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Cultural Amnesia : Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 45.72mm | 861.82g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 039333354X
  • 9780393333541
  • 51,509

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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 - The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

About Clive James

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 and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.show more

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