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Zadie Smith

Autor(a) de White Teeth

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About the Author

Zadie Smith is a novelist, essayist and short story writer. As of 2012, she has published four novels, White Teeth (2000), The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), and NW (2012), all of which have received critical praise. In 2003, she was included on Granta's list of 20 best young authors and mostrar mais Smith won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006. Her novel White Teeth was included in Time magazines TIME 100 Best English-language. Smith joined NYU's Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor in 2010. Smith attended Hampstead Comprehensive School, and King's College, Cambridge University where she studied English literature. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Zadie Smith

White Teeth (2000) — Autor — 13,586 exemplares
On Beauty (2005) 9,300 exemplares
The Autograph Man (2002) 3,011 exemplares
Swing Time (2016) 2,509 exemplares
NW (2012) 2,415 exemplares
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays (2009) 1,023 exemplares
The Book of Other People (2008) — Editor — 736 exemplares
Feel Free: Essays (2018) 659 exemplares
The Fraud (2023) 634 exemplares
Intimations: Six Essays (2020) 620 exemplares
Grand Union: Stories (2019) 486 exemplares
The Embassy of Cambodia (2013) 190 exemplares
Martha and Hanwell (2005) 141 exemplares
Burned Children of America (2001) — Editor — 120 exemplares
The Wife of Willesden (2021) 72 exemplares
The Surprise (2022) 34 exemplares
Weirdo (2021) 17 exemplares
Piece of Flesh (2001) — Editor — 11 exemplares
Perché scrivere (2011) 8 exemplares
Betrug: Roman (2023) 5 exemplares
Lost and Found Opowiadania (2015) 4 exemplares
I'm the Only One (2007) 4 exemplares
Now More Than Ever 3 exemplares
Escape from New York 2 exemplares
The Waiter's Wife 2 exemplares
Dead Man Laughing [essay] (2008) 2 exemplares
Generation Why? 1 exemplar
Big Week 1 exemplar
Hanwell in Hell 1 exemplar
The Lazy River 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) — Introdução, algumas edições18,891 exemplares
The Quiet American (1955) — Introdução, algumas edições7,982 exemplares
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) — Introdução, algumas edições7,738 exemplares
Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) — Introdução, algumas edições3,090 exemplares
The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) — Introdução, algumas edições2,957 exemplares
Girl With Curious Hair (1988) — Prefácio, algumas edições2,239 exemplares
Speaking with the Angel (2001) — Contribuidor — 1,519 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 (2003) — Introdução — 746 exemplares
Writer's Thesaurus (2004) — Contribuidor — 559 exemplares
The Library Book (2012) — Contribuidor — 391 exemplares
Recitatif: A Story (1983) — Introdução, algumas edições337 exemplares
Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 273 exemplares
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Contribuidor — 271 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 226 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 224 exemplares
Best European Fiction 2010 (2009) — Prefácio — 166 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
Stop What You're Doing and Read This! (2011) — Contribuidor — 157 exemplares
Granta 67: Women and Children First (1999) — Compositor — 143 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100 (2011) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker (2021) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 42 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern): Multiples (2013) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Busted in New York and Other Essays (2019) — Prefácio, algumas edições46 exemplares
The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom (2019) — Prefácio — 39 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Mark Bradford: Tomorrow Is Another Day (2017) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill (2017) — Introdução — 16 exemplares
The Paris Review 208 2014 Spring (2014) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
We Are (2021) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Story About the Story Vol. II (2013) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
White Teeth [2002 TV mini series] — Original book — 2 exemplares
Kafka! een bijl voor de bevroren zee van binnen — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



May 2020: Zadie Smith em Monthly Author Reads (Setembro 2021)
(M53'12) The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith em World Reading Circle (Outubro 2012)
1001 Group Read for September, 2012: White Teeth em 1001 Books to read before you die (Setembro 2012)
On Beauty by Zadie Smith em Orange January/July (Julho 2012)
White Teeth -Mirrani's book 1 of 2012 em World Reading Circle (Janeiro 2012)


