American Studies

American Studies

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Presents 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.

Book News
Menand (English, City U. of New York) presents 15 of his own essays, which look at aspects of American culture in the context of their historical milieux in order to see if that process changes understanding. The essays roam widely from their core topics, which are treated as windows into wider issues of American culture. Topics include the nervous breakdown of psychologist Henry James, the commercial success of the New Yorker under the editorial helm of William Shawn, the novels of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer's criticisms of pop singer Madonna, the relationship of Rolling Stone magazine to politics, and the feud between religious fundamentalist Jerry Falwell and pornography publisher Larry Flynt. Portions of the work have appeared in the New York Review of Books , the New Republic , the New Yorker , and Artforum . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
From the bestselling author of The Metaphysical Club, brilliant illuminations of America yesterday and today.

At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make: he explains the real significance of William James's nervous breakdown, and of the anti-Semitism in T. S. Eliot's writing. He reveals the reasons for the remarkable commercial successes of William Shawn's New Yorker and William Paley's CBS. He uncovers the connection between Larry Flynt'sHustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism, between the atom bomb and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. He locates the importance of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael, Christopher Lasch, andRolling Stone magazine. And he lends an ear to Al Gore in the White House as the Starr Report is finally presented to the public.

Like his critically acclaimed bestseller, The Metaphysical Club, American Studies is intellectual and cultural history at its best: game and detached, with a strong curiosity about the political underpinnings of ideas and about the reasons successful ideas insinuate themselves into the culture at large. From one of our leading thinkers and critics, known both for his "sly wit and reportorial high-jinks [and] clarity and rigor" (The Nation), these essays are incisive, surprising, and impossible to put down.
From the bestselling author of The Metaphysical Club, brilliant illuminations of America yesterday and today.

At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make: he explains the real significance of William James's nervous breakdown, and of the anti-Semitism in T. S. Eliot's writing. He reveals the reasons for the remarkable commercial successes of William Shawn's New Yorker and William Paley's CBS. He uncovers the connection between Larry Flynt'sHustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism, between the atom bomb and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. He locates the importance of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael, Christopher Lasch, andRolling Stone magazine. And he lends an ear to Al Gore in the White House as the Starr Report is finally presented to the public.

Like his critically acclaimed bestseller, The Metaphysical Club, American Studies is intellectual and cultural history at its best: game and detached, with a strong curiosity about the political underpinnings of ideas and about the reasons successful ideas insinuate themselves into the culture at large. From one of our leading thinkers and critics, known both for his "sly wit and reportorial high-jinks [and] clarity and rigor" (The Nation), these essays are incisive, surprising, and impossible to put down.


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The author of The Metaphysical Club explores William James's nervous breakdown, the anti-Semitism of T. S. Eliot, and the links between Larry Flynt's Hustler magazine and Jerry Falwell's evangelism, among other quintessentially "American" became part of mainstream life.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374104344
0374104344
Branch Call Number: 973.9 MENAN

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