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Read online What Good Are the Arts?.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC What Good Are the Arts? Hailed as exhilarating and suggestive Spectator thought provoking and entertaining David Lodge Sunday Times and incisive and inspirational Guardian What Good are the Arts offers a delightfully skeptical look at the nature of art John Carey one of Britain s most respected literary critics here cuts through the cant surrounding the fine arts debunking claims that the arts make us better people or that judgments about art are anything more than personal opinion But Carey does argue strongly for the value of art as an activity and for the superiority of one art in particular literature Literature he contends is the only art capable of reasoning and the only art that can criticize Literature has the ability to inspire the mind and the heart towards practical ends far better than any work of conceptual art Here then is a lively and stimulating invitation to debate the value of art a provocative book that anyone seriously interested in the arts should read Michael Dirda The Washington Post by John Carey

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What Good Are the Arts?
Title:What Good Are the Arts?
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Number of Pages:286
Category:Non fiction, Art, Essays, Philosophy, History, Cultural, Education
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The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, The Faber Book of Utopias, Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twentieth Century's Most Enjoyable Books, The Violent Effigy: A Study Of Dickens' Imagination, Eyewitness to History, William Golding: The Man who Wrote Lord of the Flies, The Faber Book of Science: Scientists and Writers Illuminate Natural Phenomena from Fossils To..., What Good Are the Arts?, John Donne, Life, Mind, and Art, The Intellectuals and The Masses: Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939
Every age has its utopias from Plato s Republic to contemporary sci fi visions In this spellbinding anthology John Carey charts the course of every conceivable dream world whether communist fascist anarchist green golden age techno fantastic or hermaphroditic combining a broad historical sweep with lively variety An experienced and imaginative anthologist editor of b The Faber Book of Reportage b and b The Faber Book of Science b Carey has gathered together a vast range of texts from Ancient Egypt to modern California the authors of which in different ways attempt to describe a better world than our own, Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in i The Intellectuals and the Masses i and i What Good Are the Arts i John Carey i i describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him an escape from the London blitz to an idyllic rural village army service in Egypt an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected age to Oxford s oldest English Literature professorship br br He frankly portrays the snobberies and rituals of s Oxford but also his inspiring meetings with writers and poets Auden Graves Larkin Heaney and his forty year stint as a lead book reviewer for the i Sunday Times i br br This is a book about the joys of reading in effect an informal introduction to the great works of English literature But it is also about war and family and how an unexpected background can give you the insight and the courage to say the unexpected thing, Hailed as exhilarating and suggestive Spectator thought provoking and entertaining David Lodge Sunday Times and incisive and inspirational Guardian What Good are the Arts offers a delightfully skeptical look at the nature of art John Carey one of Britain s most respected literary critics here cuts through the cant surrounding the fine arts debunking claims that the arts make us better people or that judgments about art are anything more than personal opinion But Carey does argue strongly for the value of art as an activity and for the superiority of one art in particular literature Literature he contends is the only art capable of reasoning and the only art that can criticize Literature has the ability to inspire the mind and the heart towards practical ends far better than any work of conceptual art Here then is a lively and stimulating invitation to debate the value of art a provocative book that anyone seriously interested in the arts should read Michael Dirda The Washington Post br, b b William Golding was born in and educated at his local grammar school and Brasenose College Oxford He published a volume of poems in and during the war served in the Royal Navy Afterwards he returned to being a schoolmaster in Salisbury i Lord of the Flies i his first novel was an immediate success and was followed by a series of remarkable novels including i The Inheritors i i Pincher Martin i and i The Spire i He won the Booker Prize for i Rites of Passage i in was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in and was knighted in He died in