Great Books Written in Prison: Essays on Classic Works from Plato to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Great Books Written in Prison: Essays on Classic Works from Plato to Martin Luther King, Jr.

by J. Ward Regan (Editor)

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Great Books Written in Prison: Essays on Classic Works from Plato to Martin Luther King, Jr. by J. Ward Regan

Many of the world’s most important historical figures were imprisoned for holding unpopular or unorthodox beliefs. They used their time behind bars to write books that shaped the course of history. This collection of new essays offers a wide-ranging examination of influential works written—in whole or in part—while their authors were in prison or exile. Each chapter explores a different text and contains a brief biography and summary of the circumstances surrounding the author’s imprisonment, along with a critical examination of the writing and its legacy. Authors covered include Plato, Thomas Paine, Gandhi, Thoreau, Bertrand Russell, Hitler and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786478033
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

J. Ward Regan, Ph.D., has taught history and philosophy at New York University’s Liberal Studies program since 1993, and has lectured widely on American and European history through the New York Council for the Humanities. He lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface J. Ward Regan 1

Introduction J. Ward Regan 5

Socrates' Trial and Death by Execution Farzad Mahootian 17

Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy: Why Do the Innocent Suffer? Heidi White 34

Poetic Justice: The Civilization of the Heart in Malory's Morte Darthur Stephanie Kiceluk 46

A Prisoner of Circumstance: Cervantes, Don Quixote and Literary Self-Authorship in the Early Modern Period Sean Eve 62

Thomas Paine and The Age of Reason J. Ward Regan 78

Thoreau's Rhetoric of Resistance Peter Diamond 93

Epistle from Prison: Oscar Wilde's De Profundis [Epistola in Carcere et Vinculis] Joseph J. Portanova 107

Bertrand Russell, World War I and Analytic Philosophy Phil Washburn 123

His Majesty's Hotels: Gandhi's Satyagraba in South Africa Martin F. Reichert 138

Jawaharlal Nehru's Discovery of India: The Writing of History, Fighting for Freedom in Ahmandnager Jail Tilottama Tharoor 153

Drifter's Escape: Adolf Hitler and the Writing of Mein Kampf Rolf Wolfswinkel 167

Antonio Gramsci's The Prison Notebooks: A Humanist Reconstruction of Marxism Brendan Hogan 180

Jean Genet: Our Lady of the Flowers in Prison Afrodesia E. McCannon 192

In the Shadows of Prison: Sayyid Qutb's Visions of a Perfect World Peter C. Valenti 204

Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and Non-Violent Social Transformation Joyce Apsel 230

About the Contributors 247

Index 249

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