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Menand, Louis. LOUIS MENAND: AMERICAN STUDIES. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 320 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second collection of essays. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Collects some of his most perceptive, clear-eyed, and incisive pieces, which originally appeared in The New Yorker Magazine and The New York Review of Books. Reaffirms Louis Menand's position as the preeminent contemporary historian of American intellectual life. "Intellectual" is a bad word in American politics, but it is one of the underlying, "bedrock" concepts of American culture, flaws and all. The essays on William James and Oliver Wendell Holmes expand on Pragmatic philosophy, as explored in Menand's masterpiece, "The Metaphysical Club". "T. S. Eliot and the Jews" is on the poet's controversial anti-Semitism, a debate that rages to this day. Assessments of Richard Wright, Pauline Kael, Al Gore, and the great artist/architect Maya Lin show the breadth and depth of Menand's erudition and interests. "At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make. Intellectual and cultural history at its best: Game and detached, with a strong curiosity about the political underpinnings of ideas and about the reasons successful ideas insinuate themselves into the culture at large. From one of our leading thinkers and critics, known both for his sly wit, clarity, and rigor, these essays are impossible to put down" (Publisher's blurb). A "must-have" title for Louis Menand and Modern First collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online are remainder-marked. A very scarce copy thus. Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for History in 2002 for "The Metaphysical Club". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LOUIS MENAND TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374104344. $20.00

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