How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken (Paperback)


By Daniel Mendelsohn

Harper Perennial, 9780061456442, 480pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

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Hardcover (8/12/2008)

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Whether he's on Broadway or at the movies, considering a new bestseller or revisiting a literary classic, Daniel Mendelsohn's judgments over the past fifteen years have provoked and dazzled with their deep erudition, disarming emotionality, and tart wit. Now, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken demonstrates why he is considered one of our greatest critics. Writing with a lively intelligence and arresting originality, he brings his distinctive combination of scholarly rigor and conversational ease to bear across eras, cultures, and genres, from Roman games to video games.

About the Author

Daniel Mendelsohn a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, is the author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million. He teaches at Bard College.

Praise For How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken: Essays

“An elegant collection of essays. . . . Mendelsohn reveals intellectual breadth in his ability to draw on his training as a classicist to look at contemporary culture. . . . These essays richly repay the time readers spend in their company.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Brilliant. . . . Masterful. . . . Wise, funny. . . . A wonderful collection.”
— Time Out New York

“Mendelsohn takes on contemporary culture with humor and incisive analysis.”
— The New York Sun