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The frenzy of renown : fame & its history

Author: Leo Braudy
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.
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Analysizes the concept of fame throughout history. Includes chapters on Homer, Alexander the Great, Pompey, Cicero, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, caligula, Nero, Jesus Christ, St. Augustine, Charlesmagne, St. Francis of Assisi, Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Benjamin Franklin, John Keats, William Hazlitt, Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Walt  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Braudy, Leo.
Frenzy of renown.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1986
(OCoLC)561278083
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo Braudy
ISBN: 0195040031 9780195040036
OCLC Number: 12977462
Description: xiii, 649 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One. The urge to be unique --
Introduction --
Above it all : Lindbergh and Hemingway --
The longing of Alexander --
Part Two. The destiny of Rome --
Public mean and the fall of the Roman Republic --
The authority of Augustus --
Part Three. The emptiness of public fame --
The unesasy truce : Authority and authorship --
Christianity and the fame of the spirit --
Part Four. The intercession of art --
The imagery of invisible power --
The intermediary and his audience --
Primting and portraiture : The dissemination of the unique --
Part Five. The democratization of fame --
From monarchs to individualists --
The posture of reticence and the sanction of neglect --
Democratic theater and the natural performer --
Conclusion : The dream of acceptability.
Responsibility: Leo Braudy.
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The author shows that the desire to be famous is far from being just a twentieth-century obsession, tracing the history of fame and its pursuit from Alexander the Great to the idolatry of media  Read more...

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