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Winter : five windows on the season

Author: Adam Gopnik
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, ©2011.
Series: CBC Massey lectures series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A taste for winter, a love of winter--'a mind for winter'--is for many a part of the modern condition. International bestselling author Adam Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. Here we learn how a poem by William Cowper heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Gopnik
ISBN: 9780887849749 0887849741 9780887849756 088784975X
OCLC Number: 732948892
Notes: "Fifty years CBC Massey lectures"--Cover.
Description: xiii, 256 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 21 cm.
Contents: Romantic winter --
Radical winter --
Recuperative winter --
Recreational winter --
Remembering winter.
Series Title: CBC Massey lectures series.
Responsibility: Adam Gopnik.

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"A taste for winter, a love of winter--'a mind for winter'--is for many a part of the modern condition. International bestselling author Adam Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. Here we learn how a poem by William Cowper heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles makes the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space. Gopnik's kaleidoscopic work ends in the present day, when he traverses the underground city in Montreal, pondering the future of northern culture."--Page 4 of cover.

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