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New books by alumni authors

The University of Chicago Magazine has a list of recent and upcoming books from alumni authors. The list includes:

  • The Philosophers’ Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding, by Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott, AM’88, PhD’92, Yale University Press, 2009. On the eve of the French Revolution, just six months after they met and became friends, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Hume had a very public rift. Their quarrel over philosophical events and ideas gripped much of Europe as the two thinkers waged a war of words through correspondence. This book combines narrative nonfiction with intellectual history to analyze both men, their ideas, and their Enlightenment context.
  • Louis H. Sullivan and a 19th-Century Poetics of Naturalized Architecture, by Lauren S. Weingarden, PhD’81, Ashgate, 2009. Hailed as the father of American modernism, Louis Sullivan was also criticized for his outmoded, romantic attachment to ornamentation. In her third book on the architect, Weingarden explores Sullivan’s writings and designs to show how they enabled him to articulate architecture as a pictorial and poetic mode of landscape art.
  • George Steiner at the New Yorker, by George Steiner, AB’48, New Directions, 2009. From 1967 to 1997, cultural critic Steiner produced more than 130 essays and book reviews for the New Yorker, exploring literature from Brecht to Borges and ideas from Chomsky to Chardin. A powerful, prolific, and sometimes controversial writer, Steiner interpreted art, philosophy, books, and historical events for scholars and the general reader alike. This collection gathers 28 of his most memorable New Yorker pieces. 

For a complete list, visit the University of Chicago Magazine‘s book page.

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