62nd out of 71 books — 29 voters
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 70)
An absolutely superb book. Weaver spells out in great detail the contours and complexities of the intellectual life of the South from Reconstruction to the early 20th century, a period that saw southerners trying to make sense of why they had just fought one of the most destructive wars in history, and what their defeat in that war meant for their place in the once-again United States of America, as well as the modern world, generally. Weaver's exploration of these attempts does the classic job...more
May 24, 2013 Al rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A survey of Southern literature from a variety of sources which present the ideals that the South fought to preserve from the secular tide and utilitarianism of the North. Weaver's point of view is clear, but he succeeds in maintaining an objective and non-partisan scholarly examination of the entire spectrum of "Lost Cause" literature. His examination of the source material will lead anyone who reads this book to other works by such authors as Bledsoe, Grady and Sage. This is a very readable lo...more
American scholar who taught English at the University of Chicago. He is primarily known as a shaper of mid- 20th century conservatism and as an authority on modern rhetoric. A solitary figure in 20th-century American academic life, briefly a socialist in his youth, a lapsed leftist intellectual conservative by the time he was in graduate school, a teacher of composition, a Platonist philosopher wh...moreMore about Richard M. Weaver...