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

ISBN-10: 0684835339
ISBN-13: 9780684835334
Edition: 1997
Authors: David Denby
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 9/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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. InGreat 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.

David Denby has been film critic and staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998; prior to that he was film critic of New York magazine. His reviews and essays have also appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

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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