Marshall McLuhan: escape into understanding : a biography
Basic Books, Oct 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 465 pages
With more media coverage of this media critic in the past year than at any time since his death in 1980, Marshall McLuhan remains the subject of heated debate. In the first book to mine his extensive personal and public writings, including journal entries; correspondence with family and the likes of Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and Clare Booth Luce; manuscript notes and files; and all of his publications, author W. Terrence Gordon has written what will become the standard reference on McLuhan's thought: a compelling, intellectual biography that infects readers with the vitality of McLuhan's ideas and of the man himself.Gaining fame and stirring controversy in the 1960s with his proposal that television was creating a "global village" and that the medium itself, not the messages it carried, was influencing the public, McLuhan was idolized by some and vilified by others. Those who truly knew and understood his work predicted that it would take ten to twenty years to be fully appreciated, and today's debate bears that out, as his predictions and prescriptions continue to be vindicated as history unfolds.
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In contrast to Phillip Machand's Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger (LJ 3/15/89), this authorized life draws heavily on McLuhan's diaries and private papers as well as on interviews with family and friends. Early on, Gordon takes a traditional biographical approach, focusing on McLuhan's childhood, Cambridge years, marriage, and conversion to Catholicism; later he turns to view the man who coined the term global village and became a pop icon with the publication of The Medium Is the Message (LJ 6/1/67) through a detailed analysis of his work. Gordon provides a straightforward and lucid account of McLuhan's life and ideas, at times defending the media guru against detractors. All facts and explanations notwithstanding, McLuhan remains an enigma. For academic and larger public libraries.--William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
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Marshall mcluhan - Escape Into Understanding - A Biography
Gordon evocatively portrays mcluhan's central place in the ferment of the 1960s and explains the formation of his brilliant insights into the media
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