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Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World

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THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

At the age of forty-eight, writer and film critic David Denby returned to Columbia University and re-enrolled in two core courses in Western civilization to confront the literary and philosophical masterpieces — the "great books" — that are now at the heart of the culture wars. In Great Books, he leads us on a glorious tour, a rediscovery and celebration of such authors as Homer and Boccaccio, Locke and Nietzsche. Conrad and Woolf. The resulting personal odyssey is an engaging blend of self-discovery, cultural commentary, reporting, criticism, and autobiography — an inspiration for anyone in love with the written word.

Synopsis:

Now in paperback--the national bestseller that offers a dramatic and entertaining account of some of the greatest works of literature, a persuasive defense of the magnificence of the Western literary tradition, and a thrilling personal odyssey of one man's return to academia.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 467-470) and index.

About the Author

David Denby is a film critic for The New Yorker and author of Great Books and American Sucker. He lives in New York City with his wife.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Reading Lists

FIRST SEMESTER

1. Homer I

2. Sappho

Interlude One

3. Plato I

4. Homer II

Interlude Two

5. Plato II

6. Sophocles

7. Aristotle

Interlude Three

8. Aeschylus and Euripides

Interlude Four

9. Virgil

10. The Old Testament

11. The New Testament

12. Augustine

13. Machiavelli

Interlude Five

14. Hobbes and Locke

15. Examination

Winter Break

SECOND SEMESTER

16. Dante

17. Boccaccio

18. Hume and Kant

Interlude Six

19. Montaigne

20. Rousseau

21. Shakespeare

22. Hegel

23. Austen

24. Marx and Mill

25. Nietzsche

Interlude Seven

26. Beauvoir

27. Conrad

28. Woolf

Epilogue

Appendix: Earlier Reading Lists

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684835334
Editor:
Pietsch, Michael
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Denby, David
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
World
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Bibliographies & Indexes
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Civilization, western
Subject:
Humanities
Subject:
Bibliography
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General Education
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
History
Subject:
Literature -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Subject:
Humanities -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
R2-97-03
Publication Date:
September 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.22x6.12x.90 in. 1.41 lbs.

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