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De Botton, Alain

Overview
Works: 360 works in 1,168 publications in 8 languages and 20,711 library holdings
Genres: Humor  Miscellanea  Fiction  Popular works  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Love stories  Pictorial works  Handbooks, manuals, etc 
Roles: Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: NA2540, 101
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Alain De Botton
The architecture of happiness by Alain De Botton ( Book )
42 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Danish and held by 1,823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A study of architecture examines how we both shape and are shaped by our private homes and public edifices and explains how our stylistic choices can be used to increase our chances of happiness
Status anxiety by Alain De Botton ( Book )
43 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Portuguese and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drawing from the fields of history, psychology, politics, and economics, a look at the anxieties associated with a pursuit of status explains how humans have sought to cope with their fears and offers suggestions on ways to deal with the problem
The consolations of philosophy by Alain De Botton ( Book )
36 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, a work that proves that philosophy can be a source of help for our most painful everyday problems." "Dividing his work into six sections - each highlighting a different psychic ailment and the appropriate philosopher - de Botton offers consolation for unpopularity from Socrates, for not having enough money from Epicurus, for frustration from Seneca, for inadequacy from Montaigne, and for a broken heart from Schopenhaver (the darkest of thinkers and yet, paradoxically, the most cheering). Consolation for envy - and, of course, the final word on consolation - comes from Nietzsche: "Not everything which makes us feel better is good for us.""--BOOK JACKET
The pleasures and sorrows of work by Alain De Botton ( Book )
31 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alain De Botton explores the world of offices and factories, convention halls, outdoor installations and transportation routes. He spends time in and around some less familiar work environments and discloses both the sheer strangeness and beauty of the places where people spend their working lives. Along the way, De Botton uncovers some of the most compelling questions that we rarely make time to consider: Why do we do it?
Religion for atheists : a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion by Alain De Botton ( Book )
22 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton's inspiring book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false--but that it still has some very important things to teach the secular world. Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it--because the world's religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer himself) proposes that we look to religion for insights into how to, among other concerns, build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel and reconnect with the natural world.--From publisher description
The art of travel by Alain De Botton ( Book )
28 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 1,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An exploration of the human desire to travel presents a series of essays on airports, museums, landscapes, holiday romances, and hotel mini-bars, offering suggestions on how to render travel more fulfilling
How Proust can change your life : not a novel by Alain De Botton ( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uses Proust's essays, letters, and fiction to humorously show how Proust "understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts."--Jacket
A week at the airport by Alain De Botton ( Book )
15 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the bestselling author of The Art of Travel comes a wittily intriguing exploration of the strange "non-place" that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization. Given unprecedented access to one of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world'from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic. He met travelers from all over and spoke with everyone from baggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving together these conversations and his own observations'of everything from the poetry of room service menus to the eerie silence in the middle of the runway at midnight'de Botton has produced an extraordinary meditation on a place that most of us never slow down enough to see clearly. Lavishly illustrated in color by renowned photographer Richard Baker, A Week at the Airport reveals the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and'yes'even beauty. From the Trade Paperback edition
How Proust can change your life by Alain De Botton ( Book )
23 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sly self-help manual for the bookworm distills from the life and work of Marcel Proust--particularly The Remembrance of Things Past--useful directions on such subjects as cultivating friendships and sexual relations
Art as therapy by Alain De Botton ( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that the works of art can be useful, relevant--and even therapeutic
On love by Alain De Botton ( Book )
7 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Plotting the course of an affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair, through a fit of anhedonia--defined in medical texts as a diseae resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness--and finally through the terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins, inexplicably, to drift away, this 'tour de force pelasure...[is] a dissertation/novel on romantic narcissism that's both intellectually stimulating and emotionally touching" (Kirkus Reviews)." -- cover
Kiss & tell by Alain De Botton ( Book )
15 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A man accused by women of narcissism tries to show more interest in his next one, only to discover women don't like too much attention either. A romantic comedy set in Britain by the author of On Love
How to think more about sex by Alain De Botton ( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A guide to sexual behavior for the twenty-first century argues that modern sexuality must strike a balance between love and desire, and between adventure and commitment, and discusses such topics as rejection, pornography, and adultery
The romantic movement : sex, shopping, and the novel by Alain De Botton ( Book )
19 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Korean and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A novel on two young people in love who are trying to make a science of it. The protagonists are Eric and Alice, both in their twenties. He is in banking, she is in advertising. With graphs and charts
The essential Plato by ca.428-ca.348 BC Plato ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Plato is indisputably one of the most important philosophers of all time, forming with Socrates and Aristotle the trio of great figures at the heart of classical philosophy. The Essential Plato brings together the thinker's writings with an accessible, informative, and entertaining introduction from Alain De Botton, which puts Plato in a historical context and explains why his life and work are still relevant today. Using the 1871 Benjamin Jowett translation, this volume includes the entire Republic; The Apology, which explores the trial and execution of Socrates; The Symposium, Plato's plunge into the nature of love and emotion;and the Laws, an updating of The Republic, focusing on specific social issues such as education, alcoholism, and of course, "The Evils of Retail Trade."
The art of travel by Alain De Botton ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alain de Botton takes us on a journey with some of the world's greatest artists, writers and philosophers to the most inspiring destinations. Guides include Picasso, Wordsworth and Flaubert, as de Botton dexamines the art of travel with thought-provoking humor
Essays in love by Alain De Botton ( Book )
20 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak. Previous ed.: London: Macmillan, 1995
The news : a user's manual by Alain De Botton ( Book )
8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computes, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton, but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. Here, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories--including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal--and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as: Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring? De Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.--From publisher description
The art of travel by Alain De Botton ( Book )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An exploration of the human desire to travel presents a series of essays on airports, museums, landscapes, holiday romances, and hotel mini-bars, offering suggestions on how to render travel more fulfilling
Status anxiety by Alain De Botton ( )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that rarely gets mentioned directly: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Alain de Botton, best-selling author of "The consolations of philosophy" and "The art of travel", asks, with lucidity and charm, where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them. With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, he examines the origins of status anxiety (ranging from the consequences of the French Revolution to our secret dismay at the success of our friends) before revealing ingenious ways in which people have been able to overcome their worries in the search for happiness. We learn about sandal-less philosophers and topless bohemians, about the benefits of putting skulls on our sideboards, and about looking at ancient ruins
 
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Alternative Names
Alain De Botton
Boton, Alen de
Botʻong, Allaeng dŭ
Botton, Alain de
Botton, Alain de, 1969-
Botton, Alen de
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De Botton, Alain.
De Botton, Alain, 1969-
DeBotton, Alain 1969-
Dŭ Botʻong, Allaeng
בוטון, אלן דה
דה בוטון, אלן
דה בוטון, אלן. יותם, עדי
ド・ボトン, アラン
Languages
English (359)
Spanish (6)
French (5)
Japanese (4)
Portuguese (2)
Korean (2)
Danish (1)
Italian (1)
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