Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History

Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History

by Leo Braudy, Braudy
     
 

"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.… See more details below

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"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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195040036
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1986
Pages:
650
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.57(d)

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Table of Contents

IThe Urge to be Unique
Above It All: Lindbergh and Hemingway19
The Longing of Alexander29
IIThe Destiny of Rome
Public Men and the Fall of the Roman Republic55
The Authority of Augustus90
IIIThe Emptiness of Public Fame
The Uneasy Truce: Authority and Authorship115
Christianity and the Fame of the Spirit150
IVThe Intercession of Art
The Imagery of Invisible Power193
The Intermediary and His Audience219
Printing and Portraiture: The Dissemination of the Unique265
VThe Democratization of Fame
From Monarchs to Individualists315
The Posture of Reticence and the Sanction of Neglect390
Democratic Theater and the Natural Performer450
Conclusion: The Dream of Acceptability
Afterword to the Vintage Edition: Fame Without History
References
Index

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