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Product Description: The largest English-language collection to date from Israel’s finest poetFew poets have demonstrated as persuasively as Yehuda Amichai why poetry matters. One of the major poets of the twentieth century, Amichai created remarkably accessible poems, vivid in their evocation of the Israeli landscape and historical predicament, yet universally resonant...read more
By Robert Alter (editor)

Hardcover:

9780374235253 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, November 3, 2015, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: The largest English-language collection to date from Israel’s finest poetFew poets have demonstrated as persuasively as Yehuda Amichai why poetry matters.

Paperback:

9780374536589 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, April 4, 2017, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: The largest English-language collection to date from Israel’s finest poetFew poets have demonstrated as persuasively as Yehuda Amichai why poetry matters.

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Product Description: “A pleasure to read. . . . Alter has given fresh life to some of the most beloved . . . books in our heritage.”―Philadelphia Inquirer The Song of Songs; Ruth; Esther; Jonah; and Daniel offer readers a range of pleasures not usually associated with the Bible...read more

Hardcover:

9780393243048 | W W Norton & Co Inc, March 2, 2015, cover price $27.95 | About this edition: Robert Alter’s award-winning translation brings new immediacy to five beloved books of the Bible.

Paperback:

9780393352252 | Reprint edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, February 8, 2016), cover price $16.95 | About this edition: “A pleasure to read.

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Product Description: Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history. To read the books of the Former Prophets in this riveting Robert Alter translation is to discover an entertaining amalgam of hair-raising action and high literary achievement...read more

Hardcover:

9780393082692 | W W Norton & Co Inc, April 1, 2013, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history.

Paperback:

9780393348767 | Reprint edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, April 14, 2014), cover price $21.95 | About this edition: Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history.

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Product Description: First time in paperback: “One of the most ambitious literary projects of this or any age.”―Adam Kirsch, New Republic Here in Robert Alter's bold new translation are some of the most magnificent works in world literature. The astounding poetry in the Book of Job is restored to its powerful ancient meanings and rhythms...read more
By Robert Alter (trans)

Hardcover:

9780393068122 | W W Norton & Co Inc, October 11, 2010, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: A magnificent new volume in Robert Alter’s award-winning, landmark translation of and commentary on the Hebrew Bible.

Paperback:

9780393340532 | Reprint edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, October 3, 2011), cover price $18.95 | About this edition: First time in paperback: “One of the most ambitious literary projects of this or any age.

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Product Description: Three decades ago, renowned literary expert Robert Alter radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as not only a human creation but a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. In The Art of Biblical Poetry, his companion to the seminal The Art of Biblical Narrative, Alter takes his analysis beyond narrative craft to investigate the use of Hebrew poetry in the Bible...read more

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9780465022564 | Rev upd edition (Basic Books, September 6, 2011), cover price $18.00 | About this edition: Three decades ago, renowned literary expert Robert Alter radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as not only a human creation but a work of literary art deserving studied criticism.
9780465004317 | Reprint edition (Basic Books, May 1, 1987), cover price $17.50 | About this edition: Analyzes the structure, functions, and metaphors of the poetry in Psalms, Job, Proverbs, and other books of the Old Testament

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Product Description: Since it was first published nearly three decades ago, The Art of Biblical Narrative has radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. Renowned critic and translator Robert Alter presents the Hebrew Bible as a cohesive literary work, one whose many authors used innovative devices such as parallelism, contrastive dialogue, and narrative tempo to tell one of the most revolutionary stories of human history: the revelation of a single god...read more

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9780465004249 | Basic Books, May 1, 1981, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: Analyzes the Old Testament in terms of conventions, narration, dialogue, characterization, and literary technique

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9780465022557 | Rev upd edition (Basic Books, April 26, 2011), cover price $17.99 | About this edition: Since it was first published nearly three decades ago, The Art of Biblical Narrative has radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as a work of literary art deserving studied criticism.
9780465004270 | Reprint edition (Basic Books, August 2, 1983), cover price $16.50 | About this edition: Analyzes the Old Testament in terms of conventions, narration, dialogue, characterization, and literary technique

