Marshall McLuhan: Escape Into Understanding : a Biography

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Basic Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 465 pages
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The originator of such widely used phrases as "the global village" and "the medium is the message, " Marshall McLuhan - the prescient media guru - is finally attracting the critical attention he deserves. In the 1960s, McLuhan blazed the intellectual territory which we are only coming to grips with today. W. Terrence Gordon traces McLuhan's beginnings in the prairie city of Edmonton, Alberta, through his education at Cambridge and teaching in America to his startling breakthroughs in communication while at the University of Toronto. McLuhan's central place in the ferment of the 1960s is evocatively drawn and the formation of his most brilliant insights into the media are clearly explained. This is the first book to mine McLuhan's extensive personal and public writings - journal entries; correspondence with family and luminaries such as Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, Peter Drucker, and Clare Boothe Luce; manuscript notes and files; and all of his publications - to bring us an authoritative, well-rounded, and passionate portrait of one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers.

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MARSHALL McLUHAN: Escape into Understanding

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A thoughtful study of the life and ideas of the celebrated media philosopher. Time—unkind to so many visionaries—is proving Marshall McLuhan only more and more prescient. His theories, popularly ... Read full review

Marshall McLuhan: escape into understanding: a biography

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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 ... Read full review


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W. Terrence Gordon is Associate General Editor of the Gingko Press McLuhan publishing program, author of the biography Marshall McLuhan: Escape into Understanding and McLuhan for Beginners.

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