by David Denby
At the age of 48, film critic David Denby decided to return to Columbia University and re-take the courses he took as a student in 1961: Literature, Humanities and Contemporary Civilization. He celebrates his rediscovery of authors such as Homer, Plato, Hegel, Austen, Marx, Nietzshce, and Virginia Woolf. He recreates the atmosphere of the classroom--the strategies used by a remarkable group of teachers and the strength and weaknesses of media-age students as they grapple with these difficult, sometimes frightening works. All year long he watches the students grow and his own life memories break out of hiding.
Book Reviews of Great Books by David Denby