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Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind
by Patricia Meyer Spacks
University of Chicago Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-226-76854-0 | Cloth: 978-0-226-76853-3
Library of Congress Classification PR408.B67S67 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 820.9353

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book offers a witty explanation of why boredom both haunts and motivates the literary imagination. Moving from Samuel Johnson to Donald Barthelme, from Jane Austen to Anita Brookner, Spacks shows us at last how we arrived in a postmodern world where boredom is the all-encompassing name we give our discontent. Her book, anything but boring, gives us new insight into the cultural usefulness—and deep interest—of boredom as a state of mind.

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