The Classics Reclassified In Which Certain Famous Books Are Not So Much Digested As Ingested (PDF)
The Classics Reclassified In Which Certain Famous Books Are Not So Much Digested As Ingested (PDF)
I recalled having read this appalling iece of garbage yesterday while I was reading a Romola by George Eliot The link comes from the fact that the The Classics Reclassified contains a rather successful The Blue Door (Threshold parody of Silas Marner of which Armour says that it shows that goodeople are rewarded for their virtue but that they have to wait a great many years for their rewardI am rather inclined to think that Silas Marner does indeed deserve the unsophisticated mauling that Armour dishes out in this book However I must acknowledge that what he was doing was disgraceful As a university literature rofessor Armour s day job would have been to help his students through the difficult and occasionally badly written sections of our great classics As a sideline he wrote books like this in which he made easy jokes on the roblematic aspects of the great books in our Western CanonIf you enjoyed the The Art of Standing Still parodies found in Mad Magazine and the National Lampoon you willrobably enjoy this slim efficient volume The specific classics let in for the Armour treatment here are The Iliad Julius Caesar Ivanhoe The Scarlet Letter Moby Dick or The Whale Silas Marner David Copperfield And what is the Armour treatment It s finishing the line Achilles has no choice but to draw his keen blade from his thigh with the footnote A lesser man would This book was a very entertaining trip through many of the books students unwillingly read in their English classes Whether I loved or hated the original I found Armour s retelling of each tale too fun to keep to myself I read whole chapters aloud to my oor unsuspecting daughter She enjoyed them too but don t tell anyone This book will be enjoyed most by folks who are familiar with the original classics Richard Armour s r sum is formidable a Harvard PhD who held research fellowships in England and France and taught at a slew of institutions including the University of Texas Northwestern University and the University of Frieburg When someone like that writes a book you might be forgiven for imagining it s on an academic subject And so The Classics Reclassified is except that it s the most hilarious the most utterly addictive take on an academic subject you could ossibly imagine I ve read a fair number of Armour s books and am a diehard fan of his style of humour but I have had ever since I first read The Classics Reclassified a very soft spot for this articular book This as the name suggests is a book about literary classics with authors ranging from Homer to Shakespeare to Dickens but in a way that s bound to make you see not just these authors but their works too in a different light There are sev. Fr The Classics Reclassified Livres Not Retrouvez The Classics Reclassified et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion fr The Classics Reclassified Richard Willard Not Retrouvez The Classics Reclassified et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion fr The Classics Reclassified Biography and Notes Not Retrouvez The Classics Reclassified Biography and Notes by Anthony Bonner With an Introduction by William Carlos Williams for Scientific Accuracy by the U et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion The Classics Reclassified by Richard Armour And so The Classics Reclassified is except that it’s the most hilarious the most utterly addictive take on an academic subject you could ossibly imagine I Richard Armour’s rsum is formidable a Harvard PhD who held research fellowships in England and France and taught at a slew of institutions including the University of Texas Northwestern University and the University of Frieburg The.
En authors and seven works covered here Homer The Iliad Shakespeare Julius Caesar Sir Walter Scott Ivanhoe Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter Herman Melville Moby Dick George Eliot Silas Marner and Dickens David Copperfield Each section begins with a brief but informative biography of the writer Homer for instance we learn is said to have been born in seven cities which indicates how his mother kept on the move He is also said to have been born in six centuries apparently after a number of false starts And about George Eliot Armour writes George Eliot had a great deal of trouble with her name and so have librarians ever since most readers however give up after searching for a few hours and read something by say Eliot TS A footnote follows After a few hours with Eliot TS some readers give up reading entirely This deliciously irreverent style is carried forward into Armour s discussion of each work Basically each of these is a synopsis of the work in uestion every bit as The War to End All Wars pithy as the author bios And with those nutty footnotes included The next day on thelains of Philippi the opposing armies are met from Julius Caesar comes for instance with this footnote By whom it is never divulged There are hilarious asides very uick Death Comes for the Archbishop plot lines and smart little tips Unless you are interested in a catalogue of famousictures of whales the manufacture of rope lines the anatomy of the whale s eye ear and tail how to skin a whale and cook the blubber and the history of whaling from Perseus to the Mostly Mama present you would do well to turn from Chapter XXXVI to Chapter CXXXIII without further delay thus saving nearly a hundred chapters without anybody s knowing the difference if you keep uiet After all Ahab isn t the only one entitled to be a skipper What s amazing is that Armour s research and his knowledge of his subject