Great Books

Great Books

My Adventures With Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World

Book - 1997 | 1st Touchstone ed. --
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1997, c1996
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed. --
ISBN: 9780684835334
Characteristics: 492 p


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 09, 2014

Denby writes splendid film critiques for the New York magazine and is a contributing author to the New Yorker. Feeling a little jaded and deeply world weary he decided to return to Columbia University to attend the course in humanities which he had taken as an undergraduate. He writes of his young fellow students -- their backgrounds and their reactions to the classics so alien to today's culture, and his professors -- their attitudes, teaching methods and the ability of one or two to be outstanding. A mini-course in the core curriculum.

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