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Menand, Louis

Works: 68 works in 253 publications in 5 languages and 9,595 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Satire  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Personal narratives  Biography  Case studies  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: E169.1, 973.9
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Most widely held works by Louis Menand
The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand( Book )
51 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Civil War made America a modern nation, unleashing forces of industrialism and expansion that had been kept in check for decades by the quarrel over slavery. But the war also discredited the ideas and beliefs of the era that preceded it. The Civil War swept away the slave civilization of the South, but almost the whole intellectual culture of the North went with it. It took nearly half a century for Americans to develop a set of ideas, a way of thinking, that would help them cope with the conditions of modern life. That struggle is the subject of this book." "The story told in The Metaphysical Club runs through the lives of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., a Civil War hero who became the dominant legal thinker of his time; his best friend as a young man, William James, son of an eccentric moral philosopher, brother of a great novelist, and the father of modern psychology in America; and the brilliant and troubled logician, scientist, and founder of semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce. Together they belonged to an informal discussion group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872 and called itself the Metaphysical Club. The club was probably in existence for only nine months, and no records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea - an idea about ideas, about the role beliefs play in people's lives. This idea informs the writings of these three thinkers, and the work of the fourth figure in the book, John Dewey - student of Peirce, friend and ally of James, admirer of Holmes." "The Metaphysical Club begins with the Civil War and ends in 1919 with the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Abrams, the basis for the modern law of free speech. It tells the story of the creation of ideas and values that changed the way Americans think and the way they live."--Jacket
The marketplace of ideas by Louis Menand( Book )
16 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that outdated institutional structures and higher educational philosophies are negatively contrasting with significant changes in today's faculties and student bodies with a result that higher education is more competitive and less applicable
Discovering modernism : T.S. Eliot and his context by Louis Menand( Book )
25 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This reissue of Menand's classic intellectual history of T.S. Eliot and the singular role he played in the rise of literary modernism features an updated Afterword by the author along with a detailed critical appraisal of the progression of Eliot's career as a poet and critic. Menand shows how Eliot's early views on literary value and authenticity-and his later repudiation of those views-reflect the profound changes that occurred in the understanding of literature and its significance in the early part of the twentieth century. The new Afterword was adapted from Menand's critically lauded essay on Eliot in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume Seven: Modernism and the New Criticism
The future of academic freedom ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The essays respond to critics of the university, but they also respond to one another: Rorty and Haskell argue about the epistemological foundations of academic freedom; Gates and Sunstein discuss the legal and educational logic of speech codes. But in the end the volume achieves an unexpected consensus about the need to reconceive the concept of academic freedom in order to meet the threats and risks of the future
American studies by Louis Menand( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of essays presenting an intellectual and cultural history of America that draws connections between seemingly unrelated facets of American society, identifying the sources of key innovations while explaining how ideas became part of mainstream life
America in theory ( Book )
8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The appeal to a shared sense of origins and national purpose is part of the rhetoric of American life. Every new item on the social agenda--from the New Deal, to the Space Program, to affirmative action--has attempted to justify itself as an expression of American ideals. But the historical source of "the American experience" is a matter of dispute: was it the founding documents, New England puritanism, transcendentalism, the sentiment of individualism, the myth of America as a redeemer nation? Indeed, the whole idea of explaining our experience by a single impulse may itself be misconceived. If so, should we continue to justify public policy on these grounds? Drawing together stimulating and original articles by such noted writers as McGeorge Bundy, John Diggins, E.L. Doctorow, Denis Donoghue, Gerald Holton, and David Richards, America in Theory examines the extent to which our perceptions of the past have dictated, and should continue to dictate, the way we address the problems of the present. The essays consider general issues--can we base public policy on an "original intent" of the Framers? Is there an "American way"? How do you reconcile the tension between a fixed tradition and a pluralistic nation? How do our current concerns with theories of interpretation shape our reading of the constitution and a reconsideration of the past? Norman Dorsen points out that many recent policy debates have reached an impasse because opposing forces base their arguments on contradictory interpretations of the American past. And John Brademas, former U.S. Representative and current President of New York University, traces the history of federal support for education and offers a penetrating critique of Reagan's attempts to curtail this support. In addition, there are chapters on civil rights, foreign policy, the Equal Rights Amendment, nuclear arms, and affirmative action. As these thought-provoking essays reveal, the myths and theories that make up our idea of America are still evolving, are still open to debate two centuries after our nation's founding. Anyone interested in the meaning of the American experience, the recent direction of public policy both foreign and domestic, and the future of America will find this volume provocative and insightful.--Publisher description
Pragmatism : a reader ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pragmatism has been called America's only major contribution to philosophy. But since its birth was announced a century ago in 1898 by William James, pragmatism has played a vital role in almost every area of American intellectual and cultural life, inspiring judges, educators, politicians, poets, and social prophets. Now the major texts of American pragmatism, from William James and John Dewey to Richard Rorty and Cornel West, have been brought together and reprinted unabridged. From the first generation of pragmatists, including the Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and the founder of semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce, to the leading figures in the contemporary pragmatist revival, including the philosopher Hilary Putnam, the jurist Richard Posner, and the literary critic Richard Poirier, all the contributors to this volume are remarkable for the wit and vigor of their prose and the mind-clearing force of their ideas
The best American essays 2004 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected, and most popular, of its kind
The Cambridge history of literary criticism by Arthur W Litz( )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study is not just a chronological survey of critical writing, but a multidisciplinary investigation into how European literature, and its various genres, was transformed by developments in a number of disciplines during the 18th century
The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand( Recording )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Metaphysical Club is a compelling vital account of how the cluster of ideas that came to be called pragmatism was forged from the searing experiences of its progenitors' lives
American studies by Louis Menand( Recording )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a collection of essays on American art, American thought, and American life
Dialogue with death : the journal of a prisoner of the fascists in the Spanish Civil War by Arthur Koestler( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1937, while working for the London News Chronicle as a correspondent with the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War, I was captured by General Franco's troops and held for several months in solitary confinement, witnessing the executions of my fellow-prisoners and awaiting my own. [This book] is an account of that experience written immediately after my release, in July-August, 1937 ... My principal interest in writing [this book] was an introspective one : the psychological impact of the condemned cell. From this view point, the political background was irrelevant, and the narrative, as far as it went, was the truthful account of an intimate experience"--Page xiii-xiv
The Manchurian candidate by Richard Condon( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A U.S. Army platoon, captured in the Korean conflict, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis-induced conditioning that transforms the man into a human time bomb. He is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner, a Korean war hero, who, for a sinister political purpose. He has been brainwashed by the Chinese who hope to use him as a tool in a political assassination plot to be triggered by his domineering mother
Hanover builds a high school by Louis Menand( Book )
1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The marketplace of ideas reform and reaction in the American University by Louis Menand( Recording )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
According to Harvard professor Louis Menand, at a time when competition to get into and succeed in college has never been more intense, universities are providing a less useful education. In The Marketplace of Ideas, he assesses what is important in a traditional university---and what is not
The Cambridge history of literary criticism by Georges Alexander Kennedy( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides a comprehensive historical account of Western literary criticism from classical antiquity to the present day
After Clinton by Lars-Erik Nelson( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Cambridge history of literary criticism ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Peter Sacks : paintings by Peter M Sacks( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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English (194)
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