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Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture

 
 
Author
Daniel Mendelsohn.
Publisher New York Review Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781590176078
Pages/Publication Date 423/2012
Daedalus Item Code 61335
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(Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Art of the Essay Award) The author of The Elusive Embrace and The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, critic Daniel Mendelsohn was trained as a classicist. Here he selects two dozen of his best critical essays since 1999, moving easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson's translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectaclesónone more controversial than his dissection of Mad Men. Here too are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell's Holocaust blockbuster The Kindly Ones to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, "Private Lives," prefaced by Mendelsohn's New Yorker essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, NoŽl Coward, and Jonathan Franzen. "Waiting for the Barbarians adds up to more than the sum of its parts, evidencing an impressive range, depth and nobility of mind," noted Philip Lopate in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Mendelsohn is a trained classics scholar, from which much of his intellectual authority still derives: witness his brilliantly illuminating, lucid essays on Homer, Sappho, Herodotus and Horace. He writes about pop culture with equal enthusiasm."
 
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