The Last Days of Lewis Mumford

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226314655
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226314679 | DOI:
The Last Days of Lewis Mumford

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Lewis Mumford was a writer who ranged freely across the landscapes of history, literature, architecture, technology, civilization, environmentalism, public life, and the human mind. Mumford considered himself a generalist, and deliberately took on “the big picture” in many of his works, which is anathema to many intellectuals today. In the few years just after graduate school the author devoured Mumford's books, began to correspond with him, and finally had to go visit him. Although Lewis was very old and suffering from dementia, in this chapter the author shares some of these encounters from his last days.

Keywords: Lewis Mumford; intellectuals; generalist

Chapter.  12815 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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