is so obviously impeccable yet his sense of humour makes this book an absolute gem the sort of book you can go back to again and again I end up reading it at least once a year to theoint where I know all the jokes but still find them delightful An absolute must read if you like literature and you like humourPS My edition of this book is illustrated by Campbell Grant and the illustrations are every bit as brilliant as Armour s The Naked Man prose Very funny book Or should I say veryunny Seven famous books are discussed with mercifully brief biographies of their authors uizzes after each chapter just to make sure you got it all The footnotes are admittedly unnecessary but how could we do without them With illustrations as bizarre as the text There s something hilarious and uotable in nearly every aragraph and that s not Classics Reclassified Richard Armour The Classics Reclassified includes take offs on works such as The Iliad Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare David Copperfield by Charles Dickens etc; each take off is refaced by a short biography of the work's author in the same style For Shakespeare it says he was baptized April When he was born is disputed but anyone who argues that it was after this date is just being difficultArmour The classics reclassified edition | Open Library The classics reclassified in which certain famous books are not so much digested as indigested together with mercifully brief biographies of their authors a few unnecessary footnotes and uestions which it might be helpful not to answer st ed This edition The Classics Reclassified uotes by Richard Armour The Classics Reclassified by Richard Armour ratings average rating reviews The Classics Reclassified uotes Showing of “Dedicated to that amazing device the Reuired Reading List better even than artificial respiration for keepin.
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Ounting the footnotes illustrations and suggestions for further discussion Plus this book taught me everything I know about Ivanhoe and Silas MarnerThese are affectionate Cutremur de timp parodies from someone who clearly loved literature This book made me curious about the subjects and told me that we shouldn t revere Great Books so much that we can t enjoy themSome samplesOn The Illiad Then bronze harnessed Hector drops in on his dear won wife even white armed Andromache daughter of great hearted E tion that dwelt beneath wooded Plakos and was king of the men of Kilikia Homer wants us to be sure not to confuse her with all the other Andromaches we knowOn Julius Caesar The opening scene is in Rome A Street A Street isresumably just north of B StreetOn Ivanhoe The dastardly Front de Boeuf and his dastardly friends are interrupted in their dastardly ursuits by the sound of someone winding a horn Scott s horns always seem to be running down in the nearby forestOn The Scarlet Letter After a year or so Hester had grown tired of waiting and had given birth to a child There was strong suspicion that she had had an accompliceOn Moby Dick Melville had no formal education after the age of fifteen again showing how important it is not to be educated if you wish to become a famous writerOn Silas Marner It may take a little time say thirty or forty years but virtue will be rewarded sinfulness will be unished and everyone who hasn t already died a tragic death will live happily ever afterOn David Copperfield David Copperfield is told in the first erson Singular isn t it Thanks to this book I now have conversational knowledge of The Iliad Juliet Caesar Ivanhoe The Scarlet Letter Moby Dick Silas Marner and David Copperfield without having ever actually read those books Nor does it sound like I would want to read any of them And I got a few chuckles as wellA word to the wise some of these book summaries are repeated in Armour s later book It All Started With Freshman English Not uite as hilarious as when I read it as a child this retelling of five classics still got a good number of giggles out of me In the same vein as 1066 and All That Richard Armour s arodies of textbook biographies summaries of major texts and study uestions are actually edifying as well as entertaining For those who like their literary analyses full of uns this is the books for you Some of the jokes may be dated but still a fun read I have enjoyed the classics but I have also enjoyed having fun at thier expense In this satire certain famous books are not so much digested but ingested Not a book that roduced loud laughter but a smile as I understood the fun. G dead authors alive” The Classics Reclassified Free Online Library The Classics Reclassified LinkPage Citation KIROV BALLET OF THE MARYINSKY THEATRE OPERA HOUSE JOHN F KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS WASHINGTON DC FEBRUARY AND The Kirov brought us its grand experiments in time travel back to Petipa and catching up with the recent ast of Balanchine The futuristic techniue of the company's The classics reclassified in which certain famous The classics reclassified in which certain famous books are not so much digested as indigested together with mercifully brief biographies of their authors a few unnecessary footnotes and uestions which it might be helpful not to answer The classics reclassified in which certain famous Get this from a library The classics reclassified in which certain famous books are not so much digestsed as indigested together with mercifully brief biographies of their authors a few unnecessary footnotes and uestions which it might be helpful not to answer Richard Armou.
Scripps College in Claremont from 1945 to 1966Armour was raised in Pomona California where his father owned a drugstore He graduated from Pomona College where he was elected to