Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Men's Hightops Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Cecile McLorin Salvant $5 Off Fire TV Stick Labor Day Sale in Wine Shop Popular Services TransparentGGWin TransparentGGWin TransparentGGWin  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Shop Now Deal of the Day
Buy New
$14.01
Qty:1
  • List Price: $22.50
  • Save: $8.49 (38%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Frenzy of Renown: Fam... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History Paperback – November 25, 1997

3 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0679776307 ISBN-10: 0679776303 Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed

Buy New
Price: $14.01
15 New from $11.51 22 Used from $8.62 1 Collectible from $25.00
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.01
$11.51 $8.62
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
$14.50
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$14.01 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History + Celebrity And Power: Fame and Contemporary Culture + Fame: What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity
Price for all three: $54.01

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

In a masterful historical analysis that moves from the Homeric age to People , Braudy demonstrates that the elusive concept of fame changes as its historical context changes. More than two millennia ago the urge to fame existed because political power could be centralized by controlling imagery. Because communication was slow and lives brief, some became famous only in retrospect. To be famous today means only to be talked about, and it is possible to win instant recognition worldwide. The chase for fame has both "inspired and warped individuals and cultures," as Braudy demonstrates with his subtle portraits of Alexander, Caesar and Augustus, Jesus and Augustine, Charlemagne and Dante, Napoleon and Byron, Washington and Lincoln, Lindbergh and Hemingway. A solid and absorbing work that will be useful in many academic disciplines. Milton Meltzer, New York
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"An admirably polished, dispassionate and illuminating account...Braudy's erudition is formidable, and the grace and intelligence with which he puts his immense range of sources to work make for a book of exceptional breadth and power."--The Nation

"An impressive tour de force in which the author is at various times historian, art and literary critic, philosopher, philologist--and media maven." --Erich Segal, Washington Post Book World

"A well-knit and compelling narrative... Mr. Braudy moves easily across centuries and cultures...[and] has a keen eye for the history encapsulated in words." --John Gross, The New York Times

"The Frenzy of Renown...makes one think about famous people, deeds and ideas in a new way....[It] is rich in original insights and...surprisingly free of received opinion."--Susan Jacoby, The New York Times Book Review

"One of the year's most impressive cultural critiques, a wide-ranging examination of fame from Alexander the Great to Farrah Fawcett."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Brilliant, pathbreaking cultural history."--Newsday --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

See all Editorial Reviews
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (November 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679776303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679776307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Z. on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Can you name the ten most famous people in western European history? After reading this book, you will. A monumental study of the human craving for attention, and the ways that people (mostly men) have sought it. I recommend this book for anyone who has wondered what all the fuss is about regarding celebrities today. This book was originally published in 1987, and Braudy has written an afterward for the 1997 edition -- it's very interesting to read what happens when you write "the book" on fame in the era of O.J.Simpson, Monika Lewinsky, et al.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Walker on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
What an incredible book! I had to remind myself that this was not a work of fiction. I was thoroughly impressed by the style , soul and intellect of this beautifully written work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1997
Format: Paperback
In charting the course of fame, Braudy written a compelling and original history of Western culture. This is an amazing piece of work, clearly the product of insight, devotion, and many years of study. I've recently been seeing references to it in various mainstream publications, so I'm glad it's finally getting some of the attention it deserves, and it's nice to see that it went to paperback. It's ambitious, and I believe successful as well. It's fun to read, and it'll help refresh all that western history you forgot from school. If you don't completely love this book, you're a moron. (OK, that last statement's probably a bit much...) Anyway, note that I have no connection to the author, publisher, author's department (USC Literature), their families, or anything like that, other than having read this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History
This item: The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History
Price: $14.01
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: byronic hero, shadrach meshach abednego fiery furnace poster, royal prestige, triumph aura, margaux hemingway