A Great Idea at the Time

The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books

By Alex Beam
(PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781586484873, 256pp.)

Publication Date: November 1, 2008

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By the author of the Boston Globe #1 bestseller Gracefully Insane: A wry, witty history of an unlikely literary fad, and of American pop culture in the 1950s and early 1960s.

About the Author

Alex Beam is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe. His writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, Slate, the New York Times and many other magazines. The author of Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America’s Premier Mental Hospital, and of two novels, he lives in Boston.

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