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The Great Books [Audio Cassette]

Bruce Meyer , Michael Enwright
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March 2000 Great Books Series (Book 1)
In our series on the greatest literary works of all time, Dr. Meyer discusses the five essential texts needed to understand literature, philosophy and thought that have shaped western world. The Bible Homer, The Odyssey Virgil, The Aeneid Ovid, The Metamorphoses Sophocles, The Theban Plays

Produced for "This Morning" by CBC Radio One.


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This is a dandy little set of tapes for the layperson with some familiarity with the series of books mentioned. All three volumes were originally broadcast on a Canadian radio show (This Morning) hosted by Enright, who questions his guest, Meyer, professor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, about the "essential texts," those works that have, in Meyer's view, shaped Western thought and literature. Each text is given about ten minutes of very lively discussion, not at all pedantic or wordy, with many references to current events and personalities as they might relate to the particular title. The pace is almost too fast, and the host is sometimes annoyingly interruptive, but mostly the tapes are entertaining and thought-provoking and accessible. Books discussed include the Bible and selections from Sophocles, Homer, Dante, Milton, James Joyce, and, of course, Shakespeare. A good addition to most collections.AHarriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Unlike dry, droning lectures, these 20-minute lectures are lively and evocative. -- Audiobookscafe.com Oct 2000

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cassette Series Takes a Nation by Storm June 7 2000
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Dr. Bruce Meyer's broadcasts on CBC's This Morning have taken the nation by storm and caused a major revitalization of the literary classics in Canada. All over the country, in schoolrooms, doughnut stores and coffee shops, people have been meeting to discuss the classics because of these broadcasts. The soon to be released The Golden Thread: A Reader's Journey Through the Great Books by Dr. Meyer is sure to take off following the overwhelming popularity of this, the largest-selling series of cassettes in the history of the CBC! This series, with its humorous, moving and extraordinarily brilliant observations on the Great Books is sure to make an avid reader of you and transform the way you look at both literature and the world around you. This is a "must buy" item for anyone who wants to get in touch with great ideas -- Dante, Virgil, St. Augustine, Milton, More, Machiavelli, Ovid, The Bible, Sophocles and many more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cassette Series Takes a Nation by Storm June 7 2000
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Format:Audio Cassette
Dr. Bruce Meyer's broadcasts on CBC's This Morning have taken the nation by storm and caused a major revitalization of the literary classics in Canada. All over the country, in schoolrooms, doughnut stores and coffee shops, people have been meeting to discuss the classics because of these broadcasts. The soon to be released The Golden Thread: A Reader's Journey Through the Great Books by Dr. Meyer is sure to take off following the overwhelming popularity of this, the largest-selling series of cassettes in the history of the CBC! This series, with its humorous, moving and extraordinarily brilliant observations on the Great Books is sure to make an avid reader of you and transform the way you look at both literature and the world around you. This is a "must buy" item for anyone who wants to get in touch with great ideas -- Dante, Virgil, St. Augustine, Milton, More, Machiavelli, Ovid, The Bible, Sophocles and many more.
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