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Product Description: In Imagined Cities, Robert Alter traces the arc of literary development triggered by the runaway growth of urban centers from the early nineteenth century through the first two decades of the twentieth. As new technologies and arrangements of public and private space changed the ways people experienced time and space, the urban panorama became less coherent―a metropolis defying traditional representation and definition, a vast jumble of shifting fragments and glimpses―and writers were compelled to create new methods for conveying the experience of the city...read more

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9780300175547 | Yale Univ Pr, December 10, 2010, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: In Imagined Cities, Robert Alter traces the arc of literary development triggered by the runaway growth of urban centers from the early nineteenth century through the first two decades of the twentieth.

The simple yet grand language of the King James Bible has pervaded American culture from the beginning--and its powerful eloquence continues to be felt even today. In this book, acclaimed biblical translator and literary critic Robert Alter traces some of the fascinating ways that American novelists--from Melville, Hemingway, and Faulkner to Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy--have drawn on the rich stylistic resources of the canonical English Bible to fashion their own strongly resonant styles and distinctive visions of reality. Showing the radically different manners in which the words, idioms, syntax, and cadences of this Bible are woven into Moby-Dick, Absalom, Absalom!, The Sun Also Rises, Seize the Day, Gilead, and The Road, Alter reveals the wide variety of stylistic and imaginative possibilities that American novelists have found in Scripture. At the same time, Alter demonstrates the importance of looking closely at the style of literary works, making the case that style is not merely an aesthetic phenomenon but is the very medium through which writers conceive their worlds.

Hardcover:

9780691128818 | Princeton Univ Pr, February 28, 2010, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: The simple yet grand language of the King James Bible has pervaded American culture from the beginning--and its powerful eloquence continues to be felt even today.

Miscellaneous:

9781400834358 | Princeton Univ Pr, March 4, 2010, cover price $19.95

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Product Description: One of Newsweek’s Best Books of the Year and winner of the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement. A cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia...read more

Hardcover:

9780393062267 | W W Norton & Co Inc, September 30, 2007, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: A commentated new translation of the Book of Psalms seeks to preserve and convey its powerful message and musical rhythms while lending insight into the text's obscurities, in a volume by the acclaimed translator of the Five Books of Moses.

Paperback:

9780393337044, titled "The Book of Psalms: A Translation With Commentary" | W W Norton & Co Inc, October 19, 2009, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: One of Newsweek’s Best Books of the Year and winner of the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Product Description: Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: From Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before. Envisioning the first book of the bible like no one before him, R...read more
By Robert Alter (trans) and R. Crumb

Hardcover:

9780393061024 | 1 edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, October 19, 2009), cover price $27.95 | About this edition: Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: From Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.

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Product Description: "A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."―Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship and translation, Robert Alter has equipped us to read the Hebrew Bible as a powerful, cohesive work of literature...read more

Hardcover:

9780393019551 | Slp edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, September 13, 2004), cover price $39.95 | About this edition: An English-language translation of the Hebrew bible for contemporary readers seeks to convey the text's original power and lyrical qualities, providing in the accompanying commentary additional insight into its literary and historical significance.

Paperback:

9780393333930, titled "Five Books of Moses: A Translation With Commentary" | W W Norton & Co Inc, October 4, 2008, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: "A modern classic.

Miscellaneous:

9780393070248 | W W Norton & Co Inc, October 17, 2008, cover price $21.95 | About this edition: "A modern classic.

