Character: The History of a Cultural Obsession


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.8 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.72 pounds

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About the Author

Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare's Ghost Writers and Shakespeare After All, as well as of books on cultural topics ranging from dogs and real estate to cross-dressing, bisexuality, the use and abuse of literature, and the place of the arts in academic life. A member of the American Philosophical Society, she was the recipient of a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship.


"While sophisticated and filled to the brim with academic references, Garber's book effectively makes the content accessible and interesting. Character exemplifies Garber's many areas of expertise, interacting well with other works to ultimately leave readers with a clarified perspective and new method of analyzing the complicated workings of society." --Nina M. Foster, The Harvard Crimson
Erudite, illuminating . . . A capacious overview of an enduring human value. --Kirkus

"What is the relation between having character and being a character, or between character and personality? In this immensely wide-ranging exploration of the notion of character in all its varieties, from the Greeks to Brett Kavanaugh and President Trump, Marjorie Garber shows herself to be our most engaging and perspicuous cultural critic, with fascinating evidence about questions that are crucial to our ways of thinking about human values. --Jonathan Culler, Class of 1916 Chair of English and Comparative Literature, Cornell University