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Frenzy of Renown Fame and Its History

ISBN-10: 0679776303
ISBN-13: 9780679776307
Edition: 1997
Authors: Leo Braudy
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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

"Remarkably ambitious . . . an impressive tour de force." --Washington Post Book World For Alexander the Great, fame meant accomplishing what no mortal had ever accomplished before. For Julius Caesar, personal glory was indistinguishable from that of Rome. The early Christians devalued public recognition, believing that the only true audience was God. And Marilyn Monroe owed much of her fame to the fragility that led to self-destruction. These are only some of the dozens of figures that populate Leo Braudy's panoramic history of fame, a book that tells us as much about vast cultural changes as it does about the men and women who at different times captured their societies' regard.   Spanning thousands of years and fields ranging from politics to literature and mass media, The Frenzy of Renown explores the unfolding relationship between the famous and their audiences, between fame and the representations that make it possible. Hailed as a landmark at its original publication and now reissued with a new Afterword covering the last tumultuous decade, here is a major work that provides our celebrity-obsessed, post-historical society with a usable past. "Expansive . . . Braudy excels at rocketing a general point into the air with the fuel of drama. " --Harper's

The Urge to be Unique
Above It All: Lindbergh and Hemingway
The Longing of Alexander
The Destiny of Rome
Public Men and the Fall of the Roman Republic
The Authority of Augustus
The Emptiness of Public Fame
The Uneasy Truce: Authority and Authorship
Christianity and the Fame of the Spirit
The Intercession of Art
The Imagery of Invisible Power
The Intermediary and His Audience
Printing and Portraiture: The Dissemination of the Unique
The Democratization of Fame
From Monarchs to Individualists
The Posture of Reticence and the Sanction of Neglect
Democratic Theater and the Natural Performer
Conclusion: The Dream of Acceptability
Afterword to the Vintage Edition: Fame Without History
References
Index

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