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A lyrical translation of the Old Testament 'Song of Songs' brings together outstanding Hebrew scholarship, historical and religious background information, and poetic sensibilities to create a beautiful interpretation of the great love poem. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
By Robert Alter (other contributor), Ariel Bloch (trans), Chana Bloch (trans) and Stephen Mitchell (foreword by)

Paperback:

9780812976205 | Modern Library, October 10, 2006, cover price $16.00 | About this edition: A lyrical translation of the Old Testament 'Song of Songs' brings together outstanding Hebrew scholarship, historical and religious background information, and poetic sensibilities to create a beautiful interpretation of the great love poem.

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Product Description: In Imagined Cities, Robert Alter traces the arc of literary development triggered by the runaway growth of urban centers from the early nineteenth century through the first two decades of the twentieth. As new technologies and arrangements of public and private space changed the ways people experienced time and space, the urban panorama became less coherent—a metropolis defying traditional representation and definition, a vast jumble of shifting fragments and glimpses—and writers were compelled to create new methods for conveying the experience of the city...read more

Hardcover:

9780300108026 | Yale Univ Pr, June 11, 2005, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: In Imagined Cities, Robert Alter traces the arc of literary development triggered by the runaway growth of urban centers from the early nineteenth century through the first two decades of the twentieth.

The question of the canon has been the subject of debate in academic circles for over fifteen years. Pleasure and Change contains two lectures on this important subject by the distinguished literary critic Sir Frank Kermode. In essays that were originally delivered as Tanner Lectures at Berkeley in November of 2001, Kermode reinterprets the question of canon formation in light of two related and central notions: pleasure and change. He asks how aesthetic pleasure informs what we find valuable, and how this perception changes over time. Kermode also explores the role of chance, observing the connections between canon formation and unintentional and sometimes even random circumstance. Geoffrey Hartmann (Yale University), John Guillory (New York University), and Carey Perloff (director of the American Conservatory Theatre) offer incisive comments on these essays, to which Kermode responds in a lively rejoinder. The volume begins with a helpful introduction by Robert Alter. The result is a stimulating and accessible discussion of a highly significant cultural debate.
By Robert Alter (editor) and Frank Kermode

Hardcover:

9780195171372 | Oxford Univ Pr, July 13, 2004, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: The question of the canon has been the subject of debate in academic circles for over fifteen years.

Paperback:

9780195309355, titled "Pleasure And Change: The Aesthetics of Canon" | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, June 29, 2006, cover price $21.95

Hardcover:

9780871142313 | Oregon Humanities Center, October 1, 2000, cover price $55.01

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Product Description: Approaching the debates about literary canon from an entirely new angle, a foremost literary critic explores how a range of iconoclastic twentieth-century authors (in particular Kafka, Bialik, and Joyce) have put to use the paramount canonical text--the Hebrew Bible...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780300084245 | Yale Univ Pr, October 1, 2000, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: Approaching the debates about literary canon from an entirely new angle, a foremost literary critic explores how a range of iconoclastic twentieth-century authors (in particular Kafka, Bialik, and Joyce) have put to use the paramount canonical text--the Hebrew Bible.

One of the great characters of the Bible, and literature, is rendered fully in a new translation that includes historical and literary commentary

Hardcover:

9780393048032 | W W Norton & Co Inc, September 1, 1999, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: One of the great characters of the Bible, and literature, is rendered fully in a new translation that includes historical and literary commentary

Paperback:

9780393320770 | W W Norton & Co Inc, September 1, 2000, cover price $18.95 | About this edition: "A masterpiece of contemporary Bible translation and commentary.
9789990098310, titled "David Story: A Translation With Commentary of 1 And 2 Samuel" | W W Norton & Co Inc, September 1, 2000, cover price $0.02

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One of the great characters of the Bible, and literature, is rendered fully in a new translation by the renowned biblical scholar, with helpful historical and literary commentary. Read by Theodore Bikel. Book available.
By Robert Alter (editor) and Theodore Bikel (narrator)

Cassette/Spoken Word:

9781574533583 | Audio Literature, June 1, 2000, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: One of the great characters of the Bible, and literature, is rendered fully in a new translation that includes historical and literary commentary.

