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Filmography - Authors: Biographies, interviews and readings: G-M

Titles on DVD and streaming video as of July 2012

Authors - Biographies, interviews and readings

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of July 2012. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible.  All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings on biology topics (including VHS tapes) keyword searches in the library catalog will be necessary: http://www.american.edu/library/mediaservices/index.cfm

 

Gabriel García Márquez La magia de lo real. 2003.  1 videodisc (57 min.). Film essay on the works of García Márquez and the source of his characters, the people of Colombia. Includes an interview with the author.  DVD 5967

George Bernard Shaw A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (36 min.). This overview of George Bernard Shaw's life and work from the Famous Authors series starts in Dublin, introducing Shaw's family and his mother's voice teacher and influential family friend, George Vandeleur Lee. The film discusses Shaw's experience as a Protestant in Ireland. Eventually Shaw moved to England, where his mother had started giving singing lessons, and set off writing. There he made a name for himself as a controversial socialist spokesperson, a music and theater critic, and later as a dramatist. The program gives evidence of Shaw's famous wit and character.  Streaming video
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George Eliot A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (36 min.). This overview of the life and literature of George Eliot from the Famous Authors series follows Eliot's comfortable childhood through the several phases of her education and religious development, during which she discovered major influences like Sir Walter Scott, Shakespeare, and evangelism. Later in ife, she moved away from her evangelist views, eventually leaving the Church of England all together, and took a liking to the romantic poets. The video traces Eliot's entrance into journalism, via editing the Westminister Review, through her successful career as a novelist.  Streaming video
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George Orwell A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (35 min.). In this introduction to George Orwell's life and work from the Famous Authors series, viewers follow Orwell through his privileged education, during which he nurtured his writing talents from an early age. He joined the Burmese military police but grew disillusioned with his role as an oppressor, returned to depression-era England, and committed himself to writing, notwithstanding stints in war. The film connects the politically and economically unstable world of Naziism, fascism, and Stalin around Orwell to the satiric themes prevalent in Animal Farm, 1984, and his other novels.  Streaming video
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Gonzo the life and work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. 2008.  1 videodisc (120 min.). Traces Dr. Thompson's life from his travels with the Hell's Angels, through his various Wild Turkey & drug ingested episodes in politics and righting the wrongs of society.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 990

The gospel according to Philip K. Dick. 2000.  1 videodisc (95 min.). A profile of the life of the influential science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick presented through interviews with contemporaries and excerpts from his writings. Dick's writing and ideas on reality, humanity and technology which blend West Coast utopianism, counterculture paranoia and mystical experience have been adapted into films, including Blade Runner and Total Recall. Since very little interview footage exists of Philip K. Dick, this documentary relies on audio taped interviews with Dick, allowing him to comment in his own words.  DVD 3500

Grace a documentary on the noted short-story writer, poet, educator and political activist Grace Paley. 2010.  1 videodisc (51 min.). Grace Paley reminisces about her work, life and family and her early literary and political influences. We see Grace at home, in interviews and at her fabled readings. Grace's close friends and colleagues -- Jean Valentine, Poet Laureate of New York; Vera Williams, author , illustrator; and others -- remember Grace as a writer of genius, a "combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist," and a loving friend. -- Container.  DVD 8616

