The Leading eBooks Store Online 3,725,826 members ⚫ 1,209,635 ebooks

New to eBooks.com?

Learn more

Fame

What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity

Fame by Tom Payne
Add to cart
US$ 7.99
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)

We may regard celebrities as deities, but that does not mean we worship them with deference. From prehistory to the present, humanity has possessed a primal urge first to exalt the famous but then to cut them down (Michael Jackson, anyone?). Why do we treat the ones we love like burnt offerings in a ritual of human sacrifice? Perhaps because that is exactly what they are.

From Greek mythology to the stories of the Christian martyrs and Dr. Faustus, Payne makes the fascinating argument that our relationship to celebrity is perilous, and that we wouldn't have it any other way. He also shows that the people we choose as our heroes and villains throughout the ages says a lot about ourselves—and what it says is often quite frightening. Fame even brings new life to all the literary figures from our high school English classes. In these pages, the most ephemeral reality television stars (those "famous for being famous") find themselves in the same VIP lounge as the characters of The Iliad. With great wit, scholarship, and insight, Tom Payne draws the narratives of the past and the present into one intriguing story.

Fame is a dazzling, hilarious look at the mortals, and the immortals—us and them.

Picador; October 2010
ISBN 9781429943437
Read online, or download in secure EPUB
Title: Fame
Author: Tom Payne
 
  • News
Talking With Jesus: 'The Walking Dead' Newbie Tom Payne Shares Everything You Need to Know About Paul Rovia - Yahoo TV (blog)
Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:06:24 -0800
Yahoo TV (blog)Talking With Jesus: 'The Walking Dead' Newbie Tom Payne Shares Everything You Need to Know About Paul ...
The Ancient Art of Growing Old by Tom Payne review – how to improve with age - The Guardian
Tue, 19 May 2015 02:00:04 -0700
The GuardianThe Ancient Art of Growing Old by Tom Payne review – how to improve with ageThe GuardianTom Payne, a schoolmaster ...
Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna: History and Fame - Newsweek
Thu, 28 Oct 2010 06:23:03 -0700
NewsweekLady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna: History and FameNewsweekIn the new book Fame, former Daily Telegraph literary ...
ISBNs
1429943432
9780312429935
9781429943437