A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books
Publish date: November 4th 2008
Pages no: 245
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Books About Books
Although I imagined this to be a consideration of the canon in a general sense, it's actually the story behind the Great Books of the Western World collection, 54 volumes developed by a panel at the University of Chicago in the '40s.The behind-the-scenes chatter about what should be included/exclude...
I am really enjoying this book. The author treats the principle characters, Hutchins and Adler, with respect but a lot of irony. I had a set - which remained mostly unread but a great source of quotations - and their tiny print and double-column layout of 443 all-white-male works reinforced one quip...