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer. 2006.  1 streaming video file (22 min.). Although he lived only 34 years, Gustavo Becquer is largely responsible for leading Spanish poetry toward the Modernist era. This program details his life and artistic journey, from his birth into impoverished nobility to his death in obscurity-and his posthumous fame as Spain's greatest post-Romantic poet. Outlining the author's education, friendships, and failed loves, the video focuses on the power of the Rimas and the political turmoil that prevented its publication during Becquer's lifetime. The clarity and sensitivity of his letters and the inventiveness of his prose legends are also showcased in this poignant, compelling biography. (English, 22 minutes).  Streaming video
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Harto de Borges. 2006.  1 streaming video file (66 min.). Borges is fed up-with Borges. He repeatedly changed his writing style to get free of him, yet always felt fated, in the end, to be associated with his literary alter ego. This impressionistic program creatively blends archival footage, interviews, film clips, and artwork in an effort to pin down the man behind the mythic persona. Contemporaries Ariel Dorfman, Mempo Giardinelli, Martin Caparros, Luis Sepulveda, and Diego Curubeto, plus the late Borges himself, offer their insights into the life and literature of the enigmatic Latin American writer. According to Borges, anyone who reads his work and says, "Ah, that is Borges," has missed the point-and the real Borges.  Streaming video
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Henrik Ibsen A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (38 min.). This overview of Henrik Ibsen's life and writing from the Famous Authors series contextualizes Ibsen's upbringing in tight-knit, strictly religious communities in isolated Norway. As a young man, he left his family home in a desire to break away from the staid and religious environment, and worked toward university and made friends that supported his talents. While he failed to pass matriculation exams in Oslo, he began to publish plays and continued to meet intellectual friends who supported his work, which led to a job as a theater director in Bergen. Ibsen eventually moved to Rome, where he met his publisher, Frederick Hegel, and began to gain some success, and later moved to Germany. The video discusses the way Ibsen's plays about small communities and everyday human drama, like A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, changed the theater for years to come.  Streaming video
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Henry James A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (37 min.). This overview of Henry James' life and literature from the Famous Authors series begins with James' comfortable boyhood in New York, during which his father moved James and his brother around and back and forth from Europe frequently for the sake of education. He eventually went to Harvard to study law and began writing, but felt uncomfortable with American culture and left for England, where he spent most of the rest of his life.  Streaming video
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Herman Melville A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (34 min.). This introduction to Herman Melville's life and work from the Famous Authors series begins by introducing the city of New York, Melville's hometown, and the influence living in the busiest maritime port in the world had on his work. Melville eventually left home to work on a sail boat, and soon went to New Bedford, Massachusetts to become a crew member on a whaling ship, an experience that he used when writing the masterpiece Moby Dick. The film details the dangerous work of whaling and Melville's experiences at sea.  Streaming video
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Hey, Boo Harper Lee & To kill a mockingbird. 2011.  1 videodisc (82 min.). Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved best seller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th century. Mary McDonagh Murphy's Hey, Boo explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee, including why she never published again. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.  DVD 8668

In search of Thoreau. 99.  1 streaming video file (45 min.). Few voices in American literature have been as bold and influential as that of Henry David Thoreau. This program traces the author's life from his early days in Concord and Harvard, to his friendship with Emerson and his years at Walden, to his role in the anti-slavery movement. In addition, Thoreau scholars Brad Dean and Wes Mott discuss his writings, including Walden and Civil Disobedience.Interweaving dramatic readings and reenactments of Thoreau's life with beautiful nature photography of Walden Pond, this lyrical account allows Thoreau's unique character and writings to come to life.  Streaming video
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Isabel Allende hilvanando la saga. 2004?  Espejo de escritores.  1 videodisc (ca. 55 min.). Magdalena Garcia-Pinto interviews Chilean novelist Isabel Allende.  DVD 1797

J.M. Coetzee with Peter Sacks, 8 November 2001. 2001.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos .  1 streaming video file (29 min.). J.M. Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His novels include The Master of Petersburg, Age of Iron, The Life and Times of Michael K., Waiting for the Barbarians, In the Heart of the Country, and Disgrace. He has also written a memoir, Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life. Mr. Coetzee, who is a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, teaches at the University of Cape Town and the University of Chicago.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12812247

 

James Baldwin the price of the ticket. 89.  1 video file (87 min.). Opening with the funeral of James Baldwin, this film traces the life history and accomplishments of this great black writer.  Includes interviews with friends and colleagues, including Maya Angelou, Amin Baraka, his brother David, and his mother Berdis.  Streaming video
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James Baldwin the price of the ticket. 90.  1 videodisc (87 min.). Opening with the funeral of James Baldwin, this film traces the life history and accomplishments of this great black writer.  Includes interviews with friends and colleagues, including Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, his brother David, his mother Berdis, Ishmael Reed, and William Styron.  DVD 5705

