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There are also numerous lesser known figures like philologist Ernst Robert Curtius or polymath Egon Friedell, as well as villains (Hitler and Mao, among others).
Fundamentally, Cultural Amnesia is Clive James's Various Quotes.doc, consolidated into a book, with commentary.
Perhaps the best thing Clive James has written in a long and outstanding career. Certainly one of the great writers of the late 20C.Published 6 months ago by Bradford Buckley
A fabulous collection of essays inspired by a wonderfully eclectic collection of quotations from fascinating figures in literature, music film and television. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Itinerant Reader
At first, I wasn't sure what the format of this book was going for. It's an anthology of essays, each one "about" a figure from history that Mr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Fineman
Cultural Amnesia consists of about one hundred short essays on various people who influenced European culture for good or bad (I use the word `European' in the... Read more
Clive James seems to be faithfully fulfilling the subject yearning. He credits the quote to a philologist, Menéndez Pidal, in his article on another philologist, Pedro... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by John P. Jones III
In his foreword to "Cultural Amnesia", Clive James explains that it took him several decades to write this book, and that it was a helter skelter (my words, not his) process. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by JG
I love this book. Why? It's like a catalogue of modern world influences although, don't get me wrong, it reads nothing like a catalogue. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by pollywrite
This is an interesting book which I purchased after watching Clive James' Postcards series on television, in which he assumes the role of a cynical world traveler. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Kevin Taylor