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

By: Beam, Alex

Price: $6.00

Publisher: 7/6/2012

Seller ID: 9781586484873

ISBN: 1586484877

Condition: USED


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 ... View more info

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Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

By: Beam, Alex

Price: $6.00

Seller ID: 9781101870228

ISBN: 1101870222

Condition: USED


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