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Menand, Louis

Works: 89 works in 370 publications in 5 languages and 10,377 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political fiction  Satire  Screenplays  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Fiction)  Novels  Essays 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, pre
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The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand( Book )
61 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,876 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 )
15 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,391 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 )
33 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,354 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 by Louis Menand( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 812 libraries worldwide
At the bottom of every controversy embroiling the university today - from debates over hate-speech codes to the reorganization of the academy as a multicultural institution - is the concept of academic freedom. But academic freedom is almost never mentioned in these debates. Now nine leading academics consider the problems confronting the American university in terms of their effect on the future of academic freedom. Whom and what does academic freedom protect? Are restrictions on hate speech compatible with the academic freedom of inquiry? Must academic freedom have epistemological foundations, or should it be reconceived as an ethical practice? If the American university is now undergoing a radical reorganization, both intellectual and economic, what are the threats to the freedoms of inquiry and expression that professors and students have traditionally taken for granted? Some of these writers have taken leading roles in debates over the university and its future; others enter those debates for the first time. All have been instrumental in the intellectual development of their own disciplines. They were invited by the American Association of University Professors to reflect on the future of academic freedom in light of the social and intellectual condition of the university today, and the result is an extraordinarily wide-ranking discussion of the real stakes in the controversy over higher learning in America. 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. -- from dust jacket
American studies by Louis Menand( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 764 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 )
10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 613 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 )
9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 495 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 )
5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 376 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 A. Walton Litz( file )
30 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 279 libraries worldwide
"This volume of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism ... provides a thorough account of the critical tradition emerging with the modernist and avant-garde writers of the early twentieth century (Eliot, Pound, Stein, Yeats), continuing with the New Critics (Richards, Empson, Burke, Winters), and feeding into the influential work of Leavis, Trilling and others who helped form the modern institutions of literary culture. The core period covered is 1910-60, but explicit connections are made with nineteenth-century traditions and there is discussion of the implications of modernism and the New Criticism for our own time, with its inherited formalism, anti-sentimentalism, and astringency of tone. The book provides a companion to the other twentieth-century volumes of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, and offers a systematic and stimulating coverage of the development of the key literary-critical movements, with chapters on groups and genres as well as on individual critics."--Publisher's description
The liberal imagination : essays on literature and society by Lionel Trilling( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 166 libraries worldwide
"Trilling's essays examine the promise, and limits, of liberalism, challenging the complacency of a naive liberal belief in rationality, progress, and the panaceas of economics and other social sciences, and asserting in their stead the irreducible complexity of human motivation and the tragic inevitability of tragedy. Only the imagination, Trilling argues, can give us access and insight into these realms and only the imagination can ground a reflective and considered, rather than programmatic and dogmatic, liberalism"--
The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 146 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
The Cambridge history of literary criticism by George A Kennedy( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 144 libraries worldwide
American studies by Louis Menand( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 132 libraries worldwide
Presents a collection of essays on American art, American thought, and American life
The rise of the research university : a sourcebook ( Book )
5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 112 libraries worldwide
The modern research university is a global institution with a rich history that stretches into an ivy-laden past, but for as much as we think we know about that past, most of the writings that have recorded it are scattered across many archives and, in many cases, have yet to be translated into English. With this book, Paul Reitter, Chad Wellmon, and Louis Menand bring a wealth of these important texts together, assembling a fascinating collection of primary sources many translated into English for the first time that outline what would become the university as we know it. The editors focus on the development of American universities such as Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and the Universities of Chicago, California, and Michigan. Looking to Germany, they translate a number of seminal sources that formulate the shape and purpose of the university and place them next to hard-to-find English-language texts that took the German university as their inspiration, one that they creatively adapted, often against stiff resistance. Enriching these texts with short but insightful essays that contextualize their importance, the editors offer an accessible portrait of the early research university, one that provides invaluable insights not only into the historical development of higher learning but also its role in modern society
Dialogue with death : the journal of a prisoner of the fascists in the Spanish Civil War by Arthur Koestler( Book )
4 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 88 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 marketplace of ideas : reform and reaction in the American University by Louis Menand( file )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 62 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
Hanover builds a high school by Louis Menand( Book )
1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
The Manchurian candidate by Richard Condon( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 43 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
After Clinton by Lars-Erik Nelson( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Louis Menand Amerikaans schrijver
Louis Menand universitaire américain
Louis Menand US-amerikanischer Anglist, Literaturkritiker und Kulturhistoriker
Louis Menand Writer, Pulitzer Prize for History winner
메난드, 루이스
メナンド, ルイ
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Spanish (10)
Italian (3)
Japanese (2)
French (1)
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