Thorstein Veblen: Victorian Firebrand (Google eBook)

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M.E. Sharpe, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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Now, after more than 60 years of myths and misinformation concerning the man who coined the expression conspicuous consumption, and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the publication of his Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), the authors have written a definitive biography, reflecting newly released archival information.

During his thirty-year career early in this century, economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen tweaked the sensibilities of his time with unrelenting criticism of American business culture. He also attacked other sacred American institutions: religion, sports and games, the traditional views of the role of women, the class system, the credit system, and certain aspects of academic life. His ideas on society, however, were often dismissed because of his reputation as an eccentric and a womanizer.

In this fascinating new biography, the authors present Veblen as a sensitive, brilliant, passionate, and sometimes foolishly chivalric man. They culled material primarily from letters written by Veblen, his relatives and colleagues, including most of the intellectual luminaries of the first quarter of this century whose lives intersected with that of Veblen. This is a biography of Veblen that not only presents a balanced reconstruction of his life, but also corrects a great deal of mythology about Veblen and his works. Arthur Vidich, the New School University

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
University of Chicago Beginnings
5
The Immigrants
10
Carleton
20
Tampering with the Sacrament
25
Student Relations
32
Miss Hardy
39
The Wind on the Heath
43
A Dossier of Positive Statements
114
His Last Few Days of Honor and Competence
120
The Station to Nowhere
131
Miss Havisham Takes the Stand
138
Happily Ever After
145
World War I Ends
154
A Land Where Even the Old Are Fair?
163
I Will Arise and Go Now
173

The Wind on the Heath Has Fallen Dead
53
Chicago 18961899
65
A Book to Be Read for Amusement?
72
Triggs and Mrs Triggs
79
Out of Chicago
85
The Corner of Indecision
93
Stanford
99
Where the Rolling Foothills Rise
106
After All
183
Appendix
187
Notes
211
Bibliography
269
Index
273
About the Authors
280
Copyright

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