How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken : essays
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New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2008.
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Whether he's on Broadway or at the movies, considering a new bestseller or revisiting a literary classic, Daniel Mendelsohn's judgments over the past fifteen years have provoked and dazzled with their deep erudition, disarming emotionality, and tart wit. Now How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken reveals all at once the enormous stature of Mendelsohn's achievement and demonstrates why he is considered one of our greatest critics. Writing with a lively intelligence and arresting originality, he brings his distinctive combination of scholarly rigor and conversational ease to bear across eras, cultures, and genres, from Roman games to video games.

His interpretations of our most talked-about films—from the work of Pedro Almodóvar to Brokeback Mountain, from United 93 and World Trade Center to 300, Marie Antoinette, and The Hours—have sparked debate and changed the way we watch movies. Just as stunning and influential are his dispatches on theater and literature, from The Producers to Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, from The Lovely Bones to the works of Harold Pinter. Together these thirty brilliant and engaging essays passionately articulate the themes that have made Daniel Mendelsohn a crucial voice in today's cultural conversation: the aesthetic and indeed political dangers of imposing contemporary attitudes on the great classics; the ruinous effect of sentimentality on the national consciousness in the post-9/11 world; the vital importance of the great literature of the past for a meaningful life in the present.

How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken makes it clear that no other contemporary thinker is as engaged with as many aspects of our culture and its influences as Mendelsohn is, and no one practices the vanishing art of popular criticism with more acuity, humor, and feeling.

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First edition.
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xix, 456 pages ; 24.
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English
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9780061456435 (acid-free paper), 0061456438 (acid-free paper)

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A collection of essays that mostly appeared in the New York Review of Books in which the classicist/critic looks at contemporary culture through its movies, books and theater.
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Mendelsohn, D. A. (2008). How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken: essays. First edition. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

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Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam, 1960-. 2008. How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken: Essays. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

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Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam, 1960-, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken: Essays. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2008.

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Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam. How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken: Essays. First edition. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2008. Print.

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