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Pen of iron American prose and the King James Bible by Robert Alter

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Published by Princeton University Press in Oxford, Princeton, N.J .
Written in English


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In this book, 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. --from publisher description

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementRobert Alter
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPS166 .A46 2010
The Physical Object
Pagination198 p. ;
Number of Pages198
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24533202M
ISBN 100691128812
ISBN 109780691128818
LC Control Number2009022408
OCLC/WorldCa373474943

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"In Pen of Iron, the eminent Bible scholar and translator Robert Alter recounts a small yet telling part of the story of American literature's attunement to the King James Bible. Exploring the way the KJB has impacted both the prose and worldviews of select American authors—mainly Lincoln, Melville, Faulkner, Hemingway, Bellow, and Cormac McCarthy—Alter shows that, even when they parody it . Pen of Iron is a work of lofty literary scholarship, and Alter is addressing a readership that already speaks his language and is ready to receive his wisdom. Indeed, the book is based on a series of lectures that Alter delivered at Princeton University in   Pen of Iron discusses the impact of the Bible on such writers as Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy and Ernest Hemingway. Even more, Alter is focused on detailing the influence of the King James Version on three great American literary works — Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner and Seize the Day by Saul Bellow. 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 by:

  Robert Alter's "Pen of Iron" is an expanded, book-length version of the Spencer Trask Lectures given by the author at Princeton University in April The subject: the pervasive influence of the King James Bible in American literature from its publication in England to the present day/5(7). Pen of Iron edition has been released! $3 for everyone $2 for anyone who is published in the book We will be at graduation this year selling the book, and also in the atrium next week for regular students, it is a fantastic book this year, that had lots of work go into it so come check it out! Men of Iron is an novel by the American author Howard Pyle, who also illustrated it. Set in the 15th century, it is a juvenile "coming of age" work in which a young squire, Myles Falworth, seeks not only to become a knight but to eventually redeem his father's honor. In Chapter 24 the knighthood ceremony is presented and described as it would be in a non-fiction work concerning knighthood and chivalry. . XVII. (1) A pen of iron. — i.e., a stylus, or graving tool, as in Job , chiefly used for engraving in stone or Psalm it seems to have been used of the instrument with which the scribe wrote on his tablets.. With the point of a diamond. —The word expresses the idea of the hardness rather than the brilliancy of the diamond, and is rendered “adamant” in Ezekiel

Tortured for His Faith - Book Report Picked up from his home in the wee hours of the morning on 24 July , Haralan Popov spent 13 years of his life in Bulgarian communist prisons where he was brutally beaten, physically and mentally tortured, all because he would not deny the Lord Jesus Christ. America was often self-molded as a 'new Israel', a fact seen by the Canaanite place-names which dot the Eastern shores. A historically biblically-literate people, the King James Version Bible has woven its way into American literature not only through direct biblical allusions and quotes, but also through its poetic style. Taking the formal quotes of classic American literature and comparing Pages:   Robert Alter's "Pen of Iron" is an expanded, book-length version of the Spencer Trask Lectures given by the author at Princeton University in April The subject: the pervasive influence of the King James Bible in American literature from its publication in England to the present day/5.   In Pen of Iron, Alter's goal is to explore how the King James Version "made a difference in style for certain major American novelists" and to elucidate its "abiding role in the shaping of style in the American novel.".