Jim Harrison, Reading, 27 February 2002. 2002.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (46 min.). Jim Harrison has published thirteen collections of poetry, including The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems; After Ikkyu; The Theory and Practice of Rivers; Natural World: A Bestiary; Returning to Earth; and Locations. He has worked as a screenwriter, book reviewer, literary critic, food columnist, sportswriter, and conservationist. Other works include a collection of novellas, The Summer He Didn't Die, and Legends of the Fall, which was made into a celebrated film. Mr. Harrison has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.  Streaming video
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Jim Harrison with Peter Lewis, Conversation, 27 February 2002. 2002.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (32 min.). Jim Harrison has published thirteen collections of poetry, including The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems; After Ikkyu; The Theory and Practice of Rivers; Natural World: A Bestiary; Returning to Earth; and Locations. He has worked as a screenwriter, book reviewer, literary critic, food columnist, sportswriter, and conservationist. Other works include a collection of novellas, The Summer He Didn't Die, and Legends of the Fall, which was made into a celebrated film. Mr. Harrison has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.  Streaming video
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (36 min.). This overview of the biography and writing of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from the Famous Authors series depicts Goethe as an avid student of arts and literature but less passionate about his formal studies of law. Love affairs caught him passionately and often triggered heartbreak and literary productivity, particularly his first great success The Sorrows of Young Werther, which established him as a famous novelist and associated him with the Sturm und Drang circle. Besides being an important poet and novelist, Goethe was known for his scientific writings and his connection to the Duke of Weimar.  Streaming video
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John McPhee with Peter Hessler, 10 November 2010. 2010.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos .  2 streaming video files (85 min.). John McPhee is the author of 28 nonfiction books including Coming into the Country, The Control of Nature, and Assembling California. His seminal Annals of the Former World, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, is a complex work describing a cross-section of North America at about the fortieth parallel. Traveling back and forth across the United States for much of 20 years in the company of geologists, McPhee aimed to give an account of the "deep history" of the continen -- 4.6 billion year -- as well as of the science of geology and the styles of geologists he traveled with. In his most recent collection of writings, Silk Parachute, McPhee ranges with his characteristic humor and intensity through lacrosse, long-exposure view camera photography, the strange foods he has sometimes been served in the course of his reportorial travels, a U.S. Open golf championship, and a season in Europe "on the chalk" from the downs and sea cliffs of England to the Maas valley in the Netherlands and the champagne country of northern France. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1965 and has served as the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University since 1975.  Streaming videos
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John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship A film directed by Tony Palmer. 2004.  1 streaming video file (130 min.). With his 1956 play Look Back in Anger, British dramatist John Osborne renewed the emotional and rhetorical intensity of English theater. Unfortunately, misunderstanding and controversy surrounded most of his career. This program reconstructs Osborne's life and artistic journey using rarely seen archival films and firsthand accounts from the author's inner circle. A veritable who's who of the London stage appears here-including Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, Nicol Williamson, Richard Burton, and director Tony Richardson-in personal interviews and in lengthy excerpts from Look Back, Luther, Inadmissible Evidence, and other Osborne plays. The result is a dynamic portrait of English drama as it developed in the latter half of the 20th century.  Streaming video
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John Steinbeck A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (29 min.). This program from the Famous Authors series offers an overview of John Steinbeck's life and work, beginning with his upbringing in Salinas, California and the fields surrounding the area. The film discusses the vegetable crops in California and the great need for labor which caused the influx of migrant workers during the depression of the 1930s. Steinbeck witnessed the working of this land throughout his life and the connection between man and nature conveyed in his novels like Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath came from these observations. He spent some time at Stanford, but resented academic culture and left with few friends and no degree, but a commitment to his writing. He struggled for some time and took on manual labor jobs, but eventually found success with his novels and in Hollywood with Tortilla Flat and lasting through his career.  Streaming video
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Jonathan Swift A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (37 min.). This introduction to the life and work of Jonathan Swift from the Famous Authors series explores the political messages and social critiques in Swift's work, including the famous Gulliver's Travels and its public reception. The video begins with Swift's childhood and education in Dublin and England, and reviews the circumstances of the English monarchy, the Whigs and Tories, and other political details of the 17th century necessary to understanding Swift's times and writing.  Streaming video
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Jorge Luis Borges el memorioso. 200.  Espejo de escritores.  1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.). 1984 interview with the author, accompanied by a montage of photographs and older film footage.  DVD 1798

