Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West: A Source Book Prepared by the Contemporary Civilization Staff of Columbia College, Columbia University, Volume 1

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Columbia University Press, 1960 - History - 1342 pages
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Gore Vidal, known for such best-sellers as The City and the Pillar, Burr, Lincoln, and Myra Breckinridge, is a household name. The controversial Vidal ran for Congress in 1960, and set sparks flying with his public debates challenging William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer. Although one of America's most admired and prolific writers, Vidal has been steadfastly ignored or impugned by many critics. This is partly owing to the vast scope of his writings, which include more than twenty novels, half a dozen plays, dozens of screenplays, countless essays and book reviews, political commentary, and short stories; how do the critics approach such a writer? There has also been backlash against Vidal, whose radical polemics and undisguised contempt for those whom he has called "the hacks and hicks of academe" have hardly endeared him to the critical establishment. Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain is the first collection of critical essays to approach this important American writer in an attempt to rectify the unwarranted underestimation of his work. Jay Parini has drawn from the best of previously published criticism and commissioned fresh articles by leading contemporary critics to construct a comprehensive portrait of Vidal's multifaceted and memorable career. Writers as diverse as Harold Bloom, Stephen Spender, Catharine R. Stimpson, Richard Poirier, and Italo Calvino examine Vidal's work in their own highly individual ways, and each finds a different Vidal to celebrate, chide, recollect, or view close up. Also included is a recent interview with Parini in which Vidal discusses his career and his troubled relationship with the reviewers.The Vidal that finally emerges from these essays is a writer of undeniable weight and importance. As readers will agree, Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain establishes his rightful role as one of the premier novelists and leading critical observers of this century.

 

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Contents

Plato 3 Aristotle 29 Cicero
60
Paul of Tarsus 77 Moses Maimonides 102 Augustine 118 Bene
302
The Manor 325 The Town 349 The Ordinance of Laborers 372
372
Grant of Two Fairs at AixlaChapelle 376 The Kings Mirror
379
395 Las Siete Partidas 400 Magna Carta 416 The Truce of God
395
428 The Goliard Poets
432
Machiavelli 459 Jean Bodin
480
EARLY MODERN CAPITALISM AND THE EXPANSION
501
Inquisition
774
Francis Bacon 779 Galileo Galilei 786 Rene Descartes 812 Isaac
853
Cardinal Richelieu 867 Jacques Benigne Bossuet 872 Francois
890
The French West India Company 895 Thomas Mun 902 The
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of England 923 An Agreement of the People and Debates
1010
KNOWLEDGE
1103
RELIGION
1187
Voltaire 1189 Jean Jacques Rousseau 1197 David Hume
1214

War
550
dola 581 Pietro Pomponazzi 588 Giorgio Vasari 592 Baldassare
647
John Wycliffe 679 John Hus 682 Pope Pius II 689 Martin Luther
759
POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
1237
Rousseau 1269 James Madison 1307 Adam Smith 1314 Jean A
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Lilie Chouliaraki is Research Lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

Norman Fairclough is Professor of Language in Social Life at Lancaster University.

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