Search Results: "Mark Edmundson"


BOOK REVIEW

SELF AND SOUL by Mark Edmundson
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Though Shakespeare fans may feel defensive, Edmundson delivers a welcome championing of humanistic ways of thinking and living."
What happens in the rush to gain the world? We lose our souls, of course—and, Edmundson (English/Univ. of Virginia; Why Football Matters, 2014, etc.) adds, our ideals to boot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Brilliantly buttressed plea for reconsideration of Freud as philosopher and shrink."
The final shaping of the Promethean psychoanalyst's work amid the opening clashes of war and forebodings of holocaust. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY WRITE? by Mark Edmundson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This has been done better by others, but it's never a bad thing to encourage reading and writing."
Do we really need another book on writing? Maybe. Read full book review >

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WHY TEACH? by Mark Edmundson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Edmundson may have strong words about culture, education and the common reader's quest to be entertained above all else, but he provides a bracing tonic against the decline of higher education."
Edmundson (English/Univ. of Virginia; The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll, 2010, etc.) dispels any ambiguity about his position on his subject with the subtitle—"In Defense of a Real Education"—of this deeply felt collection of explorations and reflections on an education in the liberal arts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEACHER by Mark Edmundson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"A small treasure, both Edmundson's portrait of Lears and his high-relief, visceral snapshot of Medford."
The wry and affecting story of the teacher who got under the author's skin and pointed his life in a new direction, much for the better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Brilliantly buttressed plea for reconsideration of Freud as philosopher and shrink."
The final shaping of the Promethean psychoanalyst's work amid the opening clashes of war and forebodings of holocaust. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"It has many startling insights, shrewd observations, and considerable narrative momentum."
What do Richard Nixon, Freddy Krueger, O.J. Simpson, and Edgar Allan Poe have in common with one another—but not with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Ralph Waldo Emerson? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2010

"A near-perfect memoir."
Edmundson (English/Univ. of Virginia; The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days, 2007, etc.) delivers a wily, playful, self-denigrating memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY FOOTBALL MATTERS by Mark Edmundson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"A provocative thesis bolstered by amusing and instructive anecdotes—but there is a flaw in the defensive line."
The author of Why Read? (2004) and other works of cultural criticism returns with a memoir/treatise about those personal virtues he traces back to his years playing high school football. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 9, 1993

"After a few high, clear notes, a swoop to despond."
From Bloom to Kimball to D'Souza, attacks on the liberal arts have been one-sided, argues editor Edmundson, who here invites 12 academics to ``set the record straight.'' The resulting essays and interviews are dispiriting in a ratio of about two to one. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

YETI, TURN OUT THE LIGHT! by Greg  Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A well-told tale of nighttime collywobbles, suitable for framing. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When a yeti gets a case of the heebie-jeebies, then something clearly is amiss. Read full book review >