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For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals

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For the Love of It is a story not only of one intimate struggle between a man and his cello, but also of the larger struggle between a society obsessed with success and individuals who choose challenging hobbies that yield no payoff except the love of it.

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Overview

For the Love of It is a story not only of one intimate struggle between a man and his cello, but also of the larger struggle between a society obsessed with success and individuals who choose challenging hobbies that yield no payoff except the love of it.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review - Peter Kountz
"If, in truth, Booth is an amateur player now in his fifth decade of amateuring, he is certainly not an amateur thinker about music and culture. . . . Would that all of us who think and teach and care about music could be so practical and profound at the same time."
Boston Globe - Clea Simon
“This book serves as a running commentary on the nature and depth of this love, and all the connections it has formed in his life. . . . The music, he concludes, has become part of him, and that is worth the price."
Times Literary Supplement
"Wayne Booth, the prominent American literary critic, has written the only sustained study of the interior experience of musical amateurism in recent years, For the Love of It. It succeeds as a meditation on the tension between the centrality of music in Booth's life, both inner and social, and its marginality. . . . It causes the reader to acknowledge the heterogeneity of the pleasures involved in making music; the satisfaction in playing well, the pride one takes in learning a difficult piece or passage or technique, the buzz in one's fingertips and the sense of completeness with the bow when the turn is done just right, the pleasure of playing with others, the comfort of a shared society, the joy of not just hearing, but making, the music, the wonder at the notes lingering in the air."
Chicago Tribune - John von Rhein
"The book will be read with delight by every well-meaning amateur who has ever struggled. . . . Even general readers will come away with a valuable lesson for living: Never mind the outcome of a possibly vain pursuit; in the passion that is expended lies the glory."
USA Today - James Sloan Allen
"Hooray for amateurs! And huzzahs to Wayne Booth for honoring them as they deserve. For the Love of It celebrates amateurism with genial philosophizing and pointed cultural criticism, as well as with personal reminiscences and self-effacing wit."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226065861
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne C. Booth (1921–2005) was the George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Rhetoric of Fiction, A Rhetoric of Irony, The Power and Limits of Pluralism, The Vocation of a Teacher, and For the Love of It, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Overture: What Is an Amateur—And Why Amateuring Matters
First Movement: The Courtship
1 : Getting It into My Bones
2 : Seduced by the Cello
3 : Amateuring and Rival Pleasures
Second Movement: The Marriage
4 : The Zen of Thumb Position Maintenance
5 : Teaching the Love
6 : Meditations of an Aging Pupil
Interlude: The Amateur Writer Quarrels with the Amateur Player
Third Movement: The Love Fulfilled
7 : Amateur Hours: Disastrous, Not Too Bad, and Just Plain Glorious
8 : Hearing with Your Body: How Playing Transforms Listening
9 : The Three Gifts
Fourth Movement: Rising Dissonance, Resolved to Heavenly Harmony
10 : "Making It," Selling Out, and the Future of Amateuring
11 : The Music of the Spheres—But What Spheres?
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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