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A great idea at the time : the rise, fall, and curious afterlife of the Great Books

Author: Alex Beam
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explores the Great Books mania, in an entertaining and strangely poignant portrait of American popular culture on the threshold of the television age.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Beam
ISBN: 9781586484873 1586484877 9781586487768 1586487760
OCLC Number: 191926328
Description: vii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The headwaters --
The odd couple --
The Great Books in the gray city --
Great Books good for you! --
The making of the books --
Faster, pussycat! Sell! Sell! --
Second verse not the same as the first --
The people of the book --
Epictetus at the cash register: Chicago and Columbia --
Hard core: St. John's College --
Among the bookies --
Dead books walking.
Responsibility: Alex Beam.
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By the author of the Boston Globe #1 bestseller Gracefully Insane: A wry, witty history of an unlikely literary fad, and of American pop culture in the 1950s and early 1960s  Read more...

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