The frenzy of renown: fame & its history

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Vintage Books, Nov 25, 1997 - History - 684 pages
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"Remarkably ambitious . . . an impressive tour de force."
--Washington Post Book World

For Alexander the Great, fame meant accomplishing what no mortal had ever accomplished before. For Julius Caesar, personal glory was indistinguishable from that of Rome. The early Christians devalued public recognition, believing that the only true audience was God. And Marilyn Monroe owed much of her fame to the fragility that led to self-destruction. These are only some of the dozens of figures that populate Leo Braudy's panoramic history of fame, a book that tells us as much about vast cultural changes as it does about the men and women who at different times captured their societies' regard.  

Spanning thousands of years and fields ranging from politics to literature and mass media, The Frenzy of Renown explores the unfolding relationship between the famous and their audiences, between fame and the representations that make it possible. Hailed as a landmark at its original publication and now reissued with a new Afterword covering the last tumultuous decade, here is a major work that provides our celebrity-obsessed, post-historical society with a usable past.


"Expansive . . . Braudy excels at rocketing a general point into the air with the fuel of drama. "
--Harper's

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My three-year-old nephew's favorite phrase is "Watch me, watch me!" Here's why. (When some guru said that "Attention is consciousness," somehow I don't think that celebrity is what he had in mind...) Read full review

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What makes fame so alluring to audiences and yet so disillusioning for the object of fame? How have the criteria for what deserves or attracts fame changed in different historical eras? What makes ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Lindbergh and Hemingway
19
The Longing of Alexander
29
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Leo Braudy is University Professor and Bing Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

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