The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays

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$22.95
Publisher
Earthrise Press
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Pages
230
Dimensions
5.0 X 8.0 X 0.56 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780982677834
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About the Author

Frederick Glaysher studied writing under a private tutorial with Robert Hayden at the University of Michigan, from which he holds a bachelor's and a master's degree, the latter in English. The author and editor of several works, he edited Hayden's Collected Prose as well as the Collected Poems. Robert Hayden is a character in Glaysher's recently published epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, partly set on the moon, at the landing site of Apollo 11.

Reviews

"In short this is a book I'll be returning to for the rest of this year and no doubt afterward. I'm glad it exists and I'm grateful for the wisdom it sends my way." --Laurence Goldstein, Department of English, University of Michigan

"In an era in which the value of human life has become as precarious and narrow as the study of the humanities itself, we need Glaysher's voice more than ever." --Phillip M. Richards, Department of English, Colgate University author of Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters

"This is a marvelous book of eloquent essays by Frederick Glaysher, one that honors the old literary masters, East and West, while exploring the deepest corners of spirituality and its implication for ameliorating the conditions of modern humanity. Reading each essay, whether it be Rabindranath Tagore, Saul Bellow, Tolstoy, or Robert Hayden, as examples, feels like entering into the secret chambers of the writer's consciousness struggling "with what is universal in the human being"--struggling to express the universality of the human spirit:

Now more than ever, after centuries of falling down into the bottomless pit of nihilism, the world needs to recover the vision of universality, what the great religions and people of various centuries and cultures have in common. For all too long, humanity has obsessed with what distinguishes and separates, what divides people from one another, setting up our little racial, nationalistic gods and idols....Universality embraces all persuasions and transcends them. That is the great challenge.

"This quest is, as Glaysher clearly reveals, the never ceasing search for creative unity to which he and many others have given over their life, through their thoughts, words, and actions. The essays in this book aim for the author's highest vision; that is, an attempt to "embody and represent the fullness of human reflection," an inclination intended not just for academics, but a voice for all, and one that speaks to our time. And to that end, Glaysher has allowed himself to draw "from the soil of literature and culture whatever they need to produce and sustain their fruit." In talking about his relationship with Robert Hayden, Glaysher tells us, "his own poetry had worked its way deep in to my consciousness." I cannot think of a better way to describe how this book impresses itself on the reader; if there are millions of people waiting for a sign, as Allan Bloom is cited as saying, then this book is assuredly evidence of what such a sign looks like." --Julie Clayton, New Consciousness Review, Portland, Oregon