Great Books

Great Books

by David Denby
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Great Books by David Denby

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780684835334
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 249,487
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

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.

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Great Books 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i bought GREAT BOOKS at a discount in a drugstore I thought it would be a cheap reference book. Sort of Cliffs Notes in one volume. Wrong. These chapters are penetrating insights into the modern relavance of the great writers of the Western world. Wow! The reader has to follow with pleasure the mental turnings of the author as he studies these books again. But there is more. Because David Denby opens ones own mind to rethinking what one thought about things, the reader is lifted to a new and personal perception of these great works. Grown-up people will eat this book up.
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