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Great Books - David Denby

Paperback Published: 25th September 1997
ISBN: 9780684835334
Number Of Pages: 492

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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.

Tracy Kidder What Mr. Denby has written is a book filled with keen literary and social observation, which captures the excitement of exploration and discovery. This is a wonderful book. Jane Smiley Chicago Tribune Books He sustains a variety of tone, subject matter and approach that keeps Great Books alluring and readable throughout...I was torn between getting out a copy of the book he had just discussed and reading it and going on with Denby. In every case. I went on with Denby. Joyce Carol Oates The New York Times Book Review A lively adventure of the mind....The tone of the prose...is one of unqualified enthusiasm: energy, vigor, intellectual curiosity, and what might be called an ecstasy of imaginative journalism.

Introduction
Reading Lists
First Semester
Homer I
Sappho
Plato I
Homer II
Plato II
Sophocles
Aristotle
Aeschylus and Euripides
Virgil
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Augustine
Machiavelli
Hobbes and Locke
ExaminationWinter Break
Second Semester
Dante
Boccaccio
Hume and Kant
Montaigne
Rousseau
Shakespeare
Hegel
Austen
Marx and Mill
Nietzsche
Beauvoir
Conrad
Woolf
Epilogue
Appendix: Earlier Reading Lists
Selected Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780684835334
ISBN-10: 0684835339
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 25th September 1997
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1