Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury, a Personal Tour of Some of the World's Best Books

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Bancroft Press, 25.02.1998 - 243 Seiten
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Vintage Reading brings eighty of the world's most unforgettable books out from behind the high castle walls, lowers the drawbridge, and welcomes readers inside. With lively and concise commentary, award-winning author Robert Kanigel throws an arm around the reader and becomes the tour guide to classics, best-sellers, lesser-known greats, and everything in-between. From St. Augustine's Confessions to Dorothy Parker's Stories, Kanigel presents a unique collection of essays unlike any other stuffy attempt at introducing the modern reader to Great Books.Vintage Reading is welcoming. It opens the door to eighty good books rather than post stern-faced guards around them. Before writing his critically acclaimed titles The Man Who Knew Infinity and The One Best Way, Kanigel penned these essays to guide time-starved bibliophiles to important books they may have missed. The essays appeared in such publications as Baltimore's Evening Sun, Cleveland's Plain Dealer, and The Los Angeles Times. Vintage Reading brings eighty of the world's most unforgettable books out from behind the high castle walls, lowers the drawbridge, and welcomes readers inside.With lively and concise commentary, award-winning author Robert Kanigel throws an arm around the reader and becomes the tour guide to: Books That Shaped the Western World Books on Everyone's List of Literary Classics Books on Many a List for Burning Lighter Fare: Good Reads, Best Sellers One-of-a-Kinds But I Know What I Like: Books on Aesthetics & Style Making Hard Work Easy: Great Works of Popularization Not Robinson Crusoe...Lesser Known Classics The Realm of the Spirit: Holy & Human From St. Augustine's Confessions to Dorothy Parker's Stories, Kanigel presents a unique collection of essays unlike any other stuffy attempt at introducing the modern reader to Great Books.Vintage Reading is welcoming. It opens the door to eighty good books rather than post stern-faced guards around them. Before writing his critically acclaimed titles The Man Who Knew Infinity and The One Best Way, Kanigel penned these essays to guide time-starved bibliophiles to important books they may have missed. The essays appeared in such publications as Baltimore's Evening Sun, Cleveland's Plain Dealer, and The Los Angeles Times.
 

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A little too verbose and grammatically pretentious for my liking; however, I did glean helpful insights that I will definitely put into practice when reading classical literature in the future. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Somewhat interesting collection of recommendations. I added seventeen to my reading list. The essays are short enough to provoke or denounce interest within the first few sentences and the essays do not give away too much of the stories they review. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Essays Montaigne
62
Dialogues Plato
65
The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith
68
An Essay on the Principle of Population Thomas Malthus
71
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon
74
The Origin of Species Charles Darwin
77
The Histories Herodotus
80
The Federalist Papers Hamilton Madison
83
The Greek Way Edith Hamilton
121
FIVE
122
Not Robinson Crusoe Not Brave New World Lesser Known Classics
125
A Journal of the Plague Year Daniel Defoe
126
The Doors of Perception Aldous Huxley
129
Elective Affinities Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
132
Homage to Catalonia George Orwell
135
Civilization and Its Discontents Sigmund Freud
138

The Annals of Imperial Rome Tacitus
86
The Peloponnesian War Thucydides
89
Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville
92
FOUR Making Hard Work Easy The Great Popularizers
95
Only Yesterday Frederick Lewis Allen
96
Microbe Hunters Paul de Kruif
99
Selected Works Cicero
102
Coming of Age in Samoa Margaret Mead
104
The Outermost House Henry Beston
107
The Amiable Baltimoreans Francis F Beirne
110
What to Listen for in Music Aaron Copland
113
Gods Graves and Scholars C W Ceram
116
The Stress of Life Hans Selye
118
Arrowsmith Sinclair Lewis
141
Roughing It Mark Twain
144
X
147
A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
148
The Song of Hiawatha H W Longfellow
150
The Rise of David Levinsky Abraham Cahan
153
Java Head Joseph Hergesheimer
156
Mr Pottermacks Oversight R Austin Freeman
159
A Bell for Adano John Hersey
161
Tlie Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury
164
Gentlemans Agreement Laura Z Hobson
167
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Über den Autor (1998)

Robert Kanigel teaches at MIT and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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