Great Books by David Denby

Great Books

David Denby
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  • ISBN
    9780684835334 / 0684835339
  • Title Great Books
  • Author David Denby
  • Category Reference Works
  • Format
  • Year 1997
  • Pages 496
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Imprint Pocket Books
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 155mm x 23mm x 234mm


Now in paperback—the national bestseller that offers a dramatic and entertaining account of some of the greatest works of literature, a persuasive defense of the magnificence of the Western literary tradition, and a thrilling personal odyssey of one man's return to academia.

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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.

Tracy Kidder What Mr. Denby has written is a book filled with keen literary and social observation, which captures the excitement of exploration and discovery. This is a wonderful book.

Author Biography

David Denby has been film critic and staff writer at“The New Yorker ”since 1998; prior to that he was film critic of N“ew 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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