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By Robert Alter (trans) and Peter Coyote (narrator)

Cassette/Spoken Word:

9781574531015 | Abridged edition (Audio Literature, December 1, 1997), cover price $21.95

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Attending to the usages, rhythms, and narrative patterns of biblical Hebrew and rendering them with clarity and literary appeal, an acclaimed translation and commentary deepens the reader's understanding of Genesis as a cohesive book. Reprint. PW.
By Robert Alter (editor)

Hardcover:

9780393039818 | W W Norton & Co Inc, September 1, 1996, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: A new translation of the first book of the Bible honors meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew language, while bringing the stories together in a narrative format that makes it read more like a fully integrated book

Paperback:

9780393316704 | Reprint edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, September 1, 1997), cover price $17.95 | About this edition: A new translation of the first book of the Bible honors meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew language, while bringing the stories together in a narrative format that makes it read more like a fully integrated book

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Product Description: “A book that ought to be placed in the hands of any person who shows the slightest interest in serious reading or in hearing a good, practical defense of high culture.” ―Wall Street Journal From one of our premier literary scholars, here is a learned and witty introduction to the “sheer vitality of literature and the satisfactions of a close, informed engagement with it” (New York Times)...read more

Hardcover:

9780671627836 | Simon & Schuster, May 1, 1989, cover price $18.95 | About this edition: A distinguished critic rescues literature from the ivory tower and reestablishes reading as a personal source of complex pleasure and insight.

Paperback:

9780393314991, titled "The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age" | Reprint edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, November 1, 1996), cover price $19.95 | About this edition: “A book that ought to be placed in the hands of any person who shows the slightest interest in serious reading or in hearing a good, practical defense of high culture.
9780671706272 | Reprint edition (Touchstone Books, May 1, 1990), cover price $8.95 | About this edition: A distinguished critic rescues literature from the ivory tower and reestablishes reading as a personal source of complex pleasure and insight.

Discusses the implications involved in studying the Bible as a literary text, comments on the new wave of literary biblical studies, and reexamines the verses that have dictated an entire culture

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9780465092550 | Basic Books, January 1, 1992, cover price $23.00 | About this edition: Discusses the implications involved in studying the Bible as a literary text, comments on the new wave of literary biblical studies, and reexamines the verses that have dictated an entire culture

Paperback:

9780465092567 | Basic Books, April 1, 1993, cover price $16.00 | About this edition: Discusses the implications involved in studying the Bible as a literary text, comments on the new wave of literary biblical studies, and reexamines the verses that have dictated an entire culture

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Product Description: AS NEW, 1st edition / 1st printing, green cloth boards with silver font on spine, 84 pps. Appears unread, without any writing or flaws. Dust wrapper equally pristine, unclipped and mylar protected. From The Taubman Lectures in Jewish Studies Series...read more

Hardcover:

9780520065475 | Univ of California Pr, September 1, 1991, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: AS NEW, 1st edition / 1st printing, green cloth boards with silver font on spine, 84 pps.

An exposition of the relationship between tradition an modernity reflected in the writings of three Jewish scholars

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9780674606630 | Harvard Univ Pr, March 1, 1991, cover price $23.00 | About this edition: An exposition of the relationship between tradition an modernity reflected in the writings of three Jewish scholars

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Product Description: When the Jews of Eastern Europe came to the United States in the 19th century, they brought with them their own special humor. Developed in response to the dissonant reality of their lives, their self-critical humor served as a source of salvation, enabling them to endure a painful history with a sense of power...read more
By Robert Alter (corporate author), Joseph Boskin (corporate author), Albert Goldman (corporate author), Irving Howe (corporate author) and Meyer Wiener (corporate author)

Paperback:

9780814323663 | Wayne State Univ Pr, December 1, 1990, cover price $23.95 | About this edition: When the Jews of Eastern Europe came to the United States in the 19th century, they brought with them their own special humor.

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