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How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken : essays

Author: Daniel Adam Mendelsohn
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A collection of essays that mostly appeared in the New York Review of Books in which the classicist/critic looks at contemporary culture through its movies, books and theater.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Daniel Adam Mendelsohn; Daniel Adam Mendelsohn; Daniel Adam Mendelsohn; Daniel Adam Mendelsohn
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Adam Mendelsohn
ISBN: 9780061456435 0061456438
OCLC Number: 182621503
Description: xix, 456 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken --
Part one. Heroines. Novel of the year (The lovely bones) --
Not afraid of Virginia Woolf (The hours) --
Victims on Broadway I (The glass menagerie) --
Victims on Broadway II (A streetcar named Desire) --
The women of Pedro Almodóvar (Volver) --
Lost in Versailles (Marie Antoinette) --
Looking for Lucia (Lucia at the Met) --
Not an ideal husband (Ted Hughes's Alcestis) --
Part two. Heroics. A little Iliad (Troy) --
Alexander, the movie! --
Duty (300) --
It's only a movie (Kill Bill, vol. 1) --
Nailed! Dale Peck's Hatchet jobs) --
The way out (Everyman) --
Mighty Hermaphrodite (Middlesex) --
Part three. Closets. The passion of Henry James (The Master) --
The two Oscar Wildes (The Importance of being earnest) --
The tale of two Housmans (The Invention of love) --
The Truman Show (The stories and letters of Truman Capote) --
Winged messages (Angels in America) --
An affair to remember (Brokeback Mountain) --
The man behind the curtain (John Boswell, Same-sex unions in premodern Europe) --
Part four. Theater. The Greek way (Greek tragedies in New York) --
Bitter-sweet (Private lives) --
Double take (The producers) --
Harold Pinter's celebration (Pinter retrospective at Lincoln Center) --
Part five. War. Theaters of war (Thucydides' History) --
The bad boy of Athens (Medea on Broadway) --
For the birds (Nathan Lane's Frogs) --
September 11 at the movies (World Trade Center and United 93).
Responsibility: Daniel Mendelsohn.
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A collection of essays that mostly appeared in the New York Review of Books in which the classicist/critic looks at contemporary culture through its movies, books and theater.

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