Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

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By (author) Clive James

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 912 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 46mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 17 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039333354X
  • ISBN 13: 9780393333541
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 38,957

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Finally in paperback after six hardcover printings, this international bestseller is an encyclopedic A-Z masterpiece-the perfect introduction to the very core of Western humanism. Clive James rescues, or occasionally destroys, the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the twentieth century. Soaring to Montaigne-like heights, Cultural Amnesia is precisely the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost.

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Born in Australia, Clive James lives in Cambridge, England. He is the author of Unreliable Memoirs; a volume of selected poems, Opal Sunset; the best-selling Cultural Amnesia; and the translator of The Divine Comedy by Dante. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

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"James's writings include the great tome Cultural Amnesia, the reading of which is something like getting a master's degree in 20th-century intellectual history." -- Elizabeth Gilbert