Told in the voice of Eliza Touchet, who in the audiobook is portrayed with a Scottish accent, is the cousin, housekeeper, and sometimes lover of her cousin William Ainsworth. Ainsworth writes and rubs elbows with the likes of Dickens. Ainsworth writes floridly and does not earn enough to support his lifestyle, so throughout the book the household's finances are slowly decreased. Eliza is interested in the abolitionist movement and the rights of women. Other than that, I listened to the book because of Smith's lovely accent more than anything. I probably wouldn't have finished it had I been reading it, but it was fun to listen to.… (mais)
mojomomma | 30 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
Zadie Smith is among the best writers in England. This newest novel doesn't disappoint. Very creative, clever and original. I took away one star because it's simply too long.
vunderbar | 30 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2024 |
I didn't get very far into this before I gave up. The story jumps around in time a lot, and doesn't give you much guidance in navigating the timeline, so it can be confusing. The main characters are all either really obnoxious, or poorly developed.
Gwendydd | 30 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2024 |
This well-constructed, imaginative book has multiple themes: truth v fraud, the literary world in 19th century particulary its pretentious literary scene, class struggle in England, slavery and abolition, and the nascent feminism in mid and late 19th century England. Like good historical novels, to me anyway, it gives a foretaste of matters that evolved to our own time.

Eliza Touchet (pronounced as in French) is a widow and cousin by marriage to William Ainsworth and his wife Francis. Having little money left from her wayward late husband, she becomes housekeeper and confidant to the Ainsworth family. Ainsworth is an author who churns out dozens of novels, most of them, in Eliza's opinion, awful. He shamelessly steals ideas from other creators, resulting in recriminations that he mostly blows off. He has authored one, however, that outsold "Oliver Twist". Ainsworth is flighty, often absent abroad to collect characters and ideas for his novels. Eliza is intelligent and liberated in the sub rosa way for the era. She has great affection for Frances, even engaging sexually with her while Ainsworth is absent. In their younger years, she also had episodic sexual liaisons with Ainsworth. Frances dies, and, much later, Ainsworth marries Sarah, the household maid, a woman of much lower class, whom he impregnated. Ainsworth has frequent literary soirees with notable writers such as Dickens and Thackery. Eliza organizes these events and participates, seemingly valued for her cleverness and wit. Eliza knows that Dicken's literary prowess far out shines Ainsworth's, but she disdains him, feeling that he is "vampiric" in his absorption of the characteristic's of people observes as grist for his literary mill.

Eliza yearns independence, but when she comes into additional inheritance, she declines to access it, and later gives it over to young girls said to be the grandchildren on her husband's side.

Eliza is following, along with thousands of Britons, the trial of a man who claims to be the long-lost heir to a sizable fortune. Sir Roger Tichbourne was lost at sea, but a butcher from Australia claims to be Sir Roger, having been rescued and deposited in New South Wales. The claimant has not the slightest resembalance to the lost heir -- no physical similarity, lacking the French of Tichbourne's first language, missing a tatoo that all recall, and in his language and deportment clearly of the working class. He is, in fact, Arthur Orton, an obsese uneducated butcher. His case has galvanized the English working class who, despire all the contrary evidence, are fervantly supporting Orton's claim, even contributing significantly financially. It seems obvious that Orton represents the oppressed working class who are angry about the elitism of the aristocracy. There are many references in the novel to class discord going back decades. His claims, even though outrageous, are the occasion to poke the upper classes in the eye. After two trials, said to be the longest in British history, Orton is convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison.

Eliza and Sarah follow the trial closely; Sarah a strong believer, Eliza not at all. She is, however, fascinated by Andrew Bogle, a black man who accompanied Orton from Australia, and who asserts that he is indeed Tichbourne. Eliza introduces herself to Bogle and persuades him to tell her his life story. Bogle was an enslaved man who descends from a noble line in Africa. He has lived in Jamaica on a sugar plantation of the type whose cruelty stimulated the abolition movement in England. Because of his intelligence, Bogle is assigned administrative duties and travels with the overseers abroad. It is never quite clear why Bogle so supports Orton's claim. In Eliza's view, Bogle is an honest man without schemes. Eliza has the notion that she can base Bogle's life on her own literary work.

The Ainsworth household continues to decline as his works lose any interest in the publishing world. They are forced to repeatedly move to lessor residences, ultimately ending up in dowdy digs in Brighton.

The characters in this novel are based on real persons. Ainsworth is forgotten today, but was recognized in his time, if not highly regarded. Eliza and the issues that surround her, embody major currents in her time: class conflict, abolition, the vigorous literary world, and the dawn of lessening of the partriarchy and chauvinism of the era.
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stevesmits | 30 outras críticas | Feb 17, 2024 |


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