Joseph Conrad Heart of darkness. 98.  1 streaming video file (30 min.). Joseph Conrad's compelling novella, marked by an ominous tone and a sense of unspeakable menace, is a literary introduction to the savage 20th century. In this program, noted Conrad scholars Bruce Harkness, Frederick Karl, Jerome Meckier, and Dwight Purdy examine the author's life within the context of his times: the pervasive influence of his Polish background, the impact of the sense of isolation he experienced as a merchant marine, and the nightmarish conditions in King Leopold's Belgian Congo. Historic photos and maps help set the tale in the context of time and place. In addition, experts analyze Marlow, Kurtz, the Accountant, the Manager, and Kurtz's fiancee; discuss the importance of literary techniques such as juxtapositioning; interpret the meaning of Kurtz's last words and Marlow's lie to the fiancee regarding them; and consider the story's bleak implication that it is only the knowledge of one's own perversity that separates humankind from the darkness.  Streaming video
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Juan Rulfo. 2005.  Five Latin American Authors Speak: Five Latin American authors speak.  1 streaming video file (47 min.). Unlike the reputations of many of his more prolific contemporaries, Juan Rulfo's is based on only two works: Pedro Paramo, one of the few Latin American novels of that time to successfully lay bare the inner lives of country people, and El llano en llamas, a collection of short stories. In this program, the late author-a leading exponent of magic realism-analyzes both of those works. He describes his tragic childhood as well, including the Cristero revolt, his family's financial ruin, the death of his father and mother, and his life in an orphanage in Guadalajara.  Streaming video\
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Juan Rulfo inframundo. 2004?  Espejo de escritores.  1 videodisc (57 min.). In an unusual interview with Silvia Fuentes, Juan Rulfo talks about his childhood and family in the context of the Mexican Revolution. In this way he shows the deepest roots and particular of the Mexican people. He tells how the various jobs he had, when he was young, took him from one end of his country to the other, discovering places and people which he later used in his fiction. He gives us the ideas which were the basis for "Pedro Páramo". He reads from that great novel and from his most important story "El llano en llamas".  DVD 1800

Julio Cortazar. 2004?  Espejo de escritores.  1 videodisc (56 min.). Julio Cortázar, the author of "Hopscotch" talks with professor Saúl Sosnowski about the presence of the reader in his work and of the trajectory from literary individualism towards a more collective vision. He refers to his ties with various struggles for change and of the tasks of the intellectual in the face of history. He comments on the readings of his work and explains how his work as a translator made him discover the measure of a literature.  DVD 1799

Kawabata Yasunari master of funerals. 2006.  1 streaming video file (50 min.). Winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, Kawabata Yasunari wrote novels that expressed the transitory nature of love and beauty. This program traces Kawabata's life and career, focusing on his importance in Japan's Neosensualist movement and the development of his finely tuned, elegiac sensibility. Personal and historical events that shaped the author's creative journey-including the loss of his family in childhood, Japan's militarism and defeat in World War II, and Kawabata's friendship with Mishima Yukio-provide a framework for discussions of The Izu Dancer, Snow Country, The Sound of the Mountain, Kyoto, and other novels. Kawabata's untimely death and the role of suicide in Japanese culture are also explored.  Streaming video
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Kwame Dawes with Chris Abani, 29 September 2010. 2010.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos .  2 streaming video files (92 min.). Kwame Dawes is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. Born in Ghana in 1962, Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in a recent interview his "spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music." His book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Dawes has also published 15 collections of poetry. His most recent titles include Back of Mount Peace and Hope's Hospice. His book, Requiem is a suite of poems inspired by the illustrations of African American artist Tom Feelings in his landmark book The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo. He has also published two novels: Bivouac and She's Gone, winner of the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. In 2007 he released a memoir, A Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative, called "a poet's eloquent meditation on the complexities of history, race and the oft-broken promise of America," by Geoff Dyer.  Streaming videos
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Looking for Langston A meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and the Harlem Renaissance with the poetry of Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent (1906-1987) in memory of James Baldwin (1924-1987). 2007.  1 videodisc (60 min. [i.e. 45 min.]). This self-described meditation on the life of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes addresses the possible, possibly imagined, life of the author as a gay man. Both documentary and fantasy, it blends archival footage with black and white paeans to a life that might have been--a Harlem nightclub from the 1920s, a London nightspot from the late eighties, various dream sequences--foregrounding gay sexual desire, constructed of a mélange of materials. Looking for Langston is not a mainstream film, but a short film, an avant-garde film, a gay film, and a black British film. Indeed, the prospect of viewing the film can be an off-putting one, considering its competing narrative lines as documentary, reclamation of an aspect of black history, rumination on the AIDS crisis, or pure fantasy.  DVD 9753

Lorrie Moore, Reading, 19 Jan 2011. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.   1 streaming video file (33 min.). Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collection Birds of America (described as "one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability" by The New York Times Book Review), Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. In her new novel, A Gate at the Stairs, Moore turns her eye to the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love. The New York Times calls it, "Her most powerful book yet...The novel explores, with enormous emotional precision, the limitations and insufficiencies of love, and the loneliness that haunts even the most doting of families." Moore is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction and is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/21266033

