.

Upon its publication in 1959, this book was recognized as the definitive study of Joyce's life. In honor of the James Joyce Centenary in 1982, the author published a new edition, thoroughly revised and expanded. Ellmann's original research led him from Dublin to Joyce's haunts in Europe. In the process he discovered many people who served as partial models for Joyce's characters, networks of association in which they were placed, and he shows how Joyce converted this raw material into brilliant works of fiction. Ellmann gives a fascinating account of the literary milieu in which Joyce worked, and discusses his relationship with Yeats, Shaw, Eliot, Hemingway, Proust, Pound, Larbaud, and Fitzgerald. His dramatic portrait of Joyce as son, lover, husband. father, and artist provides the key to understanding Joyce's revolutionary writings. This new edition, for a new generation, Ellmann feels "may help to assuage some of the curiosity that still persists about this bizarre and wonderful creature who turned literature and language on its end."--Publisher description.

Oscar Wilde
ISBN: 0736641998 OCLC: 40313650

Books on Tape, Newport Beach, CA : ℗1998.

Almost twenty years in the making, this book is the definitive life of its Oscar Wilde. He was a genius who had a profound capacity to delight, entertain and please, as well as an arrogance that crippled his judgment and that in the end brought him down.

Oscar Wilde /
ISBN: 0394759842 OCLC: 16089096

Knopf : New York : 1988, ©1987.

In this long-awaited biography, Wilde the legendary Victorian--brilliant writer and conversationalist, reckless flouter of social and sexual conventions--is brought to life. More astute and forbearing, yet more fallible than legend has allowed, Wilde is given here the dimensions of a modern hero. The author depicts Wilde's comet-like ascent on the Victorian scene and his equally dramatic sudden eclipse. He presents Wilde's Irish background, the actresses to whom he paid court, his unfortunate wife and lovers, his clothes, coiffures, and the decor of his rooms. The saga of his 1882 American tour is recounted with a wealth of new details; also his later impact on the bastions of the French literary establishment. The London of the Nineties, of Whistler and the Pre-Raphaelites, Lillie Langtry and the Prince of Wales, is evoked alongside Paris of the "belle époque" and the Greece, Italy and North Africa of Wilde's travels. This critical account of Wilde's entire oeuvre shows him as the proponent of a radical new aesthetic who was perilously at odds with Victorian society. After his period of success and daring, the fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas is followed by exposure, imprisonment, a few wretched years abroad and death in exile. The tragic end of Wilde's life leaves the reader with a sense of compassion and grief for the protagonist.

  The identity of Yeats
ISBN: 0571061176 OCLC: 219922108

Faber, London : ©1964.

  Ulysses on the Liffey
ISBN: 0571133096 OCLC: 12470604

Faber, London : 1984.

Ulysses on the Liffey.
ISBN: 0195016637 OCLC: 697779921

Oxford University Press New York : Dec. 1986.


  Yeats :
ISBN: 0192812599 OCLC: 5249261

Oxford University Press, Oxford : 1979.

Yeats :
ISBN: 0393008592 OCLC: 3706690

A critical biography of the great Irish poet traces his intellectual growth and relates his mystical concerns and involvement in public affairs to his poetry.