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Backing into the Future: The Classical Tradition and Its Renewal
"Prospective readers puzzled by the somewhat enigmatic title Backing into the Future may well come to the conclusion that it is a reference to the amusing film produced in 1985, called Back to the Future. But in fact the source of the title is much older. The phrase is based on a number of expressions found in ancient Greek literary texts: the chorus's description of its ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by W.W. Norton & Company (London/NY)
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Mar 31, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Knox fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
My favorite magazine is The New York Review of Books. The essays in this collection by classical philologist Bernard Knox are, most of them, from that publication and the Times Literary Supplement--a testament to their quality. Intended for lay readerships, all are accessible. Knox writes well and the subject matter covered is broad.
Bernard MacGregor Walker Knox (Ph.D., Classics, Yale University; M.A. Harvard University; B.A., St. Johns College Cambridge, 1936) was a classicist, author, and critic. He taught at Yale until 1961, when he moved on to become the first director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. He was the editor of The Norton Book of Classical Literature and wrote the introductions and ...more