 

Lorrie Moore with Kate Moses, Conversation, 19 Jan 2011. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (28 min.). Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collection Birds of America (described as "one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability" by The New York Times Book Review), Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. In her new novel, A Gate at the Stairs, Moore turns her eye to the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love. The New York Times calls it, "Her most powerful book yet...The novel explores, with enormous emotional precision, the limitations and insufficiencies of love, and the loneliness that haunts even the most doting of families." Moore is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction and is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/21266038

 

Luisa Valenzuela. 200³.  1 videodisc (50 min.). Interview with and readings by the author.  DVD 5004

Marcel Proust A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (32 min.). This program from the Famous Authors series introduces the audience to the high society and cultural advancements of Paris in which Proust lived from childhood on. The film walks through Proust's life while highlighting significant influences, connections to his major novel, The Remembrance of Things Past, and possible models for his characters. This masterpiece draws heavily on the author's life, but the film illuminates how it is essentially different than autobiography.  Streaming video
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Mario Vargas Llosa In love with Peru. 99.  1 streaming video file (28 min.). The writings of Mario Vargas Llosa-penetrating studies of Peruvian life-demonstrate the author's lifelong commitment to social change. In this program, Vargas Llosa, winner of the Cervantes Prize and widely regarded as Peru's most interesting novelist, offers insights into his beloved homeland, his life abroad, his unsuccessful bid for the presidency, and other topics. (Spanish with English subtitles, 28 minutes).  Streaming video
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Mark Twain. 2001.  1 videodisc (220 min.). Recounts Mark Twain's life told primarily through his own words. Includes interviews with Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller, William Styron and many others.  DVD 3289

Mark Twain A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (34 min.). This program from the Famous Authors series provides an overview of Mark Twain's life and work, starting with life in nineteenth century Hannibal, Missouri, Twain's childhood home and a major influence on his writing, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain started writing as a newspaper employee in Hannibal, and he joined a militia group there early during the Civil War. He soon lost interest in the Southern cause, however, and moved west, getting familiar with the lifestyle of gold miners. Continuing to write stories and for papers, Twain gained a reputation for his wit and talent.  Streaming video
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Mark Twain Part 2. 2001.  1 streaming video file (112 min.). Revealing the latter part of the life of Samuel Clemens, this documentary by Ken Burns examines the realities behind the author's enormous popularity: his diminishing success in publishing, his volatile finances, and the tragic losses he experienced as a husband and father. Clemens' darker writings are studied along with his increasingly radical politics, which included a vehemently anti-imperialist stance. Numerous archival photos and materials enliven the program. Distributed by PBS Distribution. Part of the series Mark Twain: A Film Directed by Ken Burns.  Streaming video
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Maryse Condé speaks from the heart. 2005.  Ethnic expressions from the mosaic of the Americas: Ethnic expressions from the mosaic of the Americas.  1 videodisc (48 min.). Ann Armstrong Scarboro interviews author Maryse Condé, who has written among other things, novels, plays, children's books and numerous literary essays.  DVD 8230

Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, Reading, 1 April 1999. 99.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (44 min.). Mei Mei Berssenbrugge is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Fish Souls, Summits Move with the Tide, Random Possessions, Sphericity, and The Four Year Old Girl. Her work has been described as "spiritual exercises in physical form."  Ms. Berssenbrugge has received fellowships from the NEA and two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation. She read on April 1, 1999, and discussed her work with Lannan Poetry Award winner, Arthur Sze.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12812214

 

Mei Mei Berssenbrugge with Arthur Sze, 1 April 1999. 99.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (25 min.). Mei Mei Berssenbrugge is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Fish Souls, Summits Move with the Tide, Random Possessions, Sphericity, and The Four Year Old Girl. Her work has been described as "spiritual exercises in physical form."  Ms. Berssenbrugge has received fellowships from the NEA and two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation. She read on April 1, 1999, and discussed her work with Lannan Poetry Award winner, Arthur Sze.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12811950

 

Mishima a life in four chapters. 2008.  Criterion collection: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs).  2 videodiscs (120 min.). A look at acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima, the impossible harmony he created between self, art, and society, and his famously committed public seppuku (ritual suicide). Includes interviews, commentary, documentary, and more.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 4581