John Erskine


Born
in The United States
October 05, 1879

Died
June 02, 1951


John Erskine (October 5, 1879 – June 2, 1951) was an American educator and author, pianist and composer. He was first an English professor at Amherst College from 1903 to 1909, followed by Columbia University from 1909 and 1937, during his tenure he formulated the General Honors Course, which later founded the influential Great Books movement. He published over 100 books, novel, criticism, essays including his most important essay, The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent (1915).

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The Private Life of Helen o...

3.33 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 1925 — 14 editions
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Galahad: Enough of His Life...

3.96 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1926 — 2 editions
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The Moral Obligation to Be ...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1921 — 9 editions
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Adam and Eve: Though He Kne...

4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1927 — 3 editions
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Tristan and Isolde: Restori...

3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1932 — 5 editions
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Penelope's Man: The Homing ...

3.63 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1927 — 2 editions
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Cinderella's Daughter and O...

4.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1930 — 2 editions
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The Delight of Great Books

3.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1973 — 2 editions
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Venus, the Lonely Goddess

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1949
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L'obbligo morale di essere ...

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“Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.”
John Erskine

“I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.”
John Erskine

“It is fatal to suppose the great writer was too wise or too profound for us ever to understand him; to think of art so is not to praise but to murder it, for the next step after that tribute will be neglect of the masterpiece.”
John Erskine

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