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Harold Brodkey

Born: October 25, 1930 in Staunton, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Brodkey was born in Staunton, Illinois.

Biography: Brodkey was an American author. He was a staff writer for ''The New Yorker''.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Harold Brodkey on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

First love and other sorrows :
ISBN: 0805060103 OCLC: 38976283

H. Holt and Co., New York : 1998.

In First Love and Other Sorrows, the young Brodkey chronicles the world of the educated and affluent middle class of the 1950s, at leisure and in love. He establishes themes that would appear throughout his career: the painful uncertainties of childhood and the halting intimacies of social life. This edition includes three never-before-collected stories, to complete an anthology of rare tenderness, humor, and haunting insight.

First love and other sorrows :
ISBN: 9781480427976 OCLC: 853623450

Open Road Media, New York : 2013.

In the vein of John Cheever and J.D. Salinger, this powerful collection of short stories chronicles the loss of innocence, the harsh cruelty of social distinctions, and the anguish of young love First Love and Other Sorrows is the hauntingly beautiful debut collection of short stories from American master Harold Brodkey. Written when the author was in his twenties, these strong, affecting tales recall the intoxicating joy of young, springtime love, while lamenting the betrayal of dreams and false ideals in the glaring light of reality. Set in the Midwest during the 1950s, First Love and Other Sorrows centers around a Jewish family that has recently lost its patriarch & mdash;and with him the world of privilege. Through the eyes of a son, a sister, and a mother & mdash;each one struggling to find a foothold in both family and society & mdash;these stories explore class prejudice, obsessive love, and the tragic foibles and emotional truths of being human. First Love and Other Sorrows is masterful fiction from an extraordinary literary artist.

Liebeserklärungen und andere letzte Worte :
ISBN: 3498006029 OCLC: 76272307

Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg : 2001.

My Venice /
ISBN: 0805048332 OCLC: 37373608

Metropolitan Books, H. Holt, New York : ©1998.

"Harold Brodkey first visited Venice in 1960, and his love of the city - its churches and vaporetti, its capacity to bewilder and seduce - brought him back time and again to the shores of the Adriatic in search of fresh inspiration. Brodkey's Venice is a city marked by powerful contrasts: solemn, fatalistic religiosity alongside exuberant mercantile optimism; pride beside humility; the sacred next to the profane. Illustrated with photographs by the renowned Italian photographer Giuseppe Bruno, My Venice combines passages from several of Brodkey's greatest works with previously unpublished notes and essays."--BOOK JACKET.

Profane friendship.
ISBN: 0374529736 OCLC: 947034201

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [Place of publication not identified] : 2004.

ISBN: 0374538867 OCLC: 1081387118

FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX, [S.l.] : 2019.

Sea battles on dry land :
ISBN: 0805060529 OCLC: 40074016

Metropolitan Books, New York : 1999.

"Sea Battles on Dry Land gathers the best of Harold Brodkey's essays into a single volume. His "One of the Rules of Foppishness" explains, with deadpan precision, just what men and women are trying to communicate to each other by the way they dress. The previously unpublished "Notes on American Fascism" eerily anticipates the violence of latter-day militia groups. And Brodkey's profile of Frank O'Hara's Harvard years stands as one of the most eloquent portraits of a legendary American writer."--Jacket.

Stories in an almost classical mode
ISBN: 9780307766779 OCLC: 679997306

Vintage Books, New York : 1989.

Stories in an almost classical mode /
ISBN: 0679724311 OCLC: 19920578

Vintage Books, New York : 1989.

The runaway soul /
ISBN: 0374252866 OCLC: 24575757

  The world is the home of love and death :
ISBN: 0805059997 OCLC: 876617516

Metropolitan Books, New York : [1998], ©1997.

  The world is the home of love and death.
ISBN: 9780007401796 OCLC: 891751214

This wild darkness :
ISBN: 0805048316 OCLC: 34557220

H. Holt, New York : 1996.

One day in the spring of 1993, author Harold Brodkey checked into a Manhattan emergency room unable to move and scarcely able to breathe. When he was later diagnosed with the AIDS virus, Brodkey greeted the devastating--and completely unexpected--news with an odd lightheartedness, a perverse fascination with his passage from the ranks of the living to the fraternity of the dying. As a novelist, he refused the fate that had been assigned to him: his acute editorial sensibility told him that he had been badly miscast as a condemned man. In This Wild Darkness, Brodkey, who died on January 26, 1996, examines his predicament with the same irony and lucidity he brought to his acclaimed fiction. Part journal, part memoir, part essay, this book offers a frank and profound exploration of Brodkey's sexuality, his relationships, and the slow, withering advance of his disease. A stirring self-portrait from one of our greatest men of letters, This Wild Darkness lends a fresh and heroic perspective to the subject of AIDS, death, and love.

This wild darkness :
ISBN: 9780007401741 OCLC: 875631557

Women and angels /
ISBN: 0827602502 OCLC: 11397804

Jewish Publication Society of America, Philadelphia : 1985.

Series: The Author's Workshop.

Women and Angels.
ISBN: 9781480428003 OCLC: 968072393

Open Road Media 2013.

From Harold Brodkey come three remarkable stories about the brief lives of two women and the troubling appearance of an angel above Harvard University Considered by many to be among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, Harold Brodkey created fiction that startled, provoked, and often confounded. These three novellas, told through the recollections of fictional alter ego, Wiley Silenowicz, serve as sterling examples of Brodkey's magnificent talent. In?Ceil,? Wiley imagines the mother he never knew, brilliantly reinventing the woman who died when he was a child of two, creating a parent both idealized and painfully real. In?Lila,? Wiley remembers his adoptive mother, an unloving and unlovable, self-involved woman, whose early death from cancer left a permanent void in his family. And in?Angel,?the book's remarkable closing piece, Wiley recalls a heavenly visitation that came to him and many others while studying at Harvard University, and which heralded a truth most difficult to bear. For lovers of literature who have yet to experience Brodkey's unique style, soaring language, and conceptual brilliance, Women and Angels is a marvelous introduction to an American master.