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A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books

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Today the classics of the western canon, written by the proverbial dead white men, are cannon fodder in the culture wars. But in the 1950s and 1960s, they were a pop culture phenomenon. The Great Books of Western Civilization, fifty-four volumes chosen by intellectuals at the University of Chicago, began as an educational movement, and evolved into a successful marketing idea. Why did a million American households buy books by Hippocrates and Nicomachus from door-to-door salesmen? And how and why did the great books fall out of fashion?

In A Great Idea at the Time Alex Beam explores the Great Books mania, in an entertaining and strangely poignant portrait of American popular culture on the threshold of the television age. Populated with memorable characters, A Great Idea at the Time will leave readers asking themselves: Have I read Lucretius's De Rerum Natura lately? If not, why not?

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Today, the classics written by the proverbial dead white men are cannon fodder in the culture wars, but in the 1950s and 1960s they were a pop culture phenomenon. Beam explores the Great Books mania, in this strangely poignant portrait of America on the threshold of the television age.

About the Author

Alex Beam is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe. His writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, Slate, the New York Times and many other magazines. The author of Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside Americaand#8217;s Premier Mental Hospital, and of two novels, he lives in Boston.

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ISBN:
9781586487768
Subtitle:
The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books
Author:
Beam, Alex
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
General History
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20091013
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w photos throughout